Sunday, September 30, 2007

thank you!

Thank you to everyone that placed an order this week. I just took down the sale and I'm so happy to say that it was a great success!

This week I am gearing up for a very nice show in Chestnut Hill - this will be my last outdoor show requiring a tent until next summer - ahhh!!

Here's a preview of some new vases I'll have for sale. They are part of a new collection of wee vases I will be selling for the holiday season. They are quite small and quite lovely, if I do say so myself! They are all under 4 inches high. I hope you like them.
All orders will be shipped tomorrow (monday) Happy October 1st!

Friday, September 28, 2007


Don't forget, my free shipping sale ends on Sunday at midnite!

and for webby news - this is my very first animated ad - for the Modish site! Now that I know how to make them, which is easy, I can feel some stories brewing!(note! blogger is making it a bit blurry)
oh la la! Have a super duper weekend!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Studio Thursday

New work! I finally have this pattern up in the shop! And it is officially a new LFD pattern!!! I am excited to add it to my collection.

I spent the morning taking pics, formatting and uploading, a bit of web site spiffing up with quite a bit more planned. So it isn't really a "studio" day but I will be sure to do a little carving and throwing this afternoon.

I am gearing up for a show on October 7th. It is another outdoor event, The Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts Festival. Chestnut Hill is a section in Philadelphia with tons of great boutiques and restaurants. It is on the edge of the city limits and has a more of a town vibe than city. I will be brining along some new work, this new black bird design, as well as a few others that might not make it onto my site 'til after the show.

In the studio I am working on 3 new items, one being ornaments for the holidays and 2 others that I will reveal in a week or so! I am also trying out some new colors, the usual studio testing : ) And in other studio news I am playing with textiles. I have planned to expand into other mediums since I am a multi-media artist at heart, once I have something solid to share I will post pics - right now it is messy, seriously messy!

Happy Thursday!

Monday, September 24, 2007

when the year begins

Happy Monday! Happy Autumn (at long last!!!) and most importantly Happy Birthday to my Dad!!!! and to my dear friend Jill : ) September is a beautful month! and maybe when my new year begins.

I had a funny conversation with my mom the other day, she can be quite the funny lady! She was talking about time and where she'll be in no time and threw in there that the year begins now! All of this was in reference to my parents moving from NV to the east coast next summer. But it made me think about when my year begins. So, my birthday was on friday, a new year for me, for sure. All the years in school sets it a few weeks earlier, a new school year. The real new year in January isn't so refreshing but it is a good time to reflect. My Little Flower year might start in November when I went full-time with it. May sometimes feels new with summer about to begin. This past year has been filled with many re-starts and reflection that I can't quite get 2007 started and its almost October. And crazy enough, I am looking forward to the real new year to make a fresh start. I hear that certain birthdays can wear harder on you and I haven't had one until I guess this one. 35 is kicking my butt! I think I need a few moments to reflect, look forward and then find my way back to the moment. Ahh! the life of an artist, I'm definitely feeling it today. I was warned that it can be an emotional roller coaster, but what a thrilling life it is to lead!

(the picture is of 3 wood ducks that my dad carved for me, on the bottom it sais "To Linda, Love Dad" I love that!)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Can you guess how old I am?!

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Studio Thursday!

I made it! I almost missed my new day so here's a quick update and peek into my crazy world.

So I have about a ga-zillion pots to glaze in the studio, the kiln is 1/2 full and I need to glaze enough tonite so I can fire tomorrow. And tomorrow is my birthday and the day that I'll be insanely old for how young I actually feel. I feel about half my age. So tomorrow is me getting up super duper early to fire and clean the studio, house and yard. Then make tons of food and do lots of pretty flower arranging and other nicey nice things because we're having a party on saturday!!!! We never have parties, we're busy, our house is small, someone else is already having one, you know, life gets in the way. So saturday is the day!! And it looks like we'll have good weather so I'm very, very happy. Only, now I'm working on my birthday, at least its the nice kind of work and our friends and family will be able to see it!

I might not be back to report until next week so, have a super happy weekend!

ps - the picture is my newest design that I love, and that's my cup of coffee because its going to be late one tonite!

pps! Something super nice happened to me today, I was at our local produce market which is kindof hectic and I dropped a $20, so when I went to pay at the flower counter I was short - luckily I had more money in the car but here's what's nice! I told the cashier what happened and a nice woman overheard, she not only found my 20 on the ground, she was walking around looking for the owner! How super awesome is that! Thank you stranger!!! May lots of good things come your way.

Monday, September 17, 2007

sale items!

The first sale items have been updated on the shop page!!! I started with this Soaring Swallow Bowl. It is now 1/2 price and I have a stack of them so stock up now because once they're gone - they're gone! This little swallow is off on a new adventure!
There are also a few other items that I've marked down and more to come this week!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Thank You's!!!

It's Sunday, the end of the weekend and a good day to reflect on all the goodness that has been bestowed on this Little Flower girl.
First! The Sampler Select! Back in July Alison Gordon(of wonderlandq, The Sampler & Bazarre Bizarre Boston) contacted me about creating a tile for the new Sampler project. I am honored to be a part of the very first Sampler Select.
Second!! Thank you to everyone that came out for the Glenside Street Fair and an extra special thank you to the lovely people that shopped in my booth. It was a blustery day and I feel lucky that my tent stayed up and no one else's blew into mine! I had a nice time chatting with the other crafters including Lisa from Milkshake Crafts, who makes lovely paper items including clocks and cards and a new painter friend Cathy Rubin. I feel lucky to have them close by : )

Third! yes 3 things! I sent off a small bit of Little Flower goodness to Relish At Home in Berkeley. I just love this shop and Kelly (the owner) will be relaunching their site just in time for the holidays, hopefully I'll be sending a bit more her way in the coming weeks. If you are in the Bay area and would like to see my wares in person - please tell them I sent you!!!
As promised I will be having a sale, I am running out of time today and need to format everything but will announce it here once it is up- hopefully by tomorrow eve. I have bunches of bowls that will be 1/2 price and I'm discounting a few other items too. Happy Sunday to ya!

Friday, September 14, 2007

glenside tomorrow!!

Happy Friday! Tomorrow is the Glenside Street Fair. This year the show is stepping it up and has promised the community a great show filled with great art and superb craft (ahem - me! haha!)! I really love one day shows that are close to home and if I can become more involved in my community its even better. If you are not familiar with Glenside, it is located in SE -PA just outside of Philadelphia. What I really love about this area is that there is quite a bit of art and support for the arts. We have 2 very nice art centers Abington and Cheltenham and are close to a few others in Philadelphia. Tyler School of Art(my almamater) and Arcadia University which has a good art program and a nice gallery space are also right here. We also have a very nice place to listen to music the Keswick Theater where we get some pretty big names (Willie Nelson & Aimee Mann) its a nice palce to live and if you're looking there is always something to do.

In preparation for this weekend which really started early this morning, I have a busy bizy weekend planned. I got up very early and did all my throwing, my to-do list is insane and I'm not quite sure how to get thru the next 36 hours. Somehow I have to squeeze in the following!

  • ship orders(thankfully they are ready to go!)
  • trim about 30 bowls and 10 vases
  • cast ornament molds
  • gym (its my day and I can't miss)
  • pack for the show tomorrow
  • wrap presents (see below)
  • attend a birthday party
  • load truck for saturday's show
  • Glenside Street Fair Saturday from 10-5 : ) please come if you're in the area
  • attend a bridal shower
  • and gosh, there's dog walking/playing
  • a million other this and that's for each event

Hopefully I'll be back on monday with a full accounting of what was done and I have a bin of sale items so if they don't sell at the show, I'll be posting them for super sale on my site : ) Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Studio Thrusday

Update! I've been pondering the thought of having one day a week where I will post what is going on in the studio and maybe with my wee biz in real time. So, I'm trying out Studio Thursday!
On this beautiful September Thursday I am working on the Blue Flower Star Vase, so today will include quite a bit of carving. I also have tea pots lined up for carving and a few are set aside to try out new designs. the holidays are quickly approaching and I have yet to put ornamanets into production so molds will be made today. I have 3 designs up my sleeve that I love!!! I've been drawing them out and playing with colors so today I absolutely have to make the molds - they will be produced like my tiles in a press mold. And that is really all that will fit into today but I have bowls to throw on my to-do list. We'll see how far I get.
So, there you go! That is my life on this wonderful, cool (ahhhh) day. Oh! and life stuff will happen too like walking Marley and running to UPS to ship orders.
I'm getting into the busy season and want to feel prepared - which means being in production mode and trying to still to a jam packed schedule. I'm looking forward to it : )

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

refreshed and funny

Last nite Steve and I headed to the city to see dinosaur jr play at the Troc. It was such a good show and evening. Just what we needed. So now I feel refreshed and ready to dive into the studio to get a ton done.

But first I thought I'd share this picture of Marley's favorite evening activity - bug hunting! Every evening she spends about 3 hours outside hunting bugs. The bug in the picture is a locust, she spent about an hour barking and jumping around this bug! Her favorites are the cicada's which must be pretty tasty - she can't get enough of them! I find all this bug activity funny and refreshing, I have to keep reminding myself that this is her first summer and everything is still new to her. She still has her puppy romp and energy and is very healthy. A truly happy girl, especially when she has a bug to play with!

Monday, September 3, 2007

black bird fly

Sometimes I have music playing in my head when I'm working. When the cd runs out and I'm enjoying the silence, my mind begins to wander and soon I'm quietly carving and singing. Then comes a new design. Well a bunch really. Here are 3 newbies. The middle one with the black birds is my favorite. It was mainly inspired by the birds at our bird feeder in the late afternoon when the sun is bright and the birds are in silhouette. The banner is something I include in most of my watercolors and now I'm happy to use it here, and then there is the pattern - a version of the flower of life. I've seen it in many places over the years. It is a pattern that comes into my life quite a bit and sometimes makes my head spin. So I'm taking it to make it my own, maybe now I can find my peace with it!