My name is Erika. I'm in love with making art, collecting old things & chasing after my two kiddos. This blog is a peek into my happy accidents & plots of total world domination.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011


A little while ago- I was contacted by Marla from Anjolee and was sent this stunning ring! I love a little sparkle especially for the holidays and always think jewelery is such a special gift. What girl doesn't love diamond jewelry ?

Their anniversary rings for women and diamond anniversary rings  are really fantastic and have so many options- and lots of stack-able options which are the best because you can take away and add to your wedding ring.     

Giving jewelry is such a special gift and it's something that you can keep forever! :) 

Monday, December 5, 2011


Hello! I have been still a bit under the weather and under doctor's orders for lots of rest- which means no internet. Ack! I know It's really hard weird being out of touch and really behind on nearly everything.. I have barely started Christmas shopping and Christmas crafting but I am in full Christmas swing this week. So I am really excited :) This weekend the hubs and I cuddled up with the pugs and watched movies and had hot chocolate. Isn't hot chocolate the best this time of year? How was your weekend?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Kiddo- Gift Guide

I have already started planning my gift giving for the holiday season and I think the toughest to buy for the kiddos.  Between the hubs and I - we have 6 to shop for and they are all under the age of 12. I want to be a semi cool auntie but still give them something of substance.
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein.  I think some of the best imagination is in this book.  I often still of several of the poems that have inspired my art work. Hopefully I can pass on some magic that inspired me to someone else.
Sharks really freaked me out as a kid- I think it's mainly because of the Jaw movies ;) but they make this cool puzzle anatomy models now. 
Of course I want to give art supplies! but I found this really awesome pack that teaches kids about the modern art. I think it's so important to teach kids about art especially art history.  Wouldn't you want this if you were a kid :)?
I love giving science gifts- but i have to admit i love giving kid gifts that make a mess. I know it may drive my sisters crazy but the kids love it!

Have you started making your Christmas shopping list?


Monday, November 21, 2011

monday monday monday!

Hello! I am back.. I have been completely under the weather.  I think I caught that flu bug that was going around and I just needed to unplug for a few days.  Don't worry my little pugs did an excellent job snuggling me back to health.  My hubs .. lets just be honest.. can not cook. I am not sure if he even knew where the kitchen was until this last week but he did some how manage to make me toast and chicken soup :).  My email box has completely exploded and I am behind on my painting.  yikes! So if you sent me a note and I haven't responded- I am working on it :) I promise.

I am glad to be back to me ol' self just in time for Thanksgiving.  I can't wait to catch up- and missed hearing from you.

Did you have a good weekend? 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday Funday

Happy Monday! Did you have a nice weekend? This time of year is always seems so much gearing up for the holidays! and I already informed the hubs that I have plans on getting a real tree and he is in charge of Christmas lights :) Also I'm planning on a few chirstmas giving DIY's that I can't wait to start and share with you.
This weekend we did have a little movie date but we did take out and watched the movie Melancholia with Kristen Dunst. It hasn't been released in the US yet but you can watch it on i-tunes or direct tv. It's a movie about the end of the world but it isn't as action packed as typical end of the world movies are but an interesting take.  The end of the world is another planet crashing into ours.  As we watched this the hubs informed me that another asteroid came close to earth again. yikes! this is why I really can't watch national geographic channel.  Interesting flick and perfect for a date- but not a family flick- (a little nudity.)

Today I plan on getting some painting in and the pugs are very excited to be getting their weekly bubble bath :) What are you up to this Monday?


Friday, November 11, 2011


Happy Friday :) Is feels like complete winter time in my neck of the woods.  The fluffy fog has rolled in most mornings and I have a sudden craving for hot chocolate.  I think this weekend me and the hubs are going to do a movie date and I really can't wait. I can't think of the last time we went to the movies and had a big buttery bowl of popcorn. I am not even sure what movie we are going to see, but it feels good to have plans.  We don't get out much.. in fact I told the hubs that I might be turning into a shut in.  You know one of those people that never leaves the house- since my art studio is in my house- there is no reason to leave? right?  I also discovered that you can get library books snail mailed to your house..  for free... See no reason to leave right?:) lol

On another note.. Did you know it was 11.11.11? I noticed the moon looked a little brighter last night and a big black raven jumped on the hood of my car- think it's a sign?

What are you up to this weekend?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

BIG 200 #3

Here is my next piece for the Big 200! and this is an old but busy street in Portland- called Hawthorne. There is an old movie theatre, lots of fun vintage stores, and yummy eats.  This street hasn't changed much in since I can remember- I remember when McDonald's try to come to the street.. or maybe it was BK but the neighborhood petitioned against it.  This street still holds that special something that has never really went away.

This urbanscape is painted on a wood panel- with vintage oils. :)

The Big 200 is an annual event that 200 amazing artists paint 10 panels and they are all 8X8 and every piece goes for only $40.  This is a cash and carry show- which means you can take the work off the wall and then take it home right then and there! There is a very long line to get into this amazing event- so come early. 
Date: December 12th 2:00 pm-10:00 pm
Place: Peoples Art of Portland
700 SW Fifth (3rd floor) People’s is Suite 4005
Pioneer Square Mall, downtown Portland

Want to see more paintings for the Big 200 show? click here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Treasure hunt

I have been doing so much thrifting lately and it seems like my little addiction is getting worse!.. I know I have been promising to show you some of my latest finds but here are a few of my favorites.  As you know I collect typewriters.. and you won't even believe but I found a typewriter that types in cursive!
I am so lucky this typewriter found me.
This camera is from around 1939 and it actually works.  I took it in to the local camera shop- and the camera man told me all about it. I can't wait to try out.
and of course this cute dress- it has little birds all over it :) I just love it.

The hubs has been trying to talk me into selling a few of my treasures. He has been trying to convince me into opening a small vintage shop on etsy for quite some time because he knows how much I just love vintage and have a bit of the thrifting fever! In fact I started talking with a woman at an estate sale- and we got to talking about some of the WWII memorabilia- I always have thought those old medals are pretty amazing.  Can you imagine receiving something like that- that person must be so proud and was probably such a great moment in that person's life.  She let me know that there was more in the back that she wasn't sure if she wanted to part with some of the items. She wanted to make sure her treasures went to good homes and I think in that small moment I realized maybe I should have my own little vintage shop.  So I have been busy taking photos, polishing, and deciding what should go in the shop- and plan on opening it up soon in the next couple weeks.  I will have a few vintage cameras, typewriters, vintage dresses and lots of other fun goodies.  I can't wait to show you more. and all the typewriters I plan on having in the shop- completely work.  :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

a little music for your monday.

Happy Monday! This weekend just zipped by and I did a ton of vintage hunting and lots of painting. (can't wait to show you).  The hubs and I have both been pretty been busy little bees working on our art projects and seems like that always happens in winter time. 

Have you heard the new song by Yuna? She did the remake of Come As You Are by Nirvana.  Nirvana brings me back to the flannel grunge days in the 90's but I think Yuna gives it a fun twist.  Listening to any new music lately?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Big 200 Piece #2

Here is my 2nd piece for the Big 200! and I am doing a couple of land/urbanscapes for the show. I painted pretty much only landscapes before I embarked on painting urbanscapes and I still love painting the fluffy trees.  I wanted a gray cloudy sky and just love how there is only one little intersection with a huge monster tree.  I always think it's interesting seeing the tangled up power lines and how there is so many power lines- out in the middle of no where. :)
This is an oil painting on wood- and I am using vintage oil paints. 

The Big 200 is an annual event that 200 amazing artists paint 10 panels and every piece goes for $40.  This is a cash and carry show- which means you can take the work off the wall and then take it home right then and there! There is a very long line to get into this amazing event- so come early. 
Date: December 12th 2:00 pm-10:00 pm
Place: Peoples Art of Portland
700 SW Fifth (3rd floor) People’s is Suite 4005
Pioneer Square Mall, downtown Portland

Want to see more paintings for the Big 200 show? click here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sketchbook Project_Treehouse

So this year I decided that I was going to the 2012 Sketchbook project.  I have about a million sketchbooks.. notebooks.  I recently cleaned out my studio- and stacked up all of the little blank/lined/graphed books- each filled with scribbles and little notes.. magazine clippings.. newspaper clippings.. lots of little sprinkles of inspiration.. actually I was a little surprised I had so many! . I have a confession to make, I rarely complete a sketchbook were I draw on every single page. So I am going to do it! with the Sketchbook Project.  They have different themes to choose from I and chose tree house theme.  I plan on showing my progress along the way so that I finish and do it!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Creative Mornings- Portland

I am proudly born and raised and currently reside in the ever rainy Portland, Oregon. (it's the state right on top of California) :)  I have lived here all my life- and I think I know this little city pretty well.  I always think Portland as a little city because I remember when we got our first Target.. when we got our first Walmart.. our first Krispe Creme Donut (the line was a nightmare for months just to get your hands on one of those dreamy glazed donuts..  Starting this last Friday- we had our first Creative Mornings.  Creative Mornings is a once a month free lecture series- featuring creative types.  They have these talks all over the world, and I feel lucky enough to attend the first Portland one.
Kate Bingaman Burt was the first speaker and she was completely inspirational.  She is a graphic design professor at PSU and an illustrator whom has done work with client like VH1.. and Target- just to name a few. I think what I enjoyed most about her lecture is that she talked a lot about her process for making work and the process of her "art projects".   I think one of the hardest things about being an artist is having to focus on the marketing and networking.. and sometimes those things time wise.. over take the making things time.  I have gone to quite a few lectures.. conferences.. artist talks- that don't necessarily talk about the work.. they talk about exposure.. and marketing.. and networking.. and all of the business ends of things.. which is great but isn't it about making the work?  She talked about doing what you love- but work really hard at it. :)
Go make some work :) Have you been to a creative morning?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Halloween Weekend :)

This weekend- my hubs and I are going to attempt to make dinner together and cuddle up and watch True Blood. I love those vampire shows.  The hubs usually gets a little scared of scary movies (I know he is a big strong man lol) so we usually stick to vampire shows for Halloween shows, but I do love a scary movie.  When I say attempt to cook- I can make a mean grilled cheese but beyond that I hope I have some luck on my side... and the thought of trying to bake.. scares me a little.   What are you up to this Halloweeny weekend?

PS The pic is of Yoda with his favorite toy octopus. :) He carries that thing around like it's his child.  I just love accidental pictures don't you?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My life in Instagram/Take 3

I love instagram and I can't get enough of the different photo editing filters and it's always interesting what you end of capturing.. It's my little slice of life.. my digital scrap book. 
It has been so gorgeous out here lately- and can't help snapping photos when I am out in the country.
Aren't they just darling? The boys just had a beauty day which included a bubble bath and a little pedicure.
I have been on the globe hunt while thrifting lately. and love the resin base on this globe.
Painting my living room a fabulous tooth paste color.
I think what I love most about instagram is these tiny memories you have and little pictures of happy thoughts.  Are you using instagram?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

And in art news! the Big 200!

I have been in my art studio working away on a few up and coming projects. I have been a little quiet sharing some of the work I have been working on because I am under top secret orders on a few things coming! So this year I am lucky enough to be participating in the Big 200 annual show. It's my 6th year doing it and I look forward to this show every year.  The Big 200 is 200 artists given 10 panels to paint on and it's the set price of $40.  It's a cash and carry show- which means that you take the pieces of art off the wall and take them home that day.  It's a really amazing show and people line up to get into the gallery.  For this show I am doing something a little different for the show- and I hope you like it because I love what I am making.  The above photo is the first piece finished for the show.

Since I am currently addicted to thrifting- I have come across quite a few estate sales with vintage oil paint from the 60's and beyond. I am not sure what it is but I feel like there is something more vibrant and even makes me wonder about who owned this paint.  If you want more details about the Big 200 click here.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Not-so ordinary.

The hubs and I had a interesting conversation over the weekend while we were on our way to visit some old college friends.  My husband and I met in college :) I always say we met over the keg. We were friends for about 6 months before we started dating and the rest is history.  I know some of his highschool and college guy friends are really competitive with status-having the best job.. the best car.. the best house and trying to compete for the best life. My husband is still really great friends with a lot of his old roommates and still goes on his yearly man man trip with his highschool boy friends. (If I call my gal pals .. girl friends. I should be able to call his guy friends boy friends *winks*)  We both come from really hard working parents and appreciate everything our parents has taught us and given us, but a few years ago we decided that we were ok with not wanting the white picket fence.  We both love to work on our businesses- in fact it consumes us! We are both obsessed with making things- and making our dent in the universe.  It's funny that we didn't really discover this until after we got married or at least our passion for it.  I think one of the hardest things in life is deciding what I like with out influence and developing independent thought and being a visionary for my own future.  

I want only a few things out of life- but I don't really need that fancy car, or that fancy house or spend my life in a cubicle hoping that one day I can break free. I want to make as much art as I can and visit as many paintings as I can.  I also want to see as much of the world as I possible- when my grandmother passed away she never set foot on an airplane.  I want to live a happy life- and grow old with my hubs.  In different parts of the world- there are places you make a wishes- there are walls you crumple a note in or maybe a fountain you throw a coin in.  It's funny because me and my husband always wish for the same thing. :) Which I am sooo not telling! Thinking about all these little things- it seems like they have nothing to do with status but more about leading a "rich" life. We both stay on budget in order to make our dreams a reality but our dreams aren't the average ones. 

Have a super Monday! Creative thoughts your way this week.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Future.

Hello! Happy Weekend! I can't believe it's already the weekend. I have sooo many projects starting up I feeling a little overwhelmed :) but being busy is good! and I love being busy especially with painting projects. This weekend I hope I can get more painting in and I think the hubs is going to take me on a little dinner date. It's funny just looking at the calender and thinking of all the amazing things that happened through out the year and am starting to schedule out 2012! Can you believe 2012 is just right around the corner- and I always think wow this has been an amazing year- is it possible for next year to be even better?

What are you up to this weekend? Have you started thinking about 2012?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

DIY Pug Power Pumpkin

I wanted to do a pumpkin dedicated to my little dogs this year. I know I know it's a little crazy but they are seriously like my little furry children- since I don't have human ones. They both get very excited to dress up every year for halloween.  I am thinking maybe this year they should be little sharks- dressed up little twins.  Going into the pumpkin carving process I wanted to use a block stamp method- so I used the same little tools that you use to make a stamp.   

1. 1 pumpkin- depends on how large you want to make your pet's darling face.
2.  stamp carvers- I used one that looked like a small exact-o knife and another that looked like a U shaped tip-
3.  acrylic paint if you want to paint your animals face a color
4.  a piece of paper
5. regular knife
6.  pencil
7.  tape
8.  paintbrush
Time to get started! Are you ready to carve?
1.  Take your piece of paper and draw your pet's face.  It doesn't have to be perfect - but the simplier the better and just do a line drawing.  If you want to add any words write them out- I suggest using a block style
2.  Cut out the top of your pumpkin and take out the brains of your pumpkin. They are brains right? or is it pumpkin guts?
3.  Tape the drawing to your pumpkin
4.  Take your exacto knife shaped tool and trace the lines of your pumpkin and be patient! Do not cut all the way through to the inside of the pumpkin.
5.  Remove the bits of paper
6.  Take your U shaped tool and start carving out your pumpkin.  Can you see your pet's face shining through yet?
7.  Paint the words and pets face. and that's it! Your done :)
I have gotten more compliments having this bad boy sitting on my front porch.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Portland Blogger Meetup.

Over the weekend- I had a chance to meet up with some really awesome fellow bloggers. I have always wanted to meet bloggers especially in my neck of the woods- and finally had the chance.  The gang included Corey, Nicole and Kat. We chit chatted over a coffee date and it was so great!  We talked about doing another one in the near future and can't wait to get together again real soon.   I walked away really inspired about the blogging world and trying some new things on my blog. It was great meeting some IRL new friends :) hugs ladies :)

If you are interested in joining us for next time- drop me a note- at .

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

 Over the weekend the hubs and I went on a little trip to the pumpkin patch to pick up some pumpkins and vegetables. :)  Going out to the pumpkin patch is one of our favorite things to do in October because you get to see all the gorgeous changing trees and get some fresh veges from the farms.
There were little creatures :).
and lots of pumpkins of course! The hubs was a little afraid of going in the corn maze- :) So we did not enter- I think he has seen Children of the Corn too many times.

Isn't that little pink pig hat adorable.

and of course we found the perfect pumpkin!  :)
© Erika Lee Sears