Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Squishy Turbo

Embroidery details
Squishy Turbo
Everything that needed to be stuffed is done! A squishy version of Turbo is traveling with me. Two more sleeps & Toronto here I come! :-)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Made with Love

kitty with birds
I finished all of the ornaments for Bookhou that I will hand deliver in a couple of days. 
Now it's on to finish a few gifts for some very special friends ♥ whom I can't wait to see!

Monday, November 26, 2012

House & Birds

Before the stuffing
Casa six update
I sew & sew bird ornaments while Manolo continues to make progress with our new house. Here are a few photos I took of the construction site over the weekend. The ground level (which is below street level) is where our bedrooms will be and the top level will have the living/dining room, kitchen and studio. I'm getting so excited about our house, can't wait to move in in the spring!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Squishy Birds

Squishy Birds
Stuffed Robin
Making progress with my bird ornaments. Still have lots more to go...
They will be available at Arounna's shop Bookhou.
Margie's gorgeous pinecones will be also be there.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Cutting birds
Birds on linen
Iron on bird
Birds panel
I'm making some embroidered birdie ornaments like these to be hand delivered at Bookhou next week where they'll be available for purchase during December. I used Strathmore iron-on sheets on linen & I still need to cut, embroider and sew so I'll get on it!

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Tags & Stickers
Hand carved stamp workshop!
Here's a video of the workshop I taught last year:
Getting all the gifts wrapped up for my Canadian friends. 
I'm getting so excited about my upcoming trip in less than two weeks!
There are still some spots available for the workshop I will be teaching at Boohou in case you want to join us. It will be so much fun to spend the afternoon stamping away and drinking Mexican hot chocolate. I'll bring some of my own carved stamps so we can play around and make some wrapping paper & tags to be used during the holidays. 
All the materials needed are included, all you have to bring is your lovely self :-)
Hope you can join us if you're in Toronto.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Similar, Yet Not The Same

Similar but not the same.
Dip pen & brush
Acrylic ink with a liner brush on the left & with a dip pen on the right.
I found that beautiful box full of ink pen nibs at an antiques shop in Chile last year.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Birds, Birds, Birds

Birds in frames
Drawing with a dip pen.
I always gravitate towards them. I can't help it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Around The World II

Around The World II
Collage detail
Collage on Fabriano paper 9 x 12 inches.
I had forgotten how much I love using bits of vintage paper & glue.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Around The World

Around the World
Collage, watercolor & acrylic ink on Fabriano paper. 9" x12"

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cleaning & Sorting

Paper drawer
After an intense few months working non stop with commissions the drawers in my studio were in desperate need of a good cleaning/sorting so spent a few hours last night tackling some of the chaos. I still have a few more drawers to go and I'll spend a good part of today scanning my paper ephemera collection. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Embelishing my illustration on fabric
Beads & thread
A little beading this morning while listening to the birds chirping outside.
I found the box with all the little wearable art squares that I started over a year ago

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Back To Watercolors

New work
Yellow bird
Something new I'm working on for Galison's Spring '13 line. Can't wait to show you!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012


Colored pencils on my desk
Faber-Castell Polychromos
I traded my watercolors for some fun with my new Faber-Castell Polychromos colour pencils today.
*Thank you Julia for my beautiful moth/butterfly prints!

Sunday, November 04, 2012


Breast feathers
Wing feathers
Thrush feathers
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush feathers.