Category Archives: c’est moi!

Sunflower Tribe

It’s all about the Zinnias around le homestead. Did you know Zinnia is a genus of plants of the sunflower tribe within the daisy family? Must be why they are a favorite of mine. I like that…Sunflower Tribe! I now christen my fans “Sunflower Tribe.” This is an Illumination Zinnia grown from seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Illumination Zinnia by OliveLoaf Design

{Photo: OliveLoaf Design}


Voluntary Simplicity

I heard a marvelously inspiring piece on NPR this weekend about Voluntary Simplicity; what life can be about – a less complicated existence animated by inner joy. It resonated with me as I clearly have been aspiring or evolving into this lifestyle – without having a name for it – becoming less encumbered by possessions & consumerism, time for other people and oneself, caring about the environment, getting back to nature…

{see/hear more at}*

A little harvest from le gardens.

“We’re really led away from what we’re here for, which is to learn how to live sociably with others and soulfully with ourselves. And consumerism is relatively shallow and life is deep.” ~Duane Elgin, author of Voluntary Simplicity

Still life with wild daisies.

Wild Daisies by OliveLoaf Design

A walk in the woods.

Homemade strawberry pie {vegan}.

Handmade gifts {from up-cycled materials}.

Crafting art {from re-purposed resources}.

Observing the wonders of nature.

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”  ~John Burroughs

The Inspirational Moustache

Earlier this year, I was thrilled to be asked to submit to a new book project  by Cicada Press. It’s a UK publishing company that produces books about art, design, craft & visual ideas.

Their new release “The Inspirational Moustache” by Ziggy Hanaor is “a humorous survey of the millennial moustache boom” featuring photographs, illustrations, short, witty texts, a handful of moustache-related craft ideas, a summary of key moustache styles (pencil, handlebar, walrus, fu manchu, etc), plus funky visuals of such key cultural moments as *MOvember* (November: Moustache Awareness-Raising Month), finger moustaches and of course the World Beard and Moustache Championships.So my copies arrived the other day!

I sent them a paper-mache mustache-on-a-stick…you can “Fake Your Own”

And a “How-To” to Make Your Own

“The Inspirational Moustache”  is super clever, entertaining & crafty! It’s available at Amazon now…BUT! I have a copy to give away! Just leave a comment {about moustaches or anything at all} on this post & I’ll draw a winner on Saturday, MOvember 12, 2011.

You’ll also get one of my White City Rippers Mini Glitter ‘Staches {your choice}


Good Luck & Happy MOVEMBER!

fall scenes

fall is interesting in south central kentucky.

you get some of the cooler weather here & there

{but much more temperate than other states i’ve resided}

with changing foliage & piles of leaves…

and yet, we’re still harvesting gorgeous heirloom tomatoes whilst carving pumpkins!

{with random jackalope sightings…stay tuned for them in the shoppe}


that’s about all i have time for today

i’ve got to finish up this special order paper mache turkey…


but i had to tell you about this recipe…

TRY THIS: the perfect fall breakfast dish:: cinnamon baked french toast {via the pioneer woman}


have a great day friends!


“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf’s a flower.”
~ Albert Camus

rainy days & mondays

happy monday.

’tis a rainy day here

but i love days like this…don’t you?

well~here’s a little this & that…

my latest creation…a paper mache lighthouse:

and some random snaps i thought you might like…


celestial wall


flowers in vintage hungarian


fleur de lis


woodland boudoir


quirky pod


exquisite decay

these pictures & this rainy day remind me of a pablo neruda quote:

“I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river,

it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.”

Clever Houses for Imaginary Birds

The latest paper mache series & new in the shoppe

The houses were inspired by some antiquey/folky birdhouses lined up in an antique shop

and the color palettes for the Clever Houses are inspired

by the brilliant color combinations dreamt up & designed by jessica @  design seeds

arranged on a table…

or decorating a wall…

as usual they are made of up~cycled materials:  cardboard & newspapers

paper mached with wheat paste, sanded, painted with acrylic & varnished.

{and made with magic & love too}

now that’s a clever table…

and a snazzy wall…

these two sets are available in the OliveLoaf Design shoppe now!

stay tuned for more sets of *Clever Houses for Imaginary Birds*

be otherworldly

hello lovelies! 

& a happy friday to you all.

a little of this ~ a little of that today…

now in production in the studio & coming soonly to the shoppe:

*Clever Houses for Imaginary Birds*


i love this list by ps. i made this:


a must try recipe at food52 state fair cream puffs

the most gorgeous {and otherworldly} soaps i’ve ever seen

at the charming frog


and a happy, mossy buddha to send you on your way

{photo cred: delviking on flickr}

sweet giraffe

“god is really only another artist. he invented the giraffe…” ~picasso


here is my latest papier-mâché creation…{and it’s not on a stick!}

’tis a giraffe head to hang on the wall

made for a friend’s {soon-to-be} new baby room

{wait, the baby will be new…not really the room…well…the room

will probably be decorated for the baby, so technically, that’s new too…}

anyhoo…i was inspired to do a sweet giraffe because she and the mister are so worldly

& got to see giraffes in the wild on their honeymoon.

{i haven’t told her yet, but i intend to only give their kidlet giraffe themed items☺}


the armature was made of newspaper, cardboard, clay,

masking tape & a re-purposed gift wrap tube

{always up~cycle!}

it was then paper mached with newspaper strips & wheat paste & painted with acrylic.

he turned out so sweet!

i heart dioramas

I think I’ve hit upon a new arty/crafty love: Dioramas, or Story Boxes. I thought I’d try one out as a gift for my uber-talented step~daughter’s dance recital.. I decoupaged an up-cycled box with vintage music paper {that was from my own piano lessons back in the day…waaay back} even the DANCE & DANCING words are cut from the titles of the songs in the piano book. I fashioned a stage curtain from an re-purposed pillow, framed the box with stringed sequins and ribbon & embellished with gold metal hearts. The dancer girl is from an old card i had kept for a million years {she is attached to a tiny piece of dowel so it looks like she’s dong a jeté from the box frame}. I printed out the Dance Your Heart Out & hand drew the scroll sign…

Here’s a view from above…

A sneaky~peek of another story box  I’ve started {but that’s all I can show you as it’s a gift}. Stay tuned!

stuff on sticks

oh i’ve been making stuff on sticks…

rainbows & flowers & of course, smooches…

here’s a stash of stuff on sticks on sale at hidden hill nursery

stay tuned for more stuff on sticks in the shoppe!

speaking of the shoppe…

check out a  few etsy treasuries featuring oliveloaf design stuff!

when pigs fly!

hopping down the bunny trail

sweet at candy

when summer winds blow

love for japan