Thursday, January 24, 2013

EDC's Framed Photographic Art has Moved

I love to look at artwork in person that I am considering purchasing. I'm assuming that a lot of other people prefer to do this too as I have had much more success selling my photographic art in person at the few shows that I do each year than I do selling it in my online shops EDCCollective and EclecticSkeptic. Since my work is available to be seen face to face so infrequently, I really enjoyed having some of my ready to hang photographic art accepted on consignment at Gypsy Riddles Boutique & Gallery in Downtown Arlington for much of 2012. Unfortunately, this trendy boutique closed its doors as 2012 ran out, so I lost that venue for people to see my work up close and in person.

A bit of good luck blew my way however and I made a connection which has allowed me to have a couple of my pieces move over to another Downtown Arlington brick and mortar shop. You can find my "Dressed for Drinks" matted and framed photographic art print and my gallery wrapped canvas print of "Aliens have Landed" at the boutique and grocery on S. Mesquite Street called Potager's Other Stuff. The owner has a selection of other local artists' wares, wines, an assortment of organic groceries and more. They are also a pick up location for Urban Acres co-op style produce. It is a fun little shop and when the weather warms again, I plan to try some of their great sounding sorbets such as ginger lemongrass.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas 2013

If it's hearts for your sweetheart that you are looking for, here is a collage of current listings containing hearts currently available in my EDCCollective or EclecticSkeptic Etsy shops. You will find more traditional items at EDCCollective and fun flying pigs and geekery items at EclecticSkeptic. In addition to these "heartfelt" gift ideas, many more great gifts sans hearts can be seen in both shops.

Order no later than the end of the first week in February (U.S. addresses) so that your gift should arrive in time. If you are interested in a custom order for your Valentine, contact me by the end of January to discuss details so that I can complete your request and ship your gift to you in a timely manner.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Artist Spotlight – Butterfly Inspirations

For many years I have seen beautiful displays of mounted butterflies and often thought they would look pretty in my home. When I was growing up, my mom helped me and my brother collect and mount butterflies and dragonflies in balsa wood boxes. However, as I got older, I became concerned about taking these winged jewels out of their natural habitat in order to have them grace my home. In addition, while the butterflies themselves were stunning in the displays that I saw, the displays themselves always seemed to be lacking a certain something that would compel me to take one home.

All of that changed when I was a vendor at the Dallas Handmade Arts Market last November. Another vendor, Carol Shier, had the most artistically arranged and mounted butterfly specimens that I had seen. On her website, ButterflyInspirationsStore, Carol states that her “…butterflies come from butterfly farms from around the world…”. Problem solved with regard to taking these gems from nature. As I already mentioned, Carol’s butterflies are wonderfully and artistically displayed. Her gorgeous specimens are mounted in clear acrylic boxes, often with a natural branch to add to the artistic presentation. Her box of pink glasswing butterflies on a branch reminded me of cherry blossoms. I just had to bring them home with me.

In addition to her website, Carol also has an Etsy shop, ButterflyStore, stocked with a few of her creations. On her sites you will find enchanting displays of single specimens as well as large boxes containing a dozen or more butterflies. I have enjoyed looking at my purchase during these gray winter days. It gives me hope that spring and new beauty is around the corner.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Thanks for the Treasuries - December 2012

Three different Etsians let me know that they had featured one or more of my items in a treasury during December. Four December Etsy treasuries, that treasury makers let me know about, included one of my creations. In addition an Etsian included me in one of their blog posts. You can see a collage below of my items from EDCCollective and EclecticSkeptic that were featured during December. (Click on the collage to see a larger view.)

I really appreciate being featured by the treasury makers and bloggers. To thank them, I have listed below (in alphabetical order) links to the 4 Etsy sellers that let me know that they featured one of my items, as well as an item from their shop that I like.

Enjoy window shopping and please click on the shop links of anything that catches your eye.

This artist's shop is stocked with beautiful coasters sporting folk art to photographic images.

Find gifts for the wine connoisseur who happens to appreciate hand made items plus more.

This Texas artist's subjects include Music, Native American inspired, Folk Art and Wildlife in a variety of media.

Items such as buttons, fridge magnets, necklaces, pocket mirrors and keychains may also be customizable.