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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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Friday, April 20, 2018

Butterfly

Spending the weekend at a lovely art retreat. Yay! I look forward to packing  my car filled with art supplies and spending the weekend just diving deep into creativity. It also  helps that I am away from my kids for 2  and half days. Yay! I know I will  miss them as  some point, but it feels so good to have a break.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Blind

The moment when the sun shines  through  the  blinds and the  plants look as though they are  part in day and night.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Oranges.

I think maybe if I paint oranges, the sun will come out.


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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Swans

“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” ― Coco Chanel

Just down the street there is a lake with beautiful swans. Even though I have never really seen an ugly one. I have been taking the kids down to watch them glide seamlessly across the lake. Not sure why it is so calming for me. Everett does insist on calling them mommy ducks, even though I tell him they are swans. To be fair, he also calls Reindeers, Mommy Dogs.


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Monday, April 16, 2018

Royal

Typewriters have been a long obsession of mine, and I have been collecting and getting rid of them for years, but always keeping my favorite. (of course) Not sure if its the stories they have told or the messages they have written. The sound of the keys hitting the paper. Tim told me that I was not allowed to have any more typewriters in the house.. So thankfully he didn't say anything about the garage.


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Party

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Weekend reading.

I spent most of my life growing up in books and I often wish I could spend the weekend like this.


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Friday, April 13, 2018

White bird

Last nights dream. I was a white bird  sitting. There were bees flying almost floating around me. I woke up to a slight hum of the house which reminded me of the bees.


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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Urban Jungle

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Grapes




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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Skyline

Portland's skyline.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Hot Dog

Kids favorite food. Favorite Costco treat other than the churros.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms are in full swing here.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Saturday Portrait Practice

Saturday Portrait Practice

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Mt Hood

Mt hood at my window.


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Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Gangs all Here

The gangs all here

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Lemon



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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Fly

Wrapping up projects and deadlines make me feel like this.

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” 
― J.M. BarriePeter Pan
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Monday, April 2, 2018

Kiwi

Kiwi be friends?


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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter.

Happy Easter.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Rock Formations

20 seconds of Phoenix rock formations. the last of the paint and headed to the airport.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Cactus

Surrounded by cacti.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

monarch

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

arizona sunset

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

all the cactus

Gimmie all the cactus.


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Monday, March 26, 2018

Bird

We staying in the cutest spanish style mid century modern house while on vacation, There are all these beautiful tiles everywhere. Sketch of the birds that wake up at the crack of dawn.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Cactus

I am in cactus heaven!.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Onward

A day traveling with kids....

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Later Gater

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Number 4

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson



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Soaking in the Light


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

DIY Hipster Easter Egg


I was contacted by Food Network Magazine to represent my home state of Oregon in being apart  of the United States of Easter Eggs. They asked 50 bloggers across the United States to get inspired and decorate an easter egg for the latest issue of the magazine.  I knew this project was right up my alley because I am a born and raised Portland girl. So who else would know Oregon better?

Most people, when they think of Portland, they think of flannel, beards, glasses or maybe even some sort of reference to the television show Portlandia. I immediately wanted to make a Hipster inspired egg. Portland is a pretty special place. In the heart of the town there is a big mural that says, "Keep Portland Weird," which definitely encompasses the overall vibe of the city. It's a place that goes at it's own pace and is home to unique individuals.

Supplies:
Egg
Black, White, Gray, Pink Acrylic Craft Paint
Paint Brush
Glitter
Modge Podge or Glue

It's a pretty simple process. I started with painting the glasses, eyes, nose, hair and rosey cheeks. I waited for that section to dry before I started on the buffalo checkered plaid shirt. Acrylic paint generally dries pretty quickly but just go square by square. Now for the glitter beard. I did one layer of modge podge in the bearded area and dipped the egg in glitter. Once that was dry, I added another layer of glue to hold the glitter and that's it! Easy peasy.

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Happy First Day of Spring



First day of Spring is finally here! yay! Quick  sketch of a magnolia flower from my magnolia tree.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

oranges



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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday for the bird

Spending the day doing much needed home projects,  but captured this 1 minute sketch of  a bird  and his shadow.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St Patricks Day!

Nora and Everett  set their leprechaun trap last night and didn't catch a leprechaun but  he  did leave some gold.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Daffodills




Daffodils are happening in my yard.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sliced Grapefruit

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Paper and Bees

Feeling a lot like this lately. Sometimes I wish I was just a bee in my hive.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Clown Fish Study

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Sink

Last nights dream. In  my dream, I woke up and went to wash my hands and as I approached the sink. I could see something climbing out of it.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Im a monster

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Hugs

Who else avoids watching the news? Being a mom is especially hard, most days. Raising kids to think about kindness and be kind to others while being kind to myself and others is a challenge most days. This next week, my daughters school is participating in the nation's wide school walk out to demand that congress pass  legislation to keep us safe from gun violence. We are participating, but I am realizing the hardest part is just having the conversation with my daughter as to why it's important and how we as individuals can effect change.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Champs and Sparkling Rose.


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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Meow

Happy International Women's Day. A couple minute sketch.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Portrait Practice.

Still working on portraits and the practice of them. girl from the bus stop and i got a half wink.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Oranges and Lemon

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Swans Crossing.

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Houseplant

Painting of a house plant, that you can't kill. haha

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Matters of the Heart


“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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