I invited a cowboy for dinner and fed him a pineapple


Curried Pineapple Fig Salsa

This past weekend I was invited to share my notecards with a very talented jewelry designer named Susan McVicker for a Spring Time Trunk Show at a special friend’s house. Our work really complimented each other!

art @ stephanie's



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Blindfolded Gift Wrapping

This is the season for giving and rejoicing. What’s better than getting a gift? Getting a gift that was wrapped by artists, in blindfolds for charity.

In December 2009, Christine and Justin Gignac did their best to wrap gifts blindfolded in the name of art and raising money for charity. They reprised the performance at the Etsy Holiday Shop in December of 2012.

Wishing all my friends a joyful and prosperous season~eileen


gift tag design by eileen



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Here is a holiday playlist to wrap your presents with!


“But like of each thing that in season grows.”~Shakespeare


If you are in New York from the end of May until October 27, this is a must see exhibit at The New York Botanical Garden. Written up in Vogue Magazine, the exhibit Four Seasons, is by contemporary artist Philip Haas.

Philip Haas began his career as a documentary film maker, directing ten profiles of unusual artists through early 1990s with the theme “Magicians of the Earth,”commissioned by the Centre Georges Pompidou.

His feature films include Angels and Insects, set in Victorian England, which was nominated for an Academy Award and the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or, Up at the Villa, an adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novella, starring Sean Penn, Anne Bancroft and Kristin Scott Thomas, The Situation, a political thriller set in Iraq, released in 2006, and the highly-regarded The Music of Chance (1993).

On display from May 18 through October 27, Four Seasons is an installation of four sculptures–each standing more than 15 feet high. Encompassing Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, the works are inspired by the 16th-century creations of Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

Four Seasons is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Additional support provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation

The Garden is located at 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458

Four Seasons by Philp Haas

Four Seasons by Philp Haas

Emperor Rudolf II as Vertumnus, by Giuseppe Ar...

Emperor Rudolf II as Vertumnus, by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (now at Skokloster Castle, Sweden). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” ~ Maya Angelou

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  • A small shelter or box for birds to nest in.
  • An enclosure or large cage for captive birds, aviary.

The “The Birdhouse Thing” is an event benefiting Nashville’s W.O. Smith Music School, it helps raise the money that resulted in the fall 2008 opening of its new school. It features 22,000 square feet of usable space including a 200 seat performance hall, a music library, an instrument library, five music labs, fourteen teaching studios and a recording studio. National recording artists Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Wynonna, Brad Paisley and many others were inspired to tap in to another side of their creativity for the cause. The birdhouses were autographed by recording artists.

Each year, event organizers provide wooden birdhouses to local Nashville artists, architects, celebrities and public figures who then fashion a unique piece of work by adding their own artful design. These birdhouses are then made available for purchase through live and silent auctions at the event. In 2011 I was one of the artists that donated my design for the charity.

Founded in 1984, W.O. Smith Music School is a non-profit educational institution created for the purpose of making quality music instruction available to talented, interested, deserving children from low-income families at the nominal fee of 50 cents per lesson. The School offers instruction in all band and orchestra instruments, piano, guitar, and voice taught by a volunteer music faculty representing many facets of the Nashville music community. The school also seeks to encourage student participation in the cultural life of the community through concert attendance and performance.

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“Three Birdies”  art by eileen tomson


“Birdie” art by eileen tomson