Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
patriotic cuppies (in sets of 12) by yummycuppycrafts
For a little man in your life...this super cute overalls and hat set from littleguystogs. I love that this is a set. (Does the little boy come with it? 'Cause he's CUTE!)
This is a unique and fun idea for your Fourth of July celebration. It's a Party Cake by polkadotsandpetals made of individual boxes, each with candy inside. It's a centerpiece...no, it's a cake...no, it's the party favors! Mostly it's a big hit, just waiting to happen.
And you just can't have a Fourth of July party without...mosquitoes? Well, actually you can...with this set of 3 cute citronella soy candles, by WorthySoyCandles. They're so affordable you could get several sets and scatter them throughout your outdoor party space.
And, last but not least, more vintage images...this time in the shape of downloadable gift tags, also from mydigitaldaydream. But don't just think gifts...what about tied around the neck of a wine bottle? Incorporated into your invitations? Scattering them like confetti down the center of your table?
Read here if you'd like to catch up on some of my past Friday's Fabulous Finds.
Read here if you'd like to see some of my before-and-after pics of interior redesigns (new ones coming soon...I'm booked up all summer!)
Read here if you'd like some tidbits on entertaining and parties.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Then, I just took three different sizes of square vases. You could use round vases...or square ones...or bowls...just pick three vessels that all have something in common. It could be different sizes and shapes of teapots or water pitchers.
I purchased two bouquets of cut flowers - one of green spider mums, the other of white calla lillies. I simply floated one large bloom in the 4" tall vases. Then, I let the bunch of calla lillies fall casually to the side of one of the tall vases. I arranged the rest of the mums without stems showing above the top of the vase, and voila! A fresh and casually elegant centerpiece for brunch (or whatever occasion you'd like).
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Where were you ten years ago?
Holmsted Manor - I spent 3 1/2 months here ten years ago
What are five items on your to-do list today?
1. Catch up on invoicing...ugh. People owe me money, but I SO dislike paperwork.
2. Finish Julia's gift and mail it. Ahem, I mean...um...Julia...it's on its way...(sorry, I've been a bit busy, but haven't forgotten your major award!)
3. Fold the clean laundry that is currently piled on every conceivable seat in the living room.
4. Water my flowers. Apparently they like that. Especially in summer.
5. Kiss my girls. Even when they're not being "kissable". (Since I'm the queen of being "not kissable" at times, I figure it's only fair.)
Note 1) the girls...being kissable here...and 2) the laundry in the background. Two things on my to-do list managed to make it into one photo! Amazing. First time there's ever been clean laundry on the floor though. Really. Well, maybe the second. Or so.
What snacks do you enjoy?
1. Healthy Pop Kettle Corn, with a Diet Caffeine-Free Coke. This sounds really healthy until I confess I eat. the. entire. bag. myself.
2. Apples w/ peanut butter. Yum. Even better w/ M&Ms sprinkled on top (hee hee)
3. And, my ultimate Achilles heel: baked goods. What kind, you ask? Any kind. Muffins. Cookies. Cakes. Breads. Surprisingly (or not) when I limit my starch intake I LOSE WEIGHT. Can't imagine why.
What would you do if you were a billionaire?
one of my master bedroom makeovers
Oh, where do I begin. I think I'd immediately establish a charitable foundation that controlled the money...with a board of directors made up of people with integrity...so that I wouldn't go crazy with the money and it (hopefully) wouldn't change me for the worse. Know what that foundation would do? Decorate for low-income families, for one thing. Sorta like Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition (only probably without the "Extreme" part).
But, I'd also build a new deck on the back of the house. My husband fell through it the other day. That's just not okay with me.
What top three places would you live?
1. Southern California (love the sun)
2. Anywhere in the UK (hmmm...no sun, but I still adore it)
3. Portland (hey, I already live there! Woohoo!)
Well, thanks for reading (if you did!). Tomorrow we'll return to our regularly scheduled blogging. :-)
"Just a few ideas:"Paper, Quill & Ink""Quill to Paper""Paper Aviary""Paper Nest""Inking Nest""Paper Quillery":-)Alesha"
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Monday, June 23, 2008
But the second time I took the test, "morning rose" (pinks) were my secondary color theme. And I've never liked pink. Verrry interesting. But I did select it as my third paint can.
I have to admit that after all the seemingly in-depth questions they take you through, at the end they have you choose your favorite colors on paint cans. I'm thinkin' there's a good chance the rest of the test is baloney, and they pick your color family based on what paint cans you chose. But I could be wrong! Take it and let me know what you think...and I'm SO curious about what "color family" you're in, too...let me know...
Friday, June 20, 2008
fresh coffee vintage advert print by dripstick artwork
I have to confess that it's late...I need to head off to bed...and so have not blessed (cursed?) you with my customary wordiness about each piece of work. Hopefully each of these really fabulous prints will speak volumes for themselves! I will leave you with some weekend reading, though, if you've got some free time...
WEEKEND READING LIST
* If you'd like to like to view past fabulous finds, read here.
* If you'd like to check out my signature interior redesigns, read here.
Blogs I Heart (that I haven't mentioned before):
Thursday, June 19, 2008
these flowers are for Kim - well, okay, they're just the ones on my front porch...but it's the thought that counts!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Thank You! :) It seems as though my inspiration is always coming from several different outlets. Oftentimes an idea is sparked from a magazine, or something my loving husband will say…he really is very creative himself…even if he is the last to admit it. My daughter is also a daily dose of inspiration. I do try to look for inspiration anywhere. Quotes have been BIG for me lately. I think it amazing that so many people get a different feeling/experience from the same quote.
I'm fascinated with the different layers there appears to be in each of your prints. Can you give us an idea of what methods and mediums you use in your work? And how long might one print typically take you, from start to finish?
I do use several layers in my work. I am always on the lookout for new textures. My trusty companion is a 10 MP Sony a-100 digital camera. One of my best friends. I have a love for photography as well, so translating that into my prints has been an exciting challenge. As far as how long it takes me per print it seems hard to pinpoint. Lately I have spent alot more time marketing my business online. Visiting blogs, e-mailing for advertising rates, designing my new blog, creating a mailing list... I rarely keep track of my total creating hours. I estimate I probably spend anywhere from 6-8 hours sketching, coloring, texturizing, listing, and promoting that one new piece.
It seems that in the short time you've been selling on Etsy, you've already shown amazing success...sales have skyrocketed and publicity has grown - including being featured on the lovely Decor8 blog. Congratulations! I'm proud to say I originally discovered your work when you'd only been on Etsy for about a month or so, and I've been a fan ever since. Did you set goals for yourself when you began selling on Etsy? Have you acheived them? Is it fulfilling to be where you're at now?
I am SO grateful for the success, and it is very fulfilling. However I have to admit.... I have actually been a member of etsy for a couple years. My previous shop was under the name SparksFly. I started out selling my photography, then designing packaging for customers. I was staying really busy doing that, but my family time was suffering. I was always trying to work around everyone else's schedules. It was then that I decided to pick up that old passion of mine... drawing. I really had no photoshop experience at all, and completely self taught myself. When I seen that there was a market and interest for my artwork, I decided I needed to re-open under a new name and re-focused look. It was scary leaving behind all the feedback/hearts... but I am happy to say that my customers followed me over to vol.25. :) Being featured on decor8 was a definite rush, and ONE of the goals I had set for myself upon opening. The only other real goals I had set was to try and make each month a little better then the last, and to ALWAYS go the extra mile to provide extra good customer service.
Definitely find the balancing act hard! Since I also love my 'work' it is hard to make myself walk away from the computer. I generally have at least 5 new sketches/ideas just waiting to be finished. But, with baby #2 I have a feeling I will be having alot less computer time. ;)
(Nesting Instincts: um...hello...gorgeous house! Amazing Decorator Alert!)
I love that you've started creating series of prints that all coordinate. Where do you want to go from here? As an artist, is there an area you'd really love to venture into? A style, medium, or subject matter you'd like to use?
Thanks! I have considered putting together a new regular column on my blog where I coordinate a particular print with a paint color, other prints, fabric choices etc. I really do love decorating, and this would be an affordable way for me to have fun, while also helping some people out with a little inspiration. (Nesting Instincts: Please do! That would be so fun. You are clearly talented in the decorating department too!)
We know about your Etsy shop - anywhere else people can view or purchase your work? Either in person or online?
Right now etsy is the only way to purchase my work, I do have my own domain name registered http://www.vol25.com. I hope to get my own website up sometime soon. :) I also have a blog I update regularly http://www.vol25.typepad.com. I always post about new work in the shop, and updates on our home.
Thanks for featuring my work, I love your blog, and congrats on your recent debut on designsponge!! :)
(No, Jessica...thank YOU! I feel like I just had a chat with a good friend. - Courtney)