Friday, August 21, 2009


We're off early tomorrow!

Probably won't post while I'm away on a tour bus.

Will be back in 2 weeks with

plenty of inspiration and stories

- talk to you all then!

Cheesy Trip Project.

Let's be honest.

Sewing: Not a skill that I possess.

You know where this is going... right?

So, I think I've mentioned before that we are leaving for our trip to Greece and Israel with our church tomorrow. Pretty exciting (except I get travel anxiety, so I've been super anxious and weepy - so silly). The trip is organized by Ultimate Journeys, a Seattle based travel company. They seem to have everything under control, and I guess to be nice gave us these little gems:

There are about 300 people going. 300 people with black and grey "Ultimate Journeys" travel bags. Doesn't seem like it would be too easy to find ours in that sea of black and grey. SO. I embarked on a "maybe I can just sew some things on them to make them different." Sew... Some things. I don't sew. And "some things" doesn't sound promising either. But for some reason I was pretty set on it. I went yesterday to get some fabric and fabric glue and other "things."Cut out some fabric. Glue it on. "Sew" some little doo-dads, and Ta-da:

New and improved travel bags. Kinda Cheesy. I asked Daniel what he wanted on his. His request was camo, which was 14.99 a yard - way too much for an experimental project. So green and plaid would have to do. Then I asked if I should write our names on them... decided, "Why don't I just SEW our initials?" I don't sew. But, I tried. And, he wanted the initial parts of our bags to match. Um, how CUTE is that?! I just love that man.

Ok, so... Final thoughts: We could have just used other bags that we have in order to find them in that sea of black and grey. But I worked hard on these cheesy little bags, and Daniel is proud of me, so we are going to ROCK these bags from Seattle to Greece to Israel and BACK. You better believe it (HA!).

Moral of the story and one you may need to remind me of again some day: I do not sew.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Creative Minds! I Need You!

I am stuck. I've literally been working on this painting for my friends, Travis and Tiffany, for months! They wanted a 12x12, red and orange tree painting with Psalm 34:5 woven in. Simple enough, right? Wrong. I've worked and worked, and still feel like it's just not quite popping like it should! I even painted a completely different piece to try and get something, anything cool... Nada. I'm kinda thinking it's because reds and oranges and browns are too similar... but I know that can't be an excuse.

Anyways, you're all creative in one way or another. And you are other eyes - that's what I need! Thoughts? Suggestions? Any new ideas to make this piece really super great? I'm open to anything!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Boast In This

This is a project I've been working on for my friend Josh. He commissioned me a while ago, but wasn't sure what he wanted. Once he decided he wanted this verse, he kinda left it up to me. His only request was no brown! So, on I embarked. He told me he wanted this verse to be reminded each day of what he really has to boast in (or something along those line, but put much more eloquently)! I like that idea a lot, and I think I like how this turned out...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ahoy Matey

My friend asked for a few more accessories and some background sets this morning, so here is what I've been working on... I'm having so much fun! Maybe I should think about getting into children's books or something along those lines.

Shameless plug.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009


A friend e-mailed me today about drawing some cartoon pirates for him! He's creating an iphone app and needed some original artwork for the beginning layouts and such. Even though I've never really done cartoons before, I draw funny pictures for my nephews all the time, so I figured I might as well try... I had so much fun! Just black ink on white paper, and then of course, I got really excited about using some of my ol' Crayola crayons. I just love to color in the lines of coloring books, or in this case, my own drawings.

He's already responded and told me they are just what he's looking for. How fun! I'm going to do a few more details just so he doesn't have to work with my rough sketches, but I'm excited to see how his project ends up....and if nothing else, these little pirates sure entertained ME for the evening!

Friday, August 14, 2009


I just finished this painting for my friend Chloe. She asked me a while ago to paint something along these lines after she heard this sermon (click on this blog title for the link):

Perseverance Until the New Creation from 2 Peter 3:11-13.
"We are all worshipers. We either worship God and enjoy him, or we worship the things he’s created—this is idolatry. Most people don’t realize that they worship things like cars, clothes, kids, sports, hobbies, and houses—but they do. They make sacrifices for them and find their identity in them. This sermon helps remind us all that besides Jesus, everything else is kindling."

I was really excited to work with her idea, and after listening to the sermon myself, thought her idea was fabulous! I really enjoyed working on it. Thanks for the idea, Chloe!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Busy Busy

I'm painting a ton today and
am super excited about it!
I'll post stories and pics soon.

In the meantime, we've started a website for our remodel. It's suppose to be, but that's not up yet,
so until then, you can find it here:

Monday, August 10, 2009

In Him all things hold together.

Sigh. There are so many things I could blog about, but today my heart just feels heavy and burdened and sad for so many people so dear to my heart. There are too many crazy things going on in the lives of those I love to even focus on our silly remodel or the laundry or getting groceries... I just read another friend's blog and she posted these - they bring me encouragement and remind me of the One who is in charge in times like these:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings,so also you share in our comfort.”

-2 Corinthians 1:3-7

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”

-Romans 8:26-27

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Happy 100th Post!

100 things that make me so happy (and grateful):

My husband
My parents and their 30 years of marriage

The cute things my nephews say
Family vacations
Girl talk
Good wine
My brother’s musical theater talent
My other brother’s composition talent
My home in Seattle

My home in Ventura
College memories
My high school art teacher
My grandparent’s legacy
Other artists
The video and photos of our wedding day

Sleeping in
The kindness of strangers
Feeling contentment
Fires in the fireplace
The opportunity to paint whatever I want

God’s redemption in the lives of my family members
Comfy pants
My grandma the prayer warrior (she has a direct line)
Childlike wonder

A great writing pen
My sister and her adorable family
Friends all over the world
Sleeping babies
Stories about past generations
Holding hands with Daniel

Girl friends I can talk to about anything (and I mean ANYthing)
The funny faces only my siblings know how to make
My dad’s silly songs
My mom’s heart
My nephew’s baby accent
Cool texts

    College friends who I can pick right back up with
    Family in Ohio
    Fresh flowers

    Love notes
    Road trips
    Seeing others I love, find love
    Swing sets
    Books that make me cry (I’ve only come across two so far)
    Snail mail
    Weekends away

    A nice blank journal
    Hume Lake summer camp
    A good cry
    Hugs from my dad
    Lazy days
    A pair of super cute shoes

    Traveling to other countries
    Goofy dancing
    Catching up with old friends
    Grand Lake

    Learning new things
    Early morning quiet times
    Brisk walks
    My husband’s cute smile and crinkled eyes in the morning

    Revelations and inspirations from Scripture
    Friends who are having babies
    Deep conversations
    Looking back and being able to see God’s hand at work
    Home decorating
    Fresh fruit

    Funny blogs
    Dressing up
    My sister’s ability to...make me laugh
    Wearing a huge sweatshirt when it’s cold

    Reading in the park
    Puffy vests and scarves

    The house quote book
    Opening window on a nice day and seeing my curtains blow in the breeze
    Painted toes
    Supporting a good cause
    Sending cards to loved ones and strangers
    Hymn lyrics

    Using my gifts and talents
    Looking forward to the future

    Friday, August 7, 2009

    Tarah and Kyle

    Just got back from our fabulous trip to Colorado for my cousin's wedding. I will post more photos soon, but for now, here is their wedding gift! They loved it, and I'm pretty excited about it too.

    Congrats Kyle and Tarah! We are so excited for you!


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