Saturday, July 16, 2016

{custom illustration}

I finished two custom pieces for a local friend yesterday and am so happy with how they turned out. Here is one of the pieces in progress and finished...

I'm really enjoying the process of creating these. If you have a special quote or saying you would like me to illustrate for you, I'm always taking custom orders!



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

{#100daysofyourtruth update}

Happy Wednesday friends!

Thought it was time to share a little update on my 100 day project. Hard to believe, but I've completed 70 out of 100 quotes! Whew! 

I haven't been digitizing/coloring them lately because it is so time consuming, although lots of fun! I'm hoping to catch up with a few of them, but I felt the need to simplify the past few weeks as we got through our kitchen renovation and enjoyed some much needed time with the boys.

The idea of slowing down inspired this one...

And I have a feeling I'll be using that new subway tile as a photo prop quite a bit! 

Hope you're having a great week!



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

{kitchen reno update part 2}

Oh I am BEYOND happy to share with you that for all intents and purposes, our kitchen reno is DONE!

Goodness that 7-ish weeks felt like an eternity! 

We still need to do some painting...white on the walls and a pop of turquoise on the island surround, but anything that we hired someone else to do is finished! 

It is all so bright and white and pretty. I don't know if I can pick a favorite thing. I'll post again when everything is 100% done but for now here is how it is looking!

Oh this backsplash makes me all kinds of happy. This photo was pre-grout but we went with gray so not much of a difference in the finished look...

The open shelving is from IKEA and is making me giddy! I couldn't resist plopping some dishes on it two seconds after the contractors left and snapping a few pictures. 

And now for a  good corner view of everything...

The upper cabinets, sink and drawer pulls are also IKEA. We purchased the lower cabinets and countertop (formica if you can believe it!) from Lowe's. 

And I actually smiled while washing dishes the other night... 

That Mrs. Meyers lemon dish soap didn't hurt! I'm obsessed with anything lemon scented these days. 

And because we all love a good before and after...

Holy cow right?

I've been pinning kitchen ideas ever since we moved into this house over seven years ago and really didn't know if we would ever be able to do this. It is a dream come true! 

And I really want to encourage you by adding that even though this wasn't inexpensive, we did it on a lower budget and income, so it is possible friends! Here are some examples of how we saved money...

We have a TON of countertop, and with formica it was only around $700 for the entire counter. No need to spend thousands on granite or solid surface to get a beautiful counter. The farmhouse sink from IKEA is only $300 which is a bargain. And it is a much room in that thing! Our faucet was an $80 Ebay find. The gas cooktop was $150 marked down from I think $400 in the IKEA clearance section. We have literally had it in a closet for like four years waiting for a new kitchen. The key is to be creative, think outside the box, and snatch up deals when you can!

Thanks so much to everyone that has joined in my excitement over this renovation. You are awesome!


Saturday, July 02, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

{new products!}

Happy Monday friends!

I hope your week is off to a happy start and you are fully caffeinated to start the day!

I have some fun new products available that I wanted to share with you. 

All I have to say is NOTEBOOKS!! Ahh! 

OK so if you aren't a stationery junkie like me you might not appreciate this. 

BUT I am obsessed with cute notebooks and it has been a dream of mine to have my artwork on the cover of one. So when I discovered Redbubble a few days ago, and saw they had the option of spiral and hard bound notebooks, I uploaded some of my artwork right away. And then ordered some samples because...I mean it was a no-brainer. 

When they came in the mail over the weekend I decided what better time to do my first Facebook live video to share them with my friends. You can check it out here

Aren't they fun? I really, really love the graph paper print and pockets in the back!

Redbubble has a big selection of products to choose from too, like tops...

And some of the same items I have in my Society6 shop including mugs and tote bags. 

But I basically created this shop solely for the notebooks. Don't they just make me want to doodle and make all sorts of lists?

They are offering 20% off today too if you want a little Monday pick-me-up! 



Sunday, June 26, 2016

{custom illustration}

I finished a custom illustration last night and I'm really in love with how happy and colorful it turned out.

It is for a friend's daughter to hang in her dorm room when she starts college this fall. I remember babysitting her when she was like...ummm 5? So yep...feeling old!

Here are a few process photos...

And the final piece!

I don't typically use so many bold colors in my illustrations, but this piece has convinced me I should more often! I used Spectrum Noir markers and the extra fine messy pen on this piece. 

I'll be adding it as a print to my online shops soon!



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