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Hello! Aren’t these wild?  UNsurpassed skill on this here painter.

Will Cotton, NOEMI, 2009, oil on linen, 34 x 24 inches

Will Cotton, PASTORAL, 2009, oil on linen, 60 x 72 inches

Will Cotton, RIBBON CANDY (SMILE), 2009, oil on linen, 34 x 24 inches

For you…a silk dress from Land’s End and Mini Masterpieces from Oh Happy Day.

oh happy day

Ione Skye’s House, via Domino Mag as seen in Chateau de Lu

Tiny Pinapple

 Ashley Goldberg

Anthro does it again:  If they’re not putting colors together that I thought would clash-0-matic, then they’re putting together vignettes that you would think would totally bomb.  Frayed, off center fabric?  It works so well because the warm-cool colors offset each other, especially against that white backdrop.  Then they added more texture, depth and interest with the weathered frames (and one gilded one, an old standby trick for even more added interest) , and you have a total winner.


Good morning!  I have been having fun perusing Becca Kallem’s artwork.  Those little birdie tags down below are a gift from her.  Artists do that, sometimes.  She gave me permission to share some images from her website with you.  You can check out her blog here and website here.  Enjoy!  I certainly have!

…from Rebecca’s Misc.   Make sure to check out her artwork here.   She has a really interesting style and I just love the colors she chooses!

Today…I give you the artistry of Kristian Schuller.

So many talented people out there!  This beauty, Waiting for the Parade, is by Samantha Hahn.

Hi friends…sorry I haven’t felt much like blogging lately.  I’ve had this post in draft format and perhaps it is time to share.  It seems any blogger worth her (sea) salt does a nautical post these days, and what better time than when we are fighting off the winter blahs?

Well I’m on the Downeaster “Alexa”
And I’m cruising through Block Island Sound
I have charted a course to the Vineyard
But tonight I am Nantucket bound

We took on diesel back in Montauk yesterday
And left this morning from the bell in Gardiner’s Bay
Like all the locals here I’ve had to sell my home
Too proud to leave I worked my fingers to the bone

So I could own my Downeaster “Alexa”
And I go where the ocean is deep
There are giants out there in the canyons
And a good captain can’t fall asleep

I’ve got bills to pay and children who need clothes
I know there’s fish out there but where God only knows
They say these waters aren’t what they used to be
But I’ve got people back on land who count on me

So if you see my Downeaster “Alexa”
And if you work with the rod and the reel
Tell my wife I am trawling Atlantis
And I still have my hands on the wheel

Now I drive my Downeaster “Alexa”
More and more miles from shore every year
Since they tell me I can’t sell no stripers
And there’s no luck in swordfishing here.

I was a bayman like my father was before
Can’t make a living as a bayman anymore
There ain’t much future for a man who works the sea
But there ain’t no island left for islanders like me

Song by Billy Joel

I don’t know if you’ve heard of One Kings Lane , but I’ve enjoyed perusing.  You have to sign up (it’s free) and you have to not mind getting and email every day telling you about the daily deals.  Most of these photos happen to be sold out but I still can drool, right?  Plus, now I know about the work of Massimo Vitali , so anytime I need a virtual beach vacation, I can just take a peek at his wonderful work. And, um, his website plays ocean sounds.

Wicked expensive but uber-cute “Ohoy”nautical children’s wallpaper here

Tretorn Boots here


Coney Island Beach by Mina Georgescu here
There’s a Possiblility by Ciara Enriquez here.
Lil J.Crew dress here
And another Poem, here

We finally saw this Tree of Life movie. Have you seen it?

“The nuns taught us there are two ways through life.  The way of nature and the way of grace.”

This little oil-painted lass is by Emily Winfield Martin, author of  Inside a black Apple blog,  and a  book I have called the Black Apple Paper Doll primer that I like quite a lot.  Emily is a Pacific Northwest artist, and has been a guest on Martha Stewart.  She has a very distinctive whimsical style as you can see by perusing her Etsy shop or BuyOlympia. FUN!!  Another fun read is her auxiliary blog cataloging her vintage finds, Some Girls Wander By Mistake.

Loving this pillow!  I have a tab open on my computer and I just keep going to look at it.  It’s so vivid!  Oooh, and look at that little blue number.  Like a squeezable china plate.

From sukan’s Etsy shop.

This picture haunts me in a good way.  Can you guess what this woman is doing?  She is praising the Lord.  Her starved body is in that bed in Kenya, but her spirit is absolutely not.  Whenever I see this picture, taken by Josh Reeder, I think of the passage in Habakkuk 3:17-18

17 Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.

A small part of me wants to argue with this woman.  Why praise?  But that, I suppose is the beauty of it.  She is the authority on suffering here, and she still has chosen praise.  There isn’t a more powerful testimony than that.  And this picture…well, I’ve been meaning to get around to asking Josh to make a print of it for me.  I think it is a hard picture to see, but I think it will work on my soul.  I suppose that is what art is for, no?  

Sunny Leo by Robert Farkas available at Urban Outfitters

We finally saw it last night.  Awww!

(image from here)

And you can take the teacher out of the classroom, and the Child Life Specialist out of the hospital, but I still love to play!  Charlie and Lola live in books created by Lauren Child, and a TV show by Tiger Aspect.  They are so endlessly inspiring to me!  The other day I babysat my friends’ kids and here is what they made.  Just need some books for reference, colors, scraps of fabric and little bits of things.  Oh, and I suppose it doesn’t hurt to own some of the sticker stories made with Charlie and Lola.

So, I met Sally Martin at church camp retreat in May.  But it feels like years ago; and that’s a compliment.  Life is funny  because conversations turned toward what we like to do and next thing I know I’m taking photos for her CD cover.  It’s even funnier that I’m not really a photographer and that our kids were running rampant around the house while we were trying to do this project.  We started with a deep breath and a prayer, and here’s what came from it…..
 I’m going to wait and buy the whole CD, but you can buy individual songs here.  All I can say is, ENJOY!!!!



Front Cover

Back CoverSome Extras…

And with that…I bid you a happy weekend!  xoxox


I can’t even believe how talented Sasha Prood is.  I just came across her typography and am smitten.  I love the painterly looseness of the watercolors within the super-structured confines of the letters.  Oh, juxtaposition, you get us every time.