Thursday, August 29, 2013

Having a little fun...

... to cut and paste and paint and scrape.  So much fun, in fact, that I think I'll make more!

Monday, August 26, 2013

A bit of newness...

... and more to come.

A painting that my daughter requested, and definitely one I had fun doing.

It's been a bit of a journey over the past couple of years.  I had to take a step back from my artwork to re-evaluate things and figure out where I was going and what I wanted to do.  It hasn't always been easy and a lot of soul-searching has been involved.  But in the end it has paid off.  I think I can finally say that I'm revitalised and that's what I definitely needed.

And so I'm working on reconstructing Chichiboulie.  I had to let it go for a while in order to get my bearings.  I haven't yet figured out all the details of where I'm going and how things will look in the end, but I'm definitely getting there.  One thing is for certain, I will be basing my work more on original paintings and one-offs in order to keep the creative flow and expression going.  I know there will be obstacles to working this way, but in the end it's where my heart lies.

I hope you'll visit my shop on Etsy as I update with new work for both children and adults.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


... the first in what I think may become a small series.

I painted this one yesterday.  I actually had planned on painting something completely different but that didn't work out as planned.  Instead of banging my head against a wall, I decided a change of tactics was called for.

And so I painted this dandelion.  I love it when a painting comes out just like I imagined it!  And I love it so much that I think I may do a few more.   Maybe different colour backgrounds?  We'll see.

I hope you enjoy it.  I'll be listing it in my Etsy shop soon.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Back to painting...

...though slightly different from what I've done in the past.

I'm just finishing up this painting as I'd been wanting to paint paper lanterns for some time.  I finally got the chance, or rather, the need to do this painting finally outweighed the need to do anything else about 10 days ago and I started painting it.  Then I put down my brushes and walked away from it for over a week.

Today is Mother's Day in France so I thought what better way to celebrate it (after breakfast in bed and a lovely lunch out in Damme, Belgium with the family) than by giving myself time to paint again.

So I think I'm just about done with this one.  Inevitably, there will be a few touches here and there to finish up.  Maybe a few more lanterns in the distance for example.  But overall, I'm quite happy with the end result.  And I may have gotten paper lanterns out of my system for the time being.

I'll be listing it in my Etsy shop when I'm totally satisfied with it.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Lovely Share...

One of my readers was nice enough to share this photo with me.  I'm a bit late in posting (isn't the end of year overwhelming for all of us?), but I wanted to share it with you all still.

Vicky used my freebie pattern to make these cute little bird ornaments.  I'd made them out of paper, but think they look oh so cute in fabric.  Can't you just imagine them in lovely springtime colours to welcome in the warmer weather?

You can still find the pattern to download for free over in the right sidebar.  And if you feel so inclined, I'd love to see what you make of it as well!

Thank you, Vicky for sharing!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Martha Stewart Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

I had a request from somewhere else after mentioning this, one of my favourite soup recipes for this time of year, so I thought I would share it here as well.  I got it from one of my Martha Stewart Living mags many years ago so thank you, Martha and crew for such a delicious recipe!

1 Tbs unsalted butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped
4 red or golden apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
2 tsp coarse salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 C chicken or vegetable stock
2 1/2 C water, plus more if needed
1 jalapeno chili, thinly sliced for garnish
Sour cream

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to soften, about 4 minutes.  Add squash and cook, stirring occasionally until soft, about 10 minutes

Add apples, salt, cumin, coriander, ginger, cayenne, black pepper, stock and water (just enough to cover) and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook until vegetables are soft.

Puree and thin with more water if necessary.

Garnish with diced apples, jalapenos and sour cream if desired.

I hope you try this and enjoy it as much as we do!  Bon app├ętit!

Recipe and photo courtesy of Martha Stewart.  All can be found here:

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

As I'm Waiting...

... to recover from the end-of-year festivities (which can be pretty heavy duty in France, believe me!), I thought I would share the finished product of the Red Mini mixed media painting I was working on as a special order present.  I love this technique and hope to be making more soon!

Also, to celebrate my big 4-0 which just passed, I'm offering 10% off all orders in both my Chichiboulie and Atelier&Cie shops for the next week.  

To take advantage, all you have to do is enter the code ENCORE at checkout and 10% will be taken off your order.

Best wishes for the new year!