Monday, December 28, 2015

2015 top ten roundup!

I spend a lot of time blogging- typically five days a week which means I typically average about 236 posts per year! I love looking back at all the things I have shared at the end of the year and today I picked my favorite 10 posts from this year.

The statement wall I painted in Lucy's room might just be one of my favorite projects of all time! 

I shared some of the best tips I can give about jump starting a creative career.

Andy and I love to work on collaborative paintings and this one was one of my favorites!

And this collaboration that we created for my friends at Maiden Astoria might just be my most favorite!

This year was the year that I turned 40 and I shared some of the lessons I've learned over time.

And the adventure we took to Elowah Falls for my birthday was pretty epic!

Painting our countertops was one of my favorite home reno projects

Our camper van project might just be my favorite project to date!

With some simple changes we were able to transform our living room into a light, bright shared family space.

I shared some of the best advice I can give for taking the leap into full time artists and entrepreneur. 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

happy holidays to you!

Can I just say that I love you guys, like a lot. So much of what I do depends on my customers, my students and my readers and I just want to say thank you so very much for supporting this crazy creative business. I want to wish everyone out there a joy filled holiday. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for being a part of our life!
xo Alisa

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

downloads for you!

Today I've got a couple of downloads for you!

Need a little relaxation amidst the holiday madness? I've got a winter coloring download for you. Need last minute tags for your wrapping?I've got a page of gift tags that I created from a variety of my drawings for you. Enjoy!

winter coloring page download HERE

gift tag download HERE

Monday, December 21, 2015

handmade giving

I've been making handmade gifts since I can remember. As a artist and crafter it has always been my favorite way to show love. And amidst the insanity of the holiday season, no matter how busy I am, I always make time to create handmade gifts. Part of my process is thinking, reminiscing and even praying for the person that I am creating for. I draw, I paint and I create with my friends and family in mind. Each brush stroke I paint, each line I draw, I am thinking about the people that I care about. This process has become my favorite part of the holiday season because it keeps me from going crazy with the shopping, rushing around and getting lost being a consumer. Today I want to challenge you to take a little time to make something for someone you love- a love note, a doodle, a handmade card...anything (even if it's small) to step away from the holiday madness for just moment and use creativity to show your love.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

last sale of the year!

Ok you guys! I've got my last sale of the year happening this week! So if you are looking for last minute gifts (or even a gift for yourself), check out my online classes. They are marked down until December 25th!

You can check out all 40 of my classes over in the shop HERE

Friday, December 18, 2015

around these parts

I am pretty much smitten with Instagram and it is a place where I am able to document, show and share a more personal look into our life (without words). You can follow me HERE for a peek into our daily happenings.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

storm after storm after storm

It rains a lot in Oregon but in the last few weeks we've had a crazy amount of back to back storms. Here on the coast that rain is paired with high tides and big swell. A few days ago we had a crazy day where the ocean was so huge it came right over the street- it was a sight to behold!


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