fresh as a daisy

pve design – daisy design – pattern design
Feeling fresh as a daisy after I brought home a fun bunch to perk up my desk!
Then I found this print that I had painted which was printed on “silk” – for ties and other fashions.
pve design – daisy design, used as a backdrop for pve illustrated note-cards
Did you know that a daisy is one of the most humble of all blooms. 
Andy Warhol – Crimson and Pink Daisy pop art!
Other notable artists have also found daisies to be worthy of painting.  Here is one of my favorites by Andy Warhol.  What flower makes your day as fresh as a daisy?
(Thank-you to one of my favorite blooms full of Bliss for her kind post today~)

fresh as a daisy

pve design – daisy design – pattern design
Feeling fresh as a daisy after I brought home a fun bunch to perk up my desk!
Then I found this print that I had painted which was printed on “silk” – for ties and other fashions.
pve design – daisy design, used as a backdrop for pve illustrated note-cards
Did you know that a daisy is one of the most humble of all blooms. 
Andy Warhol – Crimson and Pink Daisy pop art!
Other notable artists have also found daisies to be worthy of painting.  Here is one of my favorites by Andy Warhol.  What flower makes your day as fresh as a daisy?
(Thank-you to one of my favorite blooms full of Bliss for her kind post today~)

one night-stand

Just could not help myself.  I just love this “one night-stand” that belongs to Summer.  
How would you like to be named after a warm and sunny season?  If you want to fall in love, feel like a camp counselor or be inspired to drum up a list of some happy things – then she is your go to gal.  She sent me this photo of one of her favorite things and I love the metal bowl on top with those pretty pears, looks like it was just pulled out of the fridge.  (My fridge died on Mother’s day!) 
Give a shout out to Summer today where she loves to play show and tell –
right here.  Trust me, you will love what she shows and tells all about.
Give this gal a little praise or a little Summer love!

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home front

Another commission for a home front is en route to a client.   The purple iris are in bloom and the grass was just freshly cut.  The trees were pruned and the shrubs were just trimmed.  What makes your home look fresh and adds curb appeal?

the art of mothering

last summer 2008 at Versailles in le Jardin!

leaving Alsace, a beautiful spot, so green, so well tended to.
Sweetie Pie Pumpkin Noodle added me to the list asking me to list the top five things that I love about motherhood.  “Only five” – I think I could list a thousand things I love about mothering.
1.  Falling in love with them the day they were born is at the top of my list.
2.  Talking with them.  Having a conversation.  I remember the first words and the excitement of reading, learning and sharing life together.
3.  Listening to them, and the way they say things.  I remind myself to truly listen.
4.  Seeing them grow from babes, to tots, to teens.  It is all one incredible thing to love every moment and every “phase.”
5.  Giving them “Mom” love!  

In Paris, France last Summer!
If you are in the midst of motherhood, please share 5 things you love about mothering. 
(or Grand-mothering!)  Happy Mother’s Day Mom!
Happy Mother’s Day to each of you!

the art of mothering

last summer 2008 at Versailles in le Jardin!

leaving Alsace, a beautiful spot, so green, so well tended to.
Sweetie Pie Pumpkin Noodle added me to the list asking me to list the top five things that I love about motherhood.  “Only five” – I think I could list a thousand things I love about mothering.
1.  Falling in love with them the day they were born is at the top of my list.
2.  Talking with them.  Having a conversation.  I remember the first words and the excitement of reading, learning and sharing life together.
3.  Listening to them, and the way they say things.  I remind myself to truly listen.
4.  Seeing them grow from babes, to tots, to teens.  It is all one incredible thing to love every moment and every “phase.”
5.  Giving them “Mom” love!  

In Paris, France last Summer!
If you are in the midst of motherhood, please share 5 things you love about mothering. 
(or Grand-mothering!)  Happy Mother’s Day Mom!
Happy Mother’s Day to each of you!

heavenly muse

Spring 1907 – Carl Larsson
From time to time, my readers send me wonderful snippets, share art and point out details. They tell me that I and or my work reminds them of someone.  I have been honored to have been told many times that my work reminds them of the artist Carl Larsson
(I am fascinated with his work, the detail, the pretty, the light, the color.)
They tell me that I am Karin, “muse” of Carl, wife, mother of 8 and artist. 
While Karin lit the home-fires, raised the children, she also provided great counsel for her husband.  He looked to her for her expertise, her critique and her light.  She inspired his artwork,  she was his muse.
I can only imagine living in darkness for so much of the year that when the light finally did shine, it must be a magical time.  A time to reflect and feel the glow of the sun.  A moment to get your “muse” on.
Light provides color, and the ability to see and to sew, to produce and to be actively doing until dark.  I always embrace Spring, and the lighter days.  I try to take advantage of the light and sew more often.  
Karin loved textiles.
She sewed many things for her family, as well as designed amazing textiles.  (You may see those on the site)
Growing up one of seven, we each needed to help with the chores, preparation of the beans, peeling the potatoes all while our Mother created a home full of amusement.  This weekend, celebrate Mother’s who amuse and fill our hearts and our homes with so much.  
Take a moment and honor the heavenly muse, your Mother or a woman who has given you life.
Are you a “muse” to anyone?  
(all artwork posted is that of Carl Larsson)

heavenly muse

Spring 1907 – Carl Larsson
From time to time, my readers send me wonderful snippets, share art and point out details. They tell me that I and or my work reminds them of someone.  I have been honored to have been told many times that my work reminds them of the artist Carl Larsson
(I am fascinated with his work, the detail, the pretty, the light, the color.)
They tell me that I am Karin, “muse” of Carl, wife, mother of 8 and artist. 
While Karin lit the home-fires, raised the children, she also provided great counsel for her husband.  He looked to her for her expertise, her critique and her light.  She inspired his artwork,  she was his muse.
I can only imagine living in darkness for so much of the year that when the light finally did shine, it must be a magical time.  A time to reflect and feel the glow of the sun.  A moment to get your “muse” on.
Light provides color, and the ability to see and to sew, to produce and to be actively doing until dark.  I always embrace Spring, and the lighter days.  I try to take advantage of the light and sew more often.  
Karin loved textiles.
She sewed many things for her family, as well as designed amazing textiles.  (You may see those on the site)
Growing up one of seven, we each needed to help with the chores, preparation of the beans, peeling the potatoes all while our Mother created a home full of amusement.  This weekend, celebrate Mother’s who amuse and fill our hearts and our homes with so much.  
Take a moment and honor the heavenly muse, your Mother or a woman who has given you life.
Are you a “muse” to anyone?  
(all artwork posted is that of Carl Larsson)

recipe for…fab friday

Recipe cards rank up high on my list of domestic bliss.  My vintage lucite recipe box (from my teens) will be the perfect home for these swell cards. 
A recipe for pursuing your passion is what it is all about, every artist can relate to this.  
Here is my recipe in order to create;
C  –  R  –  E  –  A  –  T  –  E
CCreate a space to work
RRoutine, set up the best time for you to work!
EEstablish good habits, expect error & excellence.
AAlways begin with gratitude.
T Time – take time, start small.
EEnjoy what you do.
As artists, we never start with the perfect space, nor the best materials, but we work towards the dream space, and allow time to know that we need to honor our passion and juggle life.
One can pursue a career in the midst of mother-hood or even add it to our day job by carving out a window of time each day.  Try 2 to 3 hours a day and commit to working on your passion.
© Rick Miller/Milton Courier photos – Photo of Kristin with her 1882 Pearl old Style Press
Time and again, certain obsessions or passions have a way of returning to me.  One of them is my love for really nice paper and the art of letterpress.  
The other is for the artist who dreams of having that piece of equipment (Antique 1882 Pearl Old Style Press) or studio space to whilst away the hours or burn the mid-night oil.
Meet Kristin,  She spotted this beauty ( or rather her fiance did ) for a song on Craig’s list and knew it was fate.  How great to seize an opportunity and a machine.  I have always wanted to learn how to make my own letterpress.
She recently acquired some vintage typeface letters amongst other goodies she plans to use as part of her collection – 622 press.
How pretty are these bevy of beautiful letterpress cards to send a proper thank-you, sure to tickle the thoughtful giver!  Take a look at Kristin’s site and her etsy shop and tell me what you really really want, leave me a comment.  
Winner of this fab give-away announced first thing on Monday morning.
As my Mom loves to say, “Keep a fuzzy brow, a stiff upper lip and press on” – Have a fab friday all you fab people!  Press on Kristin and thanks for sharing your work.