Monday, November 23, 2015

via Instagram Know someone who needs this reassurance? Feel free to share. #motivationalmonday
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

love thy neighbor

I've been meditating on this message from Pope Francis the last few months. Given this week's terrorist attacks and the resulting fear of allowing Syrian refugees to enter the United States, it's taken on even more meaning. My heart is heavy for the innocent who need our help.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

squeak, squeak!

Speaking of Halloween, I get so excited each October as I dream up ways to turn ordinary clothes into sweet costumes that require very little sewing know-how; the sketches that come from these explorations are some of my favorites.  Case in point, this little sweatsuit mouse.
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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

a little sugar couldn't hurt

We've been in full-on-holiday-production-mode since August---and while I've spent quite a bit of time in my sketchbook, I haven't made time to sit in front of my computer and actually scan these drawings in.  Hope to remedy that over the next few days...God willing.

This is a very tiny portion of the loot the #twinterns gathered this Halloween.  Each of us has laid claim to our favorite candies:  Miles, Nerds; Max, Skittles; Papi, Snickers; Mama, Reese's Cups.  Lucky for me I live in a household where no one else has an affinity for peanut butter.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

holiday craft fairs in north carolina and beyond!

The last few days I've been on a search for Southeastern Holiday Craft Fairs and Pop-Up Shops within driving distance of North Carolina.  It isn't easy, as there is no one database for indie fairs and, as we have learned from experience, not all shows were created equal.  (Displaying prints outdoors in freezing, windy weather---not so good.) However, I have been able to pin down a few and thought I would share it here in the hopes it might save others some time looking.  If you know of a quality juried show this coming November and December within this general region, please let me know and I'll add it to the list!

November 12 - December 23 : Holiday Pop-Up Shop : Atlanta : Applications are Closed : via the Indie Craft Experience : Apply by Sept 5 : $5 application fee : inventory due by Oct 10 : 50/50 split :

November 14, 10-5 : The Handmade Market : Raleigh : Apply by Sept 19 : $15 application fee :  $100 for 6' x 2.5' table :

November 21, 11-6 : Retropolitan Craft Fair : KnoxvilleApplications are Closed : Apply by September 4 : $20 application fee : $100 for 8' x 6' booth :

November 21-22, 11-6 : Holiday Indie Craft Experience : Atlanta Applications are Closed : Apply by Aug 29 : $250 up front : 6' x 5' space, must provide own tables + chairs :

December 4 (6-9) + December 5 (10-5) : Porter Flea Holiday Market : Nashville : Apply by October 19 : $20 application fee : $205 for standard booth 8'x8', must provide own table + chairs :

December 5 : Richmond Craft Mafia Handmade Holiday : Richmond : Apply by October 4 :  $15 application fee : $85 for 6'x5' indoor space with table and chairs :

December 5 + 6 : Indie South Fair : Athens, GA : Apply by Sept 21 :  $165 application/booth fee up front: 10' x 10' booth : outdoors :

December 6 : The Big Crafty : Asheville : Apply by Sept 30 : $10 application fee : $130 for 8' x 4.5' space with table :

December 12, 10-5 : Charm City Craft Maria Holiday Heap : Baltimore : Apply by Sept 28 : $10 application fee : $100 for 8' x 4' space with NO table :

December 13, 12-6 : Crafty Feast : Columbia, SC : Applications are Closed

TBA : Vintage Charlotte Holiday Market : Charlotte
TBA : Lowcountry Artists Mkt : Charleston :
TBA : Saxapahaw Holiday Market : Sawapahaw, NC

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Monday, August 17, 2015

sweetness in a sundress

A quick capture of the sweetest little girl from one of our many visits to library story-hours this summer.

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Friday, August 07, 2015

green pepper geraniums

I've got a big tupperware box full of Max and Miles' preschool artwork.  I love for exactly what it well as the potential it has to grow into something else.  Can't wait until the day when I can dig into this treasure chest and use the pieces as the foundations of new work---starting with a repeat of these green pepper flower prints from Max.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

'details' with claire and mark

A little memento from one of the best lunch dates I have had in a long time.
So thankful for good friends with big dreams.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

relaxing on south shore

A few sketches from week-before-last vacationing at Holden Beach.  Didn't get to spend a ton of time  working in my sketchbook, but what little I did was great!

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a few more squares

...from my self-initiated challenge to complete Chronicle Book's 642 Things to Draw in a square format I can easily share on Instagram.  It's been so much fun.  I encourage anyone interested in drawing more to give it a try!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

miles' dottie the bunny

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ladybug's octopus

Edgar got a new best friend for his 40th birthday. She's all of 4 lbs and her name is Ladybug. The new dog of the house is certain to make many appearances here, but first, her octopus.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

studio and garden sale!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

puzzles and peyton

It's amazing how a person can touch you as much in death---and, dying---as they did in life.  Such has been the case with my high school classmate Peyton.  Last week, at 35, Peyton lost a two-year-battle with cancer, leaving behind two teenage sons, a loving mother, doting husband, three stepchildren, and thousands of others who she inspired with her faithfulness and optimism, both in life, as a teen mom and Hospice nurse, and death.

Peyton's constant praise of a heavenly father holding her hand throughout life's storms has been a living testimony, opening a part of my heart---and certainly many others'--where it was once closed.  It has reaffirmed my desire to enjoy each and every moment---for better or worse, big and small---with those I love.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

backyards and time-outs

My attempt to record the progress Edgar had made in our yard over the weekend---a new brick path!---and avoid giving attention to a twintern [not pictured] having a tantrum.  Drawing was definitely a good distraction.

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run freddie, run!

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Thursday, April 09, 2015


I think it's easy for us to become so immersed in our work that it becomes quite difficult to reflect on it as a whole.  It's all a little to academic. But then again, it's nice to know there is a method to your madness.

Here's my take on what may be our first, official artists' statement.  Please have a look and let me know your thoughts.  What do you see that we don't?  How do you see the blog weaving in?

Much of our work is centered on preserving memories.  As parents of young children tornados, we are often told [by just about anyone we meet, particularly at the grocery store] to enjoy this time as it will be gone before we know it.  The truth is we DO know it----and we want to take every measure to BE PRESENT, AND REMEMBER these times the best we can.  For us, a central component of that is drawing---for me [Suzanne], on-location and from memory, for Edgar, in the form imagination.  A moment passes quickly, but if it's collected inside a sketchbook, captured in one of our sketches, it has the opportunity to last forever.  We want to celebrate today while preserving the memories for many tomorrows.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

sun, sun, mr. golden sun

Working this morning to finish up several client projects, including one that involves lots of sunshine.

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Monday, April 06, 2015

spring air

On another note, Edgar can remember where every blade of grass in our yard came from.  I, on the other hand, can't remember the 'lineage' of any of our plants..which is why I'm making an extra effort to record them in my sketchbook.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

mr. potato head, a robot remote and concentration

I'm a sucker for an illustration series...and I think I've stumbled (quite literally) on one that is never-ending: things I picked up off the floor. There is a story behind every one of them and if it's something I'm going to do anyway, might as well get the drawing practice!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

spottie the doggie

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Friday, March 20, 2015

corn dogs and sawdust

Ever notice that more kids threw up on corn dog day in elementary school than any other time? Gross, but true. Needless to say, I've never been a fan.

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adam, laurie and jimmy

It seems as though every one of the 642 Things to Draw prompts is going to add another song on constant repeat in my head. This one: Adam Sandler's The Hanukkah Song.
Next up, Moon, Moon, Moon by Laurie Berkner.  A favorite bedtime tune at our house.

 And what party is complete without some Jimmy Buffett?  'You better lava me now or lava me not.'

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

the nc state alumni bucket list

Below are a few images from a recent 8-page piece we illustrated for NC State Alumni Magazine.  This was a dream assignment for someone who loves drawing on-location and hand typography.  In addition, I was honored to be asked to do such a piece for a university whose design program alum are some of the most talented people I know.  Included among them are two teachers who have shaped me profoundly as a designer: Novem Mason and Tommy Lambeth.  I can hope for nothing more than to have made them both proud with this piece.

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642 squares

Challenging myself to complete the 642 Things to Draw in a square format so I can share on Instagram. Having a lot of fun in the process.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

642 things to draw : a bunch of grapes

Trying to give myself more time to draw, simply for the fun of it.  No clients, no expectations.  Love Chronicle Book's 642 Things to Draw book as a creative kick starter.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

warming up

A little sketch to get the day started.  I've always been a fan of the drawings within drawings...

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Friday, March 06, 2015

sneak peek!!! watercolor flower cards!

I am so, so, SO excited about the work coming out of our studio this month!  It's amazing how having an additional set of hands---especially when those hands below to a gifted photographer---speeds things up!

And COLOR!!!!  Our newest shop offerings are chocked FULL of it---if for no other reason than I'm so very tired of snow.  Can you tell?!?

Like what you see?  Edgar and I'd love for you to visit our shop!  Use the coupon code BLOGMARCH2015 and you'll receive Free Domestic Shipping on all purchases of 20- or more this month.

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Monday, March 02, 2015

eclectic sage flower van

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about this collaboration.  Eight years ago--when I started An Open Sketchbook---the blog --- Jen, Heather and I were working alongside each other in design school.  In the years since our lives have taken us in so many different directions and then, magically, in December they merged and this is the result: a flower van for Heather's business, Eclectic Sage.  The process of covering a van with a tiny watercolor is no easy task.  I am SO thankful to have had Jen take the driver's seat (pun, intended) on this. 

All photos by Jen of An Open Sketchbook and jlyDesigns

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Friday, February 20, 2015

spring? are you out there?

The temperature in North Carolina has dipped down into the negative digits---and after a week spent indoors with two fighting three-year-olds I have a serious case of cabin fever and a major longing for spring.

These days I'm particularly thankful for Edgar's army of houseplants that serve as a reminder that there is life and sunshine waiting beyond the crust of ice. Now, to patiently await their arrival.  Key word: patiently.

May this jade add a little sunshine to your day as well.

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