Friday, March 30, 2012

ENOUGH already !

wilma has had ENOUGH of this cute dog contest (but who HASN'T ?!). she is burying her head in the sand until it is all over. but YOU still have until SUNDAY to vote everyday for WILMA !

please VOTE HERE.

friday field trip (from the sketch book).

march 10, 2012
emeryville, california

this is a key from the key project.

i used china marker + water color on this drawing.
(click on the image for a closer look)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

vote EARLY. vote OFTEN. vote WILMA !

the SF's Cutest Dog of 2012 contest will be OVER on april 1rst. but until then, you can vote EVERY DAY.

vote EARLY. vote OFTEN. vote WILMA !

go HERE to vote.

w o o f .

Sunday, March 25, 2012

little soldiers.

an army of 100 handmade porcelain mini cups are marching over to recchiuti chocolate confections for a special mother's day gift box. as much as i am trying to steer away from production work, there is something satisfyingly methodical about making 100 of the same thing. plus, i couldn't resist working with jacky and michael recchiuti. sorry if you are one of the wholesale or production orders out there that i've had to turn down, but this one was too sweet to pass up.

Saturday, March 24, 2012


there is a mixed assortment of my manufactured line now available at

if you are looking for more pieces to add to your collection, or unique gift ideas (at very affordable prices), this is the place to go . . .

Friday, March 23, 2012

lucky 7.

wilma made it to the top 7 in the 7 x 7 magazine cutest dog contest.

so now we REALLY. NEED. your VOTE !

you can vote EVERY DAY now until april 1rst.

VOTE for WILMA here.


friday field trip (from the sketch book).

march 7, 2012
berkeley, california

this is the B in my alphabet series. it was done with charcoal, pastels, and water color. i'm trying to bring a little more color in my life, though for me, "color" means vague, muddy and subtle.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

s w e e t .

i was honored to have an acknowledgement in this very sweet cookbook, The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. it's full of amazing sweet homey recipes and beautiful photographs.

(thank you josie for finding it !)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

strike a pose.

wilma made it to the TOP 25 in the cutest bay area dog contest ! this is her best angelina jolie pose. she is working it to GET YOUR VOTE ! you can vote numerous times until march 21st.


happy saint patrick's day.

the claddagh symbol has such beautiful and poignant meaning behind it. plus i love the look of this symbol, as it includes some of my favorite icons. i think it is the perfect symbol for a wedding. i designed this ring bearer dish with that in mind.

may the luck of the irish be with you on your day.

Friday, March 16, 2012

friday field trip (from the sketch book).

march 14, 2012
berkeley, california

one of the projects in my "painting class" is to draw the alphabet in different medium and fonts. this "A" was done in charcoal and is approximately 14" x 20" (it's a BIG little A).

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

thank you REMODELISTA . . .

for the mention on your blog. this is my sister's favorite blog and she was startled to see my plate on it !

see the story right HERE.

Monday, March 12, 2012

luck of the irish . . .

in honor of SAINT PATRICK, i am running a FREE GIVEAWAY on my facebook page.

go HERE to enter !

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012

vote WILMA.

wilma has entered her first beauty pageant ! please go HERE to vote for her (she needs all the help she can get, there are SO MANY cute bay area DOGS !).


Friday, March 9, 2012

friday field trip (from the sketch book).

march 8, 2012
emeryville, ca

my friend, jessie, and i have started a painting salon (with just the 2 of us as members). we meet every wednesday morning, lock ourselves in her studio with a LOT of tea or coffee, blast the music, and then draw, paint, charcoal, pastel, ink, oil, scratch, smear, etc . . . with reckless abandonment.

one of the assignments we gave ourselves was to pick an object and to draw it every single day for 3 months. i chose this antique key from france as my object. it was a completely random choice, as my office is loaded with objects. but now that i think about it, it seems the perfect choice, plus it has a deeper significance. hopefully this will be the key that unlocks my inner-creativity. there ARE no accidents in life, right ?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

a good egg.

EVERY morning, my husband leaves me the perfect cup of tea on my bedside table (this is no easy feat . . . 2 tea bags steeped for 4 minutes, a cup of non-fat powdered milk, a dash of organic grade B maple syrup all elegantly whisked and concocted in a mason jar or pint glass and served to me piping hot). and in his quest to get me to eat food before 2 pm, he will sometimes leave me a morsel of food or a smoothie. today he left these soft boiled eggs. i thought the colors and the composition were ever so photo-worthy. isn't he a good egg ?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

THANK YOU justine for the great piece on your beautiful blog, designskool.

see it HERE.

Monday, March 5, 2012

bon app├ętit.

i was happy to see my plates being used in this most excellent food blog called MOM'S KITCHEN HANDBOOK. katie specializes in healthy, delicious, and easy meals for the family that the kids WILL eat ! she is the mom of 3, a freelance food + nutrition writer, a registered dietitian, and a cooking teacher. her blog is chock-full of great recipes and tips that even the "non-moms" will love. (it's also a very entertaining read).

Sunday, March 4, 2012

chirp chirp chirp.

a new bird dish has landed in the shop.

Friday, March 2, 2012

friday field trip (from the sketch book).

july 2004
stockholm, sweden.

i fell in love with stockholm while i was in sweden, attending the wedding of my friend lotta jansdotter. we stayed at this fabulous hotel called RIVAL. and right across the street was a beautiful cemetery. i find that most cemeteries tend to verge on the scary and creepy side, but this one was quite sweet and picturesque, with rows and rows of beautiful organic shaped and colorfully muted tombstones. stockholm is now one of my all time favorite cities. it is so lovely and inspiring and full of impeccable design as far as the eye can see.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

open sesame.

the GALLERY will be open THIS SATURDAY from 11-5.

there will be a rare cameo appearance by christa, josie and me.

(plus plenty of cookies)