The Great American Road Trip

I consider myself a bit of an expert on epic road trips. We've camped our way across the country year after year, from the Pacific Ocean to the easternmost point in the US in Maine. By the end of this summer, we will have hit all 48 continental states. Later this month, we'll be headed south to Mammoth Cave, New Orleans, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

While there are so many exciting things to see as you cross the U.S., our favorite places are our national parks. This year is the centennial of the NPS, and in honor of the natural and historic wonders we have protected in this beautiful country June's coloring page is a collection of national park badges.

New Month, New Fabric, New Coloring Page!

The garden is in full bloom at Casa Hersey - tulips, begonias, spinach, kale - it runs the gamut! I can't take any credit for the lovely and delicious things growing in our yard...I have a brown thumb when it comes to plants, so I stick to drawing flowers that can't die and leave the gardening to my green-thumbed, botanically-gifted husband.

Speaking of flowers I've drawn, my latest collection of patterns - Acadia -  is now available on Spoonflower.

Acadia Quilt

This collection was inspired by our visit to Acadia National Park and our wide-spread exploration of Maine a couple of summers ago.

Acadia Pattern Collection

As frequent visitors to the western United States, it was quite a change to spend time along the northeastern coast. The flora and fauna are so different from what we're used to, either at home or traveling. In this collection, I've tried to capture some of the unique beauty found in the Acadia region.

The artwork from this collection is featured in this month's coloring page. I hope you enjoy it!

April Showers Coloring Page

April has arrived, and with it some less-than-ideal weather. You expect to get rain in April, but I personally could do without hail, snow, and crazy winds. In the hopes that it calms down and just turns to showers, this month's coloring page features a variety of umbrellas suitable for April weather.

These umbrellas are also featured on fabric, wall paper, and gift wrap in my Spoonflower store.
 

If I'd been a boy...

...my parents would've named me Valentine. An old family name. For a dude. Seriously. I'm pretty sure I hit the chromosomal lottery and dodged a real bullet there.

That said, I have a soft spot for Valentine's Day. Sure, it's a little sappy and mushy and obnoxious when you're single. But I fondly remember when I was a little girl (thankfully!) handing out tiny cards to everyone in my class at school. I would spend hours decorating my Valentine's Day mail box, anticipating the cards I would receive. I loved the colorful little messages, love-struck cartoon characters, and candy hearts. As I grew older, I developed an appreciation for vintage Valentine's cards with their corny puns, slightly-forced rhymes, and beautiful illustrations. Here are some favorites from my collection.

In anticipation of Valentine's Day this year, I designed free printable valentines for you!

Don't worry - I haven't forgotten about this month's coloring page...I did get a little carried away with the valentine, but I still have a brand new free printable coloring page for you, too!


Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. The unseasonably warm weather in Ohio made it difficult to get into the Christmas spirit this year, but I enjoyed time with family and friends and yes...I did enjoy wearing a sleeveless top on Christmas.

I didn't make any New Year's resolutions, so to speak. I'm not big on yearly resolutions - they just don't seem to work for me. I'm a fan of evaluating things throughout the year and trying to make changes when needed, but I've never been fairly successful at saying 'beginning January 1, I will/will not _______.'

Some things are better marked with the milestones of time, however. For example, I've decided that 2016 will be The Year of Big Quilts. Mini quilts are fun to make, an inexpensive way to buy all the fabrics in usable quantities, and can provide a rewarding challenge on a small scale. But how many throw quilts and wall hangings do I really need? Realistically, I don't need that many big quilts, either. But what I do need is a challenge...and to slow down and enjoy the process some instead of racing to the finish line. I've picked several projects for this year that will take some time and commitment. And I can't swear I won't make any minis...I'm just going to try to think big when it comes to quilting.

Another goal I've set for myself that lends itself to a yearly view is to release a coloring page every month in 2016. I love to draw, but coloring is relaxing and is a fun, creative way to play with colors. With the new year laying before me as a blank slate, full of possibility, I'm sharing an adventure-minded coloring page with you this month.

I hope you enjoy this printable PDF of vintage-inspired travel stickers as you consider the adventures that lay in store for you this year!