2014 Recap

It’s always fun to pause for a moment and look back at the past year, the events, the adventures, the struggles, and the accomplishments. It was another amazing year around here!


• We had to say goodbye to our beloved Angel who passed away

• I took a few road trips to visit my sister and my brother and my parents’ lake house

(More family fun below)

2014 Recap Family


• Started my own graphic design studio

• Came up with a series of fun home office rules

• Completed a variety of fun freelance projects


• Completed five licensed art collections with Nancy’s Notions

• Illustrated a Whale Watching Map (and lots of maps for freelance clients)

• Finished my Garden Party Quilt

• Was reunited with my sewing friends at our annual quilt retreat

• Filled up a few sketchbooks

2014 Recap sketchbook

Go Outside:

• Enjoyed the farmers market over the seasons

• Went to the botanical gardens more often

• Worked at a greenhouse

• Enjoyed a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers each week

• Filled up the house with houseplants

2014 recap gardens


• Traveled to my parent’s cottage on the lake a couple times

• Tried stand-up paddleboarding

• Went to a couple rock concerts

• Went to the beach

• Went skiing with my sister and brother and their families

2014 adventures

At the end of the year, we had to say goodbye to a close friend who passed away at the young age of 47. I miss her but know her spirit will live on in our hearts.

BeckyUnfortunately, funerals and weddings reunite people. So I’m hoping to stay in touch with my college friends better in 2015! (without a funeral) college friends

I learned lots of new things, enjoyed a variety of fun experiences, and met new people. Hope you had a great year too, full of fun and adventure. Happy New Year!


It’s fun to look back on the previous seven years of my blog, and crazy to see how much my perspective and interests have changed over the years!

A Year in Review – 2011

It was amazing to take some time to look back on the past year. Instead of looking back, I prefer to focus on the things I accomplished, things I am most proud of, and the good times, of course!

Art Cards

My most proud accomplishment is the weekly artist trading cards I created, focusing on something positive that happened each week. It turned into quite a collection, full of a variety of art techniques illustrating the ups and downs of life.

Graphic Design and Illustration

I am also proud of all the creative work I did in my Graphic Design and Illustration classes.

In Concept Development, I learned the importance of doing daily creative exercises.

I am most proud of the board game I designed.

We had to make our own sketchbook and fill it with ideas, inspiration, doodles and drawings. I loved this project so much that I made a few extras on my own.

I tried hard to keep the creative juices flowing after the semester ended with a Summer curriculum of creative projects.

In Advanced Computer Graphics, I had a lot of fun learning how to use Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign better.

I am proud of this logo project I designed for a mock Barista Retreat,

and the patterns to go along with that coffee art logo.

I also really loved putting together a mock-catalog layout using Roxy products. Here’s a sample of the cover:

Wilhelm-Roxy Catalog2

In Drawing for Illustration, I learned the importance of drawing regularly, which I am proud to say I’ve kept up with. I also learned how to illustrate with many different mediums.

I finished a pencil illustration around the theme of skiing, one of my favorite things to do.

I finished a pen and ink illustration of a Powder Day scene.

I finished a watercolor illustration of a trail runner.

I continued to work on expanding my drawing skills with more of these heightened drawings.

I also continued my drawing practice, working on some cool compositions inspired by everyday objects, food, and nature.

I wish I could have taken more classes in the summer and fall semesters, but sometimes destiny has other plans for us. Needless to say, I am excited (and feeling lucky) for the next semester of classes beginning in mid-January 2012.


It’s no secret that I love to sew, and I’m proud of the many projects I made this past year.

I made lots of one-of-a-kind bags, including the Artist Totes that I couldn’t keep in stock.

I put together some fun custom sketchbook kits, including reusable covers for moleskin notebooks and zippered pouches to carry drawing tools.

I made several quilts, including my turquoise quilt, a little forest quilt, a chocolate lollipop quilt, and a garden party quilt.


I was lucky to attend two rock concerts, Linkin Park and 30 Seconds to Mars!

I was proud to attend my brother’s graduation from grad school.

We were also lucky to take a trip to Las Vegas to celebrate our 10-year anniversary.

I went on a quilting retreat with 10 inspiring women.

We visited our fabulous farmers market a couple times.

I went on a spontaneous road trip to Minneapolis to visit my brother and cousin Linda.

We did a lot of hiking, especially in Fall, when we discovered some new trails.

I went on a field trip to Chicago with my fellow graphic design students to explore.

This look-back really put life into perspective for me, reminding me that I had a great year! Thank you for your continued friendship and encouragement. Here’s to a Happy New Year!