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.

25 November 2009

Meet Cleo

I promised I would feature fave artists, so here is another Etsy favorite of mine!
Cleo of Designs by Cleo has the most lovely Christmas ornaments this year! Vintage images are carefully detailed into the most wonderful work of art! Cleo resides in upstate New York and is also a talented floral designer as well as highly skilled seamstress. Check out her lovelies by clicking on the pics below...something for every style of tree, from Victorian, to country to shabby cottage!

21 November 2009

Pink Roses Heaven Part II

As many of you may remember, last spring, I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely 91 years young lady named Irene Marshall who hand paints china and porcelain. I remembered on this visit to bring a good camera, rather than trying to snap shots with my cell phone. I had so many pics, I decided to create a slide show. I wish all of my blogger friends had the opportunity to visit her studio in Salem, Oregon. Truly a remarkable lady. I walked away with a large box of her beauties that I will be listing on my website soon. I hope you enjoy her lovely hand painted treasures as much as I do!

18 November 2009

Meet Carrie

This morning I wanted to introduce a mixed media artist friend of mine~actually we work the day job together~ Carrie is just breaking into the world of Etsy. I was fortunate to see her work up close and personal~I was overwhelmed at just how gorgeous her work is! A bit of Vintage, French, shabby, and Victorian cottage style rolled into one, not to mention the bling.
As a new shop owner, she has already been contacted by a gallery to display her work! Not surprising tho, this is one talented artist!
I am including a few Christmas pieces she has listed now with more to come in her shop. You can click on the pics here to see close up too, or go to her shop by clicking on her shop name below.

you can visit Carrie at her shop by clicking on her name
CarrieMe Home

15 November 2009

The queen of cottage art

I recently did a feature on a one of my favorite artists no longer with us (Ellen Clapsaddle), but today would like to share another favorite of mine--a modern day Cottage style artist SUSAN RIOS who resides in California. If you are a fan of cottage style, you can't help but drool over her work. I own a couple of her pieces and I literally would like to jump into her scenes....

I had the opportuntity of exchanging a few emails with her a couple years back, and she is one incredibly talented lady. Most of the children in her work are her grandchildren!

I am showing a few pieces of her Christmas work, but oh, there is so much more!

enjoy these wonderful works, but remember that these are copyrighted images of Susan Rios and should not be used in your art projects or resold.
I am including a link to her website--go in and drool...and just might buy something....


09 November 2009

Celebrate our Veterans this week

I have been so busy the last week, and what was good intentions to post something interesting at least twice a week never happened! My day job was brutal with a heavy load of data imput, and my website was so busy that I have been stuggling to keep up packing and shipping, and listing new inventory. But not complaining mind you, I love being busy!!

This week I would like to take a moment to recognize our Veterans
and those currently serving in our armed forces

While none of us likes war, there is no reason not to appreciate those who have and are currently there for us in times of peril--our guys and gals in all branches of the American Service

So my hats off to all of you! I truly thank all of you for keeping myself, my family, friends and ancestors safe and living the American dream of freedom!

Celebrate Freedom! Happy Veterans Day!

...and help yourself to the images....

01 November 2009

Decorating the porch for fall can be challenging when you are two years old

Deciding exactly where each pumpkin should be

and if it looks just right...

Or we should just play with it!

Courtesy of baby Lynsie on her 2nd birthday!

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where we reside
The ArborOak cottage