Hi there! Thank you for visiting this special page, where I list my very favorite things. Items listed here are really and truly used by me and loved by me. I give them all my official seal of approval and whole heartedly recommend them to you. Now and then, I'll rotate items off and add new items on.
by Dan Ariely
An eye-opening book about why we do what we do.
|Steal Like an Artist
It's a quick read with deep and longlasting concepts. A must-read for all artists.
by Malcolm Gladwell
Fascinating research about what precedes success.
|The Crossing Point
by Mary Caroline Richards
Goes straight to the heart and mind about the creative work we do.
|Hyperbole and a Half
by Allie Brosh
An honest and hilarious look at depression and other things humans deal with.
|Women Who Run with the Wolves
by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Restlessness, yearning, art, creativity, meaning ... all magnificently addressed in this classic.
|Bamboo Knitting Needles
Whether it's single point, double point, or circulars, I always use bamboo needles by Clover.
My favorite fiber to crochet and knit and tat and braid and macrame with. Comes in natural and bleached.
A book written by yours truly. :)
Sweet little projects and a kickin' basics section that will get any beginner started on the road to crochet!
|Regency Baker's Twine
Once you buy this large cone, you won't have to buy Baker's Twine for a long, long time. This is the thinner 4-ply twine.
|Learn to Tat
This is a superb book. If you read it from cover to cover like I did, you will master the art of shuttle tatting.
|Crochet Visual Quick Tips
by Cecily Keim & Kim Werker
This is my go-to book when I need a refresher on all things crochet.
White Gel Pen
I've tried them all and will declare that this is the best white gel pen around.
Red Gel Pen
I've tried all the colors of gel pens that Signo makes. Of course white is my favorite but let me tell ya, this red rocks.
|Pentel Hybrid Technica 0.3mm Ultra Fine Black Pen
This is what I use when I need to letter the thinnest and most precise lines. I buy these by the box and use them every day.
|Uni-Ball Vision Elite
Roller Ball Pens
Makes a slightly thicker and juicier line than the Pentel Hybrid. It's a great pen and available everywhere.
If you're looking for permanence and a true black that can stay black atop of acrylics and other mediums, it's Staedtler Lumocolors all the way.
|Pilot G-Tec-C Ultra Fine 0.4mm Rollerball Pen
This is the other pen I use to letter or doodle thin and precise lines. They are slightly different than the hybrid technica. Love these pens.
|Golden Artist Colors
Heavy body, fluid, high flow. I use them all.
|Fine Line Precision Applicators
I use the high flow acrylic inks by Golden in these applicators to make fine lines.
|Schmincke Horadam Aquarell Watercolor Pan Set
I love my Schmincke watercolors and use them all the time in my journals and other paper art projects.
|Windsor & Newton Series 7 Sable Brushes
These are my favorite brushes to use with watercolors.
|Blick Studio Stretched Canvas
I like these canvases because they are high quality at a affordable price. Important when you have a ton of paintings that want to come out of you.
|FW Acrylic Ink
For all intents and purposes, these are the equivalent to the High Flow inks by Golden. I like these very much. If you're gonna start with one bottle, you might as start with turquoise.
|Valeo Jump Rope Speed
This adjustable jump speed rope is what I use every day.
|Perfect Health Diet
by Drs. Jaminet
No matter how much I work out, I have to first control what I eat.
|Nike Pro Racerback Compression Bra
Best sports bra ever.
by Brandon and Megan Keatley
I really like the straightforward paleo-based recipes in this cookbook. Great photos. Simple recipes.
|Nike Lady 2.5 inch
Best training short ever. I wear these almost every day.
|Valeo Ab Wheel
I use this at the gym and at home to get a very challenging but rewarding ab workout in very little time.
|Dritz Serrated Tracing Wheel
I roll this into paint and then roll it onto paper or fabric to make lots of lovely dit dots.
|Pentel Aquash Water Brush
I load this brush with water and use it all the time with my Schmincke watercolor set. Perfect for travel.
I wear this when I have to craft in the dark. My kids get moderately mortified when I put it on.
Drawing Paper Pads
This paper is perfect to stamp on, draw on, and embellish to use as gift wrap.
|Dylusions Creative Journal
I heart this journal.
|Dylusions ink spray
I heart this spray.
Mostly for art journaling.
|Canon 7D Camera Body
My main camera that I love and use every single day.
Yes. I'm a Canon girl.
|Canon 30D Camera Body
My first SLR camera, which is now my back-up in case the 7D is out of commission.
|Canon EF 100mm
f/2.8L IS USM Lens with Image Stabilization
A terrific lens for when you want to capture those super close, super emotional shots.
|Canon EF 50mm
f/1.2 L USM Lens
A fixed focal length lens that takes great shots for almost everything I shoot. I use this lens most of the time.
|Canon EF 28-135mm
Great everyday zoom lens.
It's the lens that came with my 30D. I still use a lot, especially when I need a wider shot than the 50mm can give me.
|Canon EF-S 10-22mm
f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens
I use this lens when I need to take an extremely wide angle shot ... like when I'm in a small space with lots of people and need to fit them all in.
|I love to create books!
They are ALL my favorites. Hope you'll check them out. :)