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All ready for Surtex

We finished the last design for the Surtex Show on Saturday. It is called Amaryllis Rejoice and I wanted to show it here. Our posters are now being printed by  Mega Print who we have used for many years and highly recommend.

Andrea Brooks Studio Amaryllis Rejoice

Andrea Brooks Studio Amaryllis Rejoice

Dennis also just recently finished a new series on the theme of Paris and I will show a few pieces here. He is now working on a collection based on these pieces for Robert Kaufman . I love the entire collection so far. It would make a gorgeous quilt, dishes, trays. wall posters among others.

Andrea Brooks Studio Parisian Vase and Flowers

Andrea Brooks Studio Parisian Vase and Flowers

Parisian Parfumerie

Parisian Parfumerie

I have been making calls for the last month or more and am expecting a good turnout. The minute we finished the last design I came down with cold and am just grateful that it is happening now and not the end of this week. And although I am all painted out for now I can’t wait to get going again.

I’ll post again right after the show and let you know how it went and what happened. In the meantime enjoy the lovely weather.

Don’t forget we are in booth #614/ Come and see us.


Filed under Paris, Surtex, Trade shows

IN BETWEEN THE ATLANTA POSTS -The great cake baking caper

I did say at the start that among other things this blog would include events in our lives that impact on our work and creativity. Just what do we need to do to nurture that creativity? Inspiration can be drawn from many different  experiences.  Coincidentally, as I was thinking this I went to my friend Joana Miranda’s wonderful blog A Talent for Design, I found the idea of “make time to play” especially pertinent.

With fun on our minds and a significant birthday coming up for our tall, gray and handsome brother-in-law my sister Pat and I decided to bake the cake! I may add that this was the first time either of us had undertaken to decorate a birthday cake. We didn’t know what to expect except that this was an adventure. Explorers were we.


Sister Witches

We came up with the idea of dressing as witches to make this all much more fun. Our wonderful witch hats came from Cracker Barrel!

We hoped that by chanting spells such as Double Double Toil and Trouble, Cauldron boil and caldron bubble…….and singing songs such as Witchcraft we could entice our niece and two nephews into the  kitchen to have some fun with us.


The wrapping of the cake from Tales of the Crypt

One by one they appeared in the kitchen at first to watch and then to take part in our fun. We trimmed, iced and decorated. We cut out leaves and made the grapes.


The wrapping up of the cake to keep it fresh till the next day was its own ceremony. The cake was handled like gold.

Paper Tableware for Converting

The paper tableware  we used was one of my designs called Summer Berries.It was licensed to Creative Converting . In licensing as I mentioned every design can be licensed for many different kinds of products. This design was also recipe cards, memo pads and labels for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Much  to our surprise when all was said and done everyone thought it was delicious  and gorgeous and oohed and aahed. Love went a long way in smoothing out the holes and bumps you might have noticed.

Moving forward we may even take a cake baking course either at the NY Cake and Baking Supplies. , or at a The Institute of Culinary Education.

Peony and Poppies from the Botanica collection

Botanica Lily collage

Back in my studio after the party I am finishing up my new floral designs. You may remember I wrote about them in the First Atlanta post. We put the finishing touches on them today. I am anticipating doing more in this collection including some coordinating designs.

Dennis has been hard at work also.

Pillow from the Everyday Dogs Collection

Every Day Dogs Design by Dennis

Christmas Dogs

The “Beware of the Dog’s” pillow is the start of Dennis’ new “Everyday Dogs” collection. A christmas version of this whimsical doggie design has also been licensed for fabric by Timeless Treasures. My next post will be Part 2 of the July Atlanta Show. I’ll showcase a few of the companies I met with in their showrooms and talk about setting appointments, scheduling, meeting and doing follow through.

As always remember that your comments are most welcome.


Filed under Art and Design, Cooking and Baking, Creativity and Fun, Licensing, Manufacturers