She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young    

{Wild South Central Kentucky Daffodils in Vintage Jar}

Daffodils by OliveLoaf Design

Pets on Plaques®

I’ve had these buggers in my head {and in my Brilliant Idea Sketchbook™} FOR.EVER….so here we {finally} go!  Custom Pets on Plaques®. They are the perfectly thoughtful gift for an animal lover or pet owner, or a wonderful pet memorial.

Under Construction

Below are the first and second in a first batch series of several I’ve been crafting.  Others are making their way around the country this week – so I’ll post them when they’ve been delivered. Custom plaques available in le shoppe starting later this week.

This is Jake.Jake le Chien

Jake le Chien by OliveLoaf Design

This is Belle, Ike, Oliver & Sam  Smith Pets

The Smith's by OliveLoaf Design

These are up-cycled newspaper & cardboard paper mache clay and acrylic paint on 7×9 oval wooden plaques. Stay tuned for more plaques, details, ideas and shop listings.

Go For Big

I love this quote and I love this picture. I thought I’d put them together.

“Be excellent. Not just good. Or good enough. Go for big. Bright. Holy, off the charts, over moon, absolutely totally amazing. Commit to greatness. Your greatness. Commit to mastery. To being better than you could ever even imagine possible. Be you in full.”

~Jo Anna Rothman

Jacques Lowe. "The Joy of Music". N.Y.C. 1960

{photo: Jacques Lowe. “The Joy of Music”. N.Y.C. 1960}


“Amateur: The enthusiast who pursues her work in the spirit of love {in French, the word means “lover”} – regardless of the potential for fame, money or career; they have little to lose and will try anything; they take chances, experimentand follow their whims; they make new discoveries; they’re not afraid to make mistakes or look ridiculous in public; they are lifelong learners; they know that contributing something is better then contributing nothing. Forget about being an expert or a pro, wear your amateurism – your heart, your love – on your sleeve.” ~Austin Kleon, via Show Your Work!

amateur via austin kleon