Say No To FOMO

Creative Self, Illustration, Lettering

FOMO, aka Fear Of Missing Out. We don’t have enough time to do what we want to be doing as it is, why do we spend time thinking we should be doing what others are doing? My husband and I talk to our teen about this all the time. I often listen to a podcast by Andy J. Miller, and this week’s was about this very thing. He said everything I’d been thinking, and it moved me to create this. Isn’t that how art works? You get input, you feel something, you make something. I really enjoyed this for some reason, maybe because of its spontaneity?


To The Letter…

Creative Self, Illustration, Lettering

Happy St. Pat’s! Recently, I’ve created a few personal lettering projects. I think they’ve kind of taken the place of my 52 Bugs, which really fell off! They’re all a little bit different, but they do have a lot of textures in common. I really enjoy creating letters, the variations on the same theme. There are only 26, but they make up our entire language, and they connect all of us (even when we don’t spell words correctly, or abbreviate, the idea is still being communicated). And there are so many ways we can create their appearance, they’re still communicating. An H is an H, a D is a D, it can be ornate, thin, tall, wide, simple, serif or without, but people are still understanding what it is. I have enormous respect for people who can hand letter, It’s not simply creating letters by hand, it’s designing how they’ll fit together for a specific purpose, to communicate a feeling or an idea. The lettering foreshadows the story, or article, or event…I think if you can hand letter an entire title or phrase, or can design an entire typeface (and I mean alternates and symbols as well) then you have the skills to design anything. So here are a few that I’ve completed this past week. I’ve got so much to learn about letters, but I’m getting closer to that goal with every project!




These Are Done!

Creative Self, Lettering, Making

These took a lot longer than I anticipated, but, still in plenty of time for the plantings! I had seen a similar post, so I won’t take credit for the idea, but with all the paint stirrers we had lying around (and picked up a few more) this was a great way to put them to use! I used an exterior paint for the base, and a gelly roller pen for the lettering. I am going to coat it in a clear finish, something not harmful, except for the bottom bit that goes into the dirt. If I can’t find that, then I may have to wrap in plastic, otherwise, what’s the point of organic seeds? Wish me luck with that! The last photo is on its way as part of a very late gift!





Finally Finished It…

Creative Self, Making

Actually, I finished this a couple weeks ago, but I’ve been really involved in our middle school’s production of Once On This Island, so I haven’t posted in a few weeks. I had knitted up these Fetching handwarmers from Knitty, with slightly larger needles to give a looser fit. I can wear them in the studio, or, wear them outside with glove liners. When I bought this yarn, which was just Lion’s Heartland in Yosemite, I got a clearance deal on a ton of it because our JoAnn’s was moving. When I asked why they didn’t just move all this stuff to the new store, I was told it was actually cheaper for them to take the loss than to pack up trucks and move it. FTW! I decided to knit up a neckwarmer to coordinate with the hand warmers. I don’t have a pattern for this, I just used the Knitty pattern as the motivation and starting point, and knitted it on the fly…