• Creative Thinking


    I am so thrilled to have my very first drawn illustration in the current issue of UPPERCASE Magazine! 

    I drew this on Thanksgiving, 2017. We decided to stay home and celebrate, just the three of us. I wanted my daughter to feel like that even though we weren't going anywhere, it was going to be a special day. So, I let her pick the drinks!

  • Pushing Forward

    I'm trying to remember this and to boldly learn new things without getting bogged down by self doubt. It's hard!

  • Plugging Away

    I'm trying to enjoy the quiet stillness of winter. We've had lots of snow (and snow days) and rain, which has made for long weeks of nasty weather. I'm drawing daily and I can see myself steadily improving. 

  • 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.

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Pleasantly Surprised

The farmers' market is finally over for the season. Back at the beginning in May, I didn't have a job and my "plan b" farmers' market gig became my only job. Since then, I've added a part-time catering job and several freelance writing assignments and now, things are slowing down after a busy summer and fall stretch. I'm relieved to have made it through the six months with my kitchen (and refrigerator) intact.

I was pleasantly surprised with the warm reception that I got from market goers. I viewed the market as an experiment for me, an opportunity to make exactly what I wanted and a chance to set up my "store" with the benefit that I (hopefully) wouldn't have to eat everything myself! I was discouraged by several friends who knew the sort of desserts that I like to make. They wanted me to play it safe and make easy-to-like baked goods that would sell. But I stuck by my plan and used unusual flours, infused tea in my shortbread, made cocoa nibs as commonplace as chocolate chips....and people were excited by the choices.

The cookie that proved people were willing to try something different was a buckwheat-cocoa nib cookie from Alice Medrich. The baked cookies were a slightly unappealing concrete color but had a deliciously crumbly texture punctuated by crunchy nibs. Early Saturday morning when I was spreading chocolate ganache on one cookie and sandwiching another on top, I figured that they'd all be coming home with me later that afternoon. I certainly wasn't expecting the enthusiastic reaction that they received; people came back for more than one, and even asked for them the next week! That sleeper of a cookie was so popular that someone was talking about it still at the last market. I felt incredibly satisfied that my vision for Paper Cake Scissors was successful...and I achieved it on my own terms.

If there are any farmers' market peeps reading, thank you so much for your support and adventurous spirits. Meeting and talking to you throughout the season was the best part of my Saturday! The next holiday market that I'll be attending is December 18th–stay tuned, keep in touch, and place orders! My new brochure is finally up on my site.

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