This past Monday Ollie and I went to Sweet Berry Farm’s Pumpkin Patch. We had a great time and the weather was beautiful. At the end of our adventures we picked out some pumpkins. Ollie was heaving them around and had fun testing his super hero strength on the heavier ones~ which brought to mind this little painting I did some years back!


Over the past while I have been collaborating on a children’s book with my husband’s aunt Honey Minshew. It is a delightful true story about a young girl and her curious cat who adventures out one Halloween night and gets into a bit of trouble. The story ends happily on Thanksgiving Day. It is a fun book to enjoy during the autumn months and I think that children will appreciate the cheerful illustrations and simple writing. I have designed the book on Blurb.com. One can preview the book there and also purchase it directly. As you well know, self publishing isn’t always the least expensive route to go, but for now this seems like a nice solution. You can click on the link to the left and it will take you directly to my blurb website. If you have troubles with this process, please let me know … as it is all new to me!

Wrap Around A Dress

Last night we went out on a double date with some friends who have a six month old baby… so needless to say there was a lot of talk about babies and kids… then we hooked up with some more friends… one was pregnant, there was talk of others who just had babies, and then the conversation gets going about the wonderful world of maternity clothes…

This is a dress that I designed and made a few years ago. It is the only one that exists and has a few issues with the pattern. (The design was altered from vintage sewing pattern that my friend Cathy passed on to me.) My beautiful friend Lainie who was then 7 or 8 months pregnant with her son Wyatt is modeling this dress in sunny, blue sky Flagstaff.
The idea was for the dress to tie in the back, kind of like a hospital gown and then wrap around to the front and snap in place.
I used heavy cotton fabric and covered all the seams with hand made polka dot seam binding in various colors. As you can see here the dress is nicely flattering and the back of it has some movement to it.
The wide embroidered ribbon belt hooks at the front, to give the waist line nice definition. I was crazy for this European ribbon found at M&J TRIMMING in NYC. When I lived there I spent hours in this shop, driving the sales people crazy… ‘I would like one yard of that ribbon one inch from the ceiling!’ ‘…and what are you going to do with just one yard?’ ‘Something wonderful eventually!’

Jesse Griffiths with DAI DUE

Today I went to Food & Wine magazines web site to cast my vote for Jesse Griffiths of DAI DUE as one of the United States top chefs… he has been a pioneer in promoting the local food movement in Austin. He is amazing in the kitchen and a true craftsman with what he does. It has been a pleasure working with Jesse and his wife Tamara in creating packaging for their products. I just finished the latest label… HARVESTED by HUNTING which he will put on products such as Venison Sausage and Wild Boar Chorizo, etc.

Heart Creations

Valentines Day is just around the corner! It is a blustery day, Ollie has a cold and is home from school so we got out my boxes of ephemera, scissors, and glue to make some Valentines. So I decided to share with you some of my favorite heart creations I have done over time.

I have always liked this paper doll, a self portrait of sorts… winter whites and red shoes.
I used some carbon paper for a textile design as a backdrop.

A wool heart pin cushion filled with a bit of Santa Maria Novella Pot Pourri
photographed against some beautiful chard.
I posted this photo on FaceBook recently and quickly got a note and a picture
from my friend JD (who I gave this pin cushion to)… she now lives in Marfa, TX and
sent me back a great picture of it against a grand Agave! Lovely exchange.

I like this little drawing…
love and be loved and love and be loved and love and be loved!

Wooly Winter Accessories

It is cold, cold, cold today! and Jason always loves to tease me about my multiple layers of wool! Sheep were my favorite animals as a child and my mother is an amazing textile artist who wove beautiful yardage from vegetal dyed yarns and now knits lovely sweaters and such. A few years back I collaborated with a friend on a collection of clothing called WINTERIZE. These are some winter wear accessories that came from that body of work.

The Origami Hat… hand stitched wool felt which can be worn in many configurations…
upside down or right side up!

Crocheted cuffs to peak out or under a blouse or coat… or to wipe your brow with!

Jason is looking very dandy with this crocheted collar peaking out of his Edelwiess snap shirt.

Pictures of Gardens-I

Next week 1818 West 35th Street (Austin) that was once home of GARDENS will become GILDA GRACE a dress shop and lifestyle store. I thought it would be fun to share some images of GARDENS where I worked from 1999 – 2005 as the visual merchandiser, retail manager, and buyer. It was a wonderful place to go to work everyday. The other night I was introduced to Nere Emiko, the proprietor of GILDA GRACE and it sounds like she will infuse the space with a new creative spirit.

The shop was filled with bulbs potted in beautiful vessels… the staff wrapped lovely packages with simple paper and twine and a little silk ribbon.
Special letter press note cards in a steel tray on a teak bench…
James David and Gary Peese intertwined their lives with the business… adventuring, exploring, and bringing back beautiful objects to sell.
I have had these little mice since I was a very young… sometimes they would sneak in front of the camera!
A beautiful Magnolia blossoming in the nursery…

A Picture of Gardens- II

The bath area was home to amazing scents… Santa Maria Novella from Italy, oils and cremes from France in beautiful glass bottles, and lovely candles….
This table was set in front of the picture window… James found this amazing spot light that added great drama…
Gary loved his orchids and would bring in lovely specimens that we would place in vessels such as jade bowls, thick glass hurricanes, or resin boxes…
Mell Lawrence designed the shop when it was ultimately remodeled. The furniture in the shop was for sale and would always be reconfigured in the shop to create a dynamic space. Customers would love to come in on a weekly or bi-monthly basis and experience the shop or nursery in a different light. The shop was always fresh and new feeling…
About this time every year we would be busy receiving merchandise, much of it from Europe, and having great fun merchandising the store and nursery. It was an intense job but one that I never tired of. It was always paramount that the store was exquisite and full of life and energy balanced by simplicity and tranquility. I loved that combination and find that it is what one should always strive for in design.