Friday, January 7, 2011


So, I'm pretty behind the times on certain terms used in the artsy/craftsy world.  "Steampunk" is everywhere and has been for awhile.  I know it when I see it, but couldn't really describe it.  I know I love it.

So, I looked it up on Wikipedia (of course) and there are some great descriptions and references including:  "Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc"

So, when Graphics 45 came out with a paper line called Steampunk Debutante, I knew I had to check it out.  I can't get enough of it!

There are so many possibilities with the vintage, metal, grungy elements.  My imagination just won't stop.  I've picked up a lot of weird little scraps of metal, chain, tarnished jewelry and buttons.  I can use them all at once!

I love the colors on these images.  Reminds me of bronze and copper with that green patina of age. 

I'm especially attached to the circular design, but I put her in the store anyway.  I know she'll go to a good home and whoever receives her will be thrilled.

Take care of yourselves, and don't forget to daydream a little today.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Funny Faces

Happy New Year!  Well, after a loooonnnggg hiatus, I'm back.  The real job has been hopping and holiday festivities have kept us all busy around here.  No time for art or blogging.

We had a lovely little winter vacation in Vancouver and Whistler, BC.  We got to see some of the Olympic sport centers  and even skied on the biathalon course!  How cool is that?

Christmas was the usual lovely old-fashioned cozy time at my parents.  They go to such lengths to make things wonderful for Dylan.  Of course he just ate it all up.

I even had a little time to play with new art supplies and make a few things.  How about these little guys?

I found these images on  They have the most fun Dingbat fonts!  I just enlarged a couple and printed them on kraft paper.  Every time I look at them they make me smile.

They will be available in the store page shortly.  If you want them, you'll have to hurry.  I might steal the birthday one for a friend soon (wink).

I'll have more new treats in the store over the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled!

Here's hoping your new year starts off with a bang and just gets better.