Summer!

Summer! We just got back from our family cross-country trip! (you can follow the whole trip HERE) It was awesome!! Now I’m looking forward to a relaxed rest of the summer ; ) The summer issue of Daughters of Promise magazine arrived just before we left, with my library illustration in it!

Then, as soon as we got back I had an illustration to do for the fall issue! I was glad to get back to drawing and painting after a month hiatus – but of course I can’t reveal the finished piece until the magazine is out ; )

So, now I can get back to gardening, porch sitting, and day trips with friends to the beach! I hope you’re having a lovely summer and enjoying every moment!!!

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Painting Orchids

I’ve been teaching an art class at our homeschool group for the past three years. I enjoy it so much and hope to do it again next year! This was our last class of this year – painting orchids! These girls are great fun and have each learned to become more comfortable with their own artistic style!

Pretty Housekeeping

I like this idea to display regular, everyday used, items as decoration – to recognize the simple beauty of a mundane thing like a handbroom! I’ve never been one to display things just for show…they have to have a history, significance, and/or purpose. What do you think?

There’s this trend for fancy, upscale-utilitarian cleaning tools – there are more beautiful housekeeping tools available everywhere! I think it’s partly the eco-friendly natural and the minimalist long-lasting fashions that have swept the world by storm! I found this darling broom and dustpan and now sweeping feels like a special occation ; )
Also, thanks to Marie Cando and the *spark joy* trend, I’ve been organizing, cleaning out, and re-evaluating all the spaces in our home too! It’s the perfect activity for these winter days when cabin fever is at it’s pitch!!

How about you? Are you ready for spring cleaning?! Or, like me, just couldn’t wait and have spent the winter digging out the recesses of every closset to discover what’s hidden inside!

February

This month is always the longest feeling – ironic since it’s actually the shortest! But, it’s the middle of winter here with the cold days and snow. I haven’t done any painting in a while, but I’ve had other illustration work and I’m enjoying a beautiful butterfly puzzle! I have made my own matcha cheescake, a linen spray with essential oils, a card for a friend, and I’m started on a second rag rug! Handicrafts are a great diversion from the cabin fever that threatens to settle in this time of the year! What do you like to do in the winter months?

Winter Decorations

It’s time to put up the snowflakes and twinkle lights! I love to see all the snowflakes silhouetted in the windows – reminding me of how beautiful the snow is about the time in the winter that I start resenting how long and cold winter is!

Views from Life

My current living room is the old dining room – so the coat rack is now a decorative element instead of functional – until we switch the rooms back again ; ) I’m enjoying the change for these winter months!

My sketchbook fills up with flower doodles when I’m missing my garden and all the beautiful visitors that come to it: the hummingbirds, the butterflies, bees, ladybugs, etc. I’m already planning what flowers I can plant for them this summer!

My kitty needs her daily love-cuddles – have to watch out for her claws when she kneads with her paws!

I’ve been cleaning and organizing our little RV…getting ready for a cross-country trip this summer! The whole family is so excited about the trip. I’m going to journal about it all over HERE if you’d like to follow along!

Vacation Paintings

We did two different types of painting on our winter vacation! The first was a lot of work – we finished our west front room – painted ceiling, trim, and walls. Also, we finally hung proper curtain rods and curtains, mounted the pictures on the walls, and got a hutch we always had planned to have for the stereo…so this room is officially finished!!

The other painting was much more fun! I had a little watercolor class with Kaya, my son’s fiancee. We did johnny-jump-ups and I love how hers came out! She deffinately has an artistic eye for composition, proportions, colors, etc.

New year!

I found a perfect calendar for this year! I have a few resolutions that I’m looking forward to tracking in the pages of these months. I like that there’s space for doodles, quotes, reminders, and inspirational notes!

I’m also using a free printable template for weekly meal planning – this year is going to be for better, healthier, tastier foods for the whole family! After an elimination diet I did this summer I’ve been finding ways of feeding all of us better!

I’m excited by all the possibilities that the year ahead holds and I hope to be mindful and present in each moment. Savour, Cherish, and Choose Well – those are the words I’m starting the year with. What words are you living by today?

Current Projects

I’ve been doing a little bit of different things this month: a new embroidery technique, a flannel drawstring skirt with a kangaroo pouch (so cozy!), planting bulbs for some winter color, and some graphic design for a friends business branding!

Wintery Desk

These beautiful, fragrant, white tulips came from my husband for my birthday last week! He knows just what I like and also got me chocolate and paint pens! I’ve been having so much fun labeling everything with the pens ; )

I’ve had my 37th turn around the sun and feel so grateful for all the amazing blessings in my life – I’m looking forward to this year to come with joyful anticipation!!! Winter is NOT my favorite season…but I’m finding special beauty in it and thankful for all the good things that come with being cozy inside with dear friends and family!