Sunday, December 28, 2008

Get 'Em While They're Hot!!!

I'm having a huge clearance sale at my Etsy shop in order to make room for new 2009 jewelry and prints.  Check it out!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

New Print Size Available

Introducing 6"x6" size prints centered on 8"x10" paper for easy framing...
Get 'em here at my Etsy shop :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

December Mood Board

Here are some things I've been diggin' on this December...  Not very Christmas-y I know, but beautiful products nonetheless.  Everything seen above can be found on Etsy.  I hope y'all don't get tired of me talking about that site all of the time, but I just find it so incredible!  Everyday I come across a new shop that I just fall in love with.  Anyway, I had a great time putting this Mood Board together (thanks for the inspiration decor8!), it might just become a regular monthly feature on here.  Whatcha think?

Items featured:
The awesome necklace I bought from laurelhill last weekend
Funky Amy Butler fabric sold at anthemfabrics
Czech beads and jewelry supplies at mountainshadowdesign
Wonderful "Red Berries" photograph taken by Emmalynne
Large chunky porcelain buttons from roundrabbit
Beautiful shirt made by Heirloom08
Turquoise nesting bowls from clearmountaincraft
This cute little dish I bought from saturdayceramics

Monday, December 15, 2008

New to Shop - Lightweight Loop Earrings!

If you are anything like me, you love big chunky jewelry but hate the weight of large earrings...  Well I have come up with the perfect solution!  Introducing my new lightweight loop earrings.  I have sizes in Large, Medium, and Small (for those who don't dig the big crazy stuff) and they come in a variety of colors.  I actually try to make all of my pieces lightweight, but these little beauties are so light you can't even tell you have them on.  Get 'em while they're hot, here in my Etsy shop.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Ever wonder where that phrase came from?  Me too, so I googled it...  According to it's an old casino term.  Back in the day Las Vegas had a chicken dinner for $1.79 and a standard bet's winnings were $2, so when you won a bet you had enough for some chicken, baked potato, and a ya know...

So, now it's time to announce the winner of my first ever giveaway!  I consulted the Random Brian Generator, not to be confused with the Random Number Generator.  The Random Brian Generator is way better and goes a little something like this... "Hey Brian" (that's me yelling at The Hubs in the other room), "pick a number between 1 and 9."  So he picked #3.  Congratulations diaryofaturtlehead!  Your drink recipe sounds delish BTW, I think I'm definitely going to have to try that out!  Please email me your addy and I will ship you the earrings this week.  Thanks to everyone who played along!

Weekend Wrap Up

Hey Guys!  Hand Craft It was a blast!  Here are a few snapshots of my booth and some treasures I just couldn't resist...

•  Laurel made me a beautiful custom banner necklace.  I picked out one of my favorite quotes "Live the Life You Have Imagined" and she incorporated it into the piece.  Isn't it incredible- like a tiny piece of artwork!

•  Love this upcycled sweater hat from Serra of Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves.  I've had my eye on her awesome hats for a while now and finally got one of my own!

•  Speaking of hats (Missy of Sugarcookie took that goofy pic of me, it had been a long day!), I just couldn't live without this softy suede floppy number made by the coolest lady, Martha Jo. She makes the most comfortable, stylish hats I have ever seen.  Her booth was across from mine and every time someone would pick this one up and try it on I would be eyeing them thinking "please don't buy that hat, please don't buy that hat..."  I just had to snatch it up and make it mine.  Not to mention it goes perfectly with my most favorite cowboy boots in the whole wide world.  It was meant to be...

Ok, well don't forget my earring giveaway is open for about another hour (10pm EST).  I will announce the winner tomorrow night so stay tuned!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Treasure Bird Rings Back In Stock

This is gonna be short and sweet since I have a ton of work to get done before tomorrow's Hand Craft It show.  I have had some requests for more Treasure Bird rings and just wanted to let y'all know they are finally back in stock!  Find them in my Etsy shop, available to ship Monday morning...

Also, if you haven't done so already leave a post for my Treasure Bird earring giveaway!  Contest will end this Sunday at 10pm....

Later taters....


Thursday, December 11, 2008

New Illustrations

I've been a busy little bee lately getting ready for the Hand Craft It show this weekend.  I've managed to finish up a couple new illustrations as well, and hope to have a some framed prints at the show.  I will also be offering these prints in my Etsy shop.  If you are interested in the customized versions just check out as usual and let me know the name you would like for me to add in the "message to seller" part during checkout (please note watermarks do not appear on final products).  Oh, and if you would rather have a monogram instead of an entire name I can do that too...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Spreading Some Christmas Cheer...

So we got our tree last night, finally!  It's not decorated yet, so that shall be tonight's project...  I'm feeling all Christmas-y now, so how about having my very first giveaway?  Why not?  I'll make it simple... All you have to do is post your favorite Christmas dish (mine would be my mom's sweet potatoe souffle) and you could win a pair of my Treasure Bird Earrings.  Post by this Sunday, December 14th @ 10pm Eastern Time, and feel free to spread the word!

Genevieve :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Hand Craft It

Attention all Georgia folks- if you still have Holiday shopping to do, come on by the Hand Craft It Market this Saturday, Dec. 13th from 11am-7pm in Madison, Ga.  For more info and directions to the venue click here.  Hope to see you there!

P.S.- I hear the first 100 people get Swag Bags!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

I Heart Etsy

Thanks Etsy Admin, for putting me on the front page twice this weekend, you rock!  Items featured were my "I Heart Birds" and "I Heart Fawns" necklaces that I made last week.  I had a good time making these two, might make some more once I get the studio back together. Looks like a mini tornado has breezed through recently... Not to mention I still need to put up my Christmas decorations... Am I the only one who hasn't done this yet?!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Customized Christmas

Looking for a unique gift for the holidays?  How about a customized print?  I can add names, dates, etc. to make your print extra special.  The bird prints would be perfect for newlyweds, families, etc.  The trucks come in pink or blue and are great for children or new babies!  Just purchase the customized 7"x7" or 12"x12" listing from my shop, and let me know what text you would like in the "message to seller" section during checkout.  Orders placed by December 10th will arrive in time to stick under the tree...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

"3 French Hens..."

The lovely Julie of On the Dot Creations featured my hen plaque today on her 12 days of Christmas post.  Her entire blog is dedicated to polka dots.  Seriously?  How cool is that?!  I'm totally obsessed with polka dots and they always seem to end up in my work.  Anyway, I can't wait to see what she puts together for the rest of the 12 days!  You can check out the post here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I Took the Handmade Pledge

So I'm trying to buy all handmade gifts this Christmas.  Well, not considering the Best Buy gift cards I usually get my 3 brothers every year.  Totally lame, I know, but they are so hard to shop for!  Any suggestions on guy gifts for ages 17-25?  Anyway, here is what I've gotten so far from my favorite place, Etsy.

1.  My Mom loves crosses, so I got her this really cool one made from a piece of vintage ceiling tin.  Check out the other beautiful items from Cottage In The Sun!
2.  My Mother-In-Law picked out one of my "Be Free" bird necklaces for part of her Christmas gift.  I told her to just act suprised when she opens it- ha ha.  Buy one for yourself or for that special someone here in my shop!
3.  This is the most amazing sugar scrub ever!  I bought about 4 jars of it, so now I just need to figure out who the lucky recipients are.  Check out Right As Rain Creations for more wonderful bath and body items.
4.  Isn't this necklace from The Sunshine Studio the cutest?!  I couldn't resist this "Merry Christmas to Me" present!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Paula Deen, Y'all!

A set of peppermint plates I designed during my former life as an Art Director made it to the cover of Paula Deen's November/December 2008 issue!  They can also be found on page 29 with an awesome recipe for Orange Pecan cookies.  Heck yeah, love me some Paula!

Images above © Paula Deen.  You can find access to her magazines here.

Monday, December 1, 2008

GET YOUR CRAFT ON: Bird's Nest Boxes

So here is a little project I whipped up and would like to share it with you guys!  It's fun and simple and a great project to do on a cold winter night...

Here are the supplies you will need:
1 Small Grapevine Wreath
3 Paper Mache Eggs
An Assortment of Paper Mache Boxes
An Assortment of Scrapbook Papers
Brown Acrylic Paint
Turquoise Acrylic Paint
Mod Podge
Hot Glue Gun

Step 1:
Measure and cut scrapbook paper to fit the top of the lid, the rim of the lid, and the side of the box.  I like to use 3 different papers for the 3 different sections.  For larger size boxes you may need more than one strip of scrapbook paper to go around the box.  If so, simply overlap the paper.  Don't worry, it doesn't have to be perfect!
Step 2:
Using a brush, cover the box with a layer of Mod Podge and apply the paper.  Smooth the paper as you go to get rid of as many air bubbles and wrinkles as you can.
Step 3:
Paint the paper mache eggs with the turquoise paint.  Feel free to use other colors for the eggs, whatever you are in the mood for!
Step 4:
Drybrush the brown paint onto the eggs.  You do this by using a "dry" brush (no water) and barely dipping your brush into the paint.  Get rid of some of the excess paint by dabbing your brush on a scrap piece of paper or paper plate, then lightly brush over the tops of the eggs.  You can also drybrush the boxes as I like to do, adding the most paint to the edges to give them an "antique" feel.
Step 5:
Take the wreath and place it on top of the lid.  Trace inside of the wreath with a pencil or with your paintbrush and then remove the wreath.  Paint inside the circle you just created with brown paint.
Step 6:
After all of the paint has dried, seal the entire box with a layer of Mod Podge.  You will also need to seal the painted eggs.
Step 7:
Hot glue the wreath over the brown painted circle on your lid, then hot glue the eggs inside of the wreath.

That's it, you're done!  Hope you love making this project!

Genevieve :)