7.26.2014

Quarto the traveling sketchbook: update III

I'm down to my last month in Italy. It's always scary how fast the time goes by here. The pages in Quarto are filling up fast too, I have just about 3 signatures left to fill. Then comes all the work of scanning and preparing for a new collection of travel postcards for the Fall! 

Here's a peek at the progress. You can also check out the other updates too: Update I, Update II




1. Hands from the Bargello Museum in Florence. Practicing writing in Italian and playing with my new Fabriano washi tape and found feathers. 
2. Postcard stash, lyrics and a new favorite Italian quote. And the back stairs at Santa Chiara in Castiglion Fiorentino. 
3. A couple moody spots around Lucca. 
4. The most perfect teal Vespa in all of Lucca! This street had the most irresistible shadows...





5. Inside my favorite restaurant in Cortona! And a quiet little archway in Lucca on one of the busiest streets in town. 
6. The walls. Oh the walls...
7. We made a quick day trip to Viareggio and had a gorgeous beach day! 
8. Yesterday we went off to Florence for the day too. We took the bus up to San Miniato, which has the best view of the entire city. 

Also, did you enter my postcard giveaway? Go see if you won

7.16.2014

bits & pieces + an Italy giveaway! (closed)!

I really can't believe I have already been here a full month! Time is flying by and so are the pages in my sketchbook. Oofah...I'm scared to see how fast this next month and a half will go by too. Especially since I have some friends coming to visit. New adventures up the coast are coming! 

I also just remember that the 1 year birthday of Sketchy Notions is this week on the 19th. Pretty crazy that it has already been a year since I filed for a business license, started the trademarking adventures and turned my little hobby into a real, functioning business. A lot has happened in one year. In celebration of this, I'm going to giveaway one of my little watercolored postcard! You can find out more details at the end of this post after a peek at life in Italy during the past few weeks...

1. Girasole! Sunflowers! Feels like home when I see a giant field of sunflowers...
2. Sketching back in my favorite Tuscan town, Castiglion Fiorentino! 
3. I have an obsession with bikes, flower boxes and vintage Vespas...if you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen multiple examples of this obsession...
4. It has been raining off and on (mostly on to the point of thunder storms) for the past couple weeks. Which is actually lovely! Much cooler temperatures and less tourists...YAY!!!
5. A prime example of my Vespa obsession...




6. Found some Queen Anne's Lace growing alongside the walls the other day! 
7. The most perfect and lonely window. 
8. Yellow versus pink. A block divided...
9. Watching for rainbows outside of my window...
10. The prize! I just painted this little postcard and I'd love for it to find a lovely new home. I'll probably mail it from the states so I can include some other little Italy goodies and not risk it never reaching its new home!  Read below for details on how to enter...

You can enter by doing ANY or ALL of the following, just leave a comment after telling me you did it with an email to reach you at! Each form of entry must have a separate comment in order to be counted for multiple entries!
  1. Comment telling me somewhere you want to travel one day! 
  2. Follow my blog
  3. Follow along on Instagram
  4. Like on Facebook
  5. Follow on Twitter
  6. Heart my Etsy Shop
Already follow along on bloglovin', twitter etc? Awesome, just leave a comment telling me you do! You can do any or all of these to enter. Giveaway will be open until Saturday July 26th!  

The giveaway is CLOSED! The Random Number Generator picked: #2! Congratulations Susie!!!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered! I'm thinking about holding another giveaway when I launch my new collection so stay tuned!