Better Late than Never Butterflies

So, I was supposed to make a little something for my mom for her birthday... that was in May.  I am now finally finished with it... I think!  I still have to see how it looks in her bathroom to know if I'm really finished.

I used my recycled painting paper butterflies.  Aren't they cute?!

And then I painted another little something to go with it.  A coral and green plant to go with my mom's coral and green bathroom.  I love those two colors together (if you haven't noticed already)!

New in the Shop

Just a little note today to say I'm now selling these lovely little paintings here :)  You can click on the links below or click here to go to my Etsy Shop.

Have a wonderful day!

Photo of the Week

Sagebrush...... not exactly my favorite plant because of allergies, but it can be quite beautiful if caught in the right light.  I spent my weekend surrounded by the stuff in the high desert of Nevada.  Man, am I glad to be home again!

Checking out the Chalk Art Festival

Last weekend was the chalk art festival in Salt Lake City... it was pretty cool!  My husband and I went out on a date (that doesn't happen often enough) the first night it was open, so most of the artworks weren't complete yet.  Even so, it was fun to see.  I was so inspired that I want to sign up to do one next year... but I'm not sure my back and knees could take it.  We'll see...

My all-time favorite was Animal from Sesame Street!  The color contrast is so striking!

Chalk Art
Chalk Art
Chalk Art

Another favorite... a Japanese style chalk drawing.  So unique!

Chalk Art

And the feature of the festival...too bad it was only half-way done.  This one was looking amazing!

Chalk Art

 After seeing the art, we enjoyed a little treat while sitting on a nearby bench, when I happened to spot this....

Painted Bike

...definitely an artists bike!

Mint Limeade

My new favorite drink..

Mint Limeade

Mint Limeade!

I made this for the first time ever and it was so delicious!  Thanks to my in-laws for their fresh mint! This limeade would not be the same without it.  

Mint Limeade

You can find the recipe HERE at  It's actually a Pepper-Mint Limeade that calls for slices of jalapeno peppers, but you really don't need them.  I left out the peppers and the drink was pretty much perfect :)


Photo of the Week


Life is great when your neighbor lets you have the cherries from the branches of her cherry tree that hang into your yard!  No bugs or anything...  I'm loving these!

Father's Day Cards

Father's Day is almost here, so my son and I spent some time making cards this week.  I don't think any of the guys in the family check this blog too often, so I'm safe sharing them here.

I came up with a simple card for my Dad and a little sack of peanuts for my husband...

fathers day card

and my son made his own original creation.  He isn't too interested in trying to write in cards yet, but man, he has fun with glue sticks and hole punches!

fathers day card

Artist Spotlight: Jamie Swim

Hey guys! Today I'm putting in a plug for my good friend, who happens to make some pretty cool art.   She's got a website up now, so go check out Jamie Swim Art sometime!  She mostly paints with acrylics on canvas, but I've seen some of her work on guitars and hats even!

She paints Hawaiian landscapes that are so bright and happy. It seriously makes you want to live in Hawaii like she does... ya I'm a little jealous about that!

Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Watercolors and ink go together so well... so well in fact that you could say they go together like peanut butter and jelly, don't you think?

bird silhouettes

These little paintings actually came about partially by accident.  They started out as plain stenciled watercolors, but they looked kind of lonely. So I got out my pen and started drawing some leaves around the birds, not intending to do any shading, but then, I smeared it. I decided to just make it look like that's the way it was supposed to be by smearing other parts.  Then I went a little crazy and starting smearing water on it too.  It was one of those accidents that actually turn out making something cool!  I love it when that happens!

flower painting

Get Organized: Kitchen Storage

Alright, today I'm sharing another organization project, well actually, it's more about making the organization pretty.  I already had this little wooden box, it was just plain and ugly.  I keep it in the kitchen to hold random things like my phone charger, hand sanitizer, and pens.  It needed some serious help.

So here's the before..

and here's the after!

 A little paint, paper and modge podge did the trick! Now it matches my kitchen.. yay!

Photo of the Week

My favorite hang-out these days.... the man-made lake at Daybreak!

I'm planning on doing a painting of this sometime.  Isn't it gorgeous?  I may never have enough money to live here, but at least I'm close by so I can visit often :)

What to do with a Pineapple Top

pineapple centerpiece

Ever notice how beautiful pineapples are? I bought one the other day for $.98 at my local Winco- love that store!  After I cut it up, I couldn't bring myself to throw away the top, so......

I turned it into a center piece!

pineapple centerpiece

I'm loving it :)

pineapple centerpiece

Stamped Paper Cards

If you tried out the Watercolor Stamped Paper Tutorial or the Stenciled Watercolor Tutorial, then you have some nice card-making possibilities at hand.  If not, check out the tutorials- they are super easy ones.

I combined parts from both of those projects to make these here.  Take a look!

Happy and bright cards are my favorite kinds...they just make me smile :)