I've been a pretty good girl this year. What would I like? Well my favorite part of my day is in the morning when I pull out my make up and get all dolled up. I love the colors, the smells, the names, (roman moon, napa valley, black ice, baroque, you get the idea) & especially how I feel when I'm done. Ready to take on the day. So to sum it all up What I want for Christmas is world peace & make-up. What a combination. *Note: I do follow the phillosophy that less is more, so don't worry I don't end up looking like a clown.
I thought this was an appropriate post today. Feels a bit like a circus around here. We've been rushing from one thing to the next- one deadline to the next! Looking forward to a few days off soon. The art is a collection of simple patterns I put together in photoshop.
Hooray!!! We just got all out 2010 Christmas cards. A nice sense of relief has come over me. This year I painted a little village scene, added some stamping & a few stitches with the sewing machine & voilà.
As I mentioned yesterday I had made a 12 Days of Christmas gift-wrap collection years ago for Hallmark. You can see different but the same. Hallmark added gold foil to the wraps & bags they also have some pretty talented lettering artist that helped out with the text. The collection was big but I only had a few bits & pieces of it left. To find more I'd just need to visit my mom's house she's bought a sample of everything (yes, everything...) I've ever done & has it all neatly stored away. She's great & the best Christmas present I ever could of wished for.
Tomorrow will kick off the Twelve Days of Christmas. Hard to believe. . . Last year I was commissioned by Hobby Lobby to create a 12 Days of Christmas gift-wrap/ gift bag collection. They wanted something fun & whimsical but still traditional. This was the outcome. When I worked at Hallmark 7 years ago I did another gift-wrap bag collection for The 12 Days of Christmas. (I'll show that one tomorrow) Seems like I'm often requested to recreate the same theme. The challenge is to keep your general style but be aware of where you've already gone before.
The last 5 years I've been lucky enough to work with The Land of Nod on a holiday assortment. There are stockings, garlands, plush ornaments (inspired by my little one who would break all the glass ones), place-mats, a tree skirt & advent calendars. Have you decked your halls yet?
The Land of Nod is currently offering free shipping on many of these items.
December 1st has arrived. Missing the lush green & pops of color outside. I'm still finding some beauty in the outdoor palette. Colors just seemed more paired back- & a bit like one color slowly falls into the next. I found a floral in my print collection that has this winter feel to me. I have all my art achieved on my computer. When I pulled this one up it was called December Floral & I knew it was perfect for today's post.
In the spirt of giving thanks I wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone that takes time out of their day to stop by my blog. I really love what I do & it's great fun for me to be able to share my art. (i make a lot of it! :) Wishing you a day filled with good food, family & friends.
My son recently came home singing "The Family of the Sun". I had never heard this song & some of the words in it cracked me up when I heard them come out of his sweet 3 year old mouth. I've attached the song. It goes to the tune of "The Farmer & the Dell". The art I've paired with it for today's post is an older cut fabric piece. (sewing machine, some hand stitching & a bit of digital work) I was very taken with the environmental component & respect for the Earth this song teaches little ones. Give is a try it's catchy!
Fall Back. Liz made this print for Hemtextile. Hemtextile is show in Frankfurt Germany- every January Antonio takes our collection to exhibit. I thought this one fit todays fall back theme perfectly. Hope you enjoy your extra hour!
So the costume is finished, the jack-o-lantern carved, the candy has been bought (the good stuff...) and we're officially ready for Halloween. Even had a little extra time to make Luca a little bandido shirt to wear to school today. Hope you have a happy, spooky & safe Halloween!
It's that time of year when the mornings are cold around here. As the day progresses it warms up nicely- but I have to get through that morning chill. So it's official it's now time for warm winter drinks. I'm on a peppermint tea kick. What do you like to drink to warm you up?
Antonio, Luca & I just got back from the ABC Kids Expo. For the past year I've been working on a crib bedding line, Jill McDonald Baby. We just launched the collection at the Show. The collection will be available this coming spring. This has been a labor of love inspired by my little one & the desire to share a really beautiful collection at a really reasonable price. I'll share more details soon. Know anyone expecting this spring?
Hello my latest book Who's in the Forest with Barefoot has just dropped. This is a peek a boo board book that introduces the young reader to an adorable crew of forest animals. This weekend Barefoot Books is offering 20% of your entire order when you enter AUTUMN at check out. (now through Oct 11th) They offer so many beautiful books I hope you check them out.
So it was way too pretty here today to be inside all day plus it's Friday. So Liz, Luca & I hiked along the Parkville nature trails. There's a magical little waterfall that has become a new favorite spot for my family. Sometimes packing little lunch or making paper boats to float down the stream. Hope your able to visit your "happy place" this weekend!
We've been busy around here- which I love. I'm one of those people who thrives on having a lot to do. It's a bit of a kaleidoscope of activities & switching gears. We're about to begin a month long project, I'm putting the finishing touches on my first picture book with Barefoot out this spring. I've worked on lots of board books but a picture book is cremdellacrem- so I'm thrilled. We're also headed to the ABC Kids expo in about two weeks. October is a jammed packed month!
I made myself an I think I can poster about a month ago & we finally hung it up over the weekend. (*accompanied by a bouquet from the garden)
I think I can... What a great saying. Luca loves trains & since he was born we have read him "The Little Engine That Could". When he's in a challenging situation we often can hear him softly say, I think I can, I think I can. I thought I could apply this gentle phrase into my on world. I think I can, I think I can, I knew I could. Have a great week!
Looks like fall here today. I've noticed on my evening walks with Luca the dry, rustling sounds of the leaves. This is how it begins... I'm starting to see the slightest color change in the trees but what you can't miss is the light. Seems like around 4 pm everything has a golden glow & the in the morning when I wake up it's still dark. (this is the less enjoyable part) What's your favorite thing about Fall?
It's rainy & dark here today. The kind of day that you want to spend in the kitchen experimenting with a new recipe. Instead I'm in the studio working to complete a deadline & day dreaming about what to make for dinner. What do you like to do on a rainy day?
Last night was the ice-cream social at Luca's Montessori school. He goes 3 mornings a week for a year now & has developed a real bond with his little buddies. He's very social which makes his father & I wonder where it came from as we tend to be the opposite. This art reminded me of the exuberant, curious pack we enjoyed treats with last night. So many tiny personalities it really wonderful to see!
Today is Luca's birthday. Three years ago he arrived in our world. I couldn't love him more! All those funny little things he's brought to our life- the chance to color with big crayons & watch cartoons again. The bubble baths, the strolls in the park, the holidays, the stories, explaining things to his always curious mind, & the pure sincere excitement he has for every new day. Happy Birthday my Sweet Boy!
Today I'm posting some photos of the mobile I made for my sister n law Ashley. She's due the end of September & her nursery has a bird theme. Wish my photos had come out better this really did turn out nicely. I spelt out my soon to arrive niece's name on the back of the felt birds. To avoid ending up with craft store felt with that neon just died color (although sometimes that's cool) I've been ordering from Magic Cabin. Antonio's sister Carolina is due at the end of October so I have my stash of materials & many more baby projects to complete.
I love animals. That unconditional love, the beauty & it doesn't hurt that they can't talk. (we live in a noisy world) We're still looking for our next dog. I would be thrilled with a french bulldog but I just can't get myself to pay all that money. We've always gotten shelter dogs which have been wonderful pets. I don't know how many times I've drawn, painted or decided to collage animal theme art. The subject always makes me happy. A bit of a ramble here so on to the art!
So, I missed my opportunity in early June to post about the start of firefly season. (Pure nighttime magic to me) I knew I couldn't miss the chance to mention the butterflies that start to pop up around now. They start out just a few when the month begins. Some flying about & some still furry little caterpillars inching along the ground. Later this month & in September the sky is a flutter & it's fun to see the deep orange of a monarch dance by. I'm grateful for the big window next to my desk-this way I don't miss out.