Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Flower Pick : Garden Variety Valentines

If January is winding down,
then it must be time to start dreaming Valentine's Day dreams!!

I never met a heart motif I didn't LVE...
...and pink 'n red color palettes certainly ARE my cup of tea...

So imagine my delight, when I spotted the roses in the garden
dressed in their favorite pink frills,  accessorized with jewels of morning dew,
and dancing in a golden sunrise!!

...A perfect Valentine's vision for a late January Friday Flower Pick.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Words of Wisdom : Worthwhile Imaginings

"Because when you ARE imagining 
you might as well imagine something worthwhile."

-Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables


Monday, January 25, 2016

Mermaid Monday : After the Rain

After a refreshing weekend, 
Monday morning sparkles like a splattering of rain drops 
caught on a bright red geranium.

...A beautiful shower at dawn gave way to a
blue sky full of fluffy white clouds the other day,
and I wanted to share a few of my favorite shots from that inspired morning!!

...I hope you're finding flowery, snowy, or sunshiny inspiration
to enliven the day!!

Happy MermaidMonday!!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday Flower Pick : Pink Camellias

 Ahhh, exquisite and ethereal pink camellias... shockingly beautiful in every way!!

I've made my mind up decidedly that they are indeed, 
my favorite flower of all=)...

Now, what to wear then on all these early mornings spent reveling in the blooms?
...Something fit for Wonderland, I suppose...
...with ruffles surely...
and in a creamy ivory color!!

Introducing my latest mermaid-make: A perfectly elegant (and splendidly old-fashioned!) cotton cape. 
Toss it over your shoulders, wearing the ties in the front or off to one side...
and march out to make the most of camellia season!!

Follow the link to find it on Etsy=)...


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mermaid Monday : Some Days Are Grey

Happy Mermaid Monday from lovely 'n pearly grey L.A.!!

January brings with it all sorts of wintery charms...
Like high, thunderous surf...
 and peaceful early morning walks along an (almost) deserted shore. 

Everything feels a little sleepy this time of year...
And while I enjoy a little cozy time to sew and crochet to my heart's content, I'm brightening up these winter days with my colorful Mermaid Zodiac illustrations!! 

Here's the first look at Mademoiselle Aquarius...all decked out in Valentine's pinks and reds, contrasting beautifully with her bright blue mane!!


Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday Flower Pick : Mushroom Morning

I have my eye on about two dozen camellia plants dotting my Friday Flower Pick-ing route that are ready to burst into bloom!! 
They are every shade of a valentines spectrum...
from creamy ivories, to delicate pinks, to flaming fuchsias.

...I simply can't wait for the show's opening!!
...Who knew January gardening could be so fascinating?!?

In the interim, 
I'm not neglecting the less showy,
albeit just as interesting, specimens...
like this magical mushroom circle!!

With a series of amazing sunrises lighting up my mornings and getting much of my attention this week, 
it's fun to think that the nearest photo op might be right underfoot!!


Monday, January 11, 2016

Mermaid Monday : White Flower Lei and So Much More

Happy Mermaid Monday to all!!

...Wow...After an interesting and thought provoking weekend at the Abraham-Hicks workshop in Long Beach,
and a few special birthday festivities following, 
I'm feeling totally refreshed and inspired!!

Case in point? 
...There's a fresh caftan in the works!! 
This time it's beach poncho-style garment...
with a swinging handkerchief hem and a flattering bias cut. 
The neckline can be reversed, for a higher or lower scoop neck on command,
and it floats like a dream over a swimsuit but looks absolutely fabulous with leggings too!!
In 100% cotton gauze, it's as cool as can be
and comes in Mademoiselle Mermaid's standard rainbow of delightful colors!!  

...The simple and elegant cut of the garment makes it the perfect canvas for a unique statement necklace- my handmade-to-order crochet, gauze, and lace lei being one of them.
I just couldn't resist snapping a few shots of this perfect summer daydream of an ensemble!!

After a bit of sewing and a bit of crochet, it's back to the drawing board (literally!!) for me.
I'm currently working on a series of Mermaid Zodiac illustrations.
Leo is the first to come to life, with Aquarius soon to follow!!

...And last, but certainly not least, 
Mermaid Monday began beautifully with quite an amazing, awe-inspiring sunrise...
And I just couldn't leave that part out:


Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday Flower Pick : Pansies Before the Rain

Spectacular rain showers have been giving way to all sorts of rainbows, all week long. 

...I've spotted four and counting :-)

As I dash around town 
in my rainbow knee socks, 
looking for the pots of gold,
I haven't forgotten to keep an eye out for lovely little specimens, undoubtedly pleased with mother nature's performance this week too!!

...That's how I found these pretty white and purple pansies,
waiting delightedly on the rain.



Saturday, January 2, 2016

Mermaid Musing : Saturday Sketching

It's a serene 'n sunny Saturday afternoon, the first weekend of the New Year, and I'm taking a little time to work on some fashion illustrations!!
Dreaming up new caftans and beach cover-ups is top priority 
for Mademoiselle Mermaid in 2016=)...
I'm thinking something bias cut...
and I'm loving this swinging, sassy little number!!

...Bringing it to life soon=)...


Friday, January 1, 2016

Friday Flower Pick : Red Winter Berries

On a brisk morning Friday Flower Pick walk, nothing says "Happy New Year!" quite like a burst of bright red winter berries, fantastically displayed on a background of dark and bright greens!!

...It's last call for jingle bells, ugly holiday sweaters, and red and Christmas green decor too:-)...

I hope your season was the merriest and brightest, 
and now it's time to say "cheers!" to a New Year
full of flowers, fashion, and fun!!