Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday Quotable



There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams

Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there

These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. 

It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, How good or how bad am I? 

That’s where courage comes in.

-Erma Louise Bombeck

Monday, March 26, 2012

Illustration Process: From Sketchbook to Screen

Mothering Sunday, the UK's version of Mother's Day, fell on March 18 this year, and to honor the event and my mom, I made an illustration for the Ameila's Magazine Blog.  You can see my illustration by looking at this post and scrolling down a bit, and you can also read what I wrote about my mom on that page. 

I wanted to talk a bit today about how my idea process and sketching process happened in relation to this illustration, and I hope it will inspire you to make a special drawing for someone you love!

First, I thought of what my mom meant to me, and I wrote in my journal about her.   I did a little brainstorming, and I realized that my mom is not only my first call in the morning when I wake up, but she is also my last call of the day before I go to bed.   I decided to base my illustration on that fact.

I did some thinking and, in my head, came up with an image of us talking on the phone with the phone cords circling us in a heart shape.  This is my initial sketch:

 It isn't much to look at, I know, but that is how rough my ideas are at the beginning!

Next, I drew mini portraits of myself and my mom using pen, ink, and pencil:

Then I used my little copy machine to shrink us down (old school, I know!), cut and pasted us onto a new sheet of paper, and drew the phone cords around us:

I xeroxed us again, then I added words:

Then came my favorite part: watercolors and acrylics!  First, I xeroxed the image onto some thicker paper that could hold water media and not buckle like regular copy paper.  Then I painted away!


Finally, I scanned the image, added a background color, and here is the completed illustration ready for Amelia's Magazine:

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my process, and I hope you will make a drawing for someone special very soon!

Have a creative day!


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Photo Dump

1. Look who is happy and healthy and all smiles!
2. My new nail color is hot pink! And yes, I draw on tables...
3. Sketchbook drawing.
4. So cute, Ruby Roo!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Saturday Quotable


Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.
-Carl Jung

Friday, March 23, 2012

The "How to Draw" Series, Part Ten: Finding the Darkest Darks and the Lightest Lights

A few of you have asked me how I begin shading my drawings after doing a contour drawing (an outline-only drawing, which I describe in this post), so I thought I would talk about how I approach shading in this lesson.

Basically, I begin by finding the darkest darks.  I look at my object or photo that I am drawing, and I determine where the darkest shadows are.  Then I draw those in first.  As you can see below, the darkest spots of the drawing are the areas around the eyes, the pupils, the bottom of the nose, the upper lip, and the sides of the face where the hair and face meet:


Those dark areas are the ones I drew first. Next, I laid in the middle values - the rest of the hair, and the shading around the eyes  Finally, I added some light shadows on each side of the forehead and on the left of the face (the subject's right side).  The rest of the face - most of the forehead and the right side of the face - is left white, since it is the lightest light of the drawing.

Here is a little exercise you can do to do the whole thing in reverse: grab a toned sheet of paper (black, tan, or brown kraft paper) and a white colored pencil.  Now start drawing with the lightest lights first!  It will be challenging since it is not the normal way of doing things, but it will provide a great learning experience.

I hope you had fun with today's lesson!

This post is part of the “How to Draw” Series, a free E-Course I offer on my blog with new lessons every Friday.  I create these totally free of charge in order to help get people making art and enjoying their creativity.  If you like these lessons, please leave a comment below or help me grow my audience by clicking the orange Stumble Upon icon below.   

Thanks so much for joining me!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Your Inner Critic Needs to Hear This.

Below, you fill find Brene Brown's amazing new talk about listening to shame.  If you haven't seen her previous TED talk about vulnerability, please find that one and watch it too!!  She is amazing.



What are some of your thoughts after watching this video?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

TUTORIAL: The Best Color Mixing Trick I Learned in Art School

When you want to deepen a color (for example, turn bright red in to brick red), don't reach for brown or black!  Do this instead...



I hope you enjoyed this little trick! 
Have a creative day! :)

P.S. If you are looking for more tutorials, don't forget to check out my DIY + Tutorial Page!   On that page, you will find guest posts I wrote for other blogs (like 5 Ways to Let Your Creativity Take You Wherever It Wants to Go and DIY Coffee Love Sugar Scrub) plus older posts from this blog like DIY Lace Edged Mirror Tutorial, How to Get Out of an Art Funk, and 5 Tips for Selling on Etsy.  Enjoy!

Monday, March 19, 2012

From Sketchbook to Canvas

Here is a little photo explanation about how I come up with things to paint... First the idea starts in the sketchbook.  I draw a lot, and sometimes the ideas seem to come out of thin air, while other times they evolve out of many drawings. 


The drawing then becomes a rough painting:


And finally, I refine the painting with black lines:


Here is a detail shot:

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my process!  
How do you get your ideas for what to paint?

I also want to give a huge thank you to those of you who sent your good vibes and prayers Ruby Roo's way this weekend after I tweeted about my pup having trouble using her back legs and having a limp.   The good news is that she is doing a lot better now!  She is playing, no longer has a limp, and is up to her old tricks of being happy and bouncy.  She still needs help when jumping up to a high spot, but hopefully she will get better soon, and if she isn't jumping up high by the end of the week, we'll take her to the vet again.  Thank you for all your messages and support!!  It means a lot to me and to Ruby Roo.


Have a creative day!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday Photo Dump

1. Ruby Roo strikes a pose.
2. Sketchbook drawing.
3. Another one from the sketchbook. I've been drawing a ton this week!
4. Miss Roo got groomed and has a bow in her hair for St. Patrick's day...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saturday Quotable

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
-Anais Nin


Friday, March 16, 2012

The "How to Draw" Series, Part Nine: Three Little Tricks

Here are three fast tricks that will make your drawings even more dynamic than they already are!
1. Darkening Contours

When two contour lines meet up, it's often a good idea to darken the line of the object that is in front of another object.  Here's an example:


In my drawing, the ear of the deer is in front of her antlers, so I darkened the line of her ear where the two meet (see the arrow).  I hope this makes sense!  It's a great little drawing trick.

2. Line Variation

Changing up the thicknesses of your lines is a great way to make a drawing look more interesting.  With this drawing, I drew it all with the same line thickness at first, then I added a few thicker areas, such as how the line widens where her armpit starts of underneath her breast:


3. Cross Hatching

The best way to do cross hatching and make it look the most realistic is to draw your lines in such a way that you are creating diamonds instead of boxes.  Here's what I mean:


I hope you had fun with these little tips!  They are small things, but I think they pack a big punch!

What are some tricks you use when you are drawing?  Do you think you will try any of the ones above?

Leave a comment below!

This post is part of the “How to Draw” Series, a free E-Course I offer on my blog with new lessons every Friday.  I create these totally free of charge in order to help get people making art and enjoying their creativity.  If you like these lessons, please leave a comment below or help me grow my audience by clicking the orange Stumble Upon icon below.   

Thanks so much for joining me!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Artist Interview: Meekah Sage


I met Meekah through our blogs, and I love her spirit and enthusiasm about art and self-publishing!  She is a true original who is super friendly, and she creates an amazing zine called The Daily Wild, which is available in her Etsy shop.  When she first emailed me her interview answers, I read them and found myself blown away by her honesty and her insight about art, creativity, inspiration, living an authentic creative life, and her awesome 365 projectI think you will love reading what she has to say, and it will inspire you to explore the world around you with new eyes and a renewed sense of enthusiasm... 

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. 


If I had to sum up “what I do”, I would have to say that I strive to live every single day true to my authentic self. On a  foundational level, I work very hard at honoring my dreams, goals and visions in some way. For me, that means living off – the- grid in a small passive solar casita in my home mountains of Santa Fe, NM. I spend copious amounts of time exploring and immersing myself in the wildness that surrounds my home. I pay homage to the spirit of place that supports and nourishes my body and my soul. I am busy as a single mom of two wild spirited little girls whom I share these experiences with. I am constantly evolving myself into the best version yet, and exploring my creative curiosities while also trying to be of service to my fellow peeps.

 One of the drawings from Meekah's 365 Project

How do you express yourself creatively?

In every way possible. In December 2011 I published my first issue of my “zine” Daily Wild. It has grown organically, exponentially, and rapidly in the past few months from being something I just shared from my personal journal to now showcasing insights and wisdom from other wild women. I try to focus on illustrating the covers, and inside content to honor my desire to learn to draw and paint. I also started a 365 project in February to draw/paint everyday for the next year in order to master my skills and truly find my own voice with pen, pencil, paint and paper. But, I also express myself creatively in every way, like how I dress, do my make-up, what jewelry I wear. I already get funny looks from people when I'm out in public anyway, “the girl different” ya know, so I might as well draw on my face and hands or wear funky clothes if it is what makes me feel true to myself.
 
Where do you find your inspiration?
 


Most definitely from the wild land where I live and from the old ways of living in connection to the land. Being that I live off the grid and spend so much time outside, I tend to have a “feralness” to my personality and that often inspires visions that I want to translate into drawings. I am also truly inspired currently by the ancient art of Mehndi/Henna.

What are some of your creative goals and aspirations for the future?

I really want to see DAILY WILD become a regular full size newstand collector's publication that can not only support itself but also pay its contributors and the people who produce it (so far that's me ;)). I also want to master the art of Mehndi and offer this as one of my creative businesses. I hope to be able to hang a show of all the original DAILY WILD covers that I illustrate at year's end. I definitely want to learn how to tribal fusion bellydance. I want to produce something with my 365 paint/draw pieces. Continue celebrating Sunday Altars and yes, I'll say it, become a skilled practitioner in the art of magic...oh and then there is falconry, costume design...ok, ok, ok, see I could keep going on...it won't end until I”m done and by then I'll be dead and back into the earth!


What completed creative project are you most proud of in your life so far?

Most definitely my publication, DAILY WILD. Although I am not done producing the “zine”, we have 6 more issues to go for the year, so far this little collectable publication has been the one project that I am most proud of !  Not only do I love what has manifested so far, the completion of each issue only inspires the next level of greatness and evolution into the issue coming out next. It seems to grow on its own, organically, but is using me as a vehicle to get its voice out into the world. I love that I am part of this process. There is such a sense of satisfaction at the launch of each issue, and so far, an endless sea of potential, ideas and possibility for its future. I am going to have to ride this one for as far as she wishes to go. It is also the first time my illustrations have been published and I am really proud of what I have “channeled” and  created in this realm through the zine, being that I don't have any schooling/training in actual painting or drawing.

Name a few creative individuals you admire and explain why.

Charmaine Olivia: For her boldness in ritualistic art and painting, and honoring that deep raw feminine power. Plus she's super hot, and self taught. She represents my shadow side, if it were a separate personality of myself.
Lisa Starr at Drummaking Journey's! This gal is doing it! Not only is she an incredible drum maker, mom raising two amazing, now young women, but she has created her vision of Bonita Domes a retreat and sanctuary (where the structures are of sustainable earthbag architecture) to support the Whole individual and is offering it to the world!
Kiva Rose at Anima! This woman just keeps rockin' the herbal world! Living off the grid in the Gila wilderness of NM, raising her daughter in the ways of the land, becoming a world renowned expert on herbology, organizing the Traditions in Western Herbalism Annual Conference, producing an almost 300 page seasonal Plant Healer magazine, offering her healing ways to her community and guiding other authentic self seekers on their own path and still only in her 20's...this woman is on her way to being a legend! And she is just simply lovely to spend time with! She follows her heart COMPLETELY, without hesitation and goes BIG!
 
What are some of your current obsessions? (Art, craft, musical, or completely random.)


Mehndi! The sacred art of Henna. I love the tradition, power, and ritual aspect of creating spell work and artistic expression through the use of a plant that can ultimately become a temporary tattoo that helps to protect and uplift the bearer of the design. I just started back into exploring this artform and it is definitely on my list of things to master! I practice on myself, my girls and my boyfriend is next in line. Then I hope to take it out into the world! I can forsee a crossover into my drawings from this desire and it is already making an appearance in my 365 paint project.


Do you collect anything?

Ha ha! I am always collecting things from the land, pinecones, fungus, moss, sticks, rocks, feathers, dirt, leaves to name a few. Many of these items end up in Altars that I place on the land where I live as a sort of gratitude for the magical here as well focusing energy into powering up my creative dreams. Smaller versions of these items serve the same function but inside my home and can be found on various shelves, windowsills and tables. They eventually all end up going back on the land once it feels like they need to move on. I started the section on my blog “Altar Sunday” specifically for this reason. I don't attend church or follow any particular ONE religion. I listen to the land and follow my heart and live from the wisdom I've gained never losing site of my curiosities and inspirations to lead me. So, every Sunday I go out on the land and allow myself to be “guided” in regards to what needs to be addressed, honored or released in that moment. I build an altar and I share images and insights about it every Sunday on my DAILY WILD blog.

Recommend some inspiring books/websites/music/movies to us...

Books: Brida, The Alchemist, Ishmael, The Art of Mehndi, Prodigal Summer, The Clan of the Cave Bear

Websites:
The Witch of Forest Grove – Love her powerful writings on magic and bold illustrations,
Reflections Through The Cards- I love the TAROT and my friend Raven's site is extremely insightful and awakening as a guide through the decks
Lifeways & Herbal School – I love this blog/site and the people who are a part of it. They were who I discovered when I was taking those first steps of really truly living my raw self and needing to break down old conditioning and habits! I spent precious time in the Gila on their land and owe much of where I am today to my connections and experiences to their guidance and the spirit of the Canyon where they live!

Music: My boyfriend is really the one who is the music buff. He is constantly discovering new bands and honoring all the best and even obscure through time. He creates some amazing playlists and always seems to find the right combination for whatever space I am in. I have to admit that I love the music of Beats Antique, Loreena McKennit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Xavier Rudd, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Mazzy Star, Solace, Awolnation, Rising Appalachia, any of the Marleys

Movies: Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer, Princess Mononoke, The Big Lebowski, 180-degrees south, Amelie, Chocolate, Labyrinth, usually obscure epic time period pieces... My boyfriend, again, is a huge cinematography buff and knows ALL the good stuff, so I let him bring the goods to the table when it comes to films.

What are some of your favorite art supplies?

Currently I am obsessed with Prismacolor black pens and inks; Endless supplies of National Geographics for collage, a camera and an old version of Photoshop.

Do you have any advice you could offer to someone who wants to start expressing themselves creatively but doesn't know where to begin?

Right! Beginning is always the hardest part. I know everyone always says, “ just do it. Just sit down and do it, and don't be a perfectionist about”. I agree with this, but I also know that usually if there is a desire to express creatively, then it is likely that there is usually an idea or vision behind that desire. Or maybe just being inspired by somebody else's great work makes us feel like “ I want to do that”. We want to feel great about and be proud of what we find the courage to create! Yet, fear of the unknown can be a very large obstacle that seems impossible to scale or get around. So, I say dissolve it.

The best way to do that : GO OUTSIDE! Take a stroll, or find a nice quiet spot in nature, or a park or in your yard. Tell your peeps to leave you be for a duration of time. Turn off all technological devices. Look around, pay attention to all 5 of your senses. Get down close to the ground or face to face with a tree and look at things from a different perspective. Lay on the ground, close your eyes and let yourself melt into the earth. RELEASE all RESISTANCE to honoring that which truly excites you and motivates you. RELEASE all the inner chatter that you have become conditioned to telling yourself about why you can't be creative or follow your creative dreams. Recognize that you experience life based on your reality and you get to determine what that looks like, including following through on that creative project! THEN find a simple way to start. Pen to paper, or make a design out of the elements within your reach at that moment. I once used cut up peppers to make a flower design ontop of my lasgna! It looked beautiful, tasted awesome, and my family got share the expression with me!


Thank you so much, Meekah, for your amazing answers!  You are a star. :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My Top 5 Favorite Art Books

Here is a list of my very favorite art books ever!!  I hope you will enjoy learning about these books and getting to know these artists...
1. Spilling Open by Sabrina Ward Harrison.
Sabrina is my favorite artist, and this book is the reason why.  It's the first book she published, and it is truly amazing.  You will have to get a copy for yourself if you don't already have this gem!

2. Suitcase Series:Camilla Engman
I love Camilla, and this wonderful book by Uppercase does an amazing job of showing you an intriguing peek into her life and work.   And it comes with fun extras!

3. An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers by Danny Gregory
Danny Gregory is wonderful, and this collection of excerpts from the sketchbooks of many different artists is truly amazing!

4. Karen Kilimnik: Drawings
Karen's works are so great - they were some of the first pieces I saw that incorporated handwritten text with imagery in a way that really inspired me.   Check her out online if you aren't familiar with her work!

5. Elizabeth Peyton: Live Forever
When I was in New York on a trip I went on in college, I remember finding this gem of a book in a museum art store, and it has been one of my favorite things that I own ever since.  She makes portraiture seem so effortless and elegant...


What are some of your favorite art books? 

Monday, March 12, 2012

10 Ways to Make Art on a Shoestring Budget

Money is tight for a lot of us these days, so I thought I'd come up with a list of ways to make art on the cheap!  I hope you will enjoy trying these tips out. :)


1. Anything Can be a Canvas.  Upcycle!  Are you about to discard something that might be a fun new surface to paint on?  Wine bottles, little boxes, or even a piece of wood you find in your yard could potentially be an alternative canvas!  Just apply several coats of gesso, and get ready to attack your new canvas with paints and collage materials...


2. Use What You've Got.  You don't need the latest fancy paint additive to make good art.  You just need paint.  And chances are, you've got some of that already!  Hold off on buying anything new until you use up what you have...  I make most of my paintings with cheap ($1/bottle) acrylic paint and/or housepaint (usually cheap stuff from the Oops! Section of paint at the Hardware Store), and I don't use any acrylic mediums - I just use water as an additive!  I think sometimes artists think there work could be better if they just had the newest paints or colors of paint brushes out there, but that isn't the case.  Time and practice will make your work better, and that cheap paint you have on hand will work just fine!

3. Keep It Simple.  Sometimes all you need is a pencil and a pile of copy paper that you stole from work!  Fold your stack of paper in half, staple the sides, and you have an instant sketchbook!  I love playing around with new pens and nibs and all kinds of art tools, but I always find myself going back to the simplicity of paper and pencil.  It's fun to have lots of supplies, but sometimes too many options can feel overwhelming.  Stick to the basics, and keep practicing!

4. Make Art Supplies.  Did you know you can make just about any color by using the three primary colors: magenta, yellow, and cyan (blue)?  That means you only need those three colors plus black and white!  Do some online searches for how to mix colors, and you're good to go!  You could also think of other alternative ways to make art supplies - maybe you could use some coffee or tea to stain your papers.  Artist Marcel Dzama often uses root beer base as a brown in his illustrations. You could even make your own milk paint!

5. Find Free Online Art Lessons.  Just do a web search for "Free Online Art Lessons," and you will be surprised at all of the results and resources you will find!  I offer free drawing lessons every Friday, and you can find out more about that by clicking here


6. Make a DIY Sketchbook.  Get an old discarded book (preferably a hard cover book), gesso the pages, and you have a brand new sketchbook!  It's fun to leave parts of the book peeking through too, so that you can see it was an old book to begin with.  Gesso and paint the cover as well, unless the book you choose already comes with a great cover image.  It's lots of fun to work this way!

7. Never Buy New Canvas Again.  Check out thrift stores for old paintings that you can paint over.  Sometimes the previous artist painted too thick, so it's hard to paint over their work, and in that case, just rip the canvas off, and you are left with a great frame!  You can buy duck cloth from the fabric store, stretch it over, gesso it, and you have a DIY canvas.  So easy!


8. Use Water as an Art Supply.  Water is a great tool for any artist!  You can use it to make cool drippy effects in your paintings, and you can use it to stretch your acrylic paints a bit further.  Experiment and play with water as an art supply!  I always keep some water in a spray bottle with my paints so that I can spray some water on the piece whenever the mood strikes me...


9. Use a Xerox Machine as an Art Tool.  Back in the dark ages, before I got my own mini copier and before there was Photoshop, I used to live at the copy shop!  I'd spend hours resizing, mirror imaging, and reversing the colors on my images.  I still use my mini copier a lot now, and it's a great way to play with your images and see them in a new way!  Blow your images up to huge proportions, then shrink them until they are miniatures.  Create mirror images of your drawings, or reverse the colors so that all the whites become black and vice versa!  Make a ton of copies out of your sketchbook, turn them into a collage, recopy them onto some thicker paper, and then paint in your masterpiece!  There are so many ways to play with copiers...

10.  Use a Window as a Light Box or Tracing Tool.   Don't have a lightbox but want to trace an image?  Simply put the image you want to trace up to a window with light shining through, put a piece of paper on top, and trace away!  No need to purchase a fancy light box...

I hope you enjoyed these tips!  What are some ways you make art on a shoestring budget?  Which of these ideas do you think you will try?

Have a creative day!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Photo Dump

1. A sketch I did while at Penland School of Crafts.
2. A pendant I got for my mom while on Prince Edward Island.  The jeweler said the stone is Daisy Jasper.
3. Pretty beads from the local bead store.
4. A sleepin' baby Roo.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Saturday Quoteable


"I want to save everything... can't decide what's more romantic, preservation or decay."
-Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Friday, March 09, 2012

The “How to Draw” Series, Part Eight: Negative Spaces



Today’s lesson will have to be short and sweet, because I’ve got a lot on my plate for the day!  I hope you don’t mind. This is an easy and fun lesson.

We will be drawing negative spaces.  What is negative space?  Well, it’s the space around the subject of your drawing. 

Here is an example of a drawing where I have filled in all the negative spaces in black:


Basically, it's a reverse silhouette…

You will find that seeing and identifying negative space will really help you out in drawing proportion and with relationships between objects. 

Grab a few objects, set up a mini still life, and draw some negative spaces!  Don't forget to have fun with it. :)

This post is part of the “How to Draw” Series, a free E-Course I offer on my blog with new lessons every Friday.  I create these totally free of charge in order to help get people making art and enjoying their creativity.  If you like these lessons, please leave a comment below or help me grow my audience by clicking the orange Stumble Upon icon below.   

Thanks so much for joining me!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Sketching Time!


Just a quick note to say hello and tell you that I am busy sketching a bunch for an upcoming project and cleaning the house (it's an epic cleaning), so I'm going to go lighter on the blogging this week.  Thanks for understanding!

 I will be back Friday with a drawing lesson, though!  It's going to be a fun one. 
See you then! :)

Monday, March 05, 2012

Creative Business: 5 Tips for Selling on Etsy

I have had a lot of friends ask me about selling on Etsy, and I have cut and pasted these 5 tips into many an email, so I thought I would share them with my blog readers too, in case anyone is thinking of taking the leap and starting an online shop...  
 

1. Pictures are very important.  Take pictures outside in natural sunlight for the best lighting.  Around noon is usually best. 

2.  Price a little higher than you think you should.  This is one that I struggle with.  I have a hard time valuing my art and the time gone into it, so I tend to undercharge.  I've heard so many people say that when they raised their prices, they ended up getting more sales.  Etsy is weird that way.  The higher the price, the greater the perceived value becomes, so people are more likely to buy expensive things rather than cheap things, even in this economy.  Weird, but I heard many times over that it works.

3. Don't list everything all at once one night when you are just starting out.  Your visibility on the site will be greater if you list one thing per night at about 6pm.  This is supposedly the best time for listing - right after work but right before dinner.  If you are in a listing mood and want to list a bunch at once, you can save those listings as drafts and just publish them one at a time each night.

4. Your keywords should go in the shop title, because this is where Google takes its data from.  Go to shop>info and appearances>shop title and type in your most important search terms.

5. Make sure you fill out everything you can on your shop info so that people get to know you.  Buying handmade is a lot about buying from the actual person behind the shop.  Filling out your profile and your location are important factors so that buyers feel like they know who you are.

I hope these tips were helpful to some of you!  
Do you have an online shop?  Or are you thinking of starting one?  
Leave a comment below, and let me know! :)

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Sunday Photo Dump

1. A kite flying near my backyard!
2. A part of my living room with a poster by Sabrina Ward Harrison.
3. Miss Ruby Roo, herself.
4. My vintage medicine cabinet.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Saturday Quotable


"My new motto is: When you're through changing, you're through." 
                                                                                          -Martha Stewart