Thursday, May 26, 2016

In the Works

It's been forever since I posted a crochet project, but I'm happy to report that I finished this project I started a year ago.  It's a rug, complete with bobble edging. So now I'm working on the pattern to share.

Crochet Cotton Rug in Mint with Bobble Edging: growcreative blog
Crochet Cotton Rug in Mint with Bobble Edging: growcreative blog
Crochet Cotton Rug in Mint with Bobble Edging: growcreative blog

I'm excited about this so stay tuned for the pattern in the next few weeks!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Photos of the Week


We live about half a mile from our elementary school so when the weather is nice we walk and I love it.  Mornings are the prettiest time of day around here.


On our way we pass by lots of "Purple Robe" Locust trees.  I want one of these in my yard eventually.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Decorating with Ocean Colors

House Plants and White Shelf: growcreativeblog

I'm seven months into my new home and I now feel like my family room is coming together.   I'm so so so into blues, greens, whites, and grays. They are the most relaxing, beautiful colors in the world to me.  The colors of the ocean!

All of our walls are a white/cream color so I'm really glad we got brave and painted an accent wall.  The wall color is called "Spa" by Sherwin Williams.  I highly recommend this color!

The bookshelf is a refinished hand-me-down from my grandmother.  This baby made me really grateful for my power sander!  Even with that tool it took many hours to sand and paint.  It looks white against the blue wall, but it actually has some blue tint in it.  

Ocean colors home decor: growcreativeblog
Blue accent wall: growcreativeblog
House Plants and White Shelf: growcreativeblog

And, I've already written about my love of houseplants.  I asked for plants for mother's day and birthday gifts this year and I'm really glad I did.  They liven up any space.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Look at my Sketchbook

While I was out photographing red cactus blooms last week I also took the opportunity to paint them. I love painting outdoors, but doing so while sitting on jagged rocks is challenging.

Red Cactus Blossoms- Watercolor Painting: growcreativeblog
Red Cactus Blossoms- Watercolor Painting: growcreativeblog


After the blossoms were done, I moved to a better seat with a view of the lake and mountains.  Here's my quick watercolor landscape sketch!

watercolor landscape sketch: growcreativeblog


Monday, May 16, 2016

Photos of the Week

I discovered these beauties only about a mile from my house!
I don't think I've ever seen this kind of cactus blossom before.

Red Cactus Blossoms: growcreativeblog

Red Cactus Blossoms: growcreativeblog
Red Cactus Blossoms: growcreativeblog
Red Cactus Blossoms: growcreativeblog

Red Cactus Blossoms: growcreativeblog

It always surprises me what I find in these dry deserty hills.  There's more out there than you would think!

Friday, May 13, 2016

A House of Plants

These are the little beauties in my house right now.........................

Orange Wildflowers in a white vase, blue and orange home decor: growcreative
Orange Wildflowers: growcreativeblog

I have a little garden growing on my kitchen table.  Some plants are potted, some flowers were found outside in the hills, and some were given to me for mother's day.  I love having living things in my house...............including people :)

Houseplants, flowers and cactus: growcreativeblog
pink and green flowers: growcreativeblog

Are you a fan of indoor plants? I love em' just about anywhere- indoors or out!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Photos of the Week

A view from the west side of Utah Lake: growcreativeblog

 The weather was awesome last week so I'm back with more lake photos!
This time I caught a few birds too.

Birds of Utah Lake: growcreativeblog
Pelicans at Utah Lake: growcreativeblog
A view from the west side of Utah Lake: growcreativeblog

I feel so blessed to live in this beautiful place.  It's a gift that heals my soul.  I can't feel sad when I'm looking at this lake, listening to the birds and feeling the warm sun on my face.  I can't help but feel overwhelmed at the goodness of a God who lets us have challenges, but who also desires our happiness above all else.  

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mother's Day Bookmarks

Watercolor Flower Bookmarks: growcreative

What do you use your paper scraps for? 
I love turning my left-over watercolor paper into flowery bookmarks.  The rest I just test out painting ideas on. 

I may be giving away the surprise if my mom sees this, but I wanted to share the idea before Mother's Day. 

Watercolor Flower Bookmarks: growcreative
Watercolor Flower Bookmarks: growcreative


Want more watercolor bookmark ideas?  I have have plenty :)

Watercolor Bookmark Designs by GrowCreativeBlog

Monday, May 2, 2016

Photos of the Week

Green Moss in the Mountains: growcreative

We've made it a goal in our family to have more adventures. We have to do things that are not too far from home so it's a good thing we live near mountains!  

This is our geo-cache spot in Provo Canyon where my husband asked me to be his wife 10 years ago.  Such a beautiful place with such beautiful memories.  I love that we live close enough to visit it often and take our son there and tell him the whole mushy story!
Provo Canyon Meadow

We re-vamped our cache with a new box, notepad, and some trinkets.  We can't wait to come back later and see who else has found it!

Green Leaves in Provo Canyon

We took another route back to our parking spot and happened upon the most gorgeous scenery.  Green grass with a little stream and bridge.  This was such a happy day for us!

Provo Canyon Mountain Stream


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