Amidst this COVID-19 pandemic, we have amped up our arts and crafts creations. My second attempt at bread didn’t turn out much better than my first. It tastes great, but even with lots of extra time to rise, it fell flat.

For a while, I have been content with white walls and coordinating neutral and muted tones in my home environment.

Maybe it’s the fact that we have been cooped up a little longer than we are used to, but just going to the grocery causes a significant amount of anxiety.


Maybe it’s because it’s STILL f-ing snowing!

Maybe it’s a longing for green foliage, more life, and Spring, God damn it.

Whatever the combination of reasons, I am craving colour. Bright happy eclectic combinations of colour.

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Lime green, emerald green, fuscia, electric blue, golden yellow, pumpkin orange, fire engine red, and violet. I want it in my home. I want forest green cabinets. I want a lemon yellow front door. I want fuscia and emerald green velvet throw cushions. I want my home to look like a cabin in the jungles of Borneo.

I guess we’ll see how my wonderful wife feels about that.

On top of incessantly scrolling social media, I’ve been practicing sketching and painting and started with this reference image:

That only discouraged me. “Too many lines. Too complicated. Too much detail. I can’t do it. Ahhh!”

Then I scaled it back and used this reference. Much simpler for this rusty ol’ gal:

YouTube is a great free reference for tutorials and inspiration. Also, online course sites such as Udemy, Bluprint, Skillshare, Domestika, and others, are offering 2 weeks to 2 months free, respectively, to try before subscribing.

Also, I downloaded Sketch-a-Day app on my tablet for more prompts because sometimes it’s just hard to make a decision.

I’ve probably been exceeding the daily recommended intake of pinterest and YouTube lately.

Recent indulgences include:


  • Permaculture: Charles and Morag
  • Indoor gardens
  • Container gardens
  • Houseplants
  • Composting
  • Growing in hardiness zone 3
  • Baking


  • Ink and watercolor inspiration
  • Macrame plant hangers


  • Window shelves for plants
  • Plywood plank floors
  • Shiplap ceilings to hide the stupid popcorn
  • Ceiling lights
  • Floor lamps
  • Picture frames and photo walls
  • Floor tiles
  • Backsplash tiles
  • DIY epoxy countertops


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