Sunday, September 20, 2009

New Shop Goodies and Gift Guide Feature!

I've been working hard this weekend to put some of my newest creations up in my Etsy shop, How To Use Art. Up above is a little deer purse I screenprinted with bubblegum pink ink, and below are some Moleskine sketchbooks hand printed with my Girly Crest images. I kept one of these for myself, and I can't wait to start drawing in it!
Below is the front of my new "Craft is Love" t-shirt, which features a girl hugging her sewing machine.
The back of the shirt has a heart with the words "Craft is Love" inside of it on the lower right hand side of the shirt.
I've also got some exciting news: I'm in an Etsy Gift Guide right now for the Perfect T-shirt. Check it out here! Hooray!

I had so much fun making and listing stuff this weekend, and I am REALLY not looking forward to going back to work on Monday, especially since I have to go an hour earlier in to my day job and teach late at my night job, sigh. I really hope the economy continues to get better soon so I can think about working for myself again....that is the eventual goal of all this, and I hope that dream comes true soon.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Images of September

Just some things I've been working on lately. Planning to update my Etsy shop a whole lot in the upcoming weeks with some fun new goodies I have been working on...bags, sketchbooks, t-shirts galore... I'm pretty excited about the new products, and I can't wait to share.

Working and teaching have been keeping me busy, but I think I'm finally getting to the point where those two things aren't exhausting me, so I have time to play and create in my spare time. That's definitely a good thing; making things is what keeps me happy. Came home today and screenprinted a small fleet of zippered purses and some t-shirts. It feels good to be productive and creative all at once!

Read a great article about author Zadie Smith today. I love her writing style and have read everything but "The Autograph Man." I'm saving it for a rainy day. Re-watched "Before Sunset" and "Junebug" last week... I love those two movies to pieces.

Monday, September 07, 2009

LADY LADY Zine Comic Diary Journal Thing

lady lady zine, originally uploaded by howtouseart.

For me, the three day weekend meant lots of art making and a new Blackberry that is a whole lot like my old Blackberry...and it meant finishing my mini zine project! "Lady Lady" is a 40 page half size zine full of my original drawings, bits of journal entries, and bits of poetry. It is available for just three dollars by going right here.

It is comprised of forty of the page that are going in my BIG book project that I mentioned in the previous post. Sometimes I think I am almost done with that project; sometimes I think it will be ages before I finish it. I am resigning myself to the fact that it is the type of project that will dictate when it is done, and I will "just know" when to start wrapping it up. Right now, it's about 200+ pages and growing!

I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. What did you do during your three days of fun?