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This Blog Isn’t Dead…

It’s just stuck in a place that is neither humorous.

Nor inspired.

Nor relevant.

Nor the least bit entertaining.

So, sorry for that.

Also, the database got corrupted. So, everything disappeared for a while.

That sucked.

If anyone out there is still checking in here, the best I can offer you is this ($20 Monster and Dragon hats that I am clearing out of my Etsy shop).

And I guess that’s about it. See you on the other side.










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There’s a Sale at Penney’s!

Okay, actually the sale is in my Etsy shop, but I couldn’t resist the Airplane! reference. Honestly, who can? That’s comedy gold right there!

Wait, what was I talking about?

Oh yeah, the sale in my Etsy shop. So, I’m having a sale and, unlike those major retailers, I did not subtly raise my prices over the past several months so that I could convince you that you’re getting a great deal when you’re really not. You also don’t have to stand in line with a bunch of surly, sleep-deprived people who may or may not sneeze on you and give you a cold. Any way you slice it, it’s a pretty sweet deal.

So, visit my shop and enter the coupon code GOBBLEWOBBLE to get 20% off your entire purchase. C’mon, you know you want to!

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A Walk in the Woods

In keeping with my new little project, I offer the next in my series of treasuries inspired by the work of creatives I have discovered in my travels around the Internet.

This treasury was built around this print by Sarah of Wooden Spoon Editions. As always, simply click the image to be taken to the treasury.

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A Treasury for Everyone

I am extremely fortunate to know a lot of very talented people (and I seem to be meeting more and more talented people everyday). As I trudge alone through this vast wasteland devoid of inspiration or creativity (also known as the dreaded ‘creative slump’), they all continue to draw, paint, sculpt, and otherwise carve their marks into the creative world.

Rather than sit idly by, wallowing in the misery brought on by a massive creative block (although, I must admit, I do actually do a fair bit of wallowing), I keep trying to find ways to share the amazing work that other people are doing. For me, the support of others (artists and otherwise) can be a pretty big motivator. And because I have a deeply-ingrained (though truly misguided) notion that others think/work the way I do, I assume that other creatives are the same way. If I can’t create anything myself, at least I can motivate others to keep creating. And that’s something, I guess.

As a part of that effort, I have been working on some Etsy treasuries built around pieces from artists I know and like (and who are on Etsy, of course). The first one that I want to share was inspired by this print by Jane Almirall.

Click on the image to be taken to the actual treasury.


Behind the face…

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Vintage Makeovers and a Collection of Oddities

In keeping with today’s vintage theme, I thought I would share the latest vintage Etsy treasuries from Box Full of Awesome. As always, just click the image to go to the actual treasury on Etsy. Enjoy!


Everything old is new again


We all have our quirks…

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In the Meantime…

My muse still has not returned to me. I have been biding my time and looking for any kind of creative distraction I can find, the latest being creating Etsy treasuries. I thought I would share them today. The vintage ones were created under my Box Full of Awesome account. The second one is from hello seven. Click the images to be taken to the actual treasuries on Etsy.

Orange you glad it’s vintage?


Around and around we go…


Upsy daisy!


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Inspiration in Your Mailbox!

Last week, my friend and contemporary, Deirdre McCormick, sent me the most amazing package in the mail. It was filled with vintage goodies from her stash and helped me make great strides in recovering my lost inspiration.  I have been in an extended creative slump (I blame summer Seasonal Affective Disorder brought on by the face-melting heat we have had to endure lately – have I mentioned that my studio is often the hottest room in our house?) and, though it still shows no signs of completely ending any time soon, the box full of awesome from Deirdre has helped kick my arse in the right direction.

Now, I am challenged with returning the favor. So, I dove head first into my out-of-control impressive stash of vintage doodads and thingamajigs (many of which, I haven’t seen in years). I realized that this collection, as out-of-control impressive as it is, is languishing. And that’s just not right.

A major portion of what I have was bought during my ‘vintage period’ when I was a jewelry artist. I breathed new life into broken necklaces and earrings, bingo chips (!), and anything else I could drill a hole into or cement to jewelry findings. I was actually somewhat successful in this style…and then I quit. I just didn’t have the same drive or inspiration for it anymore. I was in the middle of a major move and once we got settled again, the fervor had pretty much died. But, I digress.

So, what am I to do with this stash of vintage jewelry, beads, buttons, magazines, knitting books, (whew!) bags, hats, fabric, boxes, postcards, cups, and other randomness that deserves to find some purpose (other than taking up space in my house) and see the light of day again? Well, some of it will certainly end up winging its way to that dear girl in Ohio. Some of it will stay with me (because I can’t bear to part with ALL of it). Some of it will become part of a ‘secret’ project that I am not at liberty to discuss yet. And some of it will end up in the Box Full of Awesome shop on Etsy!

Yep, I opened ANOTHER shop on Etsy. Why? Because I just have far too much time on my hands. Heh.

I have spent the better portion of this week sifting through, sorting, photographing, and posting not only items from my vintage stash, but also a few things from my jewelry-making stash (stones, pearls, beads, findings, etc.). I have come to the conclusion that I have had no desire to make jewelry in at least 5 years and that is the way it is going to stay. So, I am also de-stashing all of those supplies at super cheap prices (less than half of what I paid for them originally).

But, what about this name – Box Full of Awesome, you say. Ahh, that is part of the secret. But, here’s a hint. All of my offerings are meant to inspire creativity – whether that means filling up a box full of supplies from the shop or participating in my secret project (which will be revealed as soon as I find the time to hammer out the details). Every box will be filled with awesome things to help pick you up out of the creative doldrums the way Deirdre’s original box full of awesome did for me.

So, if you’re in a creative slump, hang in there. In the meantime, check out what is currently available at Box Full of Awesome (maybe you’ll find a little piece of inspiration!)…


You can also follow Box Full of Awesome on Twitter!


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What’s Going on Around Here?

I have (mostly) not abandoned my blog, although it probably looks like it. Honestly, I am desperately trying to play catch-up (and tackle a ridiculous task of epic proportions in my pain-in-the-arse backyard) now that I am back in Baltimore.

I apologize for my lack of, well, everything around here. No Friday Favorites? No nothing? Yeah, pathetic. But I really, really needed a break from pretty much every aspect of my life and that break somehow managed to last three weeks. The only downside (aside from my shameful neglect of this blog) is that my muse decided to stay in northern Michigan (as I wish I could have). So, instead of creating (I haven’t touched my art supplies at all since arriving home), I’ve been focusing on the aforementioned ridiculous task…that, and falling down the basement stairs. Boy, am I sore.

So, for those of you who missed me (What? You didn’t even realize I was gone? Sheesh.), here are a few random tidbits.

  • Friday Favorites will be returning ASAP, now that I am once again in the Land of the Reliable Internet Connection (also the land of freaking Code Red air days and stifling humidity).
  • My trip was not completely devoid of creativity. In fact, I shot (what I think is) a very nice series of photographs while in northern Michigan. I even sucked it up and created prints for sale in my Etsy shop. Please check them out and let me know what you think!
  • I have once again fallen way behind on my 365 Project. Hopefully, I’ll get all caught up by the end of the week. I really can’t wait to be done with it.
  • Mosquitoes only like to bite the back of my left calf. What the hell is up with that?
  • I have really missed reading everyone’s blogs and looking at Illustration Friday submissions. I really need to get back into the swing of things and hope that I can coax my muse to come back east.
  • I chickened out on the gallery thing. I know, I know. Lame.
  • This place is fantastic. Try the Auxerrois  and the fungus wine (sounds disgusting, but it’s actually quite delicious).

photo : lakeside II by yours truly (available for purchase here)



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What’s New in the Etsy Shop

I am continuing to make strides in updating my Etsy shop. Most of the jewelry has been cleared out, but a few pieces are still up for grabs. At 50% off with free shipping, they won’t be around long though!

I have added some new prints to the shop too (something I’ve been meaning to do for quite a while now). I have a few more coming soon.

Here’s what’s new…

someday sweaters : image size is approximately 5×7″


midnight birches : image size is approximately 5×7″


six red : image size is approximately 5×7″

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Stop. Shoot. Move on.

I don’t feel like I have much to say this week. I have been rather sluggish lately and we all know that slugs aren’t particularly eloquent or witty. So, instead, I’ll just share a few more photos.

I have been kicking around the idea of offering some of my photos as prints when I finally get around to revamping the Etsy shop. Of course, that means getting rid of all this stuff first. If it doesn’t go soon, I may end up scrapping it for parts. Seriously.

Anyway, here are a few more shots from this weekend (see the others here).




There is a very small but prestigious group of my photos that I call personal favorites. The above is one of those. Here is another one…and another.

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Etsy Jewelry Sale : Clearing Out the Shop

I’m gearing up for some big changes to the Etsy shop and the first step to is to clear out some pieces that have been languishing there for a while. Most have been marked down at least 50% and some come with FREE standard shipping.

So, if you’ve had your eye on any of these pieces, now is the time to snap them up. When they’re gone, they’re gone!

blue & green glass pendant necklace : $80 $40

orange pendant necklace : $80 $40

serpentine & pearl corsage bracelet : $70 $35 SOLD

multi-colored pearl earrings : $40 $20 SOLD
(these match the bracelet above)

Also, all remaining Monster Hats in the shop will be marked down this week! Stay tuned!

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Randoms on a Sunny Sunday

It’s time for some randomness…mostly because I can’t seem to focus on any one thing for more than about a minute and a half right now. Heh.

  • Izzy is still on the run. We received some leads yesterday and a tracking sniff revealed that the information on her whereabouts was accurate. The search continues.
  • I am beginning to feel slightly human again. Unfortunately, a quick trip out to my backyard this morning had my ears completely plugged and every bit of exposed skin itching . Yes, friends, it is spring in Maryland! Bring on the thick blanket of yellow pollen and non-stop Claritin popping!
  • Okay, so remember that thing I said about getting this blog back on track and trying to bring back some lightheartedness? I know, I know, I’m not doing a very good job of it. So, I think it’s time for a giveaway. I haven’t decided for sure yet, but I think this one might be a big one. I mean, multiple prizes big.
  • You may have noticed that my 365 projects seems to have fallen by the wayside. I’m working on catching up on posting my photos. Hopefully, I’ll be all caught up by today. Apologies in advance for the barrage of posts. Heh.
  • The fact that I finally got off my ample duff and made some prints of my work has given me the motivation to get up off my ample duff AGAIN and make some prints of my work. So, keep an eye out for new prints in the Etsy shop. I am looking for opinions on whether I should offer them as-is or have them matted.
  • Speaking of Etsy, I still have some of my cherry blossom pieces available. Proceeds benefit Red Cross relief efforts in Japan. Also, I’m seriously trying to clear out my old stock of jewelry that I designed back in the day. I’ve knocked the prices way down in hopes of making room for other things in my studio.

I guess that’s all I’ve got for now.

photo : languishing art by yours truly

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Limited Edition Prints : Izzy the Dog

Well, the stats speak for themselves. My readers are tired of missing dog posts and are ready for a return to normalcy. I can truly sympathize and I plan on doing my best to get this blog back on track. Please bear with me.

With that said, here is a post about art (and my missing dog…sorry).

Losing Izzy has been very hard on us and she sneaks her way into everything I do right now. I’ve never been very good at making the best out of a bad situation, but I am really trying now (mostly for the sake of my family’s mental health). So, when I sat down to work on Illustration Friday last week, out popped the character Izzy the Dog.

Like the real Izzy, Izzy the Dog is a cute, friendly, (mostly) happy hound. Fortunately, unlike the real Izzy, Izzy the Dog doesn’t smell like a hound (anyone who has ever lived with a Basset, beagle, or other hound knows exactly the smell I’m talking about – it’s stinky, but it grows on you). So far, I have only finished two illustrations in this series ‘Izzy the Dog Picks a Flower‘ (for the Illustration Friday topic ‘cultivate’) and ‘Izzy the Dog in the Rain‘.

Originally, I had no idea what I was going to do with these illustrations. But, as more and more people assist us in finding Izzy, we have realized that not only do we want to give a significant reward to the person or persons who bring our Izzy home to us, but we also want to give as much as we can to the people who have been helping us. So, I am offering limited edition prints of my original ink and watercolor Izzy the Dog illustrations on Etsy to help boost our reward offering and provide a donation to the agency that is helping us track Izzy.

The prints are very reasonably priced at $10 each. Image size is approximately 5×7″ and each print is numbered and signed.

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Rawr! (says the Monster Hat)

Update: Monster Hats and Dragon Hats are back in the shop after the summer hiatus! Find them here.

The Monster Hat has finally made it’s debut on Etsy. It took me for-freaking-ever to get these guys made, photographed, and listed in the shop, but I’m using the fact that I had a ton of custom orders to get through as my excuse for that. I still have some custom hats to make, but I am really trying to get more done for the shop whenever I have a free minute.

I have to say that I love the Monster Hat. I really had no idea how well they would go over when I started making them. I really just designed it because I knew that Sir would love to have a hat that looked like a monster and oddly, I couldn’t find a pattern for what I had in mind. I made three, one of which came out horribly and has been tossed into a box never to be heard from again, before I came up with THE design. I have since had to tweak the design to make various sizes (including adult sizes!). Now that I have the patterns down, I can whip them out fairly quickly, but they are still a bit labor intensive mostly due to the detail work involved.

I have to admit, I was getting a little bored of making the same hat over and over. That is how the Dragon Hat came to be. The Dragon Hat is fun and ferocious and uses the same basic design of the Monster Hat. I currently have one Dragon Hat available in the shop, with more on the way soon.

I am also working on a few other variations that I am very excited about. I just hope I can get them designed and made before winter is over!

I can do either hat in pretty much any color combination and size that one might need. I actually love doing custom hats, so if you know anyone who might want one (or ten), don’t hesitate to let me know!

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