Sunday, January 31, 2010

Batik Beauty

Yes, I have already come to terms with my age. Although I may appear 24, I am really 65. When I was 15 I turned 56 and my one hope is to make it to the ripe age of 41...or is it 82? Anyway, I quilt. Guilty pleasure, call it what you like, I adore everything about it. Even the hours of time alone it usually requires to finish one of these badboys.

This in-process quilt consists of some hand-dyed fabrics, some store-purchased batiks, and a few classic favorites from my stash. Stay tuned for the finished product...

Saturday, January 30, 2010

more Shoes

Pair number two in my shoes series. Have a cool pair of shoes? Let me paint them! I'll give 'em right back : ) I don't know how many pairs will be portrayed in this series. It all probably hinges on two things (1) my attention span and (2) cash flow. Concerning the second reason, if you are interested in purchasing anything you see on this blog or in commissioning something personal, just email me! I'd love to hear your comments and ideas.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

quilt top

I just finished this little quilt top for a baby girl due in March. I made a similar quilt for her older sister, but sadly never snapped a photo.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

call • ig • ra • phy

Why does calligraphy make everything better? Why also is Jessica Hische pretty much the coolest typographer around? Her blog the Daily Drop Cap has become a daily staple of mine.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Something Old

Since I have slowed down a little on my sketching I thought I would post something I designed a few months ago. This is a postcard invite for the wedding shower I threw (with much help from others) for my sister-in-law. I illustrated Aaron and Stacey flying in a plane because sadly they live across the country and have to buy plane tickets anytime they visit :(

Friday, January 22, 2010

Save the Date

I just received this Save the Date in the mail from my little cousin Betsy. I designed these a few weeks ago and am quite pleased with how they turned out.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

just call me "Teach"

The reason I haven't posted in almost a week might have something to do with that cute smile full of braces [this is where I insert a picture of a 7th grade girl smiling while holding up a monster she just drew. I was about to upload a picture of it when I realized that might be slightly illegal now]. I have become a 7th - 12th grade art teacher for officially TWO days. Since technically I cannot show what we did today, I will share the website which inspired my 7th grade inky monsters....scary doesn't describe it. The Daily Monster.

So far so good. But who's to say? Onward ho to day THREE!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Think'n about a series. Just think'n about it...

I wanted to include the beautiful Carson Ellis print hanging on my wall in the first photo.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Help Us Help You

You might recognize this little table from a previous post. This poster was designed for The Love Seat - a non-profit furniture bank.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

John Williams Design

During a conversation with my boyfriend John last night I told him that he should get a blog. (I discovered the world of blogging a couple weeks ago and now I can't shut up about it.) Although he has enormous potential to become an artist (as you can see by his masterpiece in Microsoft Paint) he has yet to fully tap into that potential. After a moment of thought he came up with the idea of John Williams Design. So pretty much his blog would take everything from mine, "fix it" in Paint, then re-post it a couple days later. We'll judge the future success of that blog by how many comments he gets on today's entry.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Jules and Kevin

One of my best friends requested a painting of her and her husband for an anniversary gift.

Other Things I Like To Do

Aside from being a watercolor fanatic, aspiring calligrapher and trying-not-to-work-for-free graphic designer I have a few more hobbies vying for my time. The original and first passion thus being showcased on my bed is.....QUILTING. The majority of the fabrics chosen for this colorful quilt are from the textile studios of Kaffe Fassett and Amy Butler. A few thirties reproduction prints are peeking out, but only because I have a certain affinity for them.

Stretched above my bed is yardage I designed, dyed and printed. The two little apples painting is proof that every once in a while I try to be an oil painter; and the small end table-like jewelry box was at one point sitting on a curb and minutes from being thrown out. Sanding, painting and Anthropologie knobs were just the the finishing touch my rainbowesque room needed.

However, it will be made obvious through my sorry pictures that I am not a photographer. Maybe one day...

Friday, January 8, 2010

A Bunch

This is sketched from a small bunch of wooden roses I have in my room.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

breakfast watercolor

After finishing up a grapefruit for breakfast I thought, "this deserves to be painted". So about an hour later I had this nice little painting.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My Big Brother Got Married

It's true. New Year's Eve he tied the knot to the beeee-utiful Stacey Williams. I designed and screenprinted their invites. Black and silver with a touch of sour apple green.

Been Practicing My Calligraphy

Some cute little Christmas presents I wrapped. I should have taken pictures of the cookies I made before wrapping them up. Just imagine mint Oreos dipped in Godiva white chocolate and decorated like Christmas ornaments. yum.

Monkey Doodle'n

Monday, January 4, 2010

William Henry Harrison: the forgotten president

This was actually printed a little while ago, but has yet to make its online debut. Rather than simply showing the final work, I thought I would give a bit of the process as well.

three little birds