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"Happiness always looks small when you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and at once you learn how big and precious it is."
Maxim Gorky

Saturday, March 14, 2009

craftsmanship...





I love old books and I suppose I am judging a book by its cover when I talk about craftsmanship...it seems in days of yor people designed books differently. There were no dust covers and instead allot of them had these beautiful illustrated pictures or relief drawings stamped into the cloth...one of my favorite things to do is to poke around the book section of the second hand stores and see what treasures I can find...here are a few of my treasures which I keep in a little row on top of my sideboard...its a small art piece honoring a time gone by when book design and book binding were perhaps a bit more involved than it is now...I know there are many gorgeous books out there being published but it's just not the same...finding one of these lovely spines on a dusty row of used books is always a treat.

Monday, March 9, 2009

the shameless art of self promotion




As a self employed artist I am always trying to find ways of "getting the word out" about my latest creations. One way is to keep posting new items on etsy.com. This is the most wonderful site for everything handmade and for the artist to sell their things for a very minimal cost to a vast audience around the world. If you like to see original and an incredible variety of arts and crafts as well as supplies to make your own I strongly encourage you to check this site out....as long as we're on the subject...pictured here are a few of the items in my 'shop' and for an insiders tip I will tell you that this weekend and until Monday March 17th I will be having a 'no shipping charge sale'. Yes this is in honor of St Patrick's day AND my upcoming trip with my dad to Ireland to visit my daughter whom I haven't seen in nearly a year...Its also been a lifelong dream of myself and my dads to visit the motherland (his mom was from Belfast). Oh to fulfill a dream! I love when that happens! Anyway I will be posting the sale staring on Thursday March 12th on my etsy page but just convo me there and tell me you saw it on my blog first...cheers and may the road rise up to meet you darlin'