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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 […]

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.                                            

#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 […]

Happy Thanksgiving

No, not a typo… today is Canadian Thanksgiving and yes, I’ve been cooking quite a bit today. We’ll be having a roast chicken, sweet potato pancakes, turnip and pear puree and maple glazed carrots along with pumpkin pie for dessert.

Pumpkins everywhere!

This morning at our local coffee shop – the Blue Butterfly Bistro on Main Street – I had an iced pumpkin spice latte and a pumpkin scone. It was wonderful. It made think of the differences between coffee culture here and in Seattle. The first of course being that my pumpkin spice latte was iced! […]

When I’m not stitching or sketching

… I’m likely reading and this week I absolutely cannot put down Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. I have to admit to watching the movie several times, it is one of my favorites (and sadly, no longer streaming on Netflix). The edition – which I got from the library – has a list of […]

Sketching little birds

This month in my sketchbook I’m participating in #Inktober. Pretty straightforward, just sketch using ink everyday. I love doing a pencil sketch then inking over it. And it would seem I’m on a bit of a bird kick, adding color with colored pencils. I love how chubby my birds are.

Retired woodcuts

I’m not trying to make my blog all about old pieces of work that I’ve done, it just seems that way. Last year a good friend of mine arranged for me to show my work at a shop in Issaquah, WA.  I decided to retire a number of woodblocks that I knew I was unlikely […]