Summers End

It has been a hurried summer with lots of promises to do more, see more, relax more. But in reality it was just a continuation of life as usual for us. Hosting events, improving the house and, as the sun is setting, take a minute or two to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Now it is raining cat's and dogs but as a native Oregonian I'm good with it.

The last week of sunshine we took down all of the roses that ring our yard and climb the trellis. This upset a few people but within a week you can see the healthy new starts shooting up from the ground.

Twilight is the best time of day to get a dirty job done. The smell of neighboring burn piles in the air and something in the crockpot waiting inside. 

Fall isn't over yet for us but the clear warm days of it are.

Hope you are making the most of whatever weather your state is bringing you right now. 

Goodnight from Bramblefield


2017 Desk Calendar

It's been a long time coming but here it is! 

My first desk calendar! 

This was in every way, the most ambitious project to date. 
12 different linoleum block carvings
Over 140 hand pulled prints
Hand painting each one
Creating and staining fir wood blocks
Finally scanning the best of each month and creating this little gem

Click HERE to link to my shop.
 Limited to only 12 calendars this year. (I'm ambitious but not crazy!)


Graduation Weekend

It has been a big week for us with very little done on our projects list. 

Our baby graduated from high school this week and we are so proud! 

Just wanted to share her beautiful face and to tell you that next week I will be back to share a big project we have been working on!

P.S. If you are a local Oregonian you should check out Ed Dasso Photography. He is responsible for these amazing pics. I really wanted something relaxed and timeless, not so staged and "senior photos" like and he nailed it! And he does weddings....but we can wait on that. One step at a time. Ha!


New Linocut Branch Series

It only took 6 months of random print sessions and late night painting but I finally finished my 6 piece branch series! Each print is hand pulled and individually painted in watercolor.

It seems like forever but I really wanted to list them in my Etsy shop at the same time.


The are now ready to ship out with FREE shipping with an option to mat. 

You can also convo me to have yours framed in a variety of sizes. 




Knockoff Peperoncini Dip Recipe

My friend recently introduced me to a nummy Peperoncini dip that I thought I may be able to reproduce without all of the weird ingredients on the lable. Out of over 18 ingredients I used half.

15 Peperoncini
3/4 cup  Cottage Cheese
3/4 cup Sour Cream
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp pepper 
1 T parsley
3/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

First de-stem all of the peppers. If seeds get into your dip, it's fine. Just adds more flavor. I mince them with these handy-dandy scissors I found found in a thrift store for only 99cents. They are for cutting up herbs but they evidently thought they were just for paper and so put them in the craft section.

Mincing and chopping takes a quarter of the time it used to. You can find them HERE on amazon for only $6 so treat yourselves!

Next I just dump in all the ingredients. None of them are set in stone. You can change how much pepper and garlic you include according to your personal taste.

Next; plate it up and serve with your favorite crackers. Mine are the gluten free sea salt crackers from Costco. We have two bags on hand at all times and I don't know what I'll do if they discontinue them.

or put in the food processor for a smooth, whipped consistency. The flavor only gets better with time so refrigerate for a few hours before serving if you can.  After a day in the fridge it will be super spicy.

Because this doesn't have any of the fancy preservatives on the original label, it is best you consume it within a few days.  Enjoy!


Get OverOrganized! Free Printable Calendars

If you love to organize and over-organize like I do these printable may be for you.

When our girls were still young I had so many events, school functions and not to mention my own work schedule to keep track of. First I started with the monthly, then weekly then daily calendar/list. It is so nice to have a detailed list for the family to refer to.

I know what you're thinking; Isn't there a calendar on your phone?
Well yes, there is. But I can't seem to get anyone in the family to look at it. Seeing this on the fridge every day seems to get the point across.

You will notice that I have the weekend at the end of the week; not beginning on the traditional Sunday. I do this because many of our scheduled trips and events last from Friday to Sunday night and I like to just lump them in together. In my mind the week days are a block of random events and the weekend is it's own block of time. Am I alone in this?

It took some getting used to but I love it this way.

I also like to paperclip any invites, event flyers or specific coupons to the weekly page it applies to. This way all of what I need is in one place and ready when Monday morning arrives, rather then creating clutter on my fridge.

Once I have printed off a years worth of pages, I clamp together and glue with padding compound. This can be found on Amazon or at your local craft store. Simply clamp the pages together with clips and paint the glue along the spine. By morning it will be dry and ready to hang. 



Cell Phone Cover Download

My phone finally died so I was forced to get a new one and (worse) get a new phone case. #firstworldprobs 
I like variety so I purchased a clear one to insert my doodles and designs. 

Download and make sure you print out in high quality mode.

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