Sunday, February 26, 2012

Illustration Friday: Capable

I believe

if left to their own devices..

..the bees would

be capable of their own

hive maintenance.

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Last weekend I did some re-arranging to my studio space.
I had been using an old door and some antique saw horses that I dug out of barn.

That set-up doubles as table space for food at our summer picnics ~
With spring coming I thought I'd better start looking for a better option.

Table legs from IKEA!!

Table top..

(sorry to my husband) is the extender top he built for his table saw.
It's a perfect fit and I like that it is already broken in!

(thanks xo)

Put it all together on a wonderfully sunny day last weekend and couldn't resist parking it all in the sun.
The dormer space upstairs is my most favorite space in the house.

The sun coming through the windows on my watercolor pencils.
The drawing board was my grandfather's.

I love coming up here in the morning as it starts to get light outside. It is swirling snow this morning as I sip my coffee.

Hoping you are enjoying your day in a favorite space of your own..

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Illustration Friday: Fluid

If I had to pick a favorite fluid to drink it would be coffee.
That is my favorite mug above. Red with BIG white polka dots.

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to pour my coffee,
run out the back door,
and walk the rows of the garden while I sip.

The sun coming up,
smell of the damp earth,
birds singing,
watching the veggies grow,
is the BEST way to start the day.

For now I am waiting for the leaves to come back to the trees
and dreaming of veggies!

Monday, February 13, 2012


Illustration Friday: Popularity

Winter chores that top my popularity list:

1. Stacking wood in the wood shed.

There is nothing better than stacking wood by lantern after a long day at work.
I love the soft light and smell of the wood. We hung a little window from a salvage shop
and stacked wood around it to look like a wall.

Makes it fun to see the glow from the light inside..

2. Taking out the wood stove ashes in the sled.

This requires snow, but so much fun to pull the ashes through the snow instead of carrying them!

3. Freeze-drying the laundry.

The wash will steam as I clip it to the line.
Freeze. Dried. Sheets.
Do I need to say more?


4. Shoveling snow.

We haven't had much snow this year.
Not as much as last year at least.
I'm missing it.

Wishing you a wonderful week and loads of fun..
chores and all!

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Illustration Friday: Suspense

The suspense of whether or not the bees will make it through the winter is just about killing me.

I worry every year..
This year a little more so. The winter has been mild.
Warm ~ cold ~ warm ~ cold.

They get confused, think it is Spring, start to work and then freeze when it gets cold again.

I had my ear to the hives on the last warm day we had. There were a few that were silent.
I hope at least one hive makes it through. We have ordered a few new starts for spring though, just in case.

I sat outside to sketch this today. It was 37 degrees.

but cold.

The illustration is a little brief, but my fingers were getting numb.
I just wanted to sit with the bees..