Friday, November 27, 2009
EARLY BLACK FRIDAY / CYBER MONDAY SALE!!!
NOVEMBER 22ND - NOVEMBER 30TH
25% OFF MY ENTIRE SHOP AND FREE FIRST CLASS MAIL SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!!!
SAVINGS WILL BE REFUNDED TO YOUR PAYPAL ACCOUNT AFTER PAYMENT IS RECEIVED!!
*Note: Purchases made from November 26 - December 3rd will ship December 4-5. I'll be out of town those dates. However, the Sale Promo still applies to purchases made from November 26-30.
This weekend I'm offering 10% off all sales (including all custom order requests).
I am offering 15% off orders of $15 or more, buyers make Note to Seller "Black Friday". November 27 - 30.
Buy One Get one FREE!! Black Friday ONLY! Wait for revised invoice, or will refund via Paypal.
40% off all orders over $25 or more. Use Coupon Code "blackfriday"
40% off all orders over $25 or more. Use Coupon Code "blackfriday"
I'm offering free shipping for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
I am offering 10% off your total order when you enter the code "10NO" at checkout.
Buy 4 pendants and get the 5th for free. Please indicate your choices in notes to the seller. See Etsy listing: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35087911
I'll be giving away a pair of pearl earrings with every purchase over $25 made in my shop from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
10% off any item from my Etsy shop Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Enter "HLNOV" in 'note to seller' and I'll send a revised invoice.
Offering free shipping and discounts on selected items for Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Please visit shop for details. For those who live in NE LA, I will also be selling at the 'Downtown Christmas Market' on Dec. 5th from 11-5pm.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Don't forget to enter our latest Giveaway, simply click the owl graphic to the left to go directly to the link and win a Who Dat second line umbrella!
Everyone have a fabulous Thanksgiving and get ready for Black Friday!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
As her shop name implies, Liz designs, sews, and decorates second line umbrellas, and has been doing so for about two years. She got her start when looking for a creative outlet to balance her analytical day job.
Liz draws her inspiration from events and lifestyles. “All have tons of material to work with,” she explains. “When people second line, it is often at often at important occasions...weddings, funerals, parades. I get to hear their stories and contribute to these events. I am always amazed and often entertained by the lives people live.”
When asked about her favorite project so far, Liz says, “I put together 15 umbrellas for a roaring 20’s wedding. It was so much fun to work on.” Her biggest challenge is the classic art-versus-business struggle: finding the time to work on projects, and still have time to sell the items.
Her favorite advice to share with other artists/sellers is persistence. “I can take a while to get going…but it is worth it.”
Liz’s connection to Louisiana runs deeply. She moved to New Orleans to attend graduate school in 2002 and never left. She explains, “I love living here. Rebuilding after Katrina took our home really cemented the bond. I have experienced more, lived more, found my love and a purpose in Louisiana.”
Liz’s creations can be found on the following sites:
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
When asked about her favorite piece, she has a hard time choosing but prefers colored pencil drawings on black Stonehenge paper, featuring a metaphorical image. Leah’s biggest challenge is one to which we can all relate: not having enough time! And yet, it’s important for her to carve out the time necessary to tap into her creative energies. “If I don't do it, I start getting coo-coo, so it is kind of like having to eat or breathe for me,” she says.
She offers the following advice to other artists/sellers: “Focus on what you love to do, don't spend lots of time on something just to sell it (easier said than done if you are really trying to get some sales going to continue your craft). Another thing...don't feel like you need to do art in one particular category. Artsy minds are eclectic! Feel free to experiment with different media and not feel pinned in to one medium.”
Leah’s connection to Louisiana is strong: she was born and raised in Baton Rouge. “I love the natural environment,” she says, “we are so very lucky to have such a beautiful place to live.” In fact, she draws much of her inspiration from nature, as well as ancient art and “peeps like Matisse, Van Gogh, and my fave Walter Anderson.”
One skill she’d like to learn is “PATIENCE! And silk painting.”
Perfect for the holidays, be sure to check out Leah's line of ornaments.
To learn more about Leah’s art, visit the following sites:
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
She’s been creating handmade soaps for two years. When asked what appeals to her about soap making, Jackie explains, “It is math, science, art, creativity, marketing, solitary and social all at once!”
Her biggest challenge as an artisan is hand painting her soaps, using a dry brush to paint accents. An example is pictured below in the adorable shar pei soap, part of her Primo’s Pawtourage dog themed soap line.
Shar Pei Handpainted Soap
A skill she’d like to learn is cold process soap making. Jackie says, “I value integrity and kindness above all!” This credo undoubtedly accounts for much of her success in art and business.
When asked to give one piece of advice to other sellers, Jackie offers this: “Do your research, make the best product you can, strive to excel at it!”
Having relocated to Louisiana in 1992, Jackie calls the Bayou State home and her mother also lives here.
You can find Jackie’s scrumptious soaps here:
Friday, November 6, 2009
When asked how she got her creative start, Jodie replies, “My mom basically built the house I grew up in from scratch. She combined two old shacks and fixed them up with tons of salvage stuff from New Orleans. She taught me to sew and I used to make clothes for my dolls when I was little. I loved making things with paper and scotch tape too. Then I went on to school and thought I wanted to go into journalism (because I love to write too). Liked it [writing] in high school, but in college, things took a turn and all I wanted to do was to take every Art class available. I stayed in college for seven years just making stuff. I graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from SLU.”
Jodie finds inspiration all over, including from her son, cartoons, nature, the sea, bugs, poems, Dr. Seuss, Tim Burton, Alice in Wonderland, Shell Silverstein, Maurice Sendak, Flickr, and “my mind's eye.” This explains the wonderfully eclectic nature of her body of work.
Her favorite pieces include her Crazy Leg Wall Vases and Screen Porch Spiders. Also popular are her monster patches. And let’s not forget her winning Craft-a-Long entry: Book Bugs.
Crazy Leg Vases
The best thing about being an artist, Jodie explains, is “doing what I love, when I want to and always having $$ in my pocket for myself, my husband and my son.”
When asked what she finds most challenging about being an artisan, Jodie says, “Juggling being a Mom, Wife, Daughter, Friend, and a full time Artist, when all I want to do is create all the time. If I had an island I could seclude myself on, I would!”
Jodie has this piece of advice to offer her fellow artists: “Promote, Promote, Promote! Tell everyone about your work, take chances and make something every day!!!”
What’s next for Jodie? One skill she’d like to learn is lampwork (glass bead making) and knitting. “I wish I could knit something more than a long scarf and learn to bind them all off properly. LOL!” she says.
Winning Craft-a-Long Entry: Book Bugs
Jodie explains her Louisiana connection: “I was not born here. I was born in Ismir Turkey, but my mom and dad are from here. My dad was a dentist in the Army, they returned to Louisiana when I was very young and I have lived here ever since.” She’s lived in Baton Rouge, Jackson, St. Francisville, Zachary, Hammond and now Abita Springs. “Louisiana is nice. I have traveled to some great places and this seems to be the place for me,” Jodie says. “You can make friends easily here. The weather could be cooler, but as long as there is AC, I am fine where I am.”Visit Jodie online at:
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Neon Orange SLS Free Soap in Cranberry Apple from Mama's Little Monkeys
Crochet Scarf and Hat from BarbsMacrameandMore
Autumn Spice Soap from HerbFriend
Farmer 2 by BlackDogStudio
Autumn Glory Handpainted Silk Scarf from Splendiferous Fiber
Canaima Earrings from Etco
Thanksgiving Aline Dress With Pumpkin from Georgannaandcompany
Nuts for Fall Handpainted FloorCloth by RueDesign
Autumn Leaves Flamework Glass Necklace by DebiDeaux
Graffiti Painted Canvas Placemats by CTStudios
Please get your votes in and pick your fave!! The winner will be announced in a few days and meanwhile our artisans are cooking up the next Craft a Long!!!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Thank you so much to everyone who entered! Remember to read all rules for all giveaways so you can be sure to be entered!! Our November giveaway will be up ASAP and I can't wait to show it to you!!
Thanks again everyone! The winner for Benjy Davis Autographed poster was Blue Violet and Rock Ridge Music will be in touch with you!! Thanks so much for playing everyone!!