24 September 2018

Hello Autumn!

Another change in season. It's this time when I think that time flies by so quickly. Would you indulge me in some of my favorite fall traditions?  

A road trip to the country to revel in the cooler air.

Stopping by the farm store for seasonal produce, apple cider, and freshly baked pies.

Apple cider doughnuts in all its forms: plain, powdered, dipped in cinnamon sugar, and even the indulgent maple bacon variety.

A visit to the orchards for an afternoon of apple picking.

Oh Autumn, I'm delighted that you've arrived! 

17 September 2018

Summer by the Water

I hope you all had a beautiful summer. Before we transition into a new season, I'd like to share a few photos of my trips to the water.

A tranquil bay in Long Island...

There's a seasonal shack selling seafood sandwiches.

Summer is never complete without chowder, lobster rolls and clam strips!

Another trip with some friends at a cabin by the lake:

It was calm and peaceful, a total change from our daily life.

The evenings were breezy and beautiful.

We followed everything stated on this lake house sign!

Even if I was on vacation, I couldn't help but craft. Here are the inspirations and my creations:

A garden filled with late summer Black-eyed Susans.

I picked a few and pressed them in between some heavy books. I like how the petals tuned into a deep yellow. I might add these to a shadow box or turn it into a pendant

These were really good bottles of wine that we enjoyed over meals that we cooked. I took a picture for future reference. 

I even saved a label to include in my travel journal...TADA!

My journal page made with sketches, stamps, and ephemera.

Here's another trip, this time by the beach:

I brought my watercolor pad and paints so I could practice. Painting water and waves is something I still have to work on.

I wish I had this view everyday. Being by the beach is always relaxing and rejuvenating.

A little souvenir from a day at the beach...TADA!

10 September 2018

Little Women

Hello everyone!

One of the books I read over the summer was "Little Women". I know it's a classic but I never read it growing up. It's a story of the March sisters -- Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy -- who bloom from girls to women, find their place in the world, experience love and loss, and learn life lessons like friendship, appreciation, compassion, sacrifice, and hard work.  

via PBS
PBS recently came out with a three part television adaptation. I loved everything about it including the casting, costumes, and set design. I don't have any sisters and I wished I could've been the fifth sister just to experience what it's like to have one.

Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Frances Dee, and Jean Parker in Little Women (1933)
via Imdb.com
I also got to watch the 1933 black and white movie on TCM. I'd like to see every film version created, including the new one coming out at the end of the month that's set in the present time. Truly a mark of a timeless story!

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:

I was also inspired to make some art: 

Did you read "Little Women"? What was your favorite part?

03 September 2018

Pile on the Flowers

I believe in second chances! I believe that ugly ducklings have the potential to be swans! That's why I like to give bags and pouches a make-over:

Here I am again, turning an empty pouch from blah to TADA! 

This was a freebie from my husband's travels. All the contents like personal care products, socks, and a sleep mask have been used. And still, this pouch...it deserves a transformation.

I had these decoupage flowers left-over from this project.

I used them to embellish the top of the pouch (attached with a very light layer of fabric glue underneath).

Doesn't it look festive, already?

And the zipper pull. We musn't forget that!

A pretty tassel, perhaps?

The pink one is perfect!

The pouch is the ideal size for urban sketching supplies.

Another day, another pouch...TADA! Thank you for reading!