Saturday, December 31, 2011

Society6 Direct Link

I've been adding more photographs to my Society6 shop lately and I discovered that I can add a link to my blog. So, here it is :) I would love for you to stop by and check it out! There are some amazing artists on Society6, so it's worth a look!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Christmas Eve and Merry Christmas!!!

As I type this, my family is decorating Christmas cookies, my son is "napping," and my husband is listening to football...I love the holidays!  I just wanted to take a moment out of the fun to wish my followers, fans, and customers a happy Christmas Eve and Merry Christmas!!  I hope you are enjoying family time as well and getting some much needed rest.  Blessings!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

New Shops!!! New Mixed Media Painting!

EXCITING NEWS!!!  I jumped on the bandwagon and started a CafePress and Society 6 shop.  CafePress is local and I've ordered some fantastic products from them for some merchandise I'm developing for the Jane Austen Society.  They offer all kinds of products...tote bags, jewelry, office supplies, calendars, notebooks, t-shirts, hoodies, aprons, iPod/iPad/Laptop skins and covers, mugs, water bottles, key chains, and more!  I have a limited amount of designs right now, but I'm working on adding more.

I follow several Etsy artists on Facebook and several of them have been posting products from their Society 6 shops.  I decided last night that it was time to join.  Here's the description of Society 6 from their website: "The artwork on Society6 is created by thousands of artists from around the world. When you buy a product from Society6, we produce it using only the highest quality materials, and ship it to you on behalf of the artist."  At this point, I just have a few of my photographs available for art prints, framed art prints, and stretched canvases.  I've already been asked to share one of my photographs with the "Society 6 shop," which was awesome to receive after just uploading my first few photographs.  We'll see what comes of it...

And now to the newest mixed media painting..."Feathered Peacock," 30"x15" canvas with satin ribbon edging and stripe accompanied by three of my original fine art photographs. 

What do you think?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Busy Weekend

Once again I have fallen into the "not posting enough" rut.  I apologize!  I, actually, have a couple valid excuses, but I still feel bad.  I am VERY grateful for each one of you that follow and read my blog.  I know I don't have a ton to say when I post (I'm not much of a writer), but I hope to share with you some of my recent adventures and creativity at least once in a while ;)  

So, here are my valid excuses...for at least a couple months now I have been preparing for this past weekend (Dec. 9-11th).  On Friday night, I lead the children's crafts for the Candlelight Tours at Historic Locust Grove.  If you don't know, I used to be a Kindergarten teacher, so teaching and crafts are kinda my thing.  I had direction boards for making 6-point snowflakes and German or Christmas Stars, and had clementines and cloves to make pomanders.  The kids who participated had a wonderful time while learning some new skills and new information about pomanders.  It was a very busy time, but it was fun to see each child's creativity and excitement about making a craft!

On Saturday afternoon, I had rehearsal with my video team and directed the 4 o'clock service at my church, Northside Christian Church.  When the 4 o'clock service finished, I hopped in my car and went back to Locust Grove to lead children's crafts again.  I had a whole Girl Scout troop and some Boy Scouts surrounding my three tables right after I was controlled and amazingly fun chaos!  I also had some sweet moments working with individual children and helping them create something they've never made before.

On Sunday, I was back at church early in the morning to direct my video team again until noon.  Then, it was off to decorate the Audubon Room at Historic Locust Grove, which is where the Jane Austen Society of North America- Greater Louisville Region meets.   We had a birthday celebration for Jane Austen at our December Tea.  This was my third year decorating for the December Tea.  I had a wonderful helper, Emily, who punched the holes and tied the ribbons in each of the 85 paper hearts that I made.  And, Emily, plus several others in our membership helped me set up the room.  The decorations were well-received and, actually, tied in with our speaker's presentation.  Here are a few images of the decorated room (sorry about the terrible lighting...the light is terrible in that room!): 

So, that was my crazy busy weekend.  I was exhausted on Monday.  I've, thankfully, recovered, and I have a new product to share with you.  It's my "Trees of Life" 2012 Desktop Calendar.  It's 10'x5" and has a cardboard stand, so it fits perfectly on a desk, shelf, or nightstand.  It features 13 of my original photographs.  It would make a lovely gift!

Thanks for stopping by!!!  Hope you all are doing well!  I might post some new things tomorrow...stay tuned :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving, Sickness, and Christmas Lights

I am sorry that I haven't posted in a while.  My son caught a nasty cold, which he lovingly passed on to me at the beginning of last week.  I have been rather miserable since....I won't go into any details, but I'm on the verge of heading to the doctor because it's so awful.  However, I did have a wonderful time with my husband's family and my mom over Thanksgiving.  Loved seeing family again, snuggling with my two-month old niece, laughing till my lungs hurt, watching football with my son repeating "Yes!" and "Go, go, go!" after great plays, eating amazing food, having a date with my husband, and watching the cousins play and listening to their adorable expressions of excitement over food and the Christmas tree.

I didn't take many photographs over this weekend.  I took a few of little Miss Madison, my two-month old niece.  I, also, took a few of my mother-in-law's Christmas tree and played around with different long-exposures to create light trails.  It was a lot of fun!  What do you think?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Holiday Season

As an Etsy seller, I have learned that you have to have items in your shop that reference the current and upcoming season and holidays to appeal to customers, treasury makers, and, possibly, make it to the coveted front page.  My latest installment of photographs cover Fall or Autumn, Christmas, Winter, and Valentine's Day.  Most of these photographs are of my burning bushes on the side of my house.  They have been so full and brilliant this year that I had to document their beauty.  Enjoy!

And, as always, I would love to hear from you about your favorite image(s).  I appreciate your feedback!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Art and photography combined...

This is my latest 11x14 acrylic painting paired with two stunning, framed 8x10 photographs.  You can find out more information about this listing in my Etsy shop.  Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Relaxation Pairings

Here are a few more photo pairings from my photographs in my Etsy shop.  Thanks to all who have  checked out the other photo pairings this week!  You can see the rest listed on this blog and linked on my Facebook page. 

Hope you have a wonderful rest of your Friday!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Flower and Tree Pairings

Since it is a rainy and chilly Fall day, I though it would be helpful to put up some lovely flower and tree pairings to brighten the day.  Enjoy!

BOGO Sale is still going on over at my Etsy shop!  Come on by and check it out!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Animal Photo Print Pairings

Head on over to my Etsy shop to check out more photographs and the BOGO print sale!!!

BOGO SALE going on now at my Etsy Shop!

So I decided to jump right in to the holiday season with a BOGO sale at my Etsy shop!

Here's the information about the sale: BOGO SALE- Buy One, Get One Free on All Photo Prints (free print must be of equal or lesser value)! BOGO does not include gallery wraps and photo gifts. At the time of purchase, select the first photo print you want and, then, please include the title of the FREE print you would like to receive in the "Notes to Seller" box. Thank you!

I've also created some photo pairings to give you all an idea of photos from my shop that look good together.  I'll be uploading more as the week progresses, so stay tuned!  The first set features the beautiful Fall foliage that some of us are still enjoying...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fall Bokeh...

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I need YOUR input.  Which photo do you like the best?  Which photo would you be most likely to purchase?  I'm trying to figure out which photos are most appealing to add to my Etsy shop.  You can vote by commenting on this blog post with your favorite photo # or leave a comment on my Facebook page.  Thanks for your help!!!  

Also, there's going to be a big sale coming up soon in my Etsy shop to help get you all in the holiday shopping mood :)  Stay tuned!