Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lovely Morning

New blouse
We just arrived home from spending a really lovely time in San Miguel de Allende.
I found this pretty embroidered blouse and two beautiful
handmade bracelets woven from some kind of palm.
The blouse came in that cute market tote with a pretty paper flower.
Such a nice detail from the shop isn't it?
Makes you want to go back there and shop some more :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sticky Notes

Sticky Notes
Bird Sticky Notes
I had totally forgotten to tell you that my super cute sticky notes set made by Galison
is now available exclusively at an Anthropologie near you (or online).
Oh! and they're also selling my Pocket Planner!
*Photos from

Thank you so much for all the lovely comments on my self-portrait.
I felt SO loved it warmed my heart. You guys are the sweetest!

Monday, August 29, 2011


Self-portrait sketch
I mustered all my nerve to share this.
I'm sketching for a self-portrait.
Much idealized... I am not as young or pretty.
Going to do it in watercolor and hopefully finish it
before my impending 44th birthday in two weeks.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Manolo's Shelves

Living room shelves
Manolo finally finished installing the beautiful shelves he designed
for the living room's concrete wall. His talent just blows me away.
Love the combination of concrete, wood and stainless steel.
I can't believe we've been living here for a whole year already,
it seems like we moved in yesterday.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

La Liebre, el Zanate y el Garambullo

Red Hare Stamp
Red Hare
El zanate y el garambullo
La Liebre y el Zanate.
New stamps I made yesterday of some critters & cactus
that are very typical of this area.
You can get an alphabet rolling stamp like mine at this link.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Small Pleasures

House by the Sea
My mind wanders every time I look at this beautiful rock specimen by Cori Kindred.
Washi Tape Dispenser
My brand new washi tape dispenser made by Daniel.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Shelves

New shelves
I just inherited these shelves that were in the entrance/hallway
because Manolo is building new ones for that space.
These look so at home in the studio, it almost feels like he designed them just for me.
Dear Deer
My dear handmade deer by Stephanie Congdon Barnes
Felt flower
Felt flower from Lola's cover. Lola is my sewing machine ;)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bird & Brush

A recent close encounter with a cute vermillion flycatcher
& the fine round brush I use to paint my stones.
It's called a Script/Liner. You can find the inks I use here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Dog Who Knew Too Much

Turbo super model :)
My handsome dog Turbo is in the cover
of the aptly named The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Spencer Quinn!
Cover design by the fabulous Anna Dorfman of Door Sixteen.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tie Dye

New curtain
Tie dyed & sewed a linen panel for my one of my studio windows this morning.
Window Ledge
Love that it looks like stained glass. I might have to make more for the other windows.
Rubber block scraps
This is the drawer where I keep all the rubber block leftovers from my bigger projects (aka my book for Lark). I plan to make lots of little stamps with them.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sea Biscuit

Sea Biscuit
Galleta de mar
A newly painted stone for my tiny Mac beach :)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Air Mail

Little Stamps
A few tiny stamps I made this morning
to use in the packaging for my lovely Etsy customers :)

*Update: For those of you who wanted to know
I used ColorBox Pigment Inkpads in colors
Aqua, Sky Blue, Scarlet and Orchid.

Friday, August 19, 2011


Turbo wishes you a peaceful, restful weekend :)

Things That Are Round

Goodbrand & Co
Yesterday's Loaf
Digitally altered photo of a beautiful vintage scale at La Aurora Gallery
in San Miguel de Allende and yesterday's loaf.
Bookhou tea towel. No knead recipe.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

♡ ● ☐

Three things I finished today.
Three things i finished yesterday:
a heart shaped box, a moth stone & a fabric pendant.
Can you believe these beautiful pebbles are actually candy covered chocolate?
Prettiest candy ever! And they taste really good too!
They're now decorating my coffee table.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Midnight Blues

Midnight Blues
Night Sky
Last night I needed to unwind so I painted stones.
Queretaro is always windy so it's great to have lots of paperweights
on hand around the house to keep stuff from flying away.
I painted these with acrylics and a very fine round brush.
The beautiful triangle pattern is from one of my favorite Bookhou bags.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Plywood Box
Colored Diamonds WIP
Daniel is into woodworking now and he made me this awesome box and I LOVE it :)
Square number three of twenty is almost done. Slow but steady.
The beautiful pincushion inside my box was handmade
by the talented & lovely Liane from Enhabiten.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Prickly Pears

Prickly pears
Sweet 'n Juicy
My favorite fruit right next to mangoes are the sweet & juicy prickly pears.
They're in season right now and I eat at least two every single day.
Manolo eats lots more than two, he's the fruit monster of the house.
I love to photograph and paint them too!
'Tunas' as they're called in Spanish are the fruits of the Opuntia or Nopal cactus.
You can read more about the fascinating paddle cactus here.
My little mariachi bird was featured in a tiny section of an article
of the September issue of Food & Wine magazine
about Nate & Salli's awesome site They Draw & Cook!

Friday, August 12, 2011


Fabric baskets
Photo 1: That pretty fabric poster above my covered printer is from Bookhou.
The drawings were made by her very talented husband John.
Photo 2: Fabric storage baskets from Bookhou as well :)
Photo 3: I brought back my framed Cyanobird from the Winged Migration show at Bookhou in Toronto. Margie did a wonderful job choosing the frames for my originals. I'm happy i got to keep this one for my studio :) I hardly ever frame my own stuff.
Photo 4: It's the pretty view from my desk.
Photo 5: My beautiful kalanchoe tomentosa

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Morning Fog

Early morning fog
We've had beautiful thick fog in the mornings for the past couple of days.
There's a giveaway of my latest collage going on at my Facebook page
in case you want to participate :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Things With Wings

Little Boxes
New collage
My little vintage boxes & ephemera living in harmony
with my little winged creatures at the studio.