Wednesday, June 30, 2010


My Desert Rose in the pink pot (currently on hiatus from blooming)

My Collection of miniature braided ficus trees and a few succulents/cacti

My heirloom tomato plant at over 6 ft tall now - unfortunately, the tomatoes on it are still so small that they don't show up in the photo (we're talking half of a thimble here)

When I was a kid, my parents used to plant a garden in our backyard in the city. I relished the experience of planting seeds, watching them grow and, the best part, harvesting fresh tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, etc. This was supplemented with regular marathon trips to all of the local nurseries where my 2 brothers and I roamed freely amongst the damp, gravely pathways, practically bathed in every fountain we could find and got into plenty of mischief. I am sure the nursery employees cringed when they saw us emerging from our Country Squire station wagon. Chasing each other with garden carts while we laughed until we wheezed was the part we enjoyed the most. A trip to the nursery wasn't complete without one of us sustaining some sort of minor injury. Lesson learned : it's always a good idea to wear some sort of steel-toed footwear when you are riding rusty old shopping carts with lame wheels through gravel paths at breakneck speeds.
Somewhere along the way, perhaps by sheer osmosis, I caught the gardening bug and am now obsessed with plants of all sorts and growing roses and anything edible. I am a full-blown gardening nerd and have even been know to talk to my little green friends - Prince Charles and I would probably have a lot in common.
 I have limited space, so I must choose my plants carefully, but that doesn't stop me from my indulging my passion. Recently, I decided to add a few succulents to my small ficus collection.  I found some great (and CHEAP!) textured white pots at IKEA along with a braided Desert Rose that caught my eye. I know the pink pot is the one "off" piece, but I couldn't resist, since the color really grabbed me. It reminds me of that feature on Sesame Street where they used to sing "one of these kids is doing their own thing" and you would look to see which kid in the square didn't "fit". Remember that? Maybe not? Anyway, I digress, as usual.....
what do you like to grow?

Monday, June 28, 2010


This charming New Hampshire lake cottage was a recent commission as a birthday gift for a client's father. This beautiful home is one of the oldest on the lake - my client's great-grandfather bought it around 1900. He sold the property next door for $1.00 after he lost it in a card game! If you'd like for me to capture a special family home for you, don't hesitate to contact me here.

Friday, June 25, 2010


(Photo courtesy of the Food Network)

I love Giada De Laurentiis, her show and her cookbooks. You've got to love her spunk, her talent and her adorable family. Now I have a serious case of tomato envy. Take a look at these huge screens of tomatoes drying in the sun on the Isle of Capri. Oh my goodness....
Have a terrific weekend!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Can you believe it's already the middle of the week? Or maybe you can't believe it's ONLY the middle of the week? In any case, I hope your day ends well! Another day and another new you have someone this is perfect for?
You can find it here, right now.

Monday, June 21, 2010


I hope that everyone had a good weekend! Happy first day of Summer (for you readers in the Northern Hemisphere) The temperatures here in Florida have been in the 90's for weeks now, so I haven't exactly been hanging on tenterhooks for the start of Summer. On a side note, the mayor of Detroit has declared today "Ernie Harwell Day" in honor of my Grandpa, so here's to you, Grandpa! I am pretty sure that heaven doesn't have a need for Google Reader - you have much more exciting things going on in your new home.........

I don't know about you, but for me, with all going on in the world around us, this "Keep Calm" slogan seems to become more appropriate with every passing day. Just a reminder that my version of the Keep Calm design is available on coffee mugs now. Sometimes it's a great motto to go with your morning coffee or tea, especially on a Monday morning.
These two, plus more colors are available via my Zazzle site.

Friday, June 18, 2010


(you can just barely make out my aqua "keep calm" poster in the mirror)

I'd like to thank one of my wonderful Australian friends and customers who sent me the scans of some of my prints featured in a chic Brisbane home that happens to be the "House of the Month" in Australian Home Beautiful. This house is a total renovation by talented designer and blogger A-M. Check out her fascinating blog here.

my orange chair slhouette on aqua hanging above the desk

I am surprised at the number of Australian readers, clients and buyers that I have developed long-distance relationships with. I have to say that I have a special affinity for you wonderfully warm and supportive people down under. It's exciting to see some of my work featured in Australian shelter mags. I just need to get down there and visit so I can meet you folks! Thanks to all of you, my readers - no matter where you're located - your support and kindness amazes me. Have an absolutely beautiful weekend!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Fellow artist, friend and blogger, Jamie Shelman is constantly churning out witty and adorable sketches and sometimes they just make my day. I loved this one, so asked her if I could share it with you - it's available for sale here. I could totally relate as I have a small fridge in my studio that houses Pellegrino, Dasani and chocolate chips. Jamie and her artist husband Tom recently relocated to Baltimore, Maryland from Martha's Vineyard and are quite the creative duo. Check out this online class she is teaching!

Monday, June 14, 2010



As an artist, I am constantly either repulsed by badly designed packaging or enthralled by beautiful packaging. Lately my eye has been captured by the Italian line Ortigia. I have not tried any of the products (cha-ching) but the beautifully designed "housing" of the containers and boxes leaves me with the impression that what's inside is probably of primo quality. The line is a bit hard to find in the US but it is available online here. The scarcity kind of makes it even more appealing...... Have you tried this line yet?

Friday, June 11, 2010


I want to thank all of the bloggers who have posted on my work lately - it's impossible to express just how much your support means to me. A huge thanks to all of you wonderful readers, too.
Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


I recently had to make a run to my nearest IKEA for one of their terrific-ly cheap buys for my studio, the ALEX file drawers. I love it - even though what I saved on the price I had to invest in 36 hours of manual labor to assemble. Well, not quite, but you do have a little "project" on your hands when most everything comes flat-packed. There happened to be an outpost of the Parisian bakery "PAUL" nearby, so I couldn't resist stopping in for an authentic French macaron. Or, so I thought...take a look at this baby (below)

Is it me, or is this a SUPER-SIZED macaron? I placed my not-so-small hands beside it to show relative size. Have you ever seen a macaron this large? It looked more like a pastel Moonpie! I guess it's the American version, maybe even the Texas version, except that I live in Florida?? Hmmmm...
Carol Gillot over at Paris Breakfasts has been showing me macarons for ages now, so I had been longing to try one for myself. I was not disappointed, just a little, ummm.....surprised to see one this big.

Monday, June 7, 2010


Many of you may know of her already, but if you don't, I'd like to introduce you to the very lovely and talented Canadian artist, Janet Hill.

Where were you born?
   Brampton, Ontario, Canada
What would you take if your house was burning down? 
 My family (obviously) and my Kate Spade purses.

Your favorite book?
                 I have so many, but right now I'm in love with Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
 If you could have only 1 last meal, what would you want on the menu?
Champagne and oysters.

Janet's charming "Idea Space"

 Do you prefer hot weather or cold?
Favorite artists?
That's hard to choose! Um, but at this moment I would say Karen Kilimnik, Holly Farrell, and VR Morrison. All women...that's interesting.
Pet peeve?
                         Having to pay for 'boring bills'. Like a roof repair, or a new dishwasher. Ugh.

Best childhood memory?
For some reason, playing 'Winged Monkey #3' in my elementary school's production of The Wizard Of Oz comes to mind. It seemed like a pretty exciting thing to be a part of and I liked playing a bad guy or rather, a bad monkey. We had to wear black leotards with glow in the dark paint and our only form of movement was gymnastics. I was also pretty surprised that I was chosen for the role since they were after tiny gymnasts and I stood at least a foot above everyone else. However, I could do some pretty mean handsprings back in those days so that likely helped. Oh, and I also had one line 'We have to take Dorothy back to the castle now'. Pretty exciting stuff. I wanted to be an actress for a whole five days after that performance.
Favorite travel destination?
Just one? I'm cheating here and I'm going to say Charleston, South Carolina, and Cape Cod. Oh, and I'm pretty lucky (most days) to live in Stratford, Ontario which is a big tourist town....home of the Stratford Festival of Canada, but is probably better known at the moment as Justin Bieber's hometown- yikes. The good thing is that when I'm feeling a little poor, I can always play tourist in my own town.

Favorite Shop?
I have to admit that I'm a big Anthropologie girl. In terms of online shopping, I would have to pick Etsy - of course.
What is, to you, the best thing about being an artist?

I want to thank Janet for taking the time to tell us a little more about herself and share some of her amazing work. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop and blog - you will be very glad you did!

Thursday, June 3, 2010


I would love to introduce a wonderful jewelry line that I discovered on Etsy - Madre de Olivia
Besides being insanely talented, artist and proprietor Tamara Mello is one of the nicest and most helpful persons you will ever meet.

A perfect gift for the Francophile - a mini croissant on a chain!

My necklace (shamefully blurry photograph by ME)

I really liked a brass monogrammed and hand-stamped pendant that Tamara sold in her Etsy shop, but wanted to change the chain and add a gold starfish. Tamara obliged me in record time for an amazing value and the necklace arrived artfully packaged with a kind note attached. I have been wearing it ever since!
If you are looking for individual attention and some unique pieces from a wonderful Indie artist, then you need to check out Tamara's shop and pronto!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


I am very excited to announce that Art Needlepoint is now carrying several of my most popular designs so that you can create your very own Annechovie piece! Art Needlepoint is a top-notch company based in Boston that provides needlework enthusiasts with the finest canvases and threads to create heirloom quality decorative cushions and accessories for the home. They also carry the work of my friend and fellow artist Harrison Howard, who is known for his exquisitely detailed and whimsical Chinoiserie paintings. Check out what's available here!