Jan 23, 2015

Moonglow Mystery, Redux

 

This past fall, I'd painted some mysterious figures on a moonlight mission. I ended up turning it into a pattern, then promptly forgot about it until I spotted a two for one deal on fat quarters on Spoonflower. Exclamation point!

 
A fat quarter turned out to be enough for a detachable Peter Pan collar. And now I feel like I'm ready to go out and solve a mystery or two myself. Move over, Nancy Drew.

Jan 19, 2015

The Elf Maiden

 
I started reading Kristin Lavrandsdatter last week, hence, the elf maiden above.

Jan 9, 2015

Winter Wear

 
A little warmup sketch. She's dressed exactly like I want to be right now, in the middle of this arctic blast.

Jan 6, 2015

Two Thousand and Fifteen

 
Happy New Year! Here's the view from the window by my drafting table this morning. That river's looking mighty cold today.

So Christmas was lovely and New Year's was great -- here's hoping yours was, as well. I visited with family, ate large quantities of baked goods and enjoyed all of the goodwill and cheer. But now, I'm back in the studio, raring to go. I'm working on a new picture book and sketches are keeping me busy. Aside from that, I've been mulling over New Year's resolutions. So here's what I'm going to push up my sleeves and give a go:

* I'm collaborating with my sister on an online comic that we're hoping to share some time this Spring. She's writing, I'm illustrating and we're both pretty darn excited about this. More on that later.

* I want to sew and knit more of what I wear on a daily basis. A party dress with a paper wasp print? Made it. 1920's bathing suit? Done that. But the kind of shirt I'd wear 'till the cows come home? Nope. And in keeping with that goal, I've got my eye on Grainline Studio's Archer pattern and Colette Patterns jersey Moneta dress.

* Take a class or two. I've been thinking of an etching class maybe and I'm trying to find a cake baking one as well.

And besides that, there's vague plans of travel, sit-ups and 25 books that I want to read. So here's to 2015. Insert lots of noisemaker noise-making and clinking of glasses. 
 

Dec 30, 2014

Decemberings



Navigating that space between the end of one year and the beginning of the next.

Dec 29, 2014

2014 Books

 

So last January I made a couple of New Year's resolutions. I didn't come through on the jeans (to be honest, I chickened out in the face of flat felled seams and rivets). But I did manage the resolution I really wanted to stick to, reading more. So in no particular order, here's my favorites this year:

1. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams. I'm a sucker for sci-fi. I inhale mystery novels. So long story short, Dirky Gently is a detective I can get seriously get behind. Caveat: don't read this on a crowded flight like I did, because your maniacal laughing will be impossible to contain. Sorry, seat mates.

2. The Last Gentleman, by Walker Percy: Armed with a telescope and an insatiable curiosity, Will Barrett is on a hunt for life's meaning. Beautiful prose, wonderful scenes of Southern life and the most gut-wrenching final chapter I've ever read, The Last Gentleman is a keeper.

3. American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang: One of the best graphic novels I've read in a long time. I loved the blending of past and present, fact and fantasy. So very good and well worth the read, regardless of age.

4. The Greengage Summer, by Rumer Godden: A tale of five children fending for themselves in rural France, this one is brilliantly vivid with a pitch-perfect narrator.

5. Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Major Works: Hopkin's way with the English language is completely unparalleled and his later poetry is especially mesmerizing.

And here's the rest of what I read in 2014. Which begs the question: what should I read in 2015?

Dec 24, 2014

Calm + Bright

 
I just ate a sugar cookie for breakfast and the lights on the tree are going full blast, which can mean only one thing: it's time for me to head on out and do some fa la la'ing.

Hope you're having lovely holiday seasons! It's been busy here, wrapping up a book cover and starting sketches for something new and exciting (more on that in the new year). I also volunteered for this year's Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke. I had the best time playing a WWII Air Raid Warden (that hat sure does make you feel like you mean business).

But right now, I'm off to spend the next few days with my family. I have pies to bake and tunes to listen to and general seasonal frivolity to partake in.

So Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Peace and Joy to you and yours. I'll pop back in sometime before the end of the year, but in the meantime, here's wishing you the very happiest of holiday seasons.

Dec 15, 2014

Tea and Toast


Bits and bobs, sketchbook things. December, I'm liking you (if for no other reason than I get to hear "Snoopy and the Red Baron" on the radio).

  
 Otherwise?

*I made these cinnamon rolls yesterday. Granted my version ain't going to win any beauty pageants, but they sure do taste fine. Bonus: they're grain-free AND sugar-free.

*I have the mermaid tea towels up in the shop! If you don't see any, I have plenty to keep re-listing, so no worries. And if you want one reserved, feel free to holler at me.

Dec 10, 2014

'Tis the Season

 

Because it's almost that time of year, here's some tags I made for your gift wrapping adventures.

  
Fine print: you'll need a PDF reader to open these. Before printing, I recommend fiddling with your printer settings so that it's at its highest output quality (especially if you choose to run these on card stock). Feel free to print as many as you like for personal or educational use. Hope you like 'em!

 

Dec 5, 2014

Wild + Free

 
There might be snow and slush on the ground, but I finally finished the last bits of the wildflower print I started work on this past Summer.

But enough with flowers. I need to start thinking about a Christmas tree...

Happy Friday!