I’ve been enjoying my little space in the dining room.  As a homemaker, homeschooler, wife, mother, daughter, etc…it can be hard to find time for my hobbies!  But, I’m able to set aside some moments each day for gardening, painting, and “backyard nature”.   I’ve been drawing one of my favorite flowers, hellebore, and counting my blessings: sunshine, summer vacation, family, home, time for my hobbies…I’m soaking up every moment of these days.  I get to be at home with my boys and watching them grow.  The beauty of being at home is the simple act of being!



What do you like best about being home?  We asked each person in the family and everyone had a different answer.  I’m partial to my porch – a place to gather with friends and family to relax/visit together.  My youngest boy likes the game cabinet in our livingroom – hours of fun playing games together.  My husband loves the couch, which he doesn’t get to sit on enough, he says, because it’s great for taking afternoon naps ; )  How about you?



Swan Pond



I really don’t know what to think of this illustration.  I was just playing around with this one.  I’m not sure about the landscape – but I love the swan – I think swans need some time in the spotlight after all the popularity around pink flamingos lately ; )  What do you think?

Nature Journal Pg. 7


Did I really start this journal 3 years ago?!  I certainly haven’t been rushing to fill it…but at this rate it’ll be another three before I’ve finished ; )  It’s blueberry season, the tiger lilies are just starting to bloom, the echinacea has been popular with the bees, and I found the most delightful little frogs in our marshy area behind the house!


Yellow Daylily



My rendition of my yellow daylily.

How is your summer going? We’ve been enjoying all the best things about summer! Sitting around the fire pit in the evenings, roasting marshmallows for s’mores, cookouts with friends and family, swimming at the local pond, day trips with relatives, fishing trips, canoeing, etc. It’s my favorite time of year with warm stary nights for staying up late and visiting with friends – counting the fireflies, watching bats dance in the moonlight, and observing the moths that gather by the porch light. What are your favorite things about summer?


Henry and Emily Paper Dolls



I illustrated this girl and boy jointed paper dolls for inserts in the Daughters of Promise magazine Homespun – the summer issue featured articles about the simple joys of home, family, and creative play.   I took an hour yesterday and got Henry cut out and his outfit.  The pictures show how to fit his clothes and hat on:






He comes with a coffee pot, skillet, and bow & arrows  Emily comes with a doll and basket of flowers.  They each have an everyday and dress set of clothes.  I used a #2 on my gauged hole punch, and little metal brads from a craft store.  The inserts were printed on a nice thick quality paper – great for making paper dolls!  You can print your very own Henry and Emily with a download from DoP shop – HERE!



Nodding Trillium



Getting a page done in my nature journal!  These were blooming in the woods earlier this spring and I drew them in my nature journal, but I hadn’t taken time to paint them until now – after the rush of spring planting, then weeding and watering…the woodland flowers all bloom so early in the spring because they want to maximize their time in the sun before the leaves of the trees fill in and the heat of summer arrives!

Gardening Girl



Here’s my original painting of a barefoot gardener with her basket full of vegetables – illustrated for an article in the summer issue of Daughters of Promise magazine!



I love how it looks printed – such a great article to illustrate for Living the Good Life at Home by Ann Schrag.  The article is a beautiful reminder to love the work of homemaking ; )




This is the view from my porch – what I call the door yard.  I watch my birds at the feeders and relax on my shady porch with my kitty.  It’s my happy place!  My little slice of heaven on earth is right here ; )



My Babe built me this beautiful little porch just last year!  We’ve been enjoying it so much!  It’s such a great place to relax and visit together with family and friends.  We both liked the idea of having a porch before we built it – but we had no idea how much we’d love it!!!




This is my favorite chair – the hammock chair!

Also, My Babe and I have a wedding anniversary coming up soon.  Counting my blessings and so grateful to have a beautiful home and family with this man!  I’ve been married 14 years with this guy – My Babe ; )