Peanut Butter Bouquets : Watercolor Illustration


Ladies and Gentleman, we have a TEENAGER




Well, I am officially the parent of a teen. This past weekend we had my son’s birthday party and we had some yummy food. My son asked for a chocolate peanut butter cake and I found this yummy recipe.  The peanut butter icing on this cake tastes just like the filling of a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup.



As for the few of us that are gluten/dairy free, I made these copy-cat Hostess Cupcakes that were delicious. They were fudgy and I will be making them again for sure.




Watercolor Practice



Recently, the library asked me to make a few suggestions for non-fiction art books to purchase. I was excited to see that they purchased a few of my suggestions and this week I was able to check a few of them out. The one I am sharing today is  The Joy of Watercolor: 40 Happy Lessons for Painting the World Around You.




These flower vases were the first two lessons in the book. As you can see my flowers need work but I found it to be enjoyable and I love that the lessons are step by step.



This next lesson was my favorite. I just love flowers wrapped in brown paper.



And here is the final piece.


Watercolor Illustration


My last collage of characters was inspired by the book, Imaginary Characters: Mixed-Media Painting Techniques for Figures and Faces . I purchased this book from several months ago but finally decided to look through it. In this painting, I was just playing around with faces and colors. I really like illustrated characters but I am unsure how I feel about the overly dramatized features. I am going to have to play some more.






Tea Day



I am joining the Tea Day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today arrived in the mail this afternoon and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I can only drink herbal tea before lunch so I bought this 1 pound bag to hold me over for a while. This herbal tea, Harney & Sons Mulled Plum Cider Tea, was delicious. The aroma was wonderful and it left a pleasant and very spicy aftertaste in my mouth. Obviously, if you like spicy, this tea is for you.

Happy Tea Day,


13 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Bouquets : Watercolor Illustration”

  • That is an amazing cake Kate. It looks like something a teenager would love. I like how you decorated it. I bet your son was thrilled. I am also impressed with your faux hostess cupcakes, You could have fooled me. And how do you feel being the mom of a teenager? Have a fantastic T day. hugs-Erika

  • That cake looks delicious. I was in awe of how you decorated it, too, Kate. I even love the faux ding dongs.

    You must carry a lot of weight at your library, because our library doesn’t take requests, even though I used to ask if they could buy certain books. This was a gem and you created some lovely paintings. I even like the quirky people from the other book, too. That is one I would probably enjoy.

    Your tea looks lovely. I love spicy tea, so I suspect I would love the tea you purchased. Thanks for sharing your incredible cake, cupcakes, cookies, art, and tea with us for T this almost Tuesday.

  • Wow ~ That cake looks amazing! Look at his smile 🙂 ~ I pinned the GF cupcakes and might have to try to make them for our Easter gathering. Terrific watercolor projects too. Both books look interesting, you chose well ~ Enjoy!

  • Happy Birthday to your Teen! While the cake looks awesome, I’m more of a fan of the Hostess Cupcakes. The watercolor book looks like lots of fun and your illustrated faces are wonderful. Happy T Day

  • That is a gorgeous cake. The way you used the Reese’s cups is very imaginative. And congratulations on having a teen!

    be safe…. mae at

  • Well, happy birthday to your teenage son!!! He chose a cake that holds my very favorite combination too:) And your desserts are certainly bakery shop window worthy! So cool that some of your book selections were bought and that you can now enjoy them with out buying them yourself:)
    Your watercolor painting are just beautiful Kate.
    Happy T day wishes.

  • Wow, all these amazing cakes are making me hungry …lol 😉. Happy Birthday to your teen, he looks so grown up! The cake looks so amazing, it’s decorated so beautifully and I bet it tasted amazing too. Beautiful paintings, it looks like you had fun creating all that detail in watercolour. Take care and wishing you a Happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

  • Oh, my goodness! I want that cake! Yum! I wish you and your new teenager the best! 🙂 Your art work is beautiful as always! Happy T Day!

  • Wow, time runs. I was surely shocked whn a friend my age announced her Son is a teenager now. I remember how he cuddled up at me and now he´s waaaay taller than me. And I´m not cool any longer, LOL.

    Happy times with a teenager, hope he´s not as bad as I was – good luck 😉

    Guess what I just ordered? As hardcover, too (they offered as kindle, but I can´t imagine step-by-step watercolor like that?). Now I just hope for some talent… You do have it!

    Plum Cider sounds yummy, too – happy belated T-day!

  • Kate your cake is absolutely amazing, I can imagine how tasty it was, I don’t like peanut butter out of the jar but I love those Reece cups, I get them all at Halloween as no one else likes them! Gorgeous looking cupcakes too, you really are so creative in the kitchen,
    Beautiful water colours too
    Have a lovely day
    Jan S

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