Playmates


Playmates, original collage on book cover

You'll be seeing many more of these collage narratives on tattered book covers. They are sooo much fun to make and you know I've got paper coming out my ears 'round here. Enjoy!

Animal Crackers





One of my guilty pleasures is animal crackers--not the plain kind--the pink 'n white iced ones with sprinkles. It's been years since I've indulged in a bag and I dare not bring any home lest I pass this obsession on to my daughter. She already has a weakness for anything with sprinkles on top! Take a peek at my lighthearted homage this guilty pleasure...Animal Crackers.

Yellow Fellow





I'm celebrating this first full week of summer by linking up with Poppytalk's Summer Colors Week. Today's color is yellow--thus this collection of yellow objects--featuring a certain yellow fellow I borrowed from the inspiration board in my studio. If you're interested in joining in the Summer Colors Week fun, everything you need to know is right here. Happy Monday!

Floral Endpapers




Aren't these delicate, floral endpapers exquisite and aged to perfection too? I rediscovered them this week while rummaging through my "Extra Special Ephemera That Must Be Used In A Very Special Way" drawer. I'm sure every collage artist has a drawer labeled like this. Am I right?! Anyhow, before I sign off for the weekend I wanted to say a BIG "thank you" for the glowing response to my newest collages on book covers that I shared earlier in the week. Your comments, tweets, emails, convos and purchases mean the world to me. Have a beautiful weekend!

Put A Birdhouse On It


Put A Birdhouse On It, original collage on book cover

Tumble


Tumble, original collage on book cover

One


One, original collage on book cover

62 Balloons


62 Balloons, original collage on book cover

Inspiration


Inspiration, original collage on book cover

Sicilian Message


Sicilian Message, original collage on book cover

Celebrating Summer



Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are celebrating the summer solstice today. Another dip in the pool may be required! And...beginning right now...I'm offering free shipping all summer long over at Sushipot Art Objects.* Stay cool!

*Sorry, this offer does not apply at Sushipot Parts.

Sneak Peek: Collage



Good Monday morning to you! I've been feeling the need to shake things up a bit artistically speaking and create collage in a format other than these and these. To challenge myself (and have a bit of fun) I attacked a pile of old, ratty book covers and a box of scraps that I can't seem to throw out.



I'll post better images of the individual pieces later on this week but for now I thought you may enjoy this sneak peek.

Happy Father's Day



Happy Father's Day weekend to all the fathers, papas, pops and daddy's out there! Lizzie and I are scheming up a whole day 'o fun for her Daddy but it's TOP SECRET so I can't reveal anything here. This picture was taken downtown in Kansas City, Missouri a few weeks ago. Of course I had to have a picture of the old sign so I hopped out of the car to snap a few. Some guy driving by honked 'n hollered and offered to be my Daddy. I told him I had more than I knew what to do with and quickly hopped back into the car with Patrick. But hey....I got my picture!

Fresh Veggies



We're eating a whole bunch of super fresh veggies these days thanks to our incredible Farmer's Market on Wednesday n' Saturdays. The scrumptious cherry tomatoes we bought yesterday have already been gobbled up. Tonight's dinner was roasted vegetable curry with cauliflower, new potatoes, zucchini, carrots, onions, green peppers and tomatoes---all from the market yesterday!


Check out this prize winning turnip!


Snow peas...


...always bring a sunshade to the market (says Lizzie).


Aren't these the cutest baby carrots ever? I thought so.

Antique Fern Illustrations



Just a bit of greenery to freshen things up! I placed these lovely book plates in the shop last week but never shared them here. These color lithographs have such delicate detail in person (you can click on the images to see them a bit closer). The plates are from Ferns: British and Exotic by E. J. Lowe, published in 1872.





Hudson Trail



Lizzie and I take a walk on the Hudson Trail, a 1/2 mile walking path near our home, several times a month. We always stop to smell the flowers and take pictures of them too. Enjoy!























Wooden Spools



A huge bag full of old wooden spools was thrifted the same day as the jar of buttons I shared with you last week. The image represents only about a quarter of them!



Lizzie helped me arrange all the spools for their photo shoot. She's a great little stylist and always has fun ideas. She made up a game called "spool race" where we each pick a spool and rolled/raced them down our slanted driveway. The winner's spool reaches the street first. Even Patrick played!



Of course, there is no way I'll be able to use all of these in my work so I'm listing sets of 24 in the shop. There was one special spool with a greeting that we'll be keeping for sure..."hello there".

Fresh Collage Blocks





Finished up a fresh set of collage blocks this week and posted them in the shop last night. Remember this collection of splayed animals? I finally snipped them up as you can see in the "deer" block. Have a great weekend!

A Midnight View


A view of my workspace around midnight last night (er...this morning).

Thrifted Buttons





I thrifted another jar of buttons for $8.00. It is a weakness, I cannot resist them. Maybe I'll make another button board soon.