Monday, July 27, 2015

A new book coming March 2016!

This is the official cover for a book called 'What is a Temple? by Briana Kirkwood Wright and illustrated by yours truly :)  Cedar Fort Publishing is releasing it March 2016 and I still have to pinch myself that I get to work on this project.  I'm currently painting away when I have free moments (usually at night or on the weekends).  It's probably one of the hardest things I've ever done...not because of the work itself.  I could paint everyday and never tire of it, but dedicating this amount of time to creating a book while mothering my two young boys has proven pretty overwhelming.  My kind and ever-encouraging husband reminds me that the most rewarding accomplishments in life are often the most difficult as well.  I'm so thankful for this experience and for all of the generous help from my family.  Since I was a young child, I have always had a goal to write and illustrate books.  And I feel incredibly grateful to see this happening!  Thank you all for the support...more to come soon :)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Summer School

Monday, August 13, 2012

A Custom Handmade Doll

As mentioned in a previous post, I met a sweet woman at the art festival who asked me if I make custom dolls.  I told her that I did and we chatted some, but I didn't think she was entirely serious.  The next day, she returned with her son's vintage and very worn-out  loved doll.  I was beyond flattered, humbled, and to be honest, a bit intimidated that she would trust me enough to hold onto this vintage toy to pattern the new one after for her baby grandson (her son's little boy).  The old british guard didn't have a coat, but she requested one for this new little fella.

I had so much fun making him and dreaming up the pattern and details.  I wanted to make it all baby-friendly (ie. no hard buttons or small pieces that could possibly come loose).  I emailed her last week to show her the finished product and I'm delivering him in person this afternoon.  She responded and said she was thrilled with the new addition to the family :)  WHEW!!  Always a relief to get the 'thumbs-up' after working hard on an extra-special project!  
So here he is!  A new Palace Guard for a new generation :)  

His coat is fully removable and he has hand-embroidered eyes and a hand-stitched applique mustache.  His coat is made from wool felt, as well as his legs and hat.
And isn't it fitting that she would ask me to make this little guy while we are enjoying the Olympic Games in London?!  Haha, love it!  And to top it off, earlier this year, John and I were on vacation in London, so I had added inspiration! 

I thought I'd see how he fits into some of my photos from London for fun...
...looks like he belongs :) 

If you are interested in commissioning a custom doll, please email me at recipe4cute{at}gmail{dot}com for pricing and details. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Vacations are such a good thing!

{Pics from my instagram page...feel free to follow along if you wish!}

We're back from the beach!  A week of fresh sea air, sunshine, sand between our toes, staying up until midnight to watch the Olympic Games, exploring tide pools (and doing it in your pj's if you are Michael) ice cream cones, bike rides, shopping, time with my sister, reading books in the bathtub (most of those were picture books that I read to the mister!), tasty pub food, exploring small towns, visiting museums, sketching on the beach, sleeping in until 8am and taking 3 hour naps in the afternoon, making up silly games on the beach, building sandcastles, listening to 80's music on long drives and laughing about the lyrics, hitting up all the local art galleries for inspiration...
And necessary!!  
John and I had both been working so much without a breather and needed a break to just BE.  Be together.  Be a family.  Just take a deep breath and BE.  It was rejuvenating and relaxing.  Now that we're back home, life is in full-swing and we're enjoying the beautiful summer weather around Seattle.  Getting out and exploring.  Starting lots of new projects and finishing some old ones too.  Feels good to be refreshed.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

DIY Watercolor Labels

I have the simplest tutorial for you guys today that can be used in countless ways!

Here's what you'll need:

Inkjet Printer
Permanent Inkjet Labels...I used these
Watercolor paints of your choice

Mix up the watercolor paint with water to make a colored solution...more paint than water so you don't oversaturate the labels.

Quickly paint it onto the labels...I tried 2 techniques: 1) a messy approach leaving streaks and patches of white and 2) a more fluid approach that created a softer look with no white patches. 

I let it air-dry and to speed the process up, I also used a hairdryer, but that isn't necessary.  

I inserted them painted-side down in my inkjet printer and voila!  
New labels for my Petit Pablo Pencil Pack sketchbooks!

These are so easy and inexpensive to create and the watercolor adds a custom touch.  

The package of labels comes with 400 round stickers, so you can test out more ideas like these:

Monogram stickers to seal your envelopes
Jam Jar Labels
Party Favor Seals

I could go on and on...if you try this project, send me a photo or two!  
I'd love to see how you use it :)  Have fun!