Honoring Grandma… with Christmas around the corner

A couple years ago, in the beginning of my painting journey, I did this piece as a Christmas gift for my dad.  My childhood Christmas mornings were amazing!  (The story is here.)  And it all revolved around Grandma and her breakfast!  This year, when Spoonflower announced their “Holidays Around the World” design challenge and asked us to share how we celebrate the holidays where we live, I knew I wanted to create a repeating pattern out of those memories. 

I added the trees and the chocolate bars. Oh, those chocolate bars. Giant chocolate bars were always part of the stockings!

So here it is on the left… my repeating pattern for printing on wrapping paper or fabric (or wallpaper if you really want too… who am I to judge?)  At least I hope it will be available soon enough.  For now, it’s up for voting!  Come on over and vote if you have a minute. 🙂  Click the “Vote for Designs” button on this page

Gathering here!


Born for Adventure — Hot Air Balloons on Wallpaper

Hot Air Balloon Wallpaper

I submitted my hot air balloon design in the Spoonflower Gender Neutral Design Challenge.  The pic above is from Spoonflower’s website and shows it as wallpaper.

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This is the actual design I submitted.

Head over to vote for me if you like my design! 🙂





A Hand lettered Verse for Fall — Proverbs 25:11

I like to decorate my house for fall, but often times, I’m itching to decorate before it’s really fall-ish around here.  (This year especially, it was still hot until the end of September last week.)

So what’s a girl to do?  I use that in-between time for apples.  They don’t really match the pumpkins and leaves anyway.  And I’m all about matching.




So… when it came to finding something “apple-ish” to put in my little clipboard frame, I just had to make something new.

Proverbs 25:11 is what I came up with.






These are a couple other little decorated spaces. My 10 year old brought me some of the flowers she grew this year.  They match too.

And I painted the fresh baked pie right onto wood in watercolor.  (You just have to treat it first if you want to try it yourself.)


Gathering here.

With love for puns


Thanks to all of you who popped over to vote for me in the last Spoonflower Design Challenge.  I didn’t win, but I wasn’t really expecting to either.  There were so many amazing designs!  I just love how the challenges push me to get better.

I skipped the last challenge (total lack of inspiration for me), but instead took the time to work on this weeks challenge.  Spoonflower challenged us to come up with a tea towel design that used a play on words.  They wanted it to be punny.  I love puns and it just so happened that I had a super rough sketch of this little girl making herself a friend. I made a bunch of changes and polished it up a bit and have entered it in this weeks Designer Challenge.  Head over to vote if you want to.

EveryBUGy’s Welcome Adoption Party


Last month I planned a joined adoption party for a couple families in our church… a little girl and a little boy.  So we went with a “EveryBUGy’s Welcome” theme.  It was a lot of fun.  Another chance to use my chalkboard.  🙂  My 6 year old squeezed between the board and the wall right before I took the photo and smudged the corner.  It happens. 🙂

Everyone helped by bringing something from my food list.  I sent the list with links to the instructions (found on my Pinterest board for the party) for the more difficult ideas.  Some were as easy as a bag of chips and others took quite a bit of creativity.  Each family got to choose what they were up for.  They all did a beautiful job.

I made this fun butterfly cake and it was really easy! (Assembly directions here!) Frosting the sides was the trickiest part.

And these little meringue snails and caterpillar cookies were fun to make and turned out great!  I started with an all white inspiration photo I found on pinterest, but I really wanted to color them, so I piped with two different bags at a time, each with different colors.  Wish I’d gotten a closer picture, but I think they are adorable.

The most important part is that the party was a blessing to these families and we got to celebrate the adoptions of these two special children!


Gathering here!

The Perfect Verse for Newlyweds – Philippians 2:3 Hand Lettered

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This started as a wedding card for the wedding we helped with a week and a half ago, but as I worked on it, I decided to put it in a frame and make up another quick card to go with it.  I decided to use the sunflowers from the wedding theme to remind them of their special day as the years go by.

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I searched for a verse with the word “love” in it, but in the end I decide that Philippians 2:3 was the perfect verse for newlyweds.  It’s a verse we all need really!  I hope it will encourage a happy marriage for them!


And here’s the card I made up quick the morning of the wedding. 🙂


Gathering here!

A Jolly Holiday – A Mary Poppins Birthday Party

We actually had a “Mamee Poppins” party for my mom last month.  The kids saw Mary Poppins for the first time this past spring and then found out it was Mamee’s favorite movie when she was little.  They were thrilled when we decided to use Mamee Poppins for her birthday theme.


I’m always excited for another chance to practice my chalkboard work on the chalkboard my sweet husband made me.


And more and more lately I’ve been finding that cakes are a fun medium for me to be artistic.  I couldn’t find anything I was excited about on Pinterest since everything uses fondant (and I don’t like it), so I was grateful when the idea for this one came to me.  It gave me fun chance practice letters.  Let’s go fly a kite… cake!


Gathering here!