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 Couple of Cards

These are a couple cards I made in December 2016.  The one on the left for my sister for her “star” theme birthday (yes, I theme her birthdays too.)  It’s done on watercolor paper.

The one on the right was for a friend who came to play games with us one evening.  She’s a knitter and I saw this idea on Pinterest.  I was low on time, so I did it on card stock instead of watercolor paper.  The affect is different, but I thought it turned out cute just the same.  I’m hoping to do it again in the future to see what I can do with it.

A Shark Theme Invitation

My mom was leaving town for her birthday, so we celebrated a bit early.  I made this quick little card with card stock and ultra fine sharpie markers and left it on her counter so she’d find it when she got home and know to come up for dinner.  She loves sharks.

This same idea could be worked into a regular invitation for a shark or ocean themed birthday party.

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!


A little calendar I made and gifted for Christmas this year.

I’d like to introduce this new little blog.  In this space I will be sharing my adventures in illustrating and watercolor.  I’m new to the whole art scene.  About 16 months ago I stumbled onto Shayda Campbell’s youtube channel and binge watched everything she had posted to that point while I supervised nap time.  A couple weeks later, when I had finished them all, I decided I should give it a try.  I made my way back through her videos, this time with pencil and paint brush in hand.  I was using my kids paints and card stock, but it was enough for a beginner like me.

It was super fun, then, when my sweet husband gifted me with adult supplies for my birthday a few weeks later, and I haven’t looked back since.  Over the past year plus, I’ve seen my style develop and have really enjoyed this new hobby.

Now, I’m a talker, but in this space, I am going to do my best to keep things simple.  I gave up a blog years ago before my fifth little one was born.  I just couldn’t keep up.  And to be honest, I’m not going to try to keep up here.  I’m hoping to just pop in as I have new things to share, and to let the pictures do the talking as much as possible.  I’ll be posting some of the things I did early on (way back a year ago! haha) first, then sharing as I go.

Disclaimer: I am a homeschooling mama to 6 precious gifts from God.   Illustrating, painting and hand lettering are things I get to do in my spare time… when there is some.