Friday, September 19, 2014

E is for Elephant

E is for Elephant!
This is today's freebie. 
What a sweet elephant....working the circus!
Again....this would be so adorable embroidered into a quilt.
Go back to previous Fridays for the beginning of the alphabet..."A" through "D".

Next week is "F is for......".  Be the first to guess the correct answer to what "F" could stands for ....and you will get a sweet prize.  Just make your guess in the comment section of this post.
One guess per person to make it fair!
I have a few new signs in my art etsy shop!
I made elements of this sign while working on a surface pattern design challenge.
I love to learn new things.
This one is:
I love Franky and I love candy....two fun things!
The pumpkins in the background are going to be in another pattern coming out soon.

Lastly I have here:
This is a sweetie and acorns with smiles make me smile!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Zombies are everywhere....they even filmed a zombie TV show in our hometown!
I thought my zombie monsters would fit right in!
These are ACEO's (Art Cards editions & originals).
All of these lil original watercolors are in my art Etsy shop.

Each one is 2.5 x 3.5 inches and comes with a white Mat 5 x 7 inches....perfect for popping in a frame and hanging up or on a shelf! 
 They are originals..... not prints.

They come in a clear plastic sleeve and in a bend proof mailer. It is signed and titled.

I had a blast painting these....they are like little treasures.

I always have a soft spot for misunderstood!

I finally saw the original mummy movie with Boris Karloff....totally a movie of another era.
I enjoy him.
More spooky stuff tomorrow!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

My sweet lil girl

Recently my sweet lil baby girl turned 17!
I can't believe it!
Seems like yesterday we were strolling her around.
She had a wonderful birthday and had lots of fun. 
We went to the fair on Saturday...and she won a Special grand award for her paper dress made from vintage dictionary pages.
It fits her as well.  She is very artistic and talented.
She also won awards for her photography.
Star Night Church photo - 8 x 10 frame Print Art Photography
Here are some of the photos she won blue ribbons for...
a digitally enhanced starry night -church
Old Barn with a field of wheat photo - 8 x 10 frame Print Art Photography yellow brown
Her very popular barn
Pink cone flowers - 8 x 10 frame Print Art Photography Daisy
The pink cone flower (my fav!)
Beautiful Black & White Hydrangea Flower photo - 8 x 10 frame Print Art Photography petals floral
Her black and white flower
Beautiful Colorful Cat photo - 8 x 10 frame Print Art Photography
Lucky the cat....
Beautiful waterfall photo - 8 x 10 frame Print Art Photography
Multnomah falls too
All her photos are in her Etsy shop!
I entered 4 paintings and won 4 blues...I am a happy camper too!

The theme of the fair this year was the Wizard of oz.
I wanted to share a wrist pincushion I made featuring the wizard of oz fabric.
Sweet isn't it!
Any favorite fabric can be used in this pincushion pattern
Wrist Cuff Pin cushion PDF Pattern - bracelet pin keep specialty fabric rubber stamps buttons scrunched seam binding
Like this cute lil girl fabric.
I gotta pick up our goodies at the fair daughter is going to help me.
Try to enter something in your local fair next is fun and believe me...people want to see your creations!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

D is for Duck freebie & more!

Yay!  It's the 4th installment of 26 freebies.....a sort of alphabet series!
For the other 3 go back to my last Friday's....I always post them on there are tons of freebies from the past too!
You could use this to make a quick stitchery or embroidered quilt for a cool!
Next week is "E is for......".  Be the first to guess the correct answer to what "E" could stands for ....and you will get a sweet prize.  Just make your guess in the comment section of this post.
One guess per person to make it fair!
I made up some new tags for my art shop!
These tags are perfect for Halloween....for gift tags and hanging in your home decor.

I painted the Skeleton and pumpkin image to make these tags....they are my own design. There are 10 tags on one sheet. There is a large oval 4 3/4" x 3 1/8", a large circle 2 15/16" x 2 15/16",
many assorted other sizes and shapes and words. There are alot of images that fit onto this sheet.
Just print when you need them...over and over. You can print on white cardstock, matte photo paper, or glossy presentation paper. Punch a hole in tags and add ribbon or easy.
I also made some Bear shipping labels!
This bear design is something I drew and has been made into the cutest embroidery
Valentine Teddy bear embroidery PDF Pattern - stitchery pillow LOVE red beads rick rack new vintage like heart primitive
....but I thought it would make a perfect shipping label....a label with love! I digitally colored in the bear and added "To the lovely.." so you add the rest of your info with pen.

There are 8 tags to a sheet....just print when you need them and cut easy. You can show your customers, friends and family the care you put into the packages you send.
Lastly I wanted to show you some more surface patterns I am working on.
I drew the pumpkin guy and other elements and put it into a repeating pattern for fabric and scrapbooking paper.  I am just learning and hoping to build my skills.
In Adobe illustrator you can change the colors of the design I tried much fun!
Have a fabulous weekend!!!
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Business advice asked

Hi!  I was asked for some business advice about my patterns and I thought you might be interested too!
A sweet lady was getting into selling patterns on etsy and wondered about how I came up with prices and asked for any advice about selling on etsy.
I encourage you you all to start an etsy shop....I love etsy! It is great for people who sell their finished work too!
 I love creating a pattern design once and then have the capabilities to sell it forever. I never liked making a whole bunch of one item anyway.
I like to keep my price in a medium range....not too low or people will think it is not good or a low quality item.

Also, not too high because people have a lot of expenses and they will simply say no to a high priced pattern. I would rather have have a lot of medium sales than a few high priced ones.

Instant download is the sending the file because etsy does this for you....and no shipping or printing! Although this is just on etsy and sites like this. 
I print and ship lots of patterns too depending on the business.
Getting a following is important....people need to know about, facebook, tweet...or whatever.  If they don't know about you or your items.... they won't is as simple as that. 
 Enter submissions into magazines....they pay and are great to spread the word about you and your designs. Join link parties if you blog...they get other people to see your stuff.
One more thing that is super important....or you won't make many sales. Pictures are extremely important! Take good pics with no flash and not in direct sunlight. I made a light box from an old box to take pictures in. There are all kinds of tutorials on this on the internet. If the picture is will sell your pattern.
Take a pattern or several that you have at home and really look at it.  See how they style a picture, cover, supplies, info, instructions, and patterns.  This gives you lots of ideas for how you would like yours to be.
These are just my thoughts and opinions...made from my point of view.
I hope you follow your is getting easier and easier for home based businesses now!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Learning something new!

Boy it hard to learn something new....but it is sooo worth it.
Right now I am learning adobe is all pretty new to me...complicated ...and yet I am very thankful I know a lot about computers.
I made the pattern above....just to practice.
This is called a repeating pattern....designs used for fabric design and all kinds of other surfaces.

This is a poor shot...just a screen shot I blew up.
I just wanted to show you what I am working on.
The colors are better than this.

When you are working on is like working on a work table...stuff everywhere.

I learned a lot from Bonnie Christines classes on Creativelive plus in the roost tribe membership she has videos.

I checked to see if my design would fit in any does!

This is a watercolor painting I did...I took the colors from it to make a color palette for my skull balloon design. 
There is so much that goes into this....very complex.
Having a blast though!!!
Changing colors is the easiest fun too.

Love the different color combos that color!
So much fun!