Friday, December 30, 2011

New Desk for a New Year

Just in time for the New Year, I bought myself a 'new' desk. I've had my eye on this one for awhile at Ikea. Just found it on Craigslist and had to have it. I just wish I was one of those people who doesn't have to have everything visible to be inspired (or to remember what I have). Lot's of plans for 2012. If I get my nerve up, I'll post my goals for the year next week. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


We had a great Christmas with family. I was so surprised and happy to receive this original painting by Sonia von Walter from my parents. She also hand paints nesting dolls. Mom got one for my niece who loves them.

This room is almost finished. After the contractor leaves, I still need to paint the battens, but it's so close! At least we'll be able to use it today. It's been three months! I won't be using Home Depot for any other projects. Their people are wonderful, but the policies are all about covering their a____.  I had to pay for the whole project in advance way back in September. I want to work with someone who is an expert in whatever project and who can help guide me in choosing the right materials in the first place.

On Christmas day we checked out what Santa brought, then hopped in the car and headed down to my brother-in-law's near Santa Barbara. I was so happy to sneak in a trip into town. I love Santa Barbara! It's a feast for the eyes. Fantastic weather too (68°). All I really want for Christmas is snow, but I did enjoy the warmth.

My favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara—Pascucci's. Their Firenze pasta is to die for. Yum!

Even the shuttles are festive!

I hope your holidays were the best! I can't wait to dig into 2012.

Monday, December 19, 2011

It's beginning to look like Christmas…

It's finally beginning to look like Christmas around here. I've been way behind on my decorating due to deadlines and sickness. Deadlines are met, I'm feeling better, so bring on Christmas! I just wish I had finished my shopping.

This nativity scene, the angels, and the plates all belonged to my grandma. Lladro isn't really my thing, but I love having these reminders of her and her home.

This is the Santa collection that now lives full time in my studio. It helps when I have to create Christmas art in July.

This is the one thing that's still hanging over my head—the bathroom. I so wish i was finished with this already. I've completely lost interest in it, but traipsing up the stairs all the time is getting old, and I have company coming in two days, so I must press on.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Chicken Licken

This is my entry for the Tomie dePaola award. It's a scene from Chicken Licken (aka Chicken Little). I am so excited about this piece. It's done in a style that's been brewing all year, but was always just out of reach. It's also a much more complicated composition than I usually do. I had the idea from the beginning, but it took a lot of sketching, scanning, and re-sketching to make it work. I'm so happy with it and I can't wait to get onto the next project to play some more.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Baby Quilt

If you follow me on Twitter of Facebook, you know we had a recent addition to the family. No, this is not my baby, it's my sister-in-law's baby. Introducing my new niece, Raiah (pronounced like Mariah without the 'ma').

Of course this much cuteness deserves a very special gift, so I decided to make a quilt. This is my first completed quilt. I still haven't finished my first pieced quilt which you can see here.

I used fabric from my friend, Bari J's latest line, Paris Apartment. I ordered it from Fat Quarter Shop. This is the second time I'm making a quilt with her fabrics. I think I'm the president of her fan club.

I truly love this line of fabric. It's like she used all of my favorite colors! I also love that it features dressmaker's dummies in one of the fabrics. Perfect for my SIL, Tabi, who's very into fashion. I machined quilted it with random width lines of hot pink thread. I don't have a photo of the back where I used a leftover piece of Bari's Full Bloom Fabric, which worked perfectly.

I made this quilt big for a baby quilt. It's about 48" x 60". They grow out of baby quilts so fast! I'm calling this one a cuddle quilt. Big enough for Mom & baby.

Here's a little behind the scenes photo of my assistants.

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