Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Illustration Friday - Savour

OK, so here's the deal. It's not that I love Ketchup and want to savour it, although I do like Ketchup quite a bit. For much of my life, I thought it was normal to put it on pizza since this is what my dad taught me until I was informed several years ago (mostly by the horror on others faces) that it is, in fact, not normal to put Ketchup on your pizza.

When I thought of "Savour", I first thought of red wine because I do savour every sip. But then my mind went to Ketchup and body lotion because these are two things that I attempt to appreciate every single ounce by turning the bottles over and placing them into a measuring cup and using every last drop.

It is more about not letting anything go to waste and being frugal, really: "Use it up, wear it out, make do, do without". I learned this way of life from my mom who almost sliced her finger off when I was in high-school by cutting off the top of a bottle to scrape out as much as she could.

Savour every last drop!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We are about to head to Dallas to see my family and run the Turkey Trot. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Illustration Friday - Sneaky

My sister coordinated a surprise birthday party for my brother-in-law and husband this weekend. It took a bit of sneakiness to pull it off, but it was ultimately a success!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Nature's Magenta

I typically eat a salad everyday, and sometimes I throw in beets. I am always amazed by the natural color they produce. I love to cook fresh beets, but in the interest of time, I always have a can in the pantry.

The other day I was draining the liquid from the can into my sink, and thought that the contrast of the magenta color against my white sink was a pretty cool visual.

I am taking a vacation day today and heading to Dallas to see The Weepies in concert and then going to The Handmade Bash on Saturday. Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


So I decided to do a digital illustration for this week's Illustration Friday theme: BURNING.
Burning doesn't always have to be a bad thing. As a matter of fact, I need to experience a little more of this kind...

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Friday, November 12, 2010

One man's trash...

So, last night I went to empty the trash in my workspace and realized that my paint test pages are too interesting to be thrown away.

Then I decided to cut them into strips and weave them together. I like the way it turned out. This would look cool on a side or coffee table under glass (my husbands idea).

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Illustration Friday is a great website that provides weekly creative challenges based on a word that someone submits. This is my first week participating, but I hope to make their challenges a weekly post.

This week, the word is "afterwards" and the drawing above is what came to my mind.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

While we are on the subject of Bears...

My grandfather (Papa) was a wonderful man and incredibly creative. He would carve the most amazing, detailed Santas out of blocks of wood and also woodland animals and paint them colorfully.

I once asked him to make me something for my birthday and he carved me a family of bears which I treasure. I quickly sketched and painted them about a year or so ago and thought I would post them today.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Meet the Honeybears

One of the things that I love about winter is that I can drink herbal tea (with honey) during the day and at night. Even though I know it is good for me, I just can't drink it during the summer because it is just too dang hot outside (although I always have my morning cup of coffee - go figure). Therefore, the Honeybear is a constant winter figure on my desk at work and kitchen countertop at home.

I think that the Honeybear is smart packaging. It's simple with a bit of humor. I remember when I was young, I had one emptied that I would play with in the bath tub.

I suggest keeping your honeybears and using them for bath time toys for kids, or use for containers to store your homemade salad dressings.