Friday, November 28, 2008


This Thanksgiving, we broke with tradition and had our family meal at my little sister's house.

I love her kitchen - she is an amazing cook and did a wonderful job of hosting everyone.

It was just crisp enough to enjoy a nice fire

It was a beautiful, perfect day outside

Not exactly what most people picture when you say 'Thanksgiving", but it works for me!
How did you celebrate??

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


This is a prayer that my mother first saw framed and hanging in Garrison Keillor's dining room in a magazine. I sketched it all in for her and she painted it with gold on a blue strie background. It hangs in her kitchen now. It reads:
" O Lord, we thank you for this food, for every blessing, every good - For eartly sustenance and love, Bestowed on us from Heav'n above. Be present at our table, Lord, Be here and everywhere adored. Thy children bless and grant that we may feast in paradise with Thee."

This is one of my early paintings, done back in the 90's when I was a young whippersnapper! I love to sit by the fire when it's chilly (I never dress like this, though. LOL)

I want to wish all of my US friends a very Happy Thanksgiving! I am heading out of town to my little sister's house to spend it with my family. I am thankful for the countless good things that I am blessed with. Even thankful for the things that don't always appear so good at the time, that are often transformed into blessings later. I am thankful for all of you loyal readers, clients, fellow bloggers and friends. I wish all of you a very pleasant rest of the week/weekend! You guys are the best!

Monday, November 24, 2008


I often sit here on my sofa, sometimes with a little bag of contraband and my notebooks, working on my blog posts. Chocolate has been known to stimulate creativity, you know!

I slip off my flip-flops, prop up my feet and type. Today I've got some new merchandise to peddle.....just in time for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza (and any other holiday I may be neglecting to mention).

Orange Bergere Chair

Royal Worcester Jar
Here is the latest addition to the stationery selection on my Etsy site. I am now offering a set of 8 flat scalloped notecards/envelopes. The paper is a beautiful weight and there are 5 different designs. These can also be personalized with your name or initials!


Orange Chair Silhouette

Palm Beach Chair

These note cards make great stocking stuffers or hostess gifts and you are supporting Indie art at the same time! Be sure and check out my shop and so many others on Etsy this Holiday Season - unique and handmade gifts you won't find everywhere else, delivered to you straight from the artists.

Friday, November 21, 2008


These photos were sent to me by Anna Spiro of Absolutely Beautiful Things. They are of her gorgeous shop and design firm in Brisbane, Australia. Here she framed 2 of my prints, Ikat Chair and Courtney Barnes Chair. Anna's trademark is classic style mixed with lively color and I think she couldn't have chosen a lovelier way to frame these!

These two prints are now in Kate Conroy's Manhattan home. I really like the gold bamboo frames she chose.

When you put a lot of time into creating something, you can't help but be interested in what happens once it leaves your hands and ends up in it's new home. It's always fun for me to see the photos that my wonderful customers/clients send me of my work hanging in their homes (and, in the case of the top photos, their shop). It's very fulfilling to see them put their own personal stamp on my work with their framing choices and make it a part of their environment. I feel so grateful to not only be able to do something I love, but also that I get the opportunity to meet such exceptionally nice people via my blog and Etsy site. Just a reminder that I SO appreciate the support of all of you - readers, clients and fellow bloggers. You never fail to brighten my day! I hope everyone has an especially nice weekend and I will see you back here on Monday.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Wouldn't one of these matted and framed prints make a quick and easy gift? These are 8x10 inches (image size is 5x7) and have an easel back that will stand on any flat surface or is equally suitable to hang on your wall. Frames are also available in black with a white mat. Contact me here or check out my Etsy site.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Nothing like a colorful and positive message to brighten your space! Whether it's a hallway, powder room, office, bedroom or anywhere! Here are a few new quote posters in addition to a couple of my most popular. They are all 11x14 inches (actual image is 8.25 x 10.75 - white margin for framing). They are printed with primo inks on high quality, heavyweight paper and available with or without mat and frame. Available now on my Etsy site. Custom designs/quotes are also available - just contact me here for more information.

Friday, November 14, 2008


One of my "pink espresso" mugs available now on my Etsy site

I am not really a morning person, I'll admit it. Like many people, I enjoy starting my day with a little jolt of caffeinated goodness. I have a mild obsession with Italian espresso makers, although most of the time I drink coffee with a LOT of milk, rather than espresso. Above are a couple of espresso makers that, to me, are beautiful. They are both made by Italian company Francis Francis AND they are both available on my Etsy site as prints and the original painting of the blue is also now for sale. In fact, I have re-stocked my Etsy shop this week with many more originals, so please have a look if you get the chance! Grazie!

*Also, I would like to wish the woman who taught me how to make coffee a very happy 61st birthday~ Love you, MOM!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Orlando Country Club - founded in 1911
Last week, I participated in the Orlando Country Club's FaLaLa Event, a long standing annual tradition that includes a luncheon and holiday sale to kick off the season. It was fun to "keep shop" and get out and meet some customers face to face. There was a great turnout, despite the dismal economy.

One side of my table

One of my newest quote prints, available on my Etsy site, with or without frame.

Some new holiday enclosure cards, also available now on my Etsy site.

Items available included original art, note cards, scalloped note cards, holiday cards, prints and mugs featuring my work.

Me - keeping shop!
It was wonderful to meet some of my readers in person and get to chat a bit! Thanks to all of you who stopped by my table and introduced yourself and showed your support. It was great to meet you! I even connected with another very friendly blogger, Betsy, better know as "Miss Monogram". You can check out her blog here. There were many vendors there with lovely things. My only regret was that I didn't get the chance to shop or meet more of you! Special thanks to Ann Jones, who chaired the event and invited me. The weather was a bit chilly for Florida and it felt pretty festive. I can't believe the Holidays are almost upon us!

A couple of originals, that I am featuring more of on my Etsy site, as well as my new holiday cards.

Monday, November 10, 2008


Holiday Interior

Tree Silhouette - lilac

Tree Silhouette - mint

Cheery Christmas

This year, I have designed several holiday cards and they all are available for purchase on my Etsy site. 3 are very non-traditional with brighter colors not usually associated with the holidays, but very fun!!
Then there's the "Holiday Interior" that is classic in every sense. It features a elegant entry hall with a striped chair and a carved console table with red gift package below a mirror reflecting a holiday bough.
They all come in 2 different sizes, 4.25 x 5.50 inches and 5 x 7 inches. The "Holiday Interior" design also comes in gift enclosure size (3.5 x 2.5). Look for many new gift items to be added to my shop in the coming days.

Friday, November 7, 2008


The living design encyclopedia, Style Court blogger Courtney Barnes
(photo by Ingalls Photography via Domino)

My rendering of Courtney's chair "re-upholstered" in Peter Dunham's Kashmir Paisley

Rear view of chair with complementary red Shadow Stripe for the back.

Congratulations to my friend and fellow blogger, Courtney Barnes, who was not only featured in this month's issue of Domino (page 44), but is also guest blogging for them. She asked me to do a couple of illustrations for her post on Peter Dunham textiles that was featured earlier this week on Domino Daily Dose. Congratulations, Courtney and thanks for the mention - it's always a pleasure to collaborate with you! Be sure to read her other posts as well, if you haven't already. Prints of this latest version of Courtney's chair are now available on my Etsy site.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


A room I painted

The "real enchilada" inspiration - a beautiful room by Alberto Pinto via Domino
I love the color in this room and just tweaked a few things slightly. I see things all the time that I would love to paint just for fun, BUT, so many subjects, so little time!

Monday, November 3, 2008


Yesterday, there was a death in my family, and that, combined with an already planned business trip, will probably make posting a bit light this week. When it rains, it pours - I guess it's a good thing I voted early on Saturday. I hope all of you have a great start to your week and take care!

P.S. Happy Birthday to my Dad - you are THE best!