Friday, August 22


So, I was talking to myself the other day. You know to clear out the cobwebs, that's normal, right? It seems like lately that I can only find my creative flow at Target. I'm not sure what my creativity is doing at Target, perhaps enjoying an end of summer shopping spree but none the less there is was lounging between the poly blend and easy care sheets. Words and ideas starting whizzing around my mind like a ball in a squash court. I really should have written them down because by the time I got home my brain went back to the creativity of paper or plastic. Alas, all I have to show for my epiphany is a humble art journal page but at least it is something.

I despise my own hypersensitiveness, which requires so much reassurance. It is certainly abnormal to crave so much to be loved and understood. ~Anais Nin

Oh, the brilliance of Anias Nin! She so appeals to my broody, melancholy soul. We have all of the usual players on this page, paint, Sharpie oil marker, ink, pen, stamps, stencils & washi tape. That is it in a nut shell. Just some play time and I think we can agree that we all could use a little more of that. ;) Anyway, I have to wrangle my four children into some sort of presentable state before I dash to my paying gig. Have a beautiful weekend my lovelies!

Sunday, August 17

This is Oregon~

This weekend marked my 11th wedding anniversary. We hadn't made any big plans and we didn't have a sitter so we decided to go for a drive. This of course meant that we needed snacks so we stopped at Target and then we jumped in the car and hit the road. We have been taking a lot of drives this summer so it's a bit of a challenge to go somewhere "new". Once a year we drive down the Barlow Trail (think old time Oregon Trail.) This is deep in the heart of the Mt. Hood national forest. Think trees, rutted roads, washouts, and plenty of fresh air. The kids especially love the bumpy roads. 

We stopped at a bridge so the kids could throw rocks in a creek.

Lily loved a few minutes out of her carseat. 

It's a real challenge for us to get "lost". We took roads we have never traveled and found ourselves emerging from the lush forest into plains with towering brown bluffs. The view was breathtaking. It made us feel like we were the first people to discover this land. Well, if you ignore the paved road and fences. Tee hee!

We wound ourselves to the Deschutes river, which is a serious body of thrashing, raging water. However, the color was the most lovely turquoise/emerald green I have ever seen. 

Then we found ourselves driving up this steep little road with (mostly) no guard rails and being not so fond of heights it was all I could do to ward off a full out panic attack. I did manage to take a few pictures of the brown, pillowy land. It was awe inspiring to behold, you know when I wasn't holding on for dear life.

We encountered stretches of mostly flat earth, stretched out as far as you could see. Dry grass, an occasional bird or a tumbling tumble weed. We kept trucking, all the while chatting about how nice it would be to have a little piece of this solitude to call our own. Isn't it nice to dream?

It took so much longer then we expected to get back to the main highway (200 miles total). We stopped and got our starving children McDonald's. They'd had their fill of snacks. I have always loved this drive down the Columbia river gorge. There were so many people out in their boats and wind surfing, it must have felt lovely and cool on this hot day! We even saw a barge or two. I felt so lucky to live in Oregon where we have such a vast array of scenery. If you want it we probably have it! This is Oregon!
Until next time.

Friday, August 15

Journey of the Journal~

I love journals; big ones, little ones, hand-made or store bought. I have been keeping a journal for as long as I can remember. When I saw this video by Paulus Berensohn I just ached to make my own journal. So I ran out and bought the things that I needed to create my journal and then life got in the way. My lovely supplies sat untouched for months. *GASP* I know, it made me sad too. Fast forward to the other day. I was surfing around on Youtube and I found this amazing video by Sea Lemon on how to coptic stitch. Perfection!

After drooling over this video I decided that it was time to jump right in and finally make my journal. I gathered my materials.

Embroidery Needle
Lineco Binder's Thread
Canson Cold Press 140LB Watercolor Paper 
Canson Recycled 96LB Bristol Paper
The Board from the back of the Bristol Board Pad (for the front and back cover)

I  folded all of the pages in half, 12 of each. I alternated between the the two kinds of paper. Due to the thickness of the paper each page needed to be stitched as it's own signature.

At one point I accidentally stitched my finger to the journal. It didn't hurt but it was silly and annoying.

It took me two days to make the journal from start to finish. There was something amazing and beautiful about stitching each page. Due to the texture and sturdiness of this journal I decided that it will be an art journal. For that purpose I chose to leave the front and back cover unadorned, for now. I will wait and see what comes of it. I loved the whole process so much that I will definitely be making more journals. I think I might even try my hand at making my own paper. Just what I needed, a new craft addiction. ;)
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 6

January Painting by Belinda Fireman

Belinda Fireman's painting are so amazing! I think I could watch her paint all day! I just had to share.


Thursday, July 31

Throwback Thursday, the Whimsy Collection~

It's throwback Thursday, Sherbert Ink style. Unfortunately, I don't have anything new to share but I thought it might be fun to dust off a few of my past favorite pieces and revisit them for a minute. :)

This is the second piece in what I fondly call the "Whimsy Collection". To this day it is still one of my very favorite pieces. It really made me feel like an artist. Sometimes I still can't believe that I painted it! HA! I love how this little guy looks so innocent and sweet. He very well may be my white rabbit of paintings,  I am forever chasing the feeling that I somehow managed to capture here in every new piece I create. 

What would a collection of paintings focused on whimsy be without a flamingo in a top hat? :) This lovely little guy first appeared in May 2013. My sister gave me the challenge of painting a flamingo and so I did. It was a brave new concept for me to just paint something because I wanted to. I love his little top hat and his stance. He is definitely up to something! :)

Thus concludes my little Throwback Thursday Sherbert Ink style. Thank you so much for stopping by. With any luck the stars will align and I will get creatively unblocked and have something new to share really soon. TTFN!

Friday, July 18


Many apologies for my long absence. This has been one heck of a year around here. Just when I think we are finally getting back to "normal" life swings in like a wrecking ball and knocks us off course. I can't even get into it really. It's just too much. So, instead I am going to share a new piece with you. She has been sitting on my desk in various states of evolution for over a month. I give you HOPE.

She has come so very far, the girl with the red hair. What I originally started out with is miles from where she ended up. It took me a long time to say that she was complete. She is sailing and she is accompanied on her journey by her friend the black bird and Hope, her trusty boat. I really feel like she is more then just a painting, she is a story humming along in the back of my mind. Who knows where she will end up. For now she is hanging out here on the sea of life, content. That's about all for now. I am going to try really hard to have some new things to share really soon. Thanks for stopping by.

Hope is a 7"x11" Mixed Media Collage painting on canvas

Tuesday, June 10

Around Here~

Hello friends! There are so many things happening around here lately. Unfortunately, painting isn't really one of them. Ho hum! 

Let there be light!

As I mentioned in my last post my darling husband is in the process of putting a light tunnel in our kitchen/studio. So far this is what it looks like. Slowly but surely! LOL! The main focus of our world around here has been the last day of school. That day is today! Hurrah! It's finally here.

The anticipation around here has been at a fever pitch. Time for Summer vacation. Well, more like staycation this year. Nonetheless, there are popsicles to be eaten, bottles of bubbles to spill, and knees to skin. Bring it on! Before we can jump headlong into the festivities there are teachers and a wonderful bus driver to thank for an absolutely delightful school year. I really don't think it could have gone better! :)

I must admit that I CASE'd this card from the gorgeous new Stampin' Up! catalog. If you haven't seen it, drop what you are doing and get yourself one! It'll be worth it. Having said that I don't love this card but, I didn't feel well yesterday and of course I left my card making to the last day. I needed 5 of them and it's been ever so long since I have actually made a card. So, I settled on this nifty little design (the original looks better. :( )

I found this idea for the gifts on Pinterest. I found the cups at Target and I filled them with a nail file, Ghiradelli Chocolate Squares, lip balm  Lemonade and Ice Tea singles, and a nail polish. Just a small way to say "THANK YOU". The teachers work so hard and honestly I don't know how they manage. If it was up to me there would make loads of money and have all expense trips to somewhere tropical every Summer. Since it's not up to me they get a cup with goodies and a card. :)

Since I left the gifts to the last minute. Why do I always do that, anyway? I realized last night that the gift bags I thought  I had, I actually didn't. Tissue paper and ribbon to the rescue! I didn't want the cards to get lost so I popped them in the envelopes and punched a hole in the corner, then threaded the ribbon through the hole to attach it. A little washi tape sealed the unruly seems. Voila! And that is what we have been up to. I am so hoping to have something artsy to share really soon! Let's see how well I can manage creating art and having kids home at the same time. TTYL!

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