Archive | October, 2008

dreaming of felt

quite literally.  I woke up this morning from a dream about this piece of art I was working on that somehow involved felt.  I don’t normally work with felt, but in the dream I kept thinking “this is the best thing I’ve ever made!”  Well, this morning I happened upon this gorgeous etsy shop, filzfelt.  Now I just need to remember what I was making!  I hate it when that happens.


(via Odette New York)

etsy, inspiration

open house

Bloesem kids has an open house tour of Jenny of LMNOP fame that is really lovely.  I did a portrait of this lovely lady and her son for LMNOP’s most recent issue, so it was fun for me to take a peek around her home!




I especially love how she displays her sons artwork.  You can see more over at Bloesem kids.

decor, inspiration, press

cute from every angle

I wanted to show you the back of my new portrait frames.  Each frame is backed with fun paper coordinated to your frame color.  Because it’s those little details that make me smile!



New Wallpaper Options!

I am now offering several new options in my wallpaper panel series.  A really lovely new wallpaper, white circles, is simple and works wonderfully for both boys and girls rooms.  Also, three new designs are available.  I’ve had the Bremen Town Musicians available for a while now in my etsy shop and now you can get them on any wallpaper of your choice!  The other two new designs are a bird in flight and the paper airplane.



art, etsy

a day in the life

I saw these the other day over at Marthawrites and think they are such a simple and clever way of documenting the everyday.  There was recently an article in the paper here about the fact that the US ranks 23rd in happiness, so the journalist travelled to the number 1 ranking country, Denmark, to see what makes them happy.  He concluded that it was the fact that they find daily joy in the little things, a good cup of coffee, friends, a good meal…300.jpg

These would also make a great way to remember who your kids are as children, by having them fill them out and watch as they change and grow. 

(photo via marthawrites)

everyday, i want, inspiration

more holga pics

So I finally got back my Holga pics from watching the Chapman swifts.  I’ve said it before, it is my favorite fall tradition.  The swifts gather and go down the old chimney of Chapman Elementary.  Pictures don’t do it justice, but here are mine.


(this pic shows why light leaks are a good thing-those little black specs, those are the birds)


and this pic shows the real reason the kids love to go, sliding down the hill on cardboard.

everyday, inspiration

Framed Portraits!

I am now offering a framing option for my portraits, and these are gorgeous frames!  I am currently offering them in 8″x10″, 11″x14″ and 16″x20″ sizes.  Also, the below pics show a new portrait.  I used my son as the subject, well he and his ‘lumpy.’  This is his very well loved constant companion.   You can order one with your own child and their best bud here.  And while this paticular painting shows a boy, obviously girls have their best bud, too.  So, it is most definitely available as a portrait for a little girl.  This is probably a good time to say that these portraits make a wonderful holiday gift.  I will be taking orders for Christmas up until early December (but the sooner the better, right?).



art, creating, decor

Pumpkin, pumpkin

round and fat, turn into a jackolantern just like that!  Ian learned that at school last week, keep getting it stuck in my head.  Anyhoo, we did the annual pumpkin patch trip this past weekend and had wonderful weather.  October can be so beautiful here.



Me. Today

wearing grandpa’s hat


his head was even smaller than mine.


Halloween gorgeous

I got these paper pom-pom kits the other day and they do not disappoint.  I think the silver ones will be sticking around for some time…




more inventive cardboard

I spied this over at ann wood ‘s blog this morning.  I think this will make the perfect centerpiece to our little Halloween to do coming up (though I harbor no illustions ours will be quite as fabulous as this).  The kids are going to be so excited.  I’m thinking spray painting it black will give it that extra creepy factor. That’s it, our weekend is plotted.  Make cardboard castle.




is really here.  Our heat is on and the kids are begging for fires in the fireplace. 


A few sketches I did yesterday working out some ideas…


creating, everyday

eyes full

So many gorgeous inspiring things around this week.  Here are a few of my favorites


this AMAZING light made out of trash bags (via the new york times)


and this too clever use of cardboard (via ohdeeoh).  Our kids live for a delivery so they can repurpose the box.  As I write this there is a giant box structure taking up half my kitchen.  It is their castle, complete with draw bridge and windows. 

 happy weekend!  I’m off to enjoy a weekend of soggy soccer!

everyday, inspiration

premature party planning

We are a good 5 months off from our next kids party around here, but I found these this week and am filing them away for future use.


awesome baloon sculpture via cookie


and these adorable party favors,  how cute are they?  Found here (via evlove)