Sunday, July 3, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up #21!

Hi everyone! It's been a few weeks since my last weekly wrap-up. I should probably call them bi or tri-weekly wrap-ups since I can't seem to keep up weekly. I have had a lot of things going on in the month of June, some good, some not so good! We'll get the not-so-good out of the way first. My computer bit the dust! I think it was a storm that did it. Even though it's on a surge protector, I really have no other idea why it would suddenly go bad after a thunderstorm. The mother board went on it and it just wouldn't fire up. Luckily, I have the best husband in the world, so he decided to build me a brand new computer! It has a solid state hard drive on it or something? All I know is it goes super fast and I can bring up multiple large art files at the same time and it doesn't even hesitate.

Me and my husband also finally decided to buy bikes! We have been thinking about it for almost a year now. We don't have the ideal cars for bikes, nor do we have the ideal housing situation (2 bedroom apartment on the second floor) for bikes, so we were kind of putting it off. But for his birthday this year, we decided to finally get them! Mine is so cute. It looks like one of those old style cruiser bikes. It has chrome on the wheels and stitching on the leather seat and handles. We both got hybrid bikes which are nice for riding on paved trails. We've taken them out a few times and really had fun. We're looking forward to the fall and cooler months when we can take them out all the time. During the summer, we have to go super early in the morning before it gets so hot. But, I'm glad we got them!

Other than that, I've been busy working on my fall art show lineup! I was waiting on confirmation from one show before I started booking others and I was happy to receive that confirmation last week. I will be at the Duluth Fall Festival September 24 and 25! It is a juried arts and crafts show, so I was thrilled to be accepted. They get thousands upon thousands of visitors. I'm really looking forward to it and need to get started planning right away! I'm also working on lining up a couple of other ones. When I receive confirmation on those, I'll be sure to let you all know.

Now art wise, I've been busy as always! I have a new original painting to tell you all about, I'm having a huge 4th of July sale in my Etsy store, I have new handcut stickers that I just adore, I have a new original sketch up for sale, Heaven and Earth Designs has released a new cross stitch chart of mine, and I have a new printable coloring page that is available for sale!

New Original Painting - Strawberry Witch - Sydney

I just finished my latest watercolor painting last night! Sydney is the first in a new series that I'm working on. The series will feature adorable, sassy, pinup style witches perched atop fruit. All of the backgrounds will be the same design, so they are going to look fantastic framed altogether on a wall, especially in a kitchen.

Sydney is the strawberry witch and she's sitting on top of a delicious, juicy strawberry. Her clothes accent the strawberry theme with adorable mini strawberries, cute striped tights, corset with strings, and a striped witch hat. Her clothes are painted in shades of red and pink with green accents to further the strawberry theme. Even her hair is painted in the color of a strawberry! I hope that you enjoy her and will consider adding her to your collection.

She is painted on an 8.5 x 11" piece of hot press watercolor paper. The image only measures 8x10", so there is a small white border to make it easier to frame. Sydney is signed, titled and dated on the back.

Sydney will soon be available on all my prints and products and will be sent to all the companies I license with. I'll be sure to let you know when these are available for sale.

To view my original painting, Sydney, click here.

20% Off Everything in My Etsy Store - Coupon Code JULY42011

I'm having a huge sale in my Etsy store! Everything is currently 20% off and I mean everything. My original paintings, sketches, prints, stickers, magnets, bookmarks, pocket mirrors, printables and more are all 20% off. Just enter coupon code JULY42011 upon checkout and it will update the prices in your shopping cart.

Visit my Etsy store here.

New Hand Cut Stickers Available - Arden and Mina

I am so happy to show you all a brand new product that I've been working on! I have developed sets of hand cut stickers featuring my fantasy girls! They come in sets of 4 and are each hand cut by myself. These stickers are printed in my studio on a high quality vinyl sticker paper using an 8-color printing process.They are vibrant and very colorful, just like the original painting. They are permanent stickers measuring around 4x5 inches, though that will vary depending on the image.

I then package them beautifully in a crystal clear cellophane bag. They are topped off with a topper with custom artwork designed specifically for the sticker set. They make excellent gifts for people who love to scrapbook or decorate journals.

Right now, I currently have Mina and Arden up for sale. I also have Telsa and Cassia made. I just need to take pictures of them. I have plans to have even more coming out, so I'll be sure to let you all know when they're available.

To view my new hand cut sticker sets, click here.

New Original Sketch Available for Sale - Mina

My original concept sketch for my painting Mina is now available for sale on Etsy! This is the sketch that I use to create the finished painting. The painting of Mina sold very quickly, so this is a great opportunity to own the sketch that painting was based on. You will receive the sketch itself plus an open edition ACEO print of the finished piece.

To view and purchase my original sketch Mina, click here.

New Cross Stitch Chart from Heaven and Earth Designs

Heaven and Earth Designs has released a new cross stitch chart of mine! This one features my Roman inspired mermaid, Giselle. And, they are currently having a sale! You can receive 25% off through July 5th at midnight.

To see all my available cross stitch charts, click here.

New Printable Coloring Page - Stella

And last but not least, I have a new printable coloring page up for sale on Etsy. This one features Stella, one of my cute witches. She's standing in a spooky forest with a cat and stars dangling from trees all around her. She's holding a beautiful umbrella. She's definitely a lot of fun to color, so I hope you all enjoy her!

To see my new printable coloring page, Stella, click here.

To see all my available printable coloring pages, click here.

Well, that's it for this week! Next week is sure to be fun and busy as well. I'm going to be working on adding more cut out sticker packs and printable coloring pages to my Etsy shop. I will also be working on two paintings next. I have a commissioned piece that I still need to sketch and I will be working on my 2nd fruit witch at the same time - blueberry. Blueberry witch is all sketched. I just need to scan her in to show her to you all! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and if you're from the USA a wonderful and safe 4th of July! =)

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