Be Kinder to Yourself

Be Kinder to Yourself Print by Laura Bray

This weekend it was cold and raining in Southern California and I used it as an excuse to hole up with my family and recover from a tough February. My grandmother passed away, my husband and daughter were very ill with stomach flu, and there was just your usual busyness. Which meant that I becameContinue Reading

Cuckoo Clock Progression

Cuckoo Clock

I've been talking a lot about my art process lately and I hope you will continue to humor me. This year, I've vowed to push myself outside of my comfort zone. When I first made that promise to myself, I thought it would be easy. I don't know why-I guess I just thought I wouldContinue Reading

Daily Drawing Update

Bird a Day Drawings

I thought I would share a little update about New Year's Resolution to draw every day. If you remember, I planned to draw a bird every day in January. While I didn't succeed in drawing EVERY day, I did manage to produce 18 bird drawings, and I'm quite happy with that. I learned a lotContinue Reading

DIY Cuckoo Clock

DIY Cuckoo Clock

I have had a laser cut, wood cuckoo clock shaped piece rolling around my studio for about 6 months. It was an impulse purchase at the craft store (don't even tell me you don't know what I'm talking about.), but it was so cute that I kept discarding ideas for it. It seemed too preciousContinue Reading

The Frog Princess

The Frog Princess Illustrations by Laura Bray

I thought I would pop in and give you a little update on my Year of the Fairy Tale Class. I'm really enjoying it. Not only is it helping me develop a daily drawing practice, it is also teaching me how to immerse myself in a project. I'm finding new ways to get inspired, researchContinue Reading

Apronology!!!!

As seen in Apronology Magazine

Yay! I'm honored to announce that I have an Apronology Magazine this month. I love that magazine.  I mean, who can resist a magazine all about aprons? The apron that they published is my Ink Blot Apron. One day while I was in the studio messing around with FolkArt Multi-Purpose paints, I decided to doContinue Reading

Pom Pom Crazy

Flower Pom Poms

I'm still obsessed with pom poms. I have a pile that it is growing larger by the minute and I have a feeling it's going to get even larger because yesterday I bought a Japanese craft book on pom poms. I'm learning how to get designs into my pom poms. Yes! Designs! The photo showsContinue Reading

Chinese New Year Recipes & Crafts

Chinese New Year Recipes and Crafts

Just in case you are looking for a chance to party again, or if you need to "restart" your new year's resolutions (ahem), today is the Chinese Lunar New Year. We are ushering in the Year of the Horse. The wood horse in fact so there's lot of fun crafting ideas you can do withContinue Reading

Sunday Breakfast Bread Pudding

Breakfast Bread Pudding

We have a tradition of cooking a big, family breakfast every Sunday morning. My husband and I take turns trying out fancy breakfast recipes. The problem is, I'm the night owl of the family. My husband is out of bed at 6am whether it's the weekend or not and my daughter usually gets up betweenContinue Reading

DIY Doll Bed with Sticky Sticks

DIY Doll Bed

I don't know what I'm going to do when my daughter gets too old for dolls. My favorite craft projects usually revolve around dolls and their accessories. While I was at CHA earlier this month, I was given a bag of Sticky Sticks. I met the owner last year and she's as sweet as canContinue Reading