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A Stitch a Day


Last year I followed Crystal Moody’s Year of Creative Habits. I jumped in around January 5 and continued throughout the year, although I admit to slacking off towards the end of the year. It was great making the time each day to work in my sketchbook but here’s the thing… last year I never felt particularly creative. Blocked I think is the best way to describe it. I found that I struggled through most of the year not only with my depression (ugh) but with finding my artistic voice. Towards the end of the year I all but stopped blogging because I felt like I didn’t have anything to say.  I wasn’t creating, I wasn’t writing and I wasn’t enjoying calling myself an artist.

So what am I going to do different this year?

  • The biggest change has already been made. We moved to sunny southern California, to a little town that makes me very happy. We have orange trees in our backyard and sunshine everyday. That helps.
  • I am going to take the time to stitch everyday. I’ll still work in my sketchbook but this year I need to get back to the hand stitching that I love so much. I see birds and felt creatures on my horizon, I see finishing the repairs on a very old quilt, I see more fun pillows.
  • I’ll continue to blog. Maybe not as often so be sure to follow me on Instagram where I tend to post a little more often than over here.
  • And once again I’ll follow along with Crystal over on her website and the Year of Creative Habits folks on Facebook.

A California Christmas


This year we are celebrating our first Christmas in California. I have to say, I don’t miss the cold and rainy, cloudy and dreary Northwest weather. Sunny and warm suits me just fine.

We have two orange trees in our backyard. My husband and daughter spent a few hours picking oranges, making juice, marmalade and candied orange peel. You can imagine how amazing our house smelt. For me, this is the new smell and feel of Christmas, sunshine and oranges.

I hope all of you have a wonderful and safe holiday season. See you in the New Year!


Day of the Dead


This year we went to Disneyland for Halloween. The park is decorated, people come in costume, the Haunted Mansion is amazing and Frontierland played host to a gorgeous Dia de los Muertos display.


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#Inktober sketches


As I’ve mentioned, this month I’m participating in Inktober, I was sketching from a natural history book but now I’ve switched to doodling, which is an art in itself (I even got a book from the library on doodling).

I’m really pleased with the paisley pattern on the left, but not so much with the mandala sketch on the right (I think because my circles are a bit wonky – I should have used a compass). I love the little tiny details.