Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Christmas tends to be. I've complained myself. This year, I realized that, although I gripe about, I have yet to actually DO something about it. I decided to make this year different. You can too! Here are some ways that you can purchase some nice gifts that will give back and make a difference.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
And here's my centerpiece for the coffee table. Candles, a sparkly dove ornament, and a framed winter photograph (Photograph from Chelsea Victoria Photography).
How are you enjoying the start of the holiday season?
Monday, November 7, 2011
I could not believe how many people poured in to this banquet room! There had to be a few hundred people who came out (about two hours in, I overhead one of the directors commenting that two hundred people had already come). I've never been to such a successful show before!
Strangely, although the turn out was better than anyone had imagined, it was a slow selling day for me. I really can't understand why. The whole place was packed out, people were constantly at my booth, and the demographics appeared to be the people I thought would be interested in my style of art (women in their late 20s - early 40s, well-dressed, stylish, from the Midwest, etc). It was a bit disappointing.
My best seller was by far my mini paintings, as it often is. I was hoping to sell out of my calendars, but those didn't seem to catch on. I did meet a whole bunch of awesome people, however, and really enjoyed the atmosphere. There were so many nice, talented people who had many similarities with me. I'm so glad that I went, and it proved to be another important learning experience.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
This was by far the smoothest art festival I've done to date. The setup and tear down was a breeze and I had no rough spots whatsoever. The only complaint I had was the weather. Saturday was an abnormally cold, overcast day. It was so cold that I couldn't even take off my gloves to paint a demonstration, as I normally do.
My first sale came within ten minutes of opening, and my last sale right at the end when all the other vendors were packing up. Biggest lesson learned? Be on time and stay until (literally) the last minute!
Now time to restock for the festival next month... And back to schoolwork. :(
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
I ordered a few copies and plan on bringing one of my own to work to brighten up my office desk. :)
The other ones will make great stocking stuffers. :) You can purchase your own set here.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Here's some recent "cozy" inspiration...
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Here's one of my tables I'm working on. As you can see, there's still several more pieces I need to paint to fill in the gaps.
My kitty keeping me company while I work. <3
Whew, my second year of graduate school starting today, beginning a new job, painting, preparing for fairs, drawing my manga comic... These next few months are going to be busy busy!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Here are some recent finds of mine:
A shabby-chic, beach-inspired photograph print for my MIL. This is just darling!
A beautiful, custom-made bird nest for my mom. She is just going to adore this!
Have you had any awesome finds lately? :)
Monday, August 29, 2011
While walking yesterday through a meadow on a gorgeous Indian summer afternoon, I was inspired to paint summer's fading glow:
Monday, June 6, 2011
I painted a sheet of music with watercolor paints and added some glitter. Look at what I came up with:
I have been very inspired by mixed media lately! I'm already rolling up my sleeves and planning another one... :)
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
When I saw that Making Memories recently came out with a product to make sewing paper items easier, I immediately placed it in my shopping cart. Finally, something to make sewing through thick paper and (hopefully) cardboard much easier!
Several different shops and video reviews said that this here tool would pierce through paper, allowing the user to simply sew through the holes. I don't know what they were thinking, but this is definitely misleading. The "Sew Easy piercer" does NOT pierce anything whatsoever- not even thin computer paper. It does, on the other hand, make small impressions in the paper that serve as a guideline.
I was definitely disappointed. This was not what I was expecting. My stitching is neat to begin with, so I don't really need a guide. Plus, given the nature of the head on the piercer, it's impossible to use a straight-edge to create a perfectly level stitch line. If your line slopes up or down, you can create another impression, but there will be awkward dots where you messed up.
That said, if you can sew neatly, don't bother with buying this item. If you would like a guide to help you sew by hand, this might be your thing.
Here are some cards I created and added some stitching for nice finishing touches:
(this card was made using the tool, which is why some of the stitching isn't straight)
Cute triangular stitches :)