Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Piece Sold

Red Dress has SOLD! It was one of my pieces displayed at Best in Show and it is now going home to a new owner. I do have several other pieces up for sale as well so be sure to check them out at 20 Salem Street Thomasville, NC. It was one of my favorite pieces but I am thrilled that someone will be able to display it and enjoy it for years to come. I still have prints available at my etsy shop . Stay tuned because I am in the process of creating note cards of my collages that will be for sale either in my Etsy shop or for Spring Daze in downtown Thomasville.

Monday, December 22, 2008

A Save the Date Magnets

I have just finished and delivered these Save the Date Magnets. This was an order of 250 of these little guys. Since they are small (about the size of a business card) I handmade pockets for them to be mailed. The trick with magnets is to make sure the person receiving them knows they are magnets. Some times they are very thin (which is good when it comes to the cost of mailing them) but some people may mistake them for a photo and not a photo magnet. Thanks to some thoughtful thinking from my hubby we designed the pocket so the person has to pull out the magnet to read the entire design and hopefully understand it is to go on the fridge not in the trash. Not that they would want to throw away this cute couples picture anyways!!! Contact me by e-mail for a price quote if you are interested in a photo magnet for yourself.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Another Great Christmas Find

I also got the privalage of buying a bag this holiday season for

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My ECO CHIC Christmas Cards

This year I decided to do double duty on the "Green Movement" by creating a Christmas card made from a paper bag (recycling #1) and then transforming it into a card that can be reused (recycling #2) . I always am stumped at what to do with cards when I am done with a holiday, birthday, or event so hopefully will alleviate that stress for others.The cards are very similar to my paper bag tutorial except I folded up an inch and a half to create a pocket. The pocket is great because the recipient can simply remove my note and then add their own and then resend.

The design was hand drawn and then scaned into the computer. With the help of photoshop I created my wording and design. Each piece of paperbag was cut to the size of 8.5x11 and then put into the printer just like regular paper. Then I added a slash of red paint on the nose of the reindeer. How fun would it be if I got one of these back next year!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

New Photos...

Here is my favorite model...Carlee. These are pictures I took of her for the family Christmas Card. Since I do not have a studio I have to use my creativeness to obtain a studio look. With only black fabric, a couch, and lighting that is just right we got some good shots. Of course when the little one's begin to craw I have have a hard time keeping up with them and keeping them in the shot...but it is much fun and good exercise. haha

Tuesday: Eco Chic Artist and Crafters: Paper Leaf

Kate from Paperleaf creates fun cards, notebooks, and gift tags made from post-consumer waste and recycled material. 5 peony blank cards, screenprinted on recycled ivory card
Her items are packaged in clear bags made from corn starch which is biodegradable and compostable. Upcycled / recycled notebook
She uses Gocco which is a Japanese screen printing method to create her designs. This method is very unique in that it gives the cards character along with making them slightly different therefore original. Be sure to check out her unique designs and recycled goods at her Etsy Shop. 5 Christmas gift tags, screenprinted on recycled manilla card

Monday, December 15, 2008

Only 11 More Days...until Christmas

With that said I wanted to Highlight some GREAT handmade artist and crafters that I purchased from this holiday season. So if you are unsure of a gift you MUST check these shops out!
First I would like to introduce you to SILVERLIME

The Silverlime

You might have noticed the icon under my "You have to Check This Out" List on my sidebar. Traci the designer behind Silverlime creates the most unique and amazing pieces of silver jewelry and has a wonderful story behind her passion. She creates necklaces, bracelets and even key chains.

If you don't see what you like no problem she will create a piece of jewelry perfect for you! I would love to show you all what special creation she made for me but it is a gift so I can't post it...just yet. :( (It is worth the wait)! Stay Tuned...Wednesday will be a new Handmade Find!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tuesday: Eco Chic Artist and Crafters: Loda

Ellen owner of Loda creates unique items out of soda cans. She makes several items including pins, tags, and earrings all from recycled soda cans. Pepsi Can Earrings
Each item has a foam backing for stability and she bends them in such away there are no sharp edges. Check out Ellen's recycled creations at her etsy shop. Soda Can Pig

Monday, December 8, 2008

Best in Show "Open Reception"

Yesterday I had a gallery showing at Best in Show in Thomaville, NC. I have a total of 4 pieces up for sale until Mid January. (My apologies for the poor photo quality)Here are two of my pieces "Red Dress" and "Chardonnay at Sunset"and two more "Window View" and "Not a Size Zero". It was a pretty good turn out I even had my youngest fan present: Carlee! All of the art just wore her out. This is Carlee's 3rd gallery experience...she is only 9 months old. Maybe she will take after her Aunt:) Here are some of my other fans....my dad (above),mom, mother-in-law, sister-in-law (nice face Jennifer), and my Husband Brad.
and last but NOT least, My sister!!!
Please stop by Best in Show on 20 Salem St. in Thomasville, NC. Check out the local art and if you are in the spending mood take a piece of home with you.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tuesday Eco Chic Artist and Crafters

Faith owner of eco ike has a mission "to encourage people to go green and take care of our small world." Her small organic tee company makes "green" tee's for "tots" using products that are made with 100% super-soft organic cotton, and then are hand screen printed with water-based inks. The water-base inks she uses are non toxic and lead free making them completely safe for your little one. Eco Ike goes well and beyond creating a product that is environmentally friendly by bringing "green" into the work environment. In keeping with their mission they utilizes recycled packaging and paper along with eco friendly cleaning supplies and give 5% of proceeds to environmental organizations. Keep up todate with eco ike by visiting their blog http://ecoike.blogspot.com/