If you are anything like me and live for the last minute excitement (read: procrastinate), and don’t have a Mother’s Day card quite yet, then I’ve got you covered with a super simple card (or even simpler postcard) download. I love adding personal notes to presents to really make someone feel special – it’s the icing on the cake. I especially love doing this for Mother’s Day to thank my mom for all the love and support she’s shown me.
I know it hasn’t always been easy, but my mom has been there through it all with love, grace and selflessness. She taught me to be always be positive, strong, faithful, resilient, patient and hard working. These are the things I am thanking my mother for this weekend.
What are you thanking your mother for? How are you celebrating her?
Just click the links below to download the 5×7 card or the 4×6 postcard and be sure to let your mom know how much she means to you.
Hey friends! How is 2016 treating you? I can’t believe we are in the second month of 2016 and I haven’t blogged yet. Good news is if you’ve been missing me, you can find my micro blogging on Instagram. I have so many ideas floating around in my head and so many drafts, I just haven’t had the energy to give them the time they deserve. All in good time, eh?
So today I have some patterned studies (as you can see)! These were so fun to make because I feel like I’m finally developing the style of patterns I want to pursue…or at least the type of patterns that I set out to make, when I started this series. I’m by no means an expert but every time I sit down to make some patterns, I learn something new and my talents expands. Yay!
For this series, I was inspired by African mud cloth designs. I just swoon over the imperfect marks, the way simple lines make interesting designs, and how the dying technique results in different and unique variations. (In fact, the technique is fascinating and rooted in history. Design*Sponge has a great article on the history of mudcloth that’s worth the read. ) When I sat down to make these patterns, I went to town with markings and designs, so I’m sure this won’t be last the mud cloth inspired pattern series. Hope that’s okay 😉
I’m a sucker for a good ol’ black and white pattern, so the top one is my favorite from this series. Which one is yours? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!
There’s not even a week left before Thanksgiving! Insert excited face here. Because I’m so thankful for you, my dear readers and visitors, I made a download for your background on your computer or phone AND a post card download to print off and use as your would like. Frame them, send them to your loved ones with a list of all the way you’re thankful for them, or use them as part of your Thanksgiving diner decor. I’d love to see how you use them, if you’re on Insta tag your photos with #kerciajanemakes.
My thanksgiving plans are pretty relaxing; just a meal at my parents, games, naps, and movies. I’m looking forward to the family time…and the cranberries and pie, of course! What are you’re plans for Thanksgiving? What are looking forward to most? Relaxing? Black Friday? Pie? Tell me, tell me! 🙂
How is it that November is going by so fast? But hey technically it’s still fall. Even though the leaves have all changed colors and have already fallen to the ground, I’m still very much in fall mode. Pumpkins spice candles, moody burgundy and mustard yellow everything…well this moodboard still sums it up for me.
For this pattern studies, I wanted to challenge myself to draw some foliage. I was leery about it because I still think to myself ‘can I really take this brush and mix it with this paint and move my hand in the certain necessary ways to make it look like an actual thing?!…and not mess up on it?!’ i.e. I guess I still doubt myself sometimes. Especially when it involves something new. Though I love the imperfect, hand drawn aesthetic of plants, my previous past pattern studies haven’t involved any botanical renderings. Why? Because I haven’t been confident enough to tackle the drawing of them. BUT this is exactly what this series is about – trying to tackle new drawings that I may not be 100% confident in. So with that said, these patterns make me smile because I actually did take the brush and the paint and my hand and make it look like something.
Moral of the story? Keep trying new things, keep testing new techniques, just keep going…even if you aren’t 100% confident. The only way to get better is to do, create, try, make mistakes and discoveries, and learn.
What about you – Do you doubt yourself sometimes? How do you keep pushing through? Tell me in the comments or on Twitter. Oh, and don’t forget to tell me which one is your fave!
Although I’m not one for scary movies or haunted houses (#ScaredyCat), I think Halloween is so fun! It’s a time to celebrate and a reason to get together with friends and family…plus there’s candy! And where there’s a reason to celebrate, there’s a free download! Use these as your phone background or print them out to craft a halloween treat bag!
I don’t have much planned for the Halloween, besides picking some pumpkins, going trick or treating with my little cousins and watching Hocus Pocus. What are you’re plans for Halloween? Are you dressing up? Fill me in in the comments or tweet at me on Twitter.