Wednesday, January 23, 2008

NibbleFest - 2 animals make 1

I was able to do NibbleFest this month! Yay for me! The theme this month was to combine 2 animals into 1. So here you have a "Bird Dog". He looks a little like Ziggy and a fancy rooster or peacock.

I hadn't listed anything on eBay since October. It feels exciting to have an auction up again, although I have to say eBay is so not user friendly anymore! And I hear people complain about Etsy not being user friendly. I like Etsy's interface much better. But the auctions are fun, and I love watching how they progress.

This is a little ACEO(2.5x3.5) watercolor and pen and ink.

And don't forget to search NFAC while there on eBay. I love looking at all the other entries, and they really came out for this one!


Monday, January 21, 2008

Etsy Pick-O-The-Week - colorada

How does it happen that you blink your eyes and a week has gone by since updating the blog?! Just busy-ness I guess, or is it plain ol' laziness? Me lazy? Never! (ha ha)

I've been planning on featuring this Etsy seller for a while now. I met colorada a few weeks ago in the Etsy chat rooms. Once I saw the shop I knew I had to choose it for a POW!

Aren't the colors, and photos gorgeous?

Here you'll find wonderful reconstructed clothing, bags and art. I always love clothing that has been revamped into a new, more exciting and unique creation! I like to upcycle clothing too, but it seems there is always some other priority in my life that must come first. So my ideas lie dormant in my head, for some day when the time and energy all mesh into a new invention.

I can see myself in this dress (longingly looking forward to summer dresses, barefoot in the yard!)

Oh, and she has an enjoyable blog too!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Secret Life of the Forest -PRINT

I've been trying to get a new print up for sale on Etsy each day. My newest is this illustration from 2006. It was originally made with pen and ink and watercolor. It was for a theme ... secret.

This is the "Secret Life of the Forest." I was influenced by the mighty trees that I live amongst. They are quite beautiful and stately and I just know they have a secret life that we humans are not aware of! That's why I get so sad when one is ruthlessly chopped down for toilet paper, or is killed by bark beetles.

They are amazing to live with, but can also be very frightening when they are being whipped by the wind! We had a bit of the Santa Ana winds this weekend. With them come my allergies. And more aggravation to my sinus infection. Well I've self diagnosed myself with this condition. I probably should go to the doctor, but I'm holding off a little bit longer.

That's one reason I'm having a hard time creating a new painting. Not a lot of extra energy, that and my time is always taken away by other things. Mostly volunteering. I really have to cut down on that soon, but I want to help my son as much as possible while his youth is with me. One day I won't have that, and I must do what I can now.

See all of my prints on Etsy here.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Pretty colors for your hands (and arms)

I've created more arm warmers for the new year. I completely sold out over the holidays, both on Etsy and around my town. That was helpful for my holiday spending. So along with making new prints of my art, I've also been doing some crochet. I've sold a new pair already, but I'm ready for more sales during this slow January.

I wasn't sure how the green and blue pair would turn out. I love this green and I liked the combo with the blue, but I thought it was going to be too bright. As I finished them I loved them more than I thought. I enjoy the colors, and sometimes our winter lives needs a little cheerful color! They were named "Beachcomber" because the colors are so beach-like to me.

I love this pair too. They have some wonderful yarn that adds this great texture. Wesley helped me name them "Oceanic Moon." I just can't decide which is my favorite!

On a related note, colorada from Etsy was kind enough to mention me on her blog, Delight::Destiny. That was a delight to see! She seems to like the arm warmers as well. That's nice. Go check out her blog for other good finds!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Etsy Pick-O-The-Week - lunaclaydesigns

I'm far behind in featuring a wonderful Etsy seller. I'm trying to get back on track and tomorrow will be the true back-to-the-ol-grind type of day... Back to School.

Anyway look at this oh-so-fun teapot sculpture from lunaclaydesign! Is this fantastic, or what?! In this shop you'll find sculptures made with reclaimed/upcycled items combined with polymer clay. There is also some very whimsical jewelry. Lots of vintagey-retro stuff. Always entertaining to look at!

Her website is, and you'll find more interesting things there!

Bye bye for now, I'd better get ready for my early morning tomorrow... I hate routines!

Friday, January 04, 2008

Old Art - New Prints

One of my resolutions this new year is to sell prints on my Etsy site. I listed a couple in the print section of my shop today starting with this one you see here. This is "Spring Tea" a print from a little watercolor I did way back in 1991.

My dad gave me a bunch of high quality printing paper from his work. This paper is used in the printing industry, I just don't know what to call it. I hope that doesn't hinder my sales! I've got my prints listed for a little less than most prints over on Etsy, just for that reason. Until I get some other paper, I'll have to keep the prices at the low price. But really, the paper is a nice photo-type of paper of some kind.

I will continue to list prints of old and new art as the days roll on. I only wish I had scanned all of my sold art in a high resolution! In the old days of my life with a computer, I just didn't know what was best. So I've got lots of art that probably won't make it to 8x10 prints. Maybe they'll be good enough to make into cards or ACEO prints. We shall see.