Wednesday, October 31, 2012

a creative halloween

hhpsdWe really don't celebrate or do much for Halloween but it is becoming a tradition to at least play a little dress up and have some digital fun on the blog! (see last year here and the year before here) 

I have been wanting an excuse to dress as my all time favorite artists and celebrity couple- Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. And while they never were able to have children I couldn't resist making Lucy into a version of La Calavera Catrina (the Elegant Skull by Jose Guadalupe Posada an etching that was later incorporated into Diego Rivera's painting- Dream of a Sunday Alameda Park). I knew one day all those years of taking art history classes would come in handy!

Wishing you a creative (and safe) Halloween!


Monday, October 29, 2012

creative make believe

IMG_3386Underneath it all- the creative business, the to do lists, the bills, the stress, the goals, the worry about the future, the everyday things...there is imagination, magic and whimsy that keeps my soul afloat. 
IMG_3501 In our world, its hard to hold onto that childlike wonder, those simple daydreams and the make believe that was such a big part of childhood. But I have found though art and creativity those daydreams can be brought back to life. With a little imagination, anything it possible.
IMG_3419Imagination has always been a big part of my life (I don't know how you can be an artist without one!) but since becoming a mom, I have been even more inspired to use my imagination to make daydreams, stories and fairy tales into something tangible. I want to be an example to my little Lucy that magic, wonder, joy and whimsy are hiding in the most unexpected places.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

giveaway winners announced!


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Congrats to all 5 of you for winning a free spot in my latest class Create Daily- Holiday Edition. Send me an email at and I will get you all the information!

Early bird discount of $10 off until Wed. October 31st!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

beach pumpkins

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I come from a surfing family (and I am married to a surfer) so for my final fall pumpkin project I couldn't resist creating a few whimsical beach themed pumpkins! 

For those who have asked what I do with my pumpkins- I actually use them through November in home decor, I will also use them as a center piece on the table and even give them away to friends and family. 

For those who have asked if its sad to throw them out when the time comes- the answer is no. I actually love creating art/craft that is temporary. There is something quite beautiful to me about a creative project that have a shelf life!

Here is run down of all the pumpkins tutorials over the years. Its been a blast getting creative with such a simple materials and I can't wait for more fun with pumpkins next year!

1. black and white pumpkins 2. finger painted pumpkins 3. pattern pumpkins 4. geometric pumpkins 5. sketchbook pumpkins 6. messy pumpkins 7. pretty painted pumpkins


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