My New Studio

Yes! I have a new studio. It’s relocated from the basement to an upstairs bedroom. It’s easier for me work while Felix is asleep now. I hosted a Lantern Making Workshop recently and am hoping to offer more days of the like in the future. So far, I am loving my new space.

The following picture shows a still life I set up for a few students.

(I made the bronze skeleton while studying at Instituto Allende.)

A drawing I’ve been working on:

And from the Lantern Making Workshop:




Sending out: some new mail

These went out last week.

They’re paintings on pages from an old biology book that I did in 2006 at Penland. I had been saving them to make into a book and just decided to send the pages out individually instead.

Upland Hills Farm

We took a trip to Upland Hills Farm with some friends in the beginning of October, but I am just now getting around to sharing the photos. Felix and I both really enjoyed the trip! Thanks to Katherine for organizing!


New mailbox findings




The Great Snail Mail Revolution!

I was thrilled to be included in Apples for Poppy Anne‘s Great Snail Mail Revolution.

My mail-mate is from Pasadena, California. It was lots of fun to create a small care package to send across the country to my new friend!

A peek at what I sent:

The folded paper on top is a map of the contents.

To the left is a handmade book (farmers purse) which I stuffed with some MI fall leaves, The metal rooster on the right is actually a pair of scissors, there are some handmade MI beeswax candles among other things.

And drum roll…..this is what I was gifted! It was such a pleasure to open each carefully chosen, made, and written bit. I savored reading all of the thoughtful little notes she sent.

A women after my own heart. We both have art degrees. She’s a painter.

She hand carved all of these stamps and printed little personalized note cards for me!

How to make a Winter Solstice Lantern

In preparation for our first time celebrating Martinmas, we’re hosting a Winter Solstice Lantern Making Party.  This is the best resource I’ve seen on the topic.

And now, for my first tutorial!

How to make a Winter Solstice Lantern.


* Clear glass jars

* Tissue paper – various colors

* Scissors

* Flat paintbrush

* White glue or gel medium

* Plastic bowl (to mix glue solution)

* Tea Candles

* Wire

* Wire cutters/ pliers

* Optional: Ribbon & Hot Glue gun

1. Collect and flatten leaves.

1a. If using glue, gently mix 1 part glue to 2 1/2 parts water. gel medium can be used straight.

2. Cut or rip pieces of tissue paper in colors of your choice.

3. Brush your medium onto the jar.

4. Stick pieces of tissue on the medium and then brush a little more on top of them.

5. Add a leaf or any other special something you’d like to be on your lantern.

6. To help keep the leaf secure, add white pieces of tissue over it and brush with medium.

(You can use strips too!)

7. For the handle, wrap some wire around the lip of the jar. Cut a second piece of wire to connect to the piece around the lip in an upside U. Twist the wire to secure. Tuck in all ends.

8. Using the hot glue gun, fold a wide piece of ribbon in half around the wire handle and glue the edges shut.

9. Secure the wire around the lip of the jar (and cover the edges from the handle) with more hot glue and a piece of ribbon wrapped all the way around.

10. Once dry, put a tea candle inside.

Please let me know if any parts need further clarification.

Enjoy your beautiful lanterns!


We are preparing for a very exciting project…

Any guesses?