Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Extending Summer Clothing Into Fall

The transition from summer to fall can be dreadful if you love the warm weather. But, not all is lost. You can still hang on to summer fashions a while longer while transitioning into autumn. To keep wearing your favorite clothes, try adding layering pieces:
Summer Maxi-dresses or Long Skirts - add layers underneath, like short sleeve or long sleeve shirts or adding layers on top, like a chambray shirt, cardigan, or chunky sweater.
Shorts or Shorter Skirts - add tights or leggings with shorty boots.
Tanks or Sleeveless Shirts - add a blazer or structured jacket.
Short Dresses - pair with fitted jeans instead of tights or leggings for a different look.
Scarf - Use a large scarf as a wrap when wearing light clothing or fitted tops.
Jacket - add a leather or denim jacket with a sundress
Boots, boots, boots! Add boots to tights, skirts, shorts, leggings. Boots are a great fall piece.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Recipe Round Up

Here are some recipes that I can't wait to try:

Authentic Mexican Salsa - I normally make a pico de gallo, but can't wait to try this cooked salsa

Ginger Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry - Ashley loves rice bowls, teriyaki beef and rice. I want to try this recipe for her.

Chickpea Broccoli Salad- Here's a recipe using raw broccoli, chick peas and a homemade Dijon dressing.

Oven Roasted Green Beans - This summer, John made oven roasted asparagus and it was delicious. I look forward to trying oven roasted green beans.

Honey Lime Dressing - This dressing is made in a blender and can be used on fruit or on top of a salad.

Corn and Zucchini, Panzanella Salad - This is a great end of summer salad made with grilled corn, zucchini and bread.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015


The final days of August are filled with blessings.
I went on a brisk walk in the woods before the sun set. It was peaceful and serene and reminded me of childhood.
The apples are almost ready for picking in a few days! The end of summer brings fall produce.
We have a regular visitor in the mornings. He's friendly and listens to the sound of my voice. He stood still for some photos.
And then this curious girl came over to me to see what was happening.
My father's sunflowers are in bloom! They are a late August fixture.
And the glads are brilliant too!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Daily Sketches: Painted Ladies

Sketch #25 allowed me to work on a head tilt. I added the white hair to contrast with the blue eyes.
I wanted to try a variation on a hat with this kerchief.
Sketch #27 was a Roosevelt inspired lady.
Sketch #27 was a practice for making hair. I left the skin tone more transparent and worked in colored pencils only for the face.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

In the News... New Hampshire

New Hampshire has a small population, relatively speaking, with only 1,327,000 people. (The USA has a population of 318,857,000). Yet, despite this small percentage of people, NH has it's share of characters. In fact, it seems that when someone makes the news, they have a NH connection. The state newspapers, radio, and single television station have a field day with this.
I think there's plenty of "news" within the White Mountains. For example:

A bull ran away from home and was loose in our capital city. It shut down the road for 10 minutes during rush hour!

Like politicians everywhere, ours waste time and money. State Reps have created a contest for kids to find the dumbest laws in the state. Yes, some genius thought of this one.

And it's not just the politicians who "are a few eggs short of a dozen". Free the Nipple Movement has come to NH with about 50 women choosing to go topless to support their rights to do so.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Colors for Autumn 2015

Pantone Inc., headquartered in New Jersey is a standardized color system known by printers, designers, and fashion editors. Each of the 1,114 colors can be made by mixing 14 base pigments in specific formulas. They are the "go to" in the printing world.
When I design posters or product colors and I want to recreate the EXACT shade, I will request a specific Pantone number. This color will then be recreated exactly.
Fashion designers also use this system, allowing a skirt from a line of clothing purchased in New York, to match the blouse from the same line in Seattle.
Each season "new" colors come out. This is done to revitalize the profits for the season's fashion, but it's also a fun way to brighten your wardrobe. This autumn, the colors are somewhat predictable, but also beautiful. I think they look like "dusty" fall colors and I love them.  There are four shades of green, three oranges, and three purples. And there are lots of ways to combine them.

Here are a few and I am curious to see how designers incorporate outfits, yarn, fabric and patterns using these colors. Think leather purses, boots, tights, knit sweaters, suede jackets, wool pants, and plaids.