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Hello, my Beautiful Butterflies, and Happy March to you all!! The last time I was in your inbox Thanksgiving was on the horizon, and I had a belly full of holiday treats and a baby! Well, on November 29th in the wee hours of the morning, I popped that little babe out of the oven and into this crazy world. It's been 3ish months since she was born and my hubby and I have taken a lot of time off work, away from social media, and really just away from outside life in general to stay present in the early months of life for our little one. We named her Leonora after Ricky's grandmother. The name means "compassion" and "light" and it's everything we hope for our baby girl as she joins the land we call Mother Earth.

I can't fully describe what it feels like to be a mom, as I'm still processing it myself and I'm so curious going forward how it will change my work (if at all). I've started to dive into a few pieces here and there for clients but not much for myself yet, so the jury is still out on how my style and interests will evolve with a little on my brain all the time.

I am officially back to work full-time now. I started poking my head into work part-time a month ago, but now Leonora is in daycare, and Ricky and I both are navigating a new normal of work and parenting. For this month's post, I decided to make a little drawing of sweet Leonora and the meaning of her name.

I quickly put together a simple line drawing of her. I envisioned her opening a cardboard box sharing both compassion and light with the world like she had an abundance of leftovers or like she was tossing confetti around. I kept the drawing simple because let's face it my time is limited.

Next, I wanted to bring in some color - I put together this warm color palette of blues and clay colors.

Now it was time to draw over the sketch with these new colors. Again, I wanted to keep it simple, so I kept most of the elements as outlines instead of filling them in....I was going for "Where the Sidewalk Ends" kind of vibes.

But alas, sitting there, I wanted a little extra pizzazz, so I added a background color and some white behind the lettering to give it another layer. I'm so pleased with the whimsical results.

I hope our little Leonora loves it so much, and as a treat here's a pic of me and Leonora (she's getting so big!!)

Until next time,


Happy November my Beautiful Butterflies! The air is V cozy out and I just cannot explain how much I want to bake around this time of year. Is it because of the Great British Baking Show and all of the subsequent holiday treats.... most likely. But alas, I have embraced it and have been oohing and aaahing at a few recipes to make. To get us all in the seasonal cozy swing of things, I decided to paint a pie and share the subsequent making of this painting. I'm also including a pie recipe I've been admiring to go with said pie painting at the bottom of the post (along with a little freebie).

Okay let's get into it...

I decided I wanted my little characters making a massive apple pie and I wanted them all to be wearing super cozy attire. After penciling in the design, which took a little bit of fiddling with, I started painting in some of the colors and blocking out the apples.

I quickly realized that the colors were reading quite warm and I was loooving how it looked, so I made sure all subsequent color choices matched that vibe.

It was time to start filling in the pie.

I have to tell you, these apples were so fun to make.

Now that all of the colors were blocked in, it was time to add the finishing touches and faces of my little bakers.

After I wrapped up the bakers' scene I wanted to make some ancillary objects to edit into the painting in Photoshop. So I started painting apples along with baking tools.

After it was all said and done I wound up with two cute lil' paintings.

After scanning both pieces in I rearranged the ancillary items in Photoshop over top of the bakers' scene to make a cute little print. And because I couldn't resist I also made a little Thanksgiving layout that will fit perfectly as your phone wallpaper. I included a link to download the wallpaper number below.

And in keeping with the Pie theme, I wanted to share this delightful recipe for mini apple pies here to get you in the cozy vibes for the rest of November.

I'm currently expecting a little babe on December 4th, so you may see me in your inbox in December...or you may not. If you don't, enjoy the rest of your year and all of the coziness the holidays bring. I plan to take the rest of the year off once my little one gets here and I will pop back into your mailbox sometime next year.

Cheers and talk soon, Rachel

Spooky time is Officially here!! Yippeeeeeee!!!

I'm coming to you one week later than usual, but still in the knick of time to share some Halloween fun. I'm super duper busy with several work projects, life projects (hello bun in the oven), and just generally not enough time in the day syndrome. So, I've decided to keep this post light, quick, and fun. I painted this a while back and I don't recall sharing the timelapse for how it came together. Soooooo, I decided it was the perfect little video to share this month as we all gear up for Halloween!!!!!!

Hope you all enjoy this and hope your spooky season is perfect, quirky, and cozy. And because I want you all to get all ready for Trick or Treating I included a coloring page download below as a special treat :)

See you in November

xoxo Rachel

Here's a spooky Trick or Treat Coloring Page Download to Print out and Enjoy!!!

Download directly from the link below.

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