May 2, 2016

May Sketch-a-Day!

Well, it's been 122 days since the start of a new year and personal challenge to sketch every day. While I have missed a handful of days, I have at least completed 122 sketches so I'm going to go ahead and pat myself on the back.

And so many of you have joined in the challenge so I'm going to pat you all on the back too. You all have encouraged, supported and challenged me in the best ways and I'm so thankful for you.

I want to thank Stephanie one more time for leading the #sketchadaywithfancythat challenge for April. I loved the theme and hope you all did too. If you remember, we had a little giveaway in April for anyone that completed all 30 days of sketching.



Here's what the lucky artist is winning:

I will be announcing the winner on instagram, @recipeforcrazy, today and then I'll come back here to update this post.

So, are you ready for a new month of sketching?

My long-time friend, Jason - @invisibleelement, is leading May sketches and has a fun theme planned for us. Here's the list of prompts:


If you've never challenged yourself to sketch every day for a month, I encourage you to start this month with us. You'll be surprised what a little commitment can do for the creative mind! And if you've been doing these challenges with us, keep it up! It's no big deal if you miss a day, just draw when you can.

This month we'll be using #sketchadaywithie to keep all our work together and I'll continue to use #sketchadaywithlrz for all you sketch-a-day vets that have been doing it with me since last october.

Happy Monday, friends!

Mar 28, 2016

Draw to Win!


Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a fantastic Easter.

I'm popping in today to share some really exciting news about an upcoming giveaway. For those that have been around these parts for a while now, you know I challenged myself to draw something every single day for the month of October last year. People joined in the challenge and it grew into something more than I could have ever imagined. So this year I made it my personal goal to sketch every day for an entire year. So far I've only missed one day!

Early this year I asked several artists friends to "host" the challenge for a month. They come up with a list of things to draw each day, we all draw the same thing (or our interpretation of it), post on instagram with the tag #sketchadaywithLRZ as well as the hosting artist's hashtag. Friends like, Lori Danelle, Lindsay Hopkins, Katy Fultz, Becky Dawson and Kimber Campbell have all led a month, each bringing their unique style and inspiration to the challenge and I'm so thankful for each of them!

Next month my friend, Stephanie of Fancy that Design House will be hosting. I just love her style and am so excited to draw with her for a month. I hope you'll join us! You can find Stephanie on instagram @fancythatdesignhouse.



And as a little encouragement to try sketching with us this month, the amazing people over at Sakura of America are doing a little giveaway! They sent me a mix of pens, paints and brushes to sample this month and then another set of goodies to give away at the end of the challenge! I've already been playing with some of the supplies and can't wait to share them with you. It's going to be such a fun month.

Here's what the winner gets:




Amazing right?!

Your chance to win this incredible artist prize pack is easy!
  1. follow me @lesleyzellers and @fancythatdesignhouse
  2. draw with us each day, posting your sketch to instagram and tagging #sketchadaywithLRZ and #sketchadaywithfancythat

That's it. Each person that draws every single day with us will be entered in the giveaway and a winner will be randomly selected on May 1, 2016!

The winner will NOT be selected on the level or ability of drawing. This is not a contest to see who's the best artist but to encourage people to try something new. If you've never sketched a day in your life, now's the time. Seasoned artists, join us and inspire us with your creativity! I will announce the winner and ship out you goodies right away.

Thank you, @sakuraofamerica, for sharing your goodies with us.

Here's a little sneak peek of some of the others artists joining in hosting the sketch-a-day challenge in the coming months: @Gingiber, @JagoSilver, @AllenDesignStudio and many more!!! I'm so excited to keep this thing going and look forward to seeing some new art!

Good luck and let's draw!



Feb 18, 2016

Spring Backyard Garden Workshop



Good morning, friends!! I am so excited to finally announce some of the details for this year's Spring gardening workshop! After last year's summer workshop in our backyard garden, my husband and I started dreaming up ideas for a new one and the time is finally here!

For those new around here, you can read how we got started doing gardening workshops here as well as get a glimpse of why we love to garden so much.

zellersgarden-after

Some of the details are similar to last year but we've added some exciting new topics and lunch will actually be harvested from our garden (God willing the seeds we planted actually grow) - you guys will do the picking! Then we'll get together to clean, prepare and make lunch together before a quick q&a time.  

garden fresh summer salad


Here are the quick facts of what to expect:

REGISTRATION OPENS AT 8AM CST.

SPRINGWORKSHOP

Saturday, April 16th, 2016
Zellers Backyard - Tulsa, OK
9am-1pm (or as long as you want to hang out)
donuts + coffee, snacks and lunch will be provided

We are so excited to invite you to join us for a relaxed, hands-on experience as we discuss some of our favorite gardening techniques, show you real-life examples in our garden, talk about different methods of growing food as well as make new friends and above all else, have a great time! We'll wrap up the workshop with a little q&a session and picnic - so bring your garden layout or any questions you want answered.


Some topics we'll address:
  • soil basics
  • container gardening
  • companion planting
  • permaculture principles
  • natural fertilizers and insect repellents
  • preserving your harvest
  • and more!


We'll start the day with donuts and of course coffee. For lunch, we will go into the garden and harvest a mix of fresh greens, onions and radishes to make our own salads along with some of Lesley's favorite dressing recipes.

Each guest will go home with confidence to start your own garden, some fun goodies, a set of companion planning cards, some of my favorite recipes using garden produce and gardening tips - plus more surprises I can't wait to share!

Here are a few pictures from last year's workshop, taken by Jessie Leigh Photography.

Zellers Backyard Garden workshop - photos by http://jessieleighphotography.com

Zellers Backyard Garden workshop - photos by http://jessieleighphotography.com
 
Zellers Backyard Garden workshop - photos by http://jessieleighphotography.com

Zellers Backyard Garden workshop - photos by http://jessieleighphotography.com

Zellers Backyard Garden workshop - photos by http://jessieleighphotography.com

Zellers Backyard Garden workshop - photos by http://jessieleighphotography.com

I hope to see you here! Registration is now live and seats are limited!

Jan 11, 2016

The new site is LIVE!

After weeks and weeks of working on transitioning my etsy shop to the new RECIPEFORCRAZY.COM site, it's finally LIVE!



I'd love to hear your feedback. And as a kickoff to the new site, you can get 20% off all purchases over $25 with code WEREBACK when entered at checkout.

There are just a few flat, 5x7 pun-intended cards left. The new cards, including all the new designs, will be folded greeting cards and they will replace the flat cards. They are currently at the printer so I'll let you know when they arrive in the shop. That said, if you're wanting the flat cards you better get what's left before they're gone!

Also, you might notice the shop is located where my blog used to live. I didn't 100% think it through that when I moved the shop to recipeforcrazy.com that there would be some issues with moving my blog. So. Lesson learned. If you have saved links to certain posts and get the pesky 404 error message, sorry about that. Not the best move on my part but you can easily access the pages by putting blog. in front of recipeforcrazy.com/whateverpostitshouldbe. 

If there are any web experts out there than can help me figure out how to redirect incoming links to the new address, I'm all ears!

Happy Monday, friends!

Jan 7, 2016

Corn Dogs and Crafting at the Farmchicks Show!


Well I'm not certain there will be corn dogs there but for those who know me even the slightest, you know I love fair food. Add in my sister, Ashley, my girls Amanda Rydell and Sara Parsons with some crafting at one of the coolest antique shows of all time and you have made my year.



What am I talking about?

BE CRAFTY is headed to Spokane, WA to host workshops throughout the day at the one and only Farm Chicks Show! I know I say this about every BE CRAFTY workshop I get to be involved with but I mean it - I am pinching myself that I get to hang out with my ladies at this event. I love my family more than anyone could imagine but getting to have a weekend getaway with people I love, shopping for antiques and crafting (and let's not forget the hope that there will be copious amounts of fair food to feast on), well, let's just say I'm more than a little excited.

Want to join in the fun?

Here are a few details, but for more information and to register for a BE CRAFTY Workshop at the show click here.

WHEN: SATURDAY, JUNE 4th 2016

WHERE: SPOKANE, WASHINGTON

REGISTRATION: HERE

COST: $60.00 for a one hour workshop session, session availability on registration page. All supplies are included but attendees will need to purchase a Farm Chicks Show admission ticket.

Grab your friends and REGISTER TODAY !!!  Workshop sessions are VERY LIMITED  due to space.

Information on travel and hotel can be found on The Farm Chicks website along with all information about this amazing show !!!!!

Dec 9, 2015

Batman smells freebie

Yesterday I posted this photo to instagram:

Batman smells

with this caption:

I used today's #sketchaday_penandpaint prompt "jingle bells" as an excuse to update the boy's art in his room with a little Christmas cheer - because according the the boys in my family (ahem @underthesycamore , I'm looking at you 👀) these are the lyrics to jingle bells. May as well get used to it early! #sketchadaywithlrz #recipeforcrazy

Several people commented that they would like the print as well. So, I scanned it in and have it ready for you as a free PDF download!


Click here for your file.

And speaking of the sketch-a-day challenge, if you've been keeping up, the challenge has grown quite a bit. What started out as a challenge to myself has become quite a bit more! I asked a couple of my artists friends to continue the challenge after I had my baby in October because so many people were enjoying the daily prompts to draw.

My friend, Lori, who always thinks a lot bigger than I do, said, 1. yes I'll do a month and then 2. what if we found other artists and did it for a whole year!? So I asked some friends, as did she, and I'm so excited to announce the sketch-a-day for a YEAR challenge. There will be a different artist leading a month for all of 2016! I cannot even believe some of the artists that said yes to hosting a month!! You are seriously going to freak out. But I'll share those details another day.

So if you're thinking, 'an entire year? I couldn't do it for an entire month, or even a week for that matter!' Don't worry. This is not meant to stress you out so if you miss a day, or week or month even, just pick up where you can when you can. The point is, "BIG THINGS HAPPEN ONE DAY AT A TIME."

To make it easy to track your goal, I found this awesome little printable over at EliseJoy.com. It's only $4 and comes in several sizes that you can print off at home or on super massive paper at a print shop. I think I'll print the massive one and hang it in my office.

source

Here's the idea behind her project, "
...the idea was each day that you did something (I chose exercise) you got to check off the day. 
 
The goal was to "fill it in." 

But the lesson I learned was to "keep going." 

Who cared if I missed a day, or even a week? When I stepped back a bit to see the whole year at once, any day that had been checked off looked like progress. I just wanted to fill in what I could, celebrate what had been done and keep looking forward.

I love that! The lesson learned was to "KEEP GOING." You can get the files here.

And if sketching isn't your thing, I think this chart is awesome for anything. You want to drink water every day? Check it off. Excercise every day? Check. Not cuss every day? Check it off. Read every day? Check it.

I'm challenging you to challenge yourself in some way next year. A double-challenge. And just see what happens! I'd love for you to share how you plan on using the tracker, if you do.

So batman smells and let's draw together for a year in 2016!

Nov 29, 2015

sketching favorites and December sketching list

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving break. I've been eating all the leftover stuffing & pie and have been packaging orders like a crazy person so THANK YOU to everyone that purchased & supported my shop this year. You continue to bless me more than you can ever know.

The shop is closed for the rest of the year but you can now find some of my prints over at Maker + Ink.

pleasant words by lesley zellers

It's a new site that offers a variety of prints from artists all across the country and I'm honored to be included. Here's a snippet from the about page:
At Maker + Ink, our passion is creating art that declares God's truth and looks great in our homes.

We are excited to offer a curated collection of modern, stylish, faith-based art prints created by a small group of talented designers from across the country.

Instead of clicking from website to website in search of the perfect scripture print, you'll find a carefully selected assortment of designs all in one place."

AND, it's about to be December! (where did the year go!?) Do you know what that means? A new month for the sketch-a-day challenge I started back in October! For the month of December my friend, Lindsay, owner/painter/letterer/artist behind pen + paint will be leading hosting the challenge! You can see the daily prompts on her blog. I am so excited to draw with her and I hope you join in.

Since we're talking about sketching, I frequently get asked what my favorite tools are for the job so I'm sharing some of my most used basic supplies.


Click on any image for source.

For drawing: pencils, pens and markers. 

Basic #2 pencil is pretty much all I ever use. My pen collection, on the other hand, is quite extensive but these Faber-Castell Pitt and Pilot G-Tec-C are my current favorites. The Pitt are waterproof and come in different sizes and the G-Tec makes a super fine line.
          


For painting: watercolors and watercolor paper. 

I've used Prang in the past but I recently invested in this travel set of watercolors and am really pleased with them. There isn't black in the set so I just use my calligraphy ink to darken when needed. And watercolor paper. They key here is the weight. Make sure you get 140lb so the paper won't ripple.

    


Paper: sketchbook & notebooks.

For a sketchbook, I like 5.5x8.5 hardbound with band to keep it closed and I like the smaller size so I can fit it in my bag. And for notebooks, I prefer dot grid books like this northbooks set I found on amazon.

              

That's it for my favorite basic supplies. For a more detailed list of all my favorite design-related things, go to my design faqs page.

Now, grab a pencil and some paper and get sketching with us!

Nov 24, 2015

new cards, free download, weekend sales info & more

There are so many things I want to tell you about so let's just get started.

First, I launched my little card line yesterday after much encouraging by my friends on instagram and was completely blown away by the support and all the orders. So I just wanted to pop in to say thank you!

pun cards set by lesley zellers

Several designs sold out pretty fast and there are just a few left of others. I guess you people really do appreciate a good pun!

For those that don't follow me on instagram, @lesleyzellers. I wanted to tell you how this funny little line came to be.

It all started with a pretty bad watercolor painting attempt that I sent to my friend for feedback. I was trying something new and just wasn't feeling it. She gave me great feedback and basically told me to try again.

Then I posted this on instagram:
veggies are rad by lesley zelelrs

with the caption:

Veggies are rad. Day 3 of #sketchadaywithhomeagain (a day late): radish.
Here's a little backstory: I sent a fellow design friend a watercolor I attempted. She told me (in the nicest way possible) that it looked like a beginner's work. I sent all the 😂💁🏼 emojis because that's exact what I am. I've never taken a formal painting class but have started playing around with it more. This same friend got me started on hand lettering after referring me to a @skillshare class. So I joked & asked if there was a watercolor class on skillshare. Turns out there is. So instead of putting the brushes away & admitting defeat - I took a class & am challenging myself to doing November prompts in watercolors. 😁🙀. Practice makes better, right?  
SO. All that to say. Honest friends that challenge & sharpen you are hard to find. Hold on to them. And if someone tells you you can't paint - by golly, take some classes, practice & punch those paints in the face. And lastly - that thing that you don't think you can do - go do it. Today. Mini blog is over. Carry on with your Wednesday. #sketchadaywithlrz

Sorry, apparently emojis don't work here.

So I decided to challenge myself to get better at watercolors. The next sketch-a-day prompt for the month, shared by @homeagaincreative, was dog. How in the world do you paint a dog? I didn't know but I do love a good hot dog and that fit, so a little hot dog character was born.

pun cards by lesley zellers

Then came encouraging. More prompts begging to be characters. And a whole set of cards were born.

pun cards by lesley zellers

And now they are in my shop. Crazy, right?! All because I tried something new. And while I'm not the best watercolorer after nearly a month of painting, I think I've learned some things and improved slightly - even if the month took a new direction in the form of challenging myself to come up with funny characters for each prompt!

So I stand by what I said on that post: ...that thing that you don't think you can do - go do it. Today.

You never know what will happen in a month!

Second, that free download!


As a small thank you for putting up with my humor and supporting my cards, I'm giving you guys a free set of Thanksgiving tags to download so you can print, cut and use as you wish!

thankful-tags

There are five designs ready to use for little notes, place cards or thank yous. Download them here.

Next up, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Sales!!!


Every year I love doing so pretty great sales in my shop and wanted to share some codes for you to use in the next few of days. And a reminder, my shop will close for the year after Saturday.

These codes will work both Friday and Saturday:
  • Spend $20 - get 15% off with code shopsmall15
  • Spend $50 - get 25% off with code shopsmall25
  • Spend $100 or more - get 35% off with code shopsmall35
And there may be a flash sale so stay tuned! It will be announced on instagram, @lesleyzellers.

One last thing!


The sketch-a-day challenge I started in October has a new host for December! I'm so excited to announce the the super talented, Lindsay, of  pen and paint, will be leading us for another month of drawing together!!! Follow her on instagram @pen_and_paint, for the prompts for the month. And thanks again to @homeagaincreative for leading us in November.

That's it! Now have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

givethanks



Oct 28, 2015

Draw with me, err, with Lori Danelle!

Where did October go? It seems like yesterday the month began and I was anticipating my nearing due date. Which was then followed by the longest week of my life when said due date came and went. But now here I am with a 2.5 week old baby boy! Sheesh!

All that good stuff and I'm close to actually finishing a project I started!

october sketch-a-day with @lesleyzellers

Woohoo for seeing something to the end. I'm high fiving myself because if you know me well, you know I start a LOT of things but rarely finish them. So I'm really proud that I've kept up with my October sketch-a-day challenge.




What started as a simple way to challenge myself to draw more, you can see the post here, ended up being so much more. I found an amazing little community of artists wanting to try to challenge themselves too. This little instagram community has grown into a supportive and encouraging place for artists of all walks and experience levels. Some tried sketching for the first time while others sharpened their already amazing skills.

It's been such a blessing and I'm so thankful and really humbled to be part of such a fun thing on instagram so THANKYOU to everyone that joined in the challenge - one sketch or every single day, over 700 sketches to date! You rock.




And while I'd love to continue next month, adjusting to life with a newborn and family of five needs a bit more of my attention. So, even though it is hard to step away, I'm leaving you in great hands! The sketch-a-day challenge will continue next month and my super talented friend, Lori Danelle, of Home Again Creative will be hosting you through November!!!




You can find her on instagram, @homeagaincreative, or online, homeagaincreative.com. She will be posting the prompts for November so make sure you check her out.

I will be sketching when I can and I'm really excited to challenge myself further. Lori will be posting a new hashtag unique to the November challenge so make sure you use it but feel free to use my #sketchadaywithlrz to include your drawings in the original feed if you want to keep them all together.


My Boy is Here!!!

I'm a little late in posting this and will be sharing more later, but since we've had our guy with our family for two weeks now, I figured I better share a quick update.

More on his birth story later but he was born a week late and healthy as can be at 7 lbs 4 oz and 19.5" long.

birth day


We are totally smitten with him and soaking up all the newborn goodness.

looking a bit like his sisters when they were newborns



boy clothes and accessories are fun - 2 weeks


Thank you all for your prayers and support while we were waiting for him to arrive! We are so happy and so blessed.