June Art Journal

I've had the notification on my to do list to write this post all week. I suppose now it the time to clear that notification! Seems like time has been slipping through my hands, but more importantly I've been letting it. Normally this makes me feel supremely guilty but lately I've decided to not beat myself up about it. Within these moment of contentment in my choices I've accomplished a little bit of art journaling. I didn't have too much to journal about in the month of June (or July so far) which is mostly because I'm letting myself be a hermit crab. I pleased with the way last months journal turned out. I did a bunch of little (and big) illustrations which was a nice change of pace! I think July's journal is going to be more inky and messy! I love a bit of mess.

Current Bakes

This year I set a goal to cook more and over time that has turned into bake more. Baking and cooking are kinda the same, right? I've found that I really enjoy baking when I have a creative block. Something about the process is so magical that it gives me the same sense of creativity but with in bounds of recipes and instructions. This past little bit I've been testing out THIS galette recipe. I had no idea what a galette was, but they are so pretty! Also I discovered a little bit easier than a pie! (Although uses pretty much the same elements) I have been using THIS crust recipe that is really easy and has some great tips! I haven't had a non-flaky crust yet! *fingers crossed* I use to be so intimidated by pie dough but if I can do it you can do it! 
Strawberry and blackberry! This one leaked a little bit, but for my first try not bad. I enjoy how homey these flopped over crusts turned out.
I also made a savory one! It has zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes and lots of cheese!
AND I made traditional pie and attempted to do a fancy crust. I learned what not to do with crust designs as you can tell from the uneven coloring, but it still turned out tasty. This one has pineapple, apple and lihing!

Happy Summer Sosltice!

I'm a little late on this post. Mostly because I wanted to spend as much time and I could outside and soaking up some sparkling sunshine. The solstice is one of my favorite times of the year. I welcome the reminder that the earth is continuous, our time is short and there is beauty in all moments. We made a little solstice fire to roast some mallows to celebrate the longest day of the year. I got to share lots of giggles and deep thoughts with the people closest to me. Overwhelming emotions of love, meekness and wonder of this world that we're placed in have washed over me all weekend. We're anticipating a hot summer and with the waves of heat that come I hope a waves of creative energy come as well! Happy Summer!

May Art Journal

May art journal! Kept on task last month so this post isn't too late.  I made this little booklet out of some large paper I had laying around. I messed up the binding a wee bit, but better luck next time. I was too lazy to untie it and rebind so I just went with it. I had lots of good moments in the month of May. My brain is still doing tumbles and my anxiety is rearing its head constantly. But like always theres little glimmers of good vibes and thats the important part!
 I made a little mini zine of my favorite sad song lyrics and added this cute little pocket.

Song and Doodle #77

Todays song and doodle is the song Tell Me by Jack de Quidt. My newest obsession is the podcast Friends at the Table. This is an actual play podcast, which is a bunch of friends playing different role playing games. Now if you know me at all you'll know that I'm not gamer in any sense of the word. I don't play table top games or video games. This podcast was recommended by a friend who promised I didn't need to know anything about gaming. They were right! At the root of it they are just really great story tellers. I LOVE stories! Finding a good storyteller makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Let me tell you these players are FANTASTIC! I'm too scared to add up the hours I've spent listening to these strangers play games, but I can tell you its a ridiculously large amount of time! All the music in the podcast is composed by Jack de Quidt who is also one of the players. The great little intro and outro tunes are really the icing on top that sucks you in. There aren't very many songs from the podcast that have lyrics, so when this one popped up while I was listening I was over the moon enthralled. It really snuck up on me and with in the context of the episode had me in tears. Its a gloomy, sickly sweet song. I love that these songs can take me right back to that point story where my mind and heart are fully engulfed in story. Good stories are so powerful. I enjoy being wrapped up and taken away to a fantastical world and this podcast is probably the best at it.

Spring Bits

We've been having a mighty wet spring here in the valley of Utah. I personally love how the cold still clings to my dresses and the unpredictableness of it all. Not an ideal spring but still lovely nonetheless. I keep flip flopping on whether I want to put together a garden or not. My window is quickly closing so if anything I might settle fo an herb garden. I enjoy the process of growing things despite always killing at least one plant. I've been focusing on caring for my houseplants lately. I got new pots for them and found new sunny spots in the house for them to reside. I'm trying my best to live out my plant lady dreams, hopefully I don't kill anything!
My little plant babies.
We also are doing some sun lemons this year. We won't be able to enjoy these until the end of summer and watching them turn all brown and watery has been fun. Sun lemons are essence of my childhood and I can't wait to see how the turn out!
Got the cutest little clipping off of my pilea plant! Hopefully by the end of summer she'll be ready for a new larger pot.
Its trick to find pots to with holes on the bottoms. It took me forever to find these two! If you have any cute planter recommendations let me know!

April Art Journal

Time is going by too fast! I keep getting behind because I'm not prioritizing things very well these days. I've been indulging in little painterly art projects and soaking up some sunshine. These days feel nourishing to my prone to sadness disposition. April was such a wonderful month. I really enjoy how this little envelope notebook turned out. I avoided using wet mediums because the paper was so thin. I really like the scrappy overlay vibe going on. I'm already behind on my May art journal but I already have so many things I want to document I'm excited to get caught up!

Weekend: Easter + Birthday + Takoyaki

I've gotten so behind! I still wanted to do this post even thought its been a moment. Me and Zoei turned 28 last week so I'm going to roll and Easter into one post! Our birthday has always fallen around Easter which is probably why its one of my favorite holidays. This year was pretty mellow for both occasions. There is something about getting older that really makes you want to slow down for any holiday (or moment I suppose) 
You can't have Easter with out dying eggs! This is always my favorite Easter activity!
Zoei made me this amazing birthday card cause we bot LOVE The Office!
Zoei got me Mr.Sketch markers and a huge roll of paper! Its crazy how much these smell like my childhood. I'm super excited to spend summer nights coloring. 
I got Zoei a Takoyaki electric pan! This is our first try at making some yummy octopus balls. This little pan is a lot of fun and although we both realized that maybe takoyaki wasn't our favorite we still had a TON of fun and already have a million other round-food ideas!
Also our first time cooking octopus! This creeped me out more than it probably should. I could definitely feel my ancestors rolling their eyes at me every time I wanted to squee. BUT it turned out surprisingly tasty!

I'm overflowing with beauty and love in my life! Looking forward to another year and more spring!