Wednesday, April 22, 2009


In honor of earth day I want to share this re-cycled art project.
For my birthday this year I told Joe instead of buying me a present I wanted him to do a project with me, ( like most guys he would have preferred to crack open the wallet & make a trip to the mall) BUT being the nice guy he is we made this ladybug. Joe isn’t an artist but he does come up with a lot of clever ideas, making the lady bug from a helmet was actually his idea and as a bonus he has access to welding equipment! I claim credit for the antenna made from the plant hanger though! Thanks also to Neil & Jonathan who helped Joe with the cutting & welding.

This turtle has the distinction of being not necessarily the "best" present Joe ever gave me (that would be a diamond anniversary ring) BUT it is my absolute favorite present! We were walking by an art supply store on 33rd st. in Manhattan one day & I saw this turtle and commented on how cute he was. Several months later he was under the Christmas tree. Rarely does such a surprise get by me & my extreme holiday snooping! He has sat in my garden since, the older & rustier he gets the more I love him! He was also the inspiration for our ladybug.

Monday, April 20, 2009


I’d like to dedicate today’s post to my mom who would have turned 76 today. Sadly she passed away 21 years ago at the too young age of 55. She taught me how to sew when I was young and by the time I was 12 I was making all my own clothes. Now in order to sew you need fabric, and every seamstress has their stash, usually a ridiculously large stash that you’ll never put a dent in but you keep adding to it, buying fabric that you just need to have! I think we sew as an excuse to buy fabric! She got to see my art in a lot of places but I think she would have gotten a real kick out of going into joann fabric stores and seeing so many of my prints. I haven’t sewn in a few years now but this weekend I did add to my stash, just in case…!

Here is just a little sampling of what I have there, also a couple of links to more.

cute as a cupcake

Thursday, April 16, 2009


The best part of what I do for a living is the wide variety of art I get to create. Truth be told though I've always been partial to the fun subject matter I get to use in boys art. As you can see I tend to use a lot of bold color and arrows both of which don't always make it all the way to the selling floor. These are available in Babies R Us.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Gone Ape For Art!

I ventured away from my computer yesterday for a little inspiration shopping at Khols. Surprise surprise I came upon a boys tee that I did the art for, it's always fun when this happens because it's unexpected. I posted the original art beside the production so you can see the process. The main difference is that in production there are color limitations.

Thursday, April 2, 2009


I came across these photos of cakes I made back in 1995 & 96 for family, friends & co-workers. They were great fun to make for some special people, tasty too!1. At 8 my son Joseph was all about money & all it could get him. 2. Callan LOVED to read & for those who know her now they can see her love of hats goes way back! 3. Pop was into crows. 4. Joe's childhood nickname is "Bootie" & his Birthday is halloween 5. Can you guess what Tese was into?!
6. Thanksgiving cake; the most time consuming one I made 7. This cake was for Ed a co-worker, he was the life of the dept., he had a new story everyday! 8. Joni lived on pretzels 9. Arlene was a runner 10. Our friend Sue was the shipping manager & I made this cake for her 40th bday. 11 & 12 were for the same person, Earl who was into 2 things, the Lord & chocolate, he's the only one to get 2 cakes & both were chocolate!