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.

21 August 2021

Show Stoppers in the garden!

Oh I have so much fun in the summer drooling over my flowers! But flowers make us feel good, don't they? With lots of work the rewards are many. A few of those rewards I got are pictured below on a recent walk through my gardens.

Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangea flanked by coreopsis

Queen of Sweden 

popcorn rose

Black eyed susan vine

Star Jasmine next to my re-purposed ladder sign

Golden Showers rose

Mary Rose

Mystery rose! 
This was given as a freebie because it was unmarked

Red Knockout rose

14 August 2021

August Passion Project

If you have been following me on facebook or recently here on the blog, you know that I chose a "passion project" every month. Simply put, it is a project or challenge that I give myself the month to complete. Sometimes I will do 2-3 projects. This summer I have been doing some simple painting projects that I can do outdoors. 

For August, it was this barn wood bench on my front porch. I bought it about 15 years ago from (off all places) at our local Ace Hardware store! It was built from old barn wood by someone who knew the owner of the hardware store. It was the end of the season and they had marked it down to a really low price so we loaded it up on the spot! 

I haven't ever really used it for a potting bench since I do that on the back patio, but I like to collect old watering cans and I keep a few of my gardening tools for the front yard as well fertilizer for my potted plants there. As you can see, most of the red stain has faded off and the wood is pretty dried out and rough.

I picked up some Barn Red stain and pack of sponges as well as a good supply of plastic gloves. I literally used the entire can of stain--that dry wood was thirsty!

This also gave me a chance to purge some of junk and clean up those watering cans!

All done! Should be good for another 15 years?? 

13 August 2021

Retro Clothes pin/Laundry Bags

These have got to be one of my favorite styles of
 clothes pin/laundry bags to design!


Both are constructed on cotton twill and lined 
fun vintage and new details!

Fresh picked roses print!

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