Author Archives: Bernadette

“Safe” in My Back Yard

Though they nibble on some of my favorite foods and flowers that grow in my back yard, I enjoy observing the two does who have visited for the past three years, sometimes with their boyfriend and sometimes with a fawn. When I came outdoors they would often leave my vegetable garden and scurry through my […]

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“Peace on Earth”, Take a Closer Look

Look a little closer at those markings…what do you see? For my holiday card in 1997, I was puzzling out yet another way to say “Peace on Earth”. I saw an illustration that had each hemisphere of a globe on either side of a Christmas tree ornament, and thought the idea of using the globe […]

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Colorful Little Crabapples on a November Day, “Unexpected Berries” Holiday Cards

Walking in the quiet of a winter day I see some of the most beautiful scenes, from my own back yard, to my neighborhood, town, trails and woods. I found these colorful little crabapples growing along the railroad tracks through the middle of town. My joy is to bring not just the scene but the […]

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Great Rescues Day Book: Portraits of Cats, Rescue Stories, a Day Book and Feline Care Book

I’ve used a day book for over 30 years and have all the arrivals and, sadly, departures of each of my cats along with my friends’ weddings, my nieces’ births and the births of their children, the day I first registered a business name, all that sort of stuff, conveniently included in one place. Great […]

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Thoreau-inspired Winter Walks Holiday Cards

“Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up.” I realize that walking in cold temperatures and snow and ice are not what many people find a comforting thing to do, but I have always found the winter silence of the woods […]

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Bella! and Her Foster Friends Tote Bags

In May I created a silhouette from Bella and stenciled it in onto a canvas or twill bag and embellished with buttons sewn on by hand. I know that not all kitties are black, despite what my house full of housepanthers try to tell me, and I decided to try out a few other kitty […]

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A Gift for the Gardener, “The Perfect Place” Keepsake Box

Just one little careful study of sun on the bench and flowers, from anothers’ garden. My own garden bench should be so well landscaped. Use it to hold seed packets, or your own collection of heritage seeds, gloves and small tools, or small books and notes to have handy when planning next year’s garden so […]

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Curving Silhouette Trinket Dish

This 4” round curved dish is made from natural white polymer clay, handpainted with black design adapted from a daily sketch. The design is adapted from a daily sketch that was actually made from cut paper, in black of course, and Mimi was the model, “Curving Silhouette”. Each dish is formed and painted individually, and […]

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Poem and Essay, A Writing Sample: The Cabinet

Portraits of Animals features all the things I have for sale made from my creative efforts, but I don’t often share what inspires those creative efforts, especially for my writing. Eventually I will have a few anthologies as print and e-books, and will also offer individual stories, essays and poems as electronic downloads with my […]

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Stock Up on Gift Bags for the Holidays

Holiday gift giving is beginning and a gift bag with art the recipient will appreciate makes the gift even that much more special. I have dozens of designs that feature cats, dogs, flowers, butterflies and birds, and nature, and a quantity discount for purchasing three or six bags. From the first time I received a […]

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