Saturday, December 29, 2012


well, because i LOVE SNOW so much (and it's clearly SNOWING right now....) i've decided to run a little FREE SHIPPING sale on all print orders from now until december 31st at midnight (EST).

visit my shop here and treat that special little one in your life to some cuteness and enchantment :)


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

meet little alpine fairy....

and her cute little arctic bunny alabaster! together they love to enjoy the wonders of winter....such as sweet little frozen fairy kisses! i mean why settle for butterfly kisses when you can nuzzle noses with such a cute little bunny....

one of two little winter fairies in the works. check back for alpine's twin sister siberia and her adorable little polar bear companion, snowball.

because i'm just a bit obsessed with winter...;)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

illustration friday~snow

dashing through the snow....

no horse or sleigh needed ;)
just a cute little helper named Pippa and her candy cane striped zebra friend Peppermint.

hey, he's just as good as any reindeer. 
but way cuter...;)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

the park is open to the public...and FOR SALE!

i'm happy to announce that my favorite painting i've done all year is FOR SALE! :) click on the link below to read where my inspiration for this fantastical winter wonderland came from....


Happy Holidays to all and i hope you enjoy your visit to Peppermint Bark Park, truly the tastiest park around....:)

Friday, December 7, 2012

welcome to peppermint bark park...

where the trees are made of candy canes and peppermint sticks and the mountains made of huge mounds of peppermint ice cream....topped with a sweet, swirly StarBright mint. speaking of StarBright, meet the park ranger himself, Mr. StarBright Snowman and his peppermint loving pals. together they make sure that Peppermint Bark Park stays sweet and frosty all year long. please be sure to watch your step when visiting, as one is sure to stumble upon a piece of bark or two. and then, just may be time for a yummy snack ;)
well, for all who do not know, i am crazy about candy canes, all things peppermint and of course, super cute snowmen. so here is my latest little creation inspired by all of those things. i actually wound up sketching it the night right before thanksgiving and have been painting it over the last couple of weeks, in between working on Christmas gifts.
below are some pictures of the painting in progress. hoping to finish it up (finally) tomorrow. then it will be FOR SALE as an ORIGINAL in my etsy shop. NO PRINTS will be sold.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

~HaPpY HoLiDaYs~

love Pippa and Peppermint, the candy cane striped zebra :)

my holiday 2012 card featuring my alter ego (Pippa) and her adorable little Christmas companion, Peppermint.

since i have such a LOVE of candy canes and all things peppermint, i just couldn't resist coming up with this cute and festive little zebra.

proof that you don't have to be an elf....or a reindeer to deliver some good ole' fashioned holiday cheer!



Monday, November 26, 2012


to celebrate the wonderful winter weather that is ahead of us (my FAVORITE) i am offering 25% of all custom orders! perfect for Christmas/holiday gifts!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

a candy cane striped zebra named peppermint...?

you betcha ;)

just about done my painting for my holiday 2012 card. here's a little mug shot of pippa's buddy peppermint, the candy cane striped zebra.

only in nicole's world...;)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

illustration friday~tree

...amongst the tall white birch trees, stood a raven haired girl named wimberly, joined by her faithful scarlet red companions :)

here is a sketch i did back in may for a painting i am HOPING to get to in the next few weeks.

oh winter, how i LOVE you so!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

santa's little helpers....

here is my holiday 2012 card design (which i am currently painting).

it's pippa and her little friend peppermint, the candy cane striped zebra :)

yes, animals such as this exist in nicole's world for sure! besides, i have such a crazy love for candy canes and all things peppermint, that i just couldn't resist putting it into a little character ;)

so, pippa and peppermint....santa's little helpers for 2012. because you don't have to be an elf or a reindeer to lend a helping hand!

Friday, November 9, 2012

a preview of some Chrismas....


a sneak peek at my Christmas card design for this year. starring my adorable little Pippa!

~HaPpY HoLiDaYs~

love, pippa....and a *secret* friend of her's (not pictured here)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

illustration friday~shy

...because no one can ever accuse pippa/myself of being shy ;)
introverted...yes. shy...NEVER!

here is a sketch for the bio page of my website, which i put together all by myself this past july. thanks to intuit websites and their software, i was able to put it all together in just a little over a week.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

a princess....

and a prince. well, he WAS a prince. now, he's a super cute little frog!:)

i promised one more princess before the holidays. and here she is! the lovely tiana and her adorable frog prince.

can i say that i'm actually pleased with this way this turned out? sure i can...;)
i LOVED painting her dress the most (must be my *thing* for princess dresses. actually i just have a *thing* for dresses all together....big surprise....)

ANYWAY.....she is FOR SALE as  PRINT here
 below is the sketch (since i forgot to post it due to hurricane sandy who blew thru here on monday). actually half of this painting was done by flashlight and candlelight. not too shabby.....;)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

cute pond animals....and a flamingo?!:)

once upon a pond....:)

here is the latest set of nursery art  canvases i recently completed based on the Once Upon A Pond bedding by CoCaLo

these are painted on gallery wrapped 9x12 canvases and can be found FOR SALE here

these bright and colorful pond animals would make a lovely addition to any little girl's nursery!:)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

illustration friday~sky

talking to the moon...way up in the sky...wishing. hoping. believing!

to read about the story behind this painting, visit the link below.

this painting will ALWAYS have a very special place in my heart...for numerous reasons.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012



here is a drawing i did last month for someone who loves this little elephant too!:) needless to say, i was super tempted to keep it for myself. but i didn't...

i think this is when my obsession with elephants began. i love stuffed elephants so much that i sleep with one named maggie every. single. night. and i'm proud to admit to that too ;)


Saturday, October 20, 2012

once upon a pond...

cute pond animals...and a flamingo, of course ;)

next up 2 9x12 gallery wrapped canvases based on the adorable once upon a pond bedding by cocalo

can't wait to work on these! they will be FOR SALE shortly! :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

illustration friday~water

never let a little rain water keep you from shoe shopping....;)

a piece i did for the story entitled 'the most boring birthday in the universe' for the june/july 2011 issue of stories for children magazine (page 24).

Thursday, October 11, 2012

cute cottages and fruit and flower laden trees...


i got done these cuties quicker than i thought! and, they are listed in my shop and totally ready to find themselves a home...on your little girl's wall!:)
based on this adorable bedding by Living Textiles Baby

Sunday, October 7, 2012

tiny treasures :)

i wanted to share a custom painting i did for one a girlfriend of mine's little girl, emie. this girl is seriously one of the cutest, sweetest, most precious little girls in all the world.

so...little miss emerson has a *thing* for chasing fireflies. i did this sweet little 5x7 painting for her for her 3rd birthday in august and i've decided to sell prints of it in my etsy shop found here

love this girl!:)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

trick or treat, love pippa...and licorice :)

welcoming in fall is my sweet little character pippa...and her black bird friend licorice. pippa (who we all know is really ME-hence the uggs she usually has on) is dressed in her pumpkin costume and ready to hand out candy to all the little trick or treaters at the pumpkin patch. with the help of licorice, of course....;)

i wanted to do a painting of this, but time does not really allow for it. so...i took out my favorite *tools*...the tinted graphite pencils by derwent. OMG....i am so in love with these pencils. it's ironic because i seem to be known for (for a lack of a better phrase) for my use of bright and bold color in my paintings. yet, i am totally crazy about the look of tinted graphite. and, i'm truly a pencil girl at heart so these pencils really make me happy. AND...they are water soluble as well, so i often use a water brush pen (like a did here) filled with clear water and very gently add some water to the drawing and....POOF....magic!:)

anyway, not that i have gone off on my tangent about these pencils, i want to say that pippa here is available FOR SALE as a LIMITED EDITION print in my etsy shop found here

and because i like to "share the love", here's a link to the FAB derwent graphitint pencils. if you try them, leave me a comment, as i would love to hear your feedback on them!

happy (early) halloween! love, pippa/me...and licorice ;)

illustration friday~book

nothing like a little bonding time between sisters....with a good book!

this is actually a custom painting i did back in january of this year for a pair of sisters who couldn't be more opposite (hence the one's love for dogs and the other's for cats).

thought it was fitting for this week's IF theme of "book"!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012


and, they're kinda cute....;)

here are 2 ORIGINAL PAINTINGS i just recently completed to coordinate with a popular crib bedding by the company Just Born

these are FOR SALE here in my etsy shop.

if you would like something painted for your little one, please contact me thru the links found here and i will be more than happy to accommodate you!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

a little bit of monkey business...

 never hurt anyone...;)

i am currently working on 2 canvas sized at 11x14 each based on this ADORABLE bedding by the company just born.

these will be FOR SALE in my etsy shop VERY SOON!:)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

~HaPpY AuTuMn~

ok, so technically i'm a day late, BUT autumn is ALWAYS welcome ANYTIME!:)

now....that means i am one season closer to my FAVORITE...WINTER....;)

Friday, September 21, 2012

bibbity bobbity boo....

adding another princess to the collection....

can i say i love the cute little mice?!;)

follow the link below to my etsy shop where you can find my renditions of ariel, snow white and my favorite, belle.

once i get more time, i'll be adding more. hoping to do princess tiana next from the princess and the frog!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

birds and blossoms

here is the latest custom order that i just finished up for a baby girl's nursery in chicago. it was based on the bedding listed below

it was originally derived from this listing i have FOR SALE in my shop here
i just added the middle panel and made the canvases 8x8 as opposed to the 6x6s in my shop

can't wait for the feedback from the new mommy to be!:)

Sunday, September 9, 2012


today is the day i have been waiting for since mid march when peyton signed on to be a bronco! super excited bec as well all know, i have mad love for this man! they just don't make 'em like this anymore....

good luck peyton! love, pippa (and me) ;)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

lauren....and her ladybugs :)

i have actually had this done for a couple of weeks, but wanted to wait until the customer received it before i listed it FOR SALE as a PRINT in my shop 

this is a custom painting i did for a little girl named lauren who has a *thing* for ladybugs;)
happy (early) birthday lauren!!! enjoy your new painting!!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

perhaps the little mice are magic....

perhaps ;)

next up in my line of princesses...the very regal and humble Cinderella.

follow the link below to purchase prints of Ariel, Snow White and Belle. hoping to be able to add more to the collection soon!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

poppies for my dad

i know i don't usually post my fine arts here, but i wanted to share these bec i actually kind of like them....;)

my dad and step mom commissioned me to do two large paintings for their dining room of poppy flowers. these are both 20x 24 and i framed them as well....

well, until i broke the glass on one of them delivering them yesterday to my dad. off to find replacement glass today so that they can actually get them up on their walls :)

the link below shows the poppies in progress.....

Thursday, August 23, 2012

illustration friday~teacher

pippa is all dressed and ready for her first day of school. and super excited to meet her new teacher!

just a quick little sketch i worked up for this week's illustration friday. and because all who know me know pippa is my alter ego, that tells you that yes, i did go to catholic school.

see photo below for proof...:)
2nd row, 3rd in from the right.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Steppin Up To The Plate....

well, here is the custom painting i was working on for a future philadelphia phillie no doubt....
i am actually pleased with the way it turned out (being the die hard braves fan that i am....)
i will be framing this over the weekend and delivering it on sunday!:)

i am selling it as a print in my etsy shop found here
it can be personalized with name and even a # on the shirt if you like. hop on over to my shop and have a look :)

as girly as i am (and i am super girly) i just absolutely LOVE painting for little boys. go figure....

Thursday, August 16, 2012


at it's finest!

working on 2 custom piece at once. this one for a little girl named lauren who loves her ladybugs.
and the latter one, a painting for a baby named grady (whose family are big phillies fans). myself being the die-hard atlanta braves fan that i am....well, let's just say i'm tying not to *accidentally* make him a brave ;)