Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Art Prints at Society6

Announcing new art prints!! I've had lots of requests for prints of my past work, and I have finally figured out how to provide them in a cost effective and efficient way. If you've been waiting for me to make a print of your favorite past work, here's your chance! Click HERE to browse all of the available prints. Head on over to Society6 to see what's on offer!

Society6 also offers framed prints of my work in addition to iPhone cases and note cards!

Click HERE to see it all!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Stock Tank Pool

The weather is heating up through the Southwest and Texas and most people are hitting the pool. Yesterday, I walked by a house with a stock tank pool in their side yard. I like to call them "cowboy pools". The stock tank pool is a great alternative to a full sized in-ground pool. If you've got an unused corner of the yard, this might be a great option for you!

There are lots of ways to keep these sweet little tanks heated and clean, but without the huge cost and upkeep of an in-ground pool. Take a look at these photos below. Some of them have been embellished with siding, decks and landscaping, but they all begin with a circular stock tank.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday Drive

Yesterday was my husband's birthday. We had a party on Saturday evening to ring in his nativity, but for his actual birthday we just chilled out and enjoyed the gorgeous weather. Coffee on the back porch, a leisurely breakfast and a Sunday evening drive. Here are some photos from our drive through the mountains above Cedar City, UT. Overall, a beautiful birthday.

And here's a shot of my man having a snuggle with Charlie, our youngest.
Good God, I love these people. Happy Birthday, Jack!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Everybody Rise!

Elaine Stritch, that towering genius-beast of Broadway, is gone. 
There has never been, nor will there ever be anyone like her. 
Thank you, dear lady.

The New York Times did a lovely piece on her life HERE.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Journal Habit

The past two mornings, I was up early and out the door for understudy rehearsals at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. One of the many jobs of an actor is to cover the track of another actor in case of an emergency absence. So in addition to my roles, I am understudying Mrs. Jennings in "Sense and Sensibility" and Cinderella's Step Mother and Jack's Mother in "Into the Woods". All three of these roles carry a lot of music and text, so I've been a little preoccupied.

But today I'm back to the blog, back to my family and back to my own pursuits. One of my favorite things to do is write in my journal. I usually write daily but recently I've been neglectful. My plan today is to sit down with a cup of coffee and reacquaint myself with the blank page.

Do you keep a journal? 
How often do you write?
How does is serve you? 

Looking for a beautiful journal?
Check out THIS previous post about my favorite journals
from the Watermark Bindery.

Stuck? Writer's Block? Looking for content?
Check out THIS website that provides 365 days of one-word journal prompts

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Gardening

As most of you know, I am away from my beloved veggie garden working in Utah at the Shakespeare Festival. Luckily, I have some lovely friends who are visiting my Dallas veggie patch to prune and harvest while I'm away. One of my neighbors just sent some snapshots that I thought I'd share! Just as a reference, this is what the garden looked like when I left around the first of May:

Now, the second round of plantings have sprung forth.
Here is the current state of affairs: 

The raised bed - a bit overgrown, but generally happy.
Sunflower my son planted as a sprout on May 1. It bloomed this week!
Heirloom Pear Tomatoes
Lemon Cucumbers
Ripe Lemon Cucumber
More Tomatoes 

Meanwhile, here in Cedar City, Utah, I'm still coaxing along a little patio garden. Everything is in makeshift containers. I have chard, kale, heirloom tomatoes, nasturtiums, cucumbers and spearmint. Here are some photos:

If you're looking for some serious summer garden inspiration,
hop on over to SouleMama by clicking HERE.
Her garden is off the hook!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Books in the Hall

Don't have room in your home for a proper library? What about using the walls of your hallway? I love this idea. Install some built-in shelves along the sides of your hall to accommodate your books! Now that's thinking outside of the box.