Following My Blog? Get a Hand-Sketched Postcard!

Who doesn’t like receiving snail mail these days? Some of you might remember my first posting of 2017 entitled Welcome 2017: Suds, Soap, and Snow, which offered a hand-sketched postcard to new blog subscribers: So much gratitude for those who are following along, and in 2017, I will send a hand-sketched post card to each new follower.  Simply message me…

Succulent Love and Sketching!

Have you ever noticed that almost any time you put together a collection of something, it seems to make it sparkle no matter what the subject? Well, my succulents, although pretty darn cute by nature, look even better as one big happy family! With plants on the brain lately, I gathered my succulents big and…

Happy International Women’s Day!

What a gift to live in such a diverse and colorful world full of strong women. Did you know International Women’s Day has been celebrated for 106 years?! In some countries, it is considered a national holiday, including Cuba, Madagascar, and Uzbekistan I am told.  What will you do to celebrate this day with people around…

One cookbook, two girls, and a windowless apartment

  In a tiny, windowless apartment in a Colorado mountain town, my roommate Monique and I taught ourselves how to cook. We would each pick a few new recipes to try out every week. It was a magical time, forged a lifelong friendship, and gave me the confidence to not only cook, but co-create in…

Love Language

“Respect is one of the greatest expressions of love.” — Don Miguel Ruiz

Welcome 2017: Suds, Soap and Snow

To get it out of the way, happy 2017!  Belated, I realize, but this year has already felt very different from those in the past. When the calendar turns over, I can usually be found excitedly making lists, reflecting on the past year, and looking ahead to the new year in anticipation.  This year has been…

Week 30: Carrie Fisher – Unapologetic, Badass Girl Figure

In a galaxy far, far away… Always refreshingly candid about the realities of being the lone lead badass girl in the Star Wars cast, as well as personal struggles, American actress Carrie Fisher was  a woman of strength. Anyone else remember coiling their hair in side buns to perfect the Princess Leia look? Many artistic pioneers lost this…

Week 29: John Waite, Indie Bookstore Extraordinaire

Who: John Waite What: Owner of Auntie’s Bookstore and Merlyn’s Comics Where: Main Street, Spokane, Washington Why: John embodies what it means to be a community member.  A natural connector who truly loves building up his local neighborhood, but also powerfully reaches out to find common ground where ever you might find him.  And that is a…

Soap, Soap, Soap, …sketch!

Soap, soap, soap…sketch! Life has been busy lately, and I have been more of a soapmakers than a sketcher lately. Remember our soap-making project using up all that extra milk we were getting from our Nubian goats last spring?  Well, it ended up being a roaring success, which came as a surprise, and also let…

Week 28: Leonard Cohen

  “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”– Leonard Cohen Who: Leonard Cohen What: Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist When:  Sep 21, 1934 – Nov 07, 2016 (age 82) Why:  An incredible lyrical poet, Leonard is easily one on my favorite artists and I was sadden by his passing…

Make America Goat Again

Although this is a poke at the current state of the presidential campaigns, it is important to get out there and VOTE! It is a presidential election year ( and a nail-biter at that!), but pretty please don’t forget the candidates and issues that are on local ballots being voted on as well that affect…

Week 27: Naoki Higashida

“On our own we simply don’t know how to get things done the same way you do things.  But, like everyone else, we want to do the best we can.  When we sense you’ve given up on us, it makes us feel miserable. So please keep helping us, through to the end.” –Naoki Higashida,  The…