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  • Teacher Appreciation Card Ideas


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  • Brainstorming more ideas for Teacher Appreciation cards and gifts…. what to do?


  • New Art Journal Entry


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  • Just finished my first sketch/entry in a brand new art journal. I love the feeling of starting a new journal!! And obviously … we have been working in our spring garden!   


  • School Supplies


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  •   I’ve started sketching everyday objects for fun — I don’t know why, but it makes my heart full. I started sketching everyday office objects in my art journal and I got the idea that these would make great teacher … Continue reading


  • Mari’s Violin Recital


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  • My sweet little (ten year old) cousin Mari just had her very first violin recital at school last week. So I did a couple of quick sketches in my art journal from a picture her mom sent to me. Mari … Continue reading


  • Random Sketches


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  • I’ve been working on my illustrations and sketches of people a lot more lately. I’ve been sketching a lot of everyday things – swinging in the backyard, dancing, spinning with a baby doll. Drawing people is difficult but I’m starting … Continue reading


  • Ash Wednesday


  • Ash Wednesday sketch

  • Ash Wednesday is one of my most favorite sacred services. It’s quiet, it’s reflective, it’s somber, and yet it’s peaceful. At the end of the service, I was waiting for choir practice to begin so I decided to sit in … Continue reading


  • Happy St. Paddy’s Day


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  • I totally forgot to share this. I love doodling in my sketch book and on scraps of paper – any paper I can find. So last week, I had some fun making a St. Patrick’s Day illustration. Hope yours was … Continue reading


  • Another Christmas Doodle


  • Christmas Owl Watercolor Illustration

  • When I need a break from painting custom portraits, or simply need to smile, my go-to is generally Christmas doodling of some sort. It’s my absolute favorite time of year. This is a sweet little watercolor Christmas Owl all bundled … Continue reading


  • Sometimes You Just Need to Doodle


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  • Sometimes you just need to doodle a little Christmas to brighten your spirits… This was a fun little vintage-feeling car with a Christmas tree on top. It seriously made me smile. And I needed that on this particular day. Art … Continue reading


  • Libby Lou


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  • My good friend and talented photographer (who I also use to babysit) lost her fur baby Libby Lou. Melissa Prosser Collazo and I have also worked together on several fabulous weddings over the years and she has also been a … Continue reading


  • Mama’s View from the Waiting Room


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  • Well, I’ve been a busy bee painting away … but we have also had some “life” experiences that have come before anything else. Little miss had to have some dental work on Wednesday, and my nerves were shot thinking about … Continue reading


  • Christmas Card Idea


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  • And I’m working on some Christmas card ideas to stay fresh and not get stagnant painting homes. I LOVE painting people’s homes, I just needed a little reprieve. 🙂 Vintage (and vintage-style) Christmas cards are my favorite. So I’m playing … Continue reading


  • Halloween Card Ideas


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  • I had to take a tiny break from houses and have some fun coming up with Halloween card ideas for my Etsy shop. Here’s a cute little jack-o-lantern. I just love Jack!!


  • Happy Birthday Cupcake


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  • I decided to add a festive birthday cupcake to my art journal for a little fun and also to have a happy little image to accompany Facebook birthday wishes! It’s sweet and simple – and I love it!


  • Back to School Cards for Students


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  • I’m about to start back to school in my second year as a teacher. It’s been the perfect transition for me to step out of wedding planning and also focus on creating art. In the process, I’ve fallen in love … Continue reading


  • Mama, I caught a fish!


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  • Reese caught her first freshwater fish while we were on Lake Oconee. And on a little girl’s pink and purple fishing rod on top of it all! She caught two baby sharks last summer at Myrtle Beach, but this time … Continue reading


  • Jet Ski Thrills


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  • We had a fantastic time at my in-laws’ place on Lake Oconee a few days ago. My husband and daughter enjoy the jet ski more than anything… my child was having so much fun that you could hear her squealing all … Continue reading


  • Fall Sketches


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  • In the middle of this crazy heat, I’ve been sketching some fall ideas to make greeting cards. I’ll have to fine tune these later, of course, but at least it’s a start! I’m seriously in heaven. I cannot even describe the … Continue reading


  • Back to School, Back to School….


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  • Every time I see the words “back to school,” I immediately start singing (in my best Billy Madison voice) “Back to school, back to school, to prove to my dad that I’m not a fool….” I can’t help it. I lost … Continue reading


  • Hey there Chickee


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  • I love cardinals… but I’m not gonna lie. I hated sketching and watercoloring these. I’ve enjoyed more recent birds. Maybe it’s because I am more comfortable with them now? Anyway, here are Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal flirting away……


  • Sunflower Line and Wash Watercolor


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  • Sunflowers are one of my all-time favorite flowers… and Calendar Girls is one of my favorite movies. There’s a scene in the movie in which Helen Mirren’s character is talking about her friend’s love of sunflowers and why. This quote … Continue reading


  • Summer = Fresh Fruit Season


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  • It’s just been crazy hot lately and thinking about fruit … cold fresh fruit makes me feel like I can handle the heat just a little while longer!! This was a really fun sketch in particular … light, fresh, fun, … Continue reading


  • 4th of July Line and Wash Watercolor


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  • We had a very relaxed 4th of July this year … swimming and hanging out at the pool, then enjoying time as a family at home. I sketched out a few details and moments from the day. 🙂 I hope … Continue reading


  • A Room with a View


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  • This is a sketch of a fabulous mirror I made using poster board… it’s in our master bedroom (while our master has changed a bit since this post, you can see this mirror and how I made it here). And … Continue reading


  • Line and Wash Watercolor – Home Sweet Home


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  • Last week, I did my first line and watercolor wash of our home … well part of it. I didn’t do the entire front of our brick ranch, but I’m happy with the results. I’m getting so much more comfortable … Continue reading


  • Random Favorite Things


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  • These are a few of my favorite random things… A mirror in my bathroom and one of my favorite perfumes. And my retro bedside alarm clock … These were fun little sketches and washes to do!!


  • Pool Side “Cabana”


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  • On July 2, I was sitting poolside in the morning watching my husband and daughter swim in our neighborhood pool. It just wanted to be painted. It’s such a modest building that I felt like no one has probably ever … Continue reading


  • 1976 Tomato Canisters


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  • In 1976, my Aunt Sweetie and Uncle Everett (we’re Southern – the names are normal here) gave a glazed pottery tomato canister set to my parents when they were married. After a few years, these canisters lived at my grandmother’s for … Continue reading


  • Family Room Armoire


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  • To start my art journal, I’ve been focusing on items around the house and also on jaunts around the town and the neighborhood. This is so much fun!! This is our beautiful armoire Edward and I have had even before … Continue reading


  • Art Journal – the Blue Chair


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  • I just started an art journal to work on my fundamentals in art. After stumbling across a fabulous artist’s blog – Rita’s Sketchbook Wandering –  documenting her own sketchbook and art journal, I fell in love with the idea (not … Continue reading