Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Color of the Day Is....White!

Oh, I have been so very busy the last week to 10 days! We have more than 100 acres of wooded pasture that has mushrooms sprouting like crazy...we're trying to get the garden tilled, up and ready to go...Mother's Day flew by me like a super sonic jet plane...I need more time in a day!

White is today's color. Alot of people think that white is the absence of a color, but in fact, it is all of the colors in one place. It's a little hard to describe, but it's true. Absence of color is actually black. Of course, when you mix your water colors together, it turns quite nasty black, doesn't it. Are you confused yet?...Good! Then let's get going on today's picks!

I just love this print of white, wild horses from AnneE's shop:

And this art quilt from pelecypods2's shop is simply fantastic!

Go and check out this fantastic watercolor painting of Spring in thecreatorspalette's shop:

Are you a soap lover? Then go to TheVagrantPoodle's shop and check out this and many other great items!

Now, here's a photograph after my own heart. As much as I love macro photography, I just couldn't let this little tuft go unnoticed today from TreasuresByTina's shop:

And I will be adding more items to my own Etsy shop in the next few days, so be sure to go and check them out!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Color of the Day Is...Periwinkle!

I have been so busy the past few days. One of these days I will get a faster computer, so it won't take me so long to do the things I do online.

I have opened up another store over at I wanted a way to get more exposure for my art and photographs. I want everyone to go and check it out, and tell me what you think...just leave a comment on this post. And don't just be nice to me...tell me what you really think about the items, the graphics and the prices. I've left 2 links over on the right for everyone. One is for my Cafepress shop, the other is a referral button, if you decide you'd like to open up one of your own. (yeah, I have alot of referral buttons in here, don't I...?)

Periwinkle is probably THE hardest color to find amongst the artisans on my list. Not quite light blue, yet not quite lilac, either. I love it, though, and I think you will too when you check out all the neat items I found with that color somewhere in them.

Go and take a peek at this really cool framed print in amandajean's shop:

Here is a very nice piece of art with Italian glass made by luluvillage:

You'll find many great jewelry items, along with this gorgeous ring over at cassowaryjewelry's shop:

If you love art, you'll just love this ACEO print in keecojo's shop:

I wish these had been around when my kids were small enough to wear them! Check out these baby booties at kaboogie's shop:

I see that I'm going to have to do some rearranging of my blog soon, as I've been adding neat little buttons for everyone to use. I'll be doing that as well over the next few days. Make sure you watch for construction signs! LOL

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Color of the Day Is...Baggavond!

All right...every once in a while a girl just has to have some fun. Baggavond is a GREAT lady with a TERRIFIC shop on Etsy. She has awesome hats, handy bags and bead mats. What I think is so very unique about some of her hand bags is that she has incorporated a chalk board into the design...a real, working chalk board. How COOL is that??!!

So, just to surprise her color is all about Baggavond, an Etsy shop owner from Michigan who loves to have fun, and it shows in her creations. Make sure you go check her out! err...I mean check out her listings....

Here is a 'just tooo cute' chalk board bag with Spongebob Squarepants for a theme.

Now, I would wear this hat anywhere, especially to a Garden Party...

This cute little number would look smashing with just about any outfit this summer

Here's a traveler's bag with a story to tell. Careful now...we wouldn't want it to tell the wrong story... was love at first red but not quite...Okay, who has that song going in their heads now?...

Friday, April 25, 2008

Orphan Works Act....will it take all of the goodness out of the art of color?

Okay...I have never been the kind of person to be politically active. It tends to put people off, and I don't like making people mad at me. And God forbid I should be labeled as a radical or something just as stupid. At 40 years of age, I've voted once in my life, and it was, in retrospect, the wrong choice. But recently, I've been hearing quite a buzz about a 'new' old bill that could be going before congress. It's called The Orphan Works Act. Back in 2006, this act was not passed, but it is being re-worded and gone over again, ready to be sent back to Congress. There is alot of 'he said - she said' about this legislation, and I feel that it affects all artisans, no matter your craft of choice, and I wanted to give you a couple of view points of both sides of it, so that you can make up your own minds. There is a petition out there, the link is below, against this legislation. I Googled this bill myself, and tho I really didn't want to wade through the immensely boring and long winded Act itself, I have also included a link to the 2006, non-updated version.

I signed the online petition. Simply because I do not believe in ANY legislation that could even remotely be construed to interfere with, injure or otherwise impede, my right to my own hard work, or my ability to be compensated for copyright is MY COPYRIGHT...not Joe Q. Public, no matter how it's worded, or who words it that way. (in other words...I don't like being told what to do with my own art)

I don't want to coerce anyone into doing anything without having both ends of the argument out where they can see it. So follow the links and make up your own minds. Whatever you do...DON'T JUST SIT THERE THINKING IT WILL GO AWAY!! Good or bad, this is not just going to disappear. Tell people about it, do what you have to do to get word out about it, whether you are for it or against it. And remember...It's always better to be pro-active then reactive...once you have to react, it's usually too late to do any good.

Here is the Orphan Works Act of 2006 from the Library of Congress. Do your own Google search as well. Be informed, it and study it. It DOES matter.

In the following blog, Meredith Patterson states that the law doesn't even exist, that the buzz that's being created is idiotic and retarded. Form your own views on this one folks...I know I have.

In this article, from Mark Simon, you get a completely opposite version of the story, letting you know that your art can be stolen and there really won't be a whole lot you can do about it. Again, make your own INFORMED decisions here.

Now, no...Congress does not have, as far as I can assertain, the actual Orphan Works Act of 2008 in their hot little hands...or at least they haven't released it yet. However, they did get together to work on re-working the 2006 version back in March...and I doubt they would waste their time with that if they weren't going to try it again. Here's a link to the pdf of that Congressional testimony.

Now, if, when you have read all there is to read about this that you can find, you want to sign the online petition, you can find it here.

I signed it, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I'm signer #6780.

As it stands now, your work is copyrighted the instant you create it. Free. You don't need to register it, tho many people do..this costs money and can be quite cost prohibitive to those of us who literally fall into the Starving Artists category. Don't sit by and do nothing and think 'Ah well, someone else will take care of it'. Trust me...they won't.

I am now getting off my soap box... there will be more of 'The Color of the Day Is...' tomorrow.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Color of the Day Is Slate!!

Slate. Not quite true blue, not quite gray. Very quiet and calming and just plain lovely. It goes well with any color...pinks and browns the best. One of my favorites!

okay...I confess...I have A LOT of favorite colors lol

So, grab your slate from Mr. Slate and clear the slate so you can make notes on these Etsy shops!

Everyone needs to get a business card holder, especially this one from WonderfullySewKnits' shop:

I've heard that Tatting is becoming a lost's not lost on TotusMel! Go check this one out:

Labels are just so much fun...the lovelier the better, like these from VanessaCavacoDesigns' shop:

Are You An Artist?? If not, don't fret...go see LeoaDesignStudio's shop:

And I took just a bit of artistic license on this one...there IS slate in there, somewhere...I'm sure of it! It's so lovely, I just HAD to include it today from ImagineStudio's shop:

Well, I think I've done it! I have finished my Fairy drawing. I added three more flowers, 2 pink and 1 white with pink, and lightly shaded green into the background. I haven't decided if I want to darken the green background or not...I need to stare at it some more lol's the finished product, with a little black added here and there to add depth to the shadows. I REALLY hope you like it!