Lettering Practice

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Having fun with these brush lettering drills!  Free printable worksheets are HERE from Papel & Co.!

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Floral Envelope – Coloring Page

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I did this little illustration in one of my sketchbooks and then decided to make it into a printable coloring page – free for you to download HERE!  It’s an expression of one of my favorite things: letter writing.  I think the written word is a powerful way to communicate with our friends and family -it’s an important part of your relationships with people…a hand written note can be cherished in ways a typed text or e-mail could never be!

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So, write a note to a loved one today – then have fun coloring this little illustration!

Summer Snapshots

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Here are a few snapshots from the summer!  I finally got hollyhocks to grow successfully after 8 years of trying (they’re a very site specific flower) and I made the hollyhock dolls my grandmother taught my mother how to make ; )  Kilo is my new porch sitting friend.  We adopted her from the local shelter and she’s the friendliest, cuddliest cat I’ve ever met!  She follows me around the yard while I garden and tries to catch any crickets she can find.  The boys have started school, so we’re in Autumn mode now.  It’s been cool enough at night for some of the leaves to start changing on the trees already – summer retreats into the mellow lights of fall!  I hope you’re enjoying your end of summer and that the fall air brings you renewed energy and anticipation for the days ahead!

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Learning

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We’ve started school – 4th and 6th grades this year!  I was inspired to illustrate “Learning” the way my boys are discovering the wealth of knowledge and all the information that is stored in books.  How great is it to read!  I sketched out my idea on paper then transferred the idea to watercolor paper and finished it with watercolor and ink.  I’m excited for this school year and looking forward to everything the boys (and I) are going to be learning!

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Free September Calendar

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Hello!  For me September is the start of fall!  The garden is in full production now with more vegetables then we can eat!  The leaves on the trees will begin to turn soon!  It’s the season for back to school shopping and the schedule changes of class work instead of yard work ; )  I hope you’re enjoying these seasonal changes!  I have another calendar that you can download the wallpaper for: desktop, ipad, or iphone – Enjoy!

Building Project

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We had a huge building project going on at home this summer.  My Babe built me a porch this summer ; )  This is what my house looked like at the beginning of our building project in May!  It’s nearly finished now.  There’s a bit of trim left to put up and I have a few more railings to paint.  It’s the biggest building project my husband has tackled yet and he did a beautiful job!!

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Of course, I’ve already started decorating with pots of flowers and patio furniture I’ve been collecting.  My mom found a string of bistro lights at a yard sale – they give it the perfect welcoming touch in the evenings.

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We all love the new porch.  It’s a great place to sit and relax and visit together!  It’s where I watch my bird feeders while I drink my morning tea.  I have a nice view of the yard, my flowers, the butterflies that visit them, and my bathtub water garden.  …I just had to sneak in a couple more pictures of my water lily ; )

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(Next summer’s building projects include a set of new front steps!)

Bellflower Painting Video

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I tried making a little video of painting my bell flowers:

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These bell flowers volunteered in my shade garden and have naturalized all over the bed – I love their color and shape!!  I don’t know where they could have come from…I don’t know what kind they are.

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