MAN… I can’t even…

Has it REALLY been since 2016 when I last posted??? That’s just RIDICULOUS.

However, it has been a HUGE period of growth, passing of loved ones, mourning, more growth, and some difficulty. I can’t believe all that my family has been through, and life just keeps plugging along.

In Nov. of 2016, my husband lost his dear brother. This was SO heartbreaking. He passed from a series of events related to Manic Depression, which none of us were aware that he’d been dealing with. SO, SO PAINFUL. However, life has a way of showing you that heartbreak can be the fertilizer for something beautiful… You can read about this experience here: Matt’s Story on

The following spring, we lost my dear sister’s husband, to a heartless terrorist on the Westminster Bridge. We almost lost my sister as well… but she is a fighter, and I love her dearly. Their story was all over the news, and my brave sissy has been an inspiration and source of courage and forgiveness for many people across the globe. Her story can be found all over, but here is a good place to start: Kurt Cochran’s Memorial.

The combined loss of both of these wonderful men has deeply changed my family, and it is hard not to feel sadness at what might have been. But we are more inspired to shift that grief into beauty and growth, because life is short, sweet and gorgeous, despite the pain we all experience.

Shortly after summer started, I was offered my DREAM JOB – I now teach Fashion Illustration (as Adjunct Professor) at Salt Lake Community College. I LOVE MY JOB. I only wish I had more classes to teach, because I feel so fulfilled!!

In addition to these things, I am in the process of starting my own dance wear company, and will keep you in the loop on the progress.

Here’s to an unlimited, if still painful, future. I’m ready.


Working my Tail OFF!!!

Currently taking a course on working with knitwear, and LOVING IT!!!

Also, I’ve really LOVED Instagram lately, and have created quite a few Fashion Illustrations to showcase there.  I’ll include them here, for my portfolio’s sake, in the Artwork tab.  Enjoy!!



SO, I’ve been away WAYYYY too long, but when you’re as busy as I am, it’s difficult to update!!

Anyways, here’s the deal:

ADVANCED SEWING was FANTASTIC!!!  I made the following jacket:

MILLINERY was even MORE FANTASTIC, resulting in THESE:

The school chose to display my rose creation.  Pretty exciting!!

And then, home to my four kids and the hubster.  LOVE my life!! But I’m EXHAUSTED!!!


NOW, I have just decided to do a bit more fashion illustration and refine my style a bit more.  I forayed into Instagram yesterday (really! I had, like, 5 pictures, total!) and I’m SHOCKED that people are actually really reacting well to them!! I’ve painted portraits for years, but thought that there wasn’t much demand for fashion illustration in the art world.  Just thought I’d throw my work out there for fun.  I’m so glad people are loving what I do – that makes it so rewarding to share!!  I think I’ll do one a day and see how this little experiment grows!!  Plus, I can only imagine it’ll help my style tighten up a bit more.

Here’s some of the works I’ve done on IG:


Now to help my eyesore of a website!!  Bleh…


Hello, Birls and Goys…

It was a CRAZY Christmastime, full of love, illness, family, illness, and MORE illness… and FINALLY, we’ve made it through!!

Photo on 1-26-15 at 2.03 PM #2

So, I finished my FREAKING DIFFICULT Pattern Drafting Procedures class, and after pulling my hair out a few times, am SO PROUD of myself!! This was BY FAR the most intense (time-wise and learning curve-wise) class that I’ve taken, and it wasn’t even my only class!! My patience for getting this Fashion Design degree finished is wearing a little thinner, and I’m only halfway done! But that’s better than just getting started, eh?

ANYWHO… the children and hubby are lovely, LIFE is lovely – and challenging. I still have a hard time when people fall by the wayside (whether it’s friends leaving or lives going in different directions, or even divorces of people we care about). I guess I just love people too much, and it’s hard to let them go – I just want to keep everyone with me!

I’ve been designing some great pieces for possible future projects, and I’m VERY excited at the prospects. Just gonna KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON…

Halloween is UP!!

Inspired by one of my favorite movies, “The Crystal Ball”, from 1943…


I worked for about a month off and on just to make one stupid gypsy/fortune teller box, only to give up and decide the front window would have more impact. Ah well… Such is creativity, eh?


I used an led figurine light display and an old globe from a thrift store to make the glowing ball, because the smaller crystal ball didn’t have enough impact. All in all, a fun way to decorate for Halloween!!