lent

for lent this year, i gave up dining out for weekday lunches. i LOVE lunch out because it’s so convenient and my toddler son loves to people watch so it becomes a fun and engaging activity. but, i wanted to give it up for lent this year not only to save money and put it towards other parts of our lives, but also to challenge myself to find fun fresh ideas to engage my son.

and then i thought to myself, why should the season be only about sacrifice and feeling like something was being ‘taken away’? why not also ADD something positive into your daily routine…something that brings joy or makes you a better, stronger person? so, in addition to giving up lunches out, i’m also challenging myself to pick up my pencil and draw something everyday for 40 days.

it could be a diagram, my dog(s), a favorite flower. it could be a quick napkin sketch or a longer more detailed drawing. i’m hoping this establishes a habit of putting ideas down on paper and allows me to become a better designer by strengthening my hand and mind.

here is today’s sketch: 2.15.16 bright smile

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oh what fun!

2015 was quite a fun year…i mean how could it not be with a toddler running around? i learned that while raising a baby, everything turns into a game. so when it came time to design our yearly holiday card, i decided to incorporate that too.

here’s our holiday card game board packed with highlights and illustrations from our year. wishing all the best to in this new year…which geez, has a month already flown by?

true courage

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the wonderful wizard of oz is one of my favorite books (and movies) and has been since i was a kid. here’s one of the best quotes from the book:

“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”

this calendar is dedicated to all my  friends who have demonstrated true courage this year whether they were battling cancer, volunteering at refugee camps in greece/macedonia, or just trying to raise an awesome kid. you all inspire me to live fully and be better.

drawing of the week: tiger swallowtail

did you know that virginia has a designated state insect? i stumbled upon this beautiful butterfly and was captivated by its color and pattern. after doing a little research, i discovered that it was the tiger swallowtail and was indeed designated as a virginia state symbol along with the cardinal, dogwood, and foxhound.

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best news is, this giclee print is going up for a raffle at our town’s local holiday craft fair coming up in less than 2 weeks! hope to see you there!

i’m back!

so, it’s obviously been a while since i’ve blogged…but i’m back! my excuse? i had a baby last summer and life our new little man has been keeping me on my toes every since he was born. he is now almost 10 months old and developing quite the little personality–he’s gregarious, loves animals, and thinks i’m the funniest person on the planet. as he gets older and is able to interact more and more with his world, i decided that it’s time to lead by example and teach him about generosity, selflessness, humility, and compassion by committing to 50 days of kindness!

today started my journey of 50 days of performing random acts of kindness to enrich my community, but also to teach my son what it means to be a citizen and member of such an awesome city/country/world. and okay, this is not directly printing or studio related, but let’s be honest, my life is about so much more than paper these days!

my only hope is that the recipients smile a little brighter and that these acts might inspire your own acts of kindness in your community!

day 1: delivered 50 homegrown peonies to our local hospital for new moms and babies born this day! (i had to wait overnight for the buds to fully open, so worth the wait)

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