Friday, October 24, 2008


Saturday was the grand opening of Tangerine and all I can saw is "Oh my goodness" So many friends, family, neighbors, and fellow artists came out for the big day.

We served red velvet cupcakes, brownies and pink champagne. The morning of the opening I was sure I wasn't ready, I had so much left to do and all the inventory hadn't arrived but it was perfect, incredibly-wonderfully perfect.

The weather was beautiful, there were bubbles floating outside the door, the air inside the store was sweet with the smell of frosting and flowers. Everyone tasted, toasted and I felt like I was inside someone Else's dream.

Two days ago Connie Govea Stuart popped in to play. She brought her canvas tote, her pretty place mat and all her bits and pieces. She sat at the big table and seemed to make magic happen. This woman is unbelievable, creativity just flows from her. Everything she makes has a sweetness...I was very happy to have her here.

Colleen Moody took a break from her studio and her adorable husband who is flat on his back healing from surgery to bring me a little pumpkin decorated with hydrangea, ribbon and glittery Beatles's. It was good to see her and we all wish her husband a speedy recovery.

Iva Wilcox arrived all smiles. This wonderful woman has motivated me to do things I just never thought I would or could.

Basha Kooler from Kooler designs was here bearing a great big pumpkin tied with tuille. She brought her beautiful daughter and the man she loves. She is so funny, genuine and kind. We are both talking about working on a project together, stay tuned.

I don't want to leave anyone out but this post could go on forever. Thank you wonderful friends for helping me open Tangerines doors with such love, laughter and good wishes.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Tangerine is opening October 18th!

Oh, Oh, Oh, can you believe it!

Yes the doors are finally opening. There is still plenty of work to do but I just can't wait any longer.

Tangerine is swinging it's little door wide open so come and play, have some pink champagne and cupcakes, shop, laugh, nibble, meet other artists.

It will be a casual, friends, family, artists coming in and out all day.

So put on something sparkly and Celebrate women, art, life...

7038 Village Parkway Dublin

Look for the paper lanterns.


Saturday, August 2, 2008

Pulling it together

I went out today to the salvage yard in Berkeley to pick up some old doors, a mint green sink, two windows, and some rusty metal things. It seems this is the beginning of Tangerine. I know it sounds odd but I think it is going to be beautiful.

The space is industrial. I laid a faux wood floor and painted the walls but the rest of the space needs a little character. I could have gone over to Ikea and bought some new things but they just seemed so slick and plastic.

I want texture, color and curiosity. The trick is to not make it look like a yard sale or make it too shabby-chic cute.

The sink is an antique pedestal with original hardware. I am going to clean it up and display handmade soaps and bath salts in it.

The old doors will become tables. I love them they are all different sizes and colors and worn perfectly. Steve will have to build legs for them that I will paint a terrible blue. I will wash and seal them tomorrow.

I can not wait to see beautiful things arranged on these big solid tables. I love the idea of pretty glass and ceramic mixed with chipped paint and rusty hinges.

I have the most beautiful drawings that Stevie did several years ago that I am going to burn into a screen and print onto kids t-shirts, they are called "Pick Me" I know they will fly out of the store.

There are many artists that keep sending me work to look at, I wish I had the budget to buy it all, and there will be a time when I can.

So far we have hand blown glass earrings, the sweetest t-shirts, hand-made soap, vintage baby quilts, vinyl bracelets, toys, paper crowns, big jars of bubble gum, paper clay figurines, pins, buttons, cards and cupcakes.

I love this job, I can't wait to open!!!


Thursday, July 31, 2008


Oh my Goodness I am not sure what I am thinking but I am opening a new studio. I am going to keep Eleven Morning but it seems I have outgrown the space for teaching workshops and making my own art.

My new space will be blocks from home in a small industrial building that is a little funky but has much potential. The walls are already painted a creamy yellow and I am collecting all the fixtures an furniture we will need. I am calling it Tangerine.

I can walk or ride my bike, the space is sweet and I am excited (and terrified) to get moved in.

The Eleven Morning Website will include all the Tangerine information and I have a new blog for Tangerine news.

There will be more workshops, sweet treats, ephemera, unusual art supplies, and great art you can play with and purchase.

Someone pinch me quick!!!

Monday, July 28, 2008


Oh my Goodness...

I swear the paint was still wet when I listed a couple of the new sisters on Etsy. The next day I sold five out of seven. I wanted to get them posted here but it all went so fast. I started a new group of girls (nine of them) and they just keep getting sweeter. They won't be ready for another week or two but I will let everyone here know before I put them up on Etsy.

Thank you all for being patient.

The Eleven Morning website is still up and running but it is getting a face-lift to be a little more shopper friendly and easier to navigate. Check back in a couple weeks hopefully it will be bigger and better.

August is fast approaching and I am so excited about Convenzione. It looks like the weather may just be perfect for the workshop we are having here at the studio. I was worried we would have to move it to Sawsan's Gallery on Village but fingers crossed we can play here were all the fun stuff is.

If you are curious about Convenzione 08 and 09 just go to or to get all the juicy details. Chel has been working her tail off to make this event spectacular. I think there are still more tickets for this years show.

Well my sweeties have a wonderful summer day, eat outside, play music in the kitchen and don't forget to stand outside under the stars...


Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Oh the lavender is here and my studio smells like a little bit of heaven.

I planted a little lavender last year that turned into a lot of lavender this summer. I harvested some this morning before the bee's came for breakfast. I think I might make sweet-dream-pillows.

Many years ago I had one that I kept in my pillow case, it is made of soft fabric stuffed with dead sea salt and lavender. You keep it close to you while you sleep, the lavender is a conduit for peaceful sleep and the salt is suppose to neutralize any negative energy.

Don't be surprised if I put a few on Etsy.

I am working on six new dolls. The first four sisters were sold so quickly and the requests keep comin' I promise there will be more. The photo above is of a couple of the girls getting a shine and a tan out on my worktable. I may be in love with them already. One of them got a little drippy and she looks teary, that one I may have to keep, she is heartbreaking.

It is so hot here in Northern California, we are in the middle of another little heatwave. I am melting but my tomato's are happy, they have been waiting for some bright sunlight to help them get all red and sweet.

Stay cool friends and drink lots of lemonade, here is fun recipe:

Make Lemonade the way you like it (you gotta use real lemons!)
Add some sliced strawberries
Add some ice and sparkling water
Add some cucumber curls, yes cucumber.

You can make the curls by using a veggie peeler you use the skin and the pale green part of the cucumber but avoid the seeds. The longer this brew sits the better but it is ready to drink right away.

It might sound a little strange but it is so yummy and refreshing.

Happy Summer

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Fourth

Oh it was a good day. Water slide, bonfire, sack race, trampoline, BBQ, fireworks. Noah had so much fun and I loved watching him smile like that.

Danielle's Cake topper is finished I hope she likes it. I will have to re-shoot the photo's my camera died yesterday and I had to run out and buy a new one. I know nothing about digital camera's swore I would never own one. I still have my old Nikon SLR with a four year old roll of 35mm film in it!

I am a purist about art but I have to admit the digital camera sure makes my life easier. I bought a Cannon PowerShot A470. It is actually a better camera than my last one. Stevie bought it and she paid 500 buckeroos for it. This one cost me a 100 and it does what the other one did and when it dies I won't run around in circles like Rumpelstiltskin yelling obscenities.

Here are a few photos of the fourth and one of the last photos from the old camera of the cake topper.

Hope everyone had an amazing fourth.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Portrait of a Woman

I just found a new bisque supplier, and I am a very happy girl. My old supplier skipped town so no more giant bowls and platters for me. My new supplier is wonderful and I think Ann and I will both have a wonderful year.

I am gearing up for an ongoing workshop. I will teach it here and online. We will be working with big ceramic French platters. It will be a self portrait workshop for women of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

The objective is pure self expression, who we are, who others think we are, how we see ourselves in truth, beauty, fear, longing, sorrow and love. We will be serving up intimate portraits of ourselves. I love the idea of using a traditional object.

If you are interested in being a part of the project please email me. It will be very exciting, there will be an online gallery of the completed project and a show at a local gallery of all the work.

At the moment I am collecting names. Let me know if you would like to meet for workshops at Eleven Morning or if you need to do a virtual workshop. I will have more details in a couple weeks. I plan to begin the project at the end of summer.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Oh I am back...

I just got back from the Reno trip. The drive was loooong, the sky was smokey and Reno just happened to be having unusually hot weather. Our space at this show was outdoors (a surprise) The sun was blazing and we were not prepared for the day. Chel was a trooper and stayed positive trying to make the best out of an intense situation, I wilted.

I was not as happy. The heat was way more than my body could handle and I like heat. My spirits crashed when my dolls began to crack, split and some looked liked spent firecrackers. The larger doll heads have a core that seems to expand when conditions are very, very hot.

I usually air dry my dolls, they sit in my studio window in full sun and have no problem. In Reno the dry desert heat, the intense sun beating down literally baked them. I packed up after spending an hour unpacking. I went back to the hotel, took a shower, a swim, ordered room service and Noah and I watched Horton Hears a who.

Chel did her very best to make it through the rest of the day but packed up at the end of it feeling really sun-sick.

There are a million details I am leaving out that seemed strange and tragic while they were happening but seem comical and memorable now.

I think I will need to have and exploded doll sale...

Home sweet home, time to start making some new dolls.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


The amazing Sarah and Gabriell bringing in the New year a few years ago...

It is Tuesday...I made a huge spaghetti dinner and I am blissed out on the carbs. Chel called today and it looks like we are on for the Tumbleweed Cotillion in Reno this weekend. It will be a long, long drive but it should be fun. Lavender Ridge sounds beautiful and who wouldn't want to be surrounded by lavender fields?

I am in the process of building a display for the show. Chel and I will be sharing and we have very different styles, not sure how it is all going to turn out but my fingers are crossed it will be pretty and appealing.

My big project when I come back will be working on Danielle's wedding cake topper. I am not a fan of custom orders, avoid them mostly all the time but this one I felt pulled to. I love her wedding colors and the idea of my figurines on a big white cake. I am sure she will love it, if not I will bake myself a big white cake.

Sawsan and Aura came by Eleven Morning to make earrings and make a big dinner. We had a great time. We didn't get much work done but we did the most important things like eat desert first then sit by candle light and eat a slow dinner. There is a new organic yogurt shop called Blush that just came to town, we tried all the flavors, had an ice-cream buffet.

I am curious to find out who signed up for the August workshops at Convenzione in Pleasanton this August. I love meeting new people and this workshop will be a lot of fun. I know Chel is working hard to make this an awesome experience.

The feedback, pre-orders and the generous donations (Thank you Colleen Moody from a Seasonal Mood for the big bucks) for Pink sky have been wonderful. The book is due to be shipped out on the twenty-fifth. I am not sure how long it takes 400 pounds of books to get here from Texas but as soon as they arrive I will be sending out the purchased copies and getting the donation packages ready. Thank you, Thank you!

The sisters I made were a hit and I have several requests. Please be patient they are being created as we speak. There will be a collection of nine. I will put them up on Etsy before the paint has a chance to dry!

Shout out to Sarah McMoyler of The McMoyler method. Congrats on the new book and DVD.

Sarah is one of my favorite people. She has been my friend, my family, my therapist, my angel. She is also a childbirth Guru. If you are planning to have a baby, know someone who is having a baby or are about to give birth you must buy her CD and or her new book, The Best Birth. It is good information for smart people. Her childbirth classes in San Fransisco sell out months in advance, it is the ultimate childbirth class and a wonderful experience.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

New Dollies!

Good morning everyone,

It is so pretty outside my studio windows, the sun is up, it is warm already but there is a pleasant breeze coming through the canyons. I woke up with some new ideas that I can't wait to get started on. I think there is a new book in my head that wants to be on paper. This time I think I might watercolor...

Its' fathers day so Noah and I got up early to cook. Steve pretended he was asleep, it's a tradition to bring the paper and breakfast in bed. Noah made coffee while I sliced berries and peaches for the the crepe filling. We whisked batter and made gigantic crepes that we filled with sweet fruit and whipped cream. The kitchen was a mess, Noah and I did more sampling than cooking, and Steve loved his treat.

I spent all day yesterday finishing these four little sisters; Cakes, Button, Pickle and Noodle.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Pink Sky is a real book!


Pink Sky is now a real book! I just got the proof today. Iva was here but she missed the delivery by about a minute. The order is in and in two wonderful weeks we can release this sweet treasure!

I am going to open ordering up at for those of you who would like to pre-order and have been waiting so patiently. Remember that proceeds from the book go back to The Pink Sky Project so that we can donate books to families.

This is so exciting.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I got not strings...

Good morning!

So much is going on here at Eleven Morning. The most exciting is that I finally have a confirmation that the Pink Sky proof is on it's way. I am so frustrated by this way-too-long-process but happy that I will finally get to see it! I really want the book to be ready for ZNE's Convenzione in August.

If the weather continues doing what it is doing the Turn, Turn, Turn workshop in August will take place at a gallery just two blocks from my house where there is glorious air conditioning. We will still make a little field trip to Eleven Morning so everyone can visit and have some lemonade.

I am playing with some new dolls that are based on some old sketches my daughter did several years ago. I created fabric dolls from these sketches at the time but now i am using paper clay. It has been so much fun.

I found an old box of pin dolls I made with the girls when they were little and felt inspired by
dollproject on Etsy to make some new ones. I think it would make a fun workshop.

Chelise and I are off to Reno to do the Tumbleweed Cotillion. How she roped me into that I will never know. I am not sure I am a fit for the show but it will be an exciting adventure. It should be a very beautiful venue they are having it at Lavender Ridge this year so it should smell heavenly.

Have a creative week, look through old sketch books, and at some older work you have stored away you might be surprised at how re-inspired you may become.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons...

Oh Yippee!!!

I have a new button maker and it feels like Christmas. I have wanted one of these since I was a
little kid now it is mine all mine.

Here are the first round of buttons...

These are all little girls doing cute things like eating cupcakes, catching stars, blowing out candles, and collecting flowers.

I attached them to sweet little gift cards.


Another Baby...

I tried it one more time and had to stop, it is too addicting and starts stirring up hormones that need to stay dormant right now.

I sculpted this baby while watching a documentary. I was holding it in my hand sculpting and watching, sculpting and watching...

She looked so comfy and peaceful I let her stay curled up.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Oh Baby!

For Mothers day I requested a peaceful, uninterrupted day in my studio, chocolate and a fondue dinner. So far it has been a wonderful day.

I could have finished the dolls for the Somerset submission or started on the rainy day figurines. I could have vacuumed and organized the ribbon drawers or did the drawings for the new buttons.

Instead I decided to learn something totally new. I had a box of Super Sculpey that has been sitting in drawer waiting to be brought to life. Today was it's lucky day, it became a tiny baby. This is my first attempt but true to my nature it will not be my last. My neighbor stopped in fell in love and has pre-ordered one, then a really good friend of mine stopped by for some silver clay and thought it was kinda creepy. I love it, what fun, I think it must give you an oxytocin rush.

Thank you Cheimarie for the lesson!

Sunday, May 4, 2008


It has been the most beautiful and peaceful day. I watched The Jane Austen Book Club (didn't like it) and made a little girl riding on a flying pony.

I stayed in my pajamas all day, cooked, made art and didn't do even a little house work.

This is good.

The bluebird doll sold and I am really happy about that the woman who bought it is a doll collector and she loves the doll.

Ivy found a new home in Pennsylvania.

Next week I am closing the studio down and concentrating on other things. It is very easy to spend hours and sometimes days in here and forget about the outside world.

Art makes me happy but taking care of my responsibilities allows me to make art.

I think I will live it up until responsibility day and make a grilled cheese sandwich and lay on the carpet looking at all my art magazines while I eat it. I also have to go out and buy red paint which means I will come home with a bag full of strange little happies.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Turning Music Boxes!

Here are the girlies...

This is Pistachio... She gently turns as butterflies flutter around her, and a gentle tune plays.

To see the whole collection go to

They turned out so beautifully.