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.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Can you tell she hated this Halloween costume? I think she didn't like the hood because she flipped out and started grabbing at the elephant face. lol.  I think tonight we are going to just take her around the neighborhood before it gets dark- just for a walk in the stroller and maybe end the walk with some hot coco and marshmallows.  She is after all a little young to go trick or treating. :)

What are you up to this Halloween?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Find me in November!

 Gosh! I can't believe we are already at the end of October and almost in November.  I have been working really hard in my art studio and trying to find a groove with my art and being a new mommy... which is tough but extremely and completely rewarding.  Rewarding because I realized that I can be an artist and a mom.  Before I had a baby I thought- How hard could having a baby be? They just eat, sleep, pee, and poo. right? Well having a baby is a million times more than that- you want to nurture, love, laugh, cuddle, and do a million and one things with them while they are awake and then putting a baby to sleep is the hardest.  You have to teach a baby to sleep- which it gets a little bit easier every day but I love sleep and you would think babies would love sleep too but they have to learn to love it.
 I have my paintings in two big group shows this month and the curators will be putting up the art work online.   The curators are a pretty amazing Portland duo who throw some of the largest art shows in Portland- and they seem to only be growing in size from year to year.  I put a few of my subway paintings in the shows.  :)

About the Shows:

I Think Therefore I Am, at the Goodfoot. Part illustrative memoir and part social commentary. There are around 100 artists with over 300 works, and a varied of medium.
Location: The Good Foot, 2845 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR
Show Runs until November 27th.

New Brow 3 Presented by the Peoples Art of Portland Gallery, the New Brow of Portland exhibit includes the non-traditional work of 50 local artists whose crafts exist outside of traditional fine art categories and represent self-taught, not classically-trained, art. A variety of genres are included, including comic realms, poster art, tattooing, paintings and fine art, and produced by artists spanning a wide range of ages, experiences, backgrounds and influences.
Location: Portland Center of Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
Show Runs until December 31st.


Monday, October 29, 2012

DIY:Baby Hello Kitty Halloween Costume

Did I mention that I went a little over board with my baby's first Halloween?  Well I completely did!   She is such a great little baby- she still wakes up several times during the night but she has the sweetest little heart and full of such joy and curiosity.  She is just learning to hold things and attempts to bring or throw things at her mouth.  I am so lucky and thankful to have her.  I am a little afraid about Christmas because I know that I am going to go completely crazy.  I didn't realize they sold baby Santa and baby elf costumes..:)
White Onsie
Pants- I did black pants but I think it would be fun to do red or pink pants too!
Black Felt
Yellow Felt
Red Felt
Fabric Glue
Several Fun Size Kit-Kats

1. Cut out oval shaped nose out of Yellow Felt
2.  Cut out from the black felt oval kitty cat eyes.
3.  Cut out from the black felt- 6 strips for the whiskers.
4.  Next! Take the red felt and cut out a circle.  Fold the felt in half and cut out the bow shape.
5.  Now you glue.  Glue the parts of Hello Kitty to the onsie like the pictures above.
6.  Get Baby dressed once glue is dry.
7.  Reward yourself with some delicious fun sized kit kats.  You worked hard and completely earned them. Yum!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Happy Weekend!

What are you up to this weekend?  I am hoping this weekend I can get a lot of painting done.  When fall rolls around it seems like all I want to do is make myself a big cup of hot coco and lock myself up in my studio.   I know I should be locking myself up in my studio anyway because I feel like I owe a million paintings to a million places- and am so fortunate to be busy with my artwork.:)

Isn't this bunny perfectly adorable? Even though you know bunnies are secretly vicious like pandas.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

DIY: Super Cute Baby M&M Costume

I went a little over board this Halloween :) I made her about 3 Halloween costumes and bought 1. I started out with one but I just couldn't help myself.  I know this is her first Halloween and can't even go trick or treating yet, but she is just to darn adorable.  Doesn't she look just like a little peanut M&M?

1 white onsie
2.  white felt
3.  pack of red fabric dye- the cheap stuff is fine!
4.  fabric glue
5.  black pants
6.  1 bag of candy corn

1.  Dye the fabric- I just followed the instructions on the package- sort of! It's hot water and add the fabric dye.  I only used about a quarter of a package and mixed with hot water.  Soaked the onsie rung it out and then put the onsie in the dryer.
2.  Cut out M from white felt
3.  Glue M on front of the onsie.
4.  Reward yourself with a handful of candy corn

This was such an easy project and am tempted to make one for myself.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Day at the Museum

Once a month they have a special tour at the Portland Art Museum just meant for babies.   Since I happen to have an adorable little baby, that means we can go to the museum.  What I am most excited for is looking at the world with new eyes and sharing new adventures with her.
I didn't get to the museum at all when I was a kid- in fact I didn't even go to an art museum until I met my husband.  I have always been drawing and painting but growing up my family and friends weren't really into "art".  I stil remember my first visit to the art museum, my husband took me out for pancakes and then surprised me by taking me to the local art museum.  They were running a show on Chuck Close- which if you haven't experienced his paintings- they are completely breath taking.  So after that I caught the museum bug :).  One of the biggest things that I want to or at least hope to share with my daughter is my love for art and learning.  When I found out that the Portland Art Museum had a baby program- I immediately signed up and was so incredibly excited to go! 
I put her in a dress which is especially fancy because most days are pajama days.  I think she was maybe awake for about 15 minutes but the tour was great and I just love seeing all the adorable babies scooting around the floor.  
I already signed up for next month- and going to try and put her in one of those baby back packs.

How about you? Do you like to visit the art museum? 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Portland Open Studios

This weekend it was Portland Open Studios! It's one of my favorite events in the Portland art community- over 100 artists open their studios and you can go and visit.  It's pretty amazing to see all of the different types of artists at work and you can get one on one time- discussing art.  Looking inside an artists studio is like looking into the mind of an artist.  Nora and I visited several studios and here are a few pics from the day.
Anna Magruder's studio. She is one of my favorite portrait artists in Portland and a good artsy friends!  Her studio is tucked in an old house on a busy street.

Rachel Ann Austin :) - I have a couple of her paintings at my house and it was so great to finally meet her and chit chat all about her gorgeous paintings.  Her studio is in her home and she also had freshly baked cookies- yum! 
One of the most high anticipated studios was Jesse Reno- he is an extremely prolific artist and shows all over the world.  He had a very large studio and there was a constant stream of people coming in an out.  There was a painting I fell in love with while there and I might need to get it. 

Nora and I had such a great time visiting with everyone.  She had a nice long nap when we got home- I think all the art wore her out.  Happy Monday!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Family of Pumpkins

Happy Friday! Can you guess which pumpkin belongs to my husband? lol- He enjoys picking out the pumpkins but generally hates decorating the pumpkins.  One day a week we try and do one family activity with out the cell phones and computers which is pretty hard for us because we are so busy with our businesses and with just plain life. So one day a week for a chunk of the day we turn off the electronics and have some quality time! We went to the pumpkin patch and then we decorated pumpkins- I have to admit I had more fun just painting and glittering the pumpkins.  My husband got into the spirit with his Darth Vader pumpkin

What are you up to this weekend? We plan on going to the local book store and picking out our daughters first books! I am really excited because I just love to read and hope to inspire her imagination and creativity.  It's never to early right? 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

DIY: Glitz and Glam Pumpkin

Every one needs a little glitz and glam for a pumpkin :) or at least I do!

Glitter! (I'm not sure why but I always get soo happy when using glitter)
Craft Paste
Painters Tape
Paint Brush or sponge
Paper plate
Optional: Coffee Filter for Clean up!
Candy Corn- for reward for all your hard work.

1.  Tape your desired pattern on pumpkin for what you would like to black out.
2.  Apply glue all over pumpkin- it's ok to get glue on tape.
3.  Place Pumpkin on plate and pour glitter onto pumpkin.
4.  Let Pumpkin Dry and then remove tape.
5.  Admire your hard work and eat some well deserved candy corn.
6.  For Clean up- place coffee filter end in glitter container and then pour the left over glitter on plate back into container.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Photo an Hour

One of my October challenges is taking more photos- I decided to do a photo an hour. :) I have always wanted to do one of these but finally am doing one!

8:00 a.m- Nora decided she wanted to wear her giraffe outfit.  She loves to wake up and play first thing in the morning!
9:00 am. Winston decided that he wanted some play time after breakfast.
10:00 am.  Nora taking her morning snooze.  I prepped some art work for an upcoming show for November- more to come on that!
11:00 am. Nora needing an outfit change :)
12:00 pm- Run errands with baby... well just the post office.  Running errands always take twice as long with a little baby but she just loves gettings out of the house.
1:00 pm Back from running to the post office and Nora decided to take her afternoon snooze.  So I started organizing for an upcoming holiday art show- the big 300!
2:00 pm.  Watering some of the poor plants in my back yard.  I do not have a green thumb what's so ever but I try :)
3:00 pm Nora waking up from her nap with a look of concern! 3rd outfit change of the day.
4:00 pm Getting ready for dinner- making something healthy! for once lol
5:00 pm Nora needing a bottle- and she is starting to hold the bottle! and yes another outfit change lol.
6:00 pm.  Winston sneaking in kisses before Nora's bedtime.
7:00 pm.  Nora's bedtime which means I can do a little more art work :) woohoo! 
At that was pretty much my day hour by hour! lots of baby and trying to squeeze in art work in between.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

DIY: Heart 2 Heart Pumpkin

I wanted to make a super easy pumpkin for my porch that was not carved.  Since I live in Portland it tends to be a bit on the rainy side.. actually it rains here.. a lot!  and it's still a little warm for here which means the pumpkins get mushy pretty quickly.  So why not paint a pumpkin? and put little hearts on it :)

1.  Pumpkin (Most Important!)
2.  Sponge
3.  Black Paint- I used Martha Stewart Black Beetle
4.  Scissors
5.  Paper plate
6. Some sort of paint brush- nothing fancy

1.  Cut up your sponge into a darling heart.
2.  Place the black paint onto paper plate
3.  Dab your newly cut sponge stamp heart into the paint.
3. Stamp pumpkin!
4.  If you would like smooth edges to your heart- take your paint brush and smooth out your hearts edges.
5. Admire work- Good job! 
6.  Place pumpkin in proper pumpkin location- mine is going on the front porch!
Don't you just love that curly-q on top of the pumpkin :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Visit to the Pumpkin Patch

I am so excited that this year- we get to make new family traditions! One of our new traditions is heading to the pumpkin patch- well.. this one isn't exactly a new tradition but new as a family.  We realized while we were at the pumpkin farm that this time last year we were expecting and didn't even know it.  
This year I had to pick out perfect pumpkins and get an extra special one for little one.   I have a couple of DIY pumpkin posts coming this week.  Nora and I have been working hard in getting our little home into the Halloween spirit. 
I can't wait till she gets old enough to take her to the haunted houses :) 

What did you do this weekend? 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Lotsa Blocks Giveaway!

My husband is a big geek :) (but I have a thing for geeks!).  He in fancy terms is an iOS developer which in short means he makes iPhone apps!  Him and his business partner have been working day and night on their latest iPhone game and it just came out today!  Lotsa Blocks is a block stacking balance game with over 140 levels and 7 worlds. I even helped make some of the sound effects!  It works on both your iPhone and iPad with iCloud sync.  My husband has put his heart and soul into this project and I am just so proud of him. 

2 lucky readers will be given promotion codes to download this game for FREE!

Here's how to enter:
1.  Comment on this post with your name, email address, and your favorite video game of all time.   Growing up I was a HUGE Super Mario girl,  I even dressed up as the Princess one year for Halloween :) 
Winner will be picked on 10/17!  If you don't want to wait it's available right now on the app store!

PS Here is the previous post on their last game Ramps.  It went on to make 2011 top 10 in the Apple Store.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall Music Playlist

The husband and I have been listening to a lot of new music lately or at least new to us :).  It warms my heart when I hear my husband humming and singing to our daughter.  She is already daddy's little girl.  Here is a list of music that we are currently loving. 

1.  Heaven is a Ghost Town, Minus the Bear
2.  Splitting Image, Freelance Whales
3.  Ten Thousand Years Won't Save Your Life, Hammock
4.  Observations, The Raveonettes  
5.  Heartbeat, JJAMZ
6.  A Heavy Abacus, The Joy Formidable
7.  New Slang, The Shins
8.  Lights, Siberia

What are you listening to this fall?!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sketchbook Project 2013

I am so excited that I finished my sketchbook for the amazing Sketchbook Project for 2013.  The project is that anyone can participate and you can still sign up.  The fun thing about this project is that all the sketchbooks go on tour around the country and then have a permanent home at the Brooklyn Museum Library.  I love knowing that my art some how can make it all the way to New York City.  My paintings are usually very planned and a lot of detail but for this project I didn't really want a theme and wanted to draw patterns and some of the pages are more minimalist and others are lists!. Here are some peaks into my book.


Monday, October 8, 2012


Happy Monday! I am a huge fan of documentaries! I am completely addicted to reality television, and I always think a documentary film is a more educated approach to reality television :).  okay.. fine!  I am just trying to justify my addiction to reality television! lol.

We watched Presspauseplay documentary over the weekend and the film explores how the digital area has made it easier for creatives to make work and unleash their work out into the world.   The film also has an interesting view on how digital media has made it so easy for people to release their work but also make it more challenging for creatives to get their work noticed because the market it flooded by lots of creatives or so called creatives.  I would totally recommend this one :)

Seen any good documentaries lately?

Friday, October 5, 2012


Some photos I snapped that make me smile :)  What are you up to this weekend? I am hoping to get some art work done and maybe watch some 80's movies with the husband.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

How does your garden grow?

I was visiting my parents and took a walk through their garden and noticed these HUGE sunflowers.  My parents have grown a garden since before I could remember and it's always such a special place. They put so much TLC into their garden that by fall the garden gets so over grown. The sunflowers caught my eye because they looked a little odd.  What do you think?
A little like an alien? :)  Happy Thursday!
© Erika Lee Sears