Finding Inspirations

Where do I find my inspirations for the work I share here? And how do I awaken the spark of creativity each day? When we’re charged with being visually creative all day long in so many ways, be it painting or graphic design, or even in writing whether it’s creative or technical, something needs to […]

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25% Off Garden Flags Through July 31

July 2018 Special 25% Off Garden Flags Decorate your garden for summer, back-to-school and autumn with stylish cats! Only $11.25 per flag with your discount, including shipping, handling and tax. These “garden flags” are 11″ x 15″ and digitally printed on both sides of a heavyweight, durable indoor/outdoor woven printable fabric, and I finish by […]

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Dusk After the Storm, Canoeing on a Local Creek

A storm overtook us as we paddled canoes and kayaks down Chartiers Creek one July evening. We took out and watched it from among trees on the bank as the world turned black then fogged with rain, lightning struck just over the hills around us and the creek ran faster and faster and rose foot […]

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Cat Cabochon in Classic Black and White

This cabochon design is actually an illustration, a little ink drawing of mine from decades ago, called “Sally’s Profile”. She was my lovely long-haired deaf white cat who is also the subject of this month’s desktop calendar. I drew this from a black and white photo I’d taken of her, loving the high contrast of […]

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It’s That Time Again: Geraniums and Parsley

Typically when I look out my back door I see my big vegetable garden, lots of perennial flowers and wildflowers, and my everlasting pink and red geraniums, some of which are 15 years old and saved in the basement each winter. In 2016, after my wild black cherry tree fell the year before and smashed […]

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Feeling Like a Flower Child?

This 1″ pendant is made with a print of a detail of my photo of Bella, “Flower Child” . Bella is just feeling pretty mellow yellow as she settles in her little world within her basket. Along with the blue seasonal bow on the handle there was one little yellow flower twined along the edge. […]

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Facades, North Side Pittsburgh

This row of ancient buildings has been looking over the city of Pittsburgh for well over 100 years, and each owner through time has had their way with each facade. On a bright sunny summer day they stood unapologetic for crumbling insul-brick siding, replacement windows that didn’t fit the original opening, and grass growing where […]

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Decorate Your Summer Table With a Tortie Tablecloth and Placemat

Handmade of unbleached cotton muslin, this little accent tablecloth is 36″ x 36″ and has the same image, “The Roundest Eyes”, printed and hand-tinted four times, one on each corner. It is signed and dated below the design and has my handwritten “label” reading “handmade, hand-printed, hand-painted” and the year. Washing instructions are included on […]

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The Thunder Moon, Misty and Mystical

I hadn’t wanted a misty moonrise, but I am oh so glad nature changed my mind. In 2006 I was still lugging around a few film cameras that could capture what my first little 2MP point-and-shoot digital could not. I’d been working with a number of local and larger land conservation groups for years and […]

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Peaceful Nap Feline Votive

I see things others might recycle or throw away as creative possibilities. I save jars and use a fair number around the house for storage and for projects in my studio and recycle the rest. For years I’ve considered ways to make votives with my artwork just like the ones I’ve received as gifts and […]

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