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



Thursday, March 06, 2014

hi

Let's just say this... winter is not my favorite season, especially this extra, long winter. I do love looking at a pretty snowfall, but like everyone else I'm sick of it. I've been busy, busy, busy with our new puppy, and changing over to new computer equipment. Both are testing my patience!

Just wanted to say hi and introduce you to our new pup. I'm so ancy to get back to working on new illustrations, but this little cutie below takes way more time and work than originally anticipated. Thank goodness Spring is almost here for long walks and trips to the park to tire her out! C'mon SPRING!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Holiday Card Sets

I just added two new holiday card sets to my Etsy shop for this year's holiday season. You can also find them locally in the following stores: Dancing Eye Gallery (Northville), Glowfish Studios (Wyandotte), Poesy (Royal Oak), and Yellow Door Art Market (Berkley).

Woodland Animal Holiday Cards
Santa's List Holiday Cards

Sunday, November 10, 2013

cottage room makeover


We spent the past week at the cottage. My husband did some hunting and I did some illustration and together we both tackled painting a bedroom. It took about 5 days to complete the project. There's a lot of prep involved when painting old paneling -- but totally worry every minute spent. I would have taken some before photos but I didn't. I always forget to take them because I'm so excited to get into my project. Anyway, at our family cottage we have a lot of paneling. Most of the paneling is wood paneling but in the upstairs it's not a natural color and over time it has yellowed and needed a little update. It hasn't been changed since it was built in the early 70's so I think it's about time for a change, don't you?


(This dresser will be refinished soon & artwork on this wall too.)

This room is the smallest bedroom in the cottage and since we have never painted there yet I thought we should start with the smallest room to see how it would turn out. At some point the red carpeting will be replaced and I'll be working on refinishing some of the furniture in the room (hopefully this Summer) as well as adding some more art work and decorative touches.


I painted this bedside sconce black and found a small black shade to fit. It used to be brass and wood with a burlap weave looking shade in brown with gold trim.

I painted these two framed embroidery projects glossy white done by my husband's Grandma many years ago. The frames were a light gray and the update sure has freshened them up. I think they look great and almost kinda modern especially since handmade work like this is so hip again.


My Mom crochets animals so I asked her to make us a baby owl.
She surprised us with the momma and baby. I think they look so cute perched on the bed.


(New gray and white lamp from Target - match the new curtains and bedding)


(Vase & flower from IKEA)

Detroit Urban Craft Fair

I'll be at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair December 7th & 8th at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. Come on out and check out all of the holiday handmade goodness! 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Puppy Love


|  Puppy Love : hand-drawn digital illustration  |

When I originally created the puppy love design it was only in black and white, because it was printed on some Kraft paper and embellished for a Valentine card. As time went on I had often thought of taking that illustration and giving it some life with color, to make prints and maybe even more cards too. So that's just what I did today. What do you think?

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