Friday, December 26, 2008

worth celebrating

For Christmas this year I asked for one thing...this book, Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist. I found it under the tree yesterday, from my boys. Today, an icy road day after Christmas day , we all found our bliss building Legos, playing new video games, watching David Gilmour, "live in Gdansk". Me, wrapped in a blanket my late-sweet grandma crocheted, I read Shauna's words as though were were long lost friends. This is her first book, but I understand there is another one in the works and I can hardly wait. This is a book about everything and nothing, about God and his goodness, and Shauna and her little piece of life, the big moments and the tiny moments all woven together to create a life worth celebrating. So, the little moments of making fluffy scrambled eggs and honey baked ham and toast with apricot preserves for our little family with Darren, and finding and reading words that sound like a friend and watching our boys build Legos on the rug in the family room on a icy day after Christmas day, those moments create a life worthy of celebration and thankfulness.
I do not "know" Shauna, but last summer Penny pointed her out to me while visiting a church in Grand Rapids. Penny thought I'd like her book. I found her blog.
If you have a moment, read a post or two, read Needles and Thread from her book. That chapter makes me cry big hanging from my jaw tears. Anyway, I emailed her for the weight that her words felt to me, the me that was and still is many days struggling on doing what I do... working on pretty things, painting, designing and crafting papers with scissors and glue, making messes big and small while trying to craft a business out of it all. It was the least I could do. And you know what? She wrote me back...more words to hang onto when it gets hard and scary and I get tired and full of self-doubt. So, months later I read her book in huge gulps in one afternoon and Penny is exactly right, I like her book. A lot.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

no worry, be merry

Another letterbox hanging on for dear life...reminding me to be merry even though the clothes dryer spins for hours with no heat to dry wet towels. Cards not sent, gifts not wrapped, cookies burnt- no worry, be merry.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

from my little man

Four sides of a modern damask everything all the time handbag created for my littlest man's teacher. Shhh.... He thinks she'll like it because he thinks she likes red.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Our Christmas tree this year wears INSPIRE. With ornaments that come from three generations, in golds and silver, turquoise and copper, grey and coral I am inspired. I call these banners, letterbox. Originally designed to hang on a wall, door or mantle they have inspired me to think outside the box and twist the typical ornament to really make a statement. What word or group of words speak to you this year?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

good water 2

Original acrylic painting on canvas, 16" x 20"

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

sugar and spice

Three sugar and spice and everything nice all the time handbags large and small, that's what these bags are made of. Well, that and pretty papers and ribbon.
Today I delivered more packages to Santa's elves, ( though they do look a bit like UPS guys to me) to be shipped off to far off lands just in time for the holidays.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

what are you hoping for this season?

Boho butterfly and foiled blue blossoms...both simple rectangles
Two good and plentiful squares

Seven of the latest and greatest everything all the time handbags...all generous rectangle.
Elves arrive here soon to gather some of these to land under somebody's Christmas tree....don't tell. What are you hoping for this season?

Friday, December 5, 2008

pretty in pink

Two sides of the pretty in pink everything all the time handbag

Monday, December 1, 2008

cool personality

Alright, it is pretty. December 1st snowfall on the trees in the backyard makes a pretty picture. To take this shot I stepped outside for a minute, (no coat) and it was enough to come inside for a cup of tea. So, I'll try to enjoy the snowy weather. I love the slight color combination of browns and blacks, whites and greys, blues and a hint of lavender. At first glance it almost appears to be a black and white, but at second look the colors whisper their cool personalities. I love color. I love color in combination with other colors. Of course, blue and orange is a long time favorite but really I love the multi-combination. Like butter yellow, cream, lavender, dark chocolate and grey. Or sage, smoky blue, copper and plum. What colors do you like together? What are you drawn to again and again?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

penny for your thoughts

Many thanks to Penny for hosting an intimate purse show Friday evening. Of course, the company was old friends....and it hardly ever gets better than that. It was a night of anything goes; black and white graphics, beautiful butterflies, sweet deer, preppy fall colors and bohemian easy breezy. It was most certainly an evening of laughter. Some handbags will find themselves under the tree this Christmas and others may never make it to the initially intended recipient.
Shhhh....don't worry, I'm not telling.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

stacked handbags

all three sizes: generous rectangle, plentiful square and a simple rectangle

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

map to sunday

original acrylic on MDF board 24" x 24"

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

blue-blooded beauty

Four sides of a blue-blooded everything all the time handbag

Sunday, October 19, 2008

purse party

Interested in hosting a IJS purse party? Let me know, we'll talk and work something out. I am enjoying the "purse party" and the very nice women that have attended, but truth be told, I'm not very comfortable about asking people to host these parties. You know, I have never sold the candle, scrapbooking, tupperware, gourmet goodies, baskets, jewelry or naughty toys, so I just don't think I have that in me. However, if you are wanting to have a party I would love to do one with you. I just don't like the asking. You can leave a comment or contact me directly for more information or to buy a handbag. I'll leave it at that. This is even uncomfortable.
I also would like to thank Karen for hosting IJS Friday night. I had a great time. It certainly was a pink and brown evening of bags. All of the pink and brown handbags found new homes as well as some of the others.

very little in life is really black or white

graphic black and white everything all the time handbags....mmmmm.......

Friday, October 17, 2008

a peek into the studio

This is a peek into my studio. The cabinet was an old piece that we found in Darren's grandpa's basement years ago, it was painted dark brown. I repainted it before our youngest was born for his nursery. So, now that he is out of a nursery and the cabinet is out of his room, it will get yet another coat of paint. Check back soon as I hope to get in painted over the next week. (If I post that it is more likely to happen)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

sweet deer and pretty paisley

four sides of the sweet deer everything all the time handbag

four sides of the pretty paisley everything all the time handbag

everything all the time handbag

The everything all the time handbag is creating a bit of buzz. Friday evening my friend Karen is hosting a dinner and movie and purse party. You see, she sold the one she was carrying right off her arm. I've been busy with some new papers and I really think they are fresh and so cool. I hope to post some of those pictures later today.

Thursday, October 2, 2008


Original acrylic on MDF board. 24" x 24"

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

indigo jones studio's everything all the time bag

It's four sides of one Indigo Jones Studio Everything All the Time bag. Handcrafted and easily cleaned with a gentle soap and soft cloth, these handbags are each one of a kind and will sit up straight and get noticed. I may keep this one for myself. It's my new least until I spot some new Asian calendar, black and white graphic or vintage owl papers. The possibilites, oh how I love considering the possibilites.

Monday, September 8, 2008

what could be better?

Another beautiful Michigan weekend as the rain held out for our last trip north for the summer. We just had to squeeze the last drops of summer out and relish in it. I know what's coming. Northern Michigan at the end of August and the first few weeks of September may be as close to heaven as I want to come without dying. The lake is the warmest it will be all summer and the 4:00 sunlight is warm and mellow and delicious. I like to think that the place where my friends and family are gathered is where my heart is always, but truly a small sliver of my heart and soul is firmly rooted in Northern Michigan. It was especially amazing to be there with our sons and my folks. It was less than two years ago that I wondered if I would have my dad at all. November 7 th will mark the second anniversary of the day that both of my parents were hit head on in a horrific car accident. So, watching my parents with my boys on my favorite beach on a warm afternooon in September of 2008, yep I'm full of thanksgiving. We walked the beach, collected Petoskey stones and beach glass, ate well , browsed art galleries, watched the sunset and sat in on the Traverse City Orchestra rehearsal.

Currently, several of my pieces are on display and available at Art and Soul on Front Street in Traverse City and also at Rustic Roots in downtown Leland"Fishtown", both in Michigan.

Friday, September 5, 2008


Original acrylic on MDF board. 24" x 24"

good water

Original acrylic on canvas. 30" x40"