An afternoon of painting

I thought it would be fun to show you behind the scenes of my watercolor paintings. Painting is my go-to activity when I need a break or I'm feeling stressed out. It Instantly relaxes me!
On this particular afternoon, I spent nap time painting the Manti, Utah and Gilbert, Arizona temples. I really wish we did not live so far from Gilbert, I would have loved to go to the open house!
I first start out with sketching and outlining. The Manti one took forever, it's so detailed!


The Gilbert temple was a little Easier two sketch. And the landscape is absolutely beautiful! When it comes two trees and plants, I typically do just enough of an outline two shows what it is, but I do not go into very much detail with the pen. I leave that for the paints.


Next up, the painting! My grandma gave me my mixing palette a looooong time ago, and I still use it to this day! I'm not a huge fan of hot chocolate or anything, so my favorite NYC mug has Become my water mug. I also keep paper towels handy when I'm painting.


I typically paint in a certainties order, though there's no rhyme or reason to it! I paint the shadows and windows first, then move onto the exterior. I've learned that it's IMPORTANT to paint it just a bit brighter in the original, Because The scanner does not pick up the light colors. I always seem to save the foliage of cargo.


I typically let the finished temples sit for a few days, I like to study them to see on if I missed any details. Then I scan them, touch up any paint drips or pencil marks in Photoshop, and list them on my shop! These two temples will be listed in the shop soon!

On a side note: Ellie usually wakes up from her nap halfway through my painting. I have yet two pick her up here own tray of paints, so she gets to paint with whipped cream. As you can see, she loves it, not to mention the bathroom Afterwards!



color palettes

Now that April has finally arrived (and it's the middle of April! Can you believe it?!) color seems to be appearing everywhere ! I've noticed even my outfit pieces seems brighter and happier. And let's face it, my mood has been happier too ;) There's something about color and the sunshine that makes this girl happy as a clam. Now if only it was warm enough to go swimming .... Soon! In the mean time, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite bright and happy color palettes. My go to colors are always blue and yellow, but I'm starting to branch out just a little ;) Enjoy!




blues reds

bold and bright

blues yellows







Saying a quick hello….

…all the way from Norway!


We are busy laughing with family, fighting jet lag, and eating pounds of European candy and chocolate (seriously)




General Conference | April 2014


As I have mentioned before, I love General Conference weekend. Not only do I love staying in my pajamas all day and eating delicious food all weekend, I love feeling uplifted and inspired. I always walk away feeling the desire to do better, to improve! Here are a few of my favorite quotes from some of the talks. Really, I could have made dozens more of these printables….I took so many notes! And maybe one day I will. But for now, here are a few of my absolute favorites. You can download them by clicking on the button below. They are sized as 3x4, perfect for Project Life scrapbooking, or handouts. Feel free to share with family and friends, just link back with love! XO!



Party, party!

Bijou Market Flyer Spring14 White

I’m so excited to announce that it’s time for the…BIJOU MARKET! Otherwise known as Christmas morning or my favorite place for a shopping spree.

This is one of my absolute favorite pop up boutiques in Utah and I’m honored to be participating again. Seriously, if you’ve never been, it’s a must see!

happy camper tshirt

My shop will be closed for the next week, so if you want to pick up your Happy Camper infant tee or need to get your hands on an iPhone case, here’s your chance to snatch one up. You know, if you want ;) Plus, I’ve been checking out some of the other vendors…and my wallet may be in trouble! I’m dying to get my hands on a little tent for Ellie, a darling embroidery hoop for her room, and I’m drooling over these quilts. Starts tomorrow at 10am and ends Saturday at 5.

Happy (almost!) Weekend! XO