Monday, February 15, 2010

New Blog Address!

Greetings all! I'm excited to let everyone know that I'll be posting at a new blog address, French Hen Studio. I'm slowly but surely evolving MSD Design into French Hen. Same content, same products, same art, same Michele, different name.
I hope all my followers will find and follow me here! See you there!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

In the Pink

I'm filling the shop with lots of lovely pink things... pink and red; for Valentine's Day, of course! Blank note cards, vintage buttons and bridge tallies. Check in often, and soon... I'll be adding from my recent acquisition of gorgeous vintage grosgrain ribbon. A milliner's lot, I believe, in reds, and raspberry-s, and chocolate browns.
Have you been to the French Hen Facebook page? Shop updates, product photos, and promotions will posted there. Become a Fan today!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Holidays

Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May you be blessed with health, peace, and abundance in the New Year.
Thank you to my dear friends, family, and customers for their wonderful support of MSD Design, and, our new venture, French Hen. We look forward to providing you with more beautiful art and vintage goodness next year!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


I don't believe I've discussed Facebook yet...not as hooked as a lot of people. But it is fun to hear from someone I know every now and again.I'm terrible at keeping up with it, tho. No surprise-look how often I blog (or should I say, Don't blog)!!'s the link if you're interested

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


I'm so happy to introduce our new Etsy shop, French Hen. After lovingly gathering far too many vintage supplies to use in my original art, I decided to share from my collection. That decision, combined with my love of all things French, led me to create French Hen. In addition to authentic and beautiful vintage papers, postcards, textiles, etc. ( most with a French theme), I'll soon be offering exclusively designed original products and artwork featuring our favorite French elements-Paris, Provence, Marie Antoinette, the Eiffel Tower, and more. I'm trying to create a comfortable, country feel to the shop and it's products. This newest labor of love ought to help me channel my obsession fran├žais. Check it out, I hope you love it.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Halloween Faves 2009

Well, my Etsy Shop's Hallowe'en Shoppe is jam packed with treats right now. Great goods for home decor, gifts, fun. My latest favorites are the Halloween-themed Tarot Cards, Elegant Skeleton Tags, and Anatomically Correct Book Pages.


Friday, June 19, 2009

Bursts of Color...

It's been raining all week here in CT, hope these brighten your day!

Monday, May 04, 2009

New Shop at ArtFire!

So, I'm trying another online venue besides Etsy to sell my Art & Artful Goods. All will be able to purchase Prints, Note Cards, and more featuring my original artwork at my new ArtFire shop, MSD Design-Art & Artful Goods. Enjoy browsing, and I'd love some feedback! Thanks, Michele

Monday, April 06, 2009


Four days later and I am still basking in the glow of my visit to NYC with my dear friend Penny to watch a live taping of The Martha Stewart Show! What a great experience! First of all, let me start by saying that I'm an even bigger fan than before. Martha is more beautiful in real life than she is on TV or in pictures. She was very gracious and poised and professional;so unbelievably at ease in front of the camera. And do I even need to talk about how gorgeous the set is? I would die for that "craft room" set-up. Joey Cola is a doll, and so funny-VERY good at his job. The whole experience was pretty relaxed-we were let in and seated in a very calm, orderly fashion; all the staff were so professional and friendly. Martha showed us decoupaged Easter eggs, block-printed linens, and hot-crossed buns. The only disappointment was that her scheduled guest, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, that yummy fellow from The Tudors, cancelled due to illness. Our giveaway for the day? Martha Stwart Crafts Scissors
and Craft Knife, both of which I already own, since I ran right out & bought them as soon as Martha came out w/craft products. Penny and I were hoping for a nice shiny copy of Martha's new book, Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts, which we didn't get, but it's okay. It's ALL GOOD! We'll just buy the book. The experience was worth way more than the price of the book. I loved every minute of it and I'd do it again! And, I'm more inspired by Martha than ever.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


OK, here's a confession. I would post more, except that I feel like I can't blog without adding photos. There, I've said it. Am I looking for an excuse? Possibly. But, truly, I find it boring to visit other blogs that don't add photos in their posts. Well, sometimes. I guess once in a while is fine. So, I either need to reconcile myself to the idea of occasionally posting sans photos, or start taking more pictures! Wish me luck.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Recent Aquisitions

Greetings! I want to share with you some great antique and e-bay finds I've aquired over the past few weeks. First is this lovely wooden doll form. I keep wanting to refer to her as "angel" rather than "doll", I don't know why. Maybe because she seems kind of ethereal? Anyway, I think she's so chic-shabby chic!

Next up is this awesome spice cabinet! I just fell right in love with it. It was already this perfect shade of robin's egg blue and I just love the look of it-so country charming. What I especially appreciate in this piece is the repair work on the back. It reminds me of what a disposable society we've become. Nowadays, I think we'd just as soon replace it rather than lovingly repair it. (I'm as guilty as anyone) These little drawers are perfect for stashing supplies and it makes a great addition to the studio.

Finally, some additions to my growing collection of vintage bling. Theoretically, these are to be used for embellishments on future products, but I'm not sure I'll be able to part with them!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New Goods, New Shop

BAD, BAD Blogger! I was going good with consistent posting for a while there, but then I fell off the wagon... But, I have been pretty busy lately-I set up a new shop on Etsy, MSD DESIGN Art & Artful Goods This new shop exclusively sells products featuring my original art; Mixed-Media and Illustration. You'll find prints, note cards, home decor items, and more. There's some nice spring art newly listed there. My original shop, MSD Design Illustration & Inspiration still offers all of my yummy vintage and vintage-style supplies-Paris items are hot right now.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Vintage Goodness @ the Etsy Shop

Good Morning! It is once again snowing here in New England, and rather bleak. Time to light some yummy scented candles. I always go for the ones that smell like baked goods; Buttercreme, Creme Brulee, Spiced Pumpkin , Yum!!
I've added another lovely collection of vintage ephemera to the shop. This is the Paris Parcel-all Paris-themed items. Also, I was able to rework the price on my Vintage Ledger Packet; it's now $15 instead of $20. Yay. And I still have a couple of my popular French Paquets left.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

So excited...

Hello All! I'm so excited to have my "French Pacquet" chosen to be among Etsy's top sellers of 2008. A winning vote will provide MSD Design with much needed and appreciated publicity & honor. Go here to vote. Only five days left! Thank you for your support!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Valentine's Products

Hello All! Just jotting a quick post to tell you that we're adding Valentine and Heart themed goods to our Etsy shop and our CafePress Shop. Check 'em out, and stay tuned for more...

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The New Year

Greetings & Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a healthy and prosperous New Year. I'm looking forward to starting fresh, as I always am at this time of year. I have high hopes for myself, my home, and my family. And of course, high hopes and goals for my beloved work and business.
I count 2008 as a successful year. We are no less in debt than this time last year, but I had much opportunity to meet and connect with fellow artists and Etsians, reconnect with a wonderful old friend, and spend time with out-of state family. For this, I feel richer.
I spent much time last year gathering vintage materials which I will incorporate into many new designs and also offer at my Etsy shop. I have a feeling bird-themes will be playing a large part in upcoming work. We already have some beautiful Heart Themed work ready to go for Valentines. Look for it soon both at Etsy and CafePress.
Until next time, I'll be hunkered down at home, dreaming and creating.
Again, Happiest of New Years and Warm Winter Wishes.

Monday, December 01, 2008

New Holiday Art

Here are some new mixed media pieces I've done for the Holidays. You can find them featured on some great products at our CafePress Shop. And stay tuned for some lovely Holiday items from our Etsy Shop.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Ho,Ho,Ho, It's off to work I go!

Gearing up for lots of Christmas work this Etsy items, special orders, designing christmas cards, offering up some vintage supplies for Christmas crafts, etc. Also, I'll be adding some Christmas designs to my CafePress Shop. Maybe I'll sneak in a little decorating, too...Snow expected tonite, that'll bring on the Christmas spirit!

PS Does this photo look like a Martha Stewart ad or what?!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, I'm prepping for tomorrow-it's the first Thanksgiving that I'm hosting at our house. Can't wait for Turkey!! I'm shutting down my computer for the next two days-no work, no internet...just food & family.
I hope everyone has a yummy, safe, and joyful holiday'


So, I caved and join Twitter. I met a colleague the other day, a fellow Etsian, Gayle, from Monkey Threads, who recommended it and said it was really fun. So, I signed up and let's see what happens! I'm not sure I totally get it yet, but I'm sure I'll catch on evench.