Saturday, March 8, 2014
I listed two new pendants in the Mirthmarket this morning. I like these triangles, with their striking black and white designs. They seem versatile and unique. After that, I rearranged the shop. I also replaced two older thumbnail photos with brighter, cleaner images. It's funny how a few simple changes like that can make an impact!
I've felt less connected with Etsy in recent years, and I want to become better reacquainted again. I am a creature of habit and not fond of sudden experiments and changes, so when shop banners disappeared last week in favor of weirdly placed white space, I was caught off guard. Etsy replaced banners again this week, and I'm thankful for that. Can you imagine going to a mall where every storefront's sign was written in the same size and font? That mall would be called No-fun-ville.
Anyway, I truly do want to build back my enthusiasm toward Etsy. I want to fill my shop and be active and make treasuries. Let's call it a springtime resolution. It is so much easier to list new items now! And "chit-chat" is once again authorized in the forums! And there is so much beauty and creativity all over Etsy - I want to see it all and celebrate it.
I'll share what I find with you!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
today i painted these flowers on a 6 x 6 inch canvas. someday i will paint something larger.
i went back and forth several times about whether to add words to this one. i had a phrase in mind. i even painted it in navy and then in pink, on the bottom (before many of the flowers), then across the top.
then i realized this painting was not meant to have words. so i added a few more flowers and all of the dots and garlands and stars. i highlighted some areas with yellow watercolor and then watched the closing ceremonies of the olympics (silver dancers! chagall! humor with the olympic rings!) and now that i've scanned this in and brightened it a bit, i like it even more. (i usually do not edit my paintings at all, but i experimented with this one and i like it. you deserve the transparency from me.)
the words i kept wanting to use with this painting were "be gentle with your soul". because i was feeling it, not because it went with these flowers.
i really like painting.
i hope you have a fantastic week!
Monday, February 17, 2014
i can't even tell you how excited i am that the tonight show with jimmy fallon premieres tonight.
i try to keep it low key, but there are two celebrities who turn me into a ridiculously giddy fangirl, and he is one. (he is the number one at that, actually.)
way back, buried deep in the internet, i remember that i posted on a jimmy fallon fan forum that i thought he would be the host of the tonight show one day. it was probably back when he guest hosted for letterman. it seemed right, even back in 2003.
i'm just really proud of him. it's been so fun watching his career progress. it's been great to see such a humble, generous, positive, genuine person being recognized for his talents and growing in success. (i'm not alone in this. i mean, how can you not like jimmy fallon?)
i'm excited that we get to see so much more of everything hilarious from late night, and maybe now even more people will see it. it just feels like it will be even bigger and grander. more thank you notes. more parodies. more justin timberlake. it's a win for everyone.
and tonight? U2 will be performing on the first episode. seriously. you know how i mentioned how there are two celebrities who turn me into a ridiculously giddy fangirl?
bono is the other one. since basically third grade.
oh my goodness. i can't wait!
p.s.: i'm still giddy over this picture from thirteen years ago. and i might always be.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I've watched quite a bit of Olympics coverage, and what has intrigued me most was not any athletic performance, hotel anti-design, or ocular travesty, but the colorful patchwork pattern that has lined the venues and uniforms.
I liked that every venue seemed to have its own color scheme. Speed skating = red and orange. Figure skating = blue. Skeleton = purple. So I decided to find out more about it, and now I like it even more.
The designs were inspired by this beautiful quilt pattern created by Bosco, incorporating all of Russia through patterns that represent centuries of arts and crafts traditions that span through many of its regions.
Bosco's site and Graphic Art News. It is really incredible, and looking through the different patterns and original pieces of art is inspiring. As the daughter of a quilter, I have a great admiration for quilting in general, and I love patchwork in so many forms, so it's no wonder that this design has been stealing my attention from the skiers and snowboarders.
It isn't the first thing that caught my eye, though. In the opening ceremonies, this inflatable, floating impression of St. Basil's Cathedral looked like something painted Julie-style, and I liked it immediately.
Hooray for clever design!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
I have some catching up to do. If I'm going to meet my goal of posting something new every week, I will need to post something extra this week. I've been busy creating, but the whole point of that goal is actually finishing things instead of leaving things unfinished.
Last weekend I finished six petite pendants.
These pendants are less than one inch tall - much smaller than the pendants I've painted in the past. In fact, they're strung on embroidery floss in these photos.
I decided they would also be the least expensive pieces in the Mirthmarket. I have only a limited quantity of this size of circles. They will be a special, once-in-a-while, limited edition offering.
I love working small. I like these pendants and look forward to making more!
Sunday, February 2, 2014
I'm working on a few projects right now - most aren't ready for display here. In keeping with my goal of adding one new project to this blog each week, I'm sharing this tiny canvas with you.
Something like it popped into my mind last week. That one had a brighter color scheme, and was taller than it was wide. I wanted to try a multicolored herringbone pattern with a heart over it. I didn't know I would be painting so many layers - herringbone, white, dots, white, gold accents - and I didn't know what it would say. Now that I think of this, it would be cool with a monogram on it.
I'm undecided about this one. But it feels happy to me, and it was fun to make.
Have a lovely week!