Monday, October 31, 2011

Blue Mondays

I love the color Blue.  
So I've decided to devote Mondays to 
admiring all things blue and to 
share them with you!

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I'd love to come home to these beautiful blue doors each day after work!

Bright Blue Ikat Hand Print on Natural Taupe Linen - Pillow Cover - 20"x20"

This pillow cover is handmade and brought to you by a mother/daughter
team, Martha and Ash, who sell on Etsy.  I really like the contrast of
 the natural linen and bright blues!

bright blue cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes are one of my favorite...
imagine how blue your tongue will be after this 
fabulous blue frosting!

bright blue turban.

This bright blue turban will make every bad hair day
go away... haha!

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The bright blue sky is always showing somewhere...
hope it shows itself just like this all week long!

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mini Note Cards How To

Saturday was a busy day in the studio!  I have so many projects
going on at once, including making more mini note cards.

My dream is that someday my line will be mass produced 
by someone else while I continue to design and create ...
but for now,
I'll make each one by hand!

Several of you have asked me about my cards
and how they're made. So here's a short but sweet tutorial
on what I do.

First I take the pictures or scan my original artwork.
Then I print and proof and reprint and reproof until
the images and colors are right.

After my ordered prints arrive, it's time for assembly.
I hand cut each picture and cut and fold each "card".
Sometimes I use preformed cards and envelopes and sometimes
I choose decorative papers for each batch.
My main paper source is Archivers but I'm always on the 
lookout for cool artsy papers.

My next step is to adhere the print to the card, sign the back (don't forget to include
your copyright) and package it with the price.  Sometimes I include a business card
 with each card but other times I write my web address under my signature.  
That part is up to you...
just make sure it represents you, your work and your brand the best way possible!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fuss It Up! Designs has expanded!

Fuss It Up! Designs has expanded!  

Several weeks ago I was contacted about being part of
a brand new boutique in the downtown skywalk.  Now that the Summer Farmers/Art Markets are over, this new boutique is a great way to still have a presence downtown during the holiday shopping season.
Some items for sale include original art by Renee Mak and Angela Meijer, prints, cards, glass jewelry, handpainted t-shirts & scarfs, journals, polymer clay necklaces & ornaments, pure silver pendants and brand new
Fuss It Up! plush pillows.  

The new store is called "A Little Bit Of Everything" and  
was just featured in the Des Moines Register. We have 
a ribbon cutting and grand opening event scheduled for
November 2nd with some great food and prizes!  
Below is the article as it was published... 


New Kaleidoscope boutique features clothing, accessories, art and more

2:45 PM, Oct 25, 2011 | by Joanne Boeckman | 

A new shop has opened on the downtown skywalk, across from the Friedrich’s Coffee kiosk and in the space that was previously occupied by JNK Wear in the Kaleidoscope at the Hub.
A Little Bit of Everything Boutiques is appropriately named. It features products from about a dozen merchants and items sold there include jewelry, handbags and other accessories, clothing, original artwork, baby and children’s accessories and more — most of it with appeal for women.
A Little Bit of Everything was opened by Hubbell Realty Co. and is managed by its Hubbell Retail Operations division. Most of the vendors are local merchants and include Arm Candy; B & B Handmade Products; Bella Boutique; BJ Sittig Artwork; Fuss It Up! Designs; Maggie’s Rose Garden and Jelly Bean Dreams; Mainstream Boutique; No Wick For This Chick; The Crazy Hat Lady; Vision of Beauty; and What Women Want Boutique.
“The boutique provides our merchants with a unique opportunity to showcase their products in a high-traffic, downtown location,” said Kelly Sharp, vice president of Hubbell Retail Operations.
Krista Capp, vice president of property management for Hubbell Realty, said there is a demand for retail in the Kaleidoscope at the Hub.
“After talking with local retailers who referred us to a similar successful concept in Kansas City and Sioux City, we thought we had to try it out for ourselves,” Capp said.
A Little Bit of Everything Boutiques opened Oct. 18. A grand opening event and ribbon cutting will be in November.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Friday.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Live painting at Fall Gallery Night!

The studio was jam packed last Friday night for the 
Historic Valley Junction Fall Gallery Night!

As people came in and looked at the fabulous art in the Boutique, five local artists including Angela Meijer...

the adorable but talented Quinn...

her dad Jimmy Navarro...

and me...

all grabbed our brushes and painted the night away!

Ashley worked on 'the caged bird' ...

Quinn and Angela did an amazing collaboration piece...

and Jimmy gave me a quick Pear painting lesson!

 We all had lots of fun!

 Thank you Quinn for showing me how you
whip your hair back and forth!

Pear anyone?


Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Work... 'Peace Series'


I recently completed a small, mixed media acrylic series
called "Peace".  Each painting is 8"x8" on gallery wrapped canvas.
I love how they turned out. 

The blues and greens invoke a peaceful calm
while the circular shapes, script markings and paint drips add a touch
of whimsy.

The chunky stenciled shape acts as an anchor in a 
mystical setting.

I like to think that something inside the painting calls the viewer to look deeper...
deeper into the 'peace'.

These paintings also remind me of the 23rd Psalm...
"...He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
         He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul..."

Tell me what YOU think...
how do they make you feel?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Colorful Claude Monet

  Our  fun travel plans to Paris just wouldn't be complete if we 
didn't stop and visit the home and gardens of 
French Impressionist Claude Monet!

Claude Monet house and gardens. Giverny, France
Both his house and garden are filled with fabulous color!

The blue siting room of Claude Monet in his house of Giverny

 In several of the rooms, the furniture is painted the
same color as the walls.

Claude Monet dining room Giverny

The walls are decorated with his mass collection
of Japanese woodblocks... 231 in total.  They
really inspired him and he love seeing them all
around his house!

Claude Monet Giverny Home Kitchen

I get so inspired by the bright colors and the thought that I have
something in common with this great artist!

Monet s home at Giverny

The garden is also filled with splashes of color everywhere you look!

Such an awesome place!

His own garden, pond and Japanese bridge were the inspiration
for countless paintings.

Claude Monet Giverny Garden
I especially love the Water Lillies...
Water Lilies in Claude Monet's Pond in Giverny

and the paintings he did of them.

monet - water lilliesWater Lilies, Claude MonetClaude Monet - Water Lilies 

I'm so inspired by the artist Caude Monet
and can't wait to see his house, gardens and
pond next September!

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