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Peak inside my June 2017 art journal

Not only are vacations good for filling the proverbial well, but it turns out they also do wonders for your art journal!  We went to Port Aransas back in June, and instead of sketching in my art journal at night in front of the TV, I changed things up a bit.  While the kids played with their cousin in the morning, I spent a half hour on the deck with the sun warming my skin and sketch pad in my lap. It was rejuvenating.  And the results were different.  Delightfully different. For starters, I wasn't tired. With fresh eyes and the energy of a new day, I was able to give my art journal 100% instead of my late night dregs. How refreshing!  Literally. I also wasn't distracted by TV. There was nothing but me, my sketchpad, and the environment.  As a result, I found myself lost in time … Read More

What’s hot in Central Austin home interiors

Remember back in December when popular home design site Houzz released their list of anticipated home design trends for 2017?  Now that we are halfway through the year, I can confirm that Houzz’s predictions were spot on.  While some home interior trends have been more popular than others, here are the 8 styles I'm consistently seeing when I'm out looking at Central Austin homes as part of my real estate business: Patterned tile: Spanish-style encaustic tile with bold designs and bright patterns is popular right now.  With affordable ceramic options on the market, it’s easier than ever to make a big design design impact in a small space at a reasonable cost.  For example, I used this tile from Home Depot in the kitchen of my recent Balcones project.  It cost around $8 a square … Read More

Peak inside my April 2017 art journal

Four months into my daily art journal entries, and after looking at my April art journal I've noticed that my content has evolved.  There's less journaling and more of plain doodling. I found that I could only write that I took my children to lessons or worked on the blog or had movie night so many times.  After that it got really redundant... Don't get me wrong.  I still add the journaling when there's something of interest to include.  But otherwise its flowers, and hearts, and just simple doodling. Either way, I still find it a rewarding way to connect to my creativity.  I will always love the experience of putting pen on paper. I do, however, need to go buy some different journals.  I've tried mixed media paper and bristol paper, but they just don't take the watercolor the … Read More

A peek inside my March 2017 art journal

I once showed a friend some of the water color postcards I painted while traveling.  He asked me if a child painted them for me. Yep.  That was embarrassing. Art for my eyes only? Since then I've been more self-conscious about my art and rarely show people what I create.  Other than doodling during meetings, my art served as a private outlet for my eyes only.  If you can imagine, posting my daily art journal online for the world to see is a scary thing for me. The bold, messy art of my children inspires me But I am inspired by my children.  They create art with abandon.  Big, messy bold art.  Color combinations I would never consider that turn out fantastic.  Voluminous amounts of art that cannot be contained in tidy folders.  They lack inhibition, and it shows in the freedom on … Read More

Modern calligraphy with Mint & Maple Designs

As part of my post-law journey, I made a commitment to try new things and explore a variety of creative outlets.   Truth be told, sometimes I'm better at keeping that commitment than others.  But this was a good month!  I tried modern calligraphy. If you've been on Instagram or Pinterest lately, calligraphy is totally having a moment, particularly the loose, bouncy, modern calligraphy.  I love lettering, doodling, and making decorative envelopes, so I thought I'd give calligraphy a try.  I've taken several classes from Natalie Coulter at Mint and Maple Designs, so when I got an email from her advertising a Modern Calligraphy class, I knew I couldn't go wrong. Making it simple For starters, Natalie does a great job of making it approachable.  She described her own journey and … Read More

Rockin’ the boat party

Ahoy friends!  I’ve planned all sorts of different events, but I recently planned my first ever boat party.  This was a corporate client appreciation party for our real estate business, so we got to have a little fun with it.  One of our clients sent me the Saturday Night Live video for “I’m on a boat” featuring T-Pain.  How fun!  And from that the theme for the party was born!  Rockin’ the boat with Homesville Real Estate.  High class trash counts as a theme, right? At first I didn’t think a boat party would be much different than a normal event, but as I got into the actual planning there were several variables that made it a little challenging.  First off, everything had to be splash and wind proof since we were on the water.  Good thing too, because it ended up raining for … Read More