The Gift of Winter

In a cocoon of soft knits, fleece, cozy slippers, and generous soft lighting, it is easy to dream about spring. We are in January and still have quite a few, long months left. We are given the gift of Winter. For most of us who live where winter holds on a little too long, it forces us to slow down, and savor down time.

The sun is still setting beyond the trees a bit too soon for my taste. Snow sneaks in after midnight even though it isn’t supposed to. I enjoy visiting the local floral and gift shops in town. The scent of flowers is intoxicating and the wax melt pot can certainly transport your senses to another season. Here is my new favorite. I happened upon this while shopping. It truly smells like a garden with it’s highly fragrant floral scent.

Another place to look for spring inspiration is in vintage illustration. Winter is the perfect time to restore and create new botanical illustrations. I have added a Free Graphics tab at the top of the page. Once you click on the page, you can download the images I have shared. Use them for your own projects or art.

Here is one of my favorites. I believe it is from the late 1800’s-early 1900’s. The Calandrinia is a beautiful flower for rock gardens. I thought this specific one would look gorgeous on invitations, cards, botanical paper, and as a piece of framed art. Right click on the image to save to your device or visit the Free Graphics page.

I hope you are wrapped up cozy and dreaming of Spring!

Much love,



Nature’s Way


It amazes me how fast the landscape can change. How quick we can slip from summer into fall almost seamlessly. This weekend, the wind whipped through the trees changing the landscape once again. Many leaves have fulfilled their purpose and now decorate the ground with their fading color. So much work to do in the garden, but the fresh cold air will be a bit of relief after the humidity of this past summer. Nature seems to be taking hold in many parts of my life.

What I wasn’t ready for was seeing the big snowflakes that covered the ground in a thin blanket of white. With that blanket came an unexpected sense of peace. The responsibility of outside chores were washed away. The thought of driving anywhere had vanished. Perhaps winter is our time to slow down to appreciate the things around us.

Snow Covered PinesSnowy Morning As you can see, I have much work to do in my yard. The wind knocked down many trees this season, but I’m afraid it will be work to do in the spring.

For now, I have started a new ink drawing of an Ox Eye Daisy that I will share soon on IG. There is also a new set of four bird prints at my shop.




What do you like to do when the season keeps you indoors.

Have a beautiful week!

Much love,


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Summer’s Finale

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September is a transition month here in Michigan. The air has a nip, the trees lush green begins to fade, turning into the spectacular display of fall colors that we all love. Just as a preview, a few of the soft woods like the birch and sugar maples begin to glow with a hint of maize and red. As the daylight is noticeable shorter, the flower blooms begins to show fatigue, and the humidity fades. This summer has been especially hard on our favorite plants. Whether you loved the crazy heat wave that swept through or not, September finds us digging out our thicker socks and knit sweaters for that cozy feel. Saying goodbye, the finale of the season is never easy.

I always like to revisit my summer. I wanted to share a few today. We just planted two hydrangeas, thank you mom! They will be beautiful next year. I also included the friendly little walking stick that likes to hang out in the front garden.

Basket blogBig Hydrangea BlogBird cage blogFlower blogHibiscus BlogHosta blogHydrangea 2 blogHydrangea 3 blogHydrangea Nevermore BlogPet BlogPetuna BlogPhlox Porch BlogPink Phlox Seed BlogPlant BlogRed Rose blogSusans blogWalking Stick 2Wildflower blog

I hope everyone enjoys the last days of summer and embraces the joy and comfort of the fall season.

Much love,



Garden and Fashion Ephemera

Bee Hive Clothing House Bee and Dahlia Paper 8x10 jpeg

Besides looking for the next new art supply to try, I’m always on the hunt for ephemera. Antique illustrations have a patina that make them special. Finding old garden periodicals that have hit the public domain are like Christmas. Many are in need of repair from age, light, or water damage. Once they have been restored, they make such beautiful clipart to create a new piece.

Last night I stayed up way too late to work on the wine colored dahlia that I have layered into the piece above. Bees, fashion, and art are some of my favorite things 🙂 The dahlia was pulled from a garden periodical from the 1800’s. The color has been restored and some of the petals on the bloom and foliage were repaired.

This is set to print as an 8 x 10 but can be resized. Free for personal use. Click on the image to save to your device.

I hope you have a beautiful Sunday!

Much love,


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When Fashion & Nature Collide – Mixed Media

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Mixed media is a technique involving the use of two or more artistic mediums, such as ink and pastel, digital painting and watercolor, photos and line layering that are combined in a single composition. Decorative paper can be used as a filler background between the different layers of mediums. Antique book plates and stained paper can be used as a part of the foundation or placed over an object to give it an aged patina. This type of art provides endless possibilities. Just an example is altered objects, including books and boxes, handmade greeting cards, artist trading cards (ATCs), tags, art journals, and book/journal making.

This month we had so many choices for this edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide. The above image is my contribution to the project. Sketching and creating smart objects to place about is one of my favorite things.

I was instantly drawn to these pairings for this month. My art inspiration was fueled by these wonderful images by Dominique from 3C Style, Darren from Arty Plantsman, and Roda from Growing Self. Please visit their sites to get a fantastic view of When Fashion and Nature Collide.

Let’s talk about inspiration!

This Partridge Plymouth Rock, Silk dress, Venetian mask from Italy, and vintage feather hat sparked so many ideas. Even though the mask didn’t make the final piece of my art, it’s a fun piece that looks great in a 5×7 as an accent piece for a grouping, or for an art and craft.

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Mask 5 x 7

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Mask 5 x 7 PDF

This won my heart at first sight. The yellow coat, blue butterfly, and the moraea flower blend together like they were made from the same fabric. The stunning colors play off each other perfectly. That beautiful blue is my “it” color this year. Visit Darren’s site Arty Plantsman for his better than life drawing of  the moraea. I am in complete awe of his artistry. I am just over the moon about this. This is also the color portion of my contribution and one of the sketches Leopard Fray on vintage lined library paper below.

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Fashion Illustration Leopard Fray 5 x 7

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Fashion Illustration Leopard Fray 5 x 7

Pink! I love pink, so this struck a chord with me. The whole look of the flowers that I want in my own garden, amazing jeans, and a handbag that is beyond beautiful. I could not help but want to sketch these jeans and shoes. Two of the three sketches are part of the contribution and all can be used as a set.


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Fashion Illustration Pink Passion 1 5 x 7 JPEG

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Fashion Illustration Pink Passion 1 5 x 7

Fashion Illustration Pink Passion 2 5 x 7 JPEG

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Fashion Illustration Pink Passion 2 5 x 7

I hope you enjoyed this edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide. Next edition is June 20th and do we have some surprises for you!

Much love,



A Mother’s Day French Botanical


Dendrobium Paper with Butterfly on Invoice Paper 8.5 x 11

Happy Mother’s Day! To all of those incredible women in our lives that care for us each and every day. Whether you are new moms, a pregnant mom-to-be, one who has adult children, or a fur mom, I hope this day is blessed with love.

To my mom, I love you more than anything and I am so blessed to have you. You are an amazing woman! To my daughter, I am so incredibly blessed to have you. I cannot imagine this life without you in it. You both our my world.

Click on the 8.5 x 11 image to save to your device. For personal use. Great for card making, crafts, etc.

With much love,