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From My Sketchbook: March Doodles

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. 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 tried really hard not to get behind last month, so sometimes I drew a couple at a time. Here’s my finished page of March doodles:

sketchbook page of March doodles

I drew my template for April, so now I’m ready for a new month of fresh doodles. sketchbook page monthlytemplate

Time just slips away when I’m working in my sketchbook, especially when I have a techno / electronic beat going in the background! I’m on a roll so I’m just going to keep going.


Click here to see my January doodles

Click here to see my February doodles

Free Printable Calendar – April 2015

Welcome to April. The birds – robins, grackles and mourning doves – have returned to this part of the world, buds are starting to open on the trees,  and the bulbs are peaking through the ground. It’s wonderful to see things come alive again.

Click here to download your free printable calendar for April 2015.

April 2015 printable calendar Here are a few tid-bits about April:

• Zodiac sign is Taurus.
• Birthstone is a diamond.
• Flower is a sweet pea.
• Easter Sunday is April 5.
• Income tax filings are due April 15.
• Earth Day is April 22.

I left room on the calendar days so you can record meetings, appointments or special days. And there’s a column on the right side to keep your notes and to-do list for the month.

Hope you find these free printables useful and fun. Happy April!


Spring Fever

A trip to the local greenhouse is always a great cure for the Winter blues and Spring fever!IMG_9004

I love walking through the greenhouse, soaking up all the green plants and smelling the wet soil from a recent watering.

fern at greenhouse green arrangement at greenhouse

It’s exciting to see the bright colors of pansies and other flowers starting to show up when things are still brown and gray outside.pansies at greenhouse

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IMG_9008Hope you are finding ways to get inspired these days to get through spring fever!



From My Sketchbook: All Over Pattern

In order to fill up more sketchbooks this year, which is on my bucket list for 2015, I’ve been trying to sketch more lately.

One technique I’ve been trying these days is fill up a page with as much surface pattern as possible. I usually start out with a large central motif, such as the crochet-doily-lacey-inspired flowers on these pages, and then take shapes and other elements from those flowers to repeat and scatter across the page.

sketchbook page lace flower patternsketchbook page all over pattern

Both of these pages turned out exactly how I imagined them, even though the only drawing I started with was the large floral motif. It was fun (and therapeutic) to get carried away from there. Just imagine how these pages will look with some color!

Time just slips by when I’m drawing in my sketchbook, especially when I have a steady house beat going in the background. I’m on a roll so I’ll just keep going.


Spring Break in the Sunshine State

We recently went on vacation for the first time in four years! It was as wonderful as I remembered.

palm trees on the beach

We spent a few days in Naples, Florida, soaking up lots of warm temps and sunshine.

sunset at Naples pier

It’s been eight years since we’ve seen the ocean. What a tragedy! The beach was as fabulous as I imagined.

We went for a boat ride to see the waterfront mansions.

Naples Princess boat ride

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We saw lots and lots of flowers, especially a wide variety of hibiscus, which I’m looking forward to growing in containers in our yard this summer. We also went to a farmers market, which was a treat since it’s March!

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We saw a variety of palm trees.

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We were lucky to see dolphins and lots of birds.


pelicans and dolphins

white ibis bird on beach


seagull on beach

seagull on the beach

We enjoyed dinner on the beach, watched the tide go out, and saw some beautiful sunsets.

sunset in Naples

sunset in Naples

sunset in Naples

It’s always fun to spend idle time walking on the beach and splashing in the warm ocean waters, watching the waves and wildlife, people-watching and seeing the sights.

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One thing I noticed while going through the hundreds of pictures I took is that I love to take photos of my feet covered in the soft, powdery sand after being in the water.

feet on the beach

We did a lot of beachcombing and found a few handfuls of seashells, but I left them with my mom to bring back on her drive home in a few weeks so they wouldn’t break in my suitcase.

wine on the beach

Note to self: go on vacation more often! Cheers!


Fresh-Cut Flowers

Here’s a lovely way to start the week: the fresh-cut flowers I bought today make me think of spring, brightening up my office with pops of color and textures.

fresh cut flowers for March

Since I buy a new bouquet frequently (every other week), I’m getting better at remembering the names of these flowers. Here we have white alstroemeria, pale purple daisies, a lavendar purple mum, a fuchsia carnation, and more white daisies.

white Alstroemeria pale purple daisy

lavendar mum white daisyfresh cut flowers for March

These bouquets include a small variety of flowers, yet offer a cheerful new palette each week, ranging from bright fuchsia, pale purples, whites and hues of green. Happy Spring!


From My Sketchbook: Fresh Cut Inspiration

One of my latest favorite sketchbooks prompts for the year is to use my weekly bouquet of fresh-cut flowers for inspiration.

sketchbook page spiraling daisy pom

These pages were inspired by pom daisies and carnations from a recent bouquet, surrounded by lots of the vines and flourishes I love to draw. sketchbook page wavy carnation vines

I’m hoping to fill up more sketchbook pages this year with more flowers, flourishes, bouquets, critters and creatures, faces and who knows what else will reveal itself.


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