Sunday, October 20, 2013


 Minty Green Vintage Stool

Pistachio Green Spindle Lamp

Chalkboard Green Storage Unit

Minty Green Vintage Lamp

Pistachio Green Urn Lamp

Most of my creative time in September was spent working on some DOVE TREE home decor projects.  Each of these dreamy pieces is up-cycled from vintage or unwanted housewares.  As with most of my clothing designs, my love for re-purposing vintage pieces extends to home furnishings as well... I couldn't think of a more fitting array of colours for this line than my favorite shades of green.



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(Yes!! All of these pieces are available for purchase... contact me for details).

Monday, October 14, 2013

Once upon a time, in a far and distant land, a beautiful princess married her prince, then moved to a new kingdom, and had twin fairy princesses of her own...
And I was lucky enough to tag along :P

This mixed media piece was a summer project for a friend and oh-so-loyal art client.  It was SO.HARD to keep the gender of the babies a secret for months and months - but alas, they have arrived and are happily cooing away in their pink, green, and very pink nursery! (At least, this is what I hope they are doing... for the sake of their dear mother!).  

Wrapping up the Thanksgiving long weekend with a heart full of thanks for great friends, family, and every last little bit of goodness in this life... SO.MUCH goodness.

Happy Monday!

** Pretty please pardon the phone quality pics. **

Saturday, October 5, 2013


Golden sunsets.  
Golden fields.  
Golden leaves.  
Golden girls.

I'm embracing this coziest of seasons...
my favorite - for so many reasons. 


Dress - Wish Nola
Boots - Spring Shoes

Friday, September 20, 2013


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Summer's End Art

The last of the summertime paintings - subject matter including, but not limited to, POPPIES.  I know, total shock.  I have been a tad obsessive with those little blooms over the past months...

** check out more Poppy Mania HERE **

There are still more projects on the go (it's perpetual over here), but with the change of seasons and official end of holidays, time spent on them will (unfortunately) be harder to come by.  For some reason, it always seems that the less time I have to be creative, the more.and.more.and.more ideas are firing around in my head.  Yesterday those ideas caused me to leave my classroom organizing mid-day for some thrift shop D.I.Y.s.  The way I see it, you have to make the most of those moments - whenever possible!

This morning is dedicated to a special under-wraps nursery project... So far, so cute :)


Thursday, September 5, 2013


It's here.  Despite 30+ degree weather, there's no more denying it.  School has started, nights are cool, and pumpkin spice has made it's debut at your local coffee chain.  Fall is upon us.  
In honor of my most favorite of seasons, I thought I would share a few of my favorite pieces for this transitional (pre-boot) weather.

Let's start from the tip top.  The hat.  After falling in love with a similar version of this panama hat, I found this (very) inexpensive one at Forever21, and I've been toting this thing around for more than a year - somehow, I love it more and more!
Next up: the chunky sweater.  This version hails from Urban Outfitters, as does my other much-worn cream colored one.  It's the perfect thing to throw on with old denim shorts, and whatever loafers you dig for loafin' (this minty pair was a Target steal last year).

Every season calls for a new bag - right?!  I picked this soft leather satchel up at Wish Nola.  I also snagged the cutest plaid and leather dress at this shop, worthy of a post all its own!  I'm taking this tote out for it's first night on the town this evening - we'll see how she fares ;)

Finally, if you don't already have 73 different chambray shirts, you need to pick up one.  It's one of the easiest, comfiest layers out there.  This BDG number, and the Ecote tie-dye dress underneath are both U.O. pieces.  While purging/reorganizing my closet, I moved all of the summer dresses to the back, but kept a few that I think transition well stashed amongst my fall pieces.  They're perfect for this in-between weather - just throw that chunky knit or chambray over top for the evening.

I keep having 'one last hurrah' moments the past few weeks.  After a day in the classroom yesterday, organizing binders and binders and binders of lesson plans, I'm really looking forward to some fun with  my sister & co. this evening.  We're talking: pedis, sushi, and James Murphy at Union Sound Hall.  
Quite the line-up for a Thursday!

And a Happy Pre-Weekend to ya'll!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Just a quick D.I.M. (Did It Myself) share today!  I made this simple piece for my sister to use in the entrance of her new condo.  She recently purchased a condo in a converted trophy factory - meaning: crazy high ceilings, exposed ducting, and brick, brick, and more brick!  It's gorgeous.  Kim and I have had lots of fun shopping for decor, and it's all starting to come together.  I think this piece will fit in swimmingly :)

It's off to work this afternoon, but first some fun time on a project for a friend's nursery...  
Let the September mayhem begin!


Monday, September 2, 2013

poppies & peonies & poppies some more

There has been much painting going on over here this summer, and it has felt SO.GOOD to get back into it!  These three are all done on 18" square canvases... unusually small painting spaces for this gal, but as it turns out, the perfect way to get my ideas down in a more timely manner.  Besides, the current project is 42" x 100" (yes, that's 35 square feet of canvas), so a few small pieces here and there help to make the task much less daunting!

There's a few little jobs to do around the house, and then I'm thinking the long weekend will end with a poolside read, and more sister time :)

Happy September, ya'll!


Monday, August 26, 2013


I haven't even begun to wade through the myriad photos I took with my D-SLR in the French Quarter and Garden District of New Orleans on a recent foray I took with my sister, but figured a quick blitz of iPhone pics might get the motivation flowing.  Might.
It's hard to do anything these days but tick boxes on the End-of-Summer Enjoyment checklist.  I was up at the crack of dawn (yes, actually) cleaning out my closet - pulling fall items forward, sorting, stacking, and trying to decipher which pieces I will actually wear again.  There's certainly some 'good intention' type bits hanging around, but it's looking a littler leaner overall!  I do love a good purge... even one guilt-induced by fall shopping.
Next up, off to drop the first round of boxes off in my new classroom.  
Kinda hoping this organization-mode lingers!

Happy (Productive) Monday ya'll!


*** All fine art pics above are from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art; the pretty buildings are French Quarter beauties; and the fancy lights/dinnerware are from tasty dinners out.  The remainder of the pics are from an awesome outdoor night-time art market on Frenchman Street.  Love that city!

Saturday, July 27, 2013


I know, I know... photo-overload!!  My little corner of the world has become so important to me; over the years I've plugged away at making the interior a reflection of who I am, the things I love, and how I live my life... and every year, there's a few short months where I get to extend this practice to the great ole outdoors.
I thought I had wrapped up the outdoor projects for the year, aside from the usual weeding, mowing, and trimming, and was ready to sit back and enjoy the view from my hammock... that is, until yesterday when I acquired two new chairs from a garage sale.  What's one more refinishing project?

Happy sweet, sweet Saturday ya'll!


Monday, July 15, 2013


Peony in Purple


Now, here are a couple of paintings that I've been meaning to post for months... Peony in Purple is a May baby, and Mauve came about when there was still snow on the ground.  Both were an attempt at something different... new colours, new subject matter (well, a different perspective at least), and smaller canvas sizes.
There's another three bright, summer-hued pieces from June just hanging around the dining room waiting to be photographed... but, who wants to be inside on a sunny 30 degree day?!
Not I.


** check out the paintings & drawings page for more... **

Sunday, June 23, 2013


After months of procrastination - I'm blaming the super-soggy, highly-unmotivating spring - I recently got around to planting up my outdoor spaces.  I container gardening!  I've been meaning to add a little more green indoors as well; I decided to attempt a terrarium project with some of the gorgeous succulents I've been amassing throughout my greenhouse shopping excursions.  I spent all of 5 minutes 'Googling' the process/supplies before realizing that almost any container suffices, and there really is no one right way to put it all together.  You can use anything from mason jars, to vases, to actual terrarium gardens to complete this type of container.  I opted for a shiny chrome lantern, added moss grown in my own backyard (along with some store-bought sheet moss to use as skirting), and my choicest of plants.  Not only does the lantern option add unexpected visual interest to an indoor living space, it makes watering the arrangement a simple task!
Check out the finished product below...

Happy Planting!