Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Announcement - A Latte A Day is MOVING

Changes are coming down the pipes which I would prefer to avoid but can't. Recently, Blogger notified all users that it will no longer support FTP after March 26, 2010. This will affect A Latte A Day as I use FTP to publish my blog. While I am not happy about this, it is what it is. This also goes for my Treasure to Be Found blog.

So, I have to make some decisions about whether I want to move my blog(s) to a new URL(s) or possibly move them to WordPress. As my schedule is pretty busy at the moment, I don't know if I will have the time to move them by the deadline. I am told once the deadline passes, the blogs will still be viewable but neither me or you will be able to post or comment to it.

In the interim please bookmark my www dot designerm dot com website if you haven't already done so. There you'll currently find that this blog, A Latte A Day, is linked to the word NEWS. When I move my blog, I will also provide links under NEWS to the new blog.

If this is all too confusing, you can contact me on Facebook or email me at designerm @ hotmail dot com and I will direct you to the new blog once it's up and running. After March 26th, 2010, I won't be able to post to this blog, so please check my website for updates!

Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience.

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

It's All About the Ride


Meet twinkle my driving companion. He digs Volkswagen Passats like I do. He jumped into my car one day while we were having coffee at Starbucks and has taken up residency.

He's living the good life, sitting on the sunroof catching some rays, so happy the sun is shining today!


It's time to work out and get into shape for summer and swimsuit season!


This car has amazing speed and Twinkle likes to drive fast- it's all about the ride baby!

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry 'Christ'mas

Merry Christmas to all. May the love of Jesus Christ fill your hearts with joy and peace at Christmas and always. As for us, we are blessed beyond compare this Christmas because we have and treasure each family member and friend, and the unique way each one enriches our lives beyond compare. Thank you.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Blessings Abundant

God has blessed our family so abundantly. To you and yours, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Above is a salad that almost didn't make it to the feast in time!

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fall Colors



We took a drive through the countryside today to look at the fall colors. The day started out sunny, then turned gray and overcast with rain showers, however I was still able to capture these images. The most amazing discovery was an infestation of lady bugs we encountered at a lookout point of an indian earth lodge. The walls, floors and just about ever square inch of the earth lodge was covered in thousands of lady bugs. Their colors were so different, no two were the same. I love fall colors, especially red barns, lady bugs and the red leaf of the burning bush.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Name That Car

I recently purchased a new car and I absolutely love it! I had to have a name for it so I spent some time thinking about it. The color of the car looks silver from a distance, but when you pass by it, turns a white-gold metallic color, quite unique I think. So, I decide upon the name "Ingot" which means a bar cast of gold. It's also a German made car, incredibly fast and fully loaded. I completely understand the phrase "total driving experience" because that's what I have when I drive my new car! I took this photo from my Blackberry.

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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Freezer Jam

When my parents were here for a visit, Mom left us some of her homemade freezer jam. It was so delicious that when we got down to the bottom of the jar I had to do something quick, (lest we have mutiny on our hands!) so I made a dozen jars of strawberry freezer jam. As long as I can remember, my mom, my grandmother, and great aunt, have been making homemade freezer jam from the fruits of their gardens, so I'm carrying the torch. The batch I made was so yummy too, and as you can see, I made it just in time for my birthday. "Why not treat myself?" I said. :)

It's been fun giving away more than we've eaten so far, but don't you think sharing things that make you happy, give you more happiness in return? I do. Have a great weekend!

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tree Business

Hugging makes a person feel good doesn't it? Hugging lets the person know you really care about them. Do you give real hugs or perfunctory hugs? I really dislike perfunctory hugs, so I give the real thing, every time. So today, I challenge you, give someone a hug and mean it!

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Four Dollar Photo


While my parents were here visiting last week they parked their motor home in a local park. We took them for a tour around the park, then K and I climbed a tower where one could see for miles upon miles in every direction. We took a few photos and I found myself hugging this beautiful tree that had long limbs going out in every direction. It inspired me to do the illustration in (see my previous post of the little girl), one that tells it's own story.

The photo illustration was also inspired from the same thought- though with a twist. To see the above photo illustration and others in a sharper format, click here.

When we went to the park to drop my parents off on the last evening at their motor home, the person at the entrance to the park insisted we pay $4.00 (the fee for all day entry). You've got to be kidding me?! For just 10-15 minutes? My mother had just gotten out of the hospital after having complete knee replacement surgery, and the distance was too far to even walk from the main gate, so we paid the fee. They could have given us a 15-minute pass. As it was, it was almost 8pm, at which time (we found out on our way out) the booth closed and you could drive in and out without stopping or paying a fee. We all understood the park person had a job to do and rules to follow but he handled us in a very poor manner considering he knew it was almost 8pm and could have shared that tidbit of information. The money wasn't a big deal, but the principal of the matter was.

Needless to say, my parents left immediately, instead of staying the rest of the evening as planned (even though they had previously reserved and paid for that night). They wanted to get an early start heading home, so that just gave them an additional reason to leave, and up until then they had really enjoyed the park. People forget that great customer service keeps people returning and telling others how great a place is. Not going the extra mile once in a while can go a long way to destroying a business' reputation. The state park lost otherwise happy customers because they had the wrong person as their "director of first impressions."

Now you can see why I included the dollar bills in the photo illustration. :) Blogger seems to make these illustrations lossy or unclear.

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Trees and Parks


The tree did not want to unfold its grasp around the little girl, they had formed a special bond. She came and sat every day under its branches and enjoyed the shade it provided and listened to hear the little bluebird sing.
Click on the thumbnail below to see a larger version of the above illustration and mouse over the corresponding thumbnail.

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Pasta Love



I just completed these pattern samples, inspired by my love for pasta!

Click on the thumbnail below to view an adapted larger version of this pattern.


I don't know about you, but in our family, we eat a lot of pasta. What you say? You, a fitness buff, EAT carbs? Yes, I most definitely do! Especially since Barilla came out with their Next Generation...Plus pastas. They're not just your typical pastas. They deliver protein, fiber and Omega 3's in every bite, and that's great news for those of us who want to be heart healthy! And, if you're bored with spaghetti noodles, Barilla offers a variety of pasta shapes.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Summer Smells



Click here to view the new pattern from this illustration.

Don't you just love this weather? It's in the high 80's here today. Last night we sat on the deck and you could smell all the BBQ's in the neighborhood wafting our way. We discussed how great it would be to bottle that BBQ smell, perhaps mist it over the deck sporadically; yummy! With summer BBQ's I have cravings for things like pasta salad, corn on the cob, baked beans, brownies, and cherry crisp. Wow! My mouth is watering, is yours?

I remember as a young girl, our families had a yearly family reunion and everyone would bring their favorite dishes to pass. What a feast! Not to mention, catching up with loved ones, great stories and loads of laughter. My, but the stories were GRAND.

Here's an illustration inspired by summer, loved ones, and good food. The pasta salad was a yummy dish my talented SIL Nelda Jane made for us while we visited her and my brother Buck last year in Florida. K and I still rave over the fact that they were the most incredible host and hostess - Buck and Nelda, thanks for the good time, and for spoiling us-you rock! Wish we were there!

Today is my Mom's Birthday, and she and Dad are spending it with Buck and Nelda down south, WE LOVE YOU MOM and hope you have the best birthday ever! We can't wait to see you and Dad in a few days!

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Feathers and Flowers

Today I spotted the male cardinal at the bird feeder. We're glad he's still around, although he doesn't sing like he use to, so sad.

Here's a photo of his (and her) apartment, or at least it was until that fateful night. Hopefully, the male will find a new mate, and maybe they'll build their nest here again next year. As an update, we found another egg under the tree, that would bring the egg count to 7 total!


More from behind my lens: Iris power, yay! I love these irises, they're variegated and such a deep purple, they're almost blue. They are almost spent now, but I've taken lots of photos. More lovely colors to come.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

A Girl's Gotta Do

During these tough economic times and the recession, saving money is a must. A girl's gotta do, what a girl's gotta do-shop for sales! Click on the Save Money for an illustrated sales magazine cover.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Fridayness



I was feeling inspired yesterday and created this fun illustration. My SIL has a collection of cobalt blue dishes and vases. My brother and SIL live in tropical weather and love to fish and also collect decor with a tropical feel to it. For a larger image visit here. The photos may take a moment to load, then just mouse over the top left thumbnail. Have an awesome Friday!

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bing & I ~ Celebrity Sighting

Last month we visited the Union Pacific Railroad Museum where I ran into Bing and we had a nice chat. He was kind enough to pose for a photo with me.


The new Bob Kerry Footbridge.

Entrance to the museum.

Silver from President Abraham Lincoln's funeral car.


Another view of the Bob Kerry Footbridge.

Photos Copyright 2009 Maggie Summers. All Rights Reserved.
Do not download or copy without permission.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Spring Randomness


I am so ready for spring and can hardly wait to start planting again. This illustration reminds me of the spring planting season.

As a young child, I remember pulling fresh vegetables out of my grandparents and great aunt's gardens, enjoying the fresh smell of the dirt the new sprouts were planted in. Often, I would eat strawberries and tomatoes without taking them home and washing them. When it came to picking stawberries, I ate more than I picked. Oh, and the peaches and pears, picked right off the trees, unbelievably juicy! Hurry Spring-Please!

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Insomnia



A week of illness, sinus headaches and insomnia. What's a girl to do? Trudge on! :)

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Celebrate



Valentine's Day is definitely a day to celebrate as it was on this day my oldest son was born! Today is a day filled with love, pride and joy!


Illustration for IF's "celebrate."

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

IF's ~ Pale




Here the finished illustration. For a larger view, visiting my website. Thanks!


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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Sugary, Painting


Illustration Friday: Sugary

I sat and sketched this while K ran into the store for paint.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ocean Views


While on vacation visiting my brother and sister (IL) every day was packed with fun and relaxation. We spent time at the ocean, frolicking in the waves and enjoyed the warm sun and sand. We ate at an oceanside restaurant that served scruptious seafood. Oysters on the half shell, smoked fish dip, crab cakes, shrimp, scallops - you name it. Yum!

My brother B taught my husband (above) and I the art of catching fish from shore. We had a blast catching fish and a few other sea creatures. B, with a background in DNR and wildlife conservation, was ever so careful to let the creatures go, administering as little contact and trauma to them as possible.


We caught whiting and pompano fish, a sting ray and this fellow, an electric torpedo ray. At first, we thought it was a version of a sting ray, however my brother, while trying to remove the hook, was stunned by a good dose of electric current. Torpedo rays have electric organs in their wings that generate electric current they use as a defense mechanism and to stun their prey. After the initial jolt, B cautiously pushed this fellow back out to sea.


This man brought his pet goose teathered on a leash to the ocean for a swim. It was quite evident that the goose loved the ocean, as he swam and paddled along, bobbing and riding the waves, oblivious of the fact that there weren't any other geese enjoying the same. He'd wade onto the beach, only to go back for more.

Offshore the shrimp boats had their nets strung out and we enjoyed watching them move back and forth across the ocean gathering their haul for the day.



The waves were incredible and the surfer's were enjoying a perfectly beautiful day. Now if you could do this every day, or every weekend, why would you want to live anywhere else?


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Thursday, July 10, 2008

IF's "Sour"


For Illustration Friday's "Sour." My husband and I enjoy going to our local Barnes and Noble Bookstore to read and hang out in the Starbucks coffee shop there. I always bring a sketchbook and enjoy sketching the people reading. Unfortunately, on this particular evening, the woman who I was sketching glanced up and gave me the most sour look I have ever seen. Of course I immediately stopped sketching her and she stared me down until I had to look away. I stopped sketching for a while but continued (I was halfway through my sketch!) when she wasn't looking though she kept glaring at me from time to time with eyes that looked as if they were shooting daggers.

I thought she was quite an interesting subject with her eye glass chains dangling but I fear she didn't find me as interesting. At the onset, I thought she was going to get up, lunge at me and grab my sketchbook and destroy it. It was the first time I felt like that of a protective mother bear over her cub, in this case the cub was my sketchbook which holds some of my most precious drawings. Out of respect for her discomfort, I captured only what I needed to finish and put my sketchbook away and enjoyed the rest of the evening reading with my husband.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Injuries and Recovery


My gardens are a bloom with color!

I've recently been struggling with pain in my right hand and arm. It is exasberated by doing anything with my right hand which as a graphic designer and illustrator can be disheartening. I don't believe it is carpul tunnel though I do experience a bit of it from time to time. I've had a blocked vein (feels like a little nodule) near my elbow for at least 12 years now and often when working,when I rest my arm on something, it puts pressure on that spot. I try to adjust this as needed. The nodule seems to have gotten bigger and is tender with inflamation. I believe it is blocking the blood supply to my right hand resulting in some of the pain, the other I think is some form of arthritis.

An injury occured at my oldest son's birthday party (when he was young). One of his friends who was quite a big, sturdy fellow for his age, was rocking back and forth on our oak kitchen chair and fell backwards. I tried to break his fall by grabbing the back of the chair and went down with it crushing my hand between him and the floor. Oak is not forgiving. It took quite a while to heal but my hand has suffered the damage and now from time to time it has started to ache. It couldn't have been my left hand, right?
So, tomorrow I will make and appointment to get the nodule looked at. Years ago I showed it to my doctor and he didn't seem concerned, just said as long as it doesn't bother you don't do anything but watch it. It's one of two I have on my arm.

Drawing has been put on hold for time being. I also belong to a professional organization where I am the editor of the chapter's newsletter (more about that later) and have some concerns as the next edition is due soon and any time spent on the computer hurts (like now!) My hope is that my hand and arm will recover so that I can continue doing what I love to do best.
So I will sign off but apologize for my lack of illustration postings. Posting photos will have to be it for now. I have to say I just love photography and its so hard not to take pictures of such beautiful subjects. Don't you agree?

On thoughts about injuries and recovering from them, it brings to mind an article I read about in the newspaper, about Thomas Auen, 14, of Sioux City, Iowa, a young boy scout who was injured in the recent tornado that killed 4 of his fellow boy scouts while on a camping trip in Iowa. Thomas who is in intensive care is unable to speak because of a breathing tube. When asked by his father if he had anything to say, Thomas took a notepad and wrote: "Lord, together we can handle anything."
What an impression this boy's words left upon me, from one so young but so wise. It is his thoughts, courage, and that sentence, that will stay with me as I deal with my hand and arm. Thomas, you are so right and I thank you.
May God be with all the families of the 4 young boys that lost their lives, the young boys who are still recovering from their injuries, and those boys who walked away from the storm unharmed but emotionally in need, I wish you a swift recovery, I know you are in Good Hands!
P.S. Mother, don't worry, I have a handle on the arm thing and will be fine! :) I'll let you know what I hear after I see the doctor.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Randomness

Did I say how much I LOVE this new camera? Especially the telephoto lens-it's amazing! Here I am hanging out at my favorite Starbucks. I still need a few filters and a macro but they'll come soon enough. I love black and whites just as much as color photos and can never decide which I like better, it all depends on my mood.

I changed up the order of the photos, Mr. Beaver below just looked too strange being at the top of this post.


My first real taste of summer came when I was home at my parents who live on the Great Lakes of Michigan. These photos were taken off their front deck. The ships that ride the lakes are magnificent when you see them up this close and I never tire of watching them go by. We've recorded them from all over the world. They make their way up through the various locks from the ocean. When they start running again it means the ice has all melted and it's the signal for spring and summer to begin...then boating and water skiing and just hanging out on the beach- my kind of living!

I ran a little over 4 miles around the East lake this morning. The weather is about 82 now and gorgeous-finally! On my trips around the lake I have been fortunate enough to see a lot wildlife and came upon a beaver twice in the past week. I know the damage they can do but still- you can appreciate these industrious characters when you see one. K and I stalked this one for a little over 1/2 hour so we could get a good photo. He was about 4 1/2 feet in total length, his tail about 2 1/2 of that.

Now I have a big job ahead of me and it's off to plant flowers. The iris' are just starting to open around the yard so I'll be posting photos of them later. Enjoy your Saturday!

More tomorrow...

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Captured Memories

I've been so busy lately I haven't had time to post and I apologize and hope to get back to posting regularly.

This past month I worked on illustration gifts for my sons. We just got back from a week's vacation with my them and my family in Michigan and Canada; it was so wonderful and was just what I needed. I will post fun photos later. Above are the illustrations which I created and had printed 16 x 20 and framed. They turned out great and the boys really liked them. I decided to create one background illustration and use it for both designs since both boys love music and enjoy playing the guitar, so it seemed appropriate. For the foreground illustration I worked from photos that I took of them a few years ago. My youngest son (bottom illustration above) has short hair now and my older son (top above) actually wears his hair a tad longer so this was a nice way to capture their younger years.


Above, a photo of the illustrations side by side right after my sons unwrapped their gifts.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Cover Completed

Remember when I made reference to an illustration of a CD cover I was working on? I've finished it and I'm now happy with the results. I've left header room for the title.

I've had to place a copyright on the illustration which I've found I have to do more and more. Recently I found out that in China, someone using an online store (very similar to Ebay) illegally downloaded and posted my illustration and used it to help sell some Aerapostle jeans they had for sale. Everything on the website of course was in Chinese which didn't help and I had to log in and register to communicate with them. Easy enough if you could read their language. Now how does one go after someone who breaks US law internationally? They never asked nor had my permission to post my artwork and have clearly broken the laws of US copyright infringement. I'm disgusted to say the least. but let's not dampen the day. So please try to understand when you see that I've added copyright to my illustrations.

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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Garden


For IF's "garden."
Spring is fast approaching and I can't wait to work in our gardens. Last weekend the temperature on Saturday was 65 degrees. I wanted to get my shovel and wellies out and start planting. Right now it is 11 degrees with a biting north wind. I think my planting days are still far off in the distance though one can dream and prepare. I think I'll pull out my seed pots and start there, maybe that will encourage spring to come sooner.
And another, older illustration that fits this theme well, "roots."

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Book Browsing

I headed to Parables for book browsing and grabbed one off the shelf to sketch. I haven't read it, but liked the cover so it became part of my prop along with my new handbag and leather pencil case which I carry with me at all times. I love to capture moments whenever I have the opportunity.

Today it rained and snowed simutaneously and was relatively warm (low 40's) and you needed and umbrella however by the time I left the office for home it had turned to freezing and I had to scrape the windows. I cranked up the heat and my feet have finally thawed. Not a good idea to stand in snow and ice while scraping your windows. I should have had boots on but who was to know?

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Portrait


Joining in the fun of the Self Portrait Party. Ok, so my chin is not that saggy but what do you expect from a half of a blind contour?

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Theory


While waiting in line to have my vehicle washed yesterday, I did a quick sketch in semi-blind contour of the car ahead of me going through the car wash. It occured to me that my illustration fit the theme for this week's Illustration Friday word "theory."

Here's the true fact and theory behind getting my car/vehicle washed. Every time I wash my vehicle it ultimately snows or rains right afterwards. It's the weather theory of "I-know you will, so I will". The weather and I don't have a great relationship when it comes to washing my vehicle. Today it is suppose to snow about 1 inch. The dark clouds are looming in the sky. That means I won't make it to work with a clean vehicle again tomorrow as the roads will be covered with sand and salt-it never fails!


For more blind contours view them here, here and here.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

IF's ~ "Stitch"

Dance with me at the "Stitch In Time Valentines Day Ball."
For Illustration Friday's "stitch" word of the week. I'm not sure if I will be able to finish it by Friday so I am posting the work in progress.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

IF's ~ Trick or Treat


For Illustration Friday's Trick or Treat. What witch doesn't dream of a wardrobe with such tricks or treats to wear and use on the scariest night of the year: All Hallow's Eve. Watch out, she may be coming after you to cast a spell!

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Apothecary & Cupcakes

To celebrate that A Latte A Day is up and running again, let's have some delicious cupcakes and a jar of sweets shall we?

If your seeing the jar in this illustration in a pinkish/peach hue that's bright and vibrant your monitor is viewing it correctly. If you are seeing it as mostly peach and washed out then you would be viewing it incorrectly. You monitor may need calibrating. I apologize if any work posted looks washed out, on my monitor it shows bright and vibrant colors.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

It's Party Time!


Kari at Artsy Mama's is having an Artful Blogging party in celebration of Stampington's new Artful Blogging magazine. I'm joining Kari's party with an illustration created in my own vintage-modern style. I always love a good party and hope you'll join in the fun too! Mind if this fellow joins the party to help serve up the cake and treats~we ladies need to be pampered don't we? And for all those who have a birthday this month, Happy Birthday to you!
If you'd like to see more of my work visit my Flickr account.

Today I opened the most incredible package from the "Queen of Treasures", my Mom. I haven't even had a chance to photograph everything but I can tell you I was just squealing with delight. Vintage, antique, heirloom, you name it! Thank you so much Mom, I can hardly wait to start working with everything. In the bottom of the box was a beautiful white cotton chenille George Washington bedspread. I've already put it on the bed and it looks simply gorgeous!

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Monday, July 09, 2007

The Paper Quilt Project- July 2007

I am thrilled to be a participating artist in the " Paper Quilt Project" for the month of July, 2007, organized by Dawbis who is also an artist/environmentalist. I've just completed my "quilt" and will be sending it off in the mail tomorrow. The papers below are most of what I was sent in order to complete the project entitled, "A Day in My Life." The rest of the papers have already been used in the piece above. Whatever I created with these papers was of my own choosing.
It is important to note that the paper layout is only 3.5 x 5". The scraps are also this size or smaller so one needs to work very small in order to complete the project.

I am fascinated by the Japanese and their culture and the stories of the Geisha. The most recent movie, "Memoires of a Geisha" comes to mind. Though I have never wanted to be one, I have tried to capture the essence of "Geisha-A Day in My Life" in my paper collage.

For more artist's works at the Paper Quilt Project and/or if you would like to be a part of the project visit Flickr.

Dawbis, I popped it in the mail today and it's on its way to you!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Back to Basics

Getting back to the basic technical skill of drawing feels so good. The way I like relax is to sketch and my favorite place to sketch people is at Starbucks, sipping a yummy hot latte, mmmmm. This was a quick 5 minute sketch to which I added some color as I loved the red sweatshirt she was wearing from Aeropostale. I love their t-shirts too, especially this Pink Shoulder Script Baby T. They're nice and long and go great with low riding jeans. What do you do to relax?

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Springtime

Finally, the "Springtime" piece finished! It has been on my drawing board for awhile and is it vintage- oh yes! I love "wellies" or wellington boots for gardening and buying the little seed packets of my favorite flowers. You plant them in tiny pots of dirt and watch them grow indoors, then plant them when they're ready in your garden. Click here for a close up.

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Maggie Summers ~ Illustration & Design


A time of change. In April, I created new business cards from one of my Marie Antoinette illustrations. I thought long and hard about the new image I wanted to project and this couldn't have represented my most recent work more perfectly. Don't you agree? As ever, my work is constantly changing and evolving and in time I'll be building a new website at designerm dot com reflecting my new style.

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Illustration Friday's - Cars

Riding in cars. I'm not crazy about riding in the back seat of a car with anyone. I get a closed in feeling and I don't like it but I can do it. If the car is large and roomy I don't have a problem with it at all. I just like a lot of window to look out of.

This was a quick sketch I did of Steven, our driver when we went to Kansas City on business a few weeks ago. My hand was a bit shaky; trying to draw in the back seat of a car is no easy feat.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Signs of Spring











I absolutely love flowers, especially irises and they are all a bloom in our gardens now. Several of these irises are from my grandmother's garden. Sadly she passed away 8 years ago at the age of 83. I miss her so much but am greatful that she passed on her love of flowers to me. My sister-in-law had some irises from Grandma that she planted in her gardens in Florida. One day I received a package of my grandmother's iris bulbs from my SIL in the mail-I was just so tickled to receive them. My Grandmother had given me many varieties but we moved so many times in the past few years, I couldn't get them to survive the moves. Thank you Nelda Jane, I love ya girl!
Oh, how I love spring!

P.S. I have a Spring illustration in the works...check back soon!




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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Series ~ Marie

Another illustration in my "Marie Antoinette" series. The verse reflects how I feel about my work: "Let the beauty we love be what we do." ~Rumi~

I'll also be adding some 3-dimensional embellishments to the this piece which I will post later when finished.

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter Blessings



For Illustration Friday's ~ Green

Green reminds me of many things.

During Easter we remember Christ's resurrection and the gift of salvation.

It's also a time when the Easter bunny hops along through tall blades of green grass hiding Easter eggs for small children to find.

Green ushers in spring, new growth and new life.

What a wonderus season it tis!

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Illustration Friday ~ Total



I've been health and nutrition consious all my life. My day is "totally" about starting with a good breakfast - and my favorite cereal. I top it off with fresh blueberries (great antidioxants) and flaxseed (lignin) and cold skim milk. This combination is a must for me and a great way to start the day!

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Illustration Friday ~ Hide

© Margaret E. Summers 2007.
Do not copy, download or reproduce in any manner without my written permission.


Inspired by the movie "Marie Antoinette" (starring Kirsten Dunst), a 14-year old Austrian who married Louis XVI and later became queen at the age of 19. The period costumes and settings are absolutely gorgeous and he story fascinating yet so tragic.

Having grown up in a family who loved the victorian era and anything elegantly antique I too carry the love of all things victorian and french.

What better than a travel dress for the sophisticated woman of royalty with compartments to hide one's most valuable treasures, toiletries or to tote a beloved pet.

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Illustration Friday's - Red



Still some holiday reds (in blind contour) left in the stores. Starbuck's was having a big sale on these cute red boxes of tea cups and Christmas cookie trees. They were right along side the Red and Pink Valentine cup displays. For a close up view click here.

Ok, I know you're tired of seeing holiday decorations so I promise that will be the last one for a while!

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