Thursday, July 17, 2008

As The World Flickrs

The Inescapable Scatter, originally uploaded by panic-embryo.

One of my very talented Flickr contacts uploaded this incredible image. It feels like the '40's to me. This needs to be hung on a wall to be sure!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Let’s See, Etsy!

Theme: Clean and Simple

(Etsy is a site where people who make things can sell them. It’s an online shopping mall. Hundreds of shops offer wares unlike any you might see offline, so from time to time I will feature some of the items which have caught my attention. Prices are very reasonable, and I encourage any who are interested to consider shopping at Etsy the next time you have a gift to buy.)

Back in May I made a trade with another Etsy seller who makes wonderful soaps. Her name is Amanda, and her shop name is Long Winter Farm. Trades between sellers are a great way to share what you make with someone while benefiting from their art or craft. My package arrived from Long Winter Farm revealing a collection of the most delicious smelling cakes with names like "Porridge", "Spiced Rice", and "Bloody Lumberjack", each in their own individually labeled muslin drawstring bags. They are the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for that person who has it all. (Great tip: I keep mine in my lingerie drawer and it makes everything smell so nice.) At $4.50 per bar, how can you say no? I doubt you’d ever consider store-bought soap again after giving these wonders a whirl!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Goodbye Danny

Goodbye Danny, originally uploaded by sMacshot.

On April 2 here on this blog I spoke about my trade with this wonderful artist. The world has lost a beautiful creative soul. I will miss you, Danny. :((

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Beach Ball Kitty

I've been doing some illustration work the last few days; working on several ideas at once. I tend to do this; the result is a plethora of unfinished projects lying about. Here's a kitty you've seen before. I drew it on a scrap of heavy craft paper which lined the top of a shipment received at my job. (I've mentioned before how I grab any scrap of paper or cardboard to doodle on.) This rainy afternoon I painted it digitally, and added photographic textures to create I think 12 or 13 versions. It had started out bright and colorful. I think the one in the upper left is gonna be what will end up in my shop.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Independence Day

I hadn't intended to post, but it's never too late to hang out the red, white, and blue. Happy Birthday USA!! Here are a couple from my shop which are a little more festive than, oh... say, "Ghost Bed".

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

As The World Flickrs

My 'Flickr friend' Gary is a creative master of word and image. Not one thing I've seen him do fails to inspire and awe me. Please take the time to look at his work.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Bigger is Better?

It never occurred to me before to print out my best-selling Ghost Bed photo larger. Currently I sell an 8-inch square version, but tonight I've just listed a 12-inch square one in my shop. It is so lovely, I might hang it myself!