Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

It's become a tradition to visit the local VA grounds during Memorial Day weekend. As many of you know, I live close to the grounds and visit them regularly, but I'm still left speechless when I'm there over Memorial Day weekend.

How are you celebrating Memorial Day this year?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

graduation season

As many of you know, Jake is finishing his medical residency in mere weeks, and my littlest sister-in-law Katie just got her undergrad degree. We had a double graduation season four years ago, too, when Jake graduated from medical school and Katie graduated from high school. In the midst of selling a condo, buying a house, and moving four and a half hours away, I didn't put a post together for either of those events. Here are a couple throw back pictures for you.

It's hard to sum up such a momentous time in our lives in just a few sentences so I'll leave you with the pictures from this weekend.

Is it graduation season for anyone else right now?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

adventures in keeping a sketchbook

After years and years of following Alisa Burke's blog, I finally got inspired to start a sketchbook. I tend to go in cycles with creative outlets, which can last as long as six or seven years. I'm certainly not giving up jewelry making, but I don't have the drive to make jewelry all of the time (and document much of the process here) the way that I did three or four years ago. Mixing up my creative routine allows me to not burn out on making jewelry so that I can still keep my jewelry Etsy shop and keep selling jewelry at craft fairs.

I've never had much natural talent or inclination when it comes to drawing or painting, but something about working in a sketchbook has appealed to me lately. It's been a fun way to experiment with colors and ideas while working on something creative and relaxing while I watch TV or hang out with family and friends and still pushing myself out my comfort zone a little. Actually the biggest part about getting out of my comfort zone is sharing my sketchbook pages. I still feel like a huge amateur. But here it goes.

 I have about a zillion little paper scraps left over from various projects (i.e. greeting cards, flowers), and I hate throwing them away. It's so fun to find new creative uses for paper scraps.
When I was printing sheet music on card stock for greeting cards recently, one sheet got pulled through twice and thus printed on twice. I didn't realize it until much later. It turned out to be such an amazing background that I might do this again on purpose.

I know that this looks really simple, but it takes many many hours.

Among many other things, Alisa has inspired me to use really cheap readily available supplies, like cardboard tubes (which I used here to make the circles), in my creative process.

I absolutely love silhouette skylines at sunset and would love to take a photo like this someday.

As you can tell, I sort of have a thing about clouds. It's one of the first things that I gravitate toward when I'm doodling.

Sometimes when I have little stretches of time, I prep backgrounds. I have no idea what I'm going to do with these little shapes yet. They're kind of fabulous on their own, but I might add more detail at some point.

Watercolor background. I have several of these backgrounds in different colors.

Another fun experiment with color that I may or may not add more detail to at some point.

As of writing this post, my current work in progress.

I do a lot of pencil drawing before going back in pen because I don't trust myself to freehand these sorts of designs in pen (yet anyway...).

I have no idea where I'm going with my sketchbook or exactly what I'll be working on over the next few months, but I'll continue to share my progress periodically.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Brewers game

Currently one of the local grocery store chains is offering a Milwaukee Brewers tickets promotion. I don't ever mind sitting in the cheap seats, especially when the tickets are free! Jake and I were fortunate enough to see a win on Monday night, which is no guarantee when the team has a 12-21 record.

Delay to review a play.

The famous sausage race. This game was pretty engaging with lots of hits and scoring, including multiple home runs. However, sometimes the sausage race is definitely more exciting. The Polish sausage was the clear winner at this game.

How's your baseball team doing this year?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Doctor's Park in the spring

Doctor's Park is one of the most beautiful spots in Milwaukee. I don't know how I've only featured it on the blog once before. One of Jake's fellow residents bought his first DSLR this winter. He's moving to Montana in a couple months for a job, and Jake and I have been taking him to some of my favorite places to take pictures in Milwaukee before he moves. We visited Doctor's Park a couple weeks ago.

How is spring going your way? Is anyone else excited to see lots of green?