Thursday, April 16, 2015

Never give up!

I wanted to share this little post I wrote on a page a belong to on Facebook with fellow artists. I feel as though I had a breakthrough this week and just had to put this out to the universe...

I have been a struggling freelance artist for almost 10 years and there have been times when I was ready to give up on my art. It can feel like such a selfish dream when my husband leaves every morning for work and I stay home having a creatively wonderful day trying to fulfill my dreams. It is my passion and what makes me happy but it does not always pay the bills.

Over the last few months I finally feel like I am reaching others with my art. As most of you know I was published in the fall issue of Artful Blogging and will be included in the summer issue of Art Doll Quarterly. This week I met with the curator of a gallery here in New Jersey and I will be hanging my first solo show this October!

It has been an uphill climb and there have been many tears and loads of guilt but also happiness and joy for my artful life. So please never give up on your dreams…hard work and perseverance will lead you to your true path. I am feeling so blessed.

On another note….I got a Fitbit for my birthday and I am finally on the path to getting fit. After many years of struggling with my weight and trying to eat right and stay active this little bracelet that I am wearing is making be stay accountable. I love tracking my calories, steps and sleep. It has been such a motivator for me! So if you are considering one, go for it! I just love mine!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Spring is coming!

After a long, wet and quite drab winter…I can finally see the light. It's a sunny, 50 degree day out and I am feeling optimistic about life! Go out and live one!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Baby it's cold outside!

It is Winer and it should be cold…but the snow keeps missing us. I would love to have a beautiful layer of the white stuff to cover up the mud and ice that has been hanging around for weeks. Oh well…I will just keep dreaming of green grass and flowers until Spring.

So, I'm all signed up for the Punk Rock Flea Market again so if you are in the are come out and see me! I plan to have lot of new goodies!

Here are a couple of my most recent pieces to share. I LOVE doing custom illustrations so feel free to send me an email at if you are interested in having your own done.

I have a few more to share but they will have to wait until after Valentine's Day!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful year so far…sending love and faerie hugs to you all!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Finding your place in the art world….

I did graphic design for many, many years and though I was pretty good at was not my passion. I longed to work with my hands, pencils, paint and so forth. Working on the computer 8 hours a day just felt too clean and too precise. I love getting messy in my studio…making mistakes…having happy accidents. What I just can't figure out now is what direction I need to go. I gave retail a shot by opening my own gift boutique/studio but the business aspect of that was so stressful that it drained my creativity and certainly left me a bit jaded. Now that the shop is closed and I am back in my home studio my creativity has blossomed once again. I am back to focusing on creating new illustrations, commissioned pieces and my running online shop. I guess what I can't seem to figure out is where to go from here.

As most of you know I was published in Artful Blogging this past Autumn. I had hoped it would be a springboard for me and would help me figure out what steps I should take next. Sadly, it left me more deflated than ever. I yearn to get my art out to the masses…to share my images with those who would find joy, hope and understanding in them…and also be able to make a more substantial income. (hey we all have to eat, right?)

I always reflect on my life at the beginning of the New Year as I am sure most people do. Everyone has resolutions that they want to stick to, new diets and exercise routines and so forth. We all strive to be the best we can be during our short time on this planet…I just want to know that I am doing the most I can with the life I have been given. Where do I go from here?

"Mummy Girl get's her wish"

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.