Friday, June 26, 2015

JOY & WONDER is ready to ship


my latest collection of holiday fabric
is out and ready to hit the shelves.  

so deck the halls with Joy & Wonder, 
*at least that what it says over at BLEND fabrics,

this little collection is filled with hand painted illustrations
of mice, snowmen, penguins and reindeer to
help you bring the whimsical spirit of 
Christmas into your home.

how about some holly jolly... 

we brought back dot party in green,

and daydream made it back for this collection as well... 
(in red and green)

and finally a cute repeat called PREZZIES!

all these combine together to make this super
cute quilt call DECK THE HALLS
(free tutorial here)

if you like it... by all means go and tell your local
fabric store to give BLEND a call!  i
personally would really appreciate it!


*this collection can be found online as well
(check your favorite stores!)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

a free painting tutorial by diane culhane!

i was meandering around the internet
this morning and i stumbled upon a free painting
tutorial by the talented diane culhane,

it discusses the notion of positive and
negative space, which i like to think of as the
stuff that holds something in place.

diane is a master of this technique, so don't miss
this little gem.  it is such a cool way to think
about painting...and perhaps a new way 
to start thinking about the flat surface!

i found the tutorial compliments of 
if you haven't been there it is a BOON for 
the creative.  filled with classes and books, not 
to mention the free tutorial page.
who doesn't like fee?

check it out and tell me what you think...

happy making to you!

*i use this technique in my work...  her is an example

i have always done this... held things in place
with a shape. isn't it cool to see how two people
can use it so differently?

Friday, May 1, 2015


did you know that you can get free 
quilt patterns over at BLEND Fabrics
(because i didn't)!

i don't know what my problem is,
but i am starting to think that i have
my head in the sand 99% of the time!

i miss everything... even stuff that
is about me!  and today while scrolling
around looking for things to put into the
newsletter i am trying to get off the ground,
 i found the patterns...

i need to apologize because not only
do i not notice stuff, i also forget to share
things that are happening.  this is because my nose
is always "to the grindstone", and all i 
tend to think about is how i can dash away
and go to the thrift store (in search of what?
i have no idea)!

speaking of not telling you things...
did you even know i have been trying my hand at
designing fabric?  i think i may have mentioned
it YEARS ago...  but then, well- i got busy
doing it, and forgot to talk about it!

it has been a really fun thing for me to learn, 
it speaks to my organizational side, BIG TIME!  
and the cool thing is that i feel like i just keep 
getting better and better at designing 
the repeats, which is really satisfying!

these above images are all from my collection 
called "the makers" .

okay... that's it for me today!


*prints from the collection are in the shop!
use code themakers for 20% off your order.
(good through the end of may 2015)

Monday, April 27, 2015

What i should be doing vs. What I did...

I am suppose to be designing my banner for
Surtex right now... but instead I just listed
this original painting!   As you can see I am feeling
uninspired, and am trying to find anything
and everything else to do.

so i finally got this into the shop!
(all it took was almost a year, and
a real desire to not do what i am suppose
to be doing).

very truly yours...
the procrastinator!


Friday, March 27, 2015

Joy in the inbox

a long time friend sent me this
(this morning)

with a note reading,
Zoey loves to draw. She happened to look up to her wall the other day for inspiration. See attached. 

like i said, JOY!

OOx, cori

*in case you aren't familiar with the inspiration,
here it is

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Look what was spotted on Instagram!

check it out!!!

a friend of mine found my Blue and White Stripes duvet cover 
shared by a Better Homes and Gardens editor Khristiana Howell o
Instagram,#StyleSpotters. It's part of my collection with DENY.
you can see this piece and many (many) more represented 
on a variety of different products over at the DENY website

and keep it coming friends!  if it wasn't for you and 
your eagle eyes i would miss nearly EVERYTHING!!!  as
i have my nose to the grindstone these days
(i am working like mad on my next fabric collection).
*details to come!

it really does help me so much when you share with me what you're finding out there!
so thank you in advance for any and all sightings.


p.s.  if you want to connect with my instagram page, my user name is...
(w a i t  for it...)


Monday, September 22, 2014

it's TIME!

time to sign up for the class
(because it begins next week!)

here is the lineup of teachers!!!!
(none of which i know...  because i am always
nose to the grindstone and have no time
to reach out to other creative folk)

(you can sign up with the button in the upper
right hand corner of this site)

SO! here we all are...



 miss jeanne oliver
(bio lifted from her site)

My name is Jeanne Oliver and I am the owner and designer of Jeanne Oliver Designs.   I am a mother of three, I home school my children, designer of jewelry and clothing and a mixed media artist.  I am a collector of fabric, vintage papers, books, clocks, ironstone and cameras. I feel peace on the farm and alive in the city. I have always dreamed of being a mom. I am an artist…even on the days when I don’t feel like one. I am a seeker of beauty. I am madly in love with my husband. I use my camera to help me see the details all around me. I am so glad that you have stopped by. I hope you visit often and please leave a comment so I can get to know you better too!

miss robin fingher

(please follow the link to her bio...
it is long (and informative) and
you won't regret reading it!

miss teresa mcfadden
(she too has a beautiful website which i encourage 
you to check out)

Teresa is a freelance mixed media artist who works in all kinds of media, from charcoal to acrylics…and from Adobe Illustrator to Canon 5D. 
she has been a painter off and on for years, but in 2011 she felt the push to spend nearly every day with my brushes and canvases. So she did. Painting started as a wild, playful adventure. Painting is now a way of life for her and there is now no going back.
her work has evolved into a mix of modern whimsy as well as abstracts. 

miss gillian lee smith
(artist statement lifted from her site)

A lifetime fascination with storytelling, history, fairy tales and folklore, has led me to create imagery based on the everyday whirling mind of a person who does not always wish to be rooted in the realistic present.  Glimpses of characters tell stories that resonate with melancholic sentiment. Puppets and dolls with heart and emotion, long lost souls, decadence and decay and the contrasts and complexities of life. All are endlessly captivating and thought provoking.
Baroque and Victorian periods are especially evident in my designs and my work often delves into the expression and characterisation of our human nature, which we may hide away and only ever glimpse at when prompted by a reflection of our inner selves.
My character sculptures in particular are a nod towards my own imaginations, avid reading and childhood dreams. They are a way of seeking the perfect representation of our character. Each tells an original tale, with a single image that endeavors to embody a whole life story in an uncomplicated way.
Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in Performance Costume in 2005, I have since been working on my own creations as well as teaching workshops with community groups. More recently, I have been coordinating a project involving reminiscence work with older people. This has been a huge source of inspiration to my latest artwork and themes of memories, dreams and childhood.  


miss jane davenport

Hello! My name is Jane Davenport, but my friends call me Danger.
I live at ‘The Nest’ overlooking the Byron Bay lighthouse in Australia with my husband, Gus, & our two dogs, Moo & Tinsel.
I love being a professional artist, online workshop phenomenon, degenerate art supply junky, Art Journal Evangelist and koala mama ( yes! Koalas live in my garden… there’s a magnificent python too, but lets ignore her).
I started my website in 2001. It became my blog in 2009 and it’s now my favourite place to hang out online. My passion is teaching women how to defy their creative gravity.
I believe in delight and laughter. I believe in happiness and trust. I believe in hard work and abundance.I believe in Sea Shepherd and Rainforest Rescue and donate part of my income to both. I love to be inspired and to inspire ( every noticed how one leads to the other?).
I draw, I paint, I photograph, I art journal, I write, I film. I empower.
And I share. Oh, how I LOVE to share.


an me!
cori dantini

my bio... i have been using the same one for ages and it will probably
never change because my super talented friend DEREK SHEFFIELD
wrote it for me, and he is a beyond talented poet who i admire
to no end.  so here is derek's take on me.  (if you like poetry..
he has a book, just go here) if you want to buy it.

Cori Dantini would love to dress like her paper ladies and explore the world in their skirts and buns and neat little boots, but she is far too practical for that. In fact, she spends much of her time in her studio, covered in a mosaic of ink stains and glue dabs, bits of wordy paper clinging to her slippers. And, as it happens, her studio is not located in an Italian villa, but in eastern Washington where she has returned to her hometown of Pullman to ply her trade among its rolling wheat fields.

After earning a BFA in painting from Washington State University and spending a couple decades fiddling with brushes, oils, pencils, markers, and most recently, the mouse attached to her computer, she has discovered an organic process involving layers and language. Any meaning found in her work comes from this process. She never begins a project with a message in mind. Rather, the materials and her process are what do the talking. It is this mysterious, reciprocal quality of art that intrigues her and makes her think of her works as visual poems.

Fueled by coffee, muffins, and good black licorice, she goes in search of epiphany, in hopes that the moments she evokes will add layers to our daily lives.

(this is all true!)



hope to see you there
(at the class that is)