our colorful, crazy life

Posted on October 4th, 2017 by mountain girl  |  4 Comments »


Yep, it’s me…I’m back! Somehow the blog got away from me and I just realized it’s been over two months since I’ve posted, haha. Not sure how that happened, but here are some pics of our life since then.


Kindergarten artwork by Cash.


My crazy reds.


New wood to carve. I picked these out from the bargain bin at Klingspor’s Woodworking Shop in Cary, and little by little, I’m making my way through them.


A sassy little roadrunner for David’s parents. I added a cord so they can hang it from their rear-view mirror. Even better than fuzzy dice!


Steps in the process.


I carved it in butternut wood, and oiled it to deepen the wood tones before adding color.


A tiny fox for a custom necklace order. I’ll paint it, but I wanted to show the bare wood here. I carved it in red oak, which I really liked. It’s nice and dense–not splintery at all.


I’m nearing the end of an oil portrait commission. I find it challenging to work in color from a black and white photo, but it’s finally coming together–and I’m learning a thing or two along the way. Making skin tones here.


Speaking of color, FALL is here! And I’m loving it. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a real one. 🙂


This boy celebrated International Polka Dot Day with his class a while ago. Being the last-minute mama that I sometimes am, I painted the dots on his shirt that same morning.  Then we cut off the sleeves because he was too hot, haha. He got on the bus with wet dots and ragged sleeves. And he loved it.


More art from school. The top is Zia’s 3-D Koi watercolor project, the bottom is Pete the Cat, by Cash.


A small raccoon necklace for an Etsy customer.


And another order for a little bear necklace.


My kids learning to skateboard!


A new sewing pattern I’m illustrating for Meg at Sew Liberated.


Cover drawings for another pattern for Meg.


New shoes! Can you tell I like Vibram Five Fingers? David had me pick all these out online. I thought I would keep my favorite pair and send the others back, but I might just keep them all….


And finally, one of my favorites. Cash made this early one morning and brought it to me…”so we can all remember Colorado.”

I love it, and I can’t think of a better way to picture Colorado. Those happy mountain memories:)










4 Responses to “our colorful, crazy life”

  1. Mimi says on :

    Great stuff in this blog! All the artwork by you and kids – so nice! Love the little roadrunner you made for Lisa and Larry – they’ll love that and it will look so good in their new red truck! Your pattern drawings are quite unique – they look great. Wondered when you’d post again…just happened to try again tonight before bed. Nice! Love, Mimi

  2. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks! Glad you didn’t give up on the blogger!

  3. Mom & Dad says on :

    Thank you so much, honeeee,,,, these pictures are great. Love all that hair, and the artwork, is amazing. All of you are so creative,,,, I forgot the ton of snow in Colorado. But that red leave takes the cake, we have a lot of yellows. Many people admire the roadrunner – they have never seen one carved like that/awesome. So happy all your family is together this weekend, love and hugs to all, mom. Enjoy all the lil ones,

  4. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks, Mom! That red leaf was one of the only ones in NC, I think–they are mostly brownish-yellow right now:(
    We had a really good time this weekend (pics coming soon). Glad you and Dad like the roadrunner!