Family Time.

I am so excited to spend the next 6 days in sunny California with my new beautiful
wrinkly nephew Cole. He was born on Saturday. My Younger sister and I are flying
out early in the morning to give that cutie little baby a hug and a squeeze. 

So please forgive my absence. I will return next Wednesday with great photos and 
updates of his beautiful fresh new life.  Until then, take good care of yourselves. 
And remember just how beautiful this life really is. {xox}

Happy Birthday to My Sister

An Important Day in history today. Happy Birthday to my sister, Kelsey. 

I love you so incredibly much.
For those of you not lucky enough have a Kelsey to love, let me give you some 
reasons to find one. 

• The Kelsey I love is so big hearted she would walk 
into a bee hive if you told her you needed honey. 

• She is both painfully and adorably gullible, so our 
storytelling family has always had her second 
guessing reality. 

• She has a guinea pig. Love those little guys {!}

• But best of all, she would befriend you, and 
care for you... no matter who you are. Her 
heart is open WIDE. Of all the people in the 
world she is the last person to ever pass a 

And thats why, I'm glad to have a Kelsey in my life...
Happy Birthday Kels {xox}


For this week's Illustration Inspiration feature I chose someone whose style is very 
different than my own. Actual it would almost be impossible for me to try to mimic 
this style. Thats why I LOVE it so much! It is so unique. Each of Julie Morstad's 
illustrations provide her own signature and every time you see one you can pick it 
out as one of her own. 

She uses colored pencil, ink, gouache and pencil and sometimes even collage to 
create her beautiful drawings. I really admire the mixture of rough pencil that she allows to 
shine through. Each of my pieces end up having to look very clean and smooth when 
they are finished (OCD?) But I always like them best at there sketch phase. Sounds 
kind of like an identity crisis right? She keeps her drawings looking very 'hip' this way.

And to balance the gray of the ink and pencil she throws in those brilliant punches 
of bright color. Its just makes my eyes swim across the page, I just adore her style! 


Books are Art...

I am a little behind the times on this ad (Anagram books has since closed) but look at 
their beautiful advertisements promoting their store. That octopus is out of this world.
I could look at it for hours and try to figure out how it was created. 


I became an Aunt and my heart bursted

In the wee small hours of Sunday Morning, I became an Aunt, for the very first time. 
My Sister had her first baby, in California while I  a.n.x.i.o.u.s.l.y waited in Maryland for
word of his arrival.  He is Beautiful and tiny and so wrinkly he actually looks wise; like he 
has years of knowledge on me and I need to hit the books before I go out there so I am 
not out smarted by this adorable tiny wrinkly little face that looks so peaceful and perfect. 

My heart keeps welling up inside with sheer love. I bounce back and forth between 
feeling excitement for my sister and her husband who are over the moon for their 
new baby boy, I know their hearts grew a hundred times when they saw his face.  
And I'm gushing over the idea that there is a new little man in our lives that we are 
all going to laugh with and love and watch grow. And he is going to get hair cuts and
 build blocks and loose teeth and have adorable innocent moments that will make me melt. 

I am flying out to join my sister and her husband and meet Cole for the first time on 
Thursday. I can not wait to see that tiny face. Congratulations to my sister and her 
husband ~ xox you guys are going to be wonderful parents. 

Thanks Bippity Boppity Boo for the adorable photo


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