Monday, March 29, 2010


I have been working on my new website. I like what my current site looks like and I have gotten great feedback-and lots of work from it. However, I don't feel it fully represents my current work. After putting this off for over a year, I finally sat down and started working on an updated layout. And, I have found someone who is going to get it up and running for me-YEAH!!

I want my website to:
  • represent my work
  • be a portfolio of past and current projects
  • advertise my products and services
  • advertise where I am and where you can find me
  • encourage people to check back frequently
I am curious...what are some of your favorite websites? What do you like and what drives you crazy? Any advice or opinions about websites are very much appreciated!!

Here are a few websites I really like. What do you think?

My new website should be up by mid May! So, stay tuned!!

Have a good weekend and Happy Easter!

hungarian egg painting

Last Friday NAWA hosted an "All About The Arts In Hungary" day. It was fantastic! One of the activities was to learn to paint Hungarian Easter eggs. It was a ton of fun and quite the challenge!
eggs painted by the professional
Wax is put into the tip of a cone that is attached to a stick. Next, you place this tip over the candle flame to melt the wax.
quickly draw on the egg before the wax coolsrub gold powder over the wax.My finished eggs.
It was so hard to quickly draw your design with a steady hand.
Not my work:) I took this photo years ago when we were visiting Budapest.If you know me, you know I love learning how things are made. This was such a treat that I got to actually to try my hand at this craft. And I got to tell you-it was so hard to make a straight line.

Check out this link to learn more: click here

blog update: my grandmother's quilt

I blogged last week about quilting and spoke about a quilt my grandmother made. Well, she sent me a photo. Thanks Grandma!

marble, gold leaf and intricate patterns: parliament

Last week was a pretty good week although I was not very productive in producing much work. I think I hit a bit of a creative bump. I have been working pretty hard the past few months and I just couldn't bring myself to do anything! By the time Friday came I as napping in the afternoon to escape the piles on my desk-how bad is that! I have all these ideas but my hands just couldn't do it. I just couldn't do it. I was done.

Fortunately I did have two things planned last week that got me away from my desk and inspired me in different ways. First, I went on a tour of Parliament. WOW! What a building! It is the second largest Parliament in Europe and was completed in 1904. It is an amazing building with marble, gold leaf and intricate patterns everywhere! See for yourself!
Very inspiring don't you think?
The second things I did last week...stay tuned!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

come visit me!

It has been three months since my last show. Where has the time gone? Well, I have some new magnet designs, new notebook colors and a new notebook design! So if you are looking for something to do on Sunday swing by the American International School of Budapest's Food Festival.

the details:
American International School of Budapest
Nagykovácsi út, Building "B" known as "Old Building"
Sunday, March 28, 2010
11 am to 3pm
notice the new design?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

in search of inspiration

Hello and Happy Tuesday! There is so much to cover in this post. I have been so busy. I can not believe it is March 23 and I have had a constant stream of work since January. Last year it seemed there was much more time to network, focus and dream. This year all that dreaming and networking have paid off-this is good. I keep thinking next month is going to be slow and then the next month comes and it is just as busy as the month before. I just got the show schedule from my rep and it looks like things are going to stay busy til June.

With all this work and designing I have to actually schedule time to research trends and gather inspiration. Without days when I can sketch, read and search for magazine tears there is no designing. My imagination pot dries up and there is nothing left. So, last week I put aside a pile of magazines and started cutting, sorting and taping. Working on new pages for my book of inspiration.
my print & pattern bible
Ironically my friend Josephine just blogged about her method of gathering tears and making notebooks. We have the same process!

After tearing up a bunch of magazines I went out and spent some money buying new ones. And they are great! Below are the three April editions I bought. Funny, I bought "Homes & Gardens" and "House & Garden". They are actually different magazines. Vogue Living Australia-a must buy!
from Vogue Living Australia I have never been a fan of traditional ikat. But, this is another story! The colors are fantastic.
from Homes & Gardens
love the colors and the florals
from House & Garden
The photographer is Sabina Rüber. I highly recommend checking out her website. Click here.
Her photos are beautiful. The colors and composition make me think they are paintings.And there is more...I told you I had allot to cover today. I was looking at Fiona Richards blog and saw her post about the New York Public Library Digital Gallery. This is the coolest site for viewing archived images! Tons of inspiration all at your finger tips. Check out the images below.
That is it for now. Enjoy the sites and links. I hope you will find them as inspiring as I have.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


I wish I could get to London to see the new V&A exhibit. The V&A will present its first ever exhibition of British quilts, with examples dating from 1700 to the present day!

This exhibit is timely as quilts and quilting fabrics seem to be taking on a life of their own. As a child I always watched my grandma quilt. She made quilts for the bed and to hang on the wall. One of my favorite quilts of hers is one where she printed photos of the family onto swatches of fabric and quilted the family into the quilt....a family tree quilt! What I love most about this quilt is all the little details that she has sewn onto it....a button from an old dress and jewelry from the past. A special quilt indeed. (I wish I had a photograph to post with this.)

It seems like over the past 10 years there has been a surge of younger artists beginning to quilt. Along with this has come a wave of designers creating quilting fabrics with edgy designs and bold colors. Quilting fabrics these days are not just used for quilts but for clothing as well. I wrote about my friend Josephine Kimberling last month. She is a great example of one of the new designers out there creating great quilting fabrics with bold and bright colors. A few others that I like are Amy Butler, Heather Bailey and Anna Maria Horner.
Why has quilting seen this surge of popularity? Is it because of the "handmade movement". Or is it the economy and the time we live in?

I grew up sewing. My grandma who was quilting was also teaching me to sew clothes for my Barbi's. I have always enjoyed sewing. There is a calmness that settles with me-much like how I feel when I am painting. Is this why other people sew? To take a break from the ciaos and focus on a needle and thread? Why do you sew? I really wan to know. Grandma-why did you start quilting?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Upcoming Events

I have added a new feature to the blog (look at the right hand side of the page): Upcoming Events. You can now keep tabs on where I will be! Notice on March 28 I will be participating in the annual international festival at the American International School of Budapest. Stay tuned for more info...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Loving Lavender

Back in December I worked on a fun project for my friend Catherine. She and her husband were giving the gift of lavender for the holidays. They harvested the lavender from their farm and had lotion, oil and soap made. She had seen my notebook s and loved them. She had the idea of including notebooks in with the lavender baskets. Everything was going to be pulled together with the packaging...all done by me!

It was a great project for a number of reasons. First, Catherine and I think the same, we have the same taste and get excited over the same little matching purple ribbon and small bits of apple green on the labels! So it was fun to collaborate with her on the designs. Second, I have never done labels for a project like this and am really happy with how they turned out. They are completely my style. Which means it was easy to work on. The ideas came quickly and naturally. I love when I can work on a project and the idea doesn't feel forced.

Bath Oil and Body Lotion
close up of labelsnotebooksWhat do you think?

Monday, March 8, 2010

escaping the city: a weekend in csákberény

A retreat to the countryside is always good for the heart and mind. I took no computer, we had no TV (although we don't own one anyway) and had a cottage full of inspiring designer books & magazines and two sketchbooks. Did I mention the view? Rolling hills and vineyards...absolutely beautiful! A weekend recap...

warm fire
yummy homemade soup (nagyon finom!)
bike ride through town
walk through the vineyards
delicious local white wine
read, read and read
sketch ideas
take a nap
take a hot bath with lots of candles
dinner with dear friends
play with snoopy the dog
fantasize about owning our own cottage someday


Kis Alma Haz (Little Apple House)Inspiration and sketchingInspiration can be found all around the houseHomemade goodiesInspiring & productive weekend!

Thank you to our dear friends for letting us escape to their cottage for the weekend. It was a wonderfully relaxing time.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

happily buried in creative work

I got so many emails from the last post. Thank you to everyone!! I am working on a few more projects that I am very excited to talk about....but I need to wait a bit longer. Call me superstitious but I don't want to say too much too soon. Sometimes things fall just never know. Lets just say it is a big project and if all goes well I will be spilling everything in May! (I am jumping up and down right now:)

I have been drawing more the past two months than I can ever remember. It feels really good.
Do you recognize the ink drawing below? It is the beginnings of what became "Secret Garden" for Alluminare.
I am so excited to be heading to the countryside this weekend with Steven. We are going to get to have dinner with one of my dearest friends and stay in one of her cottages. I blogged about this special place here and here. I am looking forward to bike rides, long walks and wine next to the fireplace and being computer free. Just sketchbook and paints:) I suspect I will have some very good photos on Monday. Until then, cheers and Happy Thursday!

Monday, March 1, 2010

one cat out of the bag...alluminare!

One of my big projects is finally up and public! I am a new designer for Alluminare! Alluminare is an online lighting, wallpaper, pillow, and fabric by the yard company. Once you find a pattern you like, you can change the colors to match your taste and needs. Cool concept, hugh? Well I have submitted three designs and I am really happy with how they have turned out.

Click on the below image to take you to my page.
Below are my three designs and some items I made on the website. I had so much fun recoloring and seeing the design on lamps, wallpaper and cushions!

"Retro Bloom"
Pendant lamp with Retro Bloom in purples
"Moroccan Medallion"
Moroccan Medallion recolored in browns and blue and sized to wallpaper.
"Secret Garden"Secret Garden recolored in greens and seen as wallpaper.
Secret Garden recolored for cushions!