Sharing the small things.
Sharing the small things.
Posted on 12/06/2013 | Permalink
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Women Encouraged is an online magazine that, since 2000, has been dedicated to encouraging women in so many different ways, from creativity to entrepreneurship to marketing, to believing in oneself and one's abilities. So when they contacted me a while back for an interview I agreed. I am all for encouraging other women. I've lived long enough, experienced enough that I know how so many of us don't get much in the way of any kind of encouragement. It has been awhile so I kind of "forgot" I did the interview. Today I was contacted to let me know it was now live on their lovely site. Please go check them out and while you are there if you look on the left side of their home page and click on the words Market Palce you will find my interview. :)
I've added some fun designs in my Etsy store.
My projects are done for Deco Art so life will now go back to its regular channel. :)
Thanks for stopping by friends!
xxoo ~ Gail
I am not a real big pumpkin eating person but my mouth does get watering for mom's pumpkin pie come Thanksgiving. Our family has never done the traditional turkey because neither of my parents liked turkey, so mom always baked a big ole ham, loaded down with pineapple and cloves and scalloped potatoes and..oh gosh, mouth watering alert here! Dare I say pig out tomorrow?
I know that for many the holidays are a difficult time but I will send out a fervent hope that where ever you are and who ever you are with, you are surrounded by love. That is my wish for all of you.
We're having a sale over at Creative Workshops so I hope you can stop by and scoop up a great price on a class during the weekend!
And I've been listing more digital designs over in my Etsy store.
xxoo ~ Gail
I have three of my four projects for Deco Art done so that has been keeping me busy in the studio. But in between working on those projects I've been back in the digital studio having some design fun. It's been a while since I designed so much diigital work in such a short space of time so I am pleased. Here is what I have listed in my Etsy store just recently. And all my digitals in the store are Instant Downloads...so, my favorite, instant gratification, and $2.00 digitals!
So now I have to go put my thinking cap on to come up with a Valentine project and then get all the projects shipped off. See you soon!
xxoo ~ Gail
I do. I've loved them for so many years now. I create both hand made (paper and fabric) and digital. And I mix them up too, creating a digital tag and then creating a 3D tag project from it. Little pieces of art that are not intimidating to a beginner. Little pieces of art when you don't want to do a large project but feel the need to create descend upon you. They are versatile, used for gift tags, boutique hang tags, journaling spots, a thank you note, and often, the tag in and of itself, is the gift...just to name a few ideas. I mean who doesn't love tags?! :)
I've been creating digital tag sheets and recently listed these in my Etsy store. I think they are so pretty!
I also love creating in a larger format ready for people to print out and use in a myriad of ways. I think the most popular use is for iron on transfers. In thinking about iron ons I've started looking at my designs in a different way. I will now be offering a number of designs with two files, a JPG file with a background behind the design and a PNG file that has a transparent background. I think this makes them so much more versatile. Here are two new ones I just did this weekend. Each of these will come with both files for more versatile use.
I hope all of you are having a lovely weekend!
xxoo ~ Gail
Hello dear friends! How are you? Are you doing well? Are you happy? Is life treating you okay? I hope so. I truly do. I've been good. Staying busy like most of us.
• I've finally started working on re-vamping and re-stocking my Etsy store.
• I'm working on 4 projects for Deco Art that have a deadline.One down and three to go.
• And I'm headed to Raleigh this week to take an Abstract painting class with Bob Burridge, at Jerry's Artarama, Art of the Caolinas event. They hold this event about this time every year. It's a fun weekend with lots of well known artists teaching and the big art manufacturers vending. Time to stock up on art supplies at good deals. So I'm excited about that.
So I'm merrily rolling along here in the studio and at the computer. It's interesting that this past year I have developed a really strong interest in abstract art (hence the class). Not just any kind...since I don't know enough about it and am just starting to learn, I have no words to describe the kind of abstract art that is drawing me in. I do know it has to do with colors and shapes and a certain harmony of both. I find myself pinning a lot that I see for no other reason than the colors and/or the shapes speak to something inside me.
I have a board called Artistic Love and you can see some of what is calling me these days.
It's not as easy as it might look to some. I can't wait to get my hands dirty!
What I've been doing in my Etsy store.
I changed all the digitals in my Etsy store to Instant Downloads. So no more waiting for me to send you a file. I now accept Credit Cards and Etsy Gift Cards along with Paypal. AND I LOWERED THE PRICE! Yep! All my digitals are now $2.00 no matter what kind they are.
I've listed bottles, journals, fabric snippets (labels or tags, I like the name snippets) and a new style of cuff bracelets I call Collage Cuffs. They are soft and comfortable to wear.
I'll share some images with you.
(These sold fast so right now I only have a couple left but will be making more)
As always I so appreciate each and every one of you who stop by! I am wishing you all a fabulous and hopefully creative week and weekend!
xxoo ~ Gail
The title of this post is a quote from Isadora Duncan and happens to be a favorite of mine. So when I received a name suggestion from Ellie, there was no hesitation on my part to delare her the winner of my giveaway! And now my little dress form has a name.She moves to her new home Friday.
I think she will fit so well in my antique booth along with her older sister
Ellie I will email you to see what color you want your ribbon flower brooch.
Happy hump day my friends!
Last week was a full week! My BFF Liz has tried for more years than I can count to get me to apply for the Helping Artist program sponsored by Deco Art paints, to no avail. Recently she sent me a link for an application again. Apparently Deco Art is wanting to move into the mixed media arena. So I thought, finally, why not.I sent off a letter and some pictures of my work and was then asked to apply for the program and got accepted. See the shiny new badge in my sidebar? :)
To my surprise I then got a letter from Deco Art asking me to design 3 mixed media projects for them, that they loved my colors and designs, and gave me a list of what they were looking for. Oh my! I was so honored. Believe me, honored! And I get to do what I love, because they liked the images I sent them enough that they want me to design some bottles, journal pages and a painting! So if I drop out of sight for a bit you know what I"m doing.
I have always liked Deco Art products, I believe in their quality as I used them in a major way for many years and was never disappointed. So I'm very excited to have this opportunity to contribute to their mixed media side of things!!! And nervous. :)
And recently I got it in my head that I want to try my hand at creating and selling some fabric rose brooches in our antique mall space at The Corner Nest. I've been fixated on altering another dress form. So I figured here was my excuse opportunity to purchase one and use it for display. But I'm cheap thrifty and practical, and since I don't know if the brooches will sell I really didn't want to invest a lot of money in a dress form if everything went south.
Then I found myself inspired by Carol over at The Polka Dot Closet and her post titled Where to Buy Dress Forms and How To Alter Them.
So I purchased two forms and a base! The forms are so reasonable! One for the booth on the stand, and one to keep hanging at home for photos. Plus this way I can decorate them both differently!
I still don't have a name for her, but I like her!
I used some 7 Gypsies printed tissue paper I had left over from my online store and simply collaged it on the form. I then used an umber glaze to darken the tissue when it dried, as I wanted it to look like it's been around long enough for time to age.
I had some sheer fabric I had ruffled quite some time ago as an experiment, and never threw it away. I tried other options and finally realized I simply loved the shabbiness of the ruffle even with the edges raggedy and uneven, and I even liked the raw ruffled edge. No cleaning up this piece for me!. So I glued it around the bottom of the form, and then just to add some "bling" glued on some rhinestone chain.
I had thought about adding a jacket but when playing around with some lace from my stash I "accidently" came up with this faux shrug and was thrilled. I can always add a jacket later if I find just the right one. I'm thinking, long sleeve, to display one of my cuffs.
I gave her some pearls, as all dress forms should wear pearls.
Then I added a brooch to use as display and hopefully will entice buyers to purchase the ones I will have placed near by for sale.
Now, I really need to discover her name! Any suggestions? If you leave a name in the comments box to this post and I use it, I'll send you a rose brooch.
Sending you a happy week wish!
xoxo ~ Gail
As I finally start to turn my eye to other projects after the big website move this summer, the first thing I noticed was our booth at the local antique mall we are in. While it didn't look bad, it was simply starting to look boring. So hubby and I took a whole day and shoved moved everything around.
The Corner Nest is a large antique mall and very popular here in our area. It is housed in an old automotive dealership building from I believe the 30's or 40's. It is a big brick building and has two floors. We move all our furniture up via a large ramp that they used to use to drive cars up and down. After four years the ramp is doing us in and we have requested a space downstairs when one comes available. Fingers crossed we don't have to wait to long.
I thought I would share some pictures since we re-arranged.. It is hard to photograph because we have one wall that is mostly humongous 8 foot tall old windows that start about 4 feet off the floor ...so lots of glare. I finally had to put sheer curtains up. And boy was that fun. Hubby had to climb on this unbelievably tall ladder I wouldn't put one foot on. lol
I am wishing each and every one of you a fabulous weekend! Our fall weather arrived a couple weeks ago and it has been gorgeous.
xxoo ~ Gail
I spent most of my Spring and all of my summer so focused on the huge move for Creative Workshops that now, as we dig deeper into fall I feel almost rudderless, yet free at the same time. Suddenly I feel that I actually can say, okay, what next?
All the ideas that stacked up I could not give any time to during the move are starting to look possible again.Last week hubby and I took our entire booth apart down at the Corner Nest and gave it a total new look. Exhausting, but oh it made me so happy to look at the finished booth and see something fresh. Just in time for the leaf looker season here in the mountains. Then we spent a couple days out "picking" for items for the booth. Yesterday I took the day off and didn't do a whole lot.
I did manage to get some altered bottles created to take the Corner Nest, they have sold pretty well during the holidays so I thought I would get a head start. I think my next "project" is to work on items to list in my Etsy store. It's been a long time since I've been able to turn an eye in that direction. So I now have some more bottle on my worktable that I will work on this week.
These are now in my booth at the Corner Nest.
This bottle is fairly simple but it turned out to be my favorite. The image came first and I thought I was going to title it something like 'sister' or 'best friends'. But I discovered the words 'the secret' from an old text book, and while looking for something else found the old key. I was playing with Ice Resin at the time so I decided to encase the text within key. Suddenly everything felt seredipitous to me and the bottle ended up as you see it.
Wouldn't you like to know the secret they are sharing?
I'm sending all of you happy thoughts for the week! I have a table full of more bottles waiting!
Congratulations to Ruth who has won her choice of one of my classes as part of our Blog Party yGiveaway. Ruth I have sent you an email.
A great BIG thank you to one and all who made this Blog Party a rousing success. People were hopping all over the place this past week. We enjoyed your wonderful comments and wish we could give a free class to everyone who entered! Again, thank you for coming to our party!
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