I don't mean to rub it in to you folks still battling winter storms, but right about now it seems to be Spring here in the Pacific Northwest. Bits of green are sprouting from the muddy ground, and trees are even starting to blossom. I wake to birds chirping in the mornings, and Molly is getting lots of exercise running back and forth from front yard to back as our roof is an important connector-route in the Squirrel Tree Interstate. It's supposed to get up near 60 this week. I know, 60! Really!
I hope to get outside and enjoy a little of that later this week, but for now Flossie and I have been busy here inside working on several new projects for licensing clients. As much as I would love to be able to show you a glamour-shot in a magazine-perfect studio - this is it, folks. This is where the magic happens. Oh yeah. In the foreground is my newest studio buddy, Soren - a sock-creature by Sokitume. Michelle is super-clever with a wonderfully twisted sense of humor; each of her quirky creatures has his or her own bizarre (but often oddly familiar) personality which is described on their tag. For some real entertainment you should check out the website, there are sock-creature web-cams - you had no idea what really goes on inside the sock drawer. The passion, the romance. Oh my.
Nothing that dramatic going on here though ... if she's not watching the computer monitor, Flossie usually watches me draw until she falls asleep. Nope, no drama ... although there is a little romance here on my desk... He knows what I like.
And if you're wondering what I'm drawing ... I can't really tell you yet (sorry) as none of these client projects will be introduced to the market until next year (I'll tell you about all of them as soon as I can, I promise). But I can give you a teeny-tiny sneak peek at one of the details you see only partially painted in the photo above:
But for now, back to fake-Spring-in-February ... we Northwesterners need to enjoy this now because it will probably be cold and rainy from March through July!
We're on the edge of a mystical and romantic weekend ... all full of hearts and love and the moon and all. And tigers. Don't forget the tigers.
To celebrate, some of my artist friends in Blogland are having neato giveaways I'd like to tell you about:
My friend Sue passed along Chris Chun's latest e-newsletter, thanks Sue, what a treat! I've only met Chris once and he was super nice, and his art is just magical. If you're not already a fan, you really ought to check it out. Chris is doing a fun giveaway in honor of Chinese New Year: 4 lucky winners will each receive one of his beautiful limited-edition silk eye-pillows, filled with lavender and flaxseed ... oh my goodness.
And how cool is this: for each eye pillow Chris makes a donation to a charity that restores eyesight in a developing country. Nice work Chris! To find out more about this and to enter his drawing, visit his blog.
And my amazingly prolific and multitalented friend Diane is doing a giveaway in honor of Valentine's Day ... she has stitched and collaged this absolutely beautiful package of goodies for a lucky winner... If you haven't visited Diane's blog lately you should - scrolling through her many projects feels like thumbing through a copy of Victoria magazine (sigh) just look at all the pretties!
And in other news (tee hee), after telling you about them yesterday, look what Molly's nemesis left on my doorstep this morning! (Pay no attention to the messy desk the box is on). Ooh, ooh, ooh ... you know I love this part. When I posted yesterday, I didn't even know that the windsocks have Twisting Action and the thermometers have reversible suction cups (so you can view it from whichever side of the window (or whatever else you stick it to) you like. Aahh, the fun things you discover when actually looking at something. And am I a broken record about my darn samples if I tell you they're even cuter in person? Yeah, I know. Sorry. But I can't help getting absolutely giddy when a company such a beautiful job with my designs, thanks Toland!
You know, I'm probably long overdue for a blog-giveaway myself. Hmmm. Stay tuned ... in the mean time, I've got work piling up on that messy desk of mine. How about March? We'll talk.
And this ashtray. And this paddle game. And this remote control. And this lamp...
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to go there. All I meant to do was to tell you that this design is now available as a garden flag by Toland Home Garden. And this one. And this one too.
You can purchase any of my heart-themed flags here, and Bee Loved is also now available as a windsock! But wait, there's more (...and these matches, and this chair, that's all I need). Toland has also created cool little thermometers, too.
I just got a happy little surprise in my email in-box: the new Keepsake Quiltinge-newsletter. The new catalog comes out this week - and look at what's on the cover! My Noah's Journey fabric by Henry Glass!
You can request your own catalog here, or shop their fabulous website ... or of course, if you're in the area, visit their lovely shop in Center Harbor, New Hampshire.
They're offering this quilt kit on their website, complete with directions, fabric, and batting ... so simple you can"make this quilt in an afternoon"!
I'm in the process of (finally) adding a few new things to my Etsy store ... starting with some lovey kissy huggy mushy red-and-pinky themed prints. Yeah, I'll be bringing them out in honor of Valentine's Day but really, they are prints you might just want to love all year round.
Like this guy. It's been pretty cool to see the art and crafts communities come together to raise money for the efforts in Haiti. New Etsy shops donating to the cause are popping up left and right, and many with existing shops are donating from their own sales. My friend Jane found a program called Giving Works on eBay where sellers can donate any percentage they choose to the charity of their choice, and eBay takes care of the details (and Jane is donating 100% of the final sale price of her beautiful digital scrapbooking collections, you should check them out!).
I've been really wanting to join in myself, and have finally gone and figured out the details and updated my own store to do so; and for the entire month of February, I will be donating 100% of the price of all items sold in my Etsy store to relief and recovery efforts ... see my store for details. And do check back - I will be adding more new goodies there in the days to come.
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