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Lottie Lamb & Dottie Duck Illustrations

Hello, Friends! I’ve been absent for far too long and I’ve missed all of you!

I’ve been taking several online drawing classes. This time I’m getting instruction from   Have any of you taken classes on this site?  They have a variety of topics and classes are taught by professionals who work in the field that they teach.  Each class is broken down into small segments and you can watch them at your leisure.  You can even slow down or speed up the videos.  If you’d like feedback from your teacher or classmates, you can submit projects from your classwork homework.  It’s a great way to learn!

One of the classes I took was called Drawing Cuties in 3 simple Steps by Yasmina Creates.   It was such a fun class and really helped me loosen up a bit!  Here are three of my animal drawings:


I decided to use the lamb and duck prints, ribbon and clay molds.  I think they turned out pretty cute!

I think these would be so cute in a nursery!  I think I’ll continue working in this style from time to time.  Does anyone have any animal you’d like to see drawn like this?  I can think of several that would be darling drawn in this format.

Paper clay is another fun medium in which to work.  I just purchased the key hole molds and can’t wait to make more of them.  I love shadow boxes because you can include a custom piece of art along with some 3-dimensional pieces like vintage jewelry, buttons, and clay.

Another class I recently took was about drawing different styles of banners.  This was another Skillshare class and was taught by Peggy Dean.  I know that banners are a popular trend among people who use bullet journals.  I’m going to tell on myself about my bullet journal experience.  I was so excited to get started journaling that I purchased a brand new journal and decided that I would be perfect for using a bullet journal.  I couldn’t wait to start all the doodling and drawing neat banners.  I had each day pictured as a magnificent work of art.  Of course, I was only thinking of how much fun I would have making each page look cute and not thinking about the whole reason one uses such a journal!   My phone rang one day and I was mortified to realize that I had forgotten about my dentist appointment.  After realizing that I missed my 6-month check up with them, I felt my face flush as I realized that I had also missed a post-surgical appointment for my mom!  That was the end of my bullet journaling days.  However, I still love drawing banners and including them in my artwork!

That’s all for now.   I always love hearing from you so feel free to drop me a line!

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My Creative Slump



Time to be real and confess that I’m in the throes of a maddening, creative conundrum. I think it all began just before Christmas.  I spent a week working on pencil dog portraits.  I hadn’t worked in pencil for quite some time, so I found myself pretty nervous.   Finn has a vision problem if you noticed the difference in his eyes. Here are the sweet pooches that I drew that week:









The following week I spent a painting on canvases for my amazing grandchildren. I don’t pretend to be much of a painter.   I love to draw, but painting feels out of control to me!  I managed to get them all done but didn’t have any drawing time that week.  Here are the paintings I worked on:







Christmas came and went.  It was a lovely day and so much fun!  You should have seen all seven kids unwrapping their gifts at one time.   It was hysterical!  After our festivities were over, I planned to spend plenty of time drawing.  I’m not sure exactly what happened to me, but a couple of weeks went by and I hardly drew at all.  I stayed busy and didn’t worry much about my lack of creativity.  I had signed up for a class that began on January 2 and I thought it would get me back on track.  Here are the only two drawings I did after the holidays:








Class began and I practically had to force myself to do the exercises.  I really liked the teacher’s style of instructing but I wasn’t really getting into the assignments.  I allowed myself to take off last week and draw in my normal style, medium and subjects that I enjoy.  Slowly but surely, I feel that I’m beginning to work through my creative slump.  I’m so grateful that I’m beginning to feel more like myself!  Here is the last drawing that I worked on:

At least it’s a start!  I know a few other artists who struggle from time to time with similar problems.  I’m curious as to whether any of you ever find yourself unable to do something that you love.  If so, how do you get over your writer’s block, artistic slump or any kind of creative trap?  Let’s encourage one another!

Please leave a comment!

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The Chocolate Extravaganza

The big event is finally here!  Tomorrow The Chocolate Extravaganza will be held at The Barn at Bay Horse Inn, Greenwood, Indiana.  The doors will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 3:00 p.m.  There will be 38 vendors of various kinds and also a raffle that will include gift items from each vendor!

Here are a few of the items that I’ve been working on recently:

Colored Pencil/Ballpoint Pen Note Cards
Framed Vintage Illlustrations

Ballpoint Pen Illustrated Note Cards

Sorry that my pics are blurry!  I am packed up and hope to see you tomorrow!

Have you begun your Christmas shopping or are you all finished?  If you had to choose one gift, that you are most excited about giving, what would that gift be?

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Lux Handbag Drawings

More Ballpoint Pen Illustrations

I’ve had a wonderful time playing with my pens the last couple of months!  I am working on my techniques, as drawing with a ballpoint pen is so different than working in pencil or colored pencil.

I have tried many brands of pens but really love Zebra and Staedtler the best. I also purchased a set of Japanese pens because they include yellow, which is a color that’s hard to come by.

I used the following illustrations to make blank note cards.  This was a fun project because I love purses and I love drawing them, too!  I used a gold gel pen for the metal and added Swarovski crystals to embellish the cards.  I also hand lined all the envelopes with coordinating papers.

Next week is the Chocolate Extravaganza at The Barn at Bay Horse Inn.  I’ve worked an incredible number of hours to prepare for this show.  I’m not quite sure what to expect but it’s been good to have goals in place.  It’s also given me a reason to draw almost every single day.  Now that makes me happy!



Kate Spade Handbag

Kate Spade

Chanel Handbag Illustration


Betsey Johnson Handbag Illustration

Betsey Johnson

Michael Kors Handbag Illustration 1


Michael Kors

Dolce & Gabanna Handbag Illustration

Dolce & Gabanna

Michael Kors Handbag Illustration 2

Michael Kors

Do you like note cards that have monograms, illustrations or one that has a more trendy style?  I’ve seen so many that have owls or quatrefoils on them this year!  I think those are fun things but if I’m going to take the time to hand write a note, I prefer something that is more personal to me.

Please leave a comment and give me your thoughts!

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So Many Things!

snv30195-1 A Royal Birthday

This was a fun invitation to make for the sweet, little birthday girl’s big day!

Marilyn Monroe Pin-up Dress
      Marilyn Monroe Dress

I’ve been happily drawing away each day and working in ballpoint pen.  It’s challenging and so much fun!  I’m putting together sets of vintage clothing and making blank notecard sets for an upcoming show in December (more on that later)!

Vintage Lily Ann Coat
           Vintage Lily Ann Coat
Capp Shoulder Swing Dress
     Capp Shoulder Swing Dress

I’m also illustrating cakes and cupcakes.  It would be fun to draw a specialty cake for a wedding invitation or another special event!

Layered Cake with Bird Embellishment
             Layered Cake with Bird                           

Purple Polka Dot Cake with Bow Embellishment

Purple Polka Dot Cake
Blue Polka Dot Cake
        Blue Polka Dot Cake       

Another love of mine is makeup!  Here are a few ballpoint pen illustrations for all you girly-girls out there!

Dior Lipstick

Christian Dior Red Lipstick Illustration

Mac Lipstick

Mac Hot Pink Lipstick Illustration

I could draw all day, every day but the business end of things must take place as well.  My sweet daughter-in-law, Danika has set up some social media for My Cottage Blue!  I am now on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

Also, I will be participating in Center Grove’s first-ever Chocolate Extravaganza.  This is a boutique show for Christmas shopping and will host a myriad of specialty shops. The event will be held at Bay Horse Inn and will be open from 10 am – 1 pm on December 3, 2016.  This is a lovely, new venue and there will be all kinds of chocolate being served!  What can be better than a pretty setting to enjoy friends,  scrumptious chocolate, and meaningful gift shopping?  I hope to see you there!

I’d love to know if you think hand-written notes are a thing of the past or are still a wonderful way to convey your deepest thoughts to that someone special. I am always happy to accept commission work for anything that would make your notes personal to you.  Please leave a comment and let me know if you have any specific kind of illustrations that would interest you!

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Northern Oriole in Colored Pencil


These sweet, little birds live in woodlands and shade trees. I love their brightly colored feathers.  Their voice is clear and flute-like and they can actually sing double notes!  Do you ever wonder what God’s thought process must have been like as He was creating all these wonderful creatures?  I am amazed when I think of all the different species He designed for us to enjoy!

Do you have a favorite bird or animal?  These bird drawings make nice note cards and have an expensive look and feel, especially when combined with lined envelopes.  A set makes a lovely gift!  Do you still use snail-mail and send out hand-written cards or notes?  I’d love to hear from you!

The Baltimore oriole is a small icterid blackbird common in eastern North America as a migratory breeding bird. It received its name from the resemblance of the male’s colors to those on the coat-of-arms of Lord Baltimore. Like all New World orioles, it is named after an unrelated, physically similar family found in the Old World: the Oriolidae.

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Andrea Joseph Wannabe!

Andrea Joseph Teapot Journal Page

Hello Friend!

I’m on week two of my Sketchbook Skool  lettering class taught by the one and only Andrea Joseph.  If a modern day artist could be my super hero, it would be Andrea. I’m having such a great time and learning a lot!  Mostly, I’m learning to relax a little and enjoy my sketchbook.  I tend to be totally rigid when it comes to just sitting down and sketching, and the two don’t mix well.  I love the look and feel of beautiful botanical illustrations but I also love the playful look of whimsical art.  I think this class will help me loosen up!

What’s your favorite style of art?  Do you tend to like a more realistic rendering or something more loose and free?  Are you interested in seeing any side-by-side drawings [contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"] representing both realism and whimsy?  Please leave a comment and let me know!

Gold & Glitz

Blending Old with New

Makeup 1 Square

These drawings began with my mom’s antique powder compact.  I love the look and feel of these old metal compact cases.  They were not only pretty but functional and made to last a long time.  Once the powder was gone you simply replaced it with a refill and new puff.

Makeup 2 Square

Do you have an art journal filled with drawings, sketches or paintings?  I’m going to take a lettering class this month and look forward to adding hand-lettering to some of my illustrations.  I’d love to hear your thoughts about incorporating lettering with your art!

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The Art of Whimsy

Green Paint Brushes Horizontal

Pink Pencils Horizontal




Hello friend,

I hope the summer in your area hasn’t been as hot and humid as ours has been in the midwest!  It’s so steamy outside and just plain uncomfortable.  I’m a cool weather girl so I’m totally ready for fall to get here with colorful foliage and crisp temperatures.

I decided that I needed to do some drawing that was more playful in nature and a bit less controlled.  Sometimes I want to draw but I can’t decide what I want to work on. I started studying Andrea Joseph’s earlier works.  She is such an amazing illustrator!  She used to work only in ballpoint pen and in a single color.  I actually looked at each drawing on her website for inspiration.

I did these drawings with pen, marker and colored pencil.  I thought they would make nice illustrations for greeting cards.  I’d love to do more work like this and would love your input about what kind of drawings you’d like to see.  Do you like this whimsical style of art or drawings that are more realistic?

Blue Pencil & Paint Brush Horizontal

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Vintage Style Wedding Invitation

Walters Simpson Invitation


This sweet, vintage style invitation was so much fun to create!  The banner with birds and flowers was found at The Graphics Fairy  I love the grass green accent color mixed with black.  It’s interesting to see what colors are trending.  It’s also nice to work in colors that are not often used together.

I have to chuckle when I think back to what was popular when I got married.  My wedding colors were baby blue and white.  Even my groom was dressed in baby blue!  Wide brimmed garden hats were all the rage and I carried a boquet of daisys!  The church was beautiful but it was a hot August day and the church wasn’t air-conditioned.  The best part is that I’m still married to the great guy who met me at the altar!

Sometimes I wonder what style and colors I would choose if I were a blushing bride today.  Would I go with the current trend or choose something completely different than most?  I honestly don’t know!

What style and colors would you like in your dream wedding?  What kind of venue would you choose?

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