Friday, April 24, 2009

Esperanza Ayuda y Corazon

Here's a painting I finished a little bit ago inspired by a song Jake wrote once upon a time, called "Miss Rosie". You can listen to it via YouTube.

Prints are now available in the shop.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sushi Dinner

I've returned from the South Land (CT) after visiting family and friends for a week. It was a nice trip home with lots of wedding planning, fabric shopping with my mom, a dinner gathering with my bird maids, a day spent with little sister and Easter celebrating with both families. I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things here in the North Land, but I did miss Mr.Wildwood and Mr.Terrapin quite a bit despite all the fun I had.

I need to get sewing again soon, but I have been busy cooking up a few other things.We made homemade vegetarian sushi tonight for the first time, and to our surprise, it came out quite excellent.

Yum! Plum! Avocado and cucumber! Sweet potato! (and a few variations) Rolling them right took a little practice, but I think next time we make them we'll have it down smooth, and it's pretty fun if you keep yourself from getting frustrated.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Studio tour

Hello! Hello! It's been a busy week moving furniture, but we've finally managed to get our studio floor painted. What do you think? I wish I remembered to take a before photo, but it sort of had the grunge look for a while... layers of chipped paint and ancient dirt that refused to be removed. But I love this soft blue color... it's called "quiet sea" and ya know, I do think it brings a bit of tranquility to the space. So without further ado, here's a photo tour of the place where we work on all our projects... from sewing to painting to gluing banjo and mandolins, it's really the place where we spend the majority of our time.
Here's my cozy sewing corner. You can also see the all purpose table I use to draw and cut fabric and whatnot and my famous blue stool. You can also get a peek at our new striped rug!
This is my silly inspiration board for photos and postcards and anything small enough to fit on it.

Here's another close up of my cozy corner.
Oh yes, and my good friend the sewing machine deserves a shot.
And I also managed to get the closet painted this rosy pink color. Before it was many shades of "ick"... kind of like the floor. The little sliding cupboard stores my extra fabric.
And right here, though it's hard to see in the sunlight, is the wire bird that Jake made me for my birthday... he's a tufted titmouse. You can also see the lovely view of the river across the street.
A glimpse of my indoor garden...
More plants! More fabric! More beautiful blue floor!
Our dear friend the owl is lurking in the shadows.
Some storage! Ooo!
And of course, Mr. Terrapin, enjoying the sun and the new and improved studio space. I think it really makes a difference to have a work space you're excited to go to everyday. I didn't get a chance to photograph Jake's side of the room, but perhaps that is for another day.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Painted Rock

Warm sun on Saturday... sat on the porch and enjoyed it and painted this silly thing, but now it's raining, raining, raining...

Friday, March 27, 2009

Wedding Project # 1 and Rabbit Maypole Cards

Hiho! I'm going to be sticking to picture only posts for a while. Above... some new happy rabbit cards that will make their way to the shop soon. Below... my first project for the wedding, a ring pillow filled with lavender and buckwheat hulls.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Stripes and Bells

Hello good folks! These stripey eye pillows were sewn up today and our now in the shop. They have the same backing fabric as the buckwheat hull pillow I showed you recently which is thick and has an oh-so-lovely texture. And, as you can see, I managed to use some of those new fabrics I showed you the other day.

Terrapin is sleeping on my ironing board...tsk, tsk. The river is rushing by outside, not even caring that I'm just sitting here unable to keep up for a second. But soon there will be coffee, Mr.Jake has foretold, and the shop will be closed, and perhaps we'll take a quick walk outside.

And there is also this lovely farm house I wanted to share with you. This will very likely be the location for our wedding this Autumn. (No, we're not already married, but it's about time isn't it? Haha.) I think it's just the old-timey middle of nowhere kind of location we were looking for and there's even llamas and ponies next door. So we are both very excited to finally be able to start planning this shindig, as it's been on hold since we moved. Get ready for lots of wedding crafts!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring is here!

Happy Spring! It doesn't feel much like it today, but there are little signs that warmer days are nearing. I've spied tiny specks of green in the yard and after a few lovely porch sitting days last week, much of the snow has melted. I've been terribly unproductive lately, a bit of sickness mixed with a bit of too much daydreaming and an addiction to watching murder mysteries with Belgian detectives leads to not getting much done. So no new projects to show. But we did find a little quilt shop on the way back from some errands earlier this week, and I picked up some fabric supplies. Hopefully they will give me the inspiration to start a new sewing project.

And this has nothing to do with anything, but I think Terrapin has found a new hiding place in the cupboard. He's already all too familiar with the lower kitchen cabinets, but now he's managed to find his way to the upper level.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Lavender and Buckwheat Hull Pillow

Here's the latest thing I've been working on. I've been trying to stay off of the computer because of my eye problems, but I'll pop in again this week with more pictures of projects. The pillow is here in the shop.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

She Sells Seashells

I finally, after months of staring at them longingly, opened my casein paints to give them a whirl. There's something a little terrifying for me about trying a new material. Will I like it better than my old stand by? Will I become a traitor to what I know? Will I be awful at it? Oh, but it's so fun too... a little bit like solving a mystery. They are what I expected and not what I expected. I did some doodling on these seashells from my Rhode Island days. I have a huge stockpile of seashells, telling myself one day I'd find a use for them. And voila! Well, I like this casein stuff, though it doesn't smell quite as lovely as gouache. The colors are more vibrant... perhaps too vibrant, but maybe I just need to learn to mix them better. I'm looking forward to trying them out on wood.

Ah, and speaking of mysteries, Jake and I are addicted to watching the Poirot Mysteries on YouTube that used to air on the BBC. I never use to like detective stories until we started watching and reading Sherlock Holmes. And now I'm walking around the house solving butter and toast crumb crimes.

Warning! If you start watching, you will get hooked! (There are more episodes on the persons YouTube channel)

Monday, March 2, 2009


I just wanted to share with you today the project of artist Jess Gonacha, a blog called Pecannoot. Jess features artists who are sending out some good vibes into the world through their art, focusing on the theme of abundance, and also shares many of her own illustrations. She was kind enough to feature my Spring mandala last Thursday. Thanks Jess and may we all have an abundance of good thing in our lives.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Buckwheat Bear

Another bear is born! This one is stuffed with lavender and buckwheat hulls. And if anyone was wondering, Jake named his bear "Pancake Pan-A-Cake" (but we just call him Pancake around here). This new one will be in the shop sometime soon.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Ribbon and Bread

Life certainly feels full these days. There's been lots of planning, lots of daydreaming, and lots of gathering. Jake and I were both sort of feeling a mid-winter funk, but it seems to have lifted as of late. Not sure why... maybe just knowing the snowy days will soon have to give way to Spring. I'm feeling very positive about many things and hoping a hell of a lot. We had a beautiful day today on our weekly grocery expedition. I love how small VT always feel, as if you know everyone in the whole state. I dragged Jake around downtown and found a few odds and ends... some pretty yellow napkins and that delightful aqua ribbon pictured above and the fun little trivet you see below. I have a little coriander plant planted in there that has not yet grown to see the sun.

And this evening, after enjoying a terrific dinner of pasta and homemade tomato sauce with ukulele music, I looked around our surroundings and felt very grateful for all the color in our life. Lots of plants, brightly colored rooms, silly paintings, lovely people and kitties to share it with. Yes, I do feel very hopeful these days. Sometimes you just have to turn your head around and the world looks a whole lot different than it did the day before.

And here is something awesome that I wanted to share with you before I go watch a detective show with Jake, Septembear's Rosemary Bread. I baked it the other day, and it is very delicious, and not very difficult, as far as bread making goes. You can find the recipe here. Enjoy!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Scrap Bear

This here patchwork bear is a little project I just finished for Jake... a belated Valentine's gift.

He's is stuffed with little bitty fabric scraps that I save for just such an occasion. He even has some yarn and thread scraps thrown in for good measure.

I was inspired by this little brown bear my mom made for my dad once upon a time. Here they are together, the best of friends!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Basil and Banner

Look here! My basil is growing! And I've also grown a banner with a little help from Mr. Jake.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you're having a lovely day celebrating love! These are some delicious plain scones that I made yesterday and disappeared all too quickly. Thank you all so very much who entered my Valentine's Day Give Away. I chose the winner by the very scientific method of writing your names on a piece of paper, folding them in half, and then shaking them up in my hand and letting one drop on the table. Congratulations Candice! You are the lucky winner.You can e-mail me your address at so I can send you your prize package. Candice shared her love of the smell of Spring, and I couldn't agree more.There's nothing like it after a long, cold winter! Thank all three of you for sharing with me something you loved. I enjoyed all of it!

To those that didn't win, don't be disheartened. I plan to have many more of these little give aways so check back, and hopefully at least a few more people will enter. I'll try to give more warning in the future, too.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Call to Spring

I made this mandala to ask the universe for a little bit of growth and prosperity. I'm calling it "A Call to Spring". It feels good to be painting again. All these ideas started coming to the surface as soon as I picked up a paint brush. I hope to keep up with the ideas and not have them getting dusty on some back shelf somewhere as they did last year.

Oh, and I also made this new design for my eye pillows. Expect to see lots of patchwork and paintings in 2009. This one is over in the shop.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentine's Day Give Away!

Well, my doves, I've been wanting to do a give away for a while, but haven't had the time to make something for it. As luck would have it, this lovely headband you see below is slightly imperfect... I accidentally made a very tiny tear in the fabric with my seam ripper. It's still perfectly fine to wear and hardly noticeable but I don't want to sell it, so I thought one of you might enjoy it. So what better way to warm your head and your heart this chilly February than a give away! And I'll also throw in a couple more little surprises.

To enter, all you have to do is share with me something you love. Yes, "love" is the word. It can be a photo, a recipe, a poem, a quote, a story, anything! I'll choose one lucky ducky winner on Saturday, February 14th at 12 noon. Please tell all your friends. Everyone is welcome to enter!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Happy Belated Groundhogs Day!

Well, I'm not sure if that ol' groundhog saw his shadow, but I'm doing everything in my power to bring Spring sooner than later. This morning I did a bit of Spring cleaning in the store... a bit more is still needed, but all in good time. I'm also going to start some basil seeds today. I want to have a ton of basil this year, as it's my all time favorite herb and you can never have enough. I can't wait to make pesto.

Speaking of food... here is a very delicious sandwich that Jake and I shared the other day at our local cafe. Take a some apple slices, cheddar, fresh spinach and onion and bread of your choice. Amazing! We liked it so much we made it again today at home. I don't think you can go wrong with apples and cheddar. It's just too good.

Friday, January 30, 2009