15 November 2015

Wedding DIYs...an introduction

As some may know, we are getting married this New Year's Eve. I haven't shared too much of our wedding yet - and it's not that nothing is going on in regards to it - so much is going on, on the go and yet to be started.  It's also the reason I haven't shared any of anything lately - because it has kept me so busy!

Being crafty, it was only natural that there are some DIY's in this wedding. I would be lying if I didn't say that I immediately began to search out all of the goodness on pinterest, and put together a secret 'wedding board' full of way to much to do. 

And then, as a bride I sit and look at this massive to-do list that I had created for myself, and begin to cross things off that maybe don't really need to be done, or a part of our wedding....really, would anyone even notice that super small detail? Probably only one or two. So, should I really 'waste time' on that? ....uhmmm.... I probably will. *Shakes head*

Thing is, I haven't shared, mostly because I want everything to be a surprise for those involved. So, after the wedding I will have some things to share. :) And, everyone will get to see how they fit into the whole scheme of the wedding.

 But for now, I have these beautiful engagement photos that we took earlier in the summer.  They demonstrate the most important part of this whole process - you just have to have fun ;)

09 November 2015

Autumn Blaze Watercolour Painting

With all the changing leaves the past few weeks, I had to create a painting inspired by it. I saw this one maple tree that was turning from the outside in, the colour gradient was gorgeous! I captured it in my painting, Autumn Blaze.


It's been awhile since I have painted. It's just been hectic with wedding planning - not to mention my office is a tornado of wedding DIY's. It felt nice to open up the paint box again and get into the creative zone.

This painting is available for sale in my Etsy store, Jellybeans.

06 November 2015

Quick Life Update

Just a quick update with all the goodness happening before I start posting some new art to share with you all! (Yippie!)

Our dear pooch, Chewie, went for the dreaded 'snip' this past week and has been sporting a fabulously entertaining cone around his neck. We love it, he doesn't so much. He's realizing with this cone, that he does in fact have poor body awareness, as he can't even manage to get through a doorway with it. Poor guy!

In the early fall, my poor car had a run in with a deer on my way to work. (The deer ran away after...) I was a little shaken up, but completely fine. My car had a bruised ego, and some (big) dents, but still ran. But it was old, and my insurance company didn't want to fix it, so they wrote it off and took it away from me. That left with without a vehicle for almost a whole month - and two shift workers trying to share one car. It was not easy at all, and nothing got done that was planned for the early month.

And since that could not go on forever:

We used what little time we had, and purchased a new vehicle - say hi to my new car: a Chevy Equinox AWD in a beautiful Tungsten Metallic! It's a little bit of an upgrade - and seems huge compared to my teeny tiny Cavalier, but we were thinking long-term, family-oriented. A car would not fit our huge dog and potential children in the future; this will. And it will be a lot safer for winter driving - especially with the shift work driving in the middle of the night on snowy roads. I LOVE driving it! 

And lastly, Halloween happened! We dressed up, as always, and this year we were skeleton flapper girl and gangster!

I had never had full face makeup on before, and thought it might be bothersome, but it turned out amazing and didn't bother me one bit! I made my costume from a thrift store dress, that I heavily altered:

I wish I had a before photo of this dress. The original dress was a boxy, short sleeve dress - I took the sleeves off, took it in, darted the front a bit and shortened the bottom (to add lace and add shape)...then because I'm not truly a sewing person - I grabbed my trusty glue-gun and glued on fringe and as much sequin and rhinestones that I could :)

Well, that's about it! Wedding planning is in full effect! I'm trying to keep track of all the things I have made for it, to blog about it after the wedding (of course). But even that has been a challenge. Hopefully I'll have something for you all after, and if not, I can link to other instructions that are similar. This wedding has turned into the biggest DIY project ever - it's stressful and so much fun at the same time.

15 August 2015

Oh She Grows: Garden Update

The garden has been growing wonderfully this summer. We cannot seem to keep up to all the food it is giving us! But, now it has reached a new phase.

The early crops - beans, peas and brocoli are all out and done now. So, I resowed 'short season' crops, and some frost tolerant crops, for another harvest. The lettuce all bolted (and got bitter) during the last extreme heat wave that we got. So I planted more here as well, and we should be seeing lettuce again shortly. Also planted: bok choy (I am watching out for those pesky ear wigs!!), carrots, beets, kohl rabi (haven't been successful with this yet), cilantro (my earlier plants have gone to seed) and choy sum. Along with this, a second round of short season green beans.

While those new seeds start to sprout, we still have plenty of good eating in the garden. The peppers are a little earlier this year - yippiee! We will have plenty of hot peppers to pickle, and maybe some prize winners for the fair in September! My chili peppers won 1st last year :)

The tomato jungle is just that - my wonderful tomato jungle :)

There is a bit more order to it this year - but not really, hehe. I have trimmed the lower branches to keep from touching the ground, and I trim out the dead branches. But other than that - it is a free-for-all, and it is growing wonderfully that way.

My Mountain Magic tomatoes have been the first to ripen. They are like oversized cherry tomatoes. James says they are the most delicious of what has come out yet.

The grightmire tomatoes were next - witha  ripe one here and there. These are so pretty - little heart shaped tomatoes.

They have dark shoulders when they are green, but then it all turned into a uniform red, with the slightest striping in it. So pretty!

My cumcumbers are sharing climbing space with my purple pole beans, and the relationship is going quite well. They seem to be able to 'grip' onto the pole bean plant better than the fencing, and have required less training to succesfully get them climbing. I have squished a few cucumber beetles here and there, but crops are still going well.

We have lots of flowers in the gardens too this year, and they have brought in so many bees! It was the smartest choice adding them in this year - and they just brighten up the garden so much!

We are getting food out every day. And trying to figure out what to do with it all. It's just wonderful to walk out to the garden and find dinner :)

14 August 2015

Acrylic Landscape WIP (work in progress)

Last Saturday night was my 'change over' night - when I stay up as late as I can, because the next day I begin my night shifts at the hospital. I was trying to think up something to do as the night progressed, and inspiration hit me. I began a landscape painting on a longer canvas that I have. 

I really like how this piece started to come together quite organically. The drips from the sky shaping the tree line and giving hints of trunks.

I wasn't such a fan of the hard line separating the land and water, so I softened that up a bit.


The water still needs some work to create a sense of depth. I'm thinking pondering what to do there. I have definitely hit a 'block' with it. But hope to come back to it once all these tiresome night shifts are done. :)

17 July 2015

Bloom Original Watercolour Painting


I have a new painting to share with you all in the online shop. "Bloom" is an original watercolour, with some beautiful 'natural' typography details in the limbs of the tree.


This summer, I have been focused on 'blossoms' in my day-to-day gardening -- ensuring that there are enough flowers for the bees, and encouraging bees to buzz into my gardens and pollinate my vegetables for a successful harvest. It was only a matter of time until they showed up in my artwork again.

The organic flow of the tree was perfect to incorporate words and emotions into this painting to inspire its viewers.
"Bloom" - Original Watercolour Painting
The original painting is available in my online shop, and it is part of a small painting mini-series 'Written in the Trees'.

Shine is also a part of this series:
"Shine" -Original Watercolour Painting

09 July 2015

Cherry Goodness!

I went to the local U-pick and grabbed up about 10 lbs of cherries this week (yummy!). I had originally went last week for strawberries, but it was bummer crop and just picked enough to do one batch of freezer jam. Cherries is where it is at this summer!

They were so plentiful, it was easy picking! I brought home my bounty, and processed a bunch of them into canned cherries. I had wanted to do this last year as well, but my canning supplies that I had ordered did not arrive by then. This year - I was all over it! I got about 11 jars, and made sure to leave plenty for fresh eating this week :)

I cannot wait till winter to have these summer time gems still available to us :)