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First interview as an artist!

I’ve been on the other side of the camera, so to speak, many times. I’ve interviewed doctors, lawyers, graduate students, even a curandero. But this is the first time I’ve been interviewed for MY stuff!

Janelle of Nomad Crafts Etc. put together an interview and some archived photos in her blog. Be sure to check it out for all of my People’s-magazine-worthy dirty little secrets.

If you like what you see, come say hello at my Etsy shop. There will be brand new items posted later this week… stay posted!

A Gift for You and Your Computer

These fun freebies are an easy way to brighten your desktop. Check out the links to download!

From I Love Typography:

From Pixel Girl Presents:

From Fossil:

From Vlad Studios:

Hope you’re all doing something fun and festive on this Christmas Eve.

I am going to be spending all day in the airport, feeling sorry for those who have to work on the holiday. I’m considering bringing around Christmas cards to all the airline workers… Safe travels to those of you who will be spending the day similarly!

Last-Minute DIY Christmas Cards

Christmas is close upon us! And… oops. I made about twenty too-few cards this year. Here’s a quick DIY tutorial for all you procrastinators out there.

MATERIALS

– Modge Podge, or some other adhesive

– An old paintbrush

– Blank cards

– Paper scraps… library cards, pages from old textbooks, tissue paper, colored swatches from magazines, etc.

– Black pen

– Ribbon, or yarn and large tapestry needle

THE HOW:

The process is simple. Using your paintbrush, adhere torn scraps of paper to the blank card with Modge Podge on both the front and back of the scraps. Use many small pieces to make whatever shapes you like! I chose to do simple square presents, with small rectangular shapes of a different color paper for the ribbons and bows. Some other options: stitch some yarn into the card for added texture, draw the ribbon and bow with your pen, or adhere actual ribbon to the card.

You can outline the presents in black pen if you wish, and add decorative dots, squiggles, or whatever else your festive little heart desires. Write your choice of holiday greeting on the front, and you’re done! You’ll need to let these babies dry for a few hours, depending on your climate and the moisture in the air. If the cards aren’t flat when they dry, stick them under a heavy stack of books to flatten them out. Easy, huh?

I got creative (and desperate for blank cards) towards the end, and started doing designs right ONTO the library cards… They actually were pretty cute!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

The Power of Suggestion

My dear sweetheart was having one heck of a time finding me a Christmas gift. Who knew I was such a difficult lady to shop for? So I directed him to the wonderful world of the Etsy Favorites page. He seemed to take particular note of these earrings I had noticed a few days ago…

Vintage Silver Scallop Glass Rhinstone stud earrings by silverliningdecor

…. and that very same evening, there appeared a small jewelry box, the perfect size for earrings, wrapped in gold paper and tied with a big red bow (obviously not handiwork of his own doing), with my name on it.

Sweethearts really do want to please. Sometimes they just need a little push in the right direction.