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My Blog Postings


I like to see the growth of an idea. I am more interested in process than anything else.
And so, here's a process post!

When I am going to illustrate something, I really really like to read it first, take notes, and see what jumps out at me, whether it's the main ideas or something that hits me, image-wise. These are my notes.


I try to stress to my students [so much! in vain!] that your first idea is very rarely your best. And that brainstorming is your friend! This wh...


bee's my nickname, always has been.

so anyways I've been super-busy, it doesn't even feel like summer! Besides the bookplates I've been making, I've been working on wedding invitations and other sorts of designs for invites...

Here's a little insight into the process:

I carved a paisley pattern and a wildflower (I call them dandelions) onto linoleum blocks. Oy! Carpal tunnel!



A former student of mine is throwing a Gala.

This Gala is to benefit the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy fund, a non-profit organization that is devoted to finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

This ex-student [now friend] has a brother who will be a senior in high school. He has Duchenne.

Right now, Duchenne is 100% fatal. This disease will eventually rob him of his ability to breathe.

Watch this video "What is Duchenne?" and I challenge you NOT to cry. Of course, I did cry, and this student remains my favorite (um, yeah, teachers have favorites) and I want to help. So there's volunteering [tiny form to fill out here], and there's sponsorship [...


I created a set of icons that you can use on your site! 

I obviously like hand-drawn things in this technological world... and I got a new tablet, which makes creating hand-drawn things in Illustrator and Photoshop much easier!

I hope that you enjoy them!

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It's a gray and sleepy Sunday morning... and all of this rain held off until Crafty Balboa was over! The crafty gods were smiling down on us... or else Ms. Amy Blasco is just THAT good.

I had a great time, met some fantastic people, and got to see a few good friends that I haven't seen in  a while! And, would you believe, I totally forgot to take any pictures. So, I'm going to have to scavenge around and see if there are some photos floating around that I can borrow to show you!

Now it's time to clean up, to take stock, and to get my Etsy shop back in order. That's my to-do list. Oh, and the lovely Yankee-themed invite...