Cardinal Love: Small Deaths Exhibit by Kate Breakey at the Michener Art Museum

Cardinalis cardinalis. Northern Cardinal (Male) II by Kate Breakey.

Stratoz and I got ourselves to the Michener Art Museum Museum to see the exhibit of hand-painted photographs by Kate Breakey. The Small Deaths exhibit is there until July 12th, 2015.   The colors of the birds were intense and glowing.  I loved the orange beak of this cardinal. Stratoz had just finished a stained […]

Kaleidoscope in Orange

Butterfly Porthole, Kaleidoscope from Japan, circa 1970.

This Kaleidoscope has moved many places with me, and I don’t remember when it came into my possession. Looking at it now, I see the type as 1970’s, in the way time makes us able to classify collections, characteristics that are invisible to us as children. The butterfly revealed by the orange circle was the […]

Twister with Nasturtiums

Nasturtium Tropaeolum Majus Alaska

Stratoz and our photographer friend Paul Grecian have a tradition of going to Longwood Gardens during Spring Break.  I appreciate that Stratoz is always on the lookout for orange.  These fine variegated Nasturtiums have a sunny yellow orange with darker red orange gathering in the creases.  I looked up the etymology of Nasturtium and it’s […]

Timelapse Rainbow

In the studio with my favorite part of the rainbow ~ orange! A video posted by Margaret Almon (@nutmegdesigns) on Apr 21, 2015 at 1:26pm PDT

Bursting with Orange and Ones: Harmonious House Number

Harmonious House Number by Nutmeg Designs

I am grateful there are people who desire red, orange and yellow house numbers.  This one went to Berkeley, CA.  Their number is gifted with the numeral one in three out of four of the digits.  Ones are both simple to surround in glass, and difficult to join up with neighboring numbers.  The clients queried […]

Aldora: Orange Butterfly Winged Gift of Hope

Aldora: Orange Butterfly by Wayne Stratz.

Stratoz sums up his butterfly impulse: My school only closed once for snow the winter of 2014-15 and it wasn’t till March. What was a biology and horticulture teacher to do. Design a new butterfly suncatcher to bring some hope for spring blooms and their pollinators. Aldora means “winged Gift.” He had an “If then, […]

Do You Dream in Orange?

Dream in Orange by Nutmeg Designs.

Stratoz shared an image of this Dream sign, and one of our clients said she dreams in orange.  I chose blue backgrounds for our previous Dream signs, and I loved the evocation of the sky as part of our dreaming.  But when Stratoz handed over the lettering this time, I wanted orange.  Some readers might […]

Dose of Orange to Keep Your Levels Up

Orange Frame with Zest by Margaret Almon

Getting to Orange: Round Rainbow Mirror in Progress

Getting to Orange.

It’s awesome when clients commission something inspired by my previous work, and taking it even further. This mirror is 20 inches across, and I started gradating the colors in June, and worked on it a bit at a time, for Christmas delivery.  When I got to orange, I had this vision of it taking over […]

Drawing as Meditation


This orange notebook is my reward for getting my tax organizer to the accountant.  I love the way the cover picks up different shades.  In 2004, I took a drawing class at the community college, as part of my year of experimenting with different mediums, on my way to making mosaics.  I was one of […]

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