Friday, June 12, 2009

Hang Dry

Wow, another week has gone by! Hard to believe. I've been busy this week prepping tags to sell. Some I've hand dyed and others I've coffee stained. This is a bit arduous but well worth it. I use a paint brush to brush on the paints and stains and keep reapplying until they look the way I want them to. I used to use a more hit or miss approach that was fast but wasn't always satisfied with the results. I like to hang them to dry, then I can work both sides at the same time. So now I have "the start of something beautiful" as the saying goes...

Friday, June 5, 2009


Thought it was about time "Bertie" made his debut on my blog. He is one of three of my faithful companions. As a work/create at-home artist my days can be very quiet but Bertie keeps me entertained with all his playfulness! He loves to get my attention by waiting until I'm close to the cage (I have him in my studio) and then squawks and flaps his wings until I stop what I'm doing and pay him some mind! He got his name from the old PBS series called "Wooster and Jeeves" an all time favorite of mine. Bertie was one of the main characters on the show (you may now know him as "House".

Sunday, May 3, 2009

My Garden

After a particularly windy and rainy day yesterday, this is the aftermath in my garden. The wind and rain was hard on my cherry blossoms. The swing in the backyard was up- ended during the night! But today is better and a little bit of sunshine is coming our way...

Friday, May 1, 2009

My Pocket Watch Tags Made it To Treasury West

My Pocket Watch gift tags made it to Etsy Treasury West and I'd like to give a big "thank you" to Susan at photohale. To see Susans' Etsy shop click on the link to her shop.

FYI: Why You Should Become a "Follower"

By clicking on the widget at the left and adding yourself to my Followers you will be able to find my blog quickly and not have to remember my blog name. This is a great way to keep track of blogs you like! I do this myself as I like to go back frequently to blogs that are of interest to me. Hope this post is helpful to you.

May Daze

Just finished a fabric collage which I have sewn to a canvas bag and finished painting a bird with acrylics on canvas. Why am I mentioning this? That's my excuse for not blogging in so long...I'll upload a photo of it. I've been trying to stretch my wings and try lots of other mediums. My newest project that I am currently working on is a little figurine made of paperclay. I plan to attach it to a box I previously made.

I just updated my Etsy shop with some more tag designs. Take a look if you get a chance. I digitally collaged them and I think they turned out nicely.

Saw the movie "State of Play" and thought it was great. If you like a good thriller this is a good one to see (with Russel Crowe).

Well, I will strive to keep my blog updated more frequently but if by chance you notice its been awhile you know I am working on something fun and exciting so keep checking back.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I Made The Etsy Treasury

This card made it to an Etsy Treasury hosted by thebeadgirl

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Check out whats new at the shop


These handmade doll heads (clay) have been staring up at me for quite some time. I need to make bodies for them. Hopefully soon!


Did you know that buttons make excellent embellishments for cards and tags? Of course they also look great just sitting around, too! I mean, who can resist them?


Just a few of my very favorite things:

Green depression glass perfume bottles! I love green and I love vintage perfume bottles so....
This is my vintage music box ballerina. She is very old but still dances to the Emperors Waltz. She moves up and down and her legs swing. When I found her she was missing her glass dome so I had to replace it. It doesn't fit really great but I've never found anything else that will work.

This is the glass dome replacement. It has a tendency to slip down.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Week in Photos

I spent the week with my camera taking photographs of everything I found interesting. I will use these as inspiration this week for my collages and you may even see one as a background in one of my digital collages.

I love the way
the light is reflecting off the
water under the pier in this photo... and the
movement of the water is so pretty!
Sun setting in Newport...

Industrial sights....

Is there a romantic way to go? Maybe this is it...

Crabber harvesting his catch of the day...

Don't you just want to go inside!

Two days of sunshine at the coast, horray!

Monday, March 9, 2009


These are my two Yorkie "babies". They are not too sure about the ocean waves!

Woke up to a light sprinkling of snow this morning. What happened to Spring????? I have got Spring fever early this year. And to think its in the 70's in Phoenix, AZ.

I took the plunge and spent most of Sunday reworking my Etsy banner and avatar. Check it out at: and let me know what you think. Feel free to contact me or leave a comment. Would love to hear from you.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

An Afternoon of Tags

I love birds. You will notice a bird theme going on in a lot of my cards and tags. I have a bird feeder just outside my window. I love to watch them in the early morning with my cup of java.

This was a productive afternoon. Hope yours was too! Some of these can be found at my shop!