Thursday, November 26, 2009

Free Shipping!

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is having an amazing Thanksgiving! I know that I have. I am so grateful for my family and that everyone is in good health.

To spread the cheer I am offering FREE SHIPPING in my Etsy shop. This will be until Monday night so if there is something you were keeping your eye on, Now is the time!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 23, 2009

New to you...

I am posting one piece that I did for the Skating with Scissors show and one that I have had for a while that I just never got around to posting.

I ran out of wax! I can't believe that I let myself get so low that I actually ran out. I worked so much last Friday that I used it all up. It was so fun though. Today I went out and bought some more. I should be in my studio using it, but I had to put it in the freezer to make it easier to break it up into chunks.

I am working on some Christmas presents which is really keeping my hands busy. I have so many ideas and I am not sure I will be able to do all of them. I hope I will. It would be fun to actually be prepared this season. I need to get a little bit better at planning out jobs. I feel like it's hard only because I have 3 other people in my house that have different needs and wants that are all different and are usually at different times. As much as I would love to be a "full-time" artist, I am a full time parent and wife and that's just how it is. When my kids are a little older and more self-sufficient I think I will have that time that I need. For right now, it's in fits and starts. Some times that can be extremely frustrating and other times I am pretty accepting of the fact that it is what it is. This time of my kids wanting me to do things with them (and for them) won't last forever. I have to remind myself of that fact once in a while.

I have been updating my etsy shop like a mad woman. Unfortunately that hasn't translated into sales. I am trying not to be too hard on myself. I figure there will be a time when it all comes together. Maybe this just isn't the right time. I am going to keep at it though. I love having a place to sell my paintings even if they don't really sell. I have sold a few so I shouldn't complain too much. I know this economy sort of stinks and it's always cheaper to buy a print than an original piece. But some people do like originals and I have to say I think my prices are really reasonable. Maybe I am off, but I think they are. If you think differently let me know! I would appreciate the feedback.

Off to post on my etsy shop!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Too dark for Etsy...

I made some new pieces today. I was really enjoying my time in the studio. It was great. I made one though that is a little darker than what I post on Etsy. It's the one above. I am trying to break out of that "make it nice" rut I got myself into a bit. I want to get back to just making what I feel. Not sure why I came up with the one above, but I did. I am wondering if someone would connect with it or be frightened of it. Either way I think I will post it.
Two posts in one day! Yahoo, I am on a roll. I think it helps that the only thing I have planned for this weekend, besides movies and studio time is going for a walk with a friend. It sounds so great and I can't wait. I currently have banana bread in the oven and it smells delicious. I made a promise to make two loaves so I have one to go. Unfortunately it's making me hungry and I already ate lunch!

I would love some feedback on what you think about posting darker stuff on Etsy. Maybe I am just missing it, but I don't see a lot of dark stuff there.


One of my pieces is featured on this blog! It is my first time that one of anything have made has been a part of any feature. Check out her blog, it's very cool.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


This is the 134th post that I have written. That is pretty wild. Anywho, I did some work today and am going to be updating my shop again. The above piece will be in my shop. I also am pretty excited because I have started working on another project. I am not sure where it is going. I do know that I am going to take my time with it and just see where it takes me. Below is a picture of what it is looking like. I haven't done much yet. I found an old drawer that I sawed the ends off and am using one of my insulin vials. I have all this weird little hardware stuff that I collect that I think I will be incorporating as well. I am just excited about it. I haven't done any "playing" in a while.

My daughter is home for the 3rd day in a row. Next week they only have 1 day of school so she is missing a lot. Nothing much I can do about it. She had such a bad cough and fever. The fever is finally gone! It's been gone for almost 24 hours which means that tomorrow morning she can head back to school.

I started crocheting a little garland for my mantel. It's just red crochet yarn and I am just making little circles every so often. It's pretty fun to do something else with my hand. Plus, I am so looking forward to decorating for the holidays. I don't decorate for Thanksgiving or Halloween (besides pumpkins) but Christmas I LOVE to decorate for. I am going to start getting things ready next week while the kids are home. I am trying to think of other things that I can make. Not sure what that will be yet. Anybody know of some cool holiday crafts?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Les Illuminations....

Is the title of the piece I was going to post, but Blogger is not letting me download it.
I have some new work that I was able to do at the end of last week. I haven't done much this week since I had two kids home sick yesterday and one home sick today. Bummer for sure. I think everyone is on the mend so I will be getting out to work tomorrow. I can't wait. I went out a little bit this afternoon and darn it was chilly. I didn't have a lot of time so all I was able to do was get pictures.

I will be updating my etsy shop tonight with some new pieces. I feel pretty inspired lately so I am hoping I can keep updating as the weeks go on before Christmas. I can't really believe I just wrote that, and I can't really believe that Thanksgiving is next week! Wow, how time flies.

I am starting to think about Christmas presents and what to make for everyone. I don't know what I will do yet, but I am getting some inspiration from various blogs. I use that as my excuse to sit every morning, drink my coffee and enjoy what others have written. Then of course it's school and then studio time. I LOVE when I can keep my routine. I don't do very well with change and having that routine disrupted. I can manage, but my whole day gets kind of funky.

Check out my shop for the other goodies that I have posted there. I even have a new acrylic piece. For some reason my acrylic pieces are much darker than my encaustic. I have written this before, but I LOVE anatomy books. I was able to use one for one of the pieces and it was really fun.

Monday, November 9, 2009


I made two new pieces this morning. It was so great to work and not worry about selling. I still updated my Etsy store, but I didn't worry so much about if they were going to sell. It felt goodl. I probably could have worked more, but darn it's cold and wet out. Plus, I am still a little tired from our sale on Saturday. Which I need to add, was great. It went off mostly without a hitch. It was so cool to see the amazing art people come up with. Just fantastic really. I am in awe of these talented people.

Back to the art! I named the painting with the lady "Mimi". She looked like a Mimi to me. I think she is adorable. The second one with the heart is just named "heart" very original I know. I could work on the paintings, but naming them was too hard. They are both available in my Etsy shop.

I also want to thank the people that bought something from me at the Sale this last weekend. It was so nice to see that people liked what I made. It's really a great feeling.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

One more day...

Until the Holiday Bazaar. We have some awesome vendors! Check them out!
I hope you all will come to the sale. It should be really good.....

Tomorrow is the day before set-up and then Saturday is the big sale. I am very hopeful that everything will work out. I am also really tired and anxious for Sunday. This should be a good weekend.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Sometimes my thought go a little darker and it shows in my paintings. That is what happened to me this morning. For some reason I am really feeling on edge today. Not sure if it's because I have so many things to do, but can't do them for another two days or what. Either way, it's been a darker day in my head than it is outside. That's how these two pieces came about. I was in my studio listening to some music when these titles came up. I guess this is what I translated it to.

It is an absolutely beautiful day outside. I don't know what has made me so cranky and edgy. I guess if I can make something out of it that is better than nothing. I put these two pieces in my Etsy shop already. I don't think I will bring them to the sale on Saturday. They are a little too personally revealing for a sale at school with a lot of parents that I know. I guess it's easier to put them up on Etsy where people don't know me personally. They can take what they want from it and translate it to themselves. That is the great thing about Art.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Nothing much...

Not much going on here. I was working on other things today besides painting.
We had a really nice Halloween. My camera battery died so I didn't get any pictures. Max was Count Olaf from the Series of Unfortunate Events books, and Maggie was a witch that later turned into a cat. Good stuff.

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