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Happenings in my creative life

Hello to whoever reads this. I’ve been MIA lately. Oliver is growing up fast!

Here is a little of what I’ve been up to. I had two holiday designs chosen for the minted holiday collection this year and one holiday party invitation; they’re now up for sale.

Herbs and Vegetable Wreath

herbs and vegetable wreath now available at minted

assembled set of herbs and vegetable wreath now available at minted

Joyful Watercolor

Joyful Watercolor now available at minted

Skinnywrap label and Liner of Joyful Watercolor now availabale at minted

Candy Cane Watercolor Stripes Invite

Candy Cane Watercolor Stripes Party Invite now available at minted

Skinnywrap label and Liner for Candy Cane Watercolor Stripes now available at minted

Also available in shades of blue for Hanukkah parties!

Blue Hanukkah version of Candy Cane Watercolor stripes available at minted

for sale on zazzle

I’ve also had a number of designs featured on zazzle’s selections of holiday cards.





And one of my personal favorites

Joy Red Art Deco Holiday Greeting Card
Joy Red Art Deco Holiday Greeting Card by beckynimoy

Check out my my zazzle store for more holiday cards, invitations and more.
Browse more Holiday Cards at Zazzle

Hand Lettered Art Print – “First Edition” by Jennifer Wick for

Jennifer Wick is an amazing designer! Her lettering is always inspiring…top of the line! Please go check out her work on

"First Edition" by Jennifer Wick for

“First Edition” by Jennifer Wick for

Cloth Diapers are Easy with All in Ones AIO

I’ve been wanting to write this post for some time, but thought I’d wait a while to see how our cloth diapers hold up. It’s been almost a year and we are all happy campers; it also seems fitting to post this topic on Earth Day. So here it goes.
We have loved our cloth diapers thus far! Our son is almost 1 year old and they have held up great. It is easier than anticipated. This may sound tedious but you know how trying new things can be; once you do it a few times it will become your new normal. From other blogs I’ve read and estimates on diaper usage you can save about $2000 per child; and don’t forget about the wipes.
We started with Kissa’s Newborn All-In-One Diaper (they are all in one with a poly outer and fleece inner). (You’ll see in a second we could have skipped this newborn type all together)
We also tried Kissaluvs Cotton Fleece Fitted Diaper with an extra cover by Thirsties, but weren’t impressed.
From about 10 pounds on we have LOVED our BumGenius all in one diapers; some people call them AIO. You can see that there are 2 liners sewn into the cover (not removable). We bought almost everything online at amazon, but I think they now sell BumGenius at “Buy Buy Baby” if they have one near you.

BumGenius should fit up to 35 lbs so until potty training, fingers crossed! There have been no problems with the snaps or elastic after 11 months. Very thrilled. They leak occasionally but that is usually when we accidentally leave a portion of cotton sticking outside the elastic or don’t have it flat against his belly when he’s sleeping on his stomach.


We bought 24 bumgenius (or received almost all from friends and family from our baby showers) and that has been plenty. I wash them every other day with the rest of his clothes.
Here is the rundown:
1a. I keep them folded, or usually thrown, in these bins. Change him and put them in the laundry basket. We use Charlie Banana Reusable Organic Cotton Wipes. I don’t recommend a warmer. We tried one, and they got mildew-y the first night. If he’s fussy I just wet them in the bathroom with warm water. When he was a newborn I kept a thermos of warm water next to his changing table.
1b. If it’s a number 2, we rinse it with our sprayer that we installed on the toilet and put it into a Planet Wise Wet Bag that hangs on the back of the bathroom door. (very easy). This large one is by planet wise called green meadow, and we have a smaller one by Fuzzi Bunz for his diaper bag when we’re out. We’ve never had a problem with odor! 😉
If it seems like it might stain I spray the liner with Biokleen Bac-Out. I get large Gallon refill jugs on amazon or, so I don’t have to buy a sprayer every time.
When he was purely breastfed I could do a pre-rinse in the washer with the poopy diapers and it was perfect.
2. Every other night before I go to sleep I put all of his laundry in, clothes and diapers. We have a dual washer/dryer combo by LG so that makes it easier not having to transfer to a dryer. For the most part I use generic unscented dye free detergent.
I’ve used a few brands, seventh generation, 365 from whole foods, Tide and Rockin’ Green. Powder form seems to work better for our front loading washer. Always add an extra rinse cycle for diapers just to make sure all the detergent is out. And never use fabric softener. If I remember before the dryer cycle I throw in these Wool Dryer Balls they help dry more quickly and soften naturally.


3. Every few washes I’ll add Rockin’ Green Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer to a pre-rinse cycle to strip the diapers of ammonia and odors. It’s a little expensive but goes a long way. It’s also great for sweaty work-out clothes!
We also like their Rockin’ Green Cloth Diaper & Laundry Detergent (Hard Rock, Bare Naked Babies). It’s great for our hard water. (they make different combinations of scents and variations for your water type).


4. BumGenius recommends drying in the sun every once in a while to bleach them and strip them but I have yet to do that…so far so good.

I hope this is informative and can encourage more parents to look into cloth diapering! You can save a ton of money and help out the landfills a little.
BumGenius Cloth Diaper
P.S. For emergencies in the car we have Nature Babycare Diapers and wipes.


Our front loading washer was having problems of its own with odor but after a little research into cleaning it with bleach and vinegar like you should occasionally with all front loading washers, everything is back to normal.

Our son is in his 19th month. The diaper absorbency is still great, but it looks like if we plan to use these same diapers for baby number two we may have to have the elastic replaced. They are just starting to show signs of wear; they still fit him great but for a newborn they may be too loose. I’ll put an update later.

***UPDATE MAY 2014***
Our son is two now and still wearing his BumGenius All in Ones. There are about 2 diapers (of 24 total) that look like they need a little sewing repair on the cotton interior; I even just tried them on our 6 week old and they didn’t leak; the leg elastic is still tight around his tiny legs… a little bulky but still functioning like they should. Planning to use them for our new son once he grows out of the Kissa’s Newborn All-In-One Diaper

Hand Lettering Practice this Weekend

This weekend I got to spend time practicing some lettering and refining some designs in photoshop and illustrator.
I started out working on”happy birthday” because it was our friends birthday friday. I wasn’t able to complete it in time for his party however, so you can see what I made below instead.


After I made my happy birthday sketch in pen I scanned it in and used my Wacom Cintiq in photoshop and made edits and touch-ups with the brush tool.  First with a red brush on a new layer to show where I wanted to change my scrolls and flourishes, then refined switching between a black and white brush.


Here is the final happy birthday lettering.

For our friend tim’s birthday card I used an idea I had for a beer tasting party invitation and ended up turning it into the birthday card.


For the birthday card I created the elements in illustrator based on the sketch and ended up reworking it into the final composition. (With the help of my husband). Thanks honey. 

The final card is printed on watercolor paper. I laid it out in the lower right corner of an 8.5 x 11 page so that i could trim and fold it properly. 

Donate Hair to Locks of Love

Whenever I feel I need a fresh start I cut my hair. I haven’t been to a salon in years and I just go at it with a pair of scissors. This not only makes me feel great but I can help someone else feel great as well by donating my hair.
This will be the 4th time that I’ve mailed my hair to Locks of Love. If you are interested in donating your hair, make sure that it is at least 10 inches in length and not bleached (coloring and perms are okay). Find out more on their FAQ page
locks of love pony tail
This has a extra special meaning for me in that I lost my mom to breast cancer. I remember that losing her hair was one of the most traumatic events of her battle with cancer.

Free Textures – High Resolution Photos

Free textures for personal and commercial use! (Files are not for redistribution)
Click here to download the zip file. Please enjoy!
More to come!

My Feelings in the New Year

Hello to anyone who reads my blog! I’m feeling a little stressed about not having time to post anything since before the holidays! I have this sense of failure that I don’t post regularly, even after having tons of recipes and photos prepared for this very scenario. It doesn’t help when you don’t turn on your computer for over a month. I really only have time to check email/facebook for a few minutes at a time on my husbands’ laptop. The rest is spent being a full time mom!
Of course I got sick after all of the back to back parties and get-togethers and am still not quite over it. Also as our baby grows and becomes more mobile much more of my undivided physical attention is needed and I go back and forth between feeling guilty about taking time for myself to do something creative and spending every minute with him.
A snowflake on my glove:




A few highlights of the past month:
1. My brother, his wife and 5 month old son came to visit for the first time; the cousins finally got to meet!
2. Our baby boy, now 8 months saw and felt snow for the first time!
3. My husband and I had 2 hours to ourselves while the grandparents watched the baby for us. We started to organize our garage. (So far we only have boxes for “toxic waste” “donations” “cabin decor” “trash” and “recycle”. It was a great once over and we got all of our floor space back.
4. The best news of all: Our son has slept 11-12.5 hours the last 4 nights!


A photo of grandma with the 2 grandsons:




Daddy and Baby in the snow:


Phew, I feel a little better already just with a little sharing. Also one last thing to get off of my chest! We are feeling the squeeze this month as our property tax, homeowner’s insurance, fire insurance (or is it earthquake?), car insurance & health insurance are all due at the same time!!! WHY?

Catalog Choice Top 10 Tips for Holiday Waste Reduction

I received the below email this morning from Catalog Choice. I thought I’d share their holiday waste reduction tips and let more people know about how awesome they are. They are a free service that will help remove you from unwanted mailing lists like catalogs and other spam advertising. Over about a year I was able to stop getting almost all “snail” junk-mail. Their site saves your address and name permutations to make it easier for you. You can check up on the status of whether or not they were successful in contacting the companies or not. Please check them out! Catalog Choice
Catalog Choice

Catalog Choice Top 10 Tips for Holiday Waste Reduction
1. Reuse foam peanuts. Most packaging materials for shipping can be used more than once.

2. Compost your leftover food. It’s easy and makes for a great fertilizer!

3. Wrap creatively. Use comics, old maps, sheet music, fabric/wallpaper scraps. And use fun tins and food boxes you crush and recycle for gift containers.

4. Make festive recycling bins. They’re a great addition for your holiday party and a great activity for kids.

5. Give the gift of time or talent. Take someone to a play, concert or movie. Make your own gift certificates. Offer your talents like photography or financial planning.

6. Help your friends go green. Give planet-conscious gifts like compost bins, can crushers, water timers, programmable thermostats, rain barrels, bird feeders, light timers or bat house.

7. Buy outdoor light strands that are wired in parallel. If one bulb goes bad, the others still work, so you won’t be throwing away entire “bad” strands.

8. Keep it simple. One thoughtful gift is better than six wrapped packages of unwanted gifts.

9. Don’t wrap oversized gifts. Hide them and give clues. Make gift-giving into a treasure hunt.

10. Plan previously-loved or homemade gift exchanges. Books, a restored piece of furniture or a rebuilt bike can be cherished for many years and by many people.

Some tips are very do-able. As far as our household goes, we are doing great on creative wrapping. I don’t own any wrapping paper rolls. I have one roll of recycled brown craft paper, but most of the time I wrap gifts in reused bags I’ve received, fabric scraps, old scarves, paper bags or some other reused paper. Be creative! It’s fun and beautiful to add a piece of vintage ribbon or a fresh flower.

Refrigerate Tap Water in Glass Bottles

We drink tap water, but I like it cold. So we store and refrigerate it in these glass bottles. It tastes great stored in glass and looks nice for serving. The bottles were only $3.99 from ikea.

Glass Bottles from Ikea
Yesterday I was feeling overwhelmingly grateful for living in a place that has safe drinking water from the tap.

Our 3 Year Wedding Anniversary

Three years ago I married my best friend, my high school sweetheart, my life partner. Now we have a wonderful little family with not just cats, but a human son! I love you honey.

A few of my favorite images from our wedding day. A special thanks to Jonathan Young for photographing our wedding.

The wedding ceremony and reception took place at Hartley Botanica in Somis, California.

If you would like to see our photographer’s original blog post it can be found here