Monday, December 31, 2012

the last day of 2012

Today is the last day of 2012... wonder what 2013 will bring? Love and good wishes to you all in the New year!  

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

in the driver's seat

I have the tremendous good fortune of knowing Sam. Sam makes something everyday. It is usually in the shape of a letter, perhaps a sketch or character, and it is always magical. This is a show Sam has imagined for me; a collection of images I have taken while driving.

thank you, Sam.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


 Andie's watercolor palette

I took a class all about color with Andie Thrams at SFCB this past weekend. Andie is an bookmaker, and observational sketcher, a nature lover and above all a master of color. When we introduced ourselves early Saturday morning, I said that it wasn't color itself that led to be to this class, but the organization of color. I love things in "rainbow order," for lack of a better phrase. I love to group color with its complimentary, with is neighboring color or just reorganize my colored pencils even though I might be in the middle of a very messy studio. The beauty of color arranged is so, so seductive...

  mixing colors

  pastels arranged by color 

  One of the first known color wheels, this one by Moses Harris. This image is one of many great images found in a treatise on color by Sarah Lowengard
Love this image of Crayola colors and their evolution since 1903. And since I'm OBSESSED with this, I have a whole pinboard of images you can oogle, all of things organized and having to do with color. Trust me, these pics bring happiness!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I went to New York for the first time. It was amazing. There was snow on the ground when we arrived at 6AM on a Friday morning, and the sun glinted off icy roof tops as we rode from the JFK into Manhattan.

I went to the Strand bookstore, which has been on my list to-do since forever. And I asked the guy behind the counter to recommend the best coffee, which led us to Paradis which was tiny and warm and full of amazing baked goods, homemade jam and tiny tables and chairs occupied by happy New Yorkers eating breakfast.

I saw my favorite Brooklyn girl, and we dug around a tiny shop filled with stamps looking for that perfect image... and then I met this boy Keat, who makes stamps and draws zines and I bought his book.

And I saw amazing displays and bought beautiful objects.

I rode on the Subway.

I walked the streets of New York from morning til night and saw many, many things.

I saw beautiful art.

I saw miniature art.

I saw cool art.

I ate good food in good company.

and I took many, many pictures. Thanks, New York. I hope to see you again soon.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fall in Prague 2011

It was warm when we arrived. T-shirt and jeans sort of weather. Not the crisp and bright air I expected. No room for fluffy scarves, leather boots and heavy wool coats. Dreams of sipping tea in a street side cafe looking through a foggy window was replaced with a picnic in the park and an endless afternoon of sunshine. But after a few days, the weather changed and the wind carried away the golden dried leaves that sat, listless just a few days before... these are a few pics from the beginning of the trip I took last year to Prague.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Time Lapse

My friend Garrett made this beautiful little film with time lapse... check it out.

Monday, October 15, 2012


Its been a year since I was in Prague and Berlin... I can't begin to understand how this year has gone by so quickly. Here is a little film Garrett and I shot during our trip. I'll probably post some pics later this week to. Where to next?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Paper Doll Witches Workshop

Halloween is my favorite holiday so its no surprise that I was thrilled to teach something spooky for  Creativebug. Check out my Halloween Paper Witches Workshop and create some sassy and spooky paper witches for Halloween! These guys are so easy to make and so much fun! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pin it to Win it Contest on Creativebug

My friends at Creativebug just launched a new contest that I think you might LOVE. Starting today (October 3rd) and running until October 16th you have three ways to win their grand prize worth well over $400, including a free THREE-month subscription to Creativebug and a heaping pile of materials and supplies that will enable you to complete many of the projects found on the site. There will also be 4 bonus prizes that include 2-month subscriptions to Creativebug plus materials. FULL list o' prizes seen here! Yowza. 

Grand Prize:
- 3 months to Creativebug +
- Alabama Chanin Kit including: 2 yards Alabama Chanin Jersey knit, 4 spools of Button Craft Thread, sewing needles, and Alabama Studio Sewing + Design by Natalie Chanin
- Radmegan's Needle felting Peeps Kit including: Wool Roving, Needle felting needle and foam, and instructions
- 2 skeins of Debbie Stoller's Alpaca Love yarn + 1 year subscription to BUST magazine
- 1 skein of hand-dyed yarn by Jill Draper Makes Stuff
- 2 Fiskars Hand Drills + 1 pair Fiskars scissors
- Assorted Rebecca Ringquist Samplers + needles + hoop
- Hello! Lucky Cake Topper Workshop Kit
- Found Bead Necklace Workshop Kit
- Herringbone Necklace Workshop Kit
Little Things to Sew by Liesl Gibson
Gertie's Book for Better Sewing by Gretchen Hirsch
Heather Ross Prints by Heather Ross
Weekend Handmade: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Crafting by Kelly Wilkinson
Improv Sewing: 101 Fast, Fun and Fearless Projects, by Nicole Blum & Debra Immergut
- Mod Podge Gift Pack including: Mod Podge, Podgeable Papers, Podgeable Shapes, Gold Glue and so much more!
- Washi tape 

(4) Bonus Prizes:
- 2 months to Creativebug +
 - One of these books by Jenny Doh: We Make Dolls:Top Dollmakers Share Their Secrets & Patterns,Signature Styles: 20 Stitchers Craft Their Look, Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids, Creative Pilgrimage: An Exploration of Artful Gatherings and Discovery of Innovative Art Techniques
- 1 skein of Debbie Stoller's Alpaca Love yarn
- 1 Rebecca Ringquist sampler + 1 hoop
- 1 Liesl Gibson Straight Stitch Society Pattern
- Assorted Patterns, Fabric & Yarn 
- Hello! Lucky Cake Topper Workshop Kit
- Found Bead Necklace Workshop Kit
- Herringbone Necklace Workshop Kit
- Washi tape

How does it work? 
Creativebug is enamored with Pinterest (who isn't!) so to participate in this contest, you must first be following Creativebug on Pinterest, then create a Pinterest board that includes at least 5 projects you have made, or projects on Creativebug that you would like to take, plus an official contest pin from the Creativebug I made this! Contest Board at Call your Pinterest board "I made this!" and then go to Creativebug's blog at and enter the link to your Pinterest board and your email address so they can contact you and tell you when you WIN!

To increase your chances of winning, after you build your Pinterest board you can leave a comment here on MY BLOG with just your name and email address. You can also visit the blogs of my fellow Creativebug instructors, and leave a comment on their Creativebug contest posts. Each comment counts as one more entry! (Limit one comment per blog though.) Here's the list of my participating Creativebug pals:

Creativebug is also accepting tweets about the contest as entries if you follow @Creativebug on twitter, and include the hashtag #Imadethis and @creativebug.
To read the full page o' rules, click here, but in the meantime, start pinning!
Good luck to everyone!

Thursday, September 27, 2012


took this shot of Maddy last year... still one of my favorites.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Beeswax Collage at Teahouse Studios

Still a few spots left in the Beeswax Collage class at Teahouse! Come make something with me!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Collagraph Printing

Spent some time doing monoprint gelatin prints the other night... I'm addicted!!!

Friday, August 31, 2012


images gleaned from various tumblrs

thoughts of nighttime... dark and still... time for quiet and reflection

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Cardburg at Bedford Gallery

I can't believe I missed this... so close.. at Bedford Gallery. A really beautiful installation. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

awesome zines on etsy

Doing a little research and a little shopping and came across some really great handmade artist's books and zines. Check them out here.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


source unknown

This overwhelming sense of nostalgia is problematic... its a longing that cannot be satisfied, for what you miss so deeply never existed anyhow. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Print & Pattern

Loving the play of print and pattern thats popping up everywhere. From fashion, to fine art, home decor and graphic design, bold shapes and colors in repeat have set my heart a flutter!

I wear a dress everyday, so when I saw this dress by Secret Squirrel and lusted after it instantly!
Love the combination of jade green, coco brown and the sort of foresty olive green that it creates in this graphic by Jelle Martens. Im so drawn to geometric shapes layered over natural images, organic playing against hard edge lines... like this stag made by Maxime Quoilin
And you can bring this pattern phenomenon home too... buy artwork from aaron moran, great graphic prints from Eloise Renouf, check out this awesome iphone case by Dawn Gardner, these cool pillows by barkdecor on etsy or these adorable shoes

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Upcoming Workshops

Come take a workshop with me! Image Transfers at SFCB is a great place to start for anyone who wants to play and still get really professional results. You'll learn a dozen ways to transfer found images and text to other surfaces. Sign up here for the August 29th class... spots limited and this class usually sells out!

I'm so excited to be teaching at the Teahouse studios in Berkeley again. This beautiful space is the perfect place to spend a weekday evening making an original little beeswax collage. Using photos, paper ephemera and other findings create a sweet little tableaux on wood. Sign up here for the September 27th class. 

If you've always wanted to make your own little books, cards or zines this is the perfect class for you.  In Intro to Bookbinding at SFCB we'll cover 5 basic structures that allow for great variations and modifications. From here you'll be able to make dozens of structures and be ready for your next step in adventures in bookmaking. Sign up here for the August 27th class.

Hope to see you in a workshop!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Photography by Brandon Witzel

I've loved this image for a long time, saved it, and finally found it's maker... Brandon Witzel.
Love some of his images...

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Painting for Tonight

Painting on the backside of vintage wallpaper recently... This particular one has an adhesive or sizing of some kind which cause the surface of the paper to have a slight texture when its wet with paint. It is a bit gummy but dries leaving a soft pebbled affect... its pretty interesting painting on this stuff. The colors are softer, more subdued as well. Not sure if I like this one or not, but its kept me occupied for the last few hours so its working :)