Monthly Archives: September 2008

rainy damp weekend

And as rainy days go, they do not allow for good photos. I was planning on updating the shop this weekend with another little sketching journal, but it must wait till I can properly capture it (the mossy bed where I take my photographs is sopping wet and dimly lit). Tonight I lit some pumpkin spice candles on my shelf, which illuminated all my treasures.

I miss candlelight! I need to make a habit out of lighting candles more often.


The fall makes my eyes wander, making a wish list of pretty, earthy textured things (and in colors I normally wear all year).

This sweet nubby brown capelet by Deciduous Soul.

I am amazed by Lady Lavona’s shop. She sells such strange things. I am in love with this antique sterling silver neck piece, which has an “S” engraved upon it too. There’s a little apothecary bottle hanging from it which really opens.

The texture organic forms and colors in Irregular Expressions work are so perfect.

These slipper boots are hand-knit and look so warm! They have felted fern leaf details, swoon! By Felted Finery.

I am obsessed with the vintage section on Etsy. It’s funny to come across a vintage skirt I already have! I love this skirt so much I should buy a duplicate, but it’s up for grabs! I think it’s the piece of clothing I have owned the longest (bought it maybe 9 years ago at a thrift shop) and its so super soft and warm! Patchwork velveteen on an a-line, in Ruby Bandicoot’s Shop:

I saw this ring featured on the Etsy homepage and I can’t get it out of my mind! Silvery birch-bark for your fingers by E S Designs. Her organic-shaped silvery jewelry is so inspiring.

A autumn-y inspired wool felt scarf to wrap around one’s chilly neck by Purl Hand Knits.

And last but not least, the best shoes on Etsy, by Kalia Footwear.

Its raining here and so cold (and very cozy) I think I’ll light some candles. Have good weekends, all!

It’s finally here

And I have been MIA, yes indeed. Taking long walks in the rain, taking pictures in favorite mossy spots, running around everywhere soaking it all up! A few leaves have changed and even more are crunchy underfoot. The meadow in the morning was so full of spider webs, the perfectly-spun kind dripping with dew, affixed between blades of grass and wildflowers. And I have been in a spooky mood!

As much as I love fall in the county I love it in the city twice as much. Been spending time in both, escaping to the woods only to find I crave the city! Went to a lovely outdoor concert in beautiful Central Park. Can you guess who? Central Park in the Autumn is my favorite place to be! Add a fall concert and sitting on the grass and it’s even better.

A few little things will be added to the shop this weekend (a book too!). Happy fall!

and here’s another…

It looked so dainty in the moss. It’s a frame I painted up with a ship and anchor and dots, oh yes! And it has two sweet mini prints inside (protected with UV varnish) and signed and dated on the back (which is also adorned with calico paper) and hangs with velvet ribbon.

Available here.

And as you can see in the background there are crunchy brown leaves scattered about in the moss. I wish I had more time to adore pretty little earthy things this week. It was the busiest. Thanks for visiting here!

new little thing

This is new in my shop today! A miniature plaque adorned with One Misty Morning, hand-painted anchors and velvet ribbon. It comes wrapped snug-as-a-bug in the vintage fabrics shown. I’m not sure if this is a one-off or not. I need to put my time into some new paintings and these little projects occupy my time so (but they are so much fun to make as they are to photo!)

I love how it looks hanging from a tree!

still dreaming of sea things

Even though we are in the last days of Summer, I find myself still sea-obsessed. And this cute little find didn’t help to relieve my obsession one bit. It’s a sailboat mug that houses a few of my brushes and palette knives perfectly.

When I brought it home I discovered a kitchy little mermaid on the handle. She’s a bit cheesy I think.

It has been a very busy week, and now the weekend calls for rain (which is good because I’ll be snug indoors painting and sewing!) I have some things I have been waiting all week to work on, including some sewing projects for myself. I was able to make some cute little things for the shop which will be updated sometime tomorrow, so check back! Mostly mini-prints, ready to hang, sent to the lucky buyer all wrapped up in vintage velveteen and lace. The one below will have some hand-painted details added to the wood.

I have been thinking about putting more little-ish things in my store, mainly ready to hang printettes mounted on wood with hand-painted details.

And finally, I just had to add this little scrimshaw-inspired detail to my sketchbook closure before it was sent out into the world (and over the sea!) There’s another teeny-tiny ship on the other side and two anchors as well.

Friday bliss to everyone!

pack your suitcase with pretty things…

One beautifully soft sketchbook/ journal with creamy white pages is now available in my shop!

The journal itself was purchased by me awhile ago and is approx 4.75″ by 6.5″ closed. It’s called the Italian Luxury Leather Journal and is described as such by the manufacturer…

With buttery soft leather, 144 sheets of beautiful acid-free, cream, chain line, laid paper and wooden slide book closure system with leather ties. Superb, deluxe paper, a fine sketch book should have high quality paper. This cream paper comes from one of the world’s oldest paper houses. It is a classic paper of timeless beauty.

It’s a soft cover and a joy to hold! It one of those sketchbooks that just feels so good in the hands. I modified it to the theme of my painting One Misty Morning with a mini print on the outside and calico on the inside (along with a sweet custom, one-of-a-kind bookplate)…

I originally bought this for myself so it’s the only one of this type of sketchbook I’ll ever offer (I work on loose sheets of paper now or in a large bound book). It can be used as a journal as well, although the pages are blank. It even comes with two sweet originals on the first two pages. Here’s a little sneak-peek!

So draw in it, write love poems or folk tales, scribble, press flowers, whatever suits your fancy!

feathers, herbs, and sunflowers

…and all the nice things from this weekend! First let me say I have been working on customizing a beautiful Italian journal that will be in my shop tomorrow, around 8:00 pm eastern time. I will give a little hint…“One Misty Morning” is the theme of this lovely journal/ sketchbook.

This weekend I took a picture of my collection of various feathers collected over the summer months.

The blackbird wins as submitting the most feathers to my collection (probably due to an unfortunate incident but I won’t get into that now!) And the biggest feather, from a hawk found during a forest forage…

This weekend we visited an organic farm in the Hudson Valley. They had the yummiest veg food and it was so pretty! After eating brunch I stocked up all my favorite delicious greens, such as kale, mesclun, and a new one for me (which is actually a yummy weed!) perslane.… I am set for the week!

The quaint barn was a hodgepodge of old windows with a tin roof…

The inside was an absolute earthy dream! Look at the drying Yarrow, the Black Eyed Susan’s and the stainless pails filled to the brim with sunflowers…

A bountiful selection of amazing herbs.

Sunflowers were everywhere in colorful recycled cans.

I find this sort of place so incredibly inspiring. I am searching for more of it’s kind.

orange marmalade, embroidery and other things

Yum! Part of Saturday morning breakfast.

I opened the fridge the other day to find the most delightful jar of orange marmalade (put there by my husband who is quite the foodie). Besides the marmalade’s amazing taste and subtle orangey zing, the jar is so pretty. My paint brushes are sure to find a home in it when empty. It’s made from a thick milky-white glass and the antique-inspired labels make me feel like it’s from very long ago (and the label says established 1797 so I’m in).

Inspiring me the past couple of days…

Rich, fall-like embroidery, velvets and wool. So perfect for September!

Went to a bag sale yesterday and thrifted these little vintage white gloves. They are completely hand sewn and I am in love with the delicate little bow details. They found a home clothes-pinned to my inspiration ribbon, behind my desk.

I have been thinking about goats since last weekend when we visited a farm. They must enter my painting sometime soon! The snippet above is from the book Heidi by Johanna Spyri.

I so wanted to take this little guy home:

It’s a rainy night and I am tucked away in my little room sorting through boxes of wool and calico. I am thinking about making a few totes and picking out the fabric is half the fun. Looking forward to tomorrow, we are visiting an organic farm (and I hope they have goats there!).
A good weekend to all!

one last goodbye

to the morning sun in the field, in the woods and dappled on the trails where I walk…

A last goodbye to summer, that is. No not the actual day of summer, but my summer, as I went back to work yesterday. It’s always bittersweet for me. I’m probably not going to be able to paint or sketch or put anything together until this weekend, which bugs me to pieces! I have a neat little sketchbook I wanted to put up for sale in the shop. Please do stay tuned!