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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Package

I put so much thought and effort into packaging my products.

I want everything to look professional, yet handmade.
I want it to look "gift-able" and special.
I want it to be reasonably priced so that I don't have to increase my costs.
I want it to be easy to put together so that it's not too time consuming to assemble.
I want it to protect the product from damage.
I want it to look unique.

Quite a list.

The latest product for me to assemble are my magnet sets. They have been very popular in the shops that I have them in and at fairs.  All feature my original art layered under glass and with a super strong rare earth magnet on the back.


 
 
 
Choosing to mount them on vintage dictionary pages helps to accent the colors of the art. And chip board backing to keep the whole thing rigid. 

 
 
 
Everything gets tucked into a clear bag.



Some may call this an ironing board, today it was a packaging center.


This group is being packaged for a pop-up Mother's Day Gift Shop at:
 



Sunday, April 2, 2017

On My Drawing Table

butterfly-art


There is quite a bit of leftover wood from other projects around my studio and I have been wanting to try watercolors on them. This one is a piece of oak plywood that has a lot of tiny grains.
The brown pen that I used was not waterproof so it ran when I started painting, I like that it did.


Black pen was used to define the areas better and enhanced with colored inks and a tiny brush.



It got framed with vintage paper and covered in beeswax with a bit of mica flakes added.

It has such a delicate soft butterfly, dreamy look that I was hoping for.

This little one is listed in my Etsy Shop:

Thank you for stopping by and have a nice day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

On My Drawing Table

This time of year is somewhat a quiet time and I get to spend a lot of time at my drawing table. Working on new series for the coming year and just messing around with new techniques. 


Blue Moon is my latest series, each full moon of the year has a name given to it mostly by Indian Tribes who lived their lives closer to the demands of the seasons then we do now. 
The challenge I am giving myself is to work solely monochromatic in blue watercolors.


 January's full moon is known as the Wolf Moon.







 February's full moon is the Snow Moon.



 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Vegan Banana Bread

Oh yes it is!

Isn't this lovely? I tried a new recipe this cold sleety, snowy, rainy, miserable morning.
 I came across this one in a search and I love it!
 

http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/banana-bread-eggless-vegan-recipe/

I added chopped organic walnuts instead of sunflower seeds and I used 
Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour.
This recipe called for four bananas instead of three and didn't use vinegar
 and almond milk, which is why I chose this one.
All of the ingredients are staples that are in most every kitchen.





It sliced beautifully while still warm and is very moist.
A perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea.

In my journey to eat only plants, this recipe is a keeper! 
Oh and DH loves it too, he's had three slices already. 




Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy New Year!

It was a super busy end of 2016 for me thankfully!
I had shows and stores and orders coming in to make 2016
my best year so far! It was lovely meeting so many 
wonderful people both in person at shows and on-line.

This week I have started sprucing up my Etsy Shop and getting new ideas
organized. Show schedules need to be decided and new art begun.

February is quickly approaching and I have spruced up my photos for 
a few Valentine's Day themed items.

We still have this little one spending two days a week with us and we
love every single second of it!

My first show of 2017 will be at Dutch's Spirits in Pine Plains, NY
http://www.dutchsspirits.com/
It's a huge barn built on top of a prohibition moonshine bunker
that was operated by Dutch Schultz. Lots of very interesting
history here and on February 11th there will be a pop-up show
featuring the Mid-Hudson Etsy Makers and a few Hudson
Valley food producers.
If you are anywhere near, stop by and say hello.








Monday, July 18, 2016

On my Drawing Table - New Series

I started to work on a series of farm animals and did the sheep but then I
 got distracted and never got back to them.
The sheep were a big hit at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck this
year and a few people asked for goat art.
Here are the first two in a series of four:

 "Billy Loves Daisies"
Needs a bit of finishing up...

"My name is Rose but I Prefer Clover"
I am getting too silly with the titles for these paintings....
but it's fun!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Happy 4th of July!!!


Happy 4th of July to all!

Land of the Free!
Home of the Brave!

I hope that you all get to celebrate on this special long weekend with loved ones and friends.