More Bullet Journal Pages for the Farm

***Updated June 2022: I have new garden harvest/journal pages available!  Check out my post about them here, or hop over to my shop to find them!

Bullet Journal Title Page for my Farm Journal

I considered waiting until I have a complete finished collection of bullet journal pages to share all at once, but I realize that it may never happen.  So… here are a few more.  This is the cover page in my farm journal.  I’m new to illustrating with markers, so I was afraid of tackling the radishes with them.  Especially accomplishing the gradient, but I’m super happy with how it turned out. It’s crisp, clean, plenty of negative space, and yet some of that deliberate messy.  It just makes me happy!

And yes, those are my kids markers.  It doesn’t have to be fancy to be fun!

Brooder Log for Baby Chicks
My 10 year old assured me that water is NOT blue.  When I stepped back to look at it, I decided she’s right.  Oh well.

This page sits beside my Egg Tracker.  It’s basically a brooder log.  We purchased some chicks from Tractor Supply a week and a half ago to replenish our laying flock (some of our chickens are almost 4 years… that’s ancient for laying hens as far as productivity goes) and as soon as we can diy an incubator, we’ll be incubating some meat chickens.  Hopefully we’ll do several batches this spring/summer.  With all those babies and all the different start dates and ages and details, I wanted a way to organize it all.  That said, we’ve never really done this before, so I don’t know what organizational method will be best, so I decided to start with a log.  This one may just be for March, or it may spill over and I’ll just make new pages when I need them.

Garden Layout Page in my Farm Bullet Journal

And this is the back half of my garden plan.  It shows about 50 feet across by 25ish feet back.  Hopefully I’ll have the front half and our property layout done for you soon so you can visualize everything a bit better.  I left the plants in pencil, even though I really want to draw in each individual plant for a nice pretty garden illustration, but so many things could change and I have things so tightly packed together in permiculture/companion planting style, that I decided not to.  One of my future pages will include a plant list with dates to know and remember, so you’ll see my plans more then.

I also included Hebrews 6:7, “For Land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated receives a blessing.”  I know it is referencing our hearts, but I love the relation to gardening and the reminder of how God uses the every day of His creation to talk to our hearts.

You’ll also notice that my sketches from one side to the other are different.  I did these up on graph paper weeks ago and apparently one of them is off.  I decided not to redo them though.  Who has time for that.  Release the perfectionism and move on.  I would not be doing a bullet journal at all if I was going to try to have a perfect one.  I wouldn’t get anything done actually.  Perfectionism is the enemy of accomplishment.  That’s what I say anyway.

Gathering here.

Bullet Journal Page: Egg Production Tracker

***Updated 3/2022:  I now have 12 monthly egg count forms in my Etsy store.  Click over to check them out!

***Updated 4/2/19: I have begun making printables for your homestead.  Find a growing library of them here.

Egg Production Record Page in my Farm Bullet Journal

I haven’t had a lot of time for extras lately, and definitely not for any finished projects!  Good weather means outside chores and work in the garden and pruning trees and vines.  Homeschooling and getting dinner on the table are about all I have energy for after that (if I get even that much done).

I have been working on my new bullet journal pages, though, in little moments, and although not many of them are finished either, I did finish our page for recording egg production and chicken related finances.  We are trying to be better about tracking numbers for later reference and to see if our measures for saving money are helping.  I just love that it can be pretty at the same time.  (Behind the scenes: I have been using my kid’s markers alongside my artist pens for bullet journaling.  Fancy markers – or pens for that matter – aren’t necessary to do this!)

Here it is a little closer:

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The kids love to put the numbers in each morning and evening when we collect eggs.

I’m hoping to have my March pages and my new farm specific bullet journal for you to see soon.  Maybe even before the end of the month. 🙂  With two birthdays and a “twins” baby sprinkling over the next couple weeks, I’m not making any promises.  But at least you got this sneak peak. 🙂

Gathering here!

Cupcakes – Watercolor Illustration

Cupcakes Watercolor Illustration

This illustration is more on the “sweet” side than the cafe side.  But who doesn’t like something sweet with their coffee?

Cupcakes Watercolor Illustration

It’s not the color scheme of the first set I tried to make.  I am pretty happy with the way these turned out, but I do like other colors better.  I’m sure that means I’ll be attempting cupcakes again in the future, but, for now, I am tied to a certain color scheme by the fabric (the one in these images and one other) that will be part of the centerpieces at the retreat.

Cupcakes Watercolor Illustration

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The Scriptures are not like cake. A Bread analogy.

The Scriptures are not like cake

At the end of February, the ladies from our church will be having our Women’s Retreat.  I mentioned already that I shamelessly invited myself onto the committee and the other ladies have graciously allowed me to take on the decorations.  We’re using a box retreat from Group called Sweet Life Cafe, so I’m trying to keep my decorations with that theme, but making it all as special as possible.

One of the things I like to do when planning a party, is to put as much as possible into the little details.  I painted this little guy for one of those details.  We’ll use it with the session that talks about bread.  I saw the quote on Pinterest and knew at once I wanted to use it.  I’ll scan it into my computer and resize it for printing.  I’ll be printing one for each of the 60ish ladies attending.

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A Calendar Project

{My new 2024 calendars are now also available! Find them on the blog or in my Etsy store!}

Last spring, Shayda Campbell started a series of calendar pages on a full size scale.  Later in the year, I saw some mini sized ones on Pinterest.  I fell in love… with calendars in general, but tiny ones specifically!  I had to make one.  And so I did.

It took a while to make because there were so many components.  I called it a doodle calendar because I loved the name and when they are so little like that, they do have a doodle feel, but each one is it’s own watercolor illustration.  Each was sketched, illustratated, painted and scanned into my computer.  I created each card at a 4×6 inch size.  I hand lettered each of the months, the days of the week across the top and the year at the bottom.   Next year I plan to do the numbers too, but they were a bit daunting this year.  I also hand illustrated, painted and scanned in each little holiday icon.

They were so fun to make.  My wonderful husband made the easels from a sample we had on hand.  I designed the labels (another super fun project!)  The calendars themselves, made in mini and 4×6″ size, were printed on watercolor paper (my husband insisted on this), which really made the illustrations pop!  We brought them to the Christmas Market our church puts on, but the weather was bad and no one sold much that day.  I did get to give them for Christmas gifts though and everyone really seemed to like them.

I’m hoping to make calendars again this year for 2019.  I know I will gift them again, but I’d really like to try to sell them again too, either online or at our church’s Christmas Market.

Which month is your favorite?  What icons should I include in next year’s calendar?

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Fresh Salsa Watercolor Illustration

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**Update:  This is now available in my etsy shop!

This was a super fun piece to work on.  I made it for my dad for Father’s Day last year.  Veggies were on my list of things to try to illustrate and I was really pleased with how it turned out.  I’d like to try it again, or even tweak it some.  My mom has been hinting, if you can call it that, that she’s love some food illustrations to hang in her kitchen.  My project queue is getting long.  I have a Cafe themed Women’s retreat I am illustrating and decorating for, and a couple adoption parties and twins to be born in the church.  But maybe I’ll get to work with more food and veggies sometime. 🙂

I think the cilantro is my favorite part.  And maybe the onion… and the pepper…

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Which one of these veggies is your favorite???

Original illustration done on 140 lb. cold pressed paper with watercolor and ink.

Abide in Me Hand Lettered Quote – with Illustrated Watercolor Strawberry Border

Early last year I began planning to decorate for our church’s second annual Ladies Croquet Tournament in May.  I decided on a Strawberries theme and started gathering ideas.  Then I started sketching out a few illustrations to frame as part of the centerpieces and to give as prizes to the winners.

Sadly, the event had to be canceled before I got too far into it, but I did get one of my sketches  through to completion!  (Maybe this spring I can get the others painted up.)

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So when my sister had surgery in May and my mom headed down to care for her, I put together a little care basket with some of our home grown strawberry jam and syrup, some fresh strawberries and other treats and this 5×7 original.

I think it just screams spring!  It may be a snowy January day, but these strawberries make me feel the warmth of impending summer!

Do strawberries make you smile too?

 

Original artwork and lettering done on 140 lb. cold pressed paper with watercolor and ink.

Watercolor Pecan Pie – A Birthday Gift for Dad

Chocolate Pecan Pie Illustration

My dad loves Pecan Pie with chocolate chips in it.  I painted this as a 5×7 for his birthday in October 2016.

Original illustration and hand lettering done in watercolor and ink.

Pumpkin Pie – An Illustrated Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Illustrated Recipe

Just about the time I got my “adult art supplies” (my own brushes, paints, and actual watercolor paper), Shayda Campbell taught us about illustrating recipes.  This one had me excited.

Again, it was the end of September and I had Fall on my mind.  I designed 3-4 versions before deciding on one.  Then after it was done I did another one so I could switch things up a bit.  I like different things about both of my final copies and don’t like parts of each as well, but overall, I was pleased with the project.  Still learning. 🙂

The illustration above was the second I made.  The first one didn’t scan right and was gifted to my sister before I realized it.  This one graces my mother’s house each fall, so it was easier to access.