a new chapter

Our kitchen table can be the coziest place to draw. A cup a coffee and a few minutes later this is what I ended up with. I can't seem to stop drawing the leaves I drew on our wrapping paper project.

I've received emails asking me about the wall art section of my website. Yes, it is completely empty at the moment. I've decided that I'm ready for renewal. My printables will continue but the artwork will change.

I could delve into a diatribe, several paragraphs in length, of complaints regarding why I've decided to do this. But, I will save you the negativity and leave it at—it's time to evolve. Change is good.

Speaking of renewal, it's also affecting our home. I have bags and bags of things ready to be taken to goodwill and the library. The kids' closets are done and I've tackled a part of ours. The latter is taken longer than expected, because it includes my craft stash (scary!).

We live in a small house, so I've tried to keep things as uncluttered as possible. With two kids and my crafty habit it can get out of hand at times. Every now and then I get the urge to purge, purge, purge. I'm in the middle of that and it feels so good to get rid of the surplus. It's so freeing. I'm not done, but I'm feeling lighter already.

Our summer is moving along slowly and I love it. The kids are only worried about playing with their friends and asking for lemonade every few minutes, because the heat has definitely set in. I couldn't be happier about being away from the computer during the day. The early morning thing is working after all.

New season. New habits. New work. Love it.


  1. This is so awesome - I love it!

    I think we need to start a little early-morning-work group on Twitter. I've noticed you and Betz White and Aby Garvy and someone else ... Cicada Studios, maybe ... working early in the morning like that. I'd love to join in. I used to do that years ago - get up at five and get loads done before everyone woke up.

    Happy summer! :)

  2. Yes! Join in. When the kids get up I feel like I’ve already done so much and I’m ready to tackle the rest of the day with a sense of accomplishment. :)

  3. wow.

    this post was really inspiring.

    "New season. New habits. New work."

    i love that.

  4. You are so amazingly creative! Those tags are gorgeous. I know what you mean about two kids and a small house! "Stuff" just piles up.

    Love your blog, always look forward to the next post!

  5. Oh, purging, glorious purging! I just dumped 1000+ unread blog posts and am now feeling free and excited to start reading the new ones that appear! Like this one - digital purging meets real-world purging. I like it.

  6. So glad the new schedule is working out for you although I do miss our chats on twitter. Maybe I'll get up earlier. I recommended you to someone for a website splash page, hope it comes through.

    Loving the tags and notebooks in your post, will they be for sale?


  7. I know what you mean about the urge to keep things as uncluttered as you can in a small house. That's me too. Every now and then I go on a tear through the house and get rid of stuff. I almost always end up wondering why in the heck I've been holding on to this stuff!

  8. those moleskins are fabulous!

    i, too, am purging. it feels fantastic!

  9. Thanks everyone!

    Bridget B. - I do blog/post purging all the time. I can never keep up with my reader. It's sad that I miss so much but at the same time it's great to start fresh.

    Bridgett - Yes, I'm thinking these will be for sale. ;)

  10. I love your blog and have bookmarked it on my blog.
    You talk about having a smaller house, I do as well.
    Is there a section on your blog that is about how you organize or de-clutter? I need some advice or tips in that area for sure.

  11. Renewel. I think that is the word I needed to hear. I think that is what I need, to focus on how I can do that right now. Maybe it is as simple as clearing out some clutter, do some organizing. Hmm. I like it.

    I also really like your leaves, by the way.

  12. I just stumbled upon your blog via Spoonflower, and I'm so happy I did! Everything is just gorgeous... I love all your projects!

  13. I love that leaf motif - one of my favorite looks in my paintings too. I'm with you on downsizing being a necessity for a small living space, but after all the visual stimulation I've had lately it seems that everything has such potential. I'm turning into my worst nightmare - a hoarder!!!

  14. Love your blog. SO many wonderful ideas.

  15. Clearing out really does make you feel better - lighter somehow. I really should do a bit of clearing out in my home... re-finding some of my lost treasures is the best bit!

    I'm loving the crafty projects that you've been doing with your kids - it's great to see other people's ideas and I'm busy storing them up in my head for when my little boy is a bit bigger and we can have a go at them together.

  16. HELLO!
    You have been awarded!!!

    Maria Jose