Inspiration: Watercolor Flowers

1. It’s all in Chinese so don’t ask, I don’t know. Lovely, though. 2. These flower cones (printable) from Martha Stewart remind me how much I love watercolor flowers. 3. Oana Befort is one of my favorite bloggers. She frequently posts works-in-progress, which I love. It’s the bright colors that draw me to all of these. In general, I also like loose sort of gestural brushwork, such as on the Martha Stewart cones.

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My studio at Nightfall

Seems all I do lately is post pictures, but it’s hard to find time for everything. I also want to paint my iPhone case and make minor revisions to my newest Derby Certificates. I’m working on having my designed layout for the cuteanduseful website match the actual layout of the cuteanduseful website. I’d left the lights on “upstairs” (as I call my studio up the hill) the other night, and I guess I’m becoming enough …

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Morning in the Country #2

I think this is my country dream house. I just love the double dormers and the red, weathered roof. House and barn are about 5 minutes from my house on Bull Run Mountain. It’s hard to imagine, but just out of the frame on all sides are million-dollar mansions. I was out this morning because Tim (my husband) asked me to take a picture of the Bull Run Mountain Community Clubhouse. Tim and a dozen of our fellow …

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Growing In Our Back Yard

Our backyard is just wild. W-I-L-D, wild. We like it that way and it’s a good thing because I don’t know what we’d do about it otherwise. These pictures are taken just after rain, so that’s why the colors are so bright. About a 20 feet from the back door, the “yard” goes right up the mountain. There’s a small stream running through that is very pretty, and lots and lots of trees. The temperature is …

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Growing In Our Front Yard

The feeling may not be unanimous on this, but I think dandelions are very cute and useful. From my instagram.

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Morning in the Country

The chicks were all but out of feed yesterday morning (new pictures of them soon) so I was out early. Here’s what I saw along the way to the feed store. From top to bottom: 1. This farm is at the foot of Bull Run Mountain. 2. There’s a wildflower meadow alongside the road next to the farm. 3. I think this house is fairly old, but it’s surrounded by a newer neighborhood. 4. Coming home I …

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Our New Baby Chicks

These are our new baby chicks (we got them Friday), and I must say, they are adorable. I don’t know what kind they are (maybe white leghorn?), whether they are girls or boys…They were hatched in biology class at Drew’s and Emily’s high school. They’re living in a brooder box in our shed. Tim and I made the brooder box from a water heater box. It’s a very big brooder box. The days are warmer …

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New Personalized Volleyball Cupcake Toppers

Added these printable volleyball cupcake toppers to my Etsy Shop today, after a customer who bought basketball cupcake toppers asked my to make volleyballs. I hadn’t thought of volleyballs, probably subliminally (I could never serve consistently, or honestly, at all and it was sort of a source of mortification) but here they are now! Each is sized to come out with an 1.5 inch hole punch. I’m happy to use any colors for the numbers …

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Free Pole Vault Birthday Cake Topper

It was Drew’s birthday over the weekend, so I was busy making him a pole vaulter birthday cake! He liked it. He’s a pole vaulter, as is my step daughter, Emily. It’s Drew’s second year, and Emily is just starting. The printable is pictured below, and you may download it for free. The PDF has fillable fields for the numbers, and if you like the colors as is (they are Drew’s school colors), you’re in great …

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New Derby Certificates and Pit Passes

I’ve made new a new Derby set! These are customizable for any troop, pack, district, team, group, ward, council, unit — you name it.  Great for Powder Puff Derby (or is that Powderpuff?), Pinewood Derby, your school’s derby… All pieces are fillable PDFs for easy customization. There are style awards, places awards, and pit passes. Detailed descriptions and more pictures with the listings in my shop. All are available for immediate download. I’ve also got …

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