One of the Two Foxes

Here it is and February is almost over already. I know it’s the shortest month, but it has flown by. It’s almost March… I’m almost 30… THIS weekend is the SE Area Art Walk… and in just 5 short months I will be a flippin’ Mom!

February has gone too quickly. I am not ready for any single one of these things much less all of them! Oh, and that Mom thing? Yeah… That is the big time personal project I have been working on lately. And the project to soon consume my life, I am sure. So, for now, lets focus on what is coming before August, shall we? Namely the Art Walk?

SE Area Art Walk is happening THIS weekend. March 2nd and 3rd, that’s Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-5pm. You can walk around the whole inner SE area (within certain limits) to visit artists in their home studios! See where they work, how they create their art, maybe get a glimpse of their process, even poke around some pretty impressive old houses in Ladd’s Addition…. But that is just a fun bonus, the ART WORK is the focus here. So come out! Brave the weather, or enjoy the sun, whichever happens, it is Portland afterall.  And support some local artist! Buy some art. Meet some neighbors, and get to know the area in a whole new way! It’s a great time, really. More maps, links and a complete artist list is available on the website at www.seportlandartwalk.com

Aaaand if you come to MY house (#32 on that handy little map here) you may even get some homemade treats!

The Map (especially important is #32)

The Map (especially important is #32 -1812 SE 11th Ave.)

As a way to focus my energies and very scattered brain these past few weeks I have been working on a new painting. Something fun and new to debut this weekend at the art walk. Something to relax me and give me a few minutes to just release instead of think and worry and stress… so I let go this time and just painted. Also a little bit inspired by a dream. I love that, don’t you? I mean what more organic and wholly your own can something be than straight from your subconscious?

So here is just a sneak peek.

One of the Two Foxes...

One of the Two Foxes…

If you wanna see the whole piece you should come out and do some art-walkin’ this weekend. See ya there!

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only 66 more shopping days!

No.

I don’t do that.

No one should do that.

I hate when people do that.

I love Halloween (see all of my spooky ‘dead’ trees for proof).

And I love Thanksgiving!

I mean sweet potatoes, roast turkey, pies of all kinds,  and everything pumpkin flavored that you could ever imagine?! Yes please!

I do not believe in the glossing over of these holidays just so we can rush the arrival of the most expensive and hectic of them all. All family members, even those you can’t remember, as many meals in one day as possible, wrapping gifts and opening gifts and cleaning up the gift wrap, more eating, more family ahhhhhhhhhhh! Now, understand I do love me some Christmas time… really and truly I do. But let’s just wait for Christmas time to enjoy it, shall we?

With all of that said I have been accepted into my first holiday season craft show and I am pretty excited about it! It is the Hip Happening Holiday Bazaar… and they suggest you kick off your holiday shopping there… but I say lets just all come together to support local vendors, buy some lovely handmade goodness (maybe for others… maybe for yourself) and quite possible share a few pumpkin lattes 😉

Hope to see you there!

feelin’ the love

This summer I have done two street fairs so far.

I. Love. Them.

the booth!

The people, the fantastic feedback, the encouragement, the sense of community, the people watching! It is all fantastic. But most of all its the in person aspect. Selling your product online is one thing. You can track your page views, you can keep an eye on how many etsy-ers give your items the ❤ and of course the email congratulating you on your latest sale will always be a welcomed surprise in my inbox! But, meeting your customers face to face is on a whole different level. Watching someone see your product for the very first time. Or seeing the expression on someones face when they are really into a certain necklace. Or being able to listen in on comments made between friends about your work when they think you aren’t listening. Hearing a girl try her best to convince her boyfriend to buy her a pair of earrings. Or that moment when your painting caught someones eye from across a stream of people flowing down the street, then watching it pull them all the way into the booth. Moments you will never get to experience when selling online.

i also love the display aspect …. so much fun!

Let me reiterate I absolutely love my online shoppers and supporters. You guys are who got it going and keep the momentum up. Thank you all so so much!

Also, the talking to people. That alone is a huge step for me. When I began this all I was able to talk myself into selling online because I can do it all by myself, sitting at home alone and not having to ‘sell’ myself or my work. I am not a sales person I tried that once and hated every moment of it (for more on that, check out my about page). So needless to say diving into the street fair world was a huge step for me. But the people made it so much easier than I had anticipated. Support and encouragement from friends and family is one thing, but hearing someone you have never met before in your entire life tell you that you are talented…. that is a fantastic feeling. Or the word – beautiful. Maybe I am truly just a girly girl in need of that superficial confirmation, but to hear a stranger tell you that your work is beautiful with such conviction in their voice and sincerity in their eyes… it feels pretty darn good.

Honestly, after a day full of that I could care less whether or not I sold anything. Bottom line: I think street fairs ROCK! And there will be plenty more in my future!

Hubster caught giving up a weekend day just for me… I am a lucky gal.

I wish I was ballsy enough to book myself solid through the summer and do one every weekend, but alas, I like to sleep in too much and the Hubster might kill me for taking away all of his summer weekends. I really do appreciate and love him for all of his help, support and constant encouragement, so I suppose I have to let him have a few weekends off now and then.

Last one for this summer will be Belmont, September 8th! Come and feel the love with me!

Side note: at both of the street fairs this summer a strange kismet was at work and I was placed right next to the same booth of really nice and inventive guys. If you live in the Portland area and have a composting bin that you can’t figure out what to do with… you should probably get yourself a Kitchen Compost Caddy… really they are nice people.

Song of the moment:

You know how you can hear a song and it takes you right back to a certain place, or time, or reminds you each and every time of so-and-so, or brings you plummeting, head first, right back into that one specific point in time with all the visual, tactile, and emotional trimmings?

I woke up with this playing in my head this morning.

**Note I realize I am posting this on a Friday and as I mentioned in my last post Fridays are reserved for 80’s…. sorry, I started writing this on Wednesday… I am a little slow at this blogging thing.

But to make up for it, and because it is necessary for all Fridays, here is your 80’s fix: Happy Friday! 

a happy friday song of the day

Fridays at work are my 80’s music day. This is just how it has always been and how it will always be. Well, until I get so old that no one knows who Belinda Carlisle is or how Madonna’s early music was exponentially better than anything after 2000. I would have mentioned Journey here but I think Glee may have gained them a generation or two before they are forgotten. At that point I may start to include the 90’s in my Friday rotation…. maybe. Anywho, my point is: it’s Friday, I get out of the dulling fluorescent glow at 1:30, the weekend is nearly upon us all and my second street fair of the summer tomorrow! It’s an exciting day! Oh, and it helps that I’m home now and got to make this for my friend’s birthday celebration tonight.

yes, that IS a rice crispy treat cake with caramel, chocolate ganache and pretzel bits…. cause its July and too hot to bake a real cake. (it’s not really complicated enough to include a recipe, I just had to show that off)

Well, at around 10:30 this morning the day seemed to come to a crawl so I needed the 80’s to pull me through. Pandora, my love, my office job’s saving grace. I love her and she knows me oh so well.

I was about four songs into my Friday 80’s channel and I couldn’t decide what song to share today. And, as if Pandora knew I couldn’t make up my mind, she threw this one at me, like the perfect answer.

Conjunction Junction. You’re welcome.

I have no idea how it got into my 80’s circulation. But it always makes me smile.

Oh and that street fair tomorrow is the Division Clinton Street Fair with all kinds of family fun happening all day. Check out their website to get all the dets. As for me, I will be there from 10am-5pm with all my usual stuff, and a few new extras! Come by if you can! I will be somewhere near the corner of Division and 35th!

Happy Friday!

cheers!

Okay I have been talking about them since Christmas but I have finally gotten enough sets completed and ready to sell that I can tell you all (all 3 of you) about it!

I am now making wine tags!.. wine charms?… glass markers?… what would you call them? Well whatever you would call them, I am making them!

Right now we have a few different sets. But there are more to come!

Sets of various trees. Sets of one tree done in different colors. Sets of words done in a ransom-note cut-out-letters style. Pre-packaged sets of 4 or 6 or pick and choose your own!

Pretty Pretty Wine Tags! (dirty dirty floor… please ignore)

When my friends and I get together with a few bottles of wine there are extra special nicknames and catch phrases that eventually come out. And actually this is how these little guys came about. Whenever there was glass confusion one of my friends used to try to identify her glass based on the chapstick lip marks left on the glass…. not really a reliable source. While I do not fear my friends have any major diseases or anything, my wine is MY WINE. So we needed a better method. We have so many fun drinking phrases it really lent itself well to this idea. And thus was born the very fist experimental set of wine tags. We have used them a few times and all went well. Also, drinking with a close group of friends results in A LOT of great new ideas (as well as a few equally fun but maybe not so marketable ideas). The words lead to more words, which lead to trying to include my paintings, and that lead to me playing with colors more on my painting prints, and that lead me here. With a whole bunch of these guys ready for your drinking enjoyment!

The next obvious step for the wine tags includes you, my lovely customers! I made the first set just for our circle of friends and most people outside of that group would have no clue why you would want your wine glass to say anything about birdshit, but we get it.

we also have a wine whore in our group… or two.

So what do you want your tags to say? Ware your inside jokes? What are your nicknames? Who do you typically drink with and want to keep from stealing your glass? Initials? Wedding party in need of some fun specialized favors? Got a favorite of my paintings you want in your favorite colors? What do YOU want on your set? I can make it happen! Just contact me and we can work out the details. If you aren’t looking for your own set, but have some ideas for me anyways, fire away! New ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

The true unveiling of these little guys will be this weekend at the Mississippi Street Fair! I am super excited about it! It will be my first street fair this summer, and it looks like the weather is going to cooperate nicely! I have been stocking up for the last few weeks. I will have my 4×4 paintings there as well as a few of my bigger ones, tons of jewelry and these new wine tags! Hope to see you all there! It is this Saturday, July 14th from 10am-9pm! I will be between Beech and Failing, drop by, say hi, mention the blog and I just may give you a discount 😉

CHEERS!

 

***UPDATE****

Wine charms have hit the shop! Check em out here!