Tuesday, October 19, 2010

2011 Desktop Calendars and Pre-order Sale!

They are finally listed! It took me all day today to get the perfect photos, retouch them in Photoshop, and list on Etsy, but so worth it! Sold one to Teri Beri within MINUTES of listing! I just love her. =) 

As you may have noticed I changed the layout of the calendar. (see this post for the original) and I like it much better. More pattern, and the bottom of the jewel case doesn't interfere with the days of the month. These are going to be a limited edition of 50 so if you want one come and get one

Pre-sale is going on NOW! Get them here. I am offering 20% off until Oct 31st. Calendars will ship November 1st. After November 1st they will be $20 - so get one (or two!) for $16 before they're all gone! These make a great stocking stuffer or gift for a co-worker who loves pretty patterns and paper. (Sounds like a good name for my new Etsy shop!)

Here are all the months laid out. Twelve months of pretty patterns! I know you're swooning right about now. I am actually getting requests for a wall calendar too, so stay tuned!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sketchbook Project 2011: Back to School Night

Inspired by my daughter's first day of school and our first back to school night. Time sure flies when you have little ones. Seems like yesterday I brought her home from the hospital!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

2011 Desktop Calendar Sneak Peek

Wanted to give you a sneak peek of a 4 x 6 desktop calendar I am working on for my shop! Twelve months of patterns and a jewel case to display on your desk. Can't wait to print these beauties and list them on Etsy!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sketchbook Project 2011: Letting Go (pages 14-15)

I have finally finished my new pages and took advantage of the sunny days we had recently after all that rain and took some photographs. I will also be scanning the pages and yes, I know what you are thinking, I could have scanned and posted but what's the fun of that? I prefer pretty photos to a digital scan anyhow. Takes a bit more time and planning, but I think it's worth it in the end, don't you?

I've also decided to do something new in regards to my photos and artwork, considering I have recently had some of my work pirated. I will, going forward, be adding a copyright and credit line to my photos and art. I hate to do it, as sometimes it's just distracting - but I feel it's really necessary to protect myself and my work. I think ALL my fellow artists should do this as well. Yes it's a pain, yes it takes more time, yes it's tedious. But definitely worth protecting our work from the miscreants out there that like to steal people's work, call it there own, not give credit, and even (as it happened to me) offer it as free downloads to bring traffic to their site. Yes, this actually happened. Long story. 

Enough talk about pirating! Let's talk Sketchbook Project! These are the finished pages for the sneak peeks I posted recently. I was struggling at the time with anger and resentment toward someone. Then I ran across a quote by Buddha: "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." There is so much truth in that. How many of us have done this? Held on to anger and all it does is hurt US? Well I am done with that. Not to say I will never get angry, but I refuse to hold on to my anger. All it does is breed resentment and make me miserable.

I'm not going to lie to you. Forgiving is NOT EASY. If it were, more people would do it and the world would be a better place. But I will say that it is less detrimental to your state of well-being. It is peaceful to forgive. It feels GOOD, even though it's hard to do. So try it sometime. Instead of getting angry and staying angry make peace with the person that made you angry; forgive them for the wrong they did you. They (and your soul) will thank you later. Oh and when in doubt, PRAY or meditate. I'm learning to do this to control my anger and reactions to things that make me fly off the handle. When I'm going through a really tough time then I recite Psalm 23. (Illustrated in the photo above) It helps to know that when I fall and I am at my most imperfect I am still loved and protected, and will always have someone there to catch me when I fall.

Namaste.  =)

Thursday, October 07, 2010

I love my bag

I love my bag, originally uploaded by ecdesignz.

Thank you Target for carrying Poketo. I love you more and more each day for it.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Sketchbook Project Sneak Peek

I have been working on my sketchbook project in between all my other little projects but have been lingering on these four pages. It's that nagging feeling of "not quite done" that's been keeping me from photographing and blogging about them. That and the crummy weather. But I am determined to have them done and photographed by Thursday, which is when the sun is supposed to make an appearance here in North Jersey. But I thought instead of waiting I would blog my "sneak peeks" that I have tweeted. Wait until you see the finished pages! Question to my readers: How do you determine when your work is "finished" and ready for the world to view?
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Friday, October 01, 2010

Rainy Day Inspiration

It's been raining in the Hundred Acre Wood (aka NJ). Nothing like rain and a grey day to suck all the inspiration out of you. I don't know about you but on rainy days all I want is to drink tea, cuddle up with a book and nap! I'm sure many of you East Coasters are experiencing this rainy weather and I thought I would cheer you up with some fun rain gear! Nothing makes me want to go outdoors in the rain more than cute rain boots and pretty umbrellas. With these accessories I'd bet you would be more than happy to stand out in the rain. =)

And if you thought these boots were cute wait until you see these umbrellas! LOVE Marimekko but I think my fave is the lace parasol. So dainty and ladylike! Not sure if it's meant to keep you dry or in the shade - but who cares?