I hope you are enjoying a lovely day with friends and family. Let's also remember those who are in difficult circumstances today and hope they are reunited with loved ones soon.
I am working like crazy to get ready for the Holiday Tails Art Fair this weekend. I finished up these ornaments above and below. Some of them will be for sale at the fair. I want to keep a few, but it's hard to decide which ones to keep! The Folk Art Friends ornaments above were an alternate colorway I put together to show the variety of colors and stitch you can use. These were printed with brown ink on ivory linen. The ornaments below were created with free hand embroidery on wool. The free form embroidery is tricky and I kept wishing I had lines for guidance, but I like how they turned out. I now admire even more the work by some of the embroiderers I follow on Instagram (especially Adam Pritchett).
In other news, I have been learning some new bookbinding stitches over the past month or so. These are really fun to make. The first two photos show some of the postcards books I made. I used modern art and quilt postcards from my stash.
The newest type of stitch I've learned is called the buttonhole stitch. This stitch is created with a delightful little cutout in the spine of the book. These are truly lovely, special journals. All of my journals have been created with acid free artist's paper. Some have drawing paper, some have heavier paper suitable for wet media. Some have a variety of paper for those who might want to experiment. All of the journals come with a handwritten label indicating which paper is which in case you find something you want to get more of. These are all for sale in the shop for the next few days. I'll close the shop starting on Friday for the weekend when I do the art fair and unsold items will be re-listed on Monday December 11.
PS- I managed to finish the quilt from the previous post and submitted it along with two others for QuiltCon. I'll post about them when I get a chance after the art fair.
Just an FYI- On Thursday afternoon I will be deactivating about half my Etsy listings for the show I'm doing on Friday and Saturday. All of these are included in that, as well as all the ornaments and greeting cards. Items that I am not bringing to the show will still be available in the shop. I'll adjust the listings and reactivate unsold items on Sunday. so, just be aware that some items may come and go over the next few days. Have a happy, colorful weekend!
'Tis the season for holiday boutiques! Now that Christmas boutiques are popping up all over the place I hope you'll also consider purchasing gifts and holiday decor from the artists on Etsy. I have recently added the hand stamped and hand painted Christmas cards above, as well as a Christmas stocking just added today.
I also have two upcoming local shows. I hope you'll consider coming out to both of these outstanding art and craft fairs.
- Christmas Goose fundraiser for Wendy's Wish cancer patient support at St. Charles Medical Center on November 17 (9-6) and 18 (9-4).
- Holiday Tails Art Fair fundraiser for the Humane Society of Central Oregon at the outlet mall on December 8 (4-7 wine and cheese reception), December 9 and December 10 (10-4).
At both of these shows I'll have mainly ornaments, acrylic paintings, watercolors and gouache paintings. I'll also have greeting cards, both printed and original painted cards.
I'll also have a few of the stitched ornaments that I made as embroidery kit samples. You can see the second bunch below ready to be finished. If there are any left over after the second show I'll be putting them in the shop.
I hope you are enjoying some Halloween fun! Just popping in to remind you I'll be sending out my first newsletter tomorrow morning (assuming there are no snafus). You can find the sign up page here.