Eeep, I feel like I just posted an Etsy update on the blog not too long ago, but this one is too big not to share!
I had a blast at Spring Fling on Saturday and was able to gather enough energy yesterday to take photos of my lovely leftovers and post some on Etsy. You can check out all the cute girls and junk food brooches here!
I was only able to get a few pouches done in time for Saturday and I sold most of them(!!!), but I have two available for now! I’m going to work on trying to get a few more up in the next week or two.
And yes, I finally added conversation heart rings! I have lots of these pre-made, but don’t want to overwhelm my storefront just yet, so I’ll be adding more eventually, switching some out, etc etc. If you guys have any custom orders you’d like for a specific saying/color, just message me on Etsy and I’d be happy to make one for you! :) xo
Here’s some sneak peeks at what I’ve been working on for the past few weeks for the Spring Fling! All these goodies plus my usual offering of prints, postcards, and small paintings will be for sale at my booth, so come visit! I’m so so excited for this one. It’s going to be beautiful weather and so much fun! :)
My favorite items are my hand-painted brooches! The collection of cute babes just make me really happy when I look at them! :) It will be hard to part with them, to be honest. And I swear my Etsy will be updated ASAP after this show–after the last one, I revisited some of my materials because I wasn’t satisfied with the quality, so I’m sure you’ll forgive me for not listing those.
I also decided to experiment with Spoonflower fabrics and make little zippered pouches/glasses cases with the artwork from my glasses print! I’m totally charmed by them and I’m really excited to try designing more custom fabric projects! Scarves, bags, hair bows… so many possibilities!
Have a lovely weekend, everyone! Even if you’re not lucky enough to attend the Spring Fling. ;) xo
On Saturday, I finally made the jaunt across the river to downtown Belleville, Illinois, to visit My Vintage Addiction! The lovely little shop was celebrating its first birthday and Hannah (who you may remember, I recently designed a logo for) was having a trunk show for her jewelry line. Both fabulous reasons for my much needed visit!
As you can see, the store is very cute and showcases a great mix of vintage goods and handmade clothing and accessories. We played dress up for a bit in that adorable new dressing room(!!!), but I didn’t get very lucky with dresses that day. I walked away with some jewelry and vintage horse print scarf. And a cookie. I was a happy girl and look forward to my next trip for a more thorough day of thrift/vintage hunting. :)
I’m gearing up for a very busy two weeks. This week I’ll be working hard to finish some last minute goodies for the Spring Fling on May 11, then rushing to get more work done before some friends and I head up to Chicago for a few days on the 16th! All exciting, fun things that are worth a bit of rushing around for. xo
Happy Saturday, everyone! Just popping in today to announce a long overdue update to my Etsy shop with two new prints and a postcard set! The glasses print above was created especially for my last craft show and I never actually shared the illustration on the blog yet! Check it out here.
All prints in my shop are professionally printed on recycled, textured paper or lightly freckled cardstock at 8×10″–perfect for easy framing! They come safely packaged in plastic slips with stiff backing boards and plenty of love.
All 8 x10″ prints are $10 and that includes shipping! International shipping is only $1 extra.
Buy a set of all four of my current postcard designs here!
As a thank you to all my lovely blog readers, I’m offering a coupon for 20% all orders from my Etsy shop! Use the code “BLOGLOVE” at check out! xo
Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is the last day you’ll be able to order my sheet of temporary tattoos from Light Grey Art Lab’s Beautiful Forever show! Not to mention all the other awesome tattoos from other artists. Proceeds from each sale go towards helping tattoo artist Tom Strom’s recovery from a recent biking accident.
Beautiful artwork you can wear and all for a good cause? Best ever!
Also, my artist’s interview was published on the LGAL blog this week! I talk about the inspiration for my tattoo set, what I listen to while working, and my dreams for future tattoos for myself! Alphonse Mucha full-sleeve, you may one day be mine. You can read the interview here! :)
This Friday is the opening for yet another kick-ass gallery show at Light Grey Art Lab! Because I participated in the RESOLVE TO MAKE 2013 Workshop at Light Grey in January, I was automatically invited to contribute to their Message In A Bottle show. That was awesome and exciting, but I still had a burning desire to get into a show there on my own merit. I was beyond happy when I was accepted for the Beautiful Forever show! It’s a show of temporary tattoo designs! That people can actually buy and use! How cool is that?! I could barely imagine a show I’d be more excited about contributing to!
Beautiful Forever isn’t the only show opening on the 22nd. The other side of the gallery will house Blowout–a show featuring the personal artwork of some amazing professional tattoo artists. Curated by Uptown Tattoo, this is a gallery exhibition and benefit show for Minneapolis tattoo artist Tom Strom. Tom was recently involved in a bad biking accident, and is in need of back surgery. Proceeds from the exhibition will go towards Tom and his recovery. The show is not just about the artwork, but the unbelievable sense of family and community within the tattoo world.
Ta-da! Here’s the sheet of tattoos I designed!
I had a blast working on these and definitely want to explore making more temporary tattoo designs in the future! Later this week, I’ll share the interview I did with Light Grey about my thought process behind my designs and some of my current inspirations and creative processes! :)
The awesome news is that you don’t have to attend the show to buy the tattoos! Each artist’s sheet is available for sale at LGAL’s online shop! $1 from each $10 purchase goes to help out Tom Strom and his recovery. I think this is such a fantastic fundraiser idea! I invite any and all readers to share their favorite tattoos from this exhibition–there are some GORGEOUS contributions! Go check them all out and consider buying a sheet or two to not only help an artist in need, but to decorate yourself with rad artwork! :) xo
Just a head’s up, guys–I let a lot of freelance work pile up in the week leading to the craft show so I’ll be a little MIA this week. Probably no Big Book of Cats post tomorrow, but I’m hoping to have a giveaway up on Thursday! Thanks for tolerating my craft hangover. :)
So I set up shop at my second ever craft show on Saturday! (You can read about my first show here) Green With Indie is an awesome annual show organized by a fabulous group of passionate arts and crafts enthusiasts from the St. Louis community. I was really surprised, flattered, and excited when I got the email letting me know my vendor application was accepted! I know they try to curate an awesome, diverse group and I was a little nervous to be such a novice there, but I was still honored and thrilled!
I used mostly the same display materials as last time with the addition of a proudly DIY’d chevron corkboard to display my hand-painted brooches and a cute scalloped cake plate from Target. I was a bit nervous about filling a whole table myself since last time I shared with Marie. I totally believe in quality over quantity though and I was pleased with my set-up!
I had so so much fun! I met so many super sweet, talented ladies and gents (who I plan to give shout-outs to on a Friday Faves post ASAP), bought myself tons of goodies, and sold a lot more than I expected! Over double what I sold last time! Almost all my conversation heart rings found homes, which makes me happy because I was so smitten with them myself.
I hope I continue to have such great experiences doing craft shows. It’s mostly for fun and to meet other people in the handmade community and not so much for the money, but so far I’ve been mostly able to break even. Covering the costs of my materials and entrance fees while having a total blast and seeing happy customers excited to take my work home is really all I could ask for!
I think my next sale is in May, but I’ll wait until the official vendor list is posted to officially share. I have some really cute, exciting ideas for new items! Here’s to hoping my time management skills improve a bit in April. Haha.
*Thanks to Alex for the last two instagram photos!
This is the messy, busy situation my apartment has been in this week. Organizing prints, rushing to try and get some more printed, working on my display–and most exciting for me–hand-painting rings and brooches! I’m having fun making these cute little guys and hope a few find good homes this weekend! I’ll have the rest available on my Etsy soon as well as in a giveaway of goodies next week! :) xo
I mentioned earlier when I shared the cards that I made that Jessa and Judd from Pearl + Earl’s Good Time Vintage Blog organized a cute little handmade, holiday card exchange between a group of artsy/craftsy bloggers. Now that Christmas is officially passed and I have all my beautiful cards, I wanted to share!
From Jessa + Judd, Laura, and Caytlyn & Jordan
From Katie, Nicole, and Melanie
I blown away by all the adorable little details from Minna!
I also got this beautiful card from David at Dove Ranch Letterpress but missed grabbing a photo of it! Oops!
I had so much fun participating in this little exchange and looking forward to gorgeous handmade goodies in my mailbox! Thank you to everyone who sent me something and especially to Jessa + Judd for organizing!
P.S. If I still owe you a Christmas card, they were just mailed out! A bit late, but you’ll be getting them asap!