Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Retablo Class Photos

What a great day
You were amazing and ultra creative! I learned so much from all of you. Thank-you.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


I'm sorry it took so long folks. 
Here are the photos from the frog class I am so lucky to have such a talented bunch take my classes they make me look good.
this next saturday is the gnome class, lucky me!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Little Red

yesterday I finished this little red riding hood tableau for the lovely Victoria.

Watercolor Class

Watercolor techniques class is tomorrow so today I will spend every moment preparing and packing up the car. I love to teach this class. People who have been interested in watercolor and intimidated by the technical side get to work hands on with the best quality materials and feel the magic happen for themselves. I teach this way because like most creative types I understand better when I do, also I just totally love it when people go OOH! and WOW! the way they do when color moves them, as it's supposed to do.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mixed Media Felt

Here are the Photos from last wednesdays mixed media needle felting class.

Thank-you everyone who came, it was such a great day and everything came out so beautifully!
If your piece is not here it's because I'm a little tech challenged and messed up with my camera, DO Please send me a pic and i'll post it

Class Photos are all in for my fall schedule at Castle in the air.
Here are a few with the dates. the schedule is not up yet on the castle site but will be really soon.

Woodland Gnome.    Saturday September 29th 10.30 -5.00

I will make the heads in advance, but also do a thorough demo. I used to make dolls for Magic Cabin, so I have lots of tips to make this process easier and more successful.

Nevermore Raven  Saturday October 27th 10.30-5.00

Its back! this was a very popular class and so much fun! so you will want to sign up early to be sure of a place.

Friday, July 27, 2012


Iv'e always loved Retablos, A little shrine made by hand, often from humble found materials. A portable portal to hope and protection, and even though I gave up my catholic faith when I was a child, as all lapsed catholics know, it never really goes away. That love of ritual sticks like glue.   So to indulge my interest, and memory, I'm teaching a class in retablo construction at castle in the air this fall. not exactly traditional methods but very accessible and transferable to any use you wish. here's my sample.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Penscapes Steampunk

This week I'm working on painting two new designs for Penscapes, Oak leaves and Iceland poppy. I would love to show you but I have to wait till they are finalized. Instead I'll show you the box I designed for the steampunk series of pens.
I start with a nice wooden box then I carve out a space in the top to take a nice old steel engraving. Then I add some watch parts and fill the cavity with resin. I have to leave it a few days to set completely.
I bought some steel washers but they were too shiny, so I rusted them up a bit and added some metal powders before sealing the washer and drilling 
More visits to the hardware store and my antique book bits box and here's the final thing.
I hope it does justice to the amazing one of a kind fountain pens.
makes me want to learn metal smithing too. so many crafts, so little time.
this one is available exclusively at penoply.com

Friday, May 11, 2012


If it wasn't for my good friend Shari, I would have missed this great show in Walnut creek. well worth the trip this small but well curated show is called Outfitters, it ends this sunday so if you live close, go to see it if you can. here's a wee preview.
Dictionary shoes by Rose Sellery
Penance by Victoria May
little silk dresses by Laura Raboff


I have been driving around the bay are a lot this week, I went out to Sonoma county help my daughter move out of the dorms.  The grapevines draped over the hills in all their green finery, the queen anne's lace along the side of the road waving in the evening breeze..... and I was struck by what a beautiful place this is.
   The heat is settling in to the valleys and just beginning to turn the grass golden. Red wing blackbirds are noisily keeping guard of their nests. It reminds me of the year we spent on a farm when I was a kid, in the summer lying in a wheat field surrounded by the buzz of nature and an impossibly blue sky.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Input please!

I need to do something new with the blog, as the weather has changed and Im trying to learn to blog a little better. what do you think of the dynamic layout? you can change views to the one that suits your taste by clicking in the header bar. Too Much?????

Friday, April 20, 2012

Monkeys at Castle

A wonderful day at castle, great company, lots of laughter, tea, chocolate, and we still managed to put together a barrel of monkeys. Thanks ladies for another fun with sharp objects class!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spring makes

This weeks makes, with my friends and family.
Thanks to Judi, Jade, Christine, and Mila for the play dates, and to Joe for cutting the birch.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

This weeks makes

I've been working away on a pen for PENSCAPES, a bay area company that specializes in the most amazing writing instruments. this week I thought you might like a peek at my progress. Painting this tiny is very time consuming and poses all kinds of challenges that I hadn't anticipated when I began. But anyone who knows me knows I live to learn and I really enjoy the miniature format. This will be my 6th pen for this company. You can see finished pens as well as stunning vintage and antique pens at penopoly.com
Of course there was more to make! more walnut babies......
and my little temporary lodger to clean up after.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Watercolor at Castle in The Air.

I also taught a watercolor effects class last week, we had a great time exploring the properties of the paints and learning to work with a small pallet to make a huge range of colors.
these are some of the swatch sheets in progress.


last week I spent a day over in Petaluma at Maude, a beautiful shop on western avenue, they sell lots of interesting and beautiful things and I will be putting some of my toys in there over the next few weeks I also hope to teach some classes there. Here's a little peek at the place.  http://maudeshop.blogspot.com/