Saturday, June 30, 2018

One year anniversary

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of a very perfect day. 

We were so excited to be married that we both wore our rings for weeks before the wedding. Dakota and I proudly wear the wedding bands of his parents. Not only does it symbolize our marriage, but a reminder of the strong marriage that came for before us. 

My engagement ring is made from both of the rings that our fathers gave our mothers. The setting from his mom, and the band from my mom. It is perfect in every way. 


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wine Label - Finished

Spent my entire weekend on this. I made a lot of progress and have enough done to send it to the printer for a test print. I created the label with Adobe Illustrator. The idea is for the label to match the wine cap. Very exciting! 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Wine Label - Matching Colors

The label design that I am coming up with is so close to being finished. I still have plenty of hours left before sending it of to get test printed. Once we get the test print and it looks good after any changes.... then I can create the rest of the labels! For now, here is what I’m getting done today. I’m matching the wine shrink caps that go on top of the cork to the different wines. Once those are selected, I match the color of the caps to the Pantone colors that best match so that it will go nicely with the wine label.
My thought behind this is simple. I want customers to be able to quickly identify the wine the had before. The labels are the same design but easily recognized by the different colors. I can’t wait to see them on the bottles!!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Robin’s Painting

Here is a painting I created for Dakota’s cousin as a gift for her mother. There are 4 siblings with their great grandfather. It was a challenge piecing images together to make this family portrait. And yes, I enjoy watching Netflix as I paint :) 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

My favorite books

It’s been to many years since I’ve had these books in my hands. I finally unpacked them from storage from my parent’s attic. This is not quite all of them.   Yes they are children’s books, but to me, they are beautiful. I love the illustrations, the little details and how the pictures interact with the type.  As I study these, yes study, I get more and more excited about working toward my goal of illustrating a children’s book with the hopes of one day being published.  

At least half of my books came from books signings I’ve attended throughout school and a few after.  I’ve met the top pop-up books artists, my favorite illustrators like Chris Van Allsburg and even Julie Andrews (I Know!!!). Hearing all of them read their books and answer questions afterwards has always been inspiring.  I’ve never met a children’s book author or illustrator that didn’t love what they had accomplished. And to me, that is important in any dream/goal that you have in mind.  


Monday, March 26, 2018

My mother's doll house

My parents started building this dollhouse from scratch when I was really little. Literally from a sheet of plywood. We recently set it up again after many years. My mom had it turned around so you could only see the outside of the house. We had gotten some dollhouse furniture at an auction years ago that we hadn’t looked at yet and we found lots of treasures. There is a small fortune in this house but it’s been almost a 30 year project.
My parents cut all the shingles, all of the working windows and moldings, and sand paper bricks on the outside. My mom has knitted sweaters with string and tooth picks, and if you look at the one photo with the sewing room, she created the half dress too. You can even see the pins she made from really sewing pins.
They say they aren’t artists but they just do different art than I do. Someday, I will create a children’s book from this and it will be epic.
 I asked my mom about this tonight and she said she can remember snow white was always playing in the back ground on the tv when they were building it. And to this day, when she hears that movie, all she can smell is saw dust and hot glue. 

Sunday, March 25, 2018


I’m hosting a Paint Your Pet event soon so I am working out how I’ll do it. Everyone who signs up will need to send me a photo of their pets. Then, before the event, I’ll need to draw everyone’s pet on a canvas. I can’t teach this one step by step, but I can give advice, like starting with the background so that later, they don’t need to paint around their pet. Here is what I’ve done with my dog, Remmy.