Fall is Here!


It’s finally fall! In some ways, I think this is everyone’s favorite season (although I’ve never been able to pick a favorite!). The cold, crisp weather, autumn decor, and all-around coziness make it a special time.

This weekend I’m in Kalispell. It is beautiful here! The smoke from the fires is gone and the air feels so clean. There is a light dusting of snow on the mountains and the trees are turning burnt orange and red. (This is another place that sounds so appealing to move to. But I’m pretty grounded back home!)

This season is when the arts and crafts start up again! After a good summer, I’m so excited to start indoor projects again.

My list for this fall:

  • Make a calendar
  • Sew a dress
  • Organize/paint room (halfway done!)
  • Make Christmas cards (maybe sell in a bazaar)
  • Decorate room with fall decor

And don’t forget the fall treats! My list of food to bake this year:

Any tips for other fall activities?

I Love Simple Things (Like Laundry)

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This is one of the few times in my life I’ve said I love laundry. And the reason is likely because of my nostalgia-loving brain and idealistic goals.

I just got finished cleaning my room, doing laundry (hand-washing the delicate pieces, haha!), and painting with watercolor. I’m so domestic, wow.

I’ve probably said this before, but I like the idea of being a good housewife and having a nice, orderly life. It feels good to clean and organize. And I don’t entirely object to the thought of being a stay-at-home mother of a few kids šŸ™‚

I know, all of the modern thinkers out there are gasping at that confession.

That’s alright, though. I think it’s kinda wonderful people don’t have the same goals and interests; life would be boring if we did!

Portrait Challenge 8/10

This manly man is definitely an improvement over yesterday’s post. Even if he is wearing a sweater. Actually, I’m not entirely opposed to guys wearing sweaters, but I know a lot of people who just don’t like it. I wonder why. Ā But then again, if I saw a guy wearing a sweater that looked like this, then I’d likely feel the same way.

Today’s portrait happened in a funny way.

I started drawing a redheaded lady (think forty-ish), and then it ended up looking like Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner. Eeyikes! Not the look I was going for.

And then I tried a sweet freckle-faced young woman, and that turned out like crap too.

So I did the unthinkable…I drew a man.

You guys knew how I was complaining about how they’reĀ soĀ hard to draw. And they are. But they’re also fun and (sometime)Ā handsomeĀ and challenging.

And that is the whole point of this challenge…to expand my creative horizons and try something new.

And even in drawing this guy (what would his name be? Any suggestions?) I learned that it is awesome to start with a simple ball point pen. Yes, you can make mistakes and struggle a bit, but it is all a part of learning.

I just need to push myself!

P.S. What do you think about seeingĀ the illustration before/after paint is applied?


Dairy Cow

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Although I’m not much of an animal person, I can appreciateĀ a pasture full of cows enjoying the fresh grass, a hen and her chicks, and other cutesy things like that.