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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Pillow Talk!

So I got an update on the pillows! They look fantastic and oh so improved from the latest post about them! They take a bit of time to create, but the final outcome is so worth it! I can't wait to put them up in the shop. My mom just showed me them in their near final sates! I left her house giddy as a school girl! Hopefully Tuesday will be the day!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Etsy Shop Update! Just in time for Black Friday!

Nestled Art Print
Tuckered Nursery Art Print

Cuddles Childrens Art Print

I do love a holiday! I'm especially excited to let you all know that I've added three new illustrations to my GumballGrenade etsy shop tonight! Just in time for my Black Friday - Cyber Monday promotion! These art prints, Nestled, Tuckered, and Cuddles are done in a bit of a different style than my usual illustrations, but I just love the way they turned out! I have many more that will be done in this style this coming year!
Also, since today is about being appreciative, I feel it's important to mention a few things I'm thankful for this year:

  1. My family!
  2. Health
  3. Friends
  4. Paper, Pencils, Pens
  5. My Etsy supporters!
  6. The Utah Etsy Team, they are such an energizing group of creative individuals. I'm also grateful for the success of our first ever Handmade Harvest! I was so nervous about launching this event. Despite my nervousness, it turned out to be a success and we were able to raise $400 for Utah's Road Home Shelter in less than 1 month! Yay!
  7. Chocolate

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Pillow Prototypes!

I completely envy my Mom's sewing skills! She's been an avid sewer since her teen years. For her sewing was her personal retreat. Well this coming year one of my goals is to learn how to sew. However, she and I just recently collaborated on a pillow project! I'm so excited to be offering similar pillows in my Fables and Foxes shop within the next couple weeks. Until then, here's a little peek at our pillow prototypes! The second picture shows the back of the large (16 inch) red riding hood pillow.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Dog Outfits

So this Halloween I came dangerously close to putting Marzipan in a costume! Now I stopped myself as I realized, with costume in hand, that this was a threshold I was not yet ready to cross! Anyway this morning I threw on some bear ears and this is most likely as close as I'll ever get to dressing up my dog!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Finally A PMC Tutorial

This is not all that well put together, but it does show you a bit about the firing of PMC fine silver, for those who are curious.

Some fancy pants Moleskine Notebooks!

I love these little cashier notebooks. They have a perfectly smooth surface for printing on. I updated my Fables and Foxes shop with these yesterday and today....I'll be adding some additional fine silver pieces and maybe a small tutorial if my camera cooperates (walks away muttering and growling under her breath).

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Harmonious Living

I love waking up to see all the little animals loving each other, bouncing around the house in playful romps. A sweet little scene this morning at the watering hole quickly dissipated as the aggressor, Boris the cat, tried to claim Marzipan's dog dish for his own. If only the harmony in nature wasn't so fleeting.

And now a glimpse at a new piece. As I type this the tip of my index finger sends the signal of "ouch tender skin!" up to my brain due to it wanting to blister from pressing so hard on the knife blade as I cut each leaf out on this piece.) It's worth it though.

And this lovely little tidbit from Wiki! "Anthropomorphism is a well-established device in literature from early times. Aesop's Fables, a collection of short tales written or recorded by the ancient Greek citizen Aesop, make extensive use of anthropomorphism, in which animals and weather illustrate simple moral lessons. One poet who made high art of the literary device was the northern renaissance poet Robert Henryson in his Morall Fabillis, where the blend of human and animal characteristics is especially subtle and ambiguous. The Indian books Panchatantra (The Five principles) and The Jataka tales employ anthropomorphized animals to illustrate various principles of life.

In conjunction with other symbols it's a goldmine for the creative mind. This piece surprises me though, it's like a journal entry for me visible only in symbols and it directly correlates to what's going in the present for me. Revelation. Hmmm. Prints are now available in my shop!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Things I've Read of Bears

Things in books are always so intriguing! This is the latest print being offered in my new Etsy shop, Fables And Foxes, called "Things I've Read Of Bears"! So Far I have two absolute favorites, two that seem a bit more special to me than the rest. Is that wrong to say? I don't think so...I can recount a couple original paintings that have been heartbreaking for me to part with, but I'm left with the comfort of knowing they're now in happy little homes.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A Love for Being Distressed

I love the charm, romance, and mystery of old looking things. There is a certain mystery that’s carried with well loved things that have been kept and handled over long periods of time. Even more, I love special, little findings, treasures, and secrets to hide away and keep safe in trusted places. Each box has been gently distressed and sealed to give it an old antique feel. They were added to my Fables And Foxes shop yesterday!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

You Were My Ship

One of my latest papercuts , "You Were My Ship". A girl, the sea, a ship, and a sense of something lost, leaving, or both. Also... there is going to be a shop update today! I'm just waiting for daylight to snap some photos of the little lovelies! Here's a hint...think treasures.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Tortise and the Hare

I can't put my scissors and knife down. This is clearly becoming an addiction. Above is a preview of what's to come. Today was definitely a hectic day. I want to curl up like that little bunny and have a rest against a large, gnarled, old tree. Really, the race doesn't matter all that much to me. Some days it's just nice to settle on back into your own spot in the universe and take it a bit slower.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Winter Illustration Series is Finished!

It's been an extremely busy week between volunteering for an international group that supports literacy and setting up Fables And Foxes, (my new Etsy shop). Nevertheless, I still managed to finish out my winter series of illustrations. I plan on adding these little cuties to some hang tags and Christmas cards as well!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Yay! Fables and Foxes is Up and Running!

Finally! I've been wanting to open Fables and Foxes for some time now and it's here finally! These illustrations and items were needing a little shop of their own. I love the feel of the shop although it's drastically different than the illustrations featured in the GumballGreande shop. Hopefully they'll carve out their own little niche within Etsy as I love them dearly. I love that I've found a way to combine my illustrations and paper cuts with jewelry! I was so excited that I couldn't even sleep last night! Here are some of the creations: