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.

30 December 2009

New Year's vintage style

A year end gift to my blogging friends! Some vintage New Year postcard images!



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Enjoy and Happy New Year!

21 December 2009

The reason for the season

 In our tiny rural town, there is one home owner that always has a beautiful Christmas lighting theme every year. This year it was  
"Jesus is the reason for the season" 
with  a beautiful Nativity scene. I thought this close to Christmas I would share this theme too with my blogging friends.

Recently I was asked to display some of my hand work on the "artist wall" at our Church.
So since it was close to Christmas, I decided to create a couple stockings with a Nativity theme

Below is an image I created in my graphic program with vintage sheet music
with a scene of Mary and Joesph in the stable with baby Jesus.

I created this lovely cottage stocking using vintage crochet, lace, and vintage jewelry

Here is another image that I created in triple layers

And the finished stocking!

14 December 2009

Fun Christmas tags

Thought I would share some freebie tags that I print out every year for my gifts. These were some I found a couple years ago that are for personal use only, but I have so much fun decorating them in my graphics program, and some times I print them out just like they are and sprinkle glitter, add crystals, ribbons, even spray a little snow! Remember that your imagination is your only limit!

Click on the images to enlarge, then right click to save. Have fun!

02 December 2009

Christmas cookie party!

Etsy Cottage Style blog is hosting a Christmas Cookie exchange Party!
Click on the pic to join in!

this is my hands down fave!

Christmas Sandwich Cremes
I always make 2 batches because I can eat one all by myself!

1 cup butter (no substitutes) softened
1/3 cup whipping cream
2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup butter (no substitutes) softened
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons real vanilla
food coloring

In a mixing bowl, combine butter, cream, and flour;mix well.
Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until dough is easy to handle. Divide into thirds;let one portion stand at room temperature for 15 minutes (keep remaining dough refrigerated until ready to roll out). On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8" thickness. Cut with 1-1/2" round cookie cutter. Place cut outs in a shallow dish filled with sugar; turn to coat. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Prick with a fork several times. Bake at 375f for 7-9 minutes or until set. Cool on wire racks.
For filling~in mixing bowl, cream butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Tint with food coloring (I use half red and half green)
Spread about 1 teaspoon filling on half of cookies, top with remaining cookies. Makes about 36-40 cookies.

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where we reside

where we reside
The ArborOak cottage