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This was a custom painting I made a while back. My friend Jenn is sharing something creative & beach related EVERY DAY his month!! She featured my painting over on her blog today. Check out her sweet post here! I love working custom paintings.. it's so fun to hear the idea in someone's head and then bring it to life!
Yesterday was my 25th birthday.
I know. Twenty Five.
To some of you, that may seem youngy young. But to me, 25 is old. When we're little, we have this idea of what we think life will be like at certain ages *.
and then we grow up.
But I'm not sad about 25 :)
I'm excited. All the possibilities! There is still so much I want to do with my life, and I have no excuses but to get. started.
I'm also proud.
I'm actually doing what I love... what I feel like I was meant to do. How many 20, 30, 60 year olds can say that?!
Cheers to a year full of wonderment, goal-setting, & possibilities.
* My 14 year old brother things I'm barren.
Yesterday was such a great day. I am so blessed to have family, friends, and co-workers that treat me this well! Some highlights...
Celebrate with me!
25% off everything in the shop this week... use code CELEBRATE to save.
My friend Jen and I have a word for our favorite hobby in the world, and it's called "dap".
"Dap" can be used in many contexts.
"Let's dap." [verb]
"Hey Dap, whatcha doin today?" [noun-name]
"Check out this dap I just made!" [noun-thing]
"That pic is so dap!" [adjective]
Have you guessed what it means yet? Of course, it's scrapbooking!
You get the idea.
Those of you who made it your new year's resolution to be more organized, to keep an agenda, write in a journal, practice time managament...
I'd love to hear how you're doing.
I've been selling my ruffle agendas since January 1st, and they are still selling steadily. I wonder if people are just getting started on their resolutions now? I guess it's never the wrong time to get organized. :)
Pictured above are the four agenda books I have left in stock until next year.
(Wow, am I already planning inventory for 2012? Officially scary.)
They are all daily planners (as opposed to monthly) and are a necessity for the organized or disorganized soul.
Click here to shop.
PS : Have I mentioned they ship for free?
Come out and see us today at the Indie Craft Bazaar!
Show some handmade support, enjoy a cupcake,
and grab some fun handmade goods! :)
i might even have some new products to share with you. ;)
p.s. we love you!
In my everlasting quest to grow an extensive book and movie collection, my Amazon wishlist is growing mightly long. Much to my dismay, my bank account stays the same (let's be honest, it decreases exponentially). I thought it a good idea to offer up a fun little trade.
Do you have any books or movies you don't want anymore?
Drop me an email at email@example.com and let me know what you're willing to get rid of, and then check out my shop and tell me what you want for it. :)
this could be fun....
PS... I'm also [ALWAYS] willing to trade for art!
or at least plan one :)
My friends and I host a Crafty Potluck monthly where we get together for laughter, good eats, and of course, crafting! For some reason, it doesn't seem like we usually get much crafting done... (we're chatty little gals.) But it's the thought that counts! It's especially inspiring because all of my friends and I participate in local crafting and art shows and we share tips and tricks to have more fun and make more money! We've really become a tight circle of chicas.
Here are some photos from our last Crafty Potluck, where I swear we weren't at all drunk.
If you're interested in throwing (or planning) a party of your own, check out this post by my friend Hollie.
I've been looking for inspiration lately in odd found places, and I really liked the shirt my little sister was wearing :)
Tip #1 for getting out of an inspiration rut... lift of recreate a pretty design. This isn't an "original" design of mine, but it helped to just get the charcoal (paint, markers, pens, whatever..) to paper and make something. Everyone gets a blank right brain at one moment in time, but it's important not to lose momentum :)
I'll be spending the next few days sharing tips, photos, and maybe even a giveaway, all related to climbing out of an inspiration rut! You can find all related posts here.
These magnets were so popular at my last show, I decided to add them to the shop. There are 8 different designs to choose from, and will ship for free with code FREESHIP. Whatcha think? :)
One of my favorite new paintings! This was a custom piece awhile back, and it's finally available to you :)
I'm also (definitely) going to make one for myself.
Thank you so much for making my virtual garage sale a success. There was 800 visits today... um wow. That was so unexpected! There are still a lot of items left over if you'd like to take a look or reserve anything.
In other news!
I made a few layouts recently! and a December Daily album. Today I'll share the layouts that I made for the design team that I'm a part of, The Creative Type.
December's prompt was to use vintage christmas paper and the title, "all I want for christmas is..." I loved this layout but my boyfriend and I had broken up so I wasn't ready to share it until now :)
January's prompt was to use type inspired by this great site, Friends of Type. I look it upon myself to write a letter to my older self :)
Thanks for stopping by.
On Monday nights, Mom goes to a sewing class with her friends. Of course, I can't attend. It would be a long commute each Monday from Florida to NY. But this week, I got to spend my night in a supercute studio with these supercrafty ladies! Everyone worked on different projects.. check it out!
[my cousin Kelsey]
[Kelsey's cupcakes. She's a real Martha!]
[I totally want to make this!]
[hand stitched by one of the ladies!]
[a peek at my project]
[me, hard at play.]
I've been wanting to make this bunting for a long while, and finally got around to it! I cut circles, probably about 2 inches in diameter, and decorated them with tiny pearls, rhinestones, and circes cut out of glitter paper. My project didn't quite fit in with the others, but that's what was fun about it!
The post title deserves three exclamation points since it's my favorite holiday of the year (!!!)
I'm hijacking my Resolutions Week (so fun, by the way) to announce a New Years special in my shop...
I have a few 2011 agenda books left, and I'm selling them in the shop for all you who have "Be Organized" on your own list of resolutions.
Read more about them and choose the one you like here.
Oh yeah, any planners ordered on New Years Eve or New Years Day will ship for free!
Have a wonderful night, be safe, and enjoy 2011 :)
I'll be back later with Day 6 of Resolutions Week.
Welcome to Resolutions Week at Creating Myself.
Read more about it here... I'm ready to get started!
Resolution #1 : Do Something Creative Every Day.
I'm starting off with an easy one, since I already try to do this every day anyway. And also, it's fun.
This doesn't have to take too much time out of my day. The goal is not to make a book or a painting daily... it's just to do something.
Some simple ideas for fulfilling this goal... take a photograph. Crochet a granny square. Make a card. Write one sentence in a journal. Try a new recipe.
Another idea is to participate in the Art Journal Every Day challenge. It's a really low-key and low pressure challenge that my friend Julie is hosting. I won't be doing this in ADDITION to my daily creative thing, but it's just another option. Read about it here if you're interested in participating.
Are you challenging yourself in 2011? Link me up.
See you tomorrow!
There is a Borders across the street from my house. It's perfect. I could take my homework there night after night. I could spend a Sunday afternoon curled up with a good book and a steaming latte. I've been known to blog from the cafe a time or two.
And now, my favorite neighborhood Borders is closing. Actually, this is the only neighborhood Borders. I'm sad! It was a cozy little hiding spot.
There is one good great thing about this store closing, and it's the fact that all of the fixtures and furniture was for sale. And I found the perfect table piece for my show display.
I've been looking for a 3D piece to display paintings. At shows, you usually only get a 6 ft table space to display everything, so it's really important to maximize the space as much as possible.
Oh, and how cute is Granny, the new spokesmodel for PLC? :)
I'm guessing most of you who read have already received my Christmas (post)cards so I can finally share them on here (I like the magic of surprise this time of year!)
Last year, I made Christmas cards out of this design. This year, I wanted to switch it up a little. I started by looking through some favorite Holiday shots I've taken, mixed with my love of simple kraft postcards, and voila! A star was born.
The backing is just plain kraft paper, allowing me to write personalized and meaningful messages to all my favorite people.
I slipped them into clear plastic envelopes that I found at a LSS a while back. These are the same envelopes I use at shows when I sell postcards.
I wrote the names and addresses right on the plastic with a sharpie!
I hope you like them, and if you received one in your mailbox, I sure hope it brightened your day! Happy Holidays, friends.
I've been a busy bee lately trying to keep up with work (my day job is a therapist), shop stuff (my night job as an artist), graduation, friends and family, and oh yeah, the holidays!
I'm so behind, and it's very unlike me. Last year, I handmade all my gifts and cards in advance! So organized.
I wish I could say the same for this year, but no such luck. Anyway, I have created some new designs! Here, take a looksie.
I'll be selling these and more at the Indie Craft Bazaar and the Bubble Holiday Market.
Yes, back to back shows tomorrow! And I'm leaving Sunday morning for a 2.5 week vacation to New York.
Are you prepared for the holidays? I'm offering a discount to those of you who are on my team this year. It's good for today only and it includes 20% off everything plus a free upgrade to priority shipping for orders over $20. It seems only fair that we team up on this matter, no? I'll ship for the last time tomorrow morning. Click here to visit the shop.
eta the coupon code (derr) is LASTMINUTE.
and have a great weekend, whether you're scattering around the studio to finish making & wrapping gifts on loads and loads of caffeine, or relaxing in front of the fire with a mug of cocoa with extra marshmellows! (jealous! :)
Friends are away for the weekend.
Boyfriend is working all night.
Family just left after I made them a delicious eggplant parm dinner (if I do say so myself.)
and now it's my time.
Check out that "todo list" next to my laptop on the floor, full of journaling and layout ideas. And I just had to buy this pillow, you know, for butt support.
I don't ever post about Etsy treasuries on here, mostly because I wasn't sure what a treasury was until recently. Simply put (and the best way I know how...), treasuries are a collection of featured Etsy items, made by Etsy users. They also make really good gift guides (ahem, holiday shopping.) You can browse some really gorgeous treasuries here.
Anyway, here are some cute treasuries that have featured me recently :)
Or in public? I'm recently obsessed.
If you have a Starbucks near you with outdoor seating, I highly recommend setting up shop.
My way of shipping inspiration from my brain to yours.
thanks for the last two photos, Hollie.
I had this idea. It included transparencies, patterned paper, photos, and paint splatters. The ideas were churning. I couldn't wait any longer.
I like a 5x7 - sized minialbum. It seems to be a good size. It's slightly bigger than the 4x6, which to me is more like a stack of photos than a minialbum. It's slightly smaller than 8.5x11, which of course is the size of a regular scrapbook. It's 5x7!
I cut twelve 5x7 pieces from office-grade transparencies and painted the names of the months (shown above). I cut a bunch of other goodies (patterned paper, cardstock, corrugated cardboard, tissue paper) and stacked it all together.
Here's the time consuming (and fun!) part. I went back through my iPhoto archives and printed 4-8 photos from each month. I love how easy this book is!
I loved working on the cover. That's a Hambly transparency, with Basic Grey letters, buttons, an Instax photo, and I'm not sure where I got the corrugated numbers. But you could always cut out your own! I colored in the "m" and the "e" with a sharpie marker and splattered paint on the numbers. I didn't feel like the cover was visible enough, so I lightly misted a bright white sheet of cardstock and put it behind the cover transparency.
I plan on adding my photos and some handwritten and/or typed journaling to tell my stories and attach the whole thing together with jump rings.
2010 has been very good to me, and I want to remember it.
Our newest prompt is up!
It's about movie quotes... and you're playing for a Guest DT spot!
We have several new members in our DT, serious talent.
Come take a look :)
Here's my interpretation.
The quote is from "Riding in Cars With Boys".. I"ve used it before but it's so wonderful I couldn't help but use it again. I misted the background with glimmer mist (what is with those things clogging like it's their job??) and the boy and girl chipcoard pieces that I misted over are from Maya Road. Any questions feel free to ask :)
Also, don't forget to sign your name here for a chance to win my latest giveaway. Another "thank you" to the people who help me to connect and meet so many people through this wonderful place we call blogland. I'll pull a winner on Wednesday.
I finally took the leap and made a fan page!
I would appreciate it mucho if you could "Like" it and share it with your friends!
This is the next big thing for us. YAY!
Either click here or just click "Like" in the box on my blog sidebar.
Anyone who likes my page will be automatically entered to win a free print each month! :)
Mine is into the wee hours of the night. :]
I made this painting a few weeks back and my friend Lindsay scooped it up. I gave my girl red hair in her honor :) Around the side it reads "I like to make stuff when the world is sleeping... ssshhhhh..."
It's my opinion that creative souls come out at night. Is this your favorite time to make stuff too?
Buy your print here, if you fancy. :)