Thursday, August 28, 2014


when i saw this week's DLP challenge to add a face to your page,
i began to panic a little, and quite frankly, i had a fleeting moment
of trying to figure out how i could "get around it".  :))
of course, the whole point of a challenge is to, well, 
challenge yourself to do the things you're not comfortable doing
(and many times to do the things you think you can't do)…..

so, i went to my stand-by method of resolving these issues:
eat half a bar of chocolate, turn on some really good music,
dig deep down in my heart, and just start drawing……
with no editing.
{well, okay, maybe a little editing.}

and the amazing thing is that while i was getting lost in the music, 
my heart kind of took over and led the way….
and before i knew it, i was able to eat the 
other half of the chocolate bar as a big reward!  
woo hoo!  xox

{supplies:  for the DLP week 35 challenge:
 moleskine planner, fabriano artistico 140 lb. HP paper,
derwent inktense pencils, pitt pens, 2B & 5B pencils, washi tape}

Thursday, August 21, 2014

hat of paper

this week, the Documented Life Project challenged us to use numbers,
and it reminded me of a fun song my little dutch sweetie 
used to sing to our kids when they were younger.

it's a very popular counting song about a sweet little paper hat.

the song doesn't include a bear or a heart-balloon….
but, when you're dealing with kids and paper hats,
a bear and a heart-balloon really are must-haves, don't you think?  

here's the rough translation:
one, two, three, four, 
hat of, hat of,
one, two, three, four,
hat of paper.

it's a really cute little song and it sounds so much better in Dutch.
especially if it's being sung by someone with a sweet little Dutch accent. xox
you can listen to it here!

{supplies for the week thirty-four DLP challenge:
moleskine planner, fabriano artistico 140 lb. HP paper, pitt pens,
watercolor, washi tape, 5B graphite pencil, scrapbook paper}

Monday, August 18, 2014

hello, sunshine!

 i'm so happy to celebrate the fun-in-the-sun of this summer

there are lots of great designs to help you
send some sunshine to someone special…...

and tell them how much they brighten your day!!

and p.s. …. thank you SO much for brightening my little spot in cyberspace
every time you stop by my blog!!  sending you lots of these:  xoxoxox!!

{for more information about this "hello sunshine" stamp set,
and other new sets including Christmas stamps,  please click here!}  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

goin' green

this week, our DLP challenge is to use some of those juicy bits of paper 
that catch all of our creative messes while we're working.
so, i did a nose dive into my trash can and rescued some paper towels that 
had been used to wipe my watercolor palette clean.

then i tore a couple of pieces into circles,
and folded and pleated each one to give it a bit of character.

then i stacked the two circles on top of each other
and sewed some french knots to make sure they stayed together…..

and then i added it to a stem…..

which sits next to a little wooden sign.

and after a bit of reusing and recycling, 
i have a little garden that's goin' green and growin' happy!

{supplies:  moleskine planner, fabriano artistico 140 lb. paper,
paper towels, yellow thread, derwent inktense pencils, 
5B graphite pencil, washi tape, pitt pens, glue dot,

{click here for more information about the DLP challenge!}

Thursday, August 7, 2014

first bloom

every Spring i purchase a thriving lavender plant,
and usually by the middle of the Summer 
it's withered away due to sweltering heat and my over-ambitious watering.

so this year, i took a different approach and decided to 
let the plant tell me when it wanted water, and other plantly-type stuff.

i'm not harvesting fields of glorious blue-purple blooms just yet, but
my little lavender sweetie has produced its first heavenly-fragranced bloom, 
so i'm celebrating on a page in my journal…..and shouting a big woo-hoo!
here's to you, Mother Nature!!

{supplies:  moleskine watercolor journal,  derwent inktense pencils,
koi watercolor, eagle falcon nib, 4B pencil}

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