Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Last night was the ice-cream social at Luca's Montessori school. He goes 3 mornings a week for a year now & has developed a real bond with his little buddies. He's very social which makes his father & I wonder where it came from as we tend to be the opposite. This art reminded me of the exuberant, curious pack we enjoyed treats with last night. So many tiny personalities it really wonderful to see!

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Today I got our tickets to the Circus in early September. This will be a first for Luca. I've always loved the circus & have a sneaky suspicion he will too!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Party Time

Today I'm showing a few photo's of Luca's 3rd birthday party last Sunday. We had a wonderful time. He finished his last slice of cake at lunch today so it's officially over until next year!

Monday, August 23, 2010


Today is Luca's birthday. Three years ago he arrived in our world. I couldn't love him more! All those funny little things he's brought to our life- the chance to color with big crayons & watch cartoons again. The bubble baths, the strolls in the park, the holidays, the stories, explaining things to his always curious mind, & the pure sincere excitement he has for every new day. Happy Birthday my Sweet Boy!
Tomorrow some photos from his party.

Friday, August 20, 2010


my favorite flavor. What's yours?
Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Tweet, Tweet....

Today I'm posting some photos of the mobile I made for my sister n law Ashley. She's due the end of September & her nursery has a bird theme. Wish my photos had come out better this really did turn out nicely. I spelt out my soon to arrive niece's name on the back of the felt birds. To avoid ending up with craft store felt with that neon just died color (although sometimes that's cool) I've been ordering from Magic Cabin. Antonio's sister Carolina is due at the end of October so I have my stash of materials & many more baby projects to complete.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I love animals. That unconditional love, the beauty & it doesn't hurt that they can't talk. (we live in a noisy world) We're still looking for our next dog. I would be thrilled with a french bulldog but I just can't get myself to pay all that money. We've always gotten shelter dogs which have been wonderful pets. I don't know how many times I've drawn, painted or decided to collage animal theme art. The subject always makes me happy. A bit of a ramble here so on to the art!

Friday, August 6, 2010

August Butterflies

So, I missed my opportunity in early June to post about the start of firefly season. (Pure nighttime magic to me) I knew I couldn't miss the chance to mention the butterflies that start to pop up around now. They start out just a few when the month begins. Some flying about & some still furry little caterpillars inching along the ground. Later this month & in September the sky is a flutter & it's fun to see the deep orange of a monarch dance by. I'm grateful for the big window next to my desk-this way I don't miss out.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

My Birthday

I celebrated my birthday last Saturday (July 31st) with friends & family. Antonio made a wonderful dinner straight from the garden & lucky me I got some great presents! The years seem to be going by faster & fast now. I remember my high school years wondering will this EVER be over? Now at 35 I feel like I'm growing, less afraid of the world, open to exploring & learning more - I'm excited about my life, family & career. Not a bad way to feel.
Happy Birthday to all the other Leo's out there!

Monday, August 2, 2010

And the winner is...

Tricia Tharp! Please send your address to info@jillmcdonalddesign & we'll get your copy of Who's in the Garden in the mail. Thanks to everyone for entering! Happy Monday.