My name is Diane and I'm a freelance editor based in Melbourne, Australia. Notes to a Further Excuse is a design and lifestyle blog that brings together my love of design, illustration, homewares, stationery, photography, travel and all manner of other other lovely things.
I love these sweet illustrations from Portland, Oregon-based artist Julianna Swaney of Oh My Cavalier!. Julianna has a BFA in printmaking from Maine College of Art, and tends to work predominantly in pencil and watercolour. Inspired by the forest and woods she played in as a child in Michigan, as well as fairy tales, animals, the Victorian era, antique ephemera and anthropomorphism, Julianna's work features an array of cute girls and flaura and fauna.
Julianna's intricate illustration work is available as prints, original drawings, brooches, necklaces and paper goods. She also has a lovely 2012 year-at-a-glance wall calendar available, which features hand-drawn lettering.
I really like the magical, storytelling element that Julianna manages to weave into her work; you can really see the fairy tale inspiration shine through.