"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put back in order."

This quote by John Burroughs couldn't be more true. Sometimes the business of our all-too-rambunctious lives leaves us all out of sorts! The constant go-go-go is exhuasting and totally draining.. Amiright?! These past two months have certainly been this way for me which made a little escape to the mountains the perfect therapy.

My husband, Ethan, and I just took a trip out to Colorado and California. We got some serious hiking in and it was so rejuvinating! To be outside, sun sinking into your skin, nature singing at me from all directions- glorious. Getting away made me realize that my creativity at home was lacking..BIG time. Which, if you're in the creative business, is kind of a problem. I've been so run down with cramming every little thing into each day that I didn't even realize it was hurting my creative ME-ness and productivity. If that makes sense... 

I brought our camera along and took all sorts of photos- color schemes that caught my eye or scenes that just screamed- PAINT ME!  Getting away from your usual day-to-day life, even if it's just a short little walk in the park for fresh air, can really reset your system and get you back on track. Since I've been home, all I want to do is start painting!

Whatever your outlet is, be sure to make time for it so that you keep yourself sane! 

Here's some of the inspiration I found on our trip. Time to get painting! 


I'm very excited to announce that I will be the featured live-event artist at this year's Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Gala at the Pfister, downtown Milwaukee. I am honored to be able to donate a piece of my own, as well as the painting done that night. Both will be auctioned off and the money goes to support JDRF.  The theme is 1920's, so I am really looking forward to all those fun flapper dresses!  The piece I selected to donate is well-known to many Milwaukee natives.  "Old World Third Street," located in downtown Milwaukee, where you can find hometown brews, great food, and a fun time! 

I go nuts for Valentine's Day

It's that time of year again!!! Aside from Christmas, Valentine's Day is my FAVORITE. February is undoubtedly the most dreary month of the year, which is why this wonderful holiday is right smack in the middle of it. Whether it be shared with your other half, your family, or yourself and everything fuzzy and comfy and yummy, it's special!

My mom started a little tradition of surprising us three girls with a treat on the kitchen table in the morning before school. Usually it was a jewelry item, candy, and a card. She always spent extra time picking out the most meaningful and artsy cards. It meant a lot to us.  This may explain why I go nutter for Valentines...or because I liked giving them to my secret crushes..  I love getting them and I love giving them!  It's nice to have a little pick-me-up during the winter, and also show someone you're thinking of them...Valentine's Day or not.  Feeling crafty? Make some Valentine's for the special people in your life. Not that creative? Just a simple note can make someone's week. :)