More Butterfly Canvases

These two butterfly canvases are available on my Etsy shop for medical research.  All proceeds from my shop are donated to research for Cockayne Syndrome.

My little boy, Knox, was diagnosed with this extremely rare disease when he was 8 months old.  He’ll be celebrating his 3rd birthday this July, but there is still no treatment available.  His life expectancy is 5-7 years.

I’ve put photos of Knox on this public site, as well as detailed info about CS in order to raise awareness.  I receive approximately 300 visits a month from people around the world searching for information about CS.


Have a wonderful holiday weekend and thanks for stopping by!


Chatelaine for the Artist

I still play.  I create things that are totally unrealistic and completely impractical,  just for fun.

I was watching Dowton Abbey and  noticed a chatelaine, worn by the housekeeper, Mrs Hughes.

Chatelaines were a ‘useful’ form of jewellery, worn when women’s clothing had no pockets. They were dangled from the waist, their chains carrying small items. Chatelaines were common in the 18th century but enjoyed revivals at various times during the Victorian era.

I wondered:  What about a chatelaine for the artist? A romantic little tool kit of supplies to wear?

And that’s how I came to collect pieces of chain, jump rings, wires, and loose leaf rings to try and create an artist’s chatelaine, complete with all the necessities one would need to capture a scene at the very moment of inspiration.

A small tube of chalks and drawing papers…


A ‘view-finder’ to help with narrowing down the landscape until you find the perfect composition to draw…

A pencil…

And sharpener…

And a blending stump is always nice to have for the chalks…

And there it is. My very rough prototype of a chatelaine for the artist.

It could be spectacular with the right tools and equipment.


I can’t help but imagine how incredible this idea could become in the hands of a true jewelry and metal-work artist like Luthien Thye.  When I see her creations I’m always amazed at the range of her skill and variety of materials.  If you’ve never seen her work, it’s worth your time.

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Have a lovely weekend!