The Valentine kitShanna Murray and I designed is still up in Shanna's shop in case you need any Valentine gift ideas. Download once and make as many as your heart desires. Photos by Shanna.
Here is a peak inside our 2015 mother daughter homemade coloring books and crayons. The covers were all screen printed on different neutral and pastel colored papers. We came up with some odd/fun games like finger hopscotch and our own exquisite corpses we'd like you to finish.Merry Christmas!
We had a great show on Saturday! So many people came to say hello- it was wonderful! I'll share some more updates soon and some photos of the finished coloring book.
Less than two weeks until second storie! Getting a little nervous putting last minute things together, but also feeling pretty good. Here are a few things I am bringing. The top image is a close up of a coloring book cover- printed by hand. My daughter Ella collaborated with me on this- it's a sweet little book of drawings to color in and activities we wanted to share. Each book comes with its own set of homemade crayons. The second image is of a screen printed appliqué market (or library!) tote. I made up that slogan for Rochester- our beautiful flower city.
Please come to the second storie show- lots of talented people to see- on Small Business Saturday November 28th, 2015
Does anyone blog anymore? It's been a long time since I've updated here- almost two years. I feel like this is a bit of a shout into the wilderness. The viewership to this site dwindled down to just a few peeks here or there. I am like most people, I have found the ever quicker ways of seeing what's going on in the world of art and design- through pinterest, instagram etc. So, why keep up with this site?
Well, after some time away from doing shows or any big projects, I am ready to make things again, beyond my own personal sphere. I have instagram, but it has become too private (and boring!) to keep public. So here is an update, in a few moments, of what life has looked like for me.
A new baby. And no longer a 'new' baby- now, a one year old little boy, who puts his hands in the toilet and batteries in his mouth and always has a bruised forehead.
A new home. We moved about 15 months ago and are finally feeling settled in. Walls are painted, new furniture arranged, pictures, curtains and book shelves have been put up... lots of hours invested here.
Day to day normal things- finding Waldo, setting off rockets, walking, swimming, hotdogs, holidays...
And little projects here and there with my kids. My 6 year old daughter and I made coloring books for cousins and friends last Christmas.
Life at home with children has consumed me (in a good and powerful way) and inspired me. I am happy to announce I will be participating in the second storie show in November. I have set up my workspace with drying racks, a power washer, a sewing machine and a printing station- I'll give some updates, in the weeks to come, of all the new things I am making. The first image of this post is of a ribbon I made for my cousin's wedding. I'll be bringing a few of these with me in November.
I made Fred a bookbag in the fall from this pattern from Made by Rae. It gave me confidence in my sewing- it was just hard enough, but not impossible and he really loves it. He came with me to pick out the fabric- we chose a scaly (not kidding) silver denim with green trim- sort of super hero inspired- like a jet pack or skin or something.
I think I am done doing roses. This group is going toBee Home and Garden in Chicago and then I am pretty sure I won't be doing them anymore, or at least for awhile. I dye the material by hand (a pain) and the ribbon I use is always old, so I have trouble finding it. And after doing these for 6+ years now, I don't feel like they fit with everything else I make anymore. On to new things.
Charleston was an awesome place to visit with kids- I will admit to certain low points- running through Atlanta airport, a baby strapped to me, carrying 3 bags on one shoulder and a three year old on my hip- a little tricky- but mostly wonderful.
I also got to visit the Low Country Artists Market. Much to my surprise, Sweetteeth, a beautiful little business that I have admired for their odd + lovely packaging, is based in Charleston and were at the show!
These are a few images, of my table, from this year's second storie show: coloring books + crayons, wallets and cherries.
As always, a great crowd and great vendors- in particular, I loved meeting Fawnsberg and Planetarium- such talent!!
Below is a sneak peak of a quick little trip we took in early December to Charleston.
A little p.s... I now have a beautiful new computer care of santa claus. One of the most noted changes with this upgrade, is how abysmal my header now looks to me- it's blurry and I never knew that on my old mac! So now's about time for that to change- coming 2014.
Merry Christmas! And Happy 2014...
Hello! It's been too long! This is a page from a coloring book I have made that I will be bringing to the secondstorie show tomorrow. If ever there is a show in Rochester not to miss, this is it.