Sunday, December 27, 2009

Critters (Paris and Ruby)

While I was on the topic of rodents, I thought I should also share some photos of another cute little critter that as recently entered our lives. This is Paris one of two pet rats we adopted for Christmas. Her sister Ruby is hiding under the covers. It's so hard to get a good picture of them because they are either sleeping or in constant motion. But Paris was lounging in her hammock today so I was able to snap a couple of photos. I just love those whiskers.
They are really cute and run to greet you when you open the cage. If you are wearing a hoodie they will try and dive in the pocket so they can go for a ride.

Adorable Animals by Natasha Fadeeva

If you need a dose of cuteness head over to Natasha Fadeeva's website. Although it says that they are stuffed animals, some looked like they might be needle felted, like these adorable little mice. Either way they are absolutely charming.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


When I was in college I worked at a place called Glendorn. It went up for auction this past fall. I wish I had a few million laying around so I could buy it as my own personal summer house. When I worked there it was a private estate but now it's open to the public, at least it was until this auction took place. I don't know if there is a new owner now or not, but I hope it stays open. I would love to go there as a guest some day. I have such nice memories of the place as an employee, I bet being a guest would be even better :)

When I worked there, I worked as a nanny and in the kitchens. Since I was pretty good at drawing and that sort of thing, the manager also hired me in the off season (i.e. the winter) to do crafty sorts of things. For instance, one year I painted an army of plywood angels for the Christmas tree. And another time I painted a mural on the gymnasium wall. You can imagine how surprised I was when I was looking through the auctioneer's website and saw that my mural was still there! That was my first and last mural and I'm really amazed that no one has painted over it in 20 years. Good grief, that mouse is kind of scary looking. I wish I could go back and fix it. Hmmm, I wonder if they still use those plywood angels at Christmas time.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's Christmas Already!?

It's nice to have a website that changes with the seasons. That is, until you get busy and neglect your website. Then you end up with pumpkins and Halloween witches on your website the week before Christmas (oops!). So I took a few minutes today to at least get rid of the pumpkins and replace them with snowflakes. Phew, just in time. Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Alfie in Watercolors

Most of my final artwork is done in Photoshop but I do own some brushes and paints and have been know to use them on occasion. Recently a teacher wrote to me and said she had purchased 100 copies of "May I Please Have a Cookie?" to give to her students. In her email she had asked if I could send her something to hang on her classroom wall. It didn't seem right to give her a print out of a Photoshop file so instead I did a watercolor painting of Alfie. I hope she and her students like it. And for anyone else out there that buys 100 copies of one of my books, I will be happy to paint one for you too. :)

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Ice Storm Anniversary

Saturday December 12th is the anniversary of the big ice storm that left our town without power for a week and a half last year. Ahh, good times.

Let's hope we don't have a repeat this year.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Sculptures of Steve Tomashek

If anyone is wondering what I would like for Christmas. I just knew you were (grin). I would LOVE one of Steve Tomashek's little creations. He makes the cutest little wooden critters. Check out the YouTube video of how he carves a teeny mouse. Good grief, I'd be a bloody mess if I tried that!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Recipe Post Card

I did a postcard mailing back in October and to entice art directors not to throw it in the circular file (at least not right away) I made it a recipe card. We all like chocolate - right? So to keep with the chocolate recipe theme, here's the postcard that I did for December. If you've never had peppermint bark, it's awesome.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Xmas Card

Working on Xmas cards today. Every year I say I'm not going to wait 'til the last minute to get my Xmas cards printed and every year December sneaks up on me and I doing things at the last minute. But hopefully if I submit everything to the printer tomorrow morning I'll have them in time.