New Scotland

  • Winter

    above image—not winter

    Winter is not my favorite season. It's cold, it's dark, it's icy....but with those restrictions comes permission to quiet your mind, think, make. It's the season when I have the most time. My daughter is in preschool, and farmers' markets are few and far between. It allows me to focus on my art and on all the other little projects that I think about during the summer. This year I'm stretching and taking Make Art That Sells, an online course from art agent Lilla Rogers. So far, I feel out of my element, which I'm taking as a good sign. Growth comes in fits and starts, and it isn't always comfortable.

  • Upcoming Holiday Season

    I'm getting ready for the upcoming holiday season! I'll be at the Bennington Farmers' Market on the first and third Saturdays of Nov. and Dec., and I'll be at the Williamstown Berkshire Grown Markets on Nov. 19th and Dec. 17th. I'll have lots of lovely linen aprons and tea towels, and delicious edibles, perfect for gift giving or enjoying with your family and friends. See you soon!

  • Inktober Almost Finished!

    I challenged myself again this year to participate in Inktober. It's an Instagram challenge where you post something drawn or painted with ink every day of October. You can make it as limiting or free as you'd like, and there's even a prompt list if you prefer to follow that. I decided I would work on patterns as a continuation of my recent Sketchbook Skool class with Ohn Mar Win. (I also wanted to practice drawing/painting people, but I enjoyed and got wrapped up with the patterns!) You can head over to Instagram to see the whole month!

  • Honored

    This is an image of an artist book that I submitted to Uppercase Magazine, and here it is actually in the magazine!

  • Permission

    I've been playing with the idea of home for many years now. For a while, I tried to convey this in a nonliteral way, but lately all I want to draw are tiny houses! And they make me happy, so I've allowed myself to do so.

  • Radio Silence

    Well, I've been busy with life, baking, and painting. After a many year hiatus, I'm making stuff again! It feels great to play around with long-forgotten supplies and skills. Check out my instagram to see the latest.

  • It's Holiday Market Time!

  • PCS Pop-up is Open

    We are so excited to tell you that we've opened a pop-up shop at 30 Spring Street in Williamstown, MA! We are open Thursday through Sunday, from 11am to 4pm. In addition to PCS goodies, we are carrying jewelry, pottery, cards, and art from some very talented local artists. We also have coffee beans roasted by Assembly Coffee Roasters in Pittsfield, MA. Stop by, say hi, and shop!

  • Not Quite Perfect

    If you've checked my blog anytime in the last few weeks, you'll realize what a fitting title this is. I've been trying to finish this post for the last couple of weeks. I keep rescheduling the date when the post will appear to give myself more time to come back and work on it, yet I keep forgetting and it keeps publishing incomplete. 

    As most people with small children learn rather quickly, life changes drastically after the baby arrives. I've been trying to be okay with how things get done these days. Like incomplete blog posts. Like constant piles of dirty dishes, dirty laundry, piles of clutter. But the most important thing is that my little girl is happy and thriving. She doesn't care about the mess. And it's a good lesson for me. It's okay to not be perfect. It's okay just to be.

  • We're Coming Back!

    After a rather long hiatus this summer, I am looking forward to returning to the markets for the holiday season. My little girl is over five months old now, and I'm incredibly lucky to be able to spend so much time with her. However, I miss baking and I miss seeing my customers every week! It'll be great to see everyone soon.

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New Scotland

Aaaaah....vacation! But the coming back to real life...not so easy. We've been back for a week, yet I still haven't finished this post. I think I'm holding on for dear life.

We had the pleasure of spending some time in Nova Scotia, courtesy of our friend who owns the beautiful barn where we were married; she also owns a cute house on the island of Cape Breton, off the "mainland" of Nova Scotia. It's an interesting place, culturally and geographically, still referred to as New Scotland by many of the locals. The landscape is intense: rolling hills undulate inland, while cliffs drop suddenly down to the water, punctuating the fall with huge boulders like polished whales. There are beaches, which are quite pleasant and even swim-able. Since the strait of water on the west side is protected and gets some gulf stream currents, it's not much colder than water along the mid-Atlantic coast.

We did a few hikes in the Highlands National Park, which is where we saw several moose (meese? see previous post for a link to video), bald eagle, and pilot whales jumping in the waves below. The most amazing trail was the Skyline, a 4-mile hike where the halfway point was a series of boardwalk platforms across a ridge, ending on what felt like the end of the world. The Cabot trail languidly curved off the south side of the trail, while the trail zigzagged down to the coast. We also did an "extreme" whale watch in a 28' pontoon-type boat on pretty choppy waters, but the reward was seeing the coast from another angle and having small groups of pilot whales roll right next to the boat. They were playful and almost seemed to be happy that we were there.

After five eventful yet relaxing days on Cape Breton, we drove down to Halifax. The unfortunate part was that we only stayed two days. Our hotel, The Haliburton, was the perfect base to explore the city and the neighborhood was a little restaurant mecca in itself. We ate and drank well, discovering that there are some really good breweries in the city. Our favorite was Propeller, and no, they don't import to the US! I ate some amazing seafood, which was one of my goals for the trip, and covered much of the city by foot. It's very accessible and super friendly, and a great place to hear live music. I highly recommend Halifax (and Cape Breton) as a vacation destination.

Now that I'm back, the only news that I have to report is that I have bangs...after not having them since I was a young girl! I know you're riveted, so hopefully I have something better for you next time.