Archive | November, 2009

it’s starting

The itch to start decorating for the holidays has started.  Here are some of my favorite new holiday finds.


beautifully simple felt garland here, lovingly wrapped gift via fryd + design, gift tags and lovely holiday cards blue pool road, gorgeous linen for your table at linen me (sale here through today!)

decor, everyday

Black Friday Special!

I am offering a black Friday sale in my etsy shop today!  Buy one 81/2″x11″ print, get one free.  Just purchase the first print and mention ‘Black Friday’ and which print you’d like to receive free in comments to seller.  Also!  I decided to offer my new painterly portraits a bit smaller (a bit more affordable) at 8″x8″ for $195.  There is a long list of amazing sales, on really beautiful, handmade items over at poppytalk handmade, as well,  Happy shopping!!!


art, stuff to give, stuff to have


I feel like I have an especially long list of things to be thankful for this year: kids that make me laugh so hard I cry, a husband that supports me in my near constant list of house ideas (and never complains that I leave my art supplies everywhere), I’m back in the saddle (getting back to horseback riding has been like rediscovering a part of myself I missed), being able to do what I love and make a living at it..and the list goes on.




sofa plans

I recently bought this antique sofa via craigs list.  I probably won’t get to this ‘little’ project for a while, but I like planning and dreaming.  I’m thinking of white fabric, I know, I know, white sofa+2 kids and 1 dog = bad idea.   But I ordered some samples and have been trying my best to stain them, look coffee!  If I’m honest, I spill, stain etc, just as much as the kids.  I have the bad fortune of spilling my coffee, on the sofa, on a regular basis.


decor, everyday


I just discovered Space.  It “features the creative forces that make up Portland, Oregon and the spaces and places where they work.”  I love taking a look inside where people work.



originals in the shop!

I just added several original paintings to my etsy shop and I am running a special!  If you purchase any of the original pieces you will get an 8 1/2″x11″ print free.  Just mention the print you’d like in the comments to seller at checkout.


art, etsy, stuff to give, stuff to have

still time

Just a quick note to let you know there is still time to place a portrait order for holiday gift giving! I have been receiving questions about this and as I realize most of us are just now starting to think about gifts, I allow for a shorter turn a round (ie less sleep:) this time of year.


art, stuff to give

before they were gone

I noticed these (flowers?) in the backyard yesterday being blown to bits by the wind storm we had and decided to save them.  Aren’t they beautiful?


everyday, inspiration

holiday wish list

I am now taking full and complete advantage of this blog by (not so subtly) posting my holiday wish list.  Now, if my wonderful hubby just happens to read this post I have ever so helpfully included links to each one ;)


1. porcelain beaver skull here   2.  porcelain dahlia candle holder here 3.  gathered jersey tunic here 4.  moleskin water color book here

everyday, i want, stuff to give

holiday ideas (kids)

I am enjoying fall so much this year, that I feel a little guilty getting started on holiday shopping already.  BUT, whenever I put it off, all the things Ive noted are gone by the time I feel ‘ready.’  So, here are some of my favorites for the kiddos this year.  I especially love finding fun/unusual stocking stuffers, the stocking really is my favorite bit.


1.  snow globe ring MOMA  2.  the most addorable baby animal portraits EVER, Sharon Montrose  3.  mechanical paper animals oh my cavalier  4.  mechanical music box kit reform school  5.  flying bat mobile velocity home


he’s got a hard life


The kids are off school today (Veterans Day), so we will be joining George in a bit of a lay about.


honeymoon stage

A series of paintings I just started.  I usually go through several love/hate stages with each new piece.  The idea stage, honeymoon stage,  not so much of a honeymoon, maybe it will work out stage, and hopefully the it’s done and I’m completely happy with it stage.


art, creating, everyday

beautiful mornings

I love it when my day starts with this…



I live in the city so horseback riding days also mean beautiful view days.  It can’t not be a great day when it starts like this!

everyday, inspiration