Monday, August 25, 2014


Lately I've been needing to really remind myself what makes me happy. Sometimes it's too easy to get lost inside your head and lose track of the simple things! I was just looking at my goodreads info and forgot I had 'liked' some quotes that are so simple, yet so powerful.

There are some other great designs I've stumbled across recently that I really love and wanted to share

Happy Monday everyone! Let's get some shit done this week, huh?

Friday, August 15, 2014


I don't know how I JUST discovered Polyvore, but I am loving it! It was 63 degrees when I woke up today (odd for Chicago) and it felt a bit like like fall, which inspired me to put this together. I've always loved summer the most, but I'm starting to actually look forward to fall now.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Peek at the New Studio!

Hey all! So I still have some organizing to do, but I am mostly settled in to the studio/office in our 2nd bedroom. Awhile back I had started to look in to separate studio space somewhere so I could spread out a bit more, but it was hard to justify the cost as I still work full time and was afraid I wouldn't have enough time to work there to make it worth it. So I decided to stay working at home as I have been doing since graduating college. Working at home is nice and it makes me happy since it's easy to take breaks for coffee, tea, dinner, laundry; all that domestic stuff. 

Here are some pictures of the space (whatever not pictured is a bit messy!)

So happy I found room for my easel!

Started to decorate the walls this weekend. The photos on the left are by Scott, the framed collage is by my friend Sarah, the square print of fabric is from an Art-O-Mat and the PBR piece was a gift from when our friends went to Portland.

Current workspace/mess.

Studio buddy. Cleo likes to hang out when I'm in there.

Print by Ashley G, various photobooth pictures with dear friends, and a vintage Florida travel map.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Currently Reading

My birthday, Pitchfork, company in town this week/weekend, work....needless to say, I haven't been in the studio making anything recently. I have been reading a bunch though! I've also been thinking a lot about the future and where I want my life/art to go. Lots and lots of thinking right now, probably to a fault.

Currently Reading:

I'm almost done with Creative Block by Danielle Krysa (aka the Jealous Curator). I always love to read about other artists and how they work and are inspired. I want to try pretty much all the creative prompts too.

This is a HUGE inspiration to me right now. Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists is a personal look in to the lives of artists and how they make a living. So many have kept day jobs over the years to support their art, and some are lucky enough to do art full time. Since I work alone mostly and don't have a lot of close artist friends, I enjoy reading about the lives of everyone in this book.

I don't know how I haven't read this before, but I just started this last night and it's amazing (of course).

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Apartment Gallery Wall

Wow I haven't updated much about the apartment! We're basically settled in, just a few smalls things here and there to do still to get organized. The small things add up for sure though! I wanted to share a photo of the gallery wall in our living room above the sofa. I hung it with no level or measuring tape and it looks pretty good if I do say so myself.

We combined our art as well as a few posters Scott got at Comic Con for the new place and it instantly felt like home. We still have plenty of art and photos to hang in the 2nd bedroom still, it's taking awhile for that room to come together. And yes, that is a Jurassic Park pillow that I got Scott for his birthday. We can have a grown up place but still have fun things. 

I really am enjoying nesting and working in the studio again. On that note, back to work!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Vegan Vortex- A Local Handmade Market in Chicago

Saturday June 28th
The Charnel House
3421 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago.
Facebook event

Pastries, coffee, handmade goods and art...what else do you need to enjoy a lovely Saturday in Logan Square?

I am happy to be a vendor at the Vegan Vortex market this weekend! Ana sells handmade goods at her bakery and the market events she was holding there were packed, so she moved the market to a bigger space down the street!

I will have drawings and collages on vintage book paper along with tiny paintings and some stationary. If you've been wanting some affordable art for your home, now is the time to shop!

I will be cash only FYI.

Here's a peek at what I'm working on:


Monday, June 16, 2014

Life Lately via Instagram

Ok so this miiiiight be a bit lazy, but it's the best way to sun up what I've been up to lately. So here are some shots from my instagram!

1. Trekked out to Ikea yesterday to get some more odds and ends for the apartment, which is coming together slowly. This shot of our studio/office makes me so happy! It's a great space for us to work on various projects (and extra storage).

2. Ikea haul!

3. Taking a break at Ikea in one of the office set ups, Scott is on the phone wishing his Dad a happy Father's Day

4. More Ikea (I love that place so much).

5. A picture of my Dad and I in Vegas for Father's Day. I wish I lived closer to him!

6. Went to lunch at the Pork Shoppe, which is dangerously close to our apartment.

7. Checked an old man dive bar in our hood and fell in love with it. 

8. Beers at the Revolution Tap Room

9. Made a dino terrarium from Maker's Kit

10. The bus stop by our place is always littered with trash.