Thursday, October 19, 2017

Taking time for creativity

This year I've been away from blogging and other things that take time.
I gave myself a permission slip to be selfish with my days
and spend long hours in any creative pursuit I liked.

I wondered how my cut paper would translate to other subtractive mediums so one of my explorations has been linoleum block printing. I've even done the same image both ways!


One of the joys of being an artist is the genuine pleasure we derive from a lifetime of experimenting and expanding our art in different directions. For me this year, that permission to simply make art, whether it's salable or not, has been a great blessing.

So if you wonder where I've been, what I've been doing, now you know!

Friday, August 11, 2017

The back story... what you don't see

I design art that appears on products.
So it goes without saying that sometimes what I plan and work hard on is never seen by anyone but me and an art director or product development team.

Because everything I do is "on spec", I know in advance that everything's driven by the decisions of a buyer somewhere, someone I'll never see, I have no idea what will be picked up and what won't.

This is one I'm wishing had come to see the light of day on a store shelf. 
So today I'm sharing this little design that was meant to turn into a holiday greeting card, a cookie gift box, a sweet glowing lamp.

Our family's tradition of "hygge", or cosy comfort, gave me the idea for this sweet design.
The little votive version glows brightly from within, 
and when I tested it out in the studio, I was delighted with my simple project.

 When the holiday season rolls around, I plan to fill the windows with light and invite a few friends for cookies and caroling in the studio, surrounded by the cheerful light of glowing votives and the memory of the summer afternoon when I made multiples ahead for the holidays even though I knew it hadn't been picked by the manufacturer.

Because in any season, Scandinavian hygge is a beautiful way to live.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Pretty jam labels... win a crafting die!

What's better than a free giveaway?
A giveaway and an idea for easy make ahead Christmas gifts on a shoestring.

Today's your lucky day! Click right here to enter to win the die for the pretty paper above in the Spellbinders Paper Arts' Designer Favorites blog hop giveaway.

Every summer my garden and the Farmers Market tempt me to make Christmas gifts ahead of time.
The jams taste of sunshine, the sweetest of fruits and pure love.

Those gorgeous jams deserve a lovely label, don't they?
I used my design for a lacy little leafy heart from Spellbinders Paper Arts.

The how to couldn't be simpler.
You just cut the die from the paper of your choice

Write the name of the preserve on the heart shape center, then gently shape the paper into a slight curve so it conforms to the shape of your jar.

Glue to the front of the jar, add a little ribbon or paper cuff to the ring, and you're good to go.

Pour yourself a glass of iced tea and sip in the shade. Pat yourself on the back.

You, my friend, have Christmas gifts in the bag already.
Summer in a jar is going to be pretty wonderful in the middle of winter!


Want to see more summer fun using designer dies from Spellbinders?
Hop on over to Marisa Job's blog and see her pretty giveaway.
Click the link here to enter. Good luck!

Friday, July 21, 2017

England's green pastures

 England's green pastures and fields are charmingly filled with sheep and cattle.

Blissful as lambs, we lingered by the pastures and walked slowly past the sheep clustered in the hills.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Walking in the English Cotswolds

It's always been my dream to wander in England, free as a bird, sketchbook in hand and camera hanging around my neck.

Maybe you've had the same wish.
Come wander the Cotswolds villages and footpaths through my eyes.

You can walk miles and miles on the public footpaths,
visiting with gardeners, taking shelter from rain in the pubs,
and eating scones washed down with endless cups of tea.

This delightful manor house lies between the villages of Chipping Campden and Lower Slaughter.
Wouldn't you love to peek inside?
Even the little fence beside the tree is done with such care.

The public footpaths draw you down past farmhouses and fields of sheep,
past pubs that are almost irresistible in even the tiniest villages.

How can I walk by without tasting the shepherd's pie or the Sunday roast?
One stops. One eats. One walks on.


And one makes little pieces of art to remember the journey.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Season of creativity

Oh, the pleasure when creativity flows free in all directions!

The garden, studio and home are all messy, the effect of so much non-stop making.
Peeks here at some of the scissor cut paper on my table...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tulip time

It's that season again, when I can hardly believe I get to live where I do.

The commute to work is just amazing and I find it hard not to stop and soak it all in, delayed by picking pesky weeds and a handful of flowers for a bouquet.

My little cottages from Spellbinders' Joyous Celebrations collection of crafting dies are a perfect way to celebrate spring (or anything else, really!)

Our own little home feels extra special in spring, and then a little cycling around the corner brings us to this...