My Season is Coming to an End

Thank you to everyone that has supported me and my art this year. Just 3 more shows to go before my 2011 season is over. I hope to emerge from the deep winter months with some new work in the spring.
My final shows are spread out in different locations so see if I'll be somewhere close by!
Dec. 4 - Scituate, MA
Dec. 10 - Boston, MA
Dec.11 - Pawtucket, RI

Festival Fete and a New Favorite

Maine Cardinals

I will be at Festival Fete at the Providence Civic Center on (Black) Friday and Small Business Saturday. Come on down and show small local businesses some love this holiday. You'll end up with some truly unique gifts.

Recent Work

Here we go! The Holidays are approaching fast, as always, and I am happy to feel inspired to create. Here are 3 of my most recent works. I admit there is more and I have been a bit of a slacker with blogging my newest work but I'll try to be better. You can see it in person tomorrow at the Park School in Brookline.

"winter walk"


"cardinal party"

This piece will be part of a show at 13 Forest Gallery opening next week.

JP Open Studios this weekend!

I'll be landing at JP Open Studios this weekend with a few new pieces. Come out and enjoy the many artists and crafters that will be exhibiting all over Jamaica Plain. I will be outside at the Eliot School for the Arts at 24 Eliot Street on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th from 11am - 6pm. Hope to see you there!

The Girls I Knew

I went to summer camp. "Camp Avalon, a sailing camp for girls" was special, a place where kids from different parts of the country and world came each summer to live together and build shared memories. I was fortunate enough to attend for 11 years and it had a big influence on who I have become as a person. The camp has been closed since 1988 but this past weekend we had a reunion. I did a lot of reflecting on my time spent there during the weeks leading up to the event. Finding old friends on Facebook jogged memories and inspired the start of a series, "The Girls I Knew". The amazing thing is that everyone was just the same (with a few lines of wisdom around the eyes) and I found that our shared memories and experiences bind us still.

I was so sad when the camp closed. I had hoped to send my daughter there one day but this weekend I realized that Avalon lives on in each girl that attended, whether it was one summer or a childhood of summers. I'll share my memories with my daughter, teach her the silly songs and hope to find her a wonderful camp where she can enjoy a similar experience because it's not necessarily the place but the people that made it so special.


My latest pieces, inspired by the rainy spring and a recent trip to the island of Nantucket.

Check out some new work and things to share at Wonder Forest :)

Show and Tell Thursday

Two Shows This Weekend!

I will be taking part in two shows this weekend and the weather looks to be fabulous! On Saturday I will be at the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival. This is a great show with very talented artists and crafts people. I'm very proud to be taking part in it!
Sunday, I will be at SOWA for some more fun in the sun. These are my last scheduled shows until the fall, so come on out and say hello!

Craftopia this Sunday!

This Sunday is my first show of 2011. Come on down to do some Spring shopping and pick up something unique and one of a kind for yourself or someone special.

More Spring Fun and a New Tea Towel Design

Today I finished a project for me and a new design for the coming season to add to my hand printed tea towels. I was a bit house-bound with sick kids this week and then there were two days of snow so I felt I needed to bring a little spring into the house.

I came across this fabulous blog post for Spool Sewing and fell in love with the birds they created. I love the mobile and have plenty of driftwood branches but for now I think I will just keep them out to brighten up these early spring days.

I ended up finishing them a bit differently by closing their tails and leaving the rough edges. I also stitched back up the tail to "quilt" some tail feathers in.

After that very satisfying project, I got back to work and finished a new block for my tea towels.

I'll be adding other designs to the Lobster, Crab and new Anchor for my first show, Craftopia, on April 10th in Rhode Island.

Bunnies are Ready for Spring

Bunny poem pillows are back for the spring! Available now in my shop, so hop hop!

Birds and Things

We're headed into Spring, or so I am told. So I have decided to start to post some Spring inspired pieces. Here is the first. Happy Friday!

Bird Elements

There are two or three, maybe more, projects that have been bumping around in my head for months now. I have been trying to fight through my "winter let down" and I am trying to give myself permission to do crafty projects with the kids while the ideas mull.
This past week, between the Valentine projects, I managed to get a few elements done for some larger pieces I will be putting together this week.

I will be embedding the fabric pieces into an encaustic commission. The clay birds are a return to something I was working on a year ago. I had put it aside or rather it sat in my studio for the entire year. Now I am going to try to develop it further.
I'll update both later in the week.

Snow Project 2

We had fun cutting hearts the other day for Valentines Day. My daughter painted glitter on hers for her school Valentines and I strung some together to make this little garland to decorate the mantel.
Keeping kids and hands busy!

The directions for this project can be found on the blog How About Orange. She made them with stiffened fabric which is lovely but I had more decorative paper than fabric on hand, so I used that.
If you love my pink bunnies on the mantel, they are made by my friend Crystal. She makes wonderful spun cotton figures. I'm addicted!

Warm Hearts on a Cold Winter Day

Today is day 2 of the kids being home due to the massive storm affecting a third of the country. On the coast here, we are getting mostly a wet freezing rain so it's not much fun to go out and play. Later today I think we'll get started on our valentines but yesterday we got the wheels rolling by making these fun and colorful crayon window hearts. It is fun and easy and the supplies are pretty standard things that I had lying around. That's great when it's a blizzard outside!
Here are the directions I followed from Martha Stewarts blog and website.

They were addictive to make because each one is unique and a little surprise. They really add a bright, cheeriness to the front hall.