Fresh-Cut Flowers for the Week

The fresh-cut flowers I brought home this week are brightening up my office with new pops of color and textures. Since I buy a new bouquet frequently (almost every week), I’m learning the names of these flowers. Here we have yellow alstroemeria, yellow daisies, a pink carnation, a peach rose and more pink daisies.

fresh cut flowers for the week

fresh cut yellow Alstroemeria

fresh cut  yellow daisies

fresh cut pink daisies

pink carnation

peach roseThis bouquet includes a small variety of flowers, yet offers a new palette of colors with green, soft pink, bright peach, and yellow – great for the soul during the dormant winter months and great for drawing inspiration!


From My Sketchbook: Inspired by Fresh Cut

In order to fill up more sketchbooks, which is on my bucket list for 2015, I’m having fun coming up with new drawing prompts, so I’ve been trying to sketch A LOT more lately.

sketchbook fresh cut daisy

One of my latest favorite prompts for the year is to use my weekly bouquet of fresh-cut flowers for inspiration. This page was inspired by the daisies in my current bouquet.  Is it okay to say that I really love how this turned out?!fres hcut daisy

I also did a fun page of just a fishnet mesh pattern that might make a great background surface design layered with some larger designs in front.

sketchbook fishnet background

I recently started a new job, so I’ve only had time to finish a couple new sketchbook pages this week. I have a couple more new pages started, inspired by a carnation and pom daisy, so I hope to finish those over the weekend.

Time just slips away when I’m working in my sketchbook, which continues to be one of my favorite things to do! I’m on a roll so I’m just going to keep going.


Another Sew Together Bag

I made another Sew Together Bag recently for my sister’s birthday. What a fun project to make for a gift!

MK's bag

I used more Pretty Potent fabrics from my stash, making this one a little softer and brighter than my previous version. I also like using a variety of different fabrics for the inside pockets just to mix it up and make it even more colorful.

MKs bag inside MKs bag insideFor my own bag, I used more bold, bright Pretty Potent fabrics with a darker piece for the binding which makes this version a little more dramatic. As you can tell, I love doing a patchwork of squares for the outside piece.
my bag my bag inside

The first time I made one of these awesome zipper pouches was last summer at my annual quilting retreat with my sewing buddies. At first glance, the pattern seemed complicated, especially since I hadn’t sewn anything in a long time. I had help from a few of my friends who already made this pattern and ended up doing a sew-along with me.

I really love how everything comes together to make three zippered pouches on the inside with one long zipper closure that doubles as a handle. I envision using this bag to hold sewing notions, drawing tools or makeup. My sister is an avid expert knitter, so I’m guessing she will probably use her new bag to hold her knitting tools.


Notes: pattern designed by Michelle of Sew Demented

From My Sketchbook: Lace Patterns

In order to fill up more sketchbooks, which is on my bucket list for 2015, I have been coming up with lots of new drawing prompts, so I’ve been sketching A LOT lately!

These days I’ve been experimenting in my sketchbooks with drawing lace doilies, lace edging and lace patterns with fishnet backgrounds.

sketchbook page of lace sketchbook page lace pattern

sketchbook page of lace

Time with my sketchbook continues to be one of my favorite things to do! I’m on a roll so I’m just going to keep going.


This Week’s Fresh-Cut Flowers

This week’s fresh-cut flowers are definitely brightening up my office with soft and bold pops of color and textures. Since I try to buy a new bouquet every week, I thought it would be fun to finally learn the names of these flowers.

fresh cut flowers

I really love these lime green daisy poms which seem to end up in every bouquet I purchase. I haven’t had any of the purple statice flowers in awhile. And a pink carnation is always a sweet addition with its layers of ruffles.

lime green pom daisy

purple statice

pink green purple flowersThe alstroemeria (Peruvian lily) flowers come in such a wide variety of colors, yet this white version is as lovely as any.

Alstroemeria flower pink daisies

Two of the pink daisies were broken off so I saved them by putting them in a tiny dish filled with water.

pink daisiesThis bouquet includes a small variety of flowers, yet packs a punch with the soft pink, bright fuchsia, purple, and lime green – great for the soul and for drawing inspiration!


Hand Lettered Friday: Wear Dresses

I’ve been trying to practice my hand-lettering more lately, traditionally and with my digital drawing tablet, so I hoping to share hand-lettered pages from my sketchbook and computer on Fridays.

On my bucket list for 2015 is to wear dresses more often! I don’t own a lot of dresses (yet!) so I doodled a variety of styles around my lettering, and graffiti-splattered the page with pops of watercolors.

sketchbook page wear dresses

It might be fun to do an illustration like this for each of the fun things on my bucket list for the year.

Hope you enjoy a great weekend!


From My Sketchbook: January and February Doodles

In order to fill up more sketchbooks, which is on my bucket list for 2015, I have been coming up with lots of drawing prompts. One thing I’m doing is a monthly calendar. But instead of using it like a diary, I’m using it to do a daily doodle.

I’m happy to report that I completed my January calendar of doodles in the month of January.

sketchbook page january doodles

And my February calendar is ready for a  month’s worth of new ideas and new doodles!

sketchbook February 2015 doodles

I’m hoping to have a theme for each month’s doodles. It’s a great way to get started with my drawing projects for the day.


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