Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Bits




I decided to add a print of the leaping squirrel to my shop for the Autumn only, so if you want one get on it!

♥ Really cool animated illustrations, Impossible Bottles

♥ My friend Rebecca's Pinboard "Be Well" is one of my very favorites.

♥ I feel like I've mastered English Muffins, next I'm going to try making bagels! I'm going to try this recipe, but if you have one that's worked well for you let me know!

Pretty much.

♥ It's been a while since I've done any embroidery but I'd like to try Sashiko this Autumn, I think it could be soothing.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Various Babies

Various babies
A whole bunch of little baby practice drawings. I used to think I didn't like drawing babies, but it turns out it's actually pretty fun. Whether they actually look like babies or not, you'll have to let me know.

I also made another pattern of rabbits and radishes:
Bunny & Radish pattern

Friday, September 12, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Bits

Some photos from around my parent's place. It's so nice to be home in late Summer/early Autumn, I haven't been home this time of year in ages.
Morning light...
Home sept 14
What I'm reading while I'm here and a butterfly.

Hope you had a lovely first week of september!

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Recipe & Travel Plans

Shiso juice
Hot and thirsty? Did you once plant shiso and now have baby plants popping up everywhere and taking over your garden? Then let me suggest making shiso juice. It's actually more of a tea and served cold it's very refreshing! It's also the most wonderful shade of vivid magenta pink! Here's all you need:

• About 2 cups shiso leaves, packed.
• About 3 to 4 cups water.
• The juice of one lemon
• Honey

Bring a pot of water to a boil, then remove from the heat and add all the shiso leaves. Let the leaves steep for about 15 minutes. Strain out the leaves from the water, making sure to give them a good squeeze to get all the delicious flavor out. Add all of the lemon juice and honey to taste and give it a good stir (it's at this point that it goes from purple to vivid magenta). Let cool, then pour into a pitcher and put in the fridge to chill even more. Once it's good and cold serve over ice.

To get even more refreshed I mix the juice with some bubbly mineral water, or even coconut flavored mineral water. So good! The flavor of shiso is pretty hart to describe. Maybe floral and fresh, but earthy at the same time?

shiso drink

shiso drink
So pretty!

shiso plants

I also wanted to mention that I am going to be out of town for two weeks starting on September 2nd. I'm going to leave my store open while I'm away, just please keep in mind when ordering that order's won't be shipped until after September 17th.

Monday, August 25, 2014


I had a goal to make a simple repeating pattern every day last week. This however didn't quite happen, I made two, and then got pulled into some other work. I still want to make more for fun and practice though so I plan to keep at it this week.
Wild pigs and acorns

Nut & Acorn pattern

Monday, August 18, 2014

Raccoon Scamps

raccoon scamps
I just realized I never posted these raccoon sketches I did a while ago. I saw Guardians of the Galaxy recently so it seems appropriate!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Bits

Here are some of the basics from camping last weekend:
Swam in a river
Walked though the forest

Cooked with fire

Drove mountain roads home.

My phone died almost immediately upon leaving the house, which in retrospect was probably a good thing. I had my big camera, but it's so much trouble it means I end up taking fewer pictures and just experiencing things without documentation.

Wandering mix
I made another mix of music that makes me want to run away to the forest.
Listen to it on 8 Tracks.

Monday, August 4, 2014


Leaping squirrel
Trying to draw more animals again. Might make this one into a print, what do you think?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014


Red Hood Stationary
Red Hood Stationary
Red Hood
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A new printable things in my store!

I've actually never made anything directly Red Riding Hood inspired (that I can remember). I wanted to make a printable envelope of some sort and this just girl and wolf popped out from a page in my sketchbook.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Bits

Made this chocolate cake I posted about a few Fridays ago. Omg so delicious and no fuss.
Made a point of searching out a swimming spot last weekend. We got so lost trying to find it but it was worth it I think. We'll be camping with some friends around there next weekend, I can't wait!

Friday Bits:

♥ Since I'll be camping soon here is my picnic/camping Pinterest board. It's my goal to be fancy all the time, even while camping.

Hayao Miyazaki's 50 Recommended Children's Books

♥ Finally every episode of The Simpsons is going to be online.

♥ Mmm, this Coconut Chai Lemonade sounds delicious.

This makes me laugh a lot. Oh cats.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Resting at the overlook

This piece is available as a print now.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Harlow Bliss Logo

Harlow Bliss logo
A simple and natural looking logo I did for a photographer recently.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Going though a bit of a porridge phase at the moment, and this is the result.

A pattern I made for fun and practice.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

R&G Wedding Invitations

R&G Wedding Invite front
I have another wedding thing to share today! I did these invites ages ago, you can see the style is a bit different, but the couple only just had their wedding. This was another case where they wanted a portrait as a robin (of course!) and squirrel.
R&G decoration
This piece was used on the back of the invite, which I also hand lettered.

Monday, July 14, 2014


Private Commission
I did this private commission "portrait" for a wedding gift. The couples favorite animals are rats so the friends who commissioned it thought it would be nice to have them represented as those animals. I'm no portrait artists so I have to say I prefer that type of portrait!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Bits

A few things from June...
Finally read the original book of one of my favorite films and was not disappointed (yes I know this is the opposite of the way you're supposed to do things, but I can't help that I saw the movie first!)

Friday Bits:

♥ Definitely my favorite beauty blog right now. I love that she keeps things minimal.

MOUNTAIN. I want to play this at some point. Maybe when the weather gets too HOT to work, like it's supposed to next week.

Song of the Sea, a new film from the creators of The Secret of Kells! SO excited for this.

♥ Must make this One Bowl Chocolate Cake soon.

♥ Live in Iowa? You can now buy my prints in person at the great store Domestica in Des Moines!

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014