Sunday, December 27, 2009

Wanting to Get Back to My Old Ways

I haven't painted since December 10th. My soul just screamed a little bit. That is the longest that I have gone without painting in years. I must get back into the routine of painting everyday. I truly love it, and I miss it terribly. I know that there isn't an excuse, but, I've been so incredibly busy this holiday season with so many things. I want to create new work that dazzles and amazes, that captures the imagination. I guess the bottom line is that I want to create new work that is different and exciting and that also is the best that I can offer. I think that in order to do this I may have to let go of the idea of creating a painting everyday. I like doing this, and it certainly produces a lot of paintings, but I have to wonder how much more I could offer in each painting. The painting a day exercise has been the greatest teacher that I have ever had, I have learned more than any book could ever teach me. I wonder if I should continue, or start really taking my time with my paintings, and producing less, but more detailed work.
It's not really about the quantity with either approach. It is more about the learning process. I don't know, I really have to mull it over and figure out which is more beneficial right now. There are many others who create a painting a day, and their work is fabulous. Somehow they manage to paint realistic and just plain beautiful paintings. One of my favorites is Abbey Ryan. Her art is so simple and beautiful, I love it. From what I've seen she paints a lot of foods, some of them unusual. You should check out her blog here: http://ryanstudio.blogspot.com/
I have been doing a lot of glass and resin pendants and magnets. They have sold quite well this holiday season and of course, take a fraction of the time a painting takes. Here are my newest pendants and magnets:








Monday, December 14, 2009

Bottle Caps - The Finished Product

I posted at least a week ago about the bottle caps that I am making now and how much I like them. They are super cute and I just ordered 200 more to keep me busy for a while. Here are some of the finished ones. I like the bottle caps a lot and I think that I will be adding some magnets to the collection.




Monday, December 7, 2009

Busy Busy Busy

It's the most wonderful time of the year. This is it - the holiday season. Crazy shopping, crazy cooking, crazy wrapping, crazy decorating ... I think that it is just the craziest time of year. This year though, I'd like to create some new traditions with my children.
We have all the traditions of baking and adorning the tree with pretty plushy ornaments (three year old in the house). I'd like to do something new this year - something exciting and different. I think that I will get the kids together and make ornaments. I think that would be so much fun. It would have to be super simple and easy because, like I said there will be a three year old involved. I am looking through some books searching for something that all of us could do without injuring ourselves or each other and something that wouldn't cause my entire house to be messy.
I like these ideas:
http://crafts.kaboose.com/marbled-glass-ornaments.html
http://crafts.kaboose.com/family-history-book.html
http://crafts.kaboose.com/marbleized-ornament.html
http://crafts.kaboose.com/reindeer-food.html
I'll let you know which ones we ended up doing and how it went :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Etsy OOAK

I just love unique and one of a kind things. I decided to do a search on etsy for some handmade ooak items. These are my favorites:










Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Drum Roll Please ..........

The winner of my November blog giveaway is ... Tamara!!!

In other news - my new bottle caps! I am loving them. This is the first time that I've done these and the first batch came out really cute! It's a learning curve - it's different than the scrabbles. I'm working on the second batch today. I have a craft show coming up this weekend, and I'd like to have a lot of these done for the show.


This is how the first few came out. I'm pretty satisfied with them.









Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Winner of Giveaway to be announced in the morning!

So excited to announce the winner of my blog giveaway tomorrow morning! It's a good one :)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Neat Little Marble Pendants

My daughter and I like doing crafts together, and the other night it was just me and her, so we decided that we should do some crafts. We did a puzzle first, and then she asked if she could be my assistant in making some jewelry. I broke out the little glass pieces that I bought at The Dollar Store and we spent the rest of the night making magnets and cute little pendants.
Each one is unique, and I looked all of them over and not a single one is perfect, but I really like them. I think that they came out lovely. My assistant is very proud that her work is one the computer for the world to see.






Don't forget about my giveaway! Click here to enter.

November Giveaway - Only Three Days Left!!

This is a short month for me. My whole family was sick, so I got a very late start. However, here is the giveaway for the month of November:









Two high quality 8"x10" prints with white matting, ready to frame. They are both very pretty and will make an awesome addition to any art collection. I sell these for $15.00 each - so that's a $30 giveaway.



You can enter as many times as you like, each entry will count as one, so obviously the more times you enter, the better your chances of winning.



Each action below counts as an entry. As you can see there are quite a few. The only thing that I ask is, when you complete one of the below actions, you come back here and comment on this post and tell me what you did. It is just so much easier to keep track that way.



*Follow me on Twitter.


*Heart Giggle Goddess Creations.


*Heart Daily Paint.


*Be a fan on facebook.


*Email me at RhiannonSTR@yahoo.com to sign up for my monthly newsletter.


*Follow this blog.


*Participate in the Creative Everyday Challenge.


*Check out either one of my shops Daily Paint or Giggle Goddess Creations and post a comment on which item is your favorite.


*Post a comment with a great idea for etsy sellers. It can be a link to an article, a photo you saw on flickr, or just a little tip you learned through experience. It doesn't matter what the source is, as long as it is helpful.


*Put a link to either of my shops on your blog, website or etsy store. One entry for each.


*Post a comment with a cheap and easy DIY home decorating tip. As above, the source doesn't matter.


*Post a comment with a great packaging idea or tip for etsy sellers. As above, source doesn't matter.


*Having an etsy holiday? Post a comment about something that you bought recently from an etsy seller. A link to a photo is even better.


Well, there it is - many different ways to enter. Please remember, when you do one of the above, please comment on THIS post so I can keep track.



Here is yesterday's painting of the day (video is not the best quality I am aware, it is my first attempt at a video like this one):









Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cyber Monday

Believe it or not this year is the first year that I have heard of this, about two days ago. So I know that it is last minute, but I am going to have a Cyber Monday sale in both my stores. Giggle Goddess Creations will have buy two pendants get the third free. Daily Paint will be 25% off of everything in the store. The sale will be from Black Friday to Cyber Monday (November 27-30)

Also, follow me on twitter, facebook or this blog and get an additional 10% off. YAY!!

Here are some other stores that are having some great deals:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/micielomicielo
http://www.etsy.com/shop/geeklingdesigns
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Stylishstems
http://www.etsy.com/shop/carolinasquirrell

Here is my painting of the Day for yesterday:

Speed painting video coming very soon.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Some Outdoor Time

Don't Forget about my giveaway!
Super easy to enter, click here.

Over the weekend my parents, husband, the kids and I went to our cousins to go hiking. Right across the street from my cousin's house was a long and beautiful trail. I love places that are alone and quiet. It was beautiful weather for the season and we only came across one jogger. There is a pretty big lake that we walked to and the little rock cliffs fascinated the kids (especially the littlest one).

Even the trees here are happier.
I'm glad my dad was with us, he doesn't get much time off, so he really deserves to relax when he does. Although, we hiked for three miles - so he probably didn't rest much.

The kids loved being with their cousins, we haven't seen them since we went to Florida at the same time last March.

Selene fell in love with their German Shepherd Hanna, who amazed me because she never once left the yard (no electric fence) and not once did she chase the chickens that my cousins keep. I would never even allow my dog the chance to prove to me that he would stay in the yard without a leash, but we live in a different kind of environment.


After our hike we came home and my husband's bff (he'd kill me if he knew I called him that) came over and helped him clean up the yard, and then the kids jumped in the HUGE piles of leaves. We have a decent sized yard and tons of trees so ... This isn't even the first time we raked.

It was a great weekend, we really spent a lot of time together outside in the unseasonably warm weather and it felt so good. I love to see my children playing outside and having so much fun.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Handmade Business Cards

I just ordered business cards through Vista Print, and although I've entertained the idea of making handmade business cards, I just haven't gotten around to it. I'm just not sure what design I would use or if I should use a stamp etc.

I found these inspirational little works of art (click on the picture to see who created them and how). They are all business card related. I think I will make my own cards next time around. My thought was to actually make ACEOs with my information on the back. We'll see, my wheels are turning.






Don't Forget about my giveaway.
In order to enter please read below.

What you will win:
Two high quality 8"x10" prints with white matting, ready to frame. They are both very pretty and will make an awesome addition to any art collection. I sell these for $15.00 each - so that's a $30 giveaway.



You can enter as many times as you like, each entry will count as one, so obviously the more times you enter, the better your chances of winning.




Each action below counts as an entry. As you can see there are quite a few. The only thing that I ask is, when you complete one of the below actions, you come back here and comment on this post and tell me what you did. It is just so much easier to keep track that way.




*Follow me on Twitter.



*Heart Giggle Goddess Creations.



*Heart Daily Paint.



*Be a fan on facebook.



*Email me at RhiannonSTR@yahoo.com to sign up for my monthly newsletter.



*Follow this blog.



*Participate in the Creative Everyday Challenge.



*Check out either one of my shops Daily Paint or Giggle Goddess Creations and post a comment on which item is your favorite.



*Post a comment with a great idea for etsy sellers. It can be a link to an article, a photo you saw on flickr, or just a little tip you learned through experience. It doesn't matter what the source is, as long as it is helpful.



*Put a link to either of my shops on your blog, website or etsy store. One entry for each.



*Post a comment with a cheap and easy DIY home decorating tip. As above, the source doesn't matter.



*Post a comment with a great packaging idea or tip for etsy sellers. As above, source doesn't matter.



*Having an etsy holiday? Post a comment about something that you bought recently from an etsy seller. A link to a photo is even better.



Well, there it is - many different ways to enter. Please remember, when you do one of the above, please comment on THIS post (or on the original November Giveaway post) so I can keep track.