Wednesday, April 30, 2008

My Sisters On Etsy...

I have been meaning to feature these two but somehow it always slips my mind... so here it goes.

"Go get your Own Nut " Tote bag

My sister Christie is the newest to Etsy. She quit her job back in December after her Roommate announced her engagement and told my sister that she had a few weeks to move out (Ouch!). She moved back to Charlotte and in with our other sisters in her one bedroom apt. Things were super tight to say the least. Since Christie had all this time on her hands and very few interviews lined up she began sewing again.

Going Green Small Clutch/Pouch

I have always told her about etsy and she would direct friends to my shop here and there. As she began to play around on it she decided to set up shop as well and try to sell some of the scraves she had made a while back. Then she began thinking of new things she could make. She began making her own patterns for pouches and totes and really started to have fun with it!

Well somewhere along the way (Feb.ish) she was told about the opportunities in Alaska during the tourist season. She started to research and got a phone interview. She found an affordable one-way flight and went for it. She has been there a little less than a week and will start giving Whale Tours in another week or so. I admire her courage to just pick up and do something totally unique by herself. Cheers little Sis!

You can find her on etsy at volleyballgirl Yes I am doing all her shipping so never fear! :)

Now my other ... Angie has been making jewelry for Years! Everytime we do craft/art show she sells a ton. She does work fulltime so she has not quite dove into etsy like I would like her too. I think if her sales picked up she would be all over it. Come and check her out and give her a heart or better yet buy something- hee hee myblackeyedsusan

"Button Me Up" Vintage style Necklace

Friday, April 25, 2008

Fresh Abstract Veggies and SPRING CLEANING SPECIAL


Well this has been my slowest month on Etsy since last June. I am trying to drum up a little business so please come and take advantage of this Special.

FREE 5" x 7" Archival Print with any Purchase until April 30th at Midnight (EST).

Just let me know which one you would like in Note to Seller at the time of your Purchase!

*Also if you see something in an 8.5" x 11" and would like it in a 5" x 7" let me know and I can make that happen.

Now for an some abstract Veggies....

"Tomato Slice" & "Avocado Bliss" - 8.5 x 11 Archival Print

My mother-in-law had a great idea ...she thinks I should turn some of my Mod Kitchen prints into Recipe cards. I was thinking either postcard size with some lines on the back for a recipe or have them come with a recipe already. Right now these two pieces are being sold as 8.5" x 11" archival prints in my etsy shop.

I would love to hear what you think!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Ahh Mixed Medium!

" You Can See the Moon Some Days" - Original Fabric and Gesso on Wood
I love this piece for some reason. I really get a kick out of half painted half fabric pieces these days. I think it just that slight bit of painting that I miss and crave. There is just a certain freedom that comes with painting that my fabric on wood style does not have. I think the 2 processes together work quite nicely!
My First Alchemy Piece

"Rascal" -Original Fabric on Wood

This was my very 1st alchemy request on Etsy (or in my shop). I have done many custom orders on Etsy but that was before Alchemy came back. What a thrill to open up that convo requesting something custom! This one has the sweetest story. The person who requested it did so for her sister who just lost her cat of 22 years. I thought that was just so nice of her to do for her sister- Hope she likes it! (The cat like to sleep under lamps to soak in the heat- hee hee).

Also, I just wanted to give a little shout out to all my very fabulous regular return customers! You all are fantastic- really I am so grateful for you all (and of course I love my 1st time customers too! Hee)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

My little Doodles

Well the past week has been really slow in my little Etsy shop. I am starting to get a bit discourage. I am hoping that some multiple sales are around the corner for me as I am really trying to make a living here. I am trying so hard not to be negative about it but it is hard to not questions your self and your work when no one seems to want it- ha ha.

Ok enough of that. I have been trying to get back to my roots a bit and sketch more. Now that I actually have a good scanner and can scan them in (b/c they do not photograph well) I plan on doing just that. I bought some white card stock a few months ago in hopes of using it to make cards and stuff with my printer but boy was that a mistake. My printer only likes really really EXPENSIVE paper to make it's archival prints on- and really I don't blame it. So instead I realized that this card stock works beautifully with my colored pencils and is very sturdy when painted on. I then scan in my doodles and transform them into Archival Prints- yippee.

Here are 2 that I did tonight - so fun. And yes I know that I tend to make sad little drawings. I am happily married with a great husband and baby boy. I just always like sad subject matter. I do many many happy pieces too- so just remember that!

"Tangled Red" - Colored Pencil on Paper - Now Archival Print 8.5 x 11

"She Felt like Sinking" - Colored Pencil on Paper - Now Archival Print 8.5 x 11

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Little ACEO Series

She Wore Beauty - SOLD - Original Fabric and colored pencil on wood (ACEO)

She Wore Beauty Brown - original fabric on wood (ACEO)

I am working on making several of these little ACEO lady faces. It is so fun to see how each one turns out. I sell them for $1o each in my etsy site and will probably sell 4" x 6" prints of them someday- we'll see.

Next is a red head...if I have the right fabrics- for some reason I used to have some rockin red batiks and they stop carrying them at the fabric shop I go to. I will be hitting MaryJo's up sometime in the next few weeks and perhaps they will have what I am looking for.

In case you were wondering (if you didn't know)...

What are ACEO?? ACEO are Art Cards,Editions and Original.Miniature work of art the size of a trading or playing card -2.5" x 3.5" Art cards are a fun affordable way to collect art.You can frame them or store them in a trading card album.They also make great gifts!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

A little Surgery for a little Guy

London In the hospital, originally uploaded by shellieartist.

We noticed something odd a little over a week ago. It turned out to be a very Large Hernia. After seeing the urologist we discovered that it was the better of the kinds of hernias. It was basically a pocket of fluid. That was last Monday...they set up surgery for last Friday. We were a little nervous just because they had to put London under. This photo is him after they gave him some HAPPY Juice. Isn't he so cute in his little peach hospital gown.
His surgery went great and they actually found another one forming on the other side (which is pretty common). He came home and slept on me all day. We could not put him down to walk b/c he was givin a shot very similar (but not quite as strong) as an epidural in his tail bone. After 2 days of Tylenol with coddine he is totally back to normal. His incisions are glued shut (yep-glued) and he can have a bath like normal and everything. The only thing is we have to be a little careful with the way we pick him up (can't straddle him on our sides for 2 weeks). All in all he is fine and we know what a little trooper he is. I just Love him so!!!!
He has been extra sweet lately (minus a few tantrums here and there). He loves all his stuffed animals and I think he might just think they are real. hee hee
Love ya kiddo!
Your Mommy