Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I'm so happy to announce that after over a year and a half of dedicated work, The Illustrated Alphabet is done! Naptime by naptime, evening by evening, it was a long and marvelous journey.  I learned what I like to draw and paint all over again.

Here are some pages. Take a close look . . .
see if you can find all of the words within each letter.

The books will be arriving soon from the printer. If you're interested in pre-ordering a copy, you can do that through PayPal, right here:

Pre-Order The Illustrated Alphabet Book

It will be shipped to you via USPS, ASAP because you're a VIP. ;) 
I’d also love to sign it for you, simply include any names or info you’d like added

In addition to the book, I'm also selling high quality prints of each of the pages, which are available on the 3 STAR STUDIO etsy shop -

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And this Saturday April 12th, from 5PM - 8PM, these prints will be debuted to the general public at the wonderful South Philly landmark shop, Nice Things Handmade.

Here are the details - please join us!

The Illustrated Alphabet - An ABC Children's Book Release Party 
Saturday April, 12th 
5PM - 8PM
Nice Things Handmade
1731 E. Passyunk Ave.

All my love,

Sunday, December 1, 2013


I'm getting closer to finishing this ABC book - and it's incredibly exciting.  It is!!
Why?  Is it because researching words is so fun? Yes.  Is it because drawing these words is so fun? Yes.  Is it because fitting all these words and ideas and shapes and colors into a single letter is so fun? Yes.  And is it also because I've been working almost a year and half on this, every day, during nap times? YES.

Without further ado, here's a sneak peek of a couple of letters, in homage to my favorite West Wing lady. (notice the changes and upgrades that have happened to J)

More updates and info to come!


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Street Geodes

Well, these are amazing and beautiful! 

More here - Street Geodes


Friday, October 25, 2013

Fall Fest

We'll be at the marvelous East Passyunk Fall Festival and Spooky Saturday events tomorrow.  And there are some new amazing things to show off.  Both Zak and I are making wonderful items for ALL AGES! Finally!

This event is tons of fun, kids, costumes, music, candy, pumpkins, and crafty folks. One of our favorite events. Come out and visit us.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A couple more pages . . .

Of in-progress alphabet fun!  Take a close look to spot all the words. P is practically popping in pinks and purples. Z likes extra pizzazzzz


Friday, September 13, 2013


I've been working letter by letter over the past many months on an alphabet book. It's turning out to be something that I really love. Here's a peek at a couple of (almost done) pages. Can you spot all the words? Don't forget about colors . . .

There's 24 more where these came from . . .

Stay tuned!

Friday, July 19, 2013

USING VIBRANT COLOR - online class

So there's this fabulous couple (Carla and Steve) who know how to make beautiful, elegant, silly, instructional art classes for anyone who wants to play. And they invited me to teach a class about painting and color. And it was an amazing experience!

Did you ever watch Bob Ross, and find it mesmerizing and fun?

Well, I'm teaching an online, video art class about using bold, bright, pow!-zap! vibrant COLOR - and you should join in.

Here's a teaser for the whole line up
And here's how it works:

You sign up, get the supplies, watch one delightful video each day for 5 days, and  - we make art together!  If you're brave, post your work and we'll talk about it. Each piece will take you about one hour to complete.

You'll learn some tricks, learn about my process, learn about me (wink) and have 5 new meaningful, decorative, vibrant, original paintings . . . made by you.

Even if you just want to watch me try and work on a drawing with a camera pointed at me (not as easy as I thought it would be), or see me attempt to paint and talk at the same time (like chewing gum and walking, right?) . . . sign up!

Art Class Summer Camp happens here
Mine starts August 5th and runs through the 9th
(but you can sign up anytime after that and go at your own pace)

Let's have an art adventure together.


Monday, June 17, 2013

I love them. I really do.

I'm very proud of the new necklaces I made for the upcoming Manayunk Arts Festival. They resonate harmoniously in color, design and function. I've tried each one on and feel incredibly happy wearing them. Here are a few, each fully adjustable so they sit in  *just*  the right comfortable spot. I hope they all find wonderful necks soon.

Above: 3 strand, gemstone, wood, glass, porcelain and wood bib necklaces

 Below: Olive wood, stones, ceramic and gold cord long necklaces


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

And in June . . .

Come visit the fabulous area of Manayunk and get some serious goodies. I'll be there, with a robust table of new and wonderful treasures.  June 22 - 23  Manayunk Arts Festival


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Next up . . .

The always awesome Art Star Craft Bazaar.  This event is a big-time fun-fest.  Right next to the river, it's filled with great music, great food, friendly people, fountains, kids, dogs, chatting, strollers, and about a million awesome little treats for your life.

Plus, it's Mother's Day weekend, which means you will find JUST THE THING for Mom. And you. And a friend, or two.



Ah! Spring is here, and I'm busy admiring all the blooming plants. AMAZING these flowers and trees.  Right?!

But I need to tell you all about the fabulous craft fairs that are coming up. These events, and the folks who attend, are a bunch of wonderful people. We all like to make stuff, get together, chat exchange good ideas and buy new magical things which make our days brighter. Come visit.

Last fair - Crafty Balboa - is a top notch fun festival -

Always a blast. More to come.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Next awesome event - Go West! Craft Fest - in West Philly at The Woodlands.
Saturday, April 20th  (rain date Sunday, April 21st)
11 am - 5 pm . . . with jugglers! Live music! And treeeees!