On my radar - random finds and links

I was going to have a craft tutorial today, but didn't quite have it together, hopefully I will next week!  Anyway, here are a few things that have recently caught my eye on the internet.

How to be a morning person a la Martha.  This a list of things she does every morning.  And yes making your bed is one of them!  #goals

Oliva Palermo Baublebar collection.  So many beautiful pieces.

Love everything in this interior.

Patterson Maker:

These brownies made with this flour.  I'm intrigued.  And hungry.

This artist is amazing.  I purchased a set of her calligraphy lessons and they are awesome.  Her blog is great too.

How to Use Gouache to Write Calligraphy | The Postman's Knock

I'll end with this:

I am super deep...  Enjoy your last day of September!  This half of 2015 is flying by.  

Monday art update

I have a couple paintings and cards to share with you today.  I created all of these last week.  The first painting is my latest landscape.  This is layer two and is definitely a work in progress.  The second photo shows two small watercolor abstract paintings.  I used one of them as a thank you card for a friend.  And finally the last photo is some sheep cards I made with vintage clip-art.  I made two sets of cards for another friend. 

Color story - navy blue

Madaboutthehouse navy recommendations:  Farrow and Ball Hague or Stiffkey or Deep Space and Marine from Little Greene and Venetian Crystal and Wild Water from Dulux.:


MUST have if I were to plan someone's beach wedding .. nantucket .. @ lauren ozmore perhaps?:


Fashion : Fall / Winter. Navy blue fur jacket.:


A gorgeous fall bouquet with midnight blue,orabge,yelow and cream. Source: Green Wedding Shoes #fallbouquet #colorpalettes #midnightblue:


10 Best Fall Colours: Macarons by Toronto's Nadège via @FLARE Magazine


UNIQLO | Collaboration with Ines de la Fressange:

source - {Ines!}

Blue has always been my favorite color and if I had to pick a favorite shade of blue it would for sure be navy.  For me it's a classic that never goes out of style.

Happy Friday!

p.s.  I want that navy faux fur coat! 

On my radar - Fall Jacket Wishlist

New landscape painting and two cards

This weekend I took this painting off the shelf and decided to give it one more layer.  I just wasn't happy with it at all.  Sometimes I think I should leave paintings alone so I have a record of my progression as a painter, and then other times I look at something I can't help but change it.  So I try to embrace it as just part of my creative process.  I now have the feeling that it's finished and I am happy with it.  It's available in my shop here.  This is what the painting looked like before:

These are two cards I made last week.  The first one has hand lettering over a watercolor sketch.  I am really interested in improving my hand lettering right now.  I would love to learn calligraphy, but I've tried over the years and it's just not in my wheelhouse.  But brush lettering I can get behind.  Or at least attempt it.

This second card is made using a faux metal technique I learned on Jennifer McGuire's blog.  It's one of my favorite techniques right now.  I created my own "hello" die-cut in Illustrator and then cut it using my Cricut.  I've been buying a lot of wafer thin dies lately and then I thought about all of the cutting files I used to make, so I decided to save some money and make my own. 

I'm seriously all over the place with my art & crafts!  Who knows what I'll get into this week. 

Friday Inspiration - Fall Feeling Interiors

These are a few of my favorite warm, dark and cozy interiors I've collected on Pinterest over the years.  And although there is not a single mum, pumpkin or skeleton in the bunch, they still are getting me in the mood to transition to fall decorating.

Architect João Mansur let his imagination run wild while decorating his São Paulo home, recreating the feel of a historic library in this guest bedroom.
Tour the entire home.

A 1970s leather sofa and matching chairs punctuate 1stdibs founder Michael Bruno's moody sitting room.
Tour the entire home.


Country Chic :: Architect D. Stanley Dixon and designer Nancy Warren create a new vision of refined rustic living:




 beautiful gallery wall:




On my radar - lace up flats

Perhaps it's because my daughter is an Irish dancer and ghillies have become a big part of my life, or maybe I just like these shoes for their fresh take on a ballet flat.  I don't know, but what I do know is I would love to add a pair of these to my fall wardrobe.

1.  Zara
These might be favorite.  Love the color and it's a great price.  I've had great luck with Zara shoes.

2.  TopShop
This is a great, fun color for fall.

3.  TopShop
Black is so classic.  Might make these less trendy in the long run.

4.  Jeffery Campbell
I have one pair of Jefferey Campbell shoes and I love them.  This is a great option it you want just a little bit of lace. 

5.  Billy Ella
These come in several colors, but I like this soft gray. 

6.  Jeffrey Campbell
Another pair of Jeffrey Campbell flats.  Perhaps Mr. Campbell also has an Irish dancer in his life. 

New landscape painting

I've been so focused on making cards and being crafty, that painting was on the back burner.  This past weekend I found myself with some alone time so I broke out the paints and finished this painting that's been on my easel for a week or two.

It is available in my shop here.  Affordable art at it's finest!  :)

Friday Update

The beautiful thing about no one reading your blog is you can disappear for weeks and no one notices.  Ok, my sister noticed, but that's it.  So this one is for you, SJ!  Hold tight, it's a random round-up of what I've been up to.

I've been making a ton of cards lately and decided that instead of them just piling up in my studio, I'm going to start giving card sets away to friends and family.  Handmade cards are the best.

For this card I cut the chair with my Cricut (the chair is my own design) and then gold foiled it with my Minc machine.  I'm anxious to do more gold foiled die-cuts.  The coverage wasn't perfect, but nothing I make is, so I'm just going with it.

This card I painted a watercolor background (like the one above) and then I wrote the word 'cheers' using my new Anna Griffin toner pen, and then I applied gold foil with the Minc machine.

Did I mention a couple weeks ago that my sister is getting married?  I think so.  Anyway, I've been doing some random research for her finding the last minute touches that she needs.  Today on Pinterest I saw this clutch in white (which is no longer available), but I love it in this combo.  Maybe not for a bride, but for a wedding guest...


I know I've mentioned my love for Ines de la Fressange, so about died when I saw this on Pinterest - photos of her home.  Swoon.  Read the full post here


And finally I entered a design contest recently, I didn't win or even make it past the first round but it felt good to do something different and push myself creatively.  Here is my entry:

And with that, I'm off to a football game.  Have a great weekend and maybe I'll be back Monday.  :)