Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fee Fi Faux Fun

Faux Fun
Had lots of fun today making a faux butterfly specimen box
Watercolor butterfly specimen box
with watercolor, paper, bookboard and a couple of pins.
Faux Specimen Display
A perfect addition to our school/studio shelves :)
The beautiful paper-mache bird is by my friend Gustavo Aimar

Monday, February 22, 2010

Still life

Still life
Pretty little things that inspire me on the shelves.
~Watercolor mosquito by Golly Bard
~Vintage glass bottle with dune sand from my friend Toddy's ranch in Texas.
~Crow bookplate by Diana Sudyka
~Three little wood painted eggs & crochet covered stone by Resurrection Fern
~A specimen jar with natural treasures.
~And a cloth covered box with a stone Hanko seal I had made of the word "bird" that must show you one of these days.
Hope you are having a really nice Monday!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Big Bird

Big bird
You might recognize him from yesterday's post :)
Just foolin' around with pastels again. This time on kraft paper and a bigger scale.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Digital Doodles

Digital doodles
Don't let this image fool you ;)
It's a digital collage composition I made with my scanned doodles in Photoshop.
I wish I owned the old binder with crinkly yellowed pages...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Oh Happy Day!

Happy day!
A big hug to all :) Hope your day is filled with love and good chocolate.
I found this cute tin frame in a little shop in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Woodland block print set
A new block print set will be available at the shop on Monday!
Woodland Stamps
I carved these three woodland themed stamps this weekend
Stamps & Prints
& printed them with archival inks onto gorgeous Fabriano Medioevalis cards
that measure 4.7" x 4.7 "
Remember this other Print Set I made last year?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Craft Hope for Haiti

Craft Hope for Haiti
This hand carved bird stamp & a couple of cards
that I stamped with it are for sale* at Jade's wonderful Craft Hope for Haiti shop,
all proceeds will benefit Doctors Without Borders in Haiti.
Photo by Lark Books

* sold :)

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Corners of our home

My Orchids
I found the perfect spot for my little orchid collection.
They seem to be very happy here :)
"Stockholm" oil painting is by Chilean artist Luis Tejada.
Curiosities on my shelves
Little curiosities that we love on the shelves.
Daniel is VERY thankful for all of your kind words of encouragement.
You really made his day!
"Albino Jay" photo by the super talented Diana Brennan.
Nest & Egg by Rae Dunn

Monday, February 08, 2010

The boy who drew birds

Daniel's bird print

Daniel's birds
There's a new print in my shop and I didn't paint it!
My 12 year old son Daniel made these amazing watercolor birdies
over the weekend & asked me if I could sell prints of them in my shop
to save up some money to buy his own art supplies so of course I said yes :)

Saturday, February 06, 2010


Pastel bird
Lots of fun this morning playing around with a new box of pastels.
I'm going to experiment painting on Kraft paper later today.

Thank you so very much for helping me win
the People's Choice Award at Poppytalk in the Affordable Art catergory!!!
I couldn't have done it without you :)

This is what I won:
1. A one month's free participation at Poppytalk Handmade
2. A "The Poppies (People's Choice)" banner/button for your site or blog!
3. A one year's text link from the Poppytalk blog's main page
under "The Poppies" category.

Friday, February 05, 2010


The few that I own & love are:
Off the Shelf by Donna Hay
New Food Fast by Donna Hay
Authentic Mexican by Rick Bayless
Whole Grain Breads by Peter Reinhart
Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life by Jamie Oliver
The Naked Chef by Jamie Oliver
Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberger & Zoe Francois
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman
Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair

Thank you so much for participating in my little survey :)
I'm so relieved to know I haven't bored you with my birdies yet!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

A fun little poll!