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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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Monday, August 31, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 243

My neighbors chicken.. still up on the roof.

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 243.. To read more about this awesome project click 
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 242

On my morning walk today, my neighbor had a chicken on the roof. Only in Portlandia?

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 242.. To read more about this awesome project click 
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 241

Are oranges named orange because they are orange? or is orange called orange because oranges are orange?

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 241.. To read more about this awesome project click 
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 240

Flowers for your Friday.

Moving is terrible. Getting a new house is exciting but just as equally as hard. Unpacking is so incredibly slow and hopefully I will get to my studio tomorrow! Fingers crossed.

10 minute sketch.

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 240.. To read more about this awesome project click 
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 239



I am too excited to start setting up my new studio and real dedicated art space again.

In the mean time I can day dream of being able to go swimming.

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 239.. To read more about this awesome project click 
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 238



Laurelhurst Movie Theatre. Always a Portland staple. 

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 238.. To read more about this awesome project click 
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 237

10 minute sketch. but hey it's moving day. We are officially moving into our new house today. I am so excited and can not wait to have a studio again.

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 237.. To read more about this awesome project click 
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 236



walking through the woods. 

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 236.. To read more about this awesome project click 
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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 235

Portland is still covered in smoke from the forest fires. I couldn't sleep that well and the last dream I remember is the cackling sound of a fire.

20 minute sketch.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 235.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 234



Portland is covered in a layer of smoke today from the forrest fires. 

A little gray bird.

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 234.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 233





20 minute sketch. vintage fan. happy Friday!

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 233.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 232



currently am loving painting interiors. 

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 232.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 231


strawberry pound cake. yes please.

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 228.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 230



Are you a cow?

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 230.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 229

Case of the Mondays.

Art has been so hard to make with the whole moving into a new house process, but thank fully we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We sign this week and move next week. I am so looking forward to a new studio and not being surrounded by boxes. Fingers crossed.

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 229.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015/ Day 228

"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who only dream at night." Edgar Allan Poe

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 228.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 227



All I can think about it is, ice cream today!

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 227.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Potty Training with Tot // Road Trip Essenitals


Potty training has been extremely challenging with Nora. She has been officially potty trained for about 6 months.  Potty training is one of the hardest things ever. I thought she would just look at me one day and say, "Mommy I need to go potty." Nope not my kid.

Nora loves her diapers. Loves them! When I first took out the little potty and asked her to try. She would say, "Mommy, no. Nora wants diapers."  Ugh.  Then when I started asking her to try on the potty. She would run away screaming. (literally)

Then I started the reward system. Candy for potty. Yes, I am totally that mother. I am no short of bribery. But did it work? Sometimes! I always had hope but candy didn't always work. I think the biggest piece of advice for giving someone who is just teaching their little person to use the potty is to just be consistent and don't be lazy about it.  

One of my favorite mommy brands is OXO, they make high quality kiddo products. They have made it so much easier for me to potty train Nora. My favorite is the potty seat, that either folds down into an individual little potty or can be placed over a regular adult toilet. It is seriously one of the best inventions ever.  It's the perfect toilet trainer.

We have recently been doing a lot of road trips. This is my all time go to favorite mommy products to be prepared for potty training on the go or even at home.

Oh and the best part? When Nora out grows and gets ready to use the big potty. I can use it for baby Everett!


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Friday, August 14, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 226

Happy weekend!

What are you up to this weekend?

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 226.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 225

I think August is the month of un-inspiration. Maybe it's the heat.

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 222.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 224

a box of oranges. if i only i had more than 20 minutes to paint today.

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 221.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 223

packing and packing and more packing.

An art lesson that is always great to practice.. is practice painting and drawing white objects. It helps with getting all of the elements of the subject right with out worrying about color.

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 223.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Monday, August 10, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 222

Making art has been really tough this summer. It might have something to do with us moving into a new house in a few weeks and I will actually have a studio space again. (I can't wait!) . I have started making lists of DIY projects, lots of design ideas, and making new art for my house.

Our current house is piled high with boxes and us practically living out of suitcases. I think the transition has been particularly challenging for the kiddos. They haven't been sleeping and napping like they should be....which means grouchy kids.

Fingers crossed I will be able to survive this next phase. But at least I have art.

20 minutes portland sketch.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 222.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 221


saw this baby deer on our early morning walk today.

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 221.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 220



Saturdays call for bubble gum.

Oil On Paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 220.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Friday, August 7, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 219



Happy Friday! Makings of a peach pie.

Oil On Paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 219.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 218

Spartus Camera. still totally creatively blocked. not loving my work today.

Oil On Paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 218.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 217



Chair envy. literally 10 minutes of painting time .

Oil On Paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 217.. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 216

morning light. over the last few days, making art has been really hard. I hope I can break through.  

oil on paper

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 216. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Monday, August 3, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 215



caught a goose today.

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 215. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 214

Still on the stuck side of things, but if I can just make a little art everyday it will all be ok.

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The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 214. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Making Art Everyday in 2015 // Day 213

total creative block today. so it's cups.

oil on paper.

The art (the best part) is part of my making art everyday project and this is day 213. To read more about this awesome project click here.
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