About Me

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Sublimity, OR, United States
I am artist of texture and color. I enjoy working with textiles, mixed media and the graphic arts. I am an avid cottage gardener with a love for pass along plants and big fluffy pink peonies and pink roses. Many of my tangible creations reflect my love of the garden and all its wonderful colors. I have been selling my creations online since 2002 beginning as a hobby. After 10 years I quit the day job to pursue my art as a full time passion.

11 June 2021

Summertime patio is ready!

With our glorious late May early June weather here in Oregon I was able to get our back patio ready for some outdoor enjoyment! We are planning on more entertainment with friends and family this season as it was awfully lonely last year.

I divided into 3 zones with the addition of the pergola last summer. Above is just as you step out the patio door.

second zone is our dining area. I have solar edison style lights to give a soft ambiance in the evening. I added the flower cart this year, it had been on my front porch and it fit perfectly here.  I plan on painting it mint green later this summer so stay tuned for that update!

 Above is zone 3 which is a simple sitting area. My husband and I enjoy this spot in the mornings for coffee and often for an afternoon drink.

and lastly my "garden junk" with a new fountain this year--it is lighted and so pretty at night.

Next up is the front porch I am working on now.

07 June 2021

I should clean my house!

and this really is how my life has been!

I have a few pics to share, I have been so busy in the yard.
We have had some glorious weather here in Oregon and my cottage gardens and roses are soooo happy!

This is late spring peak in the cottage garden. Can you believe I started with FOUR columbine plants, TWO geum plants, and and SIX foxglove? This garden is 16 years old and I still struggle with full summer color, mainly in August. The hollyhocks will be up be next.

Popcorn rose
It really does look like popcorn!
These dry really nice for potpourri

Peonies are in full bloom too! 

Refreshed and repaired, my old ladder sign is back in the flowerbed

Updated and refreshed metal patio bench!

05 June 2021

Americana Flag pillows

Every June I stitch up a few fun novelty flag pillows that are great porch sittin' decor!

These are all available for purchase in my etsy shop

25 May 2021

A passion project

You may be saying "what and why is this a passion project"? 
Simply put, it's a new project that you pick to complete each month. It can be anything that you want to challenge and commit to completing for a given month. For me it also that boost to get something I have wanted to go finally done. 

This project is one I completed late last summer. Many other passion projects have came and went, and I plan sharing them too!

This furniture was part of a Bassett set that was my grandmothers. She bought it used in the early 1970's, it was built about 1959-1960. Now you may be saying don't paint an antique! But the pictures may not show just how beat up the finish was. I originally tried to sell the set, but the only potential buyers were women who wanted to paint and resell it and were wanting it for a ridiculously low price. So I decided to just keep it myself to upcycle for my guest room.

I didn't want the distressed look and I didn't want the paint to chip so with some research I settled on using General Finishes Milk paint. It is actually acrylic based and very durable. Brush marks literally fade away too.

The colors used were Key West Blue and Antique White. 
After a good sanding, each color took 2 coats which I brush painted, then some minor touch ups.

I still have the large mirror to deal with, but I will not use it with the dresser. I have plans to use it in my guest bathroom which will be another "passion project"!

where we reside

where we reside
The ArborOak cottage