graphic design

Dazed and amused

I must share that I rarely do much “design” for profit. Most of my work is pro bono or as a favor. I make things for friends and family. Occasionally I do freelance stuff but not often. Its not that I wouldn’t like to do more but because I moved here before I could finish my bachelor/masters in design I  kind of got stuck in limbo. I know enough to be dangerous and not enough to truly put myself out there.

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Vintage style ferry poster

Anyhow….recently I had an idea. And I shared it with a friend and she insisted I should make it into a poster. She is very persistent and a great cheerleader. She wanted copies to sell at her little place that does vintage home accessories. So I sat myself down and eventually after numerous tweaks and adjustments came up with this:

The background is some vintage ferry schedules from over 50 years ago.  At this point I have looked at it so often I am not sure what I see in it anymore. However every one of my friend who saw it loved it. And if you live on an island like I do….you can appreciate the sentiment.  As a lark I posted it on a local  Facebook sale site. I made 20 copies and figured I would maybe sell all 20 if I was lucky.

Well I did sell 20. In about 10 mins.

I was


at the response. Astounded. Can I say As.toun.ded ???

Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to sell close to a hundred copies of this poster. I have been overwhelmed with compliments, and encouragement and well wishes. And I might add I have made some very handy cash for the holidays.

Wow. Who knew. I have had people at my door on and off for the last 3 days  buying these things. I have a smile on my face. I am happy I could put a smile on theirs.

Published: November 18, 2015


I  manage the web page the Willington Historical Society in eastern Connecticut which is where I lived up until 17 months ago. The website was a school project and is built in Dreamweaver but I will be switching it over to wordpress eventually. I also do occasional design work for them and recently they decided to update the banner for their newsletter The Hourglass.  It was definitely time. I beleive the original was drawn in the late 60’s early 70’s at the time of the founding of the historical society. I had been urging them for years to update it but ….they move slow.Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 3.32.05 PM


So imagine my surprise when they approached me last month finally ready to commit to change. Yes, even historical societies need to update on occasion. There is a difference between historic and archaic.  Anyhow I have no idea what the name Hourglass has to do with the towngreen and in addition they have no idea where the name Hourglass came from in the first place. Lost in the sands of time I suppose ( see what I did there?? sands….hourglass…)  Anyhow they wanted to keep the towngreen but upgrade it. I struggled with the view from the original. Its quaint and cute but it feels awkward to me and it was a P.I.T.A. to try and recreate. So  scrapped it and came up with this:



Which is in fact very cute. I learned how to do shadows and everything! However it was a bit busy for the Historians. I am not sure they truly appreciated my bushes, flowerboxes and shadows. So I retrenched and gave them a more classic….less colorful design.


Needless to say this one was a hit and will be their new banner. And frankly….I like it better too. Clean and simple. What was I thinking adding in flowerboxs and shadows????

Published: November 16, 2015


I found this quote during my No excuses Art Journaling journey and I really like the forcefulness of it. It speaks deeply to me. I started this late last night experiementing with my Bamboo pad and some ditial backgrounds I purchased. This is a vague nod to the Lou Reed iconic album cover which is where the idea came from.
But I am no Sagemeister. I wanted the words over my face but I would need much more time to do this which I dont have right now because my scrap closest exploded with paper and I am still cleaning up the mess.

Lou Reed Album cover


Published: May 1, 2015

Card making

tiretubeladieswebtelegraphwebI am  secretly fascinated with the card industry.  I mean its paper and all so maybe not such a surprise but living across the country from everyone.

I find I have new reasons to make cards and actually sit and write. The card design is the funnest part. The telegraph postcard I picked up at a thrift store in the area. I actually have a couple of samples of them bot blank and filled out. This one is filled in and the sentiment is very sweet. So sweet I wondered if it was  prefilled out and someone signed it. Regardless…I really liked it. The post cards are plain brown however and rather boring in and of themselves. So I added a picture of two women in tiretubes floating on water in the background. This picture I suspect is an old shot but it was published in Oprah magazine and because I have the technology I borrowed it. After all this is not a card I am selling, just a note to my mother in law. No harm no fowl.  But it added some nice dimension and I really liked the end result. Its not fancy but my mother law likes antiques and old style design. This suits her personality.Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 4.54.19 PM


Published: October 9, 2014

Cool Transition

I have been working on my Portfolio site and trying to make it …well a bit  more “me” which, if you know me at all, is somewhat of a challenge. My inner self is not so clear most of the time. Anyhow that is not the subject of this blog.  So in trying to sort out what I want I thought it would be cool to transition between one of my photographs and the collage version of the same picture.

Because the internet is font of all information I found this little trick from Its a a CSS3 transition that I use for changing the picture on my home page.

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Published: October 19, 2013 | Comments: 0