Saturday, December 31, 2011

Contentment

"Contentment" 5 by 7, Pastel Painting

I took a little break from quilting to paint yesterday. I finished up this little painting today. My final painting of 2011! I've never painted a pug before and it was fun. He's just so cute. It's also been about a month or so since I last painted and I felt very rusty. One of my goals for the new year is to better balance quilting and painting. Improving my painting skills is very important to me and I need to make it a bigger priority.


This painting will be available at the Stillwater Art Guild Gallery this next week.


I hope you have a wonderful New Year! Thanks for all your kind words of support and encouragement this year!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Item of the Week & New Years Sale

"Pears" 5 by 7, Pastel Painting

"Pears" is this week's item-of-the-week on Etsy. It's on sale for $45 with free shipping. So many people have shown interest in this little painting, I would like to find it a good home. :)


I'm also have a New Years sale on Etsy. Free shipping on all items until Sunday at midnight. To receive the discount use coupon code "newyear" at checkout! Please keep in mind that you must use the coupon code to receive the discount, it will not happen automatically.


Hope you all had a great Christmas! I can't believe it's over already!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Too Cute Baby Quilts

I've been hard at work the past couple days making these little baby quilts. I just love them! And if I had a baby I'd be in real trouble because I'd want to keep them all for myself. I listed 6 and here are a few-

These would make a fabulous gift if you know anyone who has a baby! You can see more in my Etsy shop.


I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

New Quilt

I just listed my first big quilt on Etsy! I made this top using fabric from the Neptune fabric line by Moda, many months ago. I knew I would be unable to quilt it on my sewing machine, so naturally it was the first quilt I quilted on my new machine. This quilt is a very generous size measuring 41" by 71".


I finished up my school work yesterday and now I have a 2 week break (which isn't nearly long enough!). So, I'm looking forward to getting a lot of quilting done and hopefully some painting too. I made 3 table runners yesterday which make up a set that I will be listing on Etsy probably tomorrow or the next day. Today I spent the day making a baby quilt. I tried a completely different pattern and it was rather time consuming, but I really like it. I'm going to attach it to my long arm machine tomorrow and get it quilted.


I hope you all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My Art In The Smurfs

If you've been following my blog for a while you know that some of my hand painted cigar boxes were purchased for the set of The Smurfs film. Well the movie just came out on DVD and I was able to get some still shots of the scenes in which you can see my boxes. I circled them in the photos below. :)

My Peach Roses box.
Another shot of my Peach Roses box.
My Red Poppies box, behind Smurfette! Another shot of my Red Poppies box.

They actually purchased 3 boxes, but I have been unable to find that one. It's possible that they chose not to use it; either that or it's hiding somewhere.

If you have children or just enjoy these types of movies, I highly suggest this one! It's actually really cute.

Have a great week!

Monday, December 12, 2011

200 Sales!

Yesterday I hit my 200th sale on Etsy! I know compared to others that's no big deal, but it is for me. As I've added new and different items to my shop my sales have increased. I'm hoping that they increase a lot more! :)

This week's item-of-the-week is an Adoring quilted table runner, for $26 plus free shipping.
There's still plenty of time to receive orders in time for Christmas!


Have a great week!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

All Set Up

My long arm machine is all set up and I've been practicing a bit.

It's huge but luckily it fits perfectly in my sun room.



I took this little video yesterday of me quilting my very first quilt. Please excuse the quality, I was holding my iphone with one hand and quilting with the other.


I've been completely bombarded by homework and yesterday I decided to take a break from it and quilt. I have a couple more big projects and final exams due by the end of next week. Until then I don't intend to get any painting or quilting done. But hopefully over my short break I'll get something accomplished.


Hope you're all having a great week!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Quilting Machine

So, I've been talking recently about a huge investment that I've made in my business... Well, here it is! I've bought a long arm quilting machine. I'm so super excited about getting it but nervous as well. And I say "nervous" because I could have bought a small car for the amount of money I paid for this thing! Yikes!
It's a Tin Lizzie 18, and I purchased the 10 foot wooden frame seen in the picture. It's being delivered tomorrow and it will be going out in my sunroom. It's just the perfect place for it and I'm excited to try it out. The men delivering it are even going to give me a training session so I won't have to worry about figuring that all out on my own.


The purpose of purchasing this machine is first and foremost so I can branch out and quilt larger items. Every table runner and baby blanket I've made has been quilted on my sewing machine. And that works just fine for small projects but makes quilting a larger blanket next to impossible. I also plan to offer quilting services once I become proficient enough. I don't imagine it will take long since I have been quilting on my sewing machine and understand the concept. I plan to offer long arm quilting through my Etsy page and perhaps even through the gallery who represents me (The Stillwater Art Guild Gallery), as I have some quilted items there.


I'm discovering that growth is so scary and exciting at the same time. But I think I'm more excited and optimistic that I can really create something.


On a side note, I recently marked some paintings down on Etsy to $1!! There is absolutely nothing wrong with them, I'm just trying to make room for new work.


Hope you're having a great week!