My Print Included in Oh Joy for Nod!

Photo by Sasha Gulish for The Land of Nod

I am so excited to share with all of you a project that I've been looking forward to for some time. The Oh Joy for Nod kids' bedding and decor collection was released last week and included is my very own illustration, Car Love. See it up there, directly above the yellow bed and below the adorable collection of moths? I can hardly believe it. To have a piece of mine selected by Joy and carried by The Land of Nod is huge!

Head over to The Land of Nod to explore the whole collection, or learn more about the inspiration for the collection on Oh Joy!

Fiona's Art Shop

We invited family over this weekend to celebrate Fiona's birthday with a morning of food and art. Fiona has been planning and dreaming for months about selling her artwork at an art fair, so for her birthday, we made it happen.

I bought some blank cards and envelopes, set out our usual art supplies of graphite pencils, colored pencils, beeswax crayons and watercolors, then Fiona, along with her siblings and cousins, created designs on the blank cards. When they were finished with their cards, we tied a little string with a tag with the artist's name on each. After cake and singing, the adults were invited to purchase cards for a quarter each.

Fiona loved it. I have a feeling this isn't her last fair.

Family, food and art. Ah yes, good stuff.

my darling dancer

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If there was any doubt before, I believe this post makes it official that there is nothing cuter in the whole wide world than a little girl in a leotard. Well, perhaps two little girls. (Soon, Elsa!)

Leotard cuteness through the years... if you can handle it:

Ballet Class, Oh my! (2012)
My Prima Ballerina (2012)
Baby Gymnast, Part Deux (2011)
Baby Gymnast (2011) (So little!)

Elsa & Clare

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I always question whether to post these little experiments in watercolor or gouache because I have so little experience with the mediums. But hey, what's a blog for if not to document the process?

I enjoyed the drawing stage a lot. I really love drawing with graphite and should do it more, but because I'm not really comfortable with watercolors yet, that stage was kind of stressful. I pretty much felt like I was messing up my drawing the whole time. Ha! I still kind of think that looking at it now. I'm hoping to continue making these little paintings and getting comfortable with watercolors.

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What I absolutely do love about this little painting is that it's of my sweet Elsa and her doll Clare, who used to be Fiona's doll, but has been adopted by Elsa with big sister's permission. :)

Happy Monday, friends! May your week be gloriously ordinary.

Love & Joy

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Just like our holiday card mailing list, the blog is getting our holiday wishes a little late, too. The holidays were really great this year, but I have to admit the amount of House Love work I had to get done did cast a tiny shadow on some of the festivities. I hope that next year I'm able to manage my workflow a bit better! I am finally catching my breath and hoping to take a week or two off after finishing up some orders this weekend.

This year, we continued many of the family traditions we've established over the years, including little gifts of homemade peppermint bark for teachers, friends and family. This year, we included a bar of Sweet Mint Soap made locally by Biggs & Featherbelle, too. And for the very first time since having Fiona, we have an official family holiday card! So sweet, right?

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I printed out Phoebe's illustrated gift tags from the Taproot Blog and used Whole foods bags as wrapping paper for many of our gifts. They turned out so cute! The kids had a lot of fun distributing our cards and little gifts to friends and neighbors.

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I hope you all enjoyed your holidays! Here's to 2014.

I Love You, Baltimore (Bride!)

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The past several months have been an exciting time for House Love in Baltimore. First, my house portraits were included in Baltimore City Paper's Gift Guide, then they appeared in Baltimore Magazine's Holiday Card and Ad, then the season culminated with a full page in Baltimore Bride's Aisle Style section.

When Bride's Editor, Janelle Diamond, asked me to send over some examples of Baltimore rowhouses to be included in the next issue, I was so excited. I pictured one of my house portraits alongside other gift ideas and couldn't wait to see the final layout. When I finally did see the magazine months later, I couldn't believe it. A whole page?! Are you kidding me?! I am still amazed by how positively House Love has been received. It is incredibly special to see my name and illustrations recognized in my local magazines and papers.

Thanks so much to Janelle and everyone over at Baltimore Bride. Being included in your beautiful magazine is truly an honor.

P.S. I know the blog has been House Love heavy lately, but that has been such a big part of what's been happening around here the last several months. I hope I'm not driving everyone crazy. Now that the holidays are over, I expect to be back to regular posting. I have lots of family Christmas pictures to share!