Friday, July 25, 2014

fashion friday- my summer uniform

My summer uniform- all day everyday is a comfy maxi dress (I've got too many to count!), my trusty denim shirt, a fedora hat and a big pair of black sunnies! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

color inspiration- raspberry truffle coneflowers

Echinacea purpurea or Raspberry Truffle Coneflower is one of the big, double-flowered Echinacea varieties and one of my favorites from the garden! I feel some sketches coming on!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

wood slice coasters

After spending months landscaping our backyard we ended up with lots of branches that were trimmed from trees and I've been saving them for future projects. Recently I had andy cut some slices for me that I transformed into some colorful coasters. 

I obsessed with color which means I am obsessed with the color wheel so I painted my own loose interpretation of the color wheel on each wood slice. Optional: coat wood with a clear polyurethane.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

a peek inside Lucy's playroom

Recently I had enough of Lucy's toys scattered all over the house, it was starting to feel like every room belonged to her so I decided to do a little organizing, consolitating and bringing the major play things into one room. Since we co-sleep (you can read about it here and here) we don't need a bed in her room and while this will absolutely change, it's not happening any time soon so I decided to decorate and organize her room like playroom. 

Our house has a huge master bedroom and two TEENY TINY bedrooms so we are limited with how and what to put into Lucy's room because we are working with about 100 square feet. Before were just throwing all of her stuff into the room and letting it be a catch all. 

I decided to really get the room set up to maximize the floor space for playing and then use the perimeter walls for all her things. Now that Lucy is two, she is noticing everything so it was important to put some creativity into everything.

I painted one of my favorite quotes on the wall (by E.E. Cummings), I created a fun little gallery wall with her art (she LOVES THIS!) and rearranged the things on her walls and shelves. I kept the colors light and airy with bright pops of color. (See tutorial for faux antlers HERE and handmade family dolls HERE)
I used those canvas storage bags (see tutorial HERE) that I made a while back for her stuffed animals.

We straightened up the book wall (see book wall tutorial HERE).

We hung a new picture above her coat rack (rack made from a piece of wood found on the beach)

Lucy and I selected some of her favorite toys created a display on her dresser and shelves that will be rotated out.

The kid is obsessed with stuffed animals and she has SO MANY so I hung a shoe rack on the back of her door as a place for all the little ones- SO MUCH BETTER!!!

While a clean room won't last, I'm just happy to have things a little better organized!

Monday, July 21, 2014

bring it to life online class

You guys I am excited to share that my next online class is ready to go live this Friday, July 25th! It's a little different because I am teaming up with husband Andy- we have created a class all about bringing your art to life. From drawing people to painting abstract to doodles and pattern, we have put together a class full of our favorite tips, shortcuts, techniques and inspiration for breathing life into a variety of subject matter. I've got a little preview below!


Bring IT to life is a "mini class" that is structured into 3 large lessons.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT CONTENT: This class is focused on tips and tricks for bringing all kinds of subject matter to life- not on how to draw and paint specific subject matter.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SUPPLIES: This class like all of my classes, does NOT have a required supply list. Instead I will be sharing the supplies that I like to use and then give you a variety of options and inspiration to use supplies that work best for your process and your budget.

Head on over to my shop for all the class details HERE

Friday, July 18, 2014

fashion friday- birkenstocks 3 ways

I'm not sure if you got the memo but Birkenstocks are back in style! I actually never knew they were out of style because I've been a Birkenstock customer since I was fifteen.

While they aren't the prettiest of shoes- I just don't care! As a gal who's feet and back are destroyed from years of wearing heels, Birkenstocks are some of the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. Today I am sharing three different ways that I style my Birkenstocks-

hat:,  kimono: forever21, t-shirt: from Disneyland, jean shorts: thrifted from WAYYY back in high school

Birkenstocks work really well with causal boho outfits. I love wearing them with my favorite cutoff jean shorts, a comfy tee and a flowy kimono.

slip dress: forever 21

During summer months I love wearing my Birkenstocks with slip dresses. Paired with colorful accessories you have the perfect outfit for a warm summer evening!

jean jacket: Old Navy, white button up shirt: Target, cropped pants: Target, necklace: PolishedTwo

Once in a while I throw together a casual but polished (and less boho) outfit when I have errands to run or have business engagements and my Birks are the perfect shoe for heading out and about.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

life around these parts

Summer is crazy around here- while the rest of the world seems to take time off for vacations and fun, we have been working around the clock so once fall arrives we can take a little time off. From studio classes, working on future projects, business planning, creating online classes and hosting visitors from out of town, summer is insane at our house! But amidst the chaos we have been trying to make time for little moments of joy and fun- bikes rides, trips to the beach and the farmers market and lots of family time is keeping us sane and present! Here is a peek into life around these parts:

I am pretty much smitten with Instagram and it is a place where I am able to document, show and share a more personal look into our life (without words).You can follow me HERE for a peek into our daily happenings.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


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