Trying To Find My Place

I don't usually go into much detail behind the imagery in my work. Sometimes it's not something I feel like sharing. Other times, I'm not entirely sure why I chose the image; you can say it just spoke to me.

Today is a little different. Today I will give a little peek into the meaning of this piece, "Trying to Find My Place".
For me my home as always been a place where I felt safe. Where I could fully be myself without fear of judgement. The image of the house in this piece is quite literally my heart.
Now I am quite the believer that each of us is the sole protector of our hearts. We must choose carefully who we share our hearts with; not everyone is ready for what we have to share or appreciative of it's gift.

Now usually I use a rabbit as my figures or the rabbit somehow makes an appearance in my work.  Many times the rabbit is myself or a small part of my personality, but it is always the light-hearted version. The idea behind this piece required a tougher animal though.

In this piece I have used a crow as the figure. Crows are such loud birds; squawking at the slightest sign of danger. They are in many ways natures alarm system. What a great animal to help protect such a valuable piece of property. When the crow doesn't squawk, I will know I have found my place to rest.

You can find this image here.

Bear Folk

Just finished a new piece, done with folky-style flowers.
This piece is now available in the Etsy shop.

The Little Folk House Necklace

Introducing a new pendant design. It's my very own hand-drawn folk-style house. This is the first image in a series of new work that will have a very folk art feel to it. Check this blog and my Etsy shop in the next few days as I roll out my new designs.

Last Promo Week!!

Yes, this is the last promotional week of the year in my Etsy shop. For the last week, I am offering free domestic shipping on all orders. Enter the code "freexmas" in the coupon code section when you check out. Free shipping is good now through 12/20. All the details of this promotion can be found in my shop announcement.


Now through 12/13.
Print BOGO sale. Buy any 8x10 ($20) or 5x7 ($12.50) print and get the second of equal or lesser value free.
You can find all the details of this promotion in my Etsy shop.

Renegade Holiday Craft Fair This Weekend

I will be exhibiting at the Renegade Holiday Craft Fair this weekend Dec 3-4. The show runs from 11-6pm both days and is held at the Pulaski Park Field House at 1419 W. Blackhawk St. in Chicago. You can find out more about the show and the exhibitors here.

Heartsy Deal!!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.
I mentioned last week in my "promotion post" that this weeks promotion would be a Heartsy deal.
Here is how the deal works. If you buy a $10 voucher on Heartsy you will get a $22 credit in my Etsy shop to use on whatever you wish. The credit can even be used on shipping. The voucher is good for one month and you can purchase one for yourself and up to 3 as gifts.
Heartsy also has a VIP program. If you are a VIP, and you purchase a $10 voucher you will receive a $32 credit for anything in my shop.

VIP's can begin shopping tomorrow at 8am PST, Tuesday 11/29.
Everyone else can begin to purchase vouchers at 8 am PST, on Wednesday, 11/30- 12/01.

Heartsy also has a generous referral promotion as well. When you purchase a voucher, you will be given a special link. If other people purchase vouchers through your link you get a $10 credit. So please spread the word!

Free Wood Pins

New promotion. Get a free wood pin ($12.50) with every purchase now through 11/28. Choose from; Bunny Twins, Bear, Cat, Horse or Owl and Bunny pins valued at $12.50 each. All the details can be found in my shop announcement on Etsy.

Also, a heads-up about next weeks promotion. I am offering a Heartsy voucher again (Heartsy is like Groupon for handmade) VIP's get to shop early on Tuesday 11/29. All others on 11/30-12/01. I will have a direct link to the deal posted here on this blog on 11/29 so make sure to check back next week! There are a limited number of vouchers available.

New Promotion Now Through 11/21.

Yes, it is Tuesday and time for a new promotion. Now through 11/21 get a free 5x7" ($12.50)  print with every order. All the details can be found in my shop announcement.

Special Promotion this Week

I am launching a series of new promotions now through 12/19. Every week there will be a new promotional offering. This week I begin with a gift certificate promotion. Now through 11/14. Purchase a $100 gift card  in my Etsy shop and I'll send you another $25 gift card for free. Just write "Free 25 For Me" in the notes to seller section when you check out.
Best of all, you can use this gift certificate on any of my upcoming promotions.

Getting Ready for Christmas

I have been busy creating small gift items for the upcoming holiday season. Lots of jewelry pieces; including earrings and charm bracelets will be posted this week. Also posting this week are a variety of holiday ornaments.

A Foxy Necklace

Introducing a new pendant image. Meet the foxy fox. The above piece has already been posted in the Etsy shop. More jewelry pieces featuring this image are coming soon. Including statement necklaces and brooches. So stay tuned.

Gift Certificates are Now Available

Gift certificates have just been posted in my Etsy shop. Get one for yourself or as a gift. These can me physically mailed to you or sent by email.  

Print Promotion Now through 10/30/11

Hi everyone. I just thought I'd pop in and let you in on a special promotion I am doing in my Etsy shop. 
Now through 10/30/11. Get a free 5x7" reproduction print of your choice with every order. Just simply choose any $12.50 print found here and let me know the title of the print you would like to receive in the "notes to seller" section when you check out. *Please do not add the free print to your shopping cart.
Contact me if you have any questions.

Also, I am currently collecting votes over on Heartsy to be a featured seller there. For those that don't know, Heartsy is basically a Groupon for handmade items. If you would like to see me featured, please vote for me. I applied a few weeks ago and was denied, so I do need your votes. You can vote here.
Have a great day everyone!

Statement Necklaces

I have been busy creating new necklace designs. The four pieces above will be posted throughout the day today and stay tuned for more designs in the very near future.

You can find the above necklaces as well as other art jewelry pieces in my Etsy shop.

Sweet Bunny. The Book.

I have been busy this summer on a secret project. I have been writing and illustrating my own cookbook. I am happy to say that the book is complete and ready for your reading and your tasting enjoyment. You can find the book over at Blurb.
Oh, and there is also a 15% off discount code you can use over at Blurb on this book. Just enter the code "NEXTBOOK" when you check-out.
The book is 32 pages and contains 12 illustrations and 12 corresponding dessert recipes. I am kind of a dessert snob, so you can bet the recipes are delicious!!  Below is a recipe for one of my favorite cookie bars. It combines almond pie filling and heath chips for a decadent, uber-delicious treat. You can find the recipe on page 13 in my book.

"Heath. Sugar Daddy"
Cookie Bars.

2C flour
2C Oats (not quick cooking)
1 teaspoon baking powder.
1/4 teaspoon sea salt.
1 teaspoon baking soda.
1 C sugar.
1 C brown sugar
2 Sticks of butter at room temp.
1/4 C almond pie filling (not almond paste).
1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
1/2 teaspoon almond extract.
2- 11oz bags of Heath chips (I prefer the ones without chocolate).

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Beat your butter and sugars together.
3. Add the vanilla and almond extracts. Mix well.
4. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix well.
5. Add your Heath chips.
6. Grease a 9x12" cake pan. Pour batter evenly into pan.
7. Bake for 45-50 min or until nicely browned and firm in the middle.

*left over almond filling freezes nicely.

Hope you enjoy!

I Have So Much Fun With You

Another 8x10" reproduction print. Posted on Etsy.

Shall We Have Butterfly Or Frog For Lunch?

Yes, I have another new reproduction print. I have been quite busy and will have at least one more tomorrow or Thursday so stay tuned. These hungry cats can be found on Etsy.

Renegade Chicago Pictures

Time Out Chicago took these pictures of my booth at Renegade this weekend. You can view the rest of the images from the show on their site here. 

New Originals

Thanks to everyone who came out to see me at Renegade in Chicago this past weekend. It was great to meet all of you.
I created a ton of work for this show. Many were originals. I didn't even have enough room in my booth to display it all. I will be listing all of the work that I have left over from the show this week. So please check the shop daily as there will be something (and sometimes many things) new to see.

I now have Mounts for the 8x10 Prints.

Yes, you can now have your 8x10" prints mounted on cradled board. Just simply purchase a 8x10" print and a 8x10" cradled board mount in my Etsy shop and I will mount it for you.

Renegade Craft Fair 2011

I will be exhibiting at the Renegade Craft fair next weekend Sept 10-11 in Chicago. The show runs from 11 am-7pm both days. My booth number is 99 and I will located near the corner of Woods St and Division St.  If you have the chance, come out and see the show and stop by to say, "hi".
You can find out more about the show here.

The Hairdresser and Getting Ready For Christmas

The Hairdresser.
8x10" reproduction print. Available here.

Then I have begun stocking the shop with ornaments. The great thing about these is that they can be used as Christmas ornaments or you could also leave them up all year. You can find the selection of ornaments here, and make sure to check back often in the next few months as I add more designs.

More Original New Work To Share.

Air Lift
Collage on cradled board.

Wait, Now Who is Who?
Collage on cradled board.

Collage on cradled board.

Lady Luck
Framed collage.

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