Friday, December 31, 2010

super big Thank YOU!

to all of my blogger friends + followers a big thank YOU! i love being inspired by all of your blogs + sites + am WOWED everyday by things you post. happy wonderful 2011 to you!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

my new font!

i sent nate my inky handwritten alphabet and he made me a font! i love that the kerning is kind of wacky...exactly like i write...thanks nate!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

grateful kitty

kitty is writing thank you notes...she is very grateful for all of the wonderful gestures and gifts she received this year...(she is wearing slipper socks from the "grey colt")

Monday, December 27, 2010


lettercult has the letter "V" postings up...i definitely didn't obsess over this one!


this recipe is by artist pamela nudel over at "february 13 creative"... check out their site here. awesome. i'm really wanting to try one of these...her illustration makes this drink look so darn refreshing ; ) . TOMORROW 12/28 we start posting the top 4 winners on TDAC!!! i can't stand it. seriously.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

my family

this is my awesome family...david + our two teenagers sam + lee....we had an awesome christmas...i hope your holiday was filled with lots of love + laughter.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

marcona almonds!

i haven't posted a "LOVE IT" for awhile and then i discovered these...i love marcona almonds and now Trader Joe's sells these...roasted salted marcona almonds with rosemary. triple yum.

Monday, December 20, 2010

p e a c e

wishing everyone peace in their hearts + in their homes this holiday...and always.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

south beach

my few days in south beach were heavenly...i even made a new friend. meow.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

apres kitty!

kitty hit the slopes while the kittens were sledding and then she hit the lodge for a hot toddy...

warm weather

after all of these snow days, i'm happy to be heading to the warmer climes for a few days...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

snow day for the kittens!

for those of you new to the blog, i did a month long series featuring "ms. kitty"... her life and her outfits. she married "chester" a tuxedo cat and had 4 kittens. they are now in kindergarten and had a snow day like the rest of us here in hudson ohio.

Monday, December 13, 2010

another snow day!

that's right...another snow day! even the cats won't venture out in this...

Friday, December 10, 2010

holiday kitty!

look who's back! kitty is gearing up for a very festive holiday season...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

new motif

every now + then when things get crazy busy and i'm needing to finish alot of mundane file prep i have to take a break and do a pattern! it's very relaxing for me.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

our brave kitty!

he is the only one of our 4 kitties who is brave enough to venture out in this winter wonderland ... he lasted 4 1/2 minutes and came tunneling back in!

Monday, December 6, 2010


i think the letter "U" postings go up on Lettercult later today...not my best entry, but i was feeling low on energy and inspiration this weekend...

Saturday, December 4, 2010


i have a wonderful friend that sometimes likes to make a dinner of popcorn and chardonnay ... i must agree, it's a great combo.'s to pam!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

"Grey Colt" stocking party

this is my stocking entry for the "grey colt" charity event. i also included a book i made of all of the recipes i have illustrated this past year. the party was last nite ... very very fun + so many beautiful + creative stockings.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


wait til you all see the holiday recipes as we start posting them tomorrow on TDAC + food network blog... UNBELIEVABLE ... big thanks + huge round of applause to everyone who has submitted (or is still submitting, deadline is midnight, nov. 30).

Sunday, November 28, 2010

finished holiday recipe

i've posted this recipe before but with a different far as vegan cookies go, well these are REALLY good. and while having our vegan mr. reindeer drinking hot cocoa i made sure that there was a way to make marshmallows vegan...and there is! i googled.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

giving thanks...

wishing all of my blogger friends and family a very delicious thanksgiving...may your day be filled with grace + joy...

2nd recipe sneak peek

my second holiday recipe pays special attention to mr. reindeer and his vegan diet...stay tuned.

Monday, November 22, 2010

figs figs figs!

the california fig advisory board spotted our fig story + recipe on TDAC and graciously sent me and another "fig recipe" blogger 16 beautiful pounds of dried figs and an assortment of other goodies! you must go checkout the photo taken by the other artist/recipient (i tore into my package before thinking of photographing everything. oops) monika roe was much more gracious! snoop around her blog and website ... her work is EXTRAORDINARY!!!! (these are the oatmeal fig chocolate chip cookies i made)

daily doodle

early morning doodle while flipping thru the catalog "tea"...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

thinking snowflakes

so many pretty patterns + decorations starting to appear everywhere...i still love aqua + red for holiday.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


years ago i was asked to hand paint a matryoshka set by my friend lynne for a store promotion/benefit (she was WAY ahead of the trend). my set featured handlettered quotes by famous women in history. now why i made the tiniest doll pink is a mystery to me...i wouldn't choose that color should've been a lovely warm grey. however, i ended up buying the set and giving it to lynne ; )

Friday, November 19, 2010

fun in chicago!!!

WOW-WEE!!!! just got back from chicago where nate + i were lucky enough to meet the awesome blogger/artist/designer/major theydrawandcook contributor LISA GRAVES!!! it was fabulous fun...she is a blast and quite the prolific illustrator. also came across a holiday card i did for Great Arrow Graphics in Bloomingdales!!! it's really fun meeting up with fellow bloggers + artist friends...keeps is real, ya know!? btw, lisa commented on all of my cool's SToNZ + deborah woolfork keeping me adorned ; )

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

morning doodle

...brought to you at 6:30 a.m. by the sundance catalog and some really strong coffee...two of my favorite things.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

finished holiday recipe

here is recipe # 1 ... 2 more to finish...
simple recipe+snowflakes=festive holiday illustration. i sure hope all of you blog readers out there are thinking about the recipe(s) you are planning on sending in for the contest! please? ...

morning doodle

five minute doodle while leafing thru the CB2 catalog at 6:30 a.m....

Sunday, November 14, 2010

holiday recipe contest

since i can't be one of the top winners, the pressure is off for creating my holiday recipe for "theydrawandcook" (remember selected recipes will also be posted the entire month of december on FN-dish...ya network blog!!). here is a sliver of my recipe illustration...mmm-mmm-yum.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


a leftover illo from the magazine case anyone was confused about which was which ; )

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

holiday recipe contest!!!!!

i've been so excited for nate to announce this holiday fun-ness!!! check it out (here) AND enter!!!

some more holiday

i love this linen texture and i love white stitching...and i really love swedish design : )

Saturday, October 30, 2010


mmm...mmmm. starting to think about thanksgiving. and yes, the turkey part always causes me angst and turmoil.