Thursday, July 17, 2014

This way to the Ministry of Magic!

We're continuing our tradition of reading a Harry Potter book each summer, out loud, as a family. You can guess which book we're on now! I made this sign after the kids went to bed and taped it up in the appropriate spot....


Only to find an addition when I got up early the next morning (Angela's handiwork).

The text reads: CAUTION! Moaning Myrtle may appear while using the shower, bath, toilet or sink. Do not mind the constant crying if she enters your home. Sincerely - Ministry of Magic.

I love my children and their amazing creativity SO MUCH. Wonder where they got it from?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Getting back into the habit

(Just me in my mermaid suit, my pet cotton candy blue fox, and my trusty steed, a red cactus.)

So as some of you may have noticed, I get sidetracked. A LOT. I get caught up with work, and my family, and the kids, and other obligations, and then a little voice that says, "hey, you should go paint" basically gets told to shut up because I need more sleep.

I began using a new program which I just love called It helps reinforce good habits, and help you notice when you're slacking (or when you're engaging in bad habits). It's kind of like Chore Wars except that it's much more personal. And way cuter. I've always been a sucker for 8-bit goodness. Especially when it's color coded and easy enough that I can have my kids have their own accounts too.

So what the heck does this have to do with painting? It's taken me two months,(!) but I've finally added "Studio Time" to my list of habits. And "Blog" as well. And added five entries on my to-do list that are all blog topics. Hopefully these habits will start to stick, because then will I not only actually be spending time on doing creative things for myself, I will be documenting and sharing them.

So watch this space.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Always remember

...which cup has the water, and which has the coffee.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Digital sketch on the iPad with inspire pro. Green is still totally my favorite color.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Dress up French Toast Girl!

Ancient history, people…. who remembers this?

And it still works!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Sacrifice and creativity

It's the first day of Lent today, Ash Wednesday. So to prepare, we made some Sacrifice Beads (also called Good Deed Beads) to help act as reminders to help others. Because this was sort of spur of the moment, we used what beads we had on hand - in a few cases, a fish or a heart stood in for the cross. Either way, when you do a good deed as an offering, you move a bead towards one end as an act of love. 

Directions to make your own: I promise it's not hard at all, and children can make them with just a little help and supervision. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

happy happy valentine's day!

Another year, another valentine. Are they getting big or what?!

And now let's have a trip in the wayback machine!