Monday, January 31, 2011


If I had to choose a favorite bird based on its behavior this amazing bird would be it.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Colorful Morning

New postcard

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Desert Specimens

I'm working on a small collection of flora & fauna you might find in the desert
for a new Tiny Book I want to make.
I made this digital collage with my watercolor images and vintage maps.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


At the blue house. Playing around with Photoshop and my birds.
Sketched bird
My friend Oliver found the coolest online sketch tool. Go have some fun at this link.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Facebook giveaway

Tiny Book giveaway
Come and play with me at my Facebook page!
To participate in the giveaway you must "Like" my Facebook page first
and then leave a comment at this Facebook link.

***Make sure you leave a comment at my Facebook photo to participate in the giveaway. I cannot include the comments you leave here (my blog) at the giveaway over there (Facebook page) :p Thanks!

****The winner is Lori Miller!! Congratulations!!!*****

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Our birdroom, I mean bedroom ;)
Our birdroom, I mean bedroom ;)
Specimen 652 Large Format print by the talented D. S. Brennan.

Monday, January 24, 2011

I'm Moving!

Jan 2011 inspiration board
I'm moving!
New Space
As you all know I'm hosting an ACE Camp's workshop early next month at my studio. Sixteen lovely women are flying down to Mexico to play with me at La Casa Azul!
The space I share with my boys right now is not big enough to host a workshop
so I'll be trading spaces with my Manolo. His studio space downstairs is still empty so I'm going to set up shop there this week until after the retreat...unless I convince Manolo to make the swap permanent. He's not budging, but I'm working on it ;)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Bird on the Moon

Bird on the Moon
Some people see a man, others a bunny. I just see a bird ;)
Taken a few minutes's stunning tonight.


The Coffins of Little Hope
Last year I illustrated this bejeweled dragonfly for the cover
of a novel called "The Coffins of Little Hope" by Timothy Schaffert.
The cover was beautifully designed by Kathleen Lynch.
It will be released this spring.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tiny Booklets

Making Little Booklets
Tiny Booklets
Recycled some of my discarded prints to make some tiny booklets
to go with the tiny books.
I realized how much I enjoy making tiny things :)
And speaking of friend Yvonne Eijkenduijn
over at The Yvestown Blog
made a beautiful blog book that you can preview here.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Blues

For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere feelin' the winter blues...
here are some warm sunshiny blues for you :)
This is a house that my very talented husband Manolo designed and built
for a client a few years ago on the Mexican coast.
Makes me dream of being by the sea side today...

*Photos by Héctor Velasco Facio

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The giveaway winner is...

Postcard winner
The lucky recipient of the "Today I Saw" postcard is: pklaw from Michigan!
Congratulations! Thank you for playing with me!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Pocket Planners just arrived!

Pocket Planner
They just arrived! Signed copies available right now at my shop!
Worldwide shipping available :) Get 'em while they're hot!

***Update: They're all gone! I will have a few more available next week.
Thank you so much for your support of my work!

Today I Saw

Today I Saw
The lovely Jill over at Today I Saw invited me to play and asked me a few fun questions.
I'm doing a flash giveaway at my blog today!
After reading the questions over at Jill's blog please come back here and leave a comment with the name of one of the birds I mention in the interview.
The winner will receive my Today I Saw postcard in the mail!
I will choose a random name tomorrow morning
and will announce the winner at noon! Have fun!
*I stopped biting my nails last year! I started biting them when I was two years old so it was a pretty tough habit to break. So, yes! that is my very own nail in the photo ;)
Tiny Book of Birds
A few teensy weensy books are available at my shop.
Going Places print
And there's a new print at my Etsy shop!

***Comments are now closed. I will announce the winner of the giveaway later today.
Thank you for playing with me :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Glow Jars
My friend Margie gave me another great idea for displaying art on jars...
I printed my illustrations on tracing paper with my ink jet printer
and wrapped some jars with votives inside them. Instant lanterns!
You could also draw directly onto the vellum with markers.
I'm going to have to tell Daniel to try that! He does wonders with his markers...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Shop Update

Books in the making
Remember the batch of Tiny Book of Birds I made a few years ago?
Manolo is helping me put together a few tiny books
that will be available at my Big Cartel shop on Monday!
Tiny Book of Birds in the making...
My Etsy shop will re-open tomorrow.
I'm waiting for the Pocket Planners to arrive here
so I can list them at my shop...I'll let you know when they're available :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bird Jars

Jars as picture frames
Bird Jars
MSL magazine
Great idea from the April '09 issue of MSL magazine: using jars as picture frames.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Envelop Pillows

Mushrooms Pillow At Home
Cyanobird Pillow At Home
Cyanobird at home
Cosmos Pillow At Home
My Envelop pillow cover designs arrived today
and made themselves very comfortable here at the blue house.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Finding Inspiration

First watercolor of 2011! Inspired by our trip downtown.
Watercolor & acrylic ink on Twinrocker paper. 6" x 8"
I Love Lentils
Playing around with my lentils while picking for little stones.
They really are my favorite food :)
I'm curious...what's your all time favorite food?
***I also LOVE this L-O-V-E by Dawn

Wednesday, January 05, 2011


Cathedral Dome
Catedral de San Felipe Neri
Faux birds in cages :)
Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas
How about a healthy dose of warm color to get you through the rest of the week?
Taken yesterday afternoon at Downtown Querétaro, México.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Home is Where the Art Is

Porcelain shells
Porcelain shells made by the very talented Paula Valentim.
Filled with little bits from the ocean.
With my beautiful collection of crochet covered stones by my dear friend Margie
She's coming to visit all the way from snowy Canada next month & I'm so excited to finally meet her in person! One of the highlights of 2011 for sure.
Chubby Bonsai
This lovely 15 year old chubby bonsai is the newest member of our family.