Katie’s Apple Cake

Katie’s Apple Cake

September is just around the corner, and one of my favorite things about this time of year is making apple cake. Apple cake is one of the first things I learned to bake.  It was also one of the first things my mom learned to bake.  Her neighbor, Mrs. Troutman, gave her the recipe when she was little.  And my mom taught me how to make it when I was little.  I remember making it for my neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Nieusma, when I was probably about 8 years old. Just thought I’d share my favorite recipe with my favorite people! Here it...
Love Lives Here

Love Lives Here

I created this piece for the art class I am taking.  I love making wall art!!  But how cool would this one be on a round cutting board or lazy susan?  Coasters?   I’m going to make some.  😀
Random Things

Random Things

I haven’t posted in a while!  Here’s a little roundup of what I’ve been up to: My hyperlush assignment for MATS this week: We have a lot of snow in Michigan for November 20th!   I am in love with this gold paint:   Here is my wall art assignment for MATS from last week (using said gold paint): My husband built me a really awesome faux fireplace for our front room !!  I LOVE IT. I was supposed to go to a signing last night at Great Northern Trading Company, but the wind was howling and it was snowing… so I was a little concerned about driving an hour in the dark in that junk.  I was really looking forward to the meet and greet.   I’ve been practicing typography daily in November.  You can follow it on instagram by searching for...
I Love Michigan Summers

I Love Michigan Summers

Although I love Fall and Christmas season very, very much… I have been starting to design some new artwork for next year’s Polka Dot Mitten catalog.  It’s going to be the best yet!  Here is a sneak peek of one of the first new designs.  (If you just can’t wait for summer before you get your hands on one of these, I can make you one now!  It would make a great Christmas gift! 😉 ) It’s available here in two...
Bless this Mess

Bless this Mess

My kitchen is never clean.  I’m thankful for that!  Over the past few days, I have made an entire collection based on my messy kitchen.  I’ll share more of it over the next few weeks.  This was the main piece: I framed it and set it on my counter. Right now it’s available as a wood-mounted print in my etsy shop.  Hopefully someday it can be...
Morning Coffee in the Fall

Morning Coffee in the Fall

This time of year, I’m thankful to have a free hour in the morning after my kids hop on the bus, before I have to start getting ready for the day.  Lately, I’ve been having a cup of coffee and painting, doodling, or drawing something.  It’s pretty much the only time I get to create new art.  Here’s what I made in honor of the first week of Fall, my favorite time of year!   This art print is available in my etsy shop or at shopwhatitis.com.  It’s an 8×10 art print mounted to wood, and can hang from a keyhole slot drilled in the back, or it can stand alone on a...
Classic Childhood Games

Classic Childhood Games

So… I didn’t win the global talent search.  I didn’t even make it to the final round.  Oh well.  I still can’t believe I was in the top 50!   Anyway, back to creating.  Here’s what I’ve been working on this...
A day of rest. Sort of.

A day of rest. Sort of.

I took the day off from the store today!  My awesome dad works for me quite often (and my mom, too) so I can have a break.  Rather than getting all caught up on wholesale orders, I decided to go shopping.  I bought a few organizational things for the house.  I came home and played with Paisley for a bit, and went to get my brother’s dog to hang out with us (he owns All That and a Bag of Chips in Saugatuck, so he works all the time too).  Then I rearranged the living room and the mud room, and made it look all cozy for Fall.  (I resisted the urge to break out the Fall decorations, though.  That will have to wait until at least the first official day of Fall.)  I made a healthy dinner for the family (turkey meatloaf, sweet potatoes, and green beans).  Then I painted just for the fun of it.  Just tucked in the kids, and I’m procrastinating getting started on the pile of orders on the counter…. so I did a quick little blog post.  Here’s what I painted.  Not done yet!  I’ll have to pick up where I left off some other day when I feel like...
Round 2: Semi-Finals!

Round 2: Semi-Finals!

As you know, my “Find Joy In The Ordinary” piece made it into the top 50 for Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search.  I was so excited!     Here is why I have been sharing so many pictures of Paisley lately!  She was my inspiration for my children’s art piece for round 2!  I would love it if you could go vote!  Here is the link:  http://lillarogers.com/gts-2014-round-2/      ...
Global Talent Search Semi-Finalist!

Global Talent Search Semi-Finalist!

Good morning! I am in a state of shock right now, because my piece was chosen to be in the top 50 for Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search!  What an amazing opportunity!  I took Make Art That Sells parts A and B, as well as Bootcamp, over the past year, and I have grown an incredible amount. I feel a little bit like a kid on Christmas morning!  There were so many beautiful pieces of art that were submitted.  I don’t know how they narrowed it down from 999 to just 50. These are some of the beginnings of this piece.  I scanned the best ones, along with some background paintings, to create my artwork. (I was also working on some custom Michigan artwork at the time, so there are some other random things thrown on these pages, too!) I also have another version of my terrarium art, which I didn’t like as much as the one I submitted: I submitted my final piece early in the week, because I was super busy with the store and Polka Dot Mitten, and I wanted to make sure I got my assignment done.  This is the one I submitted: I also created several other pieces from my main piece:   I’m really nervous about the next round, but also very excited to get started on the assignment!  Hope you’ll all follow along on this...
A Glass of Wine and A Little Sunshine

A Glass of Wine and A Little Sunshine

Our final assignment for Lilla Rogers’ Bootcamp was to draw beverages in our style.  We couldn’t post our work to the Facebook group all month so that we would stay true to ourselves.  I did my assignment with my handwriting as the main focus, since that is what I’m best at doing. It’s live in the bootcamp gallery so head over there and check out everyone’s take on the July...
I Painted.

I Painted.

  In June, I went to Wine and Canvas at Wicks Park Bar and Grill in Saugatuck with two of my friends. We had a blast!  We had so much fun that we decided to do it again in July.     It reminded me how much I love to paint!  I’ve had a GIANT canvas sitting in my laundry room for 7 months now.  I decided to get it out and do something with it!  I’ve been very inspired by floral paintings lately, since it’s summer and all, so I decided to give it a whirl.  I really like how it turned out! I couldn’t resist adding a word with hand lettering to it.  I don’t know if I have any art that doesn’t have a word on it… It just doesn’t feel complete until it says something!   I hung it in my entry way/ stair way.  Maybe someday I’ll sell it.  Or make prints.  But for now, I like it...
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