Friday, December 5, 2014

Local show tomorrow!

I have been a busy little faerie getting ready for a show tomorrow! If you live in the area come out and visit me at the West Windsor - Plainsboro High School South Holiday Craft Show. I have lots of goodies. (For those that are not close by….I will be listing many more goodies in my Esty Shop on Monday!)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Choose Compassion this Thanksgiving...

Nothing wrong with making new traditions….so many wonderful plant-based foods you can put on your Thanksgiving table this year.

Friday, September 26, 2014

tis the season….

My family is back in full swing with our crazy schedules! Cross country, hockey, dance, art, school…planning a Halloween party and promoting a local screening of Cowspiracy at our local theatre!

I must admit I love the fast pace…seeing how much I can get done in a day. It is a wonderful challenge and it makes me appreciate the peaceful moments so much more.

I have some new art doll faeries almost completed, finished a couple more illustrations and I am building up my stock for my two upcoming shows.

The Edel Family

Ember the Witch

Some new necklaces and wooden ornaments that I will be selling at 
the Long Island Vegan Conference.

The leaves are starting to change and I have found joy in my kitchen once again. Creating delicious vegan meals and baking delightful treats is my favorite thing this time of year!

Here is an amazing recipe for Vegan Pumpkin Scones!

Pumpkin Scones
8 scones

For the scones:
• 2 cups flour
• 1/3 cup brown sugar
• teaspoon ground cinnamon
• teaspoon ground nutmeg
• teaspoon ground ginger
• teaspoon ground allspice
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• teaspoon baking soda
• pinch salt
• 1/3 cup almond, rice, or soy milk
• 2 teaspoons apple cider or other vinegar
• 1/3 cup canola oil
• cup canned pumpkin puree
• teaspoon vanilla extract

For the glaze:
• 1 tablespoon non-hydrogenated margarine or earth balance, melted
• 2 tablespoons orange juice
• 1 teaspoon orange zest
• 1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly oil a baking sheet, and set aside.

Make the scones: In a medium bowl or 2-cup measure, whisk together the almond
milk, vinegar, oil, pumpkin, and vanilla. Set aside.

In a large bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, brown sugar, spices, baking
powder, baking soda, and salt.

Make a well in the center of the dry mixture, and pour in the liquid mixture. Using
a flexible spatula, make a scraping-scooping-pressing sort of motion to gently
combine the two. When you have only a few streaks of flour left in the dough,
remove it to a lightly floured surface. Pat the dough evenly into a circle about 1”
high. Using a sharp knife, cut the mound into eight wedges; it should be fairly
sticky and a bit misshapen. Transfer wedges to prepared baking sheet.

Bake until firm and just baked through (insert a knife; if it comes out clean, they’re
done), 12-15 minutes.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Monday!

Hello everyone! It's a beautiful and cool day here in Allentown and I am loving the change in seasons. Fall has always been my favorite and I am getting excited about Halloween, baking and just snuggling up with my family.

I have been in the studio catching up on commissioned pieces and I am about to start preparing for two upcoming events. If you live in the area of either of these events please stop by and say hi!!!!

 Karuna For Animals

 Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market

Also…I have a very special sale happening now in my Etsy Shoppe.
This week only I am offering my "Be Their Voice" print for only $10 (plus shipping). This is half off my regular price. My love goes out to my compassionate friends and fans. It's never too late to make a change and adopt a plant-based diet. Our planet is depending on you! 
(Click on image to take you to my shoppe)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My latest commissioned piece and my silly selfie.

 A beautiful family…I am so blessed to know them.

and me being "artsy" with my copy of ARTful Blogging in the background.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Catching up on projects and chopping off (even more of) my hair!

I have had these four lovely art doll faeries in limbo for the last several months. With the move of my studio and my life being a bit off kilter for a bit, many of my projects having just been waiting for me to finish them! So finally….some new faeries were born and are up for adoption. Meet my new friends…

Chandra…the Moon Faerie

Plum…the Faerie of Understanding

Tullia…the Faerie of Meditation

Wren…the Earth Faerie

You can find all four now in my Etsy Shoppe!

I have also listed some little wooden boxes. These were a bestseller at Gypsies. A great little box to tuck money in for a graduation or birthday gift, for a tooth faerie box, to keep tiny treasures safe…
or just for small gift giving.

They come in many different colors featuring a variety of my illustrations.

and I got a new do! A little shorter than I planned…but I am loving it. Easy and super cool!
This is is me and one of my BFF's, Ellie, enjoying some vegan soft serve last weekend.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

call of the crow...

Now that my studio is all back together and I love it so much…I have been squeezing in time here and there. We are all home during the summer…so sometimes getting into the studio is not always easy. Also, we have been taking on many projects in the house that we have been putting off. It feels great to check things off our "to-do" list and to finally get some things in order. I am also one of those artists that works better when not surrounded by chaos…it's strange but I feel calmer and more creative when my home is somewhat in order.

We took a trip to Barnes and Noble today to see if the Autumn edition of ARTful Blogging was out and indeed it was…front and center! I have had my copy for a while now so I was surprised when I teared up…I guess I am pretty proud of this accomplishment (and I know you guys are oh so tired of hearing about it! LOL) I will never forget this moment…

(after chopping 16 inches of my hair and donating it…its in a weird transition stage...hence the reason I am hiding behind the magazine…LOL!)

Now on to what I have been creating….

After the closing of Gyspies…I did mourn a bit and was in a dark place for a while, but I was also experiencing a re-birth. That is where "Call of the Crow" comes from. Crows can symbolize death…and I had a lot of crows cawing at me for the last couple of weeks. It's funny…as soon as I was settled back in my home studio and my mood lifted...they left. This is a bit of a self portrait…I have found my smile since then.

And this lovely illustration, "Amongst the Mushrooms", was a piece that kind of just came out while drawing. I missed my little faeries…and she seems perfectly content to me. 
(but she also make me want my bangs back!:))

Monday, July 28, 2014

All settled in....

As you know...I have been in the process of moving my studio back into my home over the last couple of weeks. It has been bitter sweet but I am so happy to be all unpacked and settled back into my new, old work space (teehee). After a little break I will be ready to take on photographing multitudes of pieces that will soon be listed in my Etsy Shop....this will take some time but I am excited about diving in! I think I am happier with my studio than I have ever been!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pure joy.....

The latest issue of Artful Blogging is out for those that pre-ordered.....and I am thrilled beyond words! It is a stunning issue and I am over the moon to be included among such talent! I can't wait to hear everyone's thoughts on the issue. <3

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What a journey...

You never really know what each day will bring. I have learned so much over the last year as my mother-in-law and I decided to take on the adventure of owning a small business. We had so many wonderful times and made so many amazing friends, but after much soul searching we came to decision that it was just not for us. There were many things that led to the decision but when all was said and done it was just not the path we were meant to take. I spent way too much time focusing on the retail side of things that I just could not put my heart into my art like I wanted. So, we are closing Gypsies at the end of this month and then my new journey begins. My studio is back home where I can venture into it whenever inspiration is a comforting feeling knowing that I have everything I need just a few steps away. At first I felt as though the closing of our shop was a failure but I know we could have kept going and most likely made a go of it but it just didn't feel right. So as that part of my life comes to an end I feel that I am on the cusp on something wonderful. I look forward to sharing that journey with you...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Our visit to Virginia is coming to an end...

Had a short visit with my family...heading back to New Jersey tomorrow with high hopes for the future. It has been a rough road the last month or two but I am feeling optimistic that everything will fall into place. 

Here is the progress of the mermaid I started on the trip down. So far just pencil as I have only worked on her a few minutes here and there. She is a little sad I think....but i think she is feeling hopeful as well. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Drawing in the car....

With all of my focus being on the shop lately I haven't had as much time to work on my illustrations. I am hoping our little mini vacay to Virginia I can remedy that! :)

Here is the beginning of a new mermaid...  

Monday, June 16, 2014

alcohol ink….

Though I must admit….my pencils are my most favorite thing to use when creating art…but alcohol inks are so darn fun! They kind of have a mind their own but for some reason thats what I love about them. You can't totally control what they are going to do once they hit the surface…but they are like magic as you add layer after layer.

This is an old window that I am currently working on…I felt that the long panels were perfect for tall trees…

Still in progress but I love how it is shaping up…
and of course I also threw in some faerie dust for good measure!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

getting excited about Artful Blogging and a sweet, little illustration…..

So……I am very excited to say this blog will be included in the Autumn issue of Artful Blogging!!!!
It is a dream come true to have my work published by such a beautiful publication. The only sad part is that now I have to wait all summer for it to come out…but until then I shall stay busy enjoying the Summer Edition! :)

When I work at Gypsies on Saturdays…..I usually don't like to get involved in messy art projects because we tend to get busy with I spend my day drawing. Nothing too complex…just something simple and fun. Here is my most recent piece "Dream a Little Dream"