Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Big Ideas

tabula rasa

Quality control. Tasted and approved by Birdie and Cowboy!
On the eve of a brand new year, I'm thinking BIG as in great big canvas big. 
A tabula rasa. New ideas, new goals and beginnings in my studio.
Thank you all for your kindness and support this year and for making my life so joyful! 
I wish you all a very happy new year! 
xo Holly

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Year's End

deer and lavender
deer and lavender
garden plans
 I can't think of a better way to end this year!
The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener is finally here
and I'm so pleased to share it with you.
This charming paperback is available through
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's Books and Indie Bound
and features over fifty GB illustrations!
Have a great weekend all!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Merry! Warmest wishes to you all this holiday season!
Our crazy twee,
Just a few hours until our guests arrive! Merry Christmas!
and festive table,
Tasty treats!
and tasty treats.
Bee Good!
Warmest wishes to you all this holiday season!
Merry Christmas!
Bee good!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Patterns Patterns

Hazelnut Checkerboards
hazelnut checkerboards #icebox #cookies #christmascookies
Medieval owl #springerle #speculaas #bakingsoon #tistheseason
gingerbread owls #makinganimpression #patternseverywhereigo #christmascookies
Patterns everywhere I go!
The hazelnut checkerboard recipe is from Joy of Baking.
The recipe and cookie molds for gingerbread owls are from House on the Hill.
Well my oven timer just went off. So I must get back to the kitchen!
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Baking springerle cookies today.
Cookie dough
more #springerle cookies
If you've been following along the last few years then you know 
I love to bake at this time of year! Today I'm making springerle cookies.
The recipe dates back to the 1600's if not earlier and the reproduction molds 
can be purchased from House on the Hill.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Barn Owl

My latest watercolor painting
Just finished this one today and this fine feathered fellow
has flown off to his new home already!
Time to start dreaming about the next one.
Have a lovely evening all!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ice and Snow

Snow days.
I love snow!
Starting to snow. #winterwonderland
I hope our dainty dogwood tree survives the ice!
It almost looks like a painting!
A wintry mix blew through town earlier this week. 
Snow, sleet, ice and more snow!
The sun finally peeked through yesterday afternoon and
I'm back at my studio working on my barn owl!
More news soon!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Happy Friday!

Early bird. Good morning all!
Good Morning all! Happy Friday!
Arrived at my studio very early this morning.
Working away on this barn owl! Here's a sneak peek.
Have a great weekend!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Back Home

Wah wah tayseeWah wah taysee
Old binoculars and bird guide. #campwahwahtaysee
Tiny pastel by Doris Watkins. #campwahwahtaysee #culverlake
Had a marvelous Thanksgiving weekend with my family!
Here are a few snippets from Camp Wah Wah Taysee, both past and present.
Happy times back home!
Monday is the last day of my shop SALE!
Enjoy 20% off all prints and paintings.
See details in my shop announcement.
Use coupon code: HOLLYDAYS
to apply discount!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gobble Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving from Camp Wah Wah Taysee!
Happy Thanksgiving from Camp Wah Wah Taysee!
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday and weekend!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Boughs of Holly

Deck your walls! Tis the season! #blackfriday #cybermonday #boughsofholly #gollybard
Deck your walls! Tis the season!
20% off everything in my shop from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
Use coupon code: HOLLYDAYS at checkout!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Stream of Consciousness

Stream of consciousness
This is how things come together in my slightly addled brain.
This week the pictures truly tell the story.
Anyhoo, these new feathers will be in my shop tomorrow!
Have a super weekend all!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Studio | wip

#wip #watercolor
Working on some large feathers today in my studio.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


nesting #watercolor #gollybard
This large original is coming soon to my shop! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Studio | wip

wip #watercolor #gollybard
Still pecking away at this rather large nest of birds!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

Happy Happy Friday!

Rise and shine!
The morning light in my studio is lovely!
I've been working away and voila!
A new painting in my shop today!
Rose hips, vines, and insects abound.
Happy Friday!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Rainy Days

limelight hydrangea
oak leaf hydrangea
red veined sorrel
After a solid week of wet weather I admit I'm ready for a little sunshine.
This is coming from a girl who loves grey skies.
It does make everything lush and green, though. 
Clearly my cottage garden is happy. 
Plus, I can lounge around reading all day without an ounce of guilt!
After all, it is Sunday.