creative fridays and kelly rae

I’ve been creating with Kelly Rae Roberts in my art studio. Yes, you heard me. I’ve been creating with Kelly Rae.

Each Friday she sends out an unscripted video of herself creating some fabulous painting. The videos are anywhere from an hour to three hours. It has been a lot of fun. It’s like having her here in my studio and has spurred me to create more. She is down to earth, inspirational, and super funny. I love that she sings and even dances. She is an inspiration on being brave and doing what one loves.

Below is Kelly Rae in my studio.


You can find out how to join us and about her unscripted videos here. Below are some photos of what I’ve created while watching and listening to her videos.


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This last week she had Flora Bowley join her in the studio. They are a hoot together. They each started with two canvases and then kept swapping. The end result was beautiful.

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What has inspired you this week? What have you been up to?




We are visiting Bend for a couple weeks. What is your favorite neighborhood? Any recommendations for a must see?


Here was my commute view for the first week.

Bend River

What have you been up to this week?



It’s been a chilly summer here so far. What happens is that it gets really hot in San Jose and the fog gets drawn in and covers Santa Cruz in a wet haze. It usually burns off in the afternoon, but it can be down right chilly at 54 degrees in the mornings.

So, what does a girl do when she is chilly, well she knits. I’ve knitted several washcloths, practicing different stitches. They turned out pretty cute.

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I also made a cowl for this fall. I used Spincycle yarns. I love their wool! Here it is pre-wash. I used two different colors and they blended so nicely.


What have you been up to this week?


summer reading

I hardly ever post about books that I’m reading, but this summer I’ve joined my first, ever online reading club with the Modern Mrs. Darcy.

I’ve loved books from the moment I could read. I love falling into the worlds that authors create and imagining living in other times. I like how books feel, the paper, and the bindings are lovely. Lastly, I love creating my own books and do so at least once a year for my art journals. That’s another story for another time.

As you can see, I’m super excited. I love how Mrs. Darcy makes picking the summer reads so easy. Check out her summer recommendations here. The summer club is reading five books together. Here is the first one and it is GREAT so far. I won’t say anymore.

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Here are the other four we will be reading.

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2016 Reading List

Along with the five books, we got a blank reading journal. I’ve never kept a reading journal and the modern Mrs. Darcy makes it so simple. If you are interested in keeping a reading journal, check out her tutorial. Here is the journal.

Modern Mrs. Darcy

I’ll keep you posted on how I like the books. What have you been up to this week?