The pictures are so heart breaking. Not just one house destroyed but thousands. It's too much to think about. I'm not attached to stuff but to lose it all and see your friends and neighbors lose it all.
I like what Mr Rogers always said-Loof for the helpers. I heard a lady tell a story of her son who was in a school in the restroom. One teacher held onto the toilet and told the boys to hold onto him. He literally saved her son's life.
What do you say to someone who has saved your child? It's all so overwhelming and yet it makes me proud to be an American and see how we pull together and help each other.
Why are you proud to be an American?
Right after I graduated college, I worked for Laura Ashley, a British company that sold home furnishings and clothing.
It was there that I discovered the color periwinkle.
Not quite purple, not quite blue. But so lovely in it's own category.
Would you eat sweets from a store that was called The Periwinkle Pig?
One of my all time favorite books ...but I just never liked the cover.
Sorry Mr Pink.
So I created a new hand drawn book cover for his book.
I like the design-
Are you reading anything good right now?
I'm reading his book. He's a former Franciscan priest and bestselling author. Before a couple weeks ago I had never hear of him. I love that he talks about grace.
And isn't this quote incredible?
I love this design! I only made a few minor changes after scanning it in. The hand lettering came together effortlessly and I love the coloring of white, black and taupe. I adore that his name has 6 n's.
It's such a distinguished name.
I'm back with another Yoda quote! I chose this design because the lettering provides a sharp contrast to who Yoda was-rough around the edges.
I like that it's a bit hard to read and that you have to concentrate to find the message. Yoda was like that. And green because I can't do a Yoda quote without green.
We learn so much over the years, things that just aren't true. It takes time to let those things go.
I wanted to do a feminine design today. Peachy pink-love it. My prom dress was shiny peach tafetta. I made it using a vogue pattern. It was the 80's and everything was about taffeta. Want to know a secret?
Not only did it have big peach taffeta rosettes on the shoulders, I still have it. That says a lot because I don't save much of anything. Have you ever done any sewing? What is your favorite thing you made?
I'm playing around with tracing paper and a cutting mat. I wanted to see how designs would scan from the tracing paper. I like the settings I used to scanned this in with the imperfections in the design.
We all want to be noticed and just saying a genuine "hi" with a bit of eye contact can make a difference to the people we come in contact with.
My favorite book about eye contact is The Power of Eye Contact. It doesn't really come naturally for me but this book helped.
One of my favorite bloggers has a little boy named Toby. He recently became obsessed with his violin and I wanted to make this for her. I love it when little ones get obsessed with special things. Don't you?
My 2 year old nephew lovesss the trash man. So sweet! Josh loved a little Lion King Simba when he was that age and Chase had a little Minnie Mouse.
I love this design and how the "s" fit into the violin shape. I like that the hand lettered, letters carry out the theme of the violin cutout also. And all the brown colors give the violin more depth.
This is a line from a song we sang at church this week. I'm not sure why but it just resonated with me and I can't stop thinking about it. It's simple.
It's about God but I think God also tells us this when we have lost our way a bit. Kind of like, "Don't listen to the unkind words or criticism from those around you, you belong to me, that is who you are. "
I went with a simple design so the focus would be on the words. And I'm in love with chalkboard designs even though they are so overdone.
Such profound words from Winnie. Love that Pooh Bear! I chose the color for the design because it reminded me of him.
When I was in college I had a Pooh Bear pattern and I did a fair amount of sewing. I was dating this guy in the army so I made a pooh bear out of camo fabric an sent it to him in Germany where he was stationed for three years.
I married that guy and now we have a son who is at Wheaton College in the Army ROTC program on his way to becoming an Army Officer. So proud of you Josh!
This design was inspired by post-it notes. I use them often! The quote is from Penelope Trunk, one of my favorite bloggers. (I don't link much here but you must go read her blog.) She writes about career planning and homeschooling (she just started) and she's never politically correct and I love that about her.
And her honesty draws people in even when it's not pretty because we all struggle and we all are imperfect.
Peanut Butter brownies are a favorite in our family. I adapted the recipe from Elana's kitchen so make a half pan with peanut butter instead of almond butter. And I love the addition of maple syrup!
I'm so pleased with this design. it turned out exactly how I imagined it would.
It's out of my comfort zone to be posting my designs here. I love them but I don't know that other people will like them. In most ways, I don't care. In some ways I want other's approval. And so I mostly just pretend that no one reads this blog. And the rest of the time, I just live outside my comfort zone.
I need to say this more. To others. To myself. It's simple and easy and it goes a long way. And my man likes his steak cooked this way too, so dual purpose :)
I was playing around and trying to expand on the fonts I'm using for my hand lettered designs. I like this one. I know I probably say it often but I'm happy with the imperfectness of the hand drawn design.
One time Josh and Mike were playing Star Wars, a light saber ended up poking my husband Mike, inside his ear. I still remember him asking our the pediatrician if he would take a look at his ear during Josh's well check visit.
Our pediatrician is our Yoda. We've had hour long visits where he shares his wisdom with us. And he resembles Yoda too. How cool is that! Apparently you can go to the pediatrician until you are 21 before they kick you out. We have 2 more years. And we go every chance we get just to spend time with our Yoda.
PS-Dr. Ozaki also loves Star Wars and he has a big wookie cut-out in his office. Best Doctor ever!
Yoda reminds me of when my kids were little. (And I love the play on words in this quote.) A simple design seemed to suit it well.
I saw this quote some time ago on Pinterest. I must admit, I'm way to
concerned about my hair most of the time. I need to get over that!
This is my first "person" in the project. I don't like drawing people
but I thought I'd give it a shot. I think it turned out okay.
Last monday we all mourned for Boston and for our country. Today we still mourn. But we are also starting to hear the stories of good. Two men may have hated America but hundred and thousands have come together to help strangers. They opened their homes and they gave away food and they gave the gift of doing what needed to be done.
America is a great country and today I feel proud to be an American. And Boston is one of the most amazing cities ever!
This design honors the three who were killed at the bomb site.
I love the way this word fits together. The bottom parts remind me of a
weed that grew on the playground as a kid.
We used to take them and put
them together to make little pairs of play scissors.
When I see the weed
growing it takes me right back.
This is hand lettered design number 30, and 3 is my favorite number so it makes sense that I love this design.