Thursday, March 05, 2015

Winter's Last Blast?

It has been snowing all day here in NJ.  We'll probably end up with 6-8 inches.  It's pretty - but it has been such an awfully long winter...

We originally purchased this barn to use as a studio,  It has been co-opted, however, by four cats: Jewel, Lotus Blossom, Sylvie and Fern.  I guess it's true, if you build it, they will come...


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Nature Journal: Primrose

Primrose is derived from the Latin “prima rosa” and means “first rose.”

While I was drawing these primroses, I couldn’t get the song, “The Blacksmith,” out of my head.  It is a traditional English folksong I first heard performed by Steeleye Span.  Here is an alternative verse to the one that I wrote on my journal page that I had never heard before.  The third line is wonderfully alliterative.
“But where is my love gone
With his cheeks like roses
And his good black Billycock on
Decked around with primroses.”

Monday, January 05, 2015

Nature Journal: American Holly (Ilex opaca)

The big holly tree in my foundation garden was heavily laden with berries, but the birds have been feasting on them, leaving some branches with just a smattering.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Sunday, December 28, 2014


I usually stall until my poinsettia flowers are well spent before I draw them.  This year, I decided to be a little more proactive and draw the flowers while they were still nice and fresh.  I received a small (5 ½ x 8 ½) hardcover Strathmore mixed media journal for Christmas and this was my first entry.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Meet Wilhelm

Here’s a quick shot of my latest Santa, Wilhelm.  He insisted on wearing a vintage rhinestone brooch on his jacket, even though I auditioned fancy buttons and even a Saint Christopher medal.  They really do tell you what they want to wear.  Anyway, I’m hoping to list him on Etsy sometime next week.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

From My Workbench...

I’m making another Santa doll in the Magnolia Pearl style, very shabby with coffee-stained vintage textiles and trims.  Here is his hooded jacket in progress.  I had a great time hand sewing lots of mismatched vintage mother-of-pearl buttons all around the edges, while listening to Christmas songs.