Friday, May 31, 2013

Market Report

Market Report
Watercolor & collage on paper.
Don't forget to come by tomorrow to get your new desktop calendar for June!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Shades of Blue

Pattern Designs
Shades of Blue
A very fun commission I'm working on had me immersed in pattern design all morning.
 I painted 15 designs with watercolors in shades of my favorite color. I ended up  a bit cross-eyed after the session :)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Rainy Season

Opuntia Blooms
Studio Window
Manolo and I went for a short ride to see the countryside this weekend and it was such a joy to see the opuntias in bloom.
The rainy season has begun here in the forest. There will be thunderstorms every afternoon from now on until late October and everything will turn a lush shade of green.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror
When I found this tiny wooden mirror at a Walmart a few weeks ago I knew that with a little love I could turn it into something special. I gave it a leather strip and drew some flowers with my pyrography pen :)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Cuff & Ring

I finished the first cuff of the batch and made myself a matching thumb ring :) I'm keeping these because I've sold or given away all of the ones I've made so far. I won't be selling any rings...too many finger sizes out there!
*In case you're wondering: the beautiful wooden ring holder was a gift from my friend Margie and the thing holding the bracelet is a cholla cactus skeleton.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

New Batch

First of the new batch
Blank leather cuffs
Cutting cuffs
New batch of cuffs I'm making.
It has been a while since I've drawn with the pyrograph. I love making up the design as I draw along and it makes each design unique. I'm making twenty leather cuffs and maybe a couple of these. I'll let you know when they're available at my shop.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Hellebore Journal

Embroidery project
Bookhou basket with embroidery thread
Embroidery Detail
Cloth Covered Journal
Finished Journal
Fun embroidery/bookbinding project I did over the weekend using my hellebore watercolor illustration. I transferred the image to the bookbinding cotton cloth using Iron-On transfer paper from Strathmore and added some embroidered details. I bought these sheets many, many years ago from Amazon, I don't know if they still sell them. 
If you want to try your hand at book binding this is a good step-by-step tutorial.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

From Where I Stand

From Where I Stand
Looking Down

Monday, May 13, 2013

Pot Holder

Pot Holder
This weekend I made a quilted pot holder using two of my Bookhou's triangles fabric scraps, wool felt for the inside, a tiny piece of Kokka red polka dot fabric and a thin strip of leather. Quick, small sewing projects like this one are so satisfying.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Succulent Garden

Succulent garden
Euphorbia Trigona
Watercolor on Arches Aquarelle paper 22.5" x 22.5"

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Hello Watercolors!

On my desk
Aeonium & Bird
It had been over a month since I last picked up my watercolors!
It feels great to be painting again in my new studio :)

Thursday, May 02, 2013


Wrapped for a friendStamping Kit
There is nothing I enjoy more than putting together a little gift 
& taking my time to make the wrapping extra pretty. 
This time I gathered items for a stamping kit to give along with my book and wrapped it furoshiki style using the linen wall panel I did in collaboration with Bookhou.
***This is NOT a giveaway, it's a gift I made for a good friend of mine :)