color story - beige

on my radar - backpacks

Almost exactly a year ago I saw backpack #1 from Herschel Supply Co.  Can't remember where I saw it, but I just loved it.  Being a soccer/dance mom I've considered buying a backpack ever since.  Backpacks are just so practical, even if you aren't a soccer/dance mom.  I would use it in lieu of a purse, especially on those soccer/dance occasions when I have 1,000 other things to carry.  Here are a few that I have my eye on:

1.  Herschel Supply Co. 'Settlement Mid Volume' Backpack.  Love this one.  It comes in lots of colors, but I'd go bold and get the camo/blue/red.  Life is short. 

2.  Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Domo Ariagoto' Backpack.  Domo Ariagoto means "thank you so much."  And would say, "No, thank you Mr. Jacobs.'  This backpack is classy, yet still a little sporty and the perfect size (12 X 17 X 4).  There's a Mr. Roboto joke there somewhere, but I'll let it go...

3.  Longchamp 'Le Pliage' Backpack.  You had me at Longchamp.  The only downside to this one is the size, it might be a little small depending on how you are going to use it.  If you're leaning more to a purse, it's perfect. 

4.  Chris Vanveghal Minimal Ruffsack. I love this bag.  Beautiful, simplistic design.  It's like wearing a piece of art on your back.  And you don't have to be a cool hipster to carry this bag, you can be a dorky soccer mom like me. 

5.  MCM 'Medium Stark - Visetos' Studded Logo Print Backpack.  For all of you instagrammers, MCM does not stand for "Man Crush Monday."  In this case it stands for Modern Creation München.  You can read about them here.  Ok, I get it.  This one is a little pricey.  Do you really need a backpack that costs over $700?  The answer is yes, yes you do.  Especially a backpack as cool and beautiful as this one (it has gold studs on the sides!).  I really love this cognac color as well.  

6.  Sole Society Faux Leather Backpack.  For all the vegans in the house.  Or non-vegans.  This bag has great details, like the braided zipper pulls and think the top handle makes it an incredibly versatile bag.  And you can beat the price ($59.95).

latest painting - my first Brusho experiment

I recently purchased a set of Brusho Crystal Colours, and yesterday was the first time I tried them out.  I am so excited to experiment more, because the colors are so brilliant.  If you are not familiar with Brusho, here is the description from their website (

"Brusho® is a brilliantly intense paint powder that comes in little pots of magic! It's water-based and completely non-toxic (it's so safe that it's used in elementary schools)..."

It is recommended that you pierce the top of each bottle with a needle, or other piercing tool, because the pigment from the dry crystals is so strong.  This way you can control how much pigment you are using a lot easier.

For this painting, I used the "sprinkle technique."  I first spritzed water on my paper, and then I shook some crystals on top, often two different colors.  I used my brush to move the paint around a little.  I let each section dry before moving on to the next one.  I'm really happy with this little landscape, and as I said excited to try out more techniques.

I purchased my set of 12 colors from Simon Says Stamp.  

Happy Weekend!

These are photos from my garden.  Not a great gardening year for me, but I am still finding the beauty in the simplicity.  And today I picked my first tomato of the season!
Have a great weekend! 

on my radar - statement stud earrings

My mom is attending two important weddings this fall, a friend's wedding in Ireland and my sister's in upstate New York.  She has the dress, shoes, purse and bracelet.  The only thing left are earrings.  Since I am her personal shopper, a job I take quite seriously, I thought I would share with you the earrings I am suggesting she buy.

This is not her dress, but it is the same designer (Adrianna Papell) and fabric.  She has a different style, but I couldn't find a photo of her actual dress.  The photo does not do the fabric justice.

These are the earrings I have found so far:

1.  Mint green stud earrings.  Simple and sweet. 

2.  Glacier earrings from J. Crew.  Gorgeous.  I love these, but they are probably too pink.

3.  Blue Frost Stud set from Baublebar.  It's always good to have options.

4.  Kate Spade small stud earring.  Don't let the name fool you, these babies are 1/2" in diameter.

5.  Givenchy Cluster stud earring.  Love the modern spin on these earrings. 

6.  Kate Spade color pop.  Oh Kate (or whoever does the designing these days) you can do no wrong.

After I completed writing this post I realized she still needs a fascinator!  Look for that post in the near future.  A personal shopper's work is never done... :) 

colorful creations - more cards, copic and a map

I fell off the blogging map last week.  Not sure what happened but my summer finally slowed down, and I decided to soak up the free time and not worry about my blog.  But I am back this week!

To start things off, here are a couple of my recent cards. 

This first card uses my favorite watercolor markers.  I painted a sheet of watercolor paper, blending the colors as I went along with water and then I die-cut the stars, using the negative space for my card.  This is my favorite technique right now. 

This simple card uses the stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink's Bloomer set.  I just love this set of stamps and dies.  So many different ways to use it.  I am not the best stamper in the world, so solid stamps like parts of these flowers scare me a little.  I'm a messy, artist type so perfect things aren't always in my wheelhouse.  Stamping is stretching me a little bit, and it's good.  Of course, now I want to start designing my own stamps again, with coordinating dies this time!  We shall see.  For now I am just creating to create.  

I think I mentioned I am taking a class from online card classes (love these classes) about Copic markers.  Here is my first practice sheet.  I started collecting Copics a couple years ago but never really learned how to use them.  As you can see, I have a ways to go...  But, coloring is so theraputic.  I even bought a new set of colored pencils, to add to my doodle regime.  I haven't tried them yet, so I'll let you know how I like them when I do. 

I'll end today with a sneak peek of a map I painted to go with my sister's wedding invitations.  This is the original, without the text.  The final card is 4 X 4, and I am so happy with it.  I haven't done many wedding invitations, but when I have they've been a little nerve-racking.  Anyway, after I get clearance from her I will share both the invite and the map. 

inspo interiors - IKEA

I was recently at IKEA and thought I would share some items that caught my eye while I was there, and some that were already on my radar.  On my next trip, hopefully next month, I hope to possible pick up a few of these items.

I've listed the links to each item directly below, and then I have an inspiration photo for each item showing either the exact item or something similar.  

1.  STOCKSUND bench

2.  STORSELE chair

3.  NIPPRIG side table

4.  NIPPRIG storage box

5.  UNG DRILL mirror

6.  SILKBORG rug

I really want/need a bench at the foot of our bed.  I would love to do something like this sofa, but don't think my husband would go for it.  The Stocksund bench doesn't come close to this look, but I think it is still attractive, plus it has storage!


I love these chairs.  I had my eye on them before, and they are just as nice in person.  I would love to put these in my living room.  But they would look just as great in a screened in porch, or here in a kitchen.


I love this side table.  It also comes in black.  I want one for our cabin.  I just adore rattan in all forms.
NIPPRIG 2015 Side table IKEA Handmade by skilled craftspeople, which makes every product unique in design and size.

I mentioned in this post about kitchens that I really want a mirror over my stove at the cabin.  I didn't see the above mirror while I was there, but if I had I would have purchased it!


I love storage boxes and I love baskets.  This box would be so great in so many different rooms.  Form and function! 

This is obviously a different rug and a different shape from what I have above, but it gives you idea of how awesome this rug would be in a neutral interior.


on my radar - art & craft supply favorites

1.  I mentioned that I've recently been bitten by the card making bug again and I am loving all of the new (to me) wafer thin dies.  I especially love the dies from Paper Smooches.  I just bought this star set and am working on a card that I will share next week.  These dies are such a great value, and I love the simple shapes.  I also have the balloons and just bought the hearts

2. I am obsessed with these watercolor markers.  I can't stop using them, for both my more fine art painting and my card making.  The Kuretake ZIG clean color real brush watercolor markers are very popular right now.  I went with the other because the ZIG set I wanted was out of stock at the time and well, price.  I have no idea how the two compare, so for now I'm really happy with the set I purchased and results I am getting. 

3. This shimmer spray is so much for fun.  It adds the extra detail that make small things on cards pop. 

4.  This is my favorite watercolor paper.  I've been using it for years.  It's great quality for what I do, and it's a great price. 

5.  I recently purchased these pens for my doodles.  I highly recommend them and they come in a case, which is great for those of us who carry large bags and purses...

6.  I started my Copic marker collection several years ago.  I don't have very many, but am now adding to my collection again.  There is just nothing like coloring with Copics.  I am taking an online class to really learn this time around how to use them.  I think Ellen Hutson is the best place to buy them. 

Happy 4th!

I am off to enjoy the holiday weekend with my family.  If you celebrate the 4th, enjoy!