Friday, February 26, 2010


Thank you to The Neo-Traditionalist for posting my "Queen with Chevrons" original painting on sale here.

Beth Connolly at Chinoiserie Chic

Averill at Odi et Amo 

and lifestyle writer Caroline Tiger at the Philadelphia Inquirer. A big thank-you to all of you!!
I hope that everyone has a terrific weekend - see you here on Monday!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


and there's just a window, but the curtain is the star! Pink and yellow are an incredibly cheery combo.
I have white plantation shutters that I love, but this new Anthropologie design could almost convert me to curtains. Does anyone else love it?

Monday, February 22, 2010


Here's a new version of my Elkins Chair print for those of you who like black and pink together. The seat also features a floral design for extra personality. It's available today in my shop. If you would prefer it on canvas, you can order it by emailing me here.

Friday, February 19, 2010


Today I am introducing a new print on canvas in 2 different sizes.

It's a reproduction of my Aqua Louis Silhouette on Chocolate Brown.
This is a giclee print on matte canvas, stretched and mounted with finished edges (no visible staples) and a 3/4 inch profile. You can hang it directly on the wall, with no need for a frame.
More details are available here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Artist and shopowner Carlene Helble

Where were you born?
I've been a northern Virginia girl my whole life!

What would you take if your house was burning down?
If my house was burning down I would be too concerned making sure my family and animals were safe. Material items can be replaced. If I had to pick something it would be my Levenger leather agenda. Sometimes I feel like my whole life is in that little thing!

Your favorite book?
My favorite book is "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan. I am actually a junior in college studying to be a dietitian, so I related to what the author was saying very easily. I have to say though, I also love the imagery and setting of "The Great Gatsby". Classic.

If you could have only 1 last meal, what would you want on the menu?
Can it be a buffet? I would have salmon,fried pickles, macaroni and cheese, and ice cream sandwiches...Although I don't think they would taste good together unless you happen to be pregnant.

Do you prefer hot weather or cold?

I'm torn! Hot weather means you get to wear sandals and have outdoor parties but your hair gets poofy...cold means you get to layer gorgeous knits but your hair gets static-y. Temperate it is!

Favorite artists?
Absolutely Monet. I'm lucky enough to live near the National Art Gallery, so when I get the chance to go I could literally spend hours in the Monet room. No one can blend colors like he did!

Pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve are 'one-uppers': people who aren't really listening to what you are saying but are formulating in their head how to one up your story. Play nice and listen to the person you are with!

Best childhood memory?

My Dad used to set up miniature golf courses throughout our house and we would all putt. They even cut the clubs down to little kid size for me and my two siblings (Grayson and Saige are their middle names).

Favorite travel destination?
St. Thomas, U.S.V.I is amazing. The weather is beautiful, the scenery gorgeous, and the island time hilarious. It always takes me a while to slow down and not be so schedule oriented when we go. Dinner can take several hours!

Favorite shop?

For clothes: J Crew
For home decor: Really Great Finds, which is a local antique store.
Food:Wegmans, the only place you can buy a 30 pound wheel of cheese!

Most visited links?
My google reader page for blogs, Lonny Magazine, Etsy, Twitter, and Pottery!

What is, to you, the best thing about being an artist?
You decide how things should look! I have an inspiration board over my desk where I hang anything that strikes me. I get to look at these things and decide what aspects to make into products.

This polka-dotted crayfish is my favorite piece in Carlene's shop, Grayson Saige.  The whimsical quality puts a smile on my face. I want to thank Carlene for sharing some of her work and a little bit more about herself. If you haven't already, take a few minutes and check out her shop here.

Monday, February 15, 2010


This past weekend here in Southwest Florida was much cooler than usual, I even pulled a turtleneck out of storage to wear -

but I don't see any snow or shovels, do you?
 I am very blessed to live in such a warm and sunny climate.......they don't call it the "Sunshine State" for no reason. I have never once regretted moving to this place, not even in the middle of Hurricane Season. I am not built to withstand the cold and I experienced enough sub-zero temps growing up in Michigan to last me a lifetime.

My brother sent me this photo of my adorable niece and nephews with their new puppy making the most of the snow in Atlanta. For all of those who are still snowed-under and iced-over, I offer my most sincere sympathies.
Keep Warm - this, too, shall pass!


I would like to wish my friend, fellow blogger and Floridian,  Renee Finberg, a very Happy Birthday! Renee is known for her heart, her spunk, her design talent and for always tellin' it like it is.
 She is a trooper and a sweetheart and I am wishing her a very special day.
Love you, Renee!

Friday, February 12, 2010


         Thanks to My Domicile Style

 and to Helen at Monograms and Manicures for including me in the Pink Friday post.

  Style Key West for their post on their First Thursday reception with my art

and new Philadelphia-based blog, Pemberly Style.
I appreciate the support! I hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010



I am now offering my "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters on canvas with finished edges in 2 different sizes and several colors. Check out the selection here.

Monday, February 8, 2010


Having spent a large part of my childhood in the Midwest, I have great memories of the older homes and leafy lanes in Summer. This vintage Tudor style home was commissioned by a client in a beautiful, forested suburb of Chicago. I enjoy the diversity of being able to capture all types of homes in many different locations, but all with two things in common - beauty and the comfort of familiarity that is found only at home. Why don't you let me make your home my next subject? Contact me here for more details.....

Friday, February 5, 2010


Is this mug adorable or what?
 I will forever be a sucker for Jane Austen's phrasing. Austen-inspired Etsy seller Brookish has immortalized Mr. Darcy's words and turned a simple coffee mug into something that could bring a smile to the recipient's face every morning! They also carry a lot of other uniquely charming items. I thought it was a great Valentine's Day gift.....

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


The best shopping in Key West, Florida is found in the Caroline Street Art and Design District and they are featuring their "First Thursday" Event tomorrow evening, February 4th. The shop keepers and gallery owners provide hors d'ouevres and drinks from 6-8 PM for your refreshment while you are able to leisurely stroll the neighborhood.
Thanks to the introduction of fellow blogger and friend, Kate Coveny Hood, I am very pleased to have Style Key West now carrying my cards and prints and they will be introducing my work in their shop tomorrow.
Jo and Terry Coveny are the owners of this charming design and home furnishings shop that exudes the very best of island style. You can check out their blog here. If you are nearby or know someone who is down that way, stop in and tell them I sent you! The shop's address is 313 Margaret St. just a few doors in from Caroline St. at the Historic Seaport in Old Town Key West

Monday, February 1, 2010


I hope that you had a good weekend! February is here (today!) and I am offering the first in a series of prints on canvas from a grouping of original dessert paintings that I have done in the last few years. It's a colorful collection that would look great in your kitchen or anywhere, for that matter.

The first (pictured above) is my 2007 version of a traditional Parisian "Religieuse" pastry on an orchid colored background complete with finished edges and ready to hang (no need for frame).
Available now in my shop. Look for more to come very soon.