Monday, February 29, 2016

Photos of the Week

I think we've seen the last of the ice at the lake. 

Utah Lake
Utah Lake
water splash at utah lake

We've been enjoying the warmer days by venturing out and exploring again.  This time we checked out the east side of the lake (opposite the side we live on) and had a grand time chucking rocks into the icy water.  It's simple little things like this that make me happy!


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Be Brave and Wonder

Be Brave watercolor lettering artwork: growcreative
Be Brave watercolor lettering artwork: growcreative

These two sayings go hand in hand.  I didn't think of that until after I created these pieces, but it's true.  Doesn't it take a little bit of bravery to let yourself wonder and marvel at the beautiful amazing things in this world?  Are we afraid that we'll be disappointed or let down?  Afraid that we'll lose something?  I have been there.  

As a mother who can bear no more children of my own, I'm sometimes afraid to let myself wonder what my life would be like if one day we could adopt. I'm afraid to let myself wonder at the possibility.  I'm afraid of it not happening, so I don't let myself hope for that.  I guess my next watercolor lettering piece should be hope!

Wonder- watercolor lettering artwork with flowers and arrows: growcreative
Wonder- watercolor lettering artwork with flowers and arrows: growcreative

Monday, February 22, 2016

Photos of the Week

Rusty turquoise ford truck photos: growcreative

I pass this old truck on the side of the road several times a week and always I notice how amazing the color is. A rusty turquoise....... you can't beat that!  So one day I actually stopped and photographed it.

Rusty turquoise ford truck photos: growcreative
Rusty turquoise ford truck photos: growcreative

I'm learning that one major component to photography is seizing the moment.  When you see something amazing, you have to stop what you're doing and photograph it because it might not be there next time and light always changes. Carpe diem! 


Friday, February 19, 2016

Whales and Watermelon: Pink Watercolors

I recently bought a new color to add to my palette and I'm in love!
Winsor & Newton Quinacridone Magenta- it's the perfect hue of purple-pinkishness and it looks good on whales.

pink whales nursery art: growcreative
watermelon slice watercolor painting: growcreative

It also works for watermelon!

pink whales nursery art: growcreative
watermelon slice watercolor painting: growcreative


All you artists out there (or non-artists too), what's your favorite paint color?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

In the Works

My current projects- some finished....... some not.

 I found this pretty curtain panel at Savers and loved the fabric so much that I turned it into a couple of pillows.   One can never have too many pillows! 



floral pillows made from curtains: growcreative

The beginnings of a crochet jacket which I had intended to finish before winter was over..... oh well.  I'll finish it next year.  

crochet jacket: growcreative


A beanie loosely based on this star beanie.  I couldn't get the original pattern to work for me, so I kinda substituted a different stitch.  I don't like how it looks on me though- so nope, I'm not modeling it for you!

crochet beanie:growcreative

A large custom floral painting- just about done!
I want to paint one of these for my living room now :)


Monday, February 15, 2016

Photos of the Week

Fog, frost, and snow. That was our week.  We aren't used to fog at all so it was fun for us :)

We live right next to these open hills and tried to find a geo-cache in them one afternoon.  Either the cache was gone or we dug in all the wrong places.  Either way- we loved the adventure and it was gorgeous when the sun came out for a few minutes.

geo-cache hunting in the snow: growcreative
frosty flower: growcreative
frosty sagebrush: growcreative
frosted grass: growcreative

Sometimes I get stuck in the house too long and forget how beautiful the world really is.  I thank my husband for his adventurous spirit and for getting me out to do things I'm sometimes not in the mood for, but end up loving afterwards!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Watercolor Lettering Practice

Watercolor Lettering Designs: growcreative

I'm trying to break into the lettering trend and I've had an explosion of design ideas...... some good........some needing improvement.  

I'm posting some of this stuff just so you can see how much I really do practice at this art thing.  It's not a given.  It takes work and sacrificing some materials to get there. I find I'm freer with my ideas if I stop worrying about wasting paper and just let myself work and re-work designs out. 

Watercolor Lettering Designs: growcreative
Watercolor Lettering Designs: growcreative
Watercolor Lettering Designs: growcreative

A few of these are available in my shop.  Another post to come on that later!



Monday, February 8, 2016

Photos of the Week: Valentines

It's almost Valentine's Day.................. and so my yearly heart photography tradition continues!

Valentine's confetti heart
Valentine's seashell heart
Valentine's confetti hearts
Valentine's watercolor paints and brushes heart

I'm glad I've had a blog long enough to make this a tradition.  Let's see ........ I've done the heart photography thing for ....................five years now.  It's been awesome! But I'm starting to run out of ideas.  I've now made hearts o most of my art and craft supplies, my son's play dough, and gummy bears.  It will be a challenge to see how long I can keep this going!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Creative Space

My art room is a work in progress, but I do have a shelf up now!
I'm so blessed to have a room for my passion, my hobby, and my sanity.  Here's a peek into what I call my "art room".  
P.S. Its usually not this clean........

craft/ art room storage: grow creative
craft/ art room storage: grow creative

My table is littered with watercolor lettering attempts and all kinds of ideas.  I have too many ideas in my head to paint right now!


This bulletin board makes me happy- so many cool color schemes to draw from.

color inspiration bulletin board
craft/ art room storage and decor: grow creative

What is your creative space like?  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valentine's Toast

Make Valentine's Toast with Heart shaped bread, cream cheese,and strawberries: growcreative

Does Valentine's Day make your hungry for chocolate? Or maybe something pink?  
I know pink is not a flavor but somehow just knowing that something is pink makes me think it tastes better :)

This year I experimented with toast, strawberry cream cheese, and strawberries- cut in the shape of hearts. 

Here's how you make Valentine's Toast:
Make Valentine's Toast with Heart shaped bread, cream cheese,and strawberries: growcreative

You can cut the hearts out before you toast the bread or after (either way works).  And either way it tastes as good as it looks!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Photos of the Week

 I got to see a new temple! It was amazing. I felt such peace there.

All of those good feelings were enhance by the fact that my husband had the day off and we let our son skip school that day so we could all have this experience together.  This is one experience I wanted my son to have while he is young.  It was special. 

Provo City Center Temple

And I threw in a few pictures from a walk.  

Winter is beginning to feel very long, but I'm hoping for warmer days ahead with more energy and fewer migraines.  I'm slowly coming to terms with the effects of my last surgery and I'm adjusting.  Every week I feel just a little bit better than the last.

snowy landscape

DCMA

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