One of my goals last year was to Make More Time for Art and I’m happy to say I did that–mostly with the help of Skillshare!

If you’re not familiar with Skillshare, it’s an online community for learning & teaching creative skills. Skillshare connects expert practitioners with students around the world who collaborate on everyday skills from culinary arts to photography to design.

Right now they have a GREAT promo- 3 months of PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP for 99 Cents! 

That’s such a really good deal. You should totally get on that.

Last year I took quite a few watercolor classes- I wrote about that here! 

Here’s what my work has been looking like lately:

My hand lettering has improved greatly with classes + practice.

I love being able to introduce things I love into my food styling work!

This week Cooper is still on winter break from school, so I carved time out for us to do some Skillshare classes. It’s a great way to fill the downtime when the kids are on vacation and you’re at home with them.

Hello Friends! Happy Monday. Cooper is back in school. This is my first list of the new year. I am excited to type those two things I looking forward to getting back into a rhythm/routine. I abandoned my bullet journal after my mom died (grief) and it really threw me off.  All of my TO-DO lists have been written on random pieces of paper and index cards. I’VE BEEN SO DISORGANIZED!!!

I spent all Sunday cleaning up my studio space, getting rid of paper piles and cleaning out the inside of my car. WHAT A GREAT FEELING!  Ok, so here we are my first Intentions for the Week list of 2018.

Intentions for the Week:
  • start taking down the Christmas tree
  • write my Intentions for the Year
  • tackle laundry (it’s not pretty)
  • go to a yoga class + hike
  • spend quality time with cousins in town from NY!
  • mail thank you cards
  • share art on my blog
  • get printer situation figured out
  • continue to get my house in order
  • photograph recipe for One Potato
  • take stuff to Salvation Army
  • catch up on social media/blogging
  • do some meal prepping
  • clean computer screen (it’s so gross right now)
  • finish up hand lettering project for a client (!!!)
  • send out some zines! Check out The Handwriting Club on etsy
  • take...

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 1

You guys! This is the EIGHTH year of doing this series. EIGHT YEARS!!!!

Uncle Ryan is in town this week!

Self-care is hanging out with friends + painting.



I actually did some cooking this week.

Nothing for the blog. Trying to figure out what to do next to tell you the truth.

I can’t wait to settle into my routine when Cooper goes back to school.

This week I spent a lot of time gardening.

I made a few arrangements in abalone shells.

It makes a great gift!


Current state of the dining room.

Florist’s handwriting sample.



The tree is still up.

We had neighbors over for snack dinner. I didn’t take any pictures….but here’s the...

If you’re doing the Whole30 this month, and need some help…


Some of the meals I liked to eat while I was on the Whole30. You’ll find a lot of good ones in there.

WAIT- What’s the Whole30?

Here’s the book– Whole30

simply remove these things from your lifestyle for 30 days:

  • dairy
  • grains (even corn!)
  • sugar
  • legumes
  • alcohol

The key to being OK with all of that is focusing on all the things you can have!!!  And there are a lot of things….like POTATOES, MEAT, EGGS, FRUIT, VEGETABLES, NUTS, ETC.!! 


Even though snacking is not encouraged on Whole30, I think sometimes snacks make better meals than a full sit down meal. Not everyone has the time to sit down and make a full on meal.

Use some of these examples and make a meal out of it.

You totally can.


You are going to need to coach yourself during the month, you can see how my journey here:

Week 1 & 2 Week 3 Week 4= DONE

I’m thinking of starting after my cousins...

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 52

When we were going through my mom’s car we found the Christmas crackers she bought for Christmas. I brought them down and we added them to the table.  She is still helping us create good memories!  My sister in law set such a beautiful table.

Place card duty is one of my favorite duties.

We had negronis! My brother got our parents into them a few months ago

My dad gives the best hugs.

Found this at the deli while picking up bagels for Christmas day.

It brightened my day.

Bagel brunch with Maj! 

Coffee date with Riley.


Riley was one my college roommates!

Inspiration for my front yard?


We’re a few days away from a NEW YEAR, so I’m in review mode. I also want to throw everything out in my house and start over. Maybe I just need to put away all of our Christmas decorations and I’ll feel better?

Maybe I just need to hibernate?

Yes. That’s it.

A lot has happened this year, hasn’t it?  Let’s look at what your favorite posts were from 2017, shall we?  I always love doing this because I like to see how much my photography has changed over the years. I should have started doing this in 2007 when I started my blog! Oh well. You live/you learn.

pssssst! you can check out the past ones–2016 2015 / 2014 / 2013 )

Shutterbean Top 20 Posts of 2017:

Hippy Banana Bread

Bullet Journal Supplies


Herbed Goat Cheese

For entertaining? For weeknight snack dinners? For sandwiches, for FUN!

Vegetable Tempura

This is the best way to use up leftover vegetables. Promise.

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life: Week 51

Well, at least we had a tree up this year!

Cats are terrible gift wrappers.

I got most of my holiday cards sent out this year. We ordered ours from Minted as per usual!

In a daze while Christmas shopping…

Feeling sometimes like I am possessed by my mom.

Benjamin boys putting together a lego Porsche.

Spacing out in a rose.


Dream garden.

Thank you for the wonderful books, Hai!

We got to see our nephew Spencer!

Currently living off:

Wearing one of my mom’s bracelets right now. It makes me happy.



Hello! Hello! Happy Monday. I had a weekend with family and I’ve got to put the house back together. We’ve got lots to do before Christmas Eve/Day. I’d like to get some baking done somewhere in this week for teachers and friends. Oh and there’s a Christmas pageant and all kinds of other things we have coming up. My brain is still in a fog but I’m somehow making it through and managing.

Intentions for the Week:
  • start/finish Christmas shopping/white elephant gifts
  • ship packages/presents
  • sweat it out in dance class
  • stay on top of the laundry
  • remember to eat (I’ve been forgetting…#grief)
  • make some chocolate chunk blondies for family
  • try to make peppermint bark for teachers
  • make sausage soup
  • check in at parent’s house
  • catch up on work
  • catch up on social media
  • find khaki pants for Cooper
  • wrap presents
  • get outside
  • go for a hike
  • work on art
  • write thank you notes
  • drink more water
  • start holiday cards (if they arrive soon!)
  • take good care of myself
Mantra for the Week:

What about you? What are you up to? Leave your intentions in the comments if you wanna get your head in the game.

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Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 50

This week I took a pause on helping my Dad clean out/organize the house and I tried to focus a little more on getting my life back together. My house is a mess! This week I took a break and drove around Marin County and dropped off some of my mom’s unused crossword puzzle books at some mini free libraries.  I plan on doing this with some of her other books.

I know she would have thought that was neat.


Trip into the city for an office party.

This place feels like another world.


I’ve forgotten what city life is like.


One of the weird thoughts you can have when you are grieving is…


It’s really a weird feeling to have. I never thought it before



We were able to have cousin time!!!


He loves his cousins Henry & Eleanor who live in Idaho.

During the holidays, you really can’t show up at someone’s house empty-handed. That’s why I like to bring something boozy because even during the busiest time of year, I still have the time to make a special alcohol infusion.

Invite me over and I’ll bring the ingredients to make Spiced Pineapple Rum Toddies. I’ll stop by Nugget Market (one of my favorite Bay Area grocery stores!) on the way to pick us up some cheeses for a nice cheese plate or I could order one of their epic cheese platters to pick up instead. They do such a nice job that I can pass theirs off for one of my own creations

Not drinking alcohol? No problem, I’ll add some mulling spices to hot pineapple juice and we’ll have warm pineapple ciders with maple whipped cream.

Just promise me that we’ll  do something artsy during this holiday season while we’re hanging out together, OK?

Art aside, I know you’ll love the toddies!

They’re a combination of pineapple juice, hot water, and Spiced Pineapple Infused Rum.  The toddies are topped with a maple whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon. The sweet/spicy combo feels like being in the tropics for Christmas.

Hello Friends! Happy Monday to you. This week is the first week in awhile that I have to focus on getting my household/life/work back in order. I have so many paper piles all over the house and my office looks like a tornado hit it. Ye olde laundry pile is getting outta control as well. It’s all proof that LIFE CARRIES ON even when you’re not fully there. I’m hoping that someday I’ll be fully there but my brain is still processing all that has happened since Thanksgiving. Don’t worry, I’m working really hard on being good to myself and my family. Thank you so much for all your support since my mother died. We all really appreciate it So let’s see what’s up with my Intentions for the week.

Intentions for the Week:
  • sweat it out at dance class
  • trip to the dump
  • trip to the thrift store
  • have coffee with friends
  • organize paper piles
  • work on pineapple rum post
  • clean up my office
  • make some dinners for my family
  • get back into making art
  • take the books back to the library– they’re so overdue!
  • take a picture for our holiday card/order it
  • get lost in a book
  • go for a...

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life – Week 49

This week all of my energy went into working on my mom’s obituary and the service for her.

I wore pantyhose at her service and everyone gave me a hard time.

I really should have worn my trusty overalls.

When you’re in an elevator in the city that has a chaise lounge in it, you gotta pose.

He’s also wearing my socks. HA

Self-timer family shot!  It was fun to seeing the trees with my boys.

We tried to get a jumping shot.

I have been through so many tunnels in the last few weeks. Back and forth between Marin and San Francisco. A lot more motion than I am used to. I’ve been enjoying being driven around though. My daydreaming brain is satisfied.  Thank you, husband.

Traffic on Stockton.

A church with a sense of humor.

This week Joy came to visit to be there for me &...

Hello Friends! Thanks so much for all the love. I really appreciate it during this emotional time. This week is all over the place. This week is my mother’s funeral service. We have people coming in from all over the country and I am working hard to ground myself  before I have to dive right into extrovert/emotional time.  The fact that I haven’t written my TO DO list and feel lost only proves that this Intentions for the Week practice I started almost a year ago really works for me.  Here are my Intentions for the Week:

Intentions for the Week:
  • write a eulogy for my mom’s service
  • post pineapple rum recipe
  • make sure Cooper’s suit is ironed
  • figure out what to wear at the service for my Mom
  • carve out some time for myself/self- care
  • print out photos for my mom’s service
  • catch up on work
  • accept help when I can
  • work on Thank You notes/list
  • finish up November 2017 Currently post
  • figure out health insurance
  • pick up Mt. Laundry Pile in my bedroom
  • straighten up house for guests
  • trip to goodwill
  • trip to the dump
  • keep cleaning out parts of my parent’s house
  • go for a walk
  • keep cleaning out my mom’s closets to make room for family visiting
  • listen to Carole King-...

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life week 48

My mom had her salad dressing in the fridge. I made a salad with it.

We all ate it. It made me happy/sad.


My dad was craving  sfogliatelle, so we got one in North Beach

Eating our feelings.

Finding some of my mom’s recipes while cleaning out her pantry.

This week, I spent several days cleaning out things from my parent’s house.

I started with the pantry so my Dad would have a clean slate.

It made him so happy.

Magic stands are better than lemonade stands.

Ramen on a Saturday afternoon with a major TO DO list.


I really wanted to take this thing home.