here comes the bride

Three months from today, one of the coolest couples is going to say "I do."
Ryan and Elena, we are so incredibly happy for you! Thanks for letting us be a small part of your excitement.


in with the new, out of the old

With much excitement...I am happy to announce...we have a logo!! replica louis vuitton
Many thanks to Kevin Howdeshell with Robot Balloon. He did such a fantastic job!

Today also brings other changes. louis vuitton replica After three years of friendship with the most perfect, sun-filled studio, we bid each other adieu. The studio space is part of our house, but with our current living situation, I am only able to work there by myself. As I have never had to choose one role over another before, I refuse to do so now. I can no longer justify separating myself from my children - especially as I deeply believe art to be a connector piece, not one of division. louis vuitton replica handbags
So I am packing up and carving a space in the front room.


tomorrow we march

For this entire month, someone in our home has been sick. As today is the last day of the month, we just need to be done with all of that. There's actually something rather encouraging, perhaps even empowering, replica louis vuitton bags about being confined to a bed or bedside for so long. There is a growing urge to go on a "make it fresh" rampage. Is it strange to be genuinely excited about making the beds pretty each morning, having a counter free of dishes throughout the day, or having all the laundry in the appropriate places? We really need to get some order back around here.

We also need to make cookies.
Blueberry Chocolate Chip, to be more precise...

1.5 sticks of butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1.5 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups rolled oats
6 ounces chocolate chips
6 ounces dried blueberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Beat butter and sugars until creamy.
3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt; mix well.
5. Add oats; add chocolate and blueberries; mix well.
6. Drop balls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheet.
7. Bake 10 minutes. or until (lightly) golden brown.
Cool for one minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack to cool completely. Store tightly covered. replica louis vuitton shoes


all tatted up

Over the holidays, a whitwood studio was commissioned to build a doll that resembles a super awesome gal. This doll marked a studio first: tattoos!
At first it looked as though it wasn't going to translate well as the main tattoo is a delicate tree formed out of the words of a poem on the inner arm. But the doll without the ink...well...wouldn't fully resemble who she is. After much deliberation over what to do, it finally happened and we are so excited about the end result!


secrets shared

The holidays are a tricky time. While extremely exciting, it's a time when a lot of projects can't be talked about until afterwards. This holiday season, the studio was filled with dolls for baby's first Christmas, daughters away at college, and even a marriage proposal! Long curls and tattoos were some of the firsts experimented with. Thank you to all the families that allowed us to be a part of this season with you!


There was also much excitement in dealing with how our family goes about gift giving. This was the third year of "Homemade Christmas." How does it work? Each member of the family draws a name. No one knows who anyone else has. We each have the whole year to figure out and make a gift for that one person. 
This year, my mother was the recipient of my gift. She's an amazing woman with lots of talents and interests. Her most recent love: bee keeping. Her bees, for the past three years, have been producing the most incredible honey, untouched by chemicals of any kind. Several months back, she spoke with me about thinking up a logo as next year there will probably be enough honey to start selling. She was more than surprised (yeah, there were tears) at a resulting 2.5 foot tall hand-embroidered wall hanging.