What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Creative Self, Curiosities, Illustration

May the 4th (Star Wars pun not intended) was the last piece I’d posted before our summer vacation started at the end of May. Our district is done before Memorial Day, and they had their first day back yesterday. We spent a lot of days reading (naturally we did the Summer Program through the library), evenings at the bookstore,


cooked, vacationed (along the way I’d met up with one of my clients, and quick FYI, this was rootbeer, from Sprecher’s),



saw some barn quilts, took in some fireworks,



We really enjoyed Stranger Things and cannot WAIT for the second season! Speaking of stranger things, our older son has been writing for an online magazine, at 14, about comics, film and television (everything he loves). I can’t believe it, we’re so proud of him!


canned, knitted (some for a hospital, some for friends and fam), sewed (some for RARE Science, some for friends and fam).






Drew, a lot,


celebrated birthdays, cooked some more, attended the county faire,




and just all around have had a lovely summer! We are looking forward to Autumn though, with all its fab color, crisp nights, sunny days, and again with more of the cooking. I’ve heard there’s a pumpkin shortage coming, but each year we’re overwhelmed with them, I think being the number one producer and exporter of pumpkins skews our perspective a bit!

I did make a video of the process and progress of our garden, from May to present. The beds will also be “hoop houses” so we need to still attach more pipe to the sides, get the smaller pipes for the hoops, and I need to make the covers…

Music is Ghosts ‘n Goblins by Thiaz Itch under Creative Commons. Hope you’ve all enjoyed your summer, will post more soon!

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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!