Pen & Ink App

Free on the Apple App Store, this is my favorite app for “pencil” sketching. While I still prefer the many other options that accompany the paid (of course) version of Sketch Club and the easy functionality of Sketches (free), I find myself coming back to this simplistic app for casual brainstorming and practice. 


I have to say that I like sketching in this app more than I do in my traditional, bound sketchbook. Here’s why:

  • No other app I’ve used (and I’ve downloaded/tried/deleted many) has such smooth, realistic tracking with the use of a standard stylus (see The Friendly Swede stylus photo below). 
  • Its undo/redo buttons makes changes easy if you’re a beginner learning to draw or someone who hasn’t drawn anything in a while! 
  • Easy pinch zoom without change in tool size (I bring this up because I’ve encountered the issue of trying to make tiny, tweaks here and there in other apps and ended up with a line thicker than my initial zoomed-out drawing. 
  • Traceable layer (just import a pic and it automatically sets to transparent so you can draw over it)
  • Ready-to-use color palettes and customizable palette (not unique to this app but still nice)

Minor drawback (not so unique either):

  • I layer only. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it appears that extra layers are locked until you get the paid version. 

…which is why I sketch only lol. Luckily, you can import the rough to your camera roll and open in another app if you want to color in multiple layers. 

🌿🌿🌿Here are the styluses mentioned above. You can buy them off Amazon. They’re really great for the price! And the colors are gorgeous! 


Reality is scary

Boy, what a day. Last night, we turned our clocks ahead one hour and chaos ensues. I wake up after four hours of sleep with fever and chills, stumble to Mass (don’t worry, there’s a designated driver: brother), fumble at work doing the oddest and nonsensical things… Then, to cap it off, my brother drops me off at home early after my little cousins’ birthday party because I’m feeling totally pooped and then he returns to the party. Next thing you know, there’s an odd series of knocks on my bathroom door while I’m showering.  Continue reading “Reality is scary”


Fathers. They come in many shapes and personalities. 

My dad is a pretty tough guy who loves his house plants like his own kids. He nearly cried when he saw how I pruned the kumquat tree. 😥

DIY Upcycled Wine Case to Vase Cover

Do you ever notice how nice wine packaging is? It seems an awful waste to just chuck those sturdy decorative boxes and cylinder cases. Why not make it into something new?😀

You’ll need:

  • Matte mod podge
  • craft brush
  • scrapbook paper
  • scissors/paper trimmer
  • a pen (forgot to include it in the picture) and your empty wine case.

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Tricks for Dealing with the Blues

The blues just come and go randomly.

I’d hate to write only about less-than-stellar feelings but they are a part of our lives and sometimes we just need time to ourselves to sort out thoughts that we cannot share with others. These are some tips that definitely help me and I hope they can be of help to you. They are not arranged by order of importance. I’ve listed them just based on the order that I thought them up.

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