Apples – Pick Your Own Fall Sign | Hand Lettered and Painted Free Printable

I love love love these printable signs I found over at Clean and Scentsible! I pinned my favorites here. (And that towel… you’ll have to go look. It’s too cute!)

Pick Your Own Fall Apples | Free Printable with hand lettered Colossians 3:23

I tend to steer toward the farmhouse style decor… at least on Pinterest, and these cute signs planted a seed in me to make my own version of them. I just couldn’t let many days go by before I just had to try it with an apple theme. I generally decorate with apples in September. It’s not quite fall, but I’m itching for it to be… apples seem to be a happy medium before my leaves and pumpkins come out at the end of the month.

Pick Your Own Fall Apples | Free Printable with hand lettered Colossians 3:23

I started by sketching this one out. It’s not a “no-sketch” by any means. There were too many elements to get just right. I suppose if you wanted to “no-sketch” it, you could always scan each element in individually and put it together in Photoshop… but I didn’t do that this time. 🙂

I love the look of all the farmhouse signs I see, but when it comes time to buy or make one for myself, I can’t make myself do it. Something always seems to be missing. First of all, I wanted to add a verse to it somehow, but I also wanted to make it more personal. I felt like putting “family farm” at the top fit us better since that’s what we pretend to be. Then I loved how “pick your own” fit the attitude of encouraging the children to help out and take initiative.

Pick Your Own Fall Apples | Free Printable with hand lettered Colossians 3:23

I tried a new watercolor paper this time around. Hot pressed. It’s much smoother and [hopefully] easier to scan and clean up in Photoshop for you all. Shayda recently did a video that talks about the differences in watercolor paper, so I was ready for it to be different. It definitely was different, and it will take some practice, but I think it worked out nicely. Nothing you should be afraid to try for sure. The main reason I decided to try it is that Eileen at My Creative Resolution mentioned in a post (no idea which one… sorry!) that the texture of watercolor paper is hard on artist pens. It was at that moment I understood why my pens never seem to last long! 🙂 An ah-ha moment to be sure! The smooth finish of the hot pressed paper should help them to last longer. And it does scan much nicer!

Pick Your Own Fall Apples | Free Printable with hand lettered Colossians 3:23

I know there are already so many fall printables out there, but I don’t often see these seasonal printables with Bible verses on them, so I want to share them with you in the off chance that any of you are still in the market for a cute apple themed fall printable or have been holding out for one with a verse. Click here to download it and visit my slowly growing printables page for more!

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Pick Your Own Fall Free Printable

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Get Away to the Mountains – Printable
Keep Calm and Get Cozy – Printable
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Ladybug Birthday Party Theme

Chalkboard Art - Ladybug Birthday Party Theme
I try to use my chalkboard for each event I do (my sweet husband built it for me!)… It’s something I am still working on, but it’s a fun touch for our birthdays. 🙂

My youngest daughter loves ladybugs (she’s 7). I am glad for her sake that they always seem to be in the house. She get so excited, carries them around, and then, begrudgingly, lets them go free when it is time.

It wasn’t hard to pick a theme for her birthday. A ladybug birthday for my little ladybug!

Tea Party Lunch - Ladybug Birthday Party Theme

She wanted a tea party like her sister (and her brother for that matter), so we made lunch into a tea party complete with flower shaped pb&j. We had pink juice int he tea cups.

The children loved getting to make the paper flower and ladybugs on the table. (pinspiration here) It may not be as cute to us moms as the pin, but the kids had so much fun and the birthday girl loved that they made them for her.

Other foods were ladybug apples, ladybug bruschetta, and ladybug cheese and crackers.

I made the cake with red “dots” inside as a surprise. There are several ways to do them. I just made mini-muffin cupcakes and shaped them with a knife. They also make sphere pans for making them, but we couldn’t find one last minute.

Ladybug Cake - Ladybug Birthday Party Theme

I followed this tutorial for making the little frosting ladybugs. I did it all with frosting instead of edible pen, but it worked too.

Ladybugs on grass Hand lettered Psalm 150:6

And I made this for her also. (I told you in that post that I’d share this party, but never did. Sorry you had to wait so long! (UPDATED: a revised version of this painting is available in my Etsy shop!)

I try to illustrate and or paint something for the kids birthdays when I have the time and inspiration. She loves this one and put it in her school binder to see everyday. Makes my mama heart smile.

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Asparagus in my Watercolor Journal


Our asparagus bed is four years old.  Last year was the first year we were able to harvest in plenty.  It was pretty exciting!  This year is even more exciting.  And I find that it can be tough to keep up with the production!

My 2018 harvest log

You should see how much asparagus there is in my fridge all the time!  I try to serve and eat it as much as possible, but I’m admittedly a couple days behind.  And I sent at least a pound home with my sister!  If only the kids loved it.  That would help!


As I was washing newly harvested asparagus the other night, I found myself wanting to paint them (you’d think I’d be tired of them by now, but I’m not).  I started with the paint, not sketches.  It was a fun challenge.

And with 3-4 weeks left of harvest season, I found that this was truly the asparagus challenge for 2018… just try to keep up!


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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.

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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


**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…


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.)


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.

A Garden Journal Entry from April

IMG_1231Here in the dead of winter, it’s kinda nice to be looking at this spread from last April!  This was such a fun spread to do.

For the record… The asparagus did the best of the whole year.  Last year was not good for gardening!  A few more months and we get to try again.

First Personal Success

I love fall, so in those early days of experimenting with my kid’s watercolors and card stock, the sunflowers and corn growing in the garden outside my window were a perfect subject.

When we are learning something new it’s all about comparison, isn’t it. Compared to some of the things I can do now, this looks pretty rough, but as the best thing I’d ever created before, this was pretty exciting.

I actually made something I was pleased with!