Tuesday, December 8, 2009
We are having our first joint craft show on Sunday, December 13th at the RIT Inn and Conference Center.
We really hope you can join us, because we are going to have lots of variety at our show: jewelry, quilted items, pillows, stamps, felted animals, and LOTS of gifts for the Holiday.
See what my teammate Carol wrote about buying local at our show.
Hope you can join us!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
So let me back up. An ACEO is an Artist Card: Original or Edition. Perhaps you have heard of an ATC (Artist Trading Card) or a LTC (Letterbox Trading Card). These are miniature works of art that are 2.5 inches wide, by 3.5 inches high, the dimensions of a poker card, or a baseball card.
Artist love to make these little gems, and I got into making them through my letterboxing addiction. We call them LTC's there, and the point is to use a hand carved stamp to create the card.
So, my Frankenstein card is technically also an LTC, in the fact that I made it from two hand carved stamps, but I'm going to sell these, so they aren't really "trading" cards anymore. So many definitions!
I created this for a couple reasons though. I am part of a team on etsy called the Mad Scientists of Etsy. They have monthly challenges, and for October was to make something about an upcoming holiday, and put a science twist on it. I can't think of a better mad scientist than good old Doc Frankenstein, so I carved a stamp of our favorite creepy monster. I liked the stamp too much to part with it, so I decided to sell a limited edition of it's print, in the form of ACEOs.
The great part about these, besides being small and collectible, is that they are cheap for Art! I called this one "Mad Science: Frank" because I might do other ACEOs based on the Mad Science theme, so keep checking back.
Keep you eyes out on my etsy shop for more, I have another already done and ready to post called "Danse Macabre"!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I got to use the new canopy tent I purchased, and the new rustic display that my friend Brian helped me make. I thought they worked and looked wonderful, and I could hang all my best stamps from them! Dick got to display all his amazing wildlife photography around the outside. We really had a great time talking to all the nature lovers.
I was able to get some carving done during the slow times. I have lots of birds carved now too, so be sure to check out my shop at Etsy to see some of the cool bird stamps I carved.
Oh yeah, I got to meet the Incredible Hawk too! HA!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Today I want to feature The Quilted House, owned and sewn by Michelle.
Now when I think of quilts, I immediately think of some big old garish patterned blanket on grandma's bed. Well....not at the Quilted House! The patterns are hi and the colors are bright. Take a look.
Greeting cards made of quilt blocks.
A tic-toe-boards. ------------------------>
I guess you could say this is not your grandma's quilting shop!
To learn more about Michelle check her blog called While the Cat's Away.
Way to go Michelle! We love your work!
Monday, August 3, 2009
I'll have lots of bird and nature stamps on hand for purchase. Dick Beery of 3 Oaks Enhancements and his amazing nature photography will be joining my tent.
There will be lots of activities for kids, a silent auction of prizes donated by the craft vendors will be held to benefit BBRR, and lots of chances to see live birds in migration, and rehabilitated birds on hand.
If you are not familiar with Braddock Bay:
Braddock Bay is a migration "hot spot", located on Lake Ontario just west of Rochester, New York. Millions of birds migrate through the area every spring as they head north to their breeding grounds. The hawk counts conducted at Braddock Bay number in the thousands with the highest recorded count of 140,000 raptors in 1996.
Braddock Bay Raptor Research (BBRR) has been in existence since 1986 working towards preserving the areas natural resources by focusing research and educational activities on the spectacular raptor migration.
Hope to see you there!
Friday, June 19, 2009
I think one of the funniest things about the 2000's is the "text" abbreviations. I mean we all say them now...LOL, OMG, etc. Some of the stuff that has come off the internet as viral messages and memes has been funny stuff. I wonder if this is going to be one of those pop things that defines the decade.
Anyway, in our high tech society I think it is funny to take the "text" off our computer screens, and put it back on good old paper. So I took a few of those "text" and "meme" phrases and put them into rubber. These stamps are available on my Etsy Shop.
Don't know one of these?
Here are the links:
O RLY? : http://www.hjo3.net/orly/
FML : http://www.fmylife.com/
FAIL Blog: http://failblog.org/
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
So I was excited to participate in this challenge and join two of my hobbies, hand carving rubber stamps, and birding. So I should confess, it wasn't a "challenge" because I had a good backlog of bird stamps I had carved for the Shreve Migration Sensation this past March, so I have a good number of bird stamps done, and some more I will be posting to my etsy shop in the coming weeks. It's not cheating, it's more like being prepared ahead of time. Right?
Anyway, ornithology is not just for scientists anymore. There is lots of "citizen science" going on, like Project Feederwatch, and The Christmas Bird Count. Many familiar birds are now in decline, and organizations like the Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are leading the way in helping to preserve our important birding areas.
So celebrate the birds with me and the Mad Scientists with some great items from amazing artisans.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tyrannosaurus Rex was one of the last king of the monsters. According to Wikipedia, "Fossils of T. rex are found in a variety of rock formations dating to the last three million years of the Cretaceous Period, approximately 68 to 65 million years ago; it was among the last non-avian dinosaurs to exist prior to the Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction event." The KT extinction wiped out 70% of life on Earth. Not like Mr. T-Rex had a chance.
This two stamp set is available for sale at my Etsy shop.
If you are not familiar with the "Fail Blog," this might not make sense to you right away, but I after reading some of the hilarious post there, you will see how the "fail" meme has taken off.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Dick (my friend and father-in-law) and I had a blast at Shreve Migration Sensation. It was a great day for birding, so traffic by the table at the Birders Marketplace in the afternoon was a bit slow, but we really enjoyed talking to all the birders, and kids, and other vendors. You can see that we shared a booth area, me in the front with stamps, and Dick in the back with his photo's from Three Oaks Enhancements.
With the help of my wife Laura, we made some really cool bird journals! These are the kind that you can keep track of your sightings for the day. I made the data sheets so you could record data you might need to enter into eBird. Laura decorated the covers, don't they look great! Some of you might recognize old National Wildlife Federation stamps on them.
Dick got lots of great compliments from his photography. He entered several photos in the contest, and won many prizes. I can't remember them all now, but he really did well! I was so proud. He really pulled together a great collection of photos.
I worked hard to do lots of bird stamps, some that are left I will be adding soon to my etsy shop, so if you are looking for a particular bird stamp, let me know, I may have one carved, or if I don't I can do one for you. I really enjoy combining these two hobbies of birding and stamp carving.
Monday, March 30, 2009
This artisans show is held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5-10 pm at SPoT, on the first and last weekends of the month. It is free and open to the public. You can grab a cup of joe, or have a sandwich, and then drop over and check out the craft/art vendors.
I dropped by it last night just to get the lay of the land and the folks set up were super friendly and had some amazing work! Jewelry, art prints, bottle cap magnets, felted animals. It was really cool. This coming weekend, April 3-5, Becky (the "First and Last" organizer) will also be raffling off a basket full of donated works from the crafters! It is going to be really cool, so don't forget to buy a raffle ticket for this treat (great Easter gift!)
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I hope to have many bird stamps ready for the show, as well as some hand crafted birding journals for sale next to Dicks amazing photographs. I can't wait!
Monday, February 23, 2009
I think these look great on a letter, envelope, card, t-shirt, or any other craft item you can stamp on! The sky is really the limit on uses.
Each stamp is individual, and comes in a set. I made each greek letter separate so the stamper can decide if they want a horizontal, vertical, diagonal, or random pattern when stamping.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The Mad Scientists of Etsy monthly challenge was themed "mycology." For my entry I carved three stamps of mushrooms, which are available for purchase at my Etsy shop. I wanted three mushrooms that were different in shape. The button mushroom, which I love to eat, a morel, which I love to hunt, and I'm not entirely sure what the thrid one is, but I liked the shape! Ha!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I would like to get the shop filled back up with some original designs, its starting to look a little picked through. I plan on some more nature themed stamps. I've got a nice dandelion stamp to list that I've completed, along with a portrait of John Muir. I'll be getting these listed in the Etsy shop shortly.
Stay warm everyone!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Business has been good! I can't imagine how busy I would be in a better economy. The holiday rush is over, and it was a rush. I expected a big slow down, but I am still getting plenty of orders for bookplates, logos, portraits, and more. I am still on schedule, and the production line (me) is running fine.
I will be getting some new stamps up on my Etsy shop soon, probably when the custom orders slow down a little and get more time to devote to specialty stamps.