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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.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Tiny Bee- A Weekly Creative Club Link Up

What is it? A creative link up that is every week (Thursday) you will be given a creative prompt that will help inspire you to make something.. anything.  If you are a doodler. a photographer, a writer, a fashionista.. a baker or anything! this applies to you.  This is a weekly creative prompt to help you just plan making something.

Creativity is a funny thing.  I am a highly creative person with a big imagination but I have learned that if I developed a creative habit it was much easier to stay creative and motivated- keep your creative muscle primed :).  I used to think creativity was one of those things that came on in emotional bursts and I still think it's sort of true but I think those inspirational moments can come more often when making an effort to just plan be more creative on a regular bases.

 I wanted to start a little creative club of sorts because I love having a weekly assignment especially one that inspires me to making something different and out of my comfort zone because then it gives me the chance to make something different unique... maybe even take a creative chance that I wouldn't normally take. I think what's great about starting a little online club is that we can make some new creative friends and be inspired by some of their assignments or projects- which I think is one of the best parts aside from me making a weekly project.   I use the word project loosely because I think it's really important to listen to your inner creative spirit because this is a club where there isn't a right or wrong or big or small.. a place take a chance and try something different.  It's one of those clubs that all you have to do is show up with your creative hat on. 

I am teaming up with my creative lady friend Spencer from 12 oz Bee House to start this link up for every Thursday.  Are you ready for the first assignment- so the first link up will start on ?  We thought a great first assignment would be "Home" What does Home mean to you? maybe your current home or your first home or what's in your home like your family or that special family keepsake that you just could never seem to get rid of. or maybe it's making your favorite mac and cheese you had when you were a kid even if it came from the box.. or how about a drawing using your inner child of what home is.  I remember when I was a kid I constantly drew my home which was the shape of a box and a triangle roof with two windows and chimney with lots of pirates and the occasional mouse. :) 

Happy Thursday and hope you join in next week!
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Paleo Chocolate Cupcake with Frosting Recipe!

I always considered myself someone who doesn't have much of the baker's thumb, but I do try.  I have been on the hunt for about 6 months trying to find a good grain free, dairy free, and soy free cupcake recipe.  Most of the paleo or gluten free recipes that I have tried, the cupcakes usually turn out dense and sort of mealy and not much like well a cupcake. I also wanted a recipe that felt was a little decadent that wasn't or least didn't taste like diet food. So why not make my own recipe? I finally nailed the perfect gluten-free paleo cupcake recipe with frosting. Tim tried the cupcakes last night and asked me if I was sure these are paleo.  So I hope you try it because it's seriously yummy.
Paleo Chocolate Cupcake Recipe: 

Ingredients:
1/4 Cup of Coconut Flour
1/4 Cup Un-sweetened Cacao Powder
1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon of Sea salt
4 eggs
1/3 Cup of Unsalted Almond Butter (or you can substitute cashew butter)  Almond Butter needs to be soft.  So you can nuke it in the micro for 30 seconds or leave it out before baking.
1/4 Cup of Coconut Oil (Melted)
1/3 Cup of Honey- Get the good stuff. I used a local organic dark honey which I think makes the difference in getting a good sweetness.

Mix all the dry ingredients together and you can use a mixer or food processor. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and other wet ingredients together.  Add the wet slowly into the dry ingredients. This recipe is good for about 12 cupcakes and you want to line your cupcake tins and fill them up to about halfway.  Heat oven to 350 degrees and my oven it took about 15 minutes but check on them at 12 minutes.  Check with a toothpick and see when your cupcakes are done- if it comes back no goo- they are done! Place them out on a baking rack and let them cool.
Paleo Chocolate Frosting Recipe

1/2 Cup of Coconut (Melted)
1/4 Cup of Honey
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup of Unsalted Almond Butter soften or melted (a good substitute is Peanut or Cashew butter)
3/4 Cup Cacao Powder
5 Tablespoons of Coconut Milk
1/4 Teaspoon of Sea salt

Use your blender or food processor and put all wet ingredients and pulse.  Add all dry ingredients into blender and then pulse.  What's great about this recipe is you don't need to refrigerate the frosting in order for it to set.  Frost your cupcakes and enjoy.  So yummy :) 
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Happy Anniversary!

Today is the day- our anniversary and it's crazy that 8 years have flown by and am so grateful that I have my husband.  Looking back- its crazy to me how young we were when we got married and how far we have come together and it still amazes me all the different adventures we have had together... traveling.. buying a home.. having a baby.. our pugs.. getting our first jobs.. me quitting my job and pursuing a dream.. and so much more. When our anniversary roles around it seems that I do a lot of reflecting on the year and I always think to myself- "Can next year get better?- Can we top it?"  We some how always manage top it- not everything is perfect and we work hard on our little life but we are both dreamers and want big lives or at least big to us.  We celebrated with a night out over the weekend but normally the evening of our anniversary we open up our wedding album and look through the old wedding cards are friends and family gave us.    

Happy Tuesday! What are you up to today?

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Monday, August 26, 2013

DIY: Geometric Print Tshirt

Supplies:
1.  Fabric Paint- I used silver
2.  A Tshirt
3.  Painters Tape

Happy Monday! I love a tshirt and decided to spruce up this tshirt with a little fabric paint and painters tape.  It was super easy to make and just love how it turned out- it's amazing what tape.. especially painters tape can do.  This weekend we celebrated with our 8th year wedding anniversary- which is sort of crazy that it has already been 8 whole years.  I still can't believe it- it's amazing how time just flies and am so lucky to have had so many adventures and have a partner in crime. We celebrated with lots of family time and eating a lot of yummy food.  It was such a perfect weekend.

How was your weekend?
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Monday, August 19, 2013

My Back to School Wishlist


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I love back to school shopping! I know I have been out of school for several years but when August rolls around I simply can not wait for back to school shopping.  I am looking forward to all the stores getting new jackets, sweaters, pants.. and best of all school supplies.  I find myself strolling down the Target aisle looking for that perfect little notebook or maybe a new pen because who can't use more pens or pencils? I still remember getting my very first backpack and it was right before the first grade.  I was so excited to pick out that very special backpack and I just kept thinking how special I was to be able to go to school with that bright red backpack.  Back to school shopping still has not lost it's magic and now I can't wait for fall. :)

What are you up to this Monday?
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

What I Wore: Flowers

Outfit Details:
Dress: Nordstrom Rack
Belt: H&M
Necklace: Tiffany's

I have been really busy lately with lots of meetings and planning.  I am super excited about all the upcoming projects and art shows coming up this fall and winter.  I love being busy and going through all my notes, making lists and making ideas into something.  It really is such a great feeling! now the only thing I have to worry about is getting enough sleep lol.. but who needs sleep?   I usually wear a dress to most meetings because even though you make art- one of the cardinal rules of being a self employed artist is to not look like a starving artist.  So being a non starving artist means to me is wear a dress, which I do love a dress and look for almost any excuse to wear one.

Today Nora and I are headed to a photo shoot. After I had Nora I promised myself I would take lots of photos with her and try to take some of me too.  I think most everyone feels a little awkward in front of the camera but since I have had Nora I really want to just remember.. remember all the details and moments and all the stuff I just don't want to miss.    

What are you to this Thursday?

   
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Just for fun.

Painting has been a crazy journey for me and I am so in love with it now more than ever.  Having a baby is such a whirl wind of emotions and changes and trying to make all the puzzle pieces in your new life as a mommy fit together with your old life is quite challenging. When I was pregnant I felt so uncreative.. unmotivated.. and was tired all the time and I felt like I was not myself- it was like I was existing but I was just waiting for time to go by and have my baby.  I wasn't unhappy but wasn't really happy- it was this weird middle which is pretty unusual for me because I am a pretty energetic and extremely motivated person.  Reflecting back I think the only thing that got me motivated was either a donut or a milkshake lol which is pretty typical mommy to be behavior. Now having a year passed, it's amazing to me the process of rediscovery and finding my new self or at least maybe more of a mommy version of my old self.

I decided to start painting my just for fun paintings again.  Before I had Nora- I painted a lot for shows and commission work which are super fun to do but my drawings and little paintings would never see the light of finding a new home because they were half finished or I couldn't dedicate enough time to them or the work was so different then my existing work that I was just too shy about sharing.  Generally when painting for a show or a commission the work it is pretty specific which I adore all of my clients and curators that I am ever so lucky to work with but have decided to open up my etsy shop and put in some of my little paintings.

 
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Friday, August 9, 2013

A little Zombie

Nora has officially taken her first steps! She has been walking with our help for the past couple of months and we could tell she had the strength to do it  but we think it came down to confidence and figuring out how to start and stop.  She would grab our hands and charge forward and walk all around the house and if we let go.. she would turn and look up and start whaling.. I knew what she was thinking.. How could you.. How could you let go and let me walk by myself.  She also was and is a very fast crawler.. I wonder if there is such a thing called speed crawling? So maybe crawling was so much easier than walking that walking took a back seat. Walking is such a huge milestone and it's crazy the amount if pressure it is to just walk.  I know most kids do it eventually but it's interesting how it's such a big deal if a child walks early- like it's an early indicator to being a future genius. 

Tim and I both stood on either side of the hallway and she just stood up and walked to me and then walked to Tim.. back and forth for nearly an hour and was completely sweaty from all her hard work. It was a little crazy and mind blowing watching Nora get so excited about just plain walking and her being so proud of herself.  It's amazing when you witness someone learning something and having that little light bulb switch on.  She kind of walks like a little zombie, arms straight ahead and stiff sort of legs.  Tim is also encouraging her to make monster type sounds while she walks. So I guess I am raising a little zombie :)

What are you up to this weekend?


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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Door Mat

I have been thinking about redoing my plain boring door mat for quite some time but I couldn't figure out what sort of pattern I wanted.  This project took about 15 minutes to make - super easy but I put a lot of thought into it because once you commit there is no looking back and I have a tendency to over think things :). I didn't want something cutesy- I love cute but I just didn't want something with kittens or hearts or puppies or swirls.. at least not for a door mat.
Supplies:
Door Mat- I have this one.
Painters Tape- .94 inch blue painters tape
Spray Paint- Gray or whatever color you choose.

All you do is tape up the door mat and then spray paint.  The project was done before I knew it and even Tim said he liked how it turned out, which is a lot for him.  He doesn't notice things very often or he will point something out months later and ask me if I did something different.  See Yoda in the photo? such a ham- that pug.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My Traveling Art Making Essentials

When I travel I typically take an art journal for sketching, thoughts, and lots of ideas!  Having a kit also gives me the ability to make art while I am not in my studio, which is extremely important. I love art and crafting supplies- but what person doesn't? I could spend hours in an art store just deciding over the perfect paint brush or the best paper and my traveling art bag starting getting so full that in turned into more of a chore to make art on the road.  So I decided to break it down to just the bare essentials- things that I couldn't make art with out.

1.  Watercolor Set- Now the trick is to picking a set is when you open the case that the pigment is slightly tacky not chalky. It doesn't have to be a fancy set, just look for that tacky pigment. I love to have lots of color while I paint so having some sort of paint is necessary to give your art that burst of color.
2.  Erasure- just the cheap ones are fine.
3. Pencil Sharpener
4. Pen- I like a Stabilo pen because they don't bleed onto the paper when using water color.
5.  Pencils- a regular #2 nothing fancy.
6.  Water Color Brush- This is a Koi Water Color Brush that holds the water inside the pen- so no need for a water cup.  Amazing and clever all in a a little brush.
7.  Water Color Paper- I usually use a thicker stock so that it can hold up to all different types of art projects.
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Monday, August 5, 2013

August Goals


As Nora is getting bigger and a little older- it seems like I am wanting to create more art and make even more creative goals.  She is a very busy little toddler and into everything! but everyday I am realizing how important it is to be creative.  If I don't act now on my ideas and creativity- time is just going to fly on by and all those ideas will be gone.

1.  No Television during the day. Ugh.. I love television, and I know I watch way too much and if it's trashy tv.. I love it even more.  I always say I am a child of television because when I was a kid, parents would just put their kids in front of the television and I want to break the cycle. I don't mean zero television at all but I'm just saying I want cut back and maybe even go a day with out it.  I sound like an addict don't I?  It's really important to me that she doesn't get zoned out on television especially when there is so much life out there and so many things to learn and experience.  I do want her to have a certain amount of exposure to television but not too much.  I once tried to do no television for a month but I think I caved after day 3. :)  I think I can do it this month because I am not denying myself television- just none during the day.

2.  This month is our 8 year anniversary and I can not believe that we have been married for 8 years and together 10 years.. Yes! a decade.  I want to do something special for Tim but what do you get a guy who has everything? Tim is so extremely hard to surprise and shop for because I am the worst at keeping secrets from him or keeping gifts from him.   I am still stumped but it might be a good thing because then I won't ruin the surprise too early when I figure out what I doing.

3.  Get into my art studio everyday this month.  My previous goal was to get into my art studio 3 times per week and I was able to get in there sometimes 4 or 5 a week but I need to make more time because I have so many projects coming.  Nora is slowly going to one nap per day which means I can only paint and make work at night.

4.   Go on an artist date.  An artist date is where you have a date with yourself and do something creative, like go to a museum or gallery.. or go see a documentary.  something creative and by yourself to nourish your creative self.  I haven't been on an artist date in quite some time and I think August is the month to start doing an artist date.

5.  Sketch a week on Instagram... even the ugly sketches.


Have a wonderful Monday! What are you up to this Monday?

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

July in Instagram



I can't believe we are already in August and it seems like July just completely flew on by. Didn't it? Between planning and having Nora's first birthday party, being a mommy and painting- this past month has been a busy one.  August is shaping up to be a busier month with lots of projects, back yard bbqs, birthday parties, road trips and just plan summer goodness.  Looking back on July one of my secret goals was to post more art sketches on Instagram.  Is it silly to have secret goals?   I am actually a pretty shy person when it comes to sharing my art and I am a little shy about posting my sketches and and drawings.  I like posting when the painting is all finished and well past a paintings ugly phase.. Yes there is a ugly phase. :) I did post lots of ugly sketches and some pretty ones too.. or at least ones I think I pretty.

How was your July?
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