Saturday, December 19, 2009

Oh Mr. Darcy!

Mr. Darcy rings are here! These are antiques brass with a glass overlay. I made them for the Holiday Market I took part in last Sunday in Newark along with some other designs. I kept one for myself (of course) and sold one - so I only have two left! Get em while they're hot! | | | If the demand is high enough I MAY be forced to make more :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Jane Austen!

I had such a crappy day yesterday with no sleep and handing in a job late and my computer going all wonky. Went to bed early, eager to end the day. Then I woke up to wonderful news! I signed onto Tweetdeck and read from my friend @jenni20designs that my Mr. Darcy notecard set was featured on the front page of Etsy last night! How awesome is THAT? My shop was also favorited by 14 new Etsy peeps and I made 6 sales! Even got a few new Etsy followers on Twitter. All and all not a bad way to end last night and begin my day today. Especially being that today is Jane Austen's birthday! Thank you Jane for the inspiration and the good luck! No wonder you are my favorite author. :)

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Feature Friday? More like Saturday.

Ok, ok..I know I'm a bit LATE for Feature FRIDAY seeing it's Saturday night but I couldn't help it. Between freelancing, the kids and my husband's work Christmas Party on Friday I had NO TIME! But I am making the time. And SO glad that my featured artist is one of my Fritters! (Twitter Friend) Laura Zarrin (@CreativeGirl on Twitter). She is a wonderful person, a great mom, and an amazing children's illustrator. Here are some samples from her Etsy shop (LauraZee). My favorite is the Elephant. He is SO CUTE, isn't he? The fairies are another favorite of mine - they remind me so much of my daughter!

Laura has also recently launched a semi-custom collage portrait site ( in which she takes your photos and creates a painted collage portrait. You have several color options to choose from AND photo layouts. I think they make perfect gifts for grandparents. I know for a fact my mother would LOVE one of my kids. Here are a few sample portraits (Love the antique looking one).

Laura, like me, is everywhere! She has a Facebook Fan Page, an Imagekind Shop, a Blog, a Website, an Etsy shop and a Twitter! She even has another site called Pixie Bears that is available for licensing - so cute! Whew! That was a mouthful! Don't know HOW she does it but I'm glad she does! :) Thanks Laura for being such a wonderful Twitter friend and an inspirational artist and mom!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Butterfly Garden Collection

I was inspired by Spring for this everyday/birthday collection. Spring couldn't get here soon enough!

Nature-Inspired Trend in Holiday Decor

I'm loving the nature theme Holiday trend. Think earthtones like browns and greens, ivory and natural accents like pinecones, foliage and wood. It can be seen in everything from tree trimming to home decor.

Photos courtesy of Country Living magazine online and Good Housekeeping online.