Sunday, October 10, 2010

3rd Annual Gathering Room Gallery Night


MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Saturday, November 6th! From 4-9PM I will be alongside 4 other local artists showcasing our latest work. Come have dinner at The Cruise, listen to live music and check out our newest pieces -- jewelry, pottery, handmade items, original paintings and more!

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The Cruise Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant28747 North Lake Drive, Waterford, WI 53185
For directions, check out www.thecruisetichigan.com

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Scrumptious Things Called Houses

IS IT POSSIBLE that most everyday I find myself loving my neighborhood even more? Fresh farmer's markets, tree-lined streets, the parkway, ...the sounds of trains in the distance. When the sun was still coming up and the only things out and about were singing birds, I was inspired to take a few photos of the most charming houses around my neck of the woods.


I still have a lot more sketches to do, but I couldn't resist starting to add color in already. Leave it to me to be 10 steps ahead of myself. I've got about 4 paintings waiting to be finished, but I really just wanted to start in on this project today. Guess you can never have too much stuff for a gallery night, right?


Monday, July 5, 2010

SHOW PREP - More Work In Progress


GATHERING bits and pieces (literally) from here and there to get ready for my annual gallery show in October. Here are some snippets of new, but incomplete pieces that incorporate paper, felt and paint. They're a nice break from my usual digital illustration. And besides,... what's more fun than working with mod podge and having itty-bitty pieces of paper stuck to your toes?

Next on my list – ink feather sketches. Love creating positive & negative space and texture with just the use of lines. These will be completed digitally.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Work In Progress

NEW acrylic/paper collage canvas pieces in the works:


because if I have to even look at a computer screen this weekend (how I normally create my art), I'll puke. Um, yeah,...I'm serious. Working full-time as a designer facing a screen alllllll day long will do that to you. I'm making a small exception in order to post. :)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!


Mark 16:1-7

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'


He is risen indeed! Enjoy your Easter weekend!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Eye Candy

PRETTY magazines + double-sided tape + scissors + poster board = Sunday eye candy. Things and colors that inspire me:






Sunday, February 21, 2010

Pink and Brown Bedroom

WITH $9 for paint and my new pink quilt I made as inspiration, I've transformed my once white and barren room, to this lovely haven:

I've finally taken the time to push aside life and make my dream room come true. Being a renter, there's only so much you can do when it comes to interior decorating. But with a little maneuvering, I got the landlord to let me paint. I figure if I'm ever gonna have a pink and brown room, I better do it now. Here's the breakdown:

Marshalls: (The go to place for everything you didn't know you needed) - Magenta peonies flowers (my favorite), white circular mirror and white and magenta polka dot pillows.

Target: Brown quilted coverlet, pink polka dot sheets, glass lamp and shade.

HSN: Brown tufted headboard. Okay, so this was something I already had for the room. But still, I got this amazing chocolate velvet headboard for a steal when I happened to flip past this channel one night.

Home Depot: A quart of 'shy blush' pink paint.

Grand total: Just under $250. But really, it's priceless to me. All I know is... I had yet to make a place in my apartment where I could just 'be'. And now that I have one, my only regret is not doing it sooner. I know, I know.... pink and brown isn't for everyone. But to me, I've finally got my quiet oasis where I can relax and feel cozy for a good read or just some quiet time.

Where are your favorite places to get away for some 'you' time?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Pink Button Quilt WIP

WHEN YOU CAN only get to this project on the weekends, it tends to last a loooong time.


Button ties complete.


Piecing together my binding strips.



Um, yeah....loooooots of strips to equal the length of the perimeter of the quilt.


Getting ready to pin the finishing strips around the outside of the quilt.


Sewing the strips on. When that's finished, I wrap the strips around to the backside of the quilt and hand sew with a blind stitch to finish up. Happy Valentine's Day! Some quilting love from me to you.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Weekend Wrap-Up

The sunshine inspired this photo I took of a jar of old buttons my grandma so graciously donated to me.


This little birdie pin cushion from my dear friend, Dee, kept me company while sewing.


Pinned my quilt 'sandwich' together (meaning the top quilt, the batting and then the bottom) so I could sew 99 buttons on. By hand. And then after stitching one button on, I quickly changed my mind. I gotta figure out how to sew on about half of that and then maybe just use embroidery floss to stitch the leftover spaces together. I'll show you what I mean later on when I'm finished.


Oh yes,...and I also developed a small obsession with the new Jell-O chocolate mousse cups:


*ehem* Dr. Mr. Jell-O company: Please review and revise your six cup package design to hold twenty-four cups instead. One for each hour of the day. Thank you.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mirror Illustrations *Sneak Peek*

Pssst. Wanna see something I've been working on?

Here's a sneak peek of some of my art I had sent out to be make into little pocket mirrors. I'm working on sewing matching handmade drawstring bags for them. Adorned of course, with buttons. These will be the next things I add to my shop. I think I'm turning into a regular Martha Stewart. Creating and baking and organizing all in one day. I'm in my studio and I can smell the most amazing banana bread baking in the kitchen. You have to try this recipe. It's the BEST banana bread I've EVER had and it's super EASY. For real. Try it with mini chocolate chips and you'll inevitably find yourself licking the bowl.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Pixel And Pattern ETSY shop!


YAY for the ease of Etsy! I've opened up a new shop called Pixel & Pattern. It features my illustration and all things handmade. It's about time, right? At the moment, I have 3 giclee prints available. They are all printed on Somerset Velvet Watercolor paper with archival inks. I am SUPER picky about how my work is recreated, so trust me, these prints are beauties for sure! They are guaranteed to last 80+ years when kept out of direct sunlight. They're ready for framing, so be sure to stop in and take a look and let me know what you think.

Right now I've only got one print of each listed, so if you happen to get to the shop and what you wanted was purchasaed, let me know and I'll re-list the item for you!

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