The Crossword Puzzle

Last month I finally found the time to finish this crossword aficionado. It's funny when you step back from a piece and realize the parts of your life that get subconsciously added to a drawing.

My grandmother made braided rugs like the one above and a very similar orange radio is on my sewing table. My sister kept budgies as a child. And once upon a time, I had a cardigan like the lady pictured (that despite continual darning, eventually gave way). That said, I've never made Battenberg cake, nor forced bulbs or managed to grow ivy to such heights. So perhaps there's some incentive for future plans pictured here, as well as memories of the past.

Speakeasy Swing


When Spoonflower announced a Prohibition Cocktails themed challenge a few weeks back, I knew I had to give the subject matter a go. Phonographs! G&T's! The Charleston! So here's my take on the subject matter. And for giggles, what the above pictured dame and dandy would look like covering an armchair, as seen below.

The Birds

I've been listening to an adaptation of The Birds on Radio 4 Extra this week, so couldn't resist having a go at illustrating such a wonderfully terrifying story.

Painting and Pondering

It's been forever, but I'm finally planning a shop update! Next Tuesday, September 27, I'll have some small original watercolor paintings, a couple tea towels and an embroidery available.

As far as prints, I've been testing new papers in an attempt to find a paper that offers both a good color range and some extra heft (hence the hold up). I think I've found the answer to my dilemma, so will have prints back at the end of October.

And happy weekend!

River Flowers

I took the dog for a walk by the river and came back with a bouquet of Lady's Thumb, Goldenrod, Beach Pea and Fireweed. Here's a pattern with those last bits of summer.

And I've forgotten to mention, on the sidebar I've added a sign up for my monthly newsletter. If that's your jam, I'll be sending out shop updates, new work, local event information and subscriber downloads.

Happy Weekend!