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I’m thrilled to be able to share the new logo I did for this wonderful organization. And, as always, for the opportunity to work with ! ———————————— ・・・ We've got a new logo (thank you, graphic designer )! Our tree of life/tree of contemplation concept remains, we've added a house element and the blue is a nod to the blue in our original watercolor logo created by our co-founder . We use this blue throughout ABODE – it’s even on our coffee cups. Our logo reflects the spirit and mission of ABODE: ABODE is home. We offer compassionate, interfaith and spiritual care in a contemplative community so those who are dying leave this world with dignity and grace. We teach the art of contemplative living and dying. We hope you love it as much as we do!

I’m thrilled to be able to share the new logo I did for this wonderful organization. And, as always, for the opportunity to work with ! ———————————— ・・・ We've got a new logo (thank you, graphic designer )! Our tree of life/tree of contemplation concept remains, we've added a house element and the blue is a nod to the blue in our original watercolor logo created by our co-founder . We use this blue throughout ABODE – it’s even on our coffee cups. Our logo reflects the spirit and mission of ABODE: ABODE is home. We offer compassionate, interfaith and spiritual care in a contemplative community so those who are dying leave this world with dignity and grace. We teach the art of contemplative living and dying. We hope you love it as much as we do!

I’m thrilled to be able to share the new logo I did for this wonderful organization. And, as always, for the opportunity to work with @marycthorsby! ———————————— #Repost @abodeccftd ・・・ We’ve got a new logo (thank you, graphic designer @nikkidale)! Our tree of...

My most personal post

My most personal post

A little over two years ago I posted my most personal blog post ever. I just discovered it again and reread it and have a lot of feelings about it! First, I’m proud and impressed that I wrote something that good and personal and had the guts to post it. It was...

Thoughts for a new year

For the past two years, I have set daily drawing challenges for myself. In 2016 it was 100 days of small square line drawings. In 2017 it was to draw every day in a Moleskine accordion fold sketchbook – one continuous drawing all year. In 2018 I did the 100 day...

Ahhhh… January!

Ahhhh… January!

Ahhhh… January! Somehow I let half of it go by without sending out an email with my flower wallpapers. I started the month – as most of us do – with big plans to get organized, set goals (and actually follow through with them) and accomplish BIG...

boots with my designs printed on them? Yes, please!

boots with my designs printed on them? Yes, please!

Canvas doc martens style boots with my designs printed on them? Yes please! The pair I ordered myself to test the quality, comfort and sizing just arrived and they are absolutely perfect! Who would be interested in buying something like...

Canvas prints

Canvas prints

Y’all, look how good my Maryland state flower and insect drawing looks on a 24 inch square canvas!

New year, new studio organization!

New year, new studio organization!

New year, new studio organization! I’ve been planning forever to set up a corner of my studio to display finished/available worn. Finally got it done! I also haven’t had a great setup for doing encaustic work since I moved here, so that is in progress...

This morning’s coffee

This morning’s coffee

This morning’s coffee is brought to you by the colors red and purple, the numbers 11 and 15 (ounces) and the poppy. Available on my website, minus the coffee.

Southern States Flowers + Insects Calendars!

Southern States Flowers + Insects Calendars!

I’m just about to receive my first big order of these 2020 Southern States Flowers + Insects Calendars! Placing another order soon… if you want one, you can find the link in my bio or go to nikkimay.com/calendar...

It’s that time of the month again…

It’s that time of the month again…

It’s that time of the month again… you know, the beginning. Free pretty flowers to brighten up your electronics! Sign up for my email list to get these paperwhites in your inbox.

Yep, it’s another magnolia and honeybee!

Yep, it’s another magnolia and honeybee!

Yep, it’s another magnolia and honeybee! And this is the final drawing for my 2020 State Flowers + Insects Calendar. Now it’s time to do the layout and get this sucker...

Louisiana and Mississippi

Louisiana and Mississippi

Louisiana and Mississippi both have the magnolia as their state flower and they honeybee as their insect. They are also the last two states I need to complete to finish my calendar design! Here’s one… stay tuned for the next...

Bizarre Art Bazaar

Bizarre Art Bazaar

Getting things ready for the Bizarre Art Bazaar at the @yeiserartcenter tomorrow!...

iris and firefly!

iris and firefly!

Finally finished Tennessee’s state flower and insect – iris and firefly! A few more states left to put together before I can get my new 2020 Southern State Flower + Insect Calendar designed!

This dude knows how to spend a Monday!

This dude knows how to spend a Monday!

This dude knows how to spend a Monday! Scroll to see the pillow he’s snuggling with and the original drawing (in an antique book!) that it came from. This pillow is available on my website and more from the series are coming...

Oil & Cold Wax with Lisa Pressman

Oil & Cold Wax with Lisa Pressman

Here’s what I did today in the Oil & Cold Wax workshop at @ephemerapaducah with @lisapressmanart. It was hard, frustrating and super fun. I don’t even hate what I did! Also, I fell in love today. Her name is Transparent Orange. She’s...

already swamped

already swamped

When you are already swamped with work and wondering how you will meet all of your deadlines, but a friend gifts you her spot in an amazing oil and cold wax workshop with the fabulous Lisa Pressman at Ephemera Paducah, you decide to give up sleeping for the next week...

handmade earrings

handmade earrings

Sometimes you’re at a big party and a lovely woman buys your hand-drawn/handmade earrings right off your...

South Carolina

South Carolina

South Carolina’s state flower is Carolina jasmine – also known as Carolina jessamine. The state insect is a Carolina mantis. I like this drawing of the flowers and I love the drawing of the mantis, but I’m not really thrilled with how well they work together....

Check out my branch and bone earrings

Check out my branch and bone earrings

Come see me today at Raven & Moth and check out my branch and bone earrings. Bones not your thing? I have plenty of necklaces and earrings with hand drawn slices of tree branches, copper and no bones!

Butterfly & Tree BohoBoxes

Butterfly & Tree BohoBoxes

Repost from Butterfly & Tree Jewelry Pre-orders ship tomorrow, friends! We’re busy packing up our gorgeous BohoBoxes tonight. Each box will be packed with a local artisan work from @nikkidale, fair trade silk clothing and bohemian inspired handmade jewelry,...

More flowers for your devices

More flowers for your devices

More flowers for your devices and an exciting new collaboration! Not already on my email list? Sign up through link in my bio.

Ooh, cicada!

Ooh, cicada!

Typical conversation: Me: Ooh, cicada! Her: You’re picking it up? Me: Yes! Her: Gross! Me: Awesome!

The Maine state flower isn’t a flower at all

The Maine state flower isn’t a flower at all

The Maine state flower isn’t a flower at all, but the white pine cone and tassel. Which aren’t flowers. I had no idea what a tassel was, but apparently the pine cone is female and the tassel is male. Like probably half the states, the state insect is the honeybee. I...

Progress on small frames

Progress on small frames

Progress on the small frames that I’m making on my Glowforge for these tiny business card prints from Moo! Maple and walnut so far, but I’m experimenting with other materials too. Now it’s time for the hardest part – coming up with a price that makes it super...

Finally got to my state!

Finally got to my state!

Kentucky’s state flower is goldenrod. I decided to do a little extra for Kentucky and draw the state insect, the honeybee, and state butterfly, the viceroy butterfly. They look a lot like monarchs, but you can tell it’s a viceroy by the extra black stripe...

My latest website launch: Studio e

My latest website launch: Studio e

I’m so excited to be able to show off my latest website launch for Studio e, Emily Young’s physical therapy practice Paducah’s LowerTown Arts District! Design, development and photography all by me! I don’t usually share my branding and web...

At Raven & Moth again …

At Raven & Moth again …

At Raven & Moth again today wearing my branch + bone jewelry. Come see me and take some...

wild prairie rose

wild prairie rose

Iowa’s state flower is the wild prairie rose. They don’t have an official state insect, but there was a campaign to make it the ladybug. So I gave it some...

I’m helping out at Raven & Moth this week

I’m helping out at Raven & Moth this week

I’m helping out at Raven & Moth this week… come see me! Currently wearing one of my hand drawn tree branch slice necklaces and African glass beads and tassel necklace by...

Drawing on this ukulele was super fun!

Drawing on this ukulele was super fun!

Drawing on this ukulele was super fun this afternoon and evening, despite the 110 degree heat index! I thought I’d make more progress, but nobody moves quickly in that kind of heat! The raffle went over well and I’m pleased to announce that Tom Deedle won the finished...

Come watch me draw live on a ukulele!

Come watch me draw live on a ukulele!

Come see me this Saturday evening at the Smedley Artisan Night Market and watch me draw live on a ukulele! Not cool enough? I’m going to raffle off the finished uke at the end of the evening. Come join me and other artist vendors and demos, live music, cocktails, a...

Peonies + Fireflies

Peonies + Fireflies

Indiana’s state flower is the peony. The state insect is the Say’s Firefly. This one was super fun to draw and it needed to be a nighttime feel to show the fireflies! Now I feel the need to draw some open peonies. I wish I could just draw all day every...

It just occurred to me that I should make umbrellas!

It just occurred to me that I should make umbrellas!

It just occurred to me as I was getting drenched under my ugly broken beige umbrella that I should make umbrellas available with my bright designs! Currently working on getting these set up and uploaded to my website. Who is interested in buying one? What other images...

Violets and a monarch butterfly

Violets and a monarch butterfly

Illinois state flower, the violet, and the state insect, the monarch butterfly. I kind of went nuts on this one and filled the page with violets! I also kind of love it!

Mock Orange

Mock Orange

Idaho’s state flower is the mock orange. The state insect is the monarch butterfly, but it flew...

Hibiscus and Kamehameha

Hibiscus and Kamehameha

Hawaii state flower and insect. Hibiscus and Kamehameha butterfly. Somehow each flower and insect I draw get more and more detailed!

It’s been a while…

It’s been a while…

It’s been a while since I posted one of my state flower drawings. Back in the swing of it now with Georgia’s state flower and insect. The Cherokee rose and honeybee.

Brightly colored flowers not your thing?

Brightly colored flowers not your thing?

Brightly colored flowers not your thing? Prefer something a little more out there? These little guys will be with me tomorrow and Saturday at Raven &  Moth

Better late than never, right?

Better late than never, right?

Better late than never, right? May’s birth month flower is the lily of the valley. Sign up for my email list and get these pretty flowers to decorate your phone, iPad and computer!

I made a thing.

I made a thing.

I made a thing. A pendant thing. In an amazing workshop with Susan Lenart Kazmer at Ephemera Paducah. Enamel in formed copper set in a cage made of sterling...

Searching through my zillions of totally unorganized photos…

Searching through my zillions of totally unorganized photos…

Searching through my zillions of totally unorganized photos and I found this fun little video of my little six sided block puzzle. I’m thinking about doing some more of these, but engraved on the Glowforge rather than hand-drawn. Good...

Beauty is pain relief

Beauty is pain relief

Pulled from an old sketchbook. I don’t remember what I was writing about or if I heard or read the line “beauty is pain relief” or wrote it myself… but it still feels true. Second line is also true....

beautiful things

beautiful things

The best friends are ones that make beautiful things and send you dead things in the mail! Thanks for the tiny lizards,...

… Really, mom?

… Really, mom?

#Repost @marycthorsby ・・・ Really, mom? You think I’m gonna leave my girlfriend @nikkidale’s side and go for a walk with you? I’m busy being her...

Sunflower

Sunflower

Skipping a few states alphabetically to draw Kansas’ state flower – the sunflower – since so many people have requested sunflower prints and products! #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures #sunflowers #sunflowers...

Wood Blocks

Wood Blocks

I think it’s time to start drawing on more wood blocks soon. I miss them. What other objects should I draw on? #ijustwanttodrawprettypictures

Spring FINALLY arrived

Spring FINALLY arrived

Look! Spring FINALLY arrived, and with it some pretty daisies – April’s birth month flowers – to decorate your devices. Follow the first link in my bio to sign up to get these wallpapers, keep up with what’s going on in my studio and get a new flower each...

Peach Blossom

Peach Blossom

This week’s state flower is from Delaware, the peach blossom. The state insect is the ladybug.

Texas Bluebonnet + Honeybee Products Now Available!

Texas Bluebonnet + Honeybee Products Now Available!

I took a little break from drawing last week to work on getting some of my state flower + insect drawings on products to sell. First up, Texas Bluebonnets! Scroll through to see all the products I’ve made available so far. All the rest of the flowers coming soon(ish)....

MarchMeetTheMaker: Product in use

MarchMeetTheMaker: Product in use

Day 31 of #MarchMeetTheMaker: Product in use/wild For the final day of this challenge (one day late), I thought I’d show a photo of myself with two of my creations. The necklace is from my Branches and Bones collection of jewelry (available at Raven & Moth and...