Raindrops on Snapdragons, Stitches in Turquoise

Rainy days. Everything looks more saturated – the greenery becomes greener, flowers stand out as rare pops of color, the tree branches contrast dark against the bright colors.

Raindrops are featured on petals and leaves – shimmering like little starlit orbs.

The sun shining through the grey clouds eliminates strong shadows, and assures no detail will be lost. I couldn’t help myself – I had to get out the camera and take these pictures of my garden today. Thunder and rain only add to the majesty of the plants.

Rain is perfect for a mug of coffee and indoor projects. My Upcycled choice of the day?
My brand new (and very old) sewing machine:
This beauty was a $5 find at a garage sale this weekend.

Works like a charm, and just needed a bit of cleaning. They even included all sorts of extra needles, bobbins, pins, and other helpful supplies. I’m thinking it might be from the 1970’s, but I’m not sure. It’s very heavy – a quality machine made out of all metal.
I’m not sure if I can really express my excitement in finding this.
I can’t wait to start creating all sorts of upcycled works with old fabric finds.

And, of course, I must include some wonderful Etsy Finds:

A Whimsy Little Garden

Here Kitty, Kitty

Today I’m shipping out my upcycled, hand-painted cat mugs to a new owner:

I love them and I’m so glad to know she will love them just as much a I do!
(you can see my blog post about making them Here)

In honor of the kitties, here’s a new Treasury:


Here Kitty, Kitty

And my upcycled find?
Steampunk Kitty Print by collageOrama
A great use for old books that will be thrown away (and something I love to do, myself!)

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Purple, Plush and Perfectly Vintage

I had purple on the brain today!

First, I bought this on Etsy from sister9designs:

Purchased some old 1930’s books this weekend to use for illustrating.
So next, I worked on some new illustrations:

and, of course, Regina is purple!
(Want to win a FREE PRINT of Regina? ENTER HERE)

And, finally, I kept finding gorgeous items on Etsy that were purple..and vintage:

This is my *upcycled* love of the day:

by crabappledesigns
If you’d like to see which purple items I pinned
you can view my Etsy Bitsy Pinterest Board!

GIVEAWAY and Going Green

In honor of Earth Day (tomorrow), I’m writing this post about “green.” :)

I’m so excited to announce my new giveaway on my illustration blog! Check it out by clicking on the green prize hint below:

I’ve been considering a giveaway for quite some time, but winning a print from Shawna JC Tenney made me really decide to do it! (To see what print I chose from Shawna, click here).

The prize is an upcycled coffee mug. I’ve started illustrating old coffee mugs to spruce up those “company logo” mugs that no one ever seems to want. A form of recycling, upcycling makes something even better than it ever started.

I hope you come enter my giveaway!
You can win the grand prize  or one of 10 bonus prizes!

An update of things blooming in my garden.

 

 

Ooh..and more happy little green thoughts….

Upcycled, Recycled & Bits of Green

“I’m green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful, and I think it’s what I want to be.” – Kermit

Etsy Store!

Recently, I’ve been adding new items to my Etsy store. I’ve sold a lot on eBay, and now I’m turning some of my attention to Etsy (I’ve never sold there before), come check it out:

All sorts of new items with fun Spring and Summer Trend colors!

Little Koala

I was sketching koalas and decided to create a new ACEO card:

Colored Pencil on Bristol Board
Check out my Prints and Originals on eBay Here.

Also, be sure to check out my other blog as well! I post different illustrations over there.

A Melancholy Day

A new illustration for the Monday Artday contest subject – Melancholy:

“I Think We’re Bored.” :: Egbert : Gwendolyn : ALMI Owls ::
Colored Pencil on Bristol Board
One of those days, where even the most active owls run out of plans.

Check out the print for sale Here.
Check out the Monday Artday contest blog Here.