Tuesday, December 30, 2008

This Year

Soooo, the new Christmas cards all made it safely to their destinations and people liked them! The guy at the post office had me a little worried because he was highly opposed to the metallic pen I used to address the envelopes and that I had chosen to write the return address on the envelope flap instead of the top left corner of the face. HIGHLY opposed. I actually felt like he hated me a little bit but I stood strong, assuring him that I had no problem last year and that I was going to send them as they were and that I was not afraid of him or his threats! And what-do-you-know all of my cards arrived on time. Many the very next day. Black pens and top left corner addressing be damned!

But anyway, here they are.

I made the case out of chipboard and the pine bough image is a stamp using metallic ink, then embossed, craft-lady style. And the all-important song this year was a cover of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" originally recorded by Darlene Love on the Phil Spector Christmas album. U2 did a pretty nice version as well. Happy Holidays, folks.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Last Christmas...

...I made Christmas cards! Me, Johnny and our dear friend, Moz, recorded a Christmas song together and decided to send all of our friends and family a CD. The song, which can be heard here, was a cover of George Michael's "Last Christmas" with Johnny on guitar and keyboard and me on kazoo, (Moz covered production duties). If you can carry a tune but are too shy to actually sing in public, the kazoo is for you.

The construction of 50 handmade cards/cases with photos, ribbons, stamps and hand-drawings ended up being much more of an undertaking than I had anticipated, but after a couple of weeks of hard labor and several tears- yes, I cried over these cards- the finished product was pretty nice. And, most importantly, everyone who got one was really delighted. Tears forgotten!

So this year we're at it again, and as soon as the new guys are in the mail I'll share them with you. No spoilers here.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


As I mentioned last week, this past Sunday was Boston's Bazaar Bizarre and I was there! A lot of other people were there, too. A real lot. Sunday also happened to be the first day of snow this season so I was surprised how amazingly busy it was. If I didn't have to be somewhere Sunday I surely would've been on a couch in pajamas watching bad television, but people definitely turned out, some telling us they waited in line for 45 minutes to get in. Whoa. People just love their crafts, it seems. Here are some pics of my table...

So it was a long, but very good day and many thanks to all those who purchased my goods or had kind words for my work. It's really nice to show your work and get positive feedback on stuff you've been privately slaving over for several months. I've been running a one-woman sweatshop in my apartment for the last few weeks trying to produce as much as possible, and it was well worth it, so thanks nice people.

And the biggest thank you is to my husband, who is so helpful and patient, and good at carrying heavy things and finding parking spaces, and for sitting in a chair next to me for 8 hours at a craft fair. What a guy.

P.S. Two new prints are now available in the shop and more stuff is coming very soon. Later!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Still Here!

Hi there.

It's been QUITE awhile now. Almost four months! Last time I visited it was summer. And since then Halloween costumes have been worn and Tofurkeys have been eaten and now it is cold and almost Christmas! It's just crazy. But I have been busy so I might as well show you some of what I've been up to.

I've spent the last few months working on a whole new line of goods- new illustrations and related paper products- stationery, notesets, notepads, and some other cute papery things. And I will be debuting all of it at this year's Boston Bazaar Bizarre on December 7th! That's this Sunday, folks. Here's a peek...




These are 3 new painting/drawing/cut paper pieces that I'll be selling prints of at the show and then later in my very, very neglected Etsy shop. Oh, Etsy. It's shameful, really. But next week I'll be loading it up with brand new stuff. For real.

While I'm here I'd also like to give a long overdue public thank you to Ariadna Ramley from Design This Design That Magazine for featuring me in the very awesome Illustration issue back in September. I'm pretty sure she puts together this beautiful online magazine all by herself and I'm just really impressed with her work. She did an amazing job and found such a great group of artists and it was just really, really great! And you can still see the whole thing right here, so please do.

I feel like there must be more to say but I'm a little sleepy so maybe I'll just be back in the next couple of days. Or months. We'll see.