Little Women And Mermaidling Request Day!

Thursday, February 28, 2019
My Dear friends, 

How are you, darling souls? I have some banana bread in the oven and I am waiting for the kettle to whistle. I am so excited to share this post with you.


You may not know this about me, but a few years ago when I picked my paintbrush back up after  36 years, I decided to create a day of the week that I would offer to paint little custom illustrations for those that wanted a piece of personal art. I had such a beautiful and warm welcome, that I have decided to bring it back. I have missed painting ever so much. 

I will be posting on my facebook fan page {link above} every Thursday for custom painting orders, or you may comment below here on ye olde blog.  It was and has always been a special experience for me to paint for you. I posted a few paintings below from my very first customers.


An original custom Mermaidling or Little Women {I named it after little woman as that is my nickname from my father since I have been a child. I think it's a sweet sentiment} Illustration. 4.5" x 6". Each little painting is $20 sand dollars. Every little portrait is in sepia ink and painted with watercolours. I then infuse the paper with aged seaweed, flower tinctures and floral notes that I personally created from my garden here at Staffordshire Cottage.

My saltwater has been charged with crystals of rose quartz and moonstone. I believe that sending my paintings into the world with a little magic adds a touch of love to all those that purchase my art.

Along with each painting comes with a personal hand chose beach combed shell.

In order for me to navigate through with your classification please clarify your desires accordingly:
~ Hair colour and length/ updo or down
~ Skin & or scale tone
~If you would like a particular historical era.
~ If you would like to add particulars such as a pet, flowers, your Mermaidling/Little Woman in an active pursuit such a reading, writing, gardening, borders, etc. specify that as well. Each addition is $1.

Explore your dreamy imagination. I can paint whatever you'd like!

Your Mermaidling/ Little Woman ships worldwide through the post in a medium size packing envelope.

If you would like to upgrade your shipment to priority shipping so you can track the painting, please be sure to let me know before purchasing.
This upgrade will be $6 within the U.S. and $13 internationally!
This is of a little picture that I painted of Wren with her pet rabbit. This was such a popular painting that I sold 16 prints. Every time I have it printed, I immediately sell out.

I believe that is why art either sells or doesn't sell. Have you ever wondered about that? Why does some art sell rapidly and some art you couldn't give it away for free. 
I believe all things are energetic. If I am an artist that absolutely is in the flow and I am so happy painting, I know my art will sell. I trust and believe in vibration. When the artist and the recipient are lined up, in a sense we are energetically dancing with one another.
Three pets of a dear friend that wanted some whimsical art to hang in her tea room. She hangs these every year at Christmas time. 

This was a newly married soul mate couple and wanted a little painting to remember their initial union. 

My dear friend Beth from Patina White. This was a memoriam from her two pets that had passed. 

A sweet painting of an adoption story of a little girl with her two puppies.

A grandmother and her grandson. They have a special tradition at Halloween storytime.  This depicts that moment for them.

My dear friend Ashley, The Mermaid Lady/ Author with her darling husband while on an underwater photo shoot.

A sweet friend with her pet kitty. 

A sweet little mermaid that loves to sing. 

A painting I did for my mother on Mother's Day. She absolutely loves squirrels. 

A sweet mermaid holding a heart of her beloveds name and banner of the date they were to marry. 

A little woman holding a candle. 

A Valentine for a granddaughter.

Do you believe in energetic vibration too when it comes to art? 

Most affably yours til my next swim, Raquelxxx

The Art To Manifesting Your Dream Home {A Mermaid's Energy Wave}

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
 My Dear Friends,

I had the sweetest birthday on Monday and my beloved gardener surprised me with some beautiful foxgloves, Eugenia topiaries and some mint herbs. I was busy working on a DIY project out back in the garden and went to go check the mail a little while afterwards and boy wonder had surprised me by leaving the flowers by the garage. I shed little tears. I was reminded of his genuine kindness and thoughtfulness towards me. All of my children have been exceedingly kind and have been messaging me quite frequently. What a welcoming feeling. My heart is full.

In Honour Of Beatrix Potter { An Artist/Authors Dearest Treasure}

Thursday, February 21, 2019

My dear friends, 
It should come as no surprise that I have had a fascination with Beatrix Potter since I was a child. 

Even though her books are recommended for children ages 7-12, I presently enjoy them, and will forever more.

My books are also for ages 7~12. I have always been drawn to Beatrix in one form or another. Whether that was collecting the storybooks to read to my children, decorating my children's nurseries with rabbits, or having my very own cottage bunnies, just as Beatrix did.

How Tasha Tudor Used The Art Of Scripting

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

My dear friends,

This post is sure to be most delightful. Might you pour some tea and let us have a visit. I think my choice of tea today is cinnamon spice Chia Teavana. I cannot get over how much more flavorful a loose leaf tea is.

Shall we get on with it? As i was pondering how to bring my salient characteristic to this post, I thought what better way than to pull life experiences along with copious articles that I am personally fond of. What could be more perfect than writing, art, and life metaphors through one of my heroes, the great Tasha Tudor!

The Art Of Making Staffordshire Cottage Shipshape

Monday, February 18, 2019

My dear friends, 

I have my tea a bit early. I wanted to gather my thoughts, so I have put on some Claude Debussy to angle my disposition of writing this evening. The day has been quite scorching, and conditions are lacking in adornment; however, the sand cranes have been flying overhead cackling. I love to hear them and my ol' beloved seagulls. I cherish the sounds of seagulls along the ocean waves as they kiss the stoned fairy moss rocks. 

The Art Of Southern Quotidiens On The Celebrated Day Of Love {As Mermaid And Ship Captain}

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's my dear Mer~friends, 

This is the only vintage mermaid valentine in my collection, so I thought that a fin'tastic idea would be to make some of my own. Do you favour the old Valentine's as much as I? I think they made them so lovely. Do you celebrate the day set aside for LOVE?

A Victorian Author Reading At Whistle Stop Gardens And Tea Room

Sunday, February 10, 2019

My dear friends, 

I promised an oath that I would show you photographs of my mermaid author readings at the tea room. 

I have had a few more; however, I was so caught up in the twirling tizzies I forgot to take pictures. 

A Skettle Of Fish, Pottering, And Musings At Staffordshire Cottage

Friday, February 8, 2019

My dear friends, 

Pour some tea and let us have a wee visit. I made myself a bowl of porridge with some cottage cheese and honey. I also made a cup of English breakfast black tea. Let's have a go. 
Meet Ms Merry Thistlewood!

This is a photo of our new little rabbit. This is the picture sent to me from the darling girl Brianna that I met at the tea room. We began chatting in between my book reading and immediately knew she was an ol' kindred spirit. Of course, she was intrigued by my dear Oliver and began explaining she has a sweet pet rabbit as well, but that she needed to find a new home for her. She will be going to college pretty soon and won't have much time.

Why Instagram Sends Women Into A Tailspin And How I Used Law Of Attraction To Understand A Life Lesson

Thursday, February 7, 2019
getty images
My dear friends

Pour some tea my darlings and let us have a visit. The title of this post is something I wanted to share with you now that I have been off of Instagram for over 3 months.

A Victorian Mermaid's Cabinet Of Curiosities: {Show Your Work}

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

My mother has the whole set of blue Danube china, and she knows I love tea, so she gifted me the teapot and two cups. She said I'll receive the whole set when she passes. 
 My dear friends,

Pour some tea, and let us have a visit. I had such a wonderful response to my previous post about stealing like an artist by Austin Kleon, so I thought I would share a wee bit about another book of his called, "Show Your Work", which you can find {here.}

The Art Of Thievery: {How A Victorian Mermaid Steals}

Saturday, February 2, 2019
My dear friends, 

I have been a bit under the weather, but I must write. Oliver and I wanted to say Rabbit Rabbit even though we are a day late!