Friday, September 19, 2014

Crafty Friday

I took a short break from my work today to do something crafty. I brought home an old round box with a lid that was at our family cottage, when we recently started re-decorating a bedroom. It was a cute, round box that was my husband's Grandmas and I just didn't see the point of throwing it away -- but it definitely needed some sprucing up. I brought it home and I've had it on the shelf in my studio for the Summer trying to think about how I wanted to repurpose it.

I have been seeing a lot of decor with maps lately and I love old maps. I especially love the old school pull-down maps, but that's to discuss for another time. So I started searching around for old Michigan maps, but I didn't find anything that I needed or liked, and then one day I was looking for something on Etsy and I stumbled upon a shop where I could download a vintage 1920's Michigan map for only $2! I purchased the map and printed it out on my computer. I made some templates to cover the box and bingo! a new cute box was born! I sprayed glued the pieces onto the box, and also put a matte spray to protect the ink on the paper since I printed it on my inkjet printer and knew the box would probably be handled. I chose Drummond Island for the lid (because that's where our family cottage is) and my husband noticed that this particular map did not have the Mackinaw Bridge. He said he's been looking forever for a vintage Michigan map that didn't have the bridge, because he saw one framed sometime ago in an old rustic frame and thought it looked really cool.  He said he searched for quite awhile but never found one. So he was really happy to see the map and thought it was cool that I was covering the box with the old map -- even if it was a replica. We must be on the same wavelength! Any guesses to when the bridge was completed? No cheating looking on Google! It's much later than I would have thought.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vintage Viewmaster Watercolor Print

I've really been on a roll working on new illustrations. I'm having such a great time it hardly feels like work at all, and for that I feel truly grateful. Okay, okay... it feels like work when I'm finished with an illustration and then it needs scanning, printing, packaging, pricing, listing on Etsy, inventory numbers and getting them prepared to ship or deliver to shops and galleries that carry my work. Whew! But, let's not talk about that part because all of that kinda bogs my brain down. So that's why I decided to kick it into high gear and just work on a lot of new illustrations and then I'm going to take several days and really crank out a ton of prints, cards and do the inventory and get ready to make my deliveries and shipments.

So with that... here's my new illustration the Vintage Viewmaster! Who remembers having one of these? I sure do. I loved mine. It's hard to remember that far back but my most vivid memory of the slides were ones of Disneyworld. It was pretty cool to me since at that point I had never been. I remember the It's a Small World ride slide, which was pretty cool to see, and when I finally went it was even better in person. Now that I'm thinking about it, I also remember having Casper the friendly ghost slides. I loved Casper too!

You can purchase prints of my watercolor in my Etsy shop and soon in local shops that carry my work. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Faygo Orange Pop Watercolor Print

I've had a lot of requests for different flavors of Faygo sodas since painting my first illustration of Faygo Red Pop. I guess at the time when I painted the first one, I had no idea that people loved Faygo as much as I did, but now I know! Since then I've also done a Pop + Chips illustration with Faygo Root Beer and Better Made Potato Chips, and another piece Faygo, Coney + Fries, with a Rock -n- Rye soda included in that illustration.

Anyway, after many requests... here's my new illustration of the Faygo Orange Pop bottle. Everyone has their favorite flavor, right? What's yours??? I hear alot of rumbling about Grape being a favorite so I'll put that on my list of things to-do!

Orange Pop
prints now available in my Etsy shop

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puff Watercolor Painting

Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puff
prints now available in my Etsy shop
If you're from Michigan or have ever visited, you have surely had a chance to taste a Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puff and I'm sure it wasn't your last one too.

I have a lot of great memories spending time with my Grandma. One of my favorites was going to Sanders with her in Dearborn at the Westborn shopping mall. First we went to Crowley's department store so my Grandma could peruse the aisles of beauty (as my Grandpap would say), and sometimes she would take me in Sally's cards store so I could get some stickers. Then she would suggest that we should go to Sanders for lunch and a special treat. I loved sitting up at the counter and drinking from the paper cups in the metal cup holders. We would always get a tunafish sandwich on toast and then we'd split either a sundae or my favorite the hot fudge cream puff. My Grandma always said we were going there for me, but I know the truth -- oh... did she have a sweet tooth! I sure do miss her! My illustration was created in watercolor and gouache.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tufted Titmouse on Quaking Aspen Branch Watercolor Illustration

The manager at Dancing Eye Gallery, who I've also become friends with over the past few years, requested a Fall bird illustration to have for sale in the gallery on cards and prints. So, I brainstormed with the help of my husband on what kind of bird I wanted to illustrate, and we came up with the Tufted Titmouse on a Quaking Aspen Branch. We were on our way to the family cottage to Drummond Island and the Tufted Titmouse came to mind for my husband and the Quaking Aspen for me. I contacted Janine when we got home and told her what my plans were and what I was working on and sadly I had also just found out that Janine just lost her Mom. She was speechless about the bird and tree that I chose because one of her Mom's favorite trees was the Aspen, as she grew up in Colorado. When they moved later in life and she had her own home with her family, Janine's mom insisted that Aspen's were on their property. Janine also remembers that she loved feeding the Tufted Titmouse. I'm pretty certain that these sorts of things happen for a reason. I took the new piece out to the gallery today and Janine was so happy about the piece. Sometimes the universe works in mysterious ways. I couldn't be happier to know that this piece will forever have wonderful memories of Janine's Mom forever for Janine, because happiness for me is creating art and if my art makes someone else happy that's truly the ultimate reward.

Tufted Titmouse on Quaking Aspen Branch
prints now available in my Etsy shop

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Crafty Cottage Fun

I was lucky to spend alot of time this Summer up at our family cottage in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Drummond Island. A few friends came up to visit this year. We worked on some crafty projects this time instead of painting. I worked on alot of pom-pom stick flowers and painted rocks. I love how the flowers look in assorted vases and bottles we found around the cottage and the vintage mason jar from a friend. We also did yarn stick wrapping too. It was all alot of fun and a fun departure from painting for awhile. More to come on that...

Tiny Yellow Mustard Pom Pom Flowers with a Monarch Butterfly Painted Rock
next to the bed on a nightstand table

Giant Pom Pom Flowers tied with burlap twine
in the living room

Bee Painted Rock perched on the dresser in the bedroom

Blueberry-ish Pom Pom Flowers in a vintage bottle found at the cottage
on a small shelf in the kitchen

Fluffy Pom Bouquet in Red and Gray tied with yarn in an old mason jar with found tiny pebble rocks
in the living room

Monday, April 21, 2014

Little People Cards

I have a friend that I've met from doing indie craft shows and she makes notebooks and jewelry from vintage records and albums as well as having a cool vintage clothing shop called Reware Vintage. In her vintage hunting travels, she stumbled upon Fisher Price Little People and she purchased some for her children, so I asked her to pick up a handful for me as well. They have been sitting on the windowsill in my studio office for over a year now. I love looking at them. I've had the card ideas for awhile now and finally I've been able to execute a few of them and there will definitely be more to come!

If you follow my blog or my artwork,  you know that I'm a big fan of toys from my childhood. When I was a little kid, I played with Fisher Price toys as I'm sure most children did from my generation. They were well-made and lasted forever. I could kick myself but I just sold some of my own in a garage sale before I started my illustration business. Anyway in the summer, when we needed a break from sprinklers, Big Wheels and roller skates, my Mom would set up a blanket on the front porch filled with my Fisher Price Little People toys. My friends would bring their Little People over and we'd have a town full of fun.

The illustrations have been done digitally in Adobe Illustrator. I love their little faces, and simple shaped bodies. They make me smile and bring me back to a time when life was simple. All three are available in my Etsy shop for purchase.

Fisher Price Little People Mother's Day Card

Fisher Price Little People Father's Day Card

Fisher Price New Baby Card


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