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Greetings friends!

I've taken a hiatus from my online life for the last week. It felt good to unplug, and spend time in my offline life. There were lots of visitors around for the holidays, including Matt's brother Luke from Bulgaria, my brother Kyle from San Diego, and my uncle Matt from San Antonio. Fun times!

The first week of my Christmas vacation flew by, but I did manage to get some art making in. I made wedding invitations for a client and for myself. (More on that coming soon!) I also had time to make a new chair piece.

Meet "What You Love",  an 8" x 8" mixed media work on cradled hardboard.  This piece not available at this time in my Etsy shop, as I'm saving it for my upcoming solo show at JR Kortman Gallery!  This is my first EVER solo show at a gallery, so you can imagine my excitement. The show will go up for the first Friday in February and be up for about a month. I'll pass along more details when I receive them. I'm hoping to debut several new pieces for this show, so I'm trying to make the most out of my free time this week. 

"What You Love" is available as an 8" x 8" archival print in my etsy shop. 

Ta-Ta for now!

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays Friends!

Things have been so busy for me as of late that I can hardly believe that this is the last week of school before winter break.  I'm so looking forward to a few weeks at a slower pace, where I can enjoy time with family, friends, and art supplies.

As a way of increasing my presence on the World Wide Web, I've created a new Fan Page on Facebook.  Take a moment to check it out. I've posted a nifty coupon code that you can use in my Etsy shop. But do hurry, the coupon code expires on December 20th!

Signing off for now.  Wishing you health and happiness throughout the holidays.

Rockford Handmade Market Preview - Part 3


I've got one more batch of Rockford Handmade vendors to show off. I'm heading to the Brewhouse after school today to help set up and decorate the space. I'm really looking forward to a fabulous holiday shopping experience. 

I will have a wide selection of my cards, prints and originals,  available at the show. Several of the originals are brand new, and never been seen by the public! Woo.

  1. Off loom beaded jewelry by Andek Designs.
  2. A wide selection of great vintage prints by The Vintage Print Shop.
  3. Handmade albums, notebooks and mixed media art by Celeste Mores.
  4. Handmade, natural wax candles, soap and air fresheners by Christina Candles. 
  5. Gourmet cupcakes by Caked.
  6. Unique jewelry created with vintage, found objects, and organic materials by mLindvall...inspired design 
  7. Jewelry and origami creations by Plan 9 Design.

Rockford Handmade Market
Prairie Street Brewhouse
200 Prairie Street
Rockford, IL
4-10 pm

See you tomorrow. Admission is free!

Rockford Handmade Market Preview - Part 2

Happy Monday Friends. After 5 days off from work, it's been tough for me to get back into the swing of things today. 

Rockford Handmade Market is just 4 days away, and I've got some more goodies to share.  All of these works are handmade right here in Rockford, Illinois by one of our Rockford Handmade Market vendors.

  1. Flowers, bowls and more fashioned from found objects by Recycled Rarities.
  2. Original still life paintings by Art Friedl. 
  3. Handcrafted silver fingerprint jewelry by Precious Prints co.  
  4. One of a kind art dolls made from new and recycled socks and trinkets by Socks that Rock.   
  5. Contemporary felted toys and accessories by Lulu’s Stabbies Creatures.
  6. Hand stamped custom jewelry by Jewelry by Katie M.

 Hope to see you there! 

    Rockford Handmade Market Preview - Part 1

    I'm excited and gearing up for the upcoming Rockford Handmade Market.  Taking place this Thursday, December 2nd from 4 -10 pm, the historic Prairie Street Brewhouse will be filled to the brim with holiday cheer!   

    Free to attend, there will be 32 great local vendors present at this show, all of whom make handmade goods. I'm hoping to do quite a bit of my Christmas shopping here! You'll find art, home decor items, jewelry, paper goods, toys, candles, soaps, bags, posters, clothing and more, all in one cool space. Locally produced food and drinks will be available for purchase too. Here's just a small sampling of the goods that will be available.

    1. Upcycled coffee sacks transformed by Burlap Works.
    2. Artisan breads and pastries, homemade jam and gourmet butters by Crust n Crumbles.
    3. Wearable works of art made from antique and vintage items by Opaline1214.
    4. Repurposed vintage button jewelry, garlands and handmade prints by The Paper Button.
    5. Screen-printed tshirts, posters, pillows, and other goodies by Pirate Ninja Print Shop.  
    Stay tuned for part 2 of the Rockford Handmade Preview. 

    Be sure to check out the Facebook fan page too!