Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer camps — then and now

I went to summer camp for nine years as a kid. It was a small, family-run all-girls overnight camp in western New Jersey near the Delaware Water Gap called Camp Nyoda — the same camp that my mother and aunt went to as girls. That's me, fifth from the left in what I'm guessing was about 1986.

From the very first summer when I called home halfway through the first week and asked to stay longer, I knew that I was in a special place. It was a place that nurtured creativity in all its forms, embraced individuality while helping us form deep, lasting relationships. My seven years as a camper and two as a counselor at Camp Nyoda truly formed the person I would become and was where I most felt myself.

I'm reflecting on this time in part because I have been lucky enough to find a new camp tradition at Small Craft's Craft-a-way camp which happens this coming weekend in Waterloo State Park here in Michigan. Hooray! This will be my third year at Craft-A-Way camp and each time I am flooded with memories of my childhood camp experiences.

But really, Nyoda is in my thoughts these days because they suffered a great loss this spring when a fire wiped out four of the seven bungalows campers and counselors live in for the summer. In true Nyoda spirit, there has been an outpouring of support to get everything rebuilt and up and running for the 2015 camp season that starts July 5. They are almost there! If by chance you'd like to lend a hand — or send some dollars — the Give Forward campaign to rebuild is here. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bride & Home Magazine 1968

In the late 1960s, my grandmother was the editor of Bride & Home magazine. This "Autumn Preview" issue from 1968 was saved for me by my mom. It featured photos of my parents' apartment in Manhattan. I love everything about this: From the stories highlighted on the cover, to the much hyped — and somewhat exaggerated — obsession by my parents of all things nautical in the article and apartment styling. 

The wooden schooner on the wall still hangs in my mom's home. How's that for a little #tbt?!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Greeting cards update in the shop

I just completed a massive update to the greeting card section of my shop. Hooray! This has been a long time coming, but now you can see just about every card I have available. That includes this fun green Vespa card, or perhaps you need to send an apology or oops message with this sassy Pink Pearl eraser card!

Monday, June 08, 2015

Custom paintings for local real estate office

I'm really excited to share photos of three custom paintings I just finished for Buckley Jolley, a local real estate office here in Brighton, Michigan. The three pieces will be displayed together as a series and I loved thinking about imagery for house hunters: A large prominent exterior, an all-over design with all different types and styles of houses and a cross-section of a house representing the idea of home. 

The whole project was an adventure! I don't usually work this large — 29x41 inches each — and don't do a lot of commissioned original painting. A big thank you to Colin at The Artisan's Bench for orchestrating the whole thing and to Todd and Natalie Buckley for being so great to work with. And a big thank you to Katie Bramlage for being my model above! I look forward to seeing these framed up and in the space and will be sure to share photos then.

Some details up close

Monday, June 01, 2015

Five years of Junes

Another look back at my calendar designs through the years. Five years of Junes. These are some of my favorites seen all together! I must love June. Mays are here, Aprils are here, Marches are here, Februaries are here, Januaries are here.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The Symmetry of Snowflakes

A book cover illustration I recently did for The Symmetry of Snowflakes by local Ann Arbor author, Paul Michael Peters. You may remember my work with Paul on his first book, Peter in Flight.