Watercolor Grape Hyacinths

One of my smallest paintings ever.............

Original Watercolor Painting of Purple Grape Hyacinth Flowers by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Painting of Purple Grape Hyacinth Flowers by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Painting of Purple Grape Hyacinth Flowers by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Painting of Purple Grape Hyacinth Flowers by Elise Engh: Grow Creative

....but also one of my prettiest.  This one got snatched up only a few days after listing it in my shop!  I love it when that happens!

Photos of the Week

Some of the small things that made me happy last week......

Purple Lilac Blossoms:  Grow Creative

....... all except the dandelions.  I can't say I'm happy about those pernicious little weeds all over my lawn.  Oh well.  I'm doing my best to focus on better things than dandelions and migraines, even though I can't get rid of either completely.  I find it's better to look for the good stuff.  The lilacs and kids playing cars in the grass.  The signs that life is not all that bad.  

A Look at my Sketchbook

Having some fun with markers, pens, and crayons.........

Maker and Pen Paper Bookmarks: Grow Creative
Maker and Pen Paper Bookmarks: Grow Creative
Blue and Green Mandala Design in Marker:  Grow Creative
Maker and Pen Paper Bookmarks: Grow Creative
Trees Sketched in Ink: Grow Creative

I used more watercolor paper scraps to make some crazy marker bookmarks.  I don't know what else to do with those scraps.  I've already made like a bajillion bookmarks and I mostly read on my Kindle now anyway.....oh well!

Photos of the Week

Spring Blossom Photography: Grow Creative
Spring Blossom Photography: Grow Creative

This was the week that everything bloomed.  So pretty! This time of year always fills me with hope and I can't help but smile, no matter what's going on in my life.  Knowing that there are beautiful sunny days ahead does that to me.  What's your favorite part of spring?

Because of Him



Happy Easter!  Here's a video to help you remember the real reason we have this holiday!

90's Dress Refashion

I don't sew very often.  And when I do, my projects usually fail, but once in a while it works out.  Like this time when I transformed an old thrift-store dress into a shirt.  Not too hard.  I mostly just had to shorten it.

Thrifted Dress Make-Over- Floral Shirt with a Crochet Collar

Here's what it looked like before.  Too long for a shirt, too short for a dress.

Thrifted Dress Make-Over- Floral Shirt with a Crochet Collar

After hemming it up I attached the crochet collar I made last year.  It goes so well with this!  I'm excited!

Thrifted Dress Make-Over- Floral Shirt with a Crochet Collar
Thrifted Dress Make-Over- Floral Shirt with a Crochet Collar
Thrifted Dress Make-Over- Floral Shirt with a Crochet Collar

Decorating Eggs with Markers

This year we ditched the usual vinegar egg dye and decorated Easter eggs with permanent markers instead.  It's fun to switch it up once in a while :)

Hand Drawn Marker Easter Egg Designs: Grow Creative
Hand Drawn Marker Easter Egg Designs: Grow Creative
Hand Drawn Marker Easter Egg Designs: Grow Creative

Photos of the Week

We're back from a trip to Southern Utah. Man, I am missing that gorgeous weather!


We hadn't been on a real vacation in almost a year and that is too long for us.  This one was a short one, but so necessary! We'd go insane without some fun breaks.  

Our New Parking Strip Design


This post is dedicated to my hard-working husband.  (He totally wants me to write a post about his big yard project so I'll humor him..... he deserves it!)

 When we moved into our home the yard was a total disaster.  The parking strip in front of our house was full of weeds and ugly trashy trees.    After two years of cutting down trees, pulling out stumps, digging out rocks, sifting dirt, laying cement, and laying down some weed block, drought tolerant plants, rocks, and wood chips....... our parking strip is complete! 


We planted some Seaside Daisy, Basket of Gold, and Blueberry Ruffles Lavender.  So pretty!

I am so glad we decided to do this instead of the typical grass parking strip that requires lots of water- half of which ends up in the gutter.... wasted.  Yep, drought tolerant plants like these are the way to go here in Utah.  


What do you have planted in your parking strip?  

Watercolor Header Designs

Notice the new header?
I was playing around with my watercolors and decided to use them for a colorful header for spring! I think I may actually use all of these for a header at some point.  I love them all :)

Watercolor Blog Header Designs, floral, stripes: Grow Creative
Colorful Watercolor Stripes Painting Design
Watercolor Blog Header Designs, floral, stripes: Grow Creative
Watercolor Blog Header Designs, floral, stripes: Grow Creative

Photos of the Week

Pink Blossoms
Salt Lake Temple with Spring Blossoms Photograph:  Grow Creative
Salt Lake Temple with Spring Blossoms Photograph:  Grow Creative
Spring Blossoms Photograph:  Grow Creative

Last week my son and I spent some time at Temple Square taking photos of the beautiful grounds of the temple I was married in over 7 years ago.  I absolutely love this place!  I'm so grateful to be a part of a church that values beauty, goodness, virtue, and sacred marriages and families that can last forever.

We also listened to General Conference over the weekend, which is basically two days full of talks from our church leaders who give us messages inspired by the Lord that help us to become better people.  No matter what I am going through at the time conference comes around, there is always a line or a message that seems like was given just for me. I love that! I know the Lord speaks to us! Many times it is through other people.

One message that struck me this time was about family.  A leader from my church said, "If you let Him [the Lord] be the leader of your family, things will work out."  Such a simple and true message.  All this time that I have been struggling with the painful symptoms of Endometriosis and not continuing the hormonal treatments that my doctor recommended have been for a reason.  It doesn't feel right. I don't feel good about any of the options my doctor has presented.  So I'm not doing them.  I'm doing my best to let the Lord guide me and my family, trusting that He knows what is best for us.  Trusting that it will work out in His way and time.




In Love with Citrus


I've been so inspired with colors lately.  Maybe it's because of spring and I'm so excited to finally see some color outdoors again!  

So here are some fun citrus-colored watercolors .... plus a little purple and pink.

Original Watercolor Citrus Painting: Elise Engh- Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Citrus Paintings: Elise Engh- Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Citrus Painting: Elise Engh- Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Citrus, leaf, and elephant Paintings: Elise Engh- Grow Creative