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I love to name things – Christmas trees, cars, plants, animals – but not anything of my own.

I am taking a leap this Fall. I am going to start – FOR REAL – making and trying to get an audience for all sorts of art and craft-related things that float around in my head but never see the light of day.

So I need a name. What should I call this venture? I welcome any ideas and thoughts and suggestions. The name I’m mulling over is “Beehive Crafted.” I love bees and their unwavering industriousness. Someone opined that this is a forgettable name (JERK) and someone else said it might be “too cutesy” (DOUBLE JERK) for the things I make. So…back to square one? Or not.

The first step in my giant leap was to apply to vend my wares at Handmade Arcade. I’ve done this show in years’ past at the L2 Design Collective table and I love every second of it. It draws a huge, selective crowd with great taste and to be accepted to exhibit is a pretty big deal. Fingers crossed.

I’ll be posting more in the coming weeks about the products I’ll be making. Of course I will feature my Love Letter to Pittsburgh series of prints on wood (along with bees, chickens, etc). But there will be other new things in the works. Standby.

And do let me know if you come up with anything magical.

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**UPDATE: My dear, sweet, best big brother pointed out that by calling people JERK and DOUBLE JERK for giving feedback might dissuade others from offering their thoughts. He’s so right. He’s always right about everything.

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and I like it. No, I love it. Every year I wonder, do I love Spring or Fall better? I think the winner is Fall but I am in love with Spring right now. Everything is a riot of life. Life finds a way, no matter what. The frozen ground still begets tiny, bright green shoots that will eventually be amazing, strong things that take over our yard. Unreal.

I’m feeling excited to make some new pieces and I have stacks of bare boxes and piles of scraps and bits of things to make make make. I am currently working on a series of alphabet cards for a new product for L2 – stay tuned for more details on that. We’re heading to NYC in May for the National Stationery Show so now begins the flurry of pre-show activity for us.

Here are some pics in honor of Spring and honeybees and hopefulness.

yellow beehive

yellow beehive

 

stack of birds and bees pieces

stack of birds and bees pieces

 

 

 

wall of ideas and inspiration

wall of ideas and inspiration

I am so stoked to report that I coated my first screens in my rinky-dink, basement darkroom this afternoon. The boy is asleep and it’s snowing and the time seemed right to mix up the photo-emulsion and get to it. Hopefully this portends an avalanche of inspiration and printing!

The darkroom table with emulsion bucket and scoop coater, complete with Winnie the Pooh/Eeyore lamp.

The darkroom table with emulsion bucket and scoop coater, complete with Winnie the Pooh/Eeyore lamp.

Winnie the Pooh lamp with bug light. You use what you can...

Winnie the Pooh lamp with bug light. You use what you can...

A great friend came by today with her girl and a box of cinnamon rolls. We spent a couple of hours watching the kids try each other on for size. She asked me to do an assemblage piece for her brother’s 40th birthday. It is so great to be asked to create something “for the man who has everything.” Thank you for your support!

Off to enjoy the snow.

My boy on a bridge.

My boy on a bridge.

Fall finally arrived and that means that I am in my element. Cold weather, beautiful colors, crunchy leaves, fires in the kitchen for family breakfast, hot cider…it’s all magic. And, I’m INSPIRED. I haven’t been in a long time but the stars aligned and I’m thankful. I’m working on lots of projects for people that I dig knowing which makes it all even better. 

The family made this drawing the other night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love my studio but it’s a mess. Here’s the chaos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wee one is awake so I’m out.