Progress Report: My 12 favorite paintings from 2019

This fall I started playing with watercolor markers and fell down a rabbit hole after doodling the flower above and going, “Holy crap, I actually like this!” I’ve been painting almost daily since then and although there’s been plenty of room for improvement and happy or less happy accidents, I am really proud of the progress I have made. It’s been really rewarding to teach … Continue reading Progress Report: My 12 favorite paintings from 2019

Learning Something New.

Earlier last month I got the urge to pull out my watercolor brush markers again. I started playing with various watercolor markers and pencils, etc. this year and mostly found myself annoyed with it not looking how I saw the pictures in my head. Either there was too much water or not enough – the paper pilled (especially when I wasn’t using watercolor paper) or … Continue reading Learning Something New.

Teaching myself how to watercolor.

I have not historically been a very artistic person. But after a few fun nights out with friends at those Paint and Sip events, I have started dabbling in other mediums. The most recent has been watercolors or more specifically watercolor brush pens. I’m still not at a place where I feel super confident with the craft, but I can see improvement slowly but surely … Continue reading Teaching myself how to watercolor.

Easy Last Minute Advent Idea: Holiday Jokes and Puns

We have a beautiful advent calendar that was handmade for us by my sweet and talented step mom or Meme as my kids call her. It’s one of my favorite Christmas decorations but sometimes the stress to fill it with Pinterest worthy goodies / activities / treats / toys can be overwhelming. But why make things hard for ourselves? Because my Super Mom Skill is … Continue reading Easy Last Minute Advent Idea: Holiday Jokes and Puns

Adventish: A Holiday Idea Box

Sometimes the holidays stress me out. Some years I don’t care about the mayhem and I pinterest my heart out coming up with fun activities and covering the house in glitter and ribbons and twinkle lights then other years I’m like, “What if we didn’t decorate for Christmas at all and we’ll just wait and see if Christmas happens anyway?” I’m feeling somewhere in the middle … Continue reading Adventish: A Holiday Idea Box

Kindergarten Looks Like: Paper Craft Extreme

Can we talk about BB’s new craft obsession? Every day she painstakingly cuts out little shapes from bits of paper and then assembles them into pictures, coloring in all the little pieces. This is a self portrait of hers that she gave me recently and it’s just one in an ever growing collection of patchwork pictures. Is this a common hobby? Because MM – who frequently … Continue reading Kindergarten Looks Like: Paper Craft Extreme

DIY: Making homemade labels for our spice jars.

We’ve been storing our spices in a couple of cardboard boxes pretty much since the day we moved into our first apartment all those years ago. It started with one box and as our cooking skills grew we added another box – one for baking and one for cooking basically. But the boxes were impossible to organize – you’d take one jar out and the … Continue reading DIY: Making homemade labels for our spice jars.