Tuesday, December 16, 2014


I really don't have much to say except that I love these two people so much. And I love this picture.

Every once in  awhile you get those "my life is perfect" moments and this just about sums it up for me. I am so happy for the joy that these two boys bring to my life. Justin is a wonderful father and husband and Holden is the sweetest little boy with a joy for learning and a caring heart. I couldn't be more blessed.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite hobbies, thrifting! I am always amazed at the types of things you can find and it's a wonderful way to reduce waste by reusing something. I love finding items with alot of character and of course chippy paint.

I didn't make any changes to the outside because I loved it just how it was. I did add some paper liner to the inside so that when I opened it there was a pop of color! (I also tried to pick a color that would tie it into my bedroom decor). I love the vintage vibe of this scrapbook paper, it really pulls together the whole idea of thrifting.

I am using the medicine cabinet to hold my nail polish. It was the perfect find- practical and pretty.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


We are officially over half-way through October. Fall is here, so are the pumpkins, and it's time to get those cute pumpkin patch photos! Am I right?

Here is your inspiration for today:

Since my little guy is such a cutie (sorry, mamas have the right to brag) I thought the before picture was pretty great. But with a few quick steps I got it frame worthy in about 10 minutes flat!

1. CROPPING is a must. Try to zoom right in on the good stuff. I made sure I eliminated the path on the left hand side because it draws your eye out of the picture.

2. I almost always SHARPEN my pictures using these Photoshop steps: Filter- Sharpen- Unsharp Mask and these are my go-to settings for portraits: Amount-500, Radius- .2, Threshold-2. And bam! there it is, sharp as ever.

3. My ACTIONS have been speeding things up lately. I used the Pioneer Woman Action Set 2 "Warmer". I love this action because it doesn't change much except it really brightens the photo and makes it appear warm and inviting. You can find the Pioneer Woman Actions here, and I have to say I love all of her actions.

Thanks for stopping by! Have fun getting some fall photos with your little ones and feel free to contact me if you need any help editing!

Monday, October 6, 2014


Gallery walls have been on the scene for a while now. But sometimes finding just the right arrangement takes time. When we first moved into our home almost 2 years ago I had only 2 of these 6 pieces in my collection. I knew that I wanted to fill in the wall around my television to take away some of the focus from the tv, and I new I wanted a very "art centered" collection, without family photographs or monograms, not because I don't like those, but because they are featured in other parts of my home. 

Over the next year I acquired 2 more pieces, one as a gift from my grandfather, which was done by him years ago, and one at an art fair. With 4 pieces that fit together well I decided to look through my portfolio and find 2 more pieces that would really make the collection pop! I decided that by sticking with the same medium for both I could make the wall look very cohesive. I have a large collection of linocut prints from a class that I took as part of my BFA program and I pulled pieces from those. 

The top left -"Uprising"-and bottom right pieces -"Relief Print 4" are the 2 that I chose, and I decided to frame them differently in chunky black frames to bring solidity to the collection. I am really happy with how my wall turned out. If  you are looking for original art pieces without a huge price tag my prints fit the bill! I have many to choose from to fill in your gallery wall just the way you want. 

Please feel free to visit my Etsy shop by clicking this link!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


For most of my adult life I have dealt with extreme stomach aches. A lot of my troubles began in my Senior Year of High School and continued for several months until my first semester of college. I didn't know why I felt so sick and why I couldn't eat almost anything without feeling sick to my stomach. I began losing a lot of weight and we started going to doctors. We saw several Gastroenterologists and there were varying degrees of input such as: eat more fiber (what?), an intestinal parasite, and IBS. But unfortunately no one was able to give any advice on how to deal with my stomach issues. Several years later as a Junior I started having similar symptoms. We had more tests done and saw more doctors all with the same outcome.

About a year ago my symptoms started up again. I had recently had a baby and had heard that some women develop lactose intolerance as a result of pregnancy. I immediately cut dairy from my diet. This helped quite a bit but didn't solve the whole problem. I knew there was still something I was eating that was making me sick. I kept a food diary and it was very inconclusive- why would a salad make me sick while french fries didn't? It just didn't add up. 

I needed to see someone ANYONE who could offer any advice. I made an appointment with a new Gastroenterologist and hoped for the best. I couldn't take another disengaged doctor who didn't care about my problems and would just write it off as IBS and offer no additional help. My new doctor was incredible! She listened to my problems gave me options about treatment and diagnosed IBS. At first I was skeptical (other doctors had diagnosed IBS and said it was a mental issue, and there wasn't much to do but endure it.) But this doctor had a plan. She gave me a pamphlet on the FODMAP Diet (learn more here), which contained a list of foods that are triggers for IBS attacks, something I had looked for for years. It was a long list. After leaving that appointment I felt enlightened but also overwhelmed. Looking at my list I could see there were a lot of changes that I had to make, and honestly I felt like freaking out. I felt like I would have to discard the last 4 years of work that I have spent collecting delicious, money-conscious and easy recipes. 

I have spent the last month completely overhauling my diet. Going gluten free, dairy free cutting out fruits and vegetables and other things that are part of the FODMAP Diet. And I feel great! The hard work has been worth it, but it has been and will be HARD WORK. I am constantly trying out recipes and looking for resources to share on this blog. Next week we will be talking more about the FODMAP Diet. If you are part of the gluten free, dairy free, bean free, high fructose corn syrup free band wagon please follow along on this journey with me and feel free to share your experiences!

Thursday, May 15, 2014


As an art teacher and mom I can recommend this as one of my "go to" activities. The simplicity of the technique means everybody (seriously EVERYBODY) can achieve AMAZING results. It is a fast and easy project that requires few materials and little preparation (reason #1 I said you would love it too!) It is also a great way to tie in a cultural lesson as "Suminigashi" is a Japanese technique.

"Suminigashi" literally means "spilled ink" and is one of the first techniques used to create a marbled surface. The ink is suspended on a water surface and is then transferred to paper. Because of the ever-changing qualities of water it is difficult to create a controlled print, but Japanese artists who studied Suminigashi were considered masters of control. One of the lovely qualities of Suminigashi is that each piece is unique, no-one will be able to replicate your work!


Large pan- I purchase metal roasting pans from the dollar store which come in packs of 2
Watercolor paper
Acrylic paints from craft store
Paper plates


1. Cut watercolor paper to size, making sure it fits in the pan.
2. Fill pan with about 1/2"-3/4" water.
3. Squish paint onto paper plate or palette.


1.Traditional Japanese printing involves making many concentric circles using multiple colors (note- the shown piece is not necessarily traditional).To create a traditional print use two colors of paint and two toothpicks (I used about 6 colors on this piece). Dip the toothpick into the paint and very gently rest the tip on the surface of the water. Do not move the toothpick in a stirring motion or touch the bottom of the pan. The idea is to let the paint fill the surface of the water. As more paint is added you will be able to see the paint sitting on top of the water.

2.Continue to touch paint to the water and watch as it moves across the surface creating intricate patterns. This is a wonderful time to explore the medium and experiment with creating different colors and shapes.

3. When you feel that your piece is ready to be printed (I usually work on dipping paint for about 20 minutes) grab your piece of watercolor paper.

4. Hold the paper by the corners level to the surface of the water. Drop it to the water as flat as you can. Without spinning the paper, submerge it under the water, and lift up. 

5. Lay your print to dry. You have completed your Suminigashi print.

6. To make another piece just switch out your water in the pan and start again. I have found that the water is too muddy to result in a clear second print.

I love that each print is as unique as your fingerprint!
Happy printing!

Monday, April 21, 2014


Just Breathe
Sold! on Etsy

Little by Little
Purchase on my Etsy

These are two little paintings I recently completed. I have been really inspired by the idea of collage and assemblage lately. With these two pieces I just let myself run a little wild and they turned out so fun and vibrant. The materials that I used to create these are printing ink, Japanese printing paper, oil, and ink.

It adds a great little bright spot to the home, doesn't it?
If anyone would be interested in purchasing or commissioning artwork for their home please visit my website or my Etsy shop

"Luxury is not a necessity to me, 
but beautiful and good things are."
-Anais Nin

As always thank you for taking the time to view my work.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I have been the mommy of a one year old for an entire month now! It is crazy to think how fast the time has gone and to think about where I was one year ago at this time. Slowly adjusting to motherhood, with long sleepless nights, so in love with this little boy, but so out of my element. Many people do not know about my fight with PPD (Post-Partum-Depression). I don't talk about it much, and the only reason I do today is to hopefully share a small piece of my experience to someone who is going through the same feelings. 

This is really hard for me to do. Our society doesn't share much of what it feels like to have PPD and often these most sensitive of feelings get characterized merely as post baby blues. But Post-Partum Depression is real. It has taken me almost an entire year to get back on my feet. There have been days where the fight was so hard I couldn't see how it could possibly get better. But that is where this little picture comes in. Look at this adorable, happy child. Seeing this picture is a reminder to me to fight every day for the good times and to know that it ALWAYS gets better.

There are many things to do to get help. For me right now, pictures are the strongest reminder of what I am fighting for, and a reminder of how good my life really is. I am truly blessed to be a mother. And would do the whole experience again in a heartbeat even if guaranteed to have the same post-partum experiences. I would also like to share a quote that has lifted me up when almost nothing else could:

"Motherhood is not a hobby, 
it is a calling....
It is not something to do if
you can squeeze time in.
It is what God gave you time for."

-Rachel Jankovic,
from Neil L. Andersen's "Children"
Nov. 2011 Ensign

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Many of you know me as a mom, teacher, crafter, diy-er, but I tend to keep my "artness" a little bit sheltered. I am not sure really why that is, just that I don't want to bore non-art-enthusiasts with random "fun facts" that aren't really so fun! But this year, one of my New Year Resolutions was to be more confident in promoting my artwork and my skills as an artist. I am still shy about blogging my own artwork. But I am introducing "Art Watch" as a recurring theme on my blog which will spotlight artists that are really thrilling and inspiring me and my work right now!

Today's artist is Odilon Redon, a French artist who worked from 1900 until his death in 1916. He is considered a Symbolist artist, the Symbolists believed that it was their duty to interpret and visualize intangible ideas and emotions, which explains the abundant use of symbols in their work.

Redon's work is characterized by the use of intensely saturated color, brushstrokes filled with emotion, and a tight sense of value. I  am really excited about his use of color.

Arbres et Maisons: Vue d'Hiver

Homage to Leonardo da Vinci, 1908

The Turqoise Vase

Girl with Poppies

Thanks for enjoying art with me!

Friday, March 7, 2014


I have decided to begin new segment in my blog, that will appear monthly (hopefully more often, if I have the time and inspiration!)dedicated to getting you photographs frame worthy! I don't claim to be a photographer: I am a stay-at-home mom with an art degree, some Photoshop skills, and a little bug whose cuteness just needs to be captured. In each segment I am going to show a before and after, share my experience, and share some editing tips to get an eye-catching professional looking photo.

Today's Photo:

I really wanted to get a cute, bright outdoor shot, but the weather just wasn't cooperating. The lighting was dull, it was rainy and windy, and when I looked through my images I was pretty bummed. I knew I needed to warm up the whole tone of the picture and add some contrast. These are the steps I used to get from point A to point B:

1. I ALWAYS start with cropping, it just helps me think. I wasn't thrilled about the location I shot at, but I knew I could make it work.I decided to use the columns in the background to frame the little guy, but  I knew I was pretty much stuck with the handrail. After some playing around I found that if I cropped the handrail at the corner of the picture it added a focal point to pull the viewer to the center of the picture. I think I was able to turn a less than ideal situation into something that works.

2. For this photo I only used one other step! I have been really interested in Photoshop Actions lately. An Action is basically a pre-recorded set of moves that someone has created to edit an image to achieve a certain effect. They are similar to Instagram "Filters". Many Actions are available for free online, and I have been trying out a bunch! The one that I used on this image is called Goldygates Color Boost plus Warmth. And it seriously works wonders right?

Here is a larger view of the final image. 
More pictures to come from H's One Year Photo Shoot!

Saturday, January 18, 2014


I am honored to announce a recent change to my art career. I was recruited/ accepted to become part of RAW: Salt Lake City. RAW is an Indie Art Co-op where many types of artists (fashion designers, musicians, visual artists, makeup artists, etc.) get to work together and put on incredible shows. There are RAW organizations in over 60 cities all over the world, and each city has one showcase each month. I will be featured in the February Showcase in Salt Lake called Awakening. 

I am going to be showing a few of my larger oil paintings but I will also be selling quite a few relief prints that would look great as art on your walls! To get a view of my portfolio go to my website and click on portfolio. I would love it if you could attend my showcase, to purchase tickets click on this link to my profile on the raw website. Tickets are $15 but if you purchase through the link above the cost of each ticket will be deducted from my cost to rent a space. This is a great opportunity to donate to the arts and to view local artwork of up-and-coming artists in the community. I hope to see you there!