Friday, November 11, 2011


Greetings! I know it's been a while. Probably the longest between posts since I began blogging. Things have been busy!

I am happy to have a Make It tutorial in December's sparkling issue of Romantic Homes. M's blog {OC Cottage} is in there along with Tiffany's site The Fancy Farmgirl, too!

I have all kinds of other stuff brewing ...

An Artisan profile of Margaret Owen coming up in Romantic Homes. {Learn about Margaret's Moroccan Sketchbook workshop in Marrakesh here}

Photo by Bronwyn of Casapinka

as well as a tour of Margaret's cheerful and very cool home for Cottages & Bungalows! This was my first time acting as stylist-photographer-writer and it was so much fun. {I'll share more when it's on newsstands this spring.}

Weeks later I did a "house tour" shoot of blogging pal Hilary's amazing farmhouse for Romantic Homes. {Again, so much to share later!}

There are two more Make It pieces coming up in 2012. Above is a sneeky peek of a Valentine's Day project.

And around the house, we finally started on some exterior projects.
(No, not the door yet ...)

And of course, keeping the boys busy, too!


As many of you know, writing for magazines has been a dreamy dream of mine that I have been working at for some time now. It amazes and delights me that it is happening. It's busy but boy, I am thrilled.

Recently I came across this construction paper bookmark I made when I was little.

Of course, it has "my logo" on the back (a big Miffy fan). I feel like my young self would be happy to see me still making things. I know my little self would GASP at my stash of crafting treasures! I do! :)

Still making book marks, too.

{A very special thank you to Karen for this gift of a post. I hope you'll visit her blog -- each post is assembled so thoughtfully and showcases the different mediums with which Karen works -- when she's not enjoying lovely New England towns, that is!}

So speaking of brewing, looks like a quiet moment for hot tea and blog visiting!!!



Unknown said...

Hi Elyse,

So many wonderful creative endeavors. You sure are busy and doing what you love. Thank you for the mention. Now I am going to find that Romantic Home issue.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Sugar Pink Boutique said...

I'm so proud of you and all of your accomplishments! You are living your dream which is more than most can say! I LOVE your photography and articles in all of those wonderful magazines and I show my family and friends. You have a gift and a talent for writing and photography what a blessing from the Lord! I will be looking for the December issue of Romantic Homes! God bless you sweetie and big hugs, Jennifer ♥♥♥

Jeanne said...

Congrats on all your magazine articles Elyse! I know this has been one of your dreams and how exciting that it is coming true!!!

Anonymous said...

So fun for you! Congrats! Enjoy your busy days and remember me fondly. :)

{oc cottage} said...

Awwwwwww shucks, sweet pea! Thx, ever so!!!! Geez Louise! You have been a busy little cottage bee! Very, very cool indeed!!!!! ;}

m ^..^

MelMel said...

What a lovely blog post....I love the painted tin...beautiful!x

NanaDiana said...

I am so happy for you that you are doing what you love. That little bookmark is just the cutest! Now..I gotta go visit Karen! xo diana

hilary@oldhousetruelove said...

your the best. big hugs : )

Theresa said...

Oh my friend, you have been gone toooooooo long:) Looks like you have been a MIGHTY busy lady! Sweet bookmarks from the past and present!

Have a blessed weekend and thanks for peeking in on us:) HUGS!

LaurieStar said...

Congratulations to you for being so gosh-darn busy! You deserve everything coming your way! :)

SLR said...

oh wow, so many fun things coming up! so excited for you that you are doing all these amazing projects and i look forward to seeing them all, Twinsie Mama!!

Blondie's Journal said...

I am so happy to see you back! Congratulations on all of your recent endeavors!! I get Romantic Homes every month...I have to look for your articles!!

Have a wonderful weekend, Elyse!


Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Really loved opening RH and seeing another one of your lovely tutorials.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Congrats on all your success, Elyse. It sounds like you are living the dream and having tons of fun. Continue to enjoy the moments and work with passion. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

Erin said...

Congratulations on all your successes, Elyse. :) I can always spot your articles in the magazines and I look forward to reading your upcoming ones--particularly the tour of Hilary's house. Her blog and her house are among my favorites!

Carolina Country Living

debi said...

Well, you've just been one very busy lady! I'm so excited for you! I know this is something you love doing, and I'm so happy to see you living your dream.

I've really enjoyed your beautiful pages in Artful Blogging, as well as the rest of the magazine. I think this was one of the prettiest I've seen.

Unknown said...

The boys art work....So cute!! Congrats on being in romatic homes..that is amazing!! I've always dreamed of being featured in a magazine someday!! Luck you!

koralee said...

Wow my are a busy bee...what FUN!!!! I can't wait to see everything...happy dance. xoxoxoox

Sunflowers With Smiles said...

sounds like you are a busy person! Congratulations on your magazine articles! Love your blog.....Hope you will stop by my blog when you get a chance.

Jen Kershner said...

So good to see a post from you Elyse! I'm glad you are keeping so busy doing things you love. I'm sure little girl Elyse would be proud of you.

Suz said...

This is wonderful! So many doors are opening for you in so many different places. I am happy that you are reaching your dreamy dreams! You do lovely things and are so deserving!
Big hugs,

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Greetings from Ireland,
What an exciting time for you, I will try and see if I can order Romantic Homes to be sent overseas
as I love following your blog it is so bright and sunny,

Best wishes


Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

You sweet, little busy bee! I don't know how you keep up with it all Elyse! You are YOUNG, that is the key! :) Congrates on all your publications! As always and forever, I am so proud of you! Have a wonderful week!

Love you,
Maryjane xox

Jill said...

I'm so excited that your dreamy dream is coming true! I can't wait to see it all soon.
Your ice cream cone book marker is so cute... I love the little drips. See-- you were into all the sweet details even back then!

Hearts Turned said...

Oh gracious, Elyse! What a busy woman you are! I definitely thing your young self would be thrilled with what you're now self is doing--what a joy!

Nothing much better than being able to express yourself creatively--especially when you're able to achieve your artistic dreams...well done, dear friend!

I always enjoy what you do & so look forward to seeing all your new chapters...

Hope your day is wonderful!


Anonymous said...

Ahhh, it makes us happy when you're happy, Elyse! :)

Diane Mars said...

It sure is a good thing knowing you... such inspiration!
You are always pushing the envelope and thats just the kind of spunk I love. Congratulations on all your success, well deserved. Hugs from California, Diane

Anonymous said...

Elyse it is just so fun each time I hear of the reality of your desire to write and edit coming true!!

It is always so fun to open up my newest Romantic home issue each time and see something from you!

bee blessed

Anonymous said...

Beautiful blog!! So nice!!


Jessica Rodarte said...

So many wonderful things going on with you! Congrats, congrats, congrats on writing for magazines!! I can't say it enough. It is awesome.
...I loved the thought of your little self gasping at your crafting stash! I will have to invite my little self over to see all of the treasures "we" have accumulated. ;)
It's my turn to send you a virtual cupcake to celebrate!

jendina said...

OMG! Im in love <3 Your blog is full of joy, happiness and whats very important to me; COLORS! Im from Finland, and here all blogs are full of white. Well, its kind of beutiful, but i really need colors to my life :)

tea said...

Hello, I can add a link to your blog on my blog? You are a great inspiration for me. Greetings! Barbara