Summer vacation fun

Spent plenty of time this summer at the beach. This is the little guy when we were up north. Lake Superior is a tad bit colder than Lake Michigan, even during the height of summer. So, while we didn’t do much swimming, we did get some hiking in.This sight was the reward at the end of a 1.5-mile hike (yes, one direction! Which was an …

OK, so I’ve been a tad busy…

but, I did manage to finish up this baby gift set for my step-sister Andie, who is expecting her first child – a boy – this October. She’s getting two burp cloths, two bibs and three appliqued onesies, all in a modern blue floral fabric. I’m hoping she likes these … they’re definitely more fun that most of the stuff I had with my son …

Check out my first handcarved stamp

I recently bought a couple of lino blocks and a Speedball carving set. But the 5×7-inch blank lino slate instilled something like writer’s block (call it carver’s block, I guess) … and I couldn’t bring myself to cut into it’s pristine surface. So, imagine my luck when I stumbled across my son’s while eraser, just begging to be turned into a little piece of art! …

“BTR” Baby Bibs

This was super easy to make! I can’t believe that I agonized so long about it. Thank you Laura for your great advice and tips… reading the directions was a tad confusing and you definitely clarified things for me. I did get a snap setter and snaps and they went on WAY easier than I’d have expected. I could probably churn out about a dozen …

Friday fun!

Well, technically, I made this last night. It’s a composition book cover, made from denim, linen and a cotton print. It was my first try at a book cover and it turned out pretty well. In retrospect, if I hadn’t used the denim, the seam with the linen would have probably been less bulky. I might try it again with a blue linen instead of …

Crafty Thursdays

Today, I whipped up two very cute little T-shirts for a friend’s identical twin daughters. I’ll post them after she sees them, as she’s one of my only real-life friends who reads my blog! I will say that they are very cute and if I had a little girl, I’d proudly deck her out in one (or more!) of these. I was hoping to get …

Cool artists at the fair

(photo from artist’s Web site) As I’d posted earlier, my favorite artist at the show was Dolan Geiman and his partner Ali Walsh of Chicago. According to Geiman’s blog, his interests are: contemporary art, folk art, independent designers and retailers, fishing, sweet tea, the South, vernacular architecture and culture, Chicago arts community, artist opportunities and resources, home decor, interior design, green design, sustainable design, insect …

Check out my very cool new print

This piece is titled “February Journal” and was created by mixed media artist Dolan Geiman, who happened to be the featured artist at the Art Fair on the Square in Madison, Wisconsin this weekend. I had been eying his work on Etsy for a couple of months now and was pleased to meet him in person. He was kind enough to pose with his horse …

I’m off!

I’m off to my parent’s house near Madison in eager anticipation of checking out the annual Art Fair on the Square Saturday! It’s one of the things I look forward to most each year – meeting up with my mom and sister (and her friends too) and checking out the talent. Last year, my sister and I missed the fair because we were on vacation …

Newest cards

I’m digging these crows on a branch. They make great cards. I got a series of 10 of them done today and they’re drying before I shoot them for my Etsy shop tomorrow. So, look for a shop update tomorrow with these beauties! I spent a very pleasant afternoon, combing the shores of Lake Michigan, looking for driftwood and the perfects rocks for a project …