7.16.2014

bits & pieces + an Italy giveaway!

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! 

7.11.2014

a Lisbon Photo Album

I'm a bit behind in updating the blog and my portfolio of my recent projects. I finished up some big commissions right before I took off for Italy and have been so busy sketching in Quarto that I've forgotten to share how those projects turned out! 

This was another one of those sweet projects that I just couldn't say no to. Jez contacted me after he found me on Etsy and saw the New York Triplets I made last December. He wanted an illustrated photo album similar to the Triplets but with a Lisbon theme to surprise his girlfriend after their trip to Lisbon, Portugal! Hard to say no to such a sweet request. Here are a few photos of that beast and there are some more on my portfolio. It's pretty much official that I need to go to Portugal one day now...