i just realized through the power of analytics that i was honored by cabin+cub with a proximidade award! it's crazy to see the others i've been noted among... i'm so proud!

Proximidade is described as follows: 'This blog invests and believes in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes for self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! 'This blog award should be sent to your favorite eight bloggers and they, in turn should forward to eight of their favorites.

it was crazy hard to decide but my favorite 8 are: happydoodleland, argyle whale, prettylittlethings, chezsucrechez, sara smedley, skylark studio, clothesline, and windbagandthunder!

how beautiful is this studio! so, this is how cool etsy is (to those of you who don't already know) last week i was hearted by this adorable shop called prettylilthings. i loved all of her work and posted about her lovely cacti immediately. after letting her know about my post she visited TBL and linked to here from her amazing blog! it's like a cyber space hug from people in your field who support you and wish you well! anyway, i love blogs and i LOVE Lori Marie and her tiny studio...

LYI is on the wedding wire... one step closer to infiltrating martha's brain...

hey, people! i've started a monthly special from my blog...
this month's special: starting now through the end of march i'm offering my sweet little wooden postcard for $5 with free shipping through my LYI Paypal account! they measure 4"x6" and are made of pure maple veneer.
just click to buy!

i might be offering little, slightly dutchified, custom silhouette prints for your pet at the bark on main! here's kitsune's!

since i began spreadthelove very haphazardly back in 2007 it has evolved into a place to present and sell my illustrations. (but it's never really been what i imagined it should be.) so, for the next couple of months i'll be restocking the shop with new pieces that are meant for exactly what i've made as my "mission statement" : spreading the love – one little doodle at a time. first series is called: " love is everywhere"

oooh! i love this lilly of the valley necklace by oh mandie! {only $14.00!} and i love her beautiful blog where she's featured little 'ol me as one of her fav's from PA!

one more week until the big move! i can't even believe that this is our new home. my life with my husband has always been like a dream come true. living in a dorm room, then a tiny apartment. a rabbit and now a dog. life keeps getting better and i owe it all to real, true, love. nothing beats it. nothing can break it. i could live in a hole and be happy and that makes everything so clear. you only live once so go, don't be afraid – grab it, take it in your arms and kiss it square in the face.

whilst researching for a client who needs an invite for her big bash in hong kong i've found this unbelievable use of color – what an inspiration!

more great studio design/organization ideas by – none other than, martha stewart!

how sweet! a wonderful little appreciation photo from lovely a customer...

wow, talk about cactus inspiration! these sweet lil darlings are from prettylilthings

i can't wait to grow a succulent garden this summer! plus, what an inspiration for a cute pattern series...

happy valentine's day, everyone!

i am aching for summer... and these images are helping to sooth my soul
(beautiful bike photo - alicila bock | green grass photo - ara133photography | lovely earrings - heatherberry)

more studio/workspace love... amy butler's studio is amazing!

i really love these great little papooses by lala's pequenos! my friend got one for her baby and i know first hand how magically beautiful they are. now i just need to ovulate, get pregnant, and pop one out so i can buy one!

i thought i'd try out this new idea i had of selling quality digital images for e-cards... so, today's e card is my "groundhogs in love" illustration. why not stop in at my shop and spend $2 to send all your friends one of my illustrations to celebrate the day!

i love these vintage bookplate designs offered by sweetscarlet! what a lovely idea for some illustration practice – i'll have to try it out in spreadthelove style! much thanks to sweetscarlet for featuring me in her treasury for today. check it out!