Sometimes I feel like I’m pulling one over on everyone. Like when people pay me to paint them pictures or make them jewelry. They’re paying me real money to do something fun? I kind of feel a little guilty. I especially feel guilty when someone pays me to draw with chalk all day.

For years now, I’ve been the chalkboard lady for Max Downtown in Hartford. Usually I update their wine boards in the bar and their gigantic menu board in the dining room. All of the boards are at least eight feet in the air and the dining room board is about twelve feet long.

Of course I enjoy getting paid to write with chalk, but writing the names of various steaks and wines over the years has gotten a little boring. Yesterday I went to overhaul the big dining room board and was excited when they said they had a new idea to list the names of the local farms they buy their produce and shellfish from, plus “a little drawing” they found that they liked. “Little drawing”… HA! That’s funny.

Ten and a half hours later…

Yes, that would be almost 12 feet long, by five feet high. I was in the restaurant from 10:30 in the morning until 9:00 last night. When I left, my shoulder hurt so bad I could barely reach for my seatbelt when I got to my car, and my hand was so achy, I had to wrap it in ice when I got home. But it was so worth it. It’s hard to make out the details since I took this shot at 9:00 last night, just before I left.

Here’s a close-up of the farmer lady:

And this is what it looked like in the afternoon yesterday:

See that orange thing at the bottom of the picture? That’s my new laser level, excuse me for a minute, I have to go kiss it again. Holy cow, that little thing saved my life yesterday. I used to have to measure and eyeball and go up and down the ladder to make sure it was still straight. Not anymore! What a magnificent tool.

So my hand still hurts, it’s hard to raise my arm over my head, and I don’t know how to wrap up everything I’m trying to say. How about this? Max Downtown reopens tonight at 4pm after their annual summer break. I think you should go and check out the beauty of the boards in person. And have a lemonade, they have the best lemonade. I’m going to go take some more Advil.



I’ve been keeping up on my Drawing 365 set much better than my Crafting 365 set. I’ve failed at that one and haven’t crafted anything other than dinner in the past several days. Last night’s drawing was my camera because I spent the evening taking new pictures of my jewelry to update my Etsy shop.

I even made a new banner for the shop.  Cute and springy, no?  Doesn’t it make you want to buy stuff?

I thought the perky colors might help to improve my mood.  It might just be working.

Look, A New Drawing!

The set is up! Drawing 365 is official. There are a whole two drawings there. Check back every day for new drawings.

I went back to Lotus Yoga with Andrea last night and it was HARD. We worked on all the tight areas of our bodies which means it was a good thing to do, but really tough, and I came home feeling like a limp noodle. I didn’t think I’d be able to hold a pencil (we even did hand and wrist stretches) but I grabbed my pad and made a quick sketch of myself in class. Well, maybe it’s someone based on myself. My feel aren’t really that small.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy my year of drawings with Drawing 365.

Drawing 365

The Christmas drawings have been erased and the black backsplash was calling to me last night so I drew this fat cardinal.  It was quick, it was fun, and I realized that I don’t spend enough time drawing.  With all of the sewing and jewelry-making and doing all of the other things I love to do, drawing gets pushed to the side and I go for weeks at a time without drawing anything, unless you count the doodled Post-Its all over my desk at work from the boring phone calls I’ve had to sit through.  That’s just sad.  I need to draw more.
So here’s my pledge.  I joined the Crafting 365 group on Flickr (see today’s craft here) but I think I’ll start my own Drawing 365 set.  I’ll draw something, anything, everyday and try to post them all to Flickr.  They may not be perfect or finished.  I’m thinking of just drawing something from my day.  Like yesterday I could have drawn the waffles that Luke made me for breakfast, or the computer which is where I spent most of the evening.  It should be fun.  I’ll let you know when the set is up and running.