Dear friends,

Dear friends,
To begin the new year I wanted my first post to be a gift for you!
The incredible artistry of
is a perfect way to show you how much you are truly appreciated. 


In preparing to write, I've gone through my ritual of preparing a quiet comfort zone that helps to ease me back into a creative mindset.
Next to me is a new notebook and a cup of my favorite pens and pencils, along with a pile of dog-eared books. A new wide screen and keyboard thanks to my loving family, my itunes, and I'm good to go.


I'm not alone, I have Gracie snoring away at my feet and I'm in the company of saints.
All of you!

I know that each of you has your own authentic voice and message and way of inspiring us all.
I look forward to the work of your hearts, hands, and minds to once again get my own creative juices flowing.
It's going to be a great year, I just know it!


In closing,
I urge you to visit Karen Appleton and learn more about this delightful artist!

                       "self portrait"

"I began painting gift wrapped presents over six years ago, and though I am tempted by new subject matter from time to time, the bow continues to pull me back." Karen Appleton

Also visit Karen's blog to study her process, peek at her studio, and see her other creative concepts to keep the art of giving alive!


JMW said...

These paintings are gorgeous! I'll have to check out her blog. The scene you have set for us as you sit down to write sounds wonderful. Happy New Year to you and I look forward to reading your posts in 2011!

Karena said...

Lisa thank you so much for sharing!! I adore Karena's works of art. Her packages and bows are luscious!

Art by Karena

Francine Gardner said...

Thanks for your lovely words...and paintings

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Thank you for sharing, Lisa. Beautiful work!
I am happy that your new year is off to a great start. Yay on the new technology.
Have a nice weekend.

Michelle said... the mood one of these "gifts" could create in a space...just lovely. Amazing work.


LindsB said...

These are stunning! Her work is seriously so beautiful. I'm going to check out more now

Jo said...

What a beautiful treat! You always have something wonderful to share with us. I can't wait to venture over and take a closer peek.

Warm wishes in the New Year ~

LLH Designs said...

What a unique and happy concept for a painting!

Thank you so much for visiting me today! It reminded me to pop over...and I'm so glad I did! I'm behind on blog reading (missed my blog friends during card season).

Happy weekend!

Millie said...

I so crave a gift wrapped & tied with a bow as pretty as the one Karen depicts so beautifully. I do love all my boys, but just once I'd like to see them put some effort into the gifting process for their poor deprived Mother.

I think laughter (purposeful & otherwise) will be at the heart of my blog this year. MOTH's revised & added to his 2011 renovation list & with a peak at his time lines, this coming year will be one big joke!!! It's up to you dear Lisa to do the stylish, elegant & thoughtful posts, I reckon there'll be none over @ The Hedge this year!!
Millie x

Renee Finberg said...

i love her work.
i could do an entire wall in these!!!
just beautiful.

i love the concept.
'a present'

Karen Appleton said...

Oh my! What a wonderful surprise! Thank you so so much Lisa for this generous post!!! I am honored and flattered to be a part of your blog!

Thank you so much!

My Notting Hill said...

Happy 2011. Her work is beautiful & I love her self portrait complete w/ribbon and bow.

Monogramgirl said...


Melissah said...

I'm an interior designer from Melbourne, Australia - I loved your blog, I found it very inspiring. This is all new to me but I have just set up my own blog
You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it.
Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!

Renae Moore said...

I am always amazed at the artists you find, but I suppose you being an artist yourself, you are honed into other's talents. Karen Appleton's work is just beautiful, I'm with Renee, I could see a gallery wall in all of her work. Stunning.
Lucky you for your new toys! : )

Catherine Frinier said...

absolutely delicious. your scribe. your thought process. these paintings. i say, we create our days. we will create our days, our joy and our happiness. yes, in 2011!

Victoria said...

love the self portrait!

Kellie Collis said...

Gorgeous! Sugarcoat is so lovely! Have a beautiful day, Kellie xx