Sunday, December 27, 2015

In my journal

I have always loved quotes
and for a while I have been entering them in my journal.
I haven't colored them all yet.
Something to do in the new year :)

More doodles to come :)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Golly, blogging is definitely not my forte.
But my creative efforts have not been a total failure this year.
I'll try to post them
as I find them while I clean up for the new year :D

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Pattern making

I'm taking this summer challenge 
by Make It In Design
to give me an incentive to create
and push me in my pattern making.
There's nothing like a deadline
to feel creativity. 

Here are my patterns for the first challenges.

Summer Vacation
for the "Bright Retro" theme.

Under the Microscope
for the "Organic Decay" theme.

 The Dance of the Seahorses 
for the "Reworked Classics" theme.

I am feeling  positively productive :-)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Still doodling ...

My kids are in a morning camp this week.
And I ought to clean and organize,
but I couldn't resist doodling and doodling :-)

This week I am also starting
It's not quite like school.
It's more like an inspiration session
or perhaps a summer challenge.
Can't wait to show how inspired I get :-)

Monday, July 6, 2015

Happy Fourth

My family enjoyed the Fourth of July
in Lake Tahoe.
It was perfect in every way.

Hope you had a great weekend, too!

Friday, June 26, 2015


 A few cards made with last week's dyed paper :D

Note: Embellished with scrapbooking embellishments
(perhaps by KCompany? I don't have the packaging anymore.)
and Rhonna Farrer's digital brushes.

Monday, June 22, 2015

A summer to dye

I have always wanted to dye
fabric/paper/anything white.
For years.
I'm such a procastinator.
But my motto is:
It's never too late!

To celebrate the last day of school this year
my kids and I finally tie dyed some T-Shirts. 

I wish I had more photos,
but you will just have to trust me,
we did a good job :)
My daughter dyed 
a white, lacy, sleeveless top 
and a pair of bike shorts,
which were quite great buys from Target.

Then last week we dyed paper.
First using the food color + milk technique.
(We were supposed to use almond milk,
but I found it too pricey for our cow-milk drinking family.)

It is not my favorite technique.
The food coloring simply sank to the bottom of the tray.
Maybe next time I need to try the almond milk after all.
It just occurred to me ...
will my paper smell sour in a few days?
Hmmm ...

Anyway, the second technique we tried 
was the nail polish + water technique.
Love this one!

Unfortunately I only found one bottle of nail polish in my vanity.
It's time to dig in the garage and go on a nail polish hunt!

In the end I used this technique 
on a few pieces of paper 
that were colored with food coloring.

I highly recommend this technique!
It's easy and fun with highly satisfying results.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Day 5 - art journal peek

Today I doodled a bit

And looked through
some of my older journal entries.

How I miss painting.
Next week my kids will be mostly home.
Maybe we'll paint together :-)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Day 4 is flower power day

I love California.
Everything seems to grow easily here.
Today I thoroughly enjoyed my backyard.

Time to sketch them :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Day 3 was filled with sketching

Any day filled with sketching
is a great day :)

One day I'll scan these in
and make fabric patterns :-)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Day 2 was filled with flowers

Now and then I like to fill my stash of fabric flowers.
Yesterday I used my last one for a photo journal.
So today was the time to make more :)

Instructions for these are super easy.
1. Dig in your polyester or satin fabric stash. 
(Do NOT use cotton, it will burn)

2. Cut circles in various sizes. 
I like to cut them between 1/2 - 3 inches in diameter. 
The smaller they are, 
the harder they will be to handle when singing the edge.
I use a metal tweezer to hold the fabric.

3. Light a candle and 
hold a circle about 2-5 inches away from the flame. 
It takes some experimenting.
I find the distance changes often. 
Start from far away and slowly move it closer to the flame 
until the edges start curling.

4. I also love to incorporate tulle.
The metal tweezers get hot and create holes, 
because tulle melts faster. 
So I simply use my fingers 
to hold the tulle close to the flame. 
Be extra careful. 
Do not burn your fingers!
Also beware of sparkly tulle. 
It's possible to singe the edges ... 
but sparkles easily burn and set the rest aflame.

6. Sew several layers of circles together 
and decorate with lace and beads.

7. Oila!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Day 1 of summer vacation

The kids are in camp this week
And so I am on a mini summer vacation :)

I have been wanting to make a bunch of photo journals
(For myself and for christmas gifts)
and I finally finished #1!!


The papers come from my scrapbooking and stationary stash,
which I have been collecting since middle school - eons ago.
Admittedly, I have way too much!
But here is a secret:
Every time I go through my stash,
my heart goes aflutter :D

More journals coming up!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Pattern Camp

Last year, for my birthday
my hubby gave me the gift of "Pattern Camp"
- an e-course by Jessica Swift.
I have always wanted to design my own pattern, 
order it from Spoonflower
and then sew clothes for my kids.

Unfortunately last year, I didn't get far.
The camp was on a really busy weekend
and it was my hubby's birthday.
And, although I was given a whole Saturday morning to start the course,
I quickly lost momentum afterwards.

No matter though.
2015 is a new year, right?

I paid for an extension
and I finished the course 
and managed to create 2 patterns that I really like already.

Life is good :)

Ironically though, 
I would not use any of them to sew clothes for my kids. 
I have to rethink this Spoonflower and sewing idea!!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A bit of crocheting

This year I eased into my creative life by crocheting flowers.
I enjoy following simple instructions
and creating little pretties for my daughter.

I sipped on hot chocolate,
crocheted flowers,
and made bracelets.

It's absolutely satisfying to start this year with something simple!

Oh and I thought it would also be cute to share the little cape I crocheted
for my son's beloved "Fletch" last year for Christmas :-)
(using the exact same yarn. lol.)