My Favorite

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I do have favorites…..and this is probably my Favorite Whorl of the batch I just made…

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You can find it Here, at This Little Bird Told Me

I have another batch of 7 to do….one of which is a larger whorl so it will be even more fun for me to design.

I have two more pumpkins to finish…one is almost done and then I’ll post pictures.  This one is Black with White designs on it.  I may make the next one with Gold Pens – we’ll see how that works out.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the pens are going to “stick” to the surface you’re working on.  Then I have a set of three nice Gourds – they are Martin house gourds that just arrived yesterday – I’m forming a plan….one might become a treasure box, as I think it would be really neat to make a cut in the top and have a sort of “lid”….I can’t wait to try these.  Lastly, there is that juried show I’m applying to for early December.  This will be my first “solo” show as hubby will be there to help, but not to sell.  So I have a huge amount of work to prepare for that….lot’s of ornaments and New Sheeps in the Series…..

I’m really excited about what’s happening around here!

I have Listed. All. The. Things.

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I’ve finally had a good chunk of time to just do it.  And it is done….I have listed all the things.

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New Tangled Whorls.….these sold out at the NJ Sheep Breeders Fiber Festival and I’ve finally been able to restock….but there are only six.  I’m hoping my woodworker will be getting some more to me soon ;)

And then there are some cards – two types right now…but I’ll be printing out more of my originals to make into cards.

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And finally, I’ve uploaded my own Prints.  These are 8 x 10 prints of my Original Sheep Series, printed on quality card stock with Fade Resistant Inks.

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For those of you who don’t want a Redbubble account, Now you can find pretty much everything I make in my etsy shop.  I also have some originals still for sale, but I’m doing an Art Show soon, so I haven’t listed them.

I still have to get my jewelry up there…..but I’m takin’ a break!  Thanks for looking!

 

 

Finally Fall

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My favorite season is Fall.  I just love the cool, crisp air, the colors, summer winding down and ushering in more comfortable weather…not that this summer was a hot one, by any means, but Summer is my least favorite weather season.  I love Fall and I’m in like with most Winters.  Spring is ok.

This weekend is supposed to be on the warm side for Fall, but the nights are cool and that’s alright with me.  I’m really looking forward to starting October next week….love Halloween and I’ve got some new projects to decorate with this year…10676390_10204288952122249_6486131134343421135_n

This was just a White Craft pumpkin I bought at Michaels, which was 40% off already and I used a Black Identipen to draw the designs.  I have a few of the larger Black Pumpkins that I will be using white pen on.  This was fun and quick!

Yesterday I finally finished the shading on this free-form design…I’ve been working on it for a few weeks here and there….

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I’ll be scanning and uploading this to my Redbubble page sometime this weekend – today is going to be busy, busy…..cleaning, running errands, a visit from our Son and Girlfriend later on….lots to do!  ETA:  Now available on Redbubble!  

And a thank you for letting me vent and get that off my chest last week.  I try not to use this blog as a soapbox/ranting raving place but I just really needed to get that out.  It’s funny – one of my defenders contacted both women who were so careless in pointing the finger at me – the one who actually put my name out there was so offhand about it, no apology and totally didn’t own what she did, of course.  Even went so far as to say she didn’t do what we all saw her do and she had the nerve to say she thought my reputation was fine.  I’m glad she thinks so, and I’m sure it will be.  But her reputation? Not so much.

Have a Great Weekend!

A Quick Update

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Well…..Mike Rowe Won!  I’ve been nominating him since Kim started this contest and finally….He is the Knitter’s Hunk 2014!  Woohoo.  And this gal won the Grand Prize….but honestly,  Mike winning that Knitter’s Hunk title was Grand Prize enough – thanks for all the help!

I’ve been busy, busy.  Work/School started up…..seriously cuts into my art time.  Hubby and I did a Fiber Festival and had two really fantastic days!  I couldn’t be happier – Some of my original Sheep founds new homes and lots of prints and cards, too.  All my Tangled Whorls sold out before the second day opened.  We will definitely be doing that show again.

Now to something that happened this weekend.  I have mentioned Ben Kwok and his group Ornation Creation.  Ben makes wonderful templates for us to use and enjoy – he has stated many, many times that we can sell our work made from his templates.   Friday night someone on the group reported a person on redbubble that didn’t use  a template of Ben’s….they took an original piece of artwork of his and listed it as their own. That person was quickly banned by Redbubble.  Quite a different thing.  Now I would have put that in a private message to Ben, but a member put it on the group wall.  What ensued after that was a semi-witch hunt.  And since people were so gung ho, looking up possible art theives…..they came upon MY Redbubble page and started listing links to my page and STATING MY NAME on the group wall.  And yet the real thief’s name was never mentioned.   The very first person to do that so enthusiastically, is a fellow Artist and  popular CZT, has a popular blog that I had been promoting and recommending to people.    The second person, who stated my name, I don’t know from adam, but eagerly jumped in to add her two cents and linking to more of my artwork.  The third person to link to my page AND state my name just jumped on the bandwagon.  Can you see where this is going?  None of these people had the facts.  If any of the three of them READ the descriptions on my artwork, they would have clearly seen Ben’s name, giving him credit for the template.  If any of them cared to read the many posts Ben made, stating the permissions he gave, this wouldn’t have happened.   These three people, never thought of the damage they were doing to me and my reputation.  Incriminating me in the mix with a thief.  The commenting thread got to be over 100 comments long!  People came to my defense, other members “reminded” people about what Ben has stated , yet another posted concern that putting my name out there maybe wasn’t the right thing to do….but this thread….people were never going to see the thief’s name – only MINE because people who I’ve interacted with, one who is a member of my own group on Facebook, just threw me into the mix.  So very thoughtless.

I know stealing art is horrible, but I didn’t steal art.  I made art.   My work appeared at the top of their searches probably because I’ve gotten a few features over at redbubble – but these people really should have checked their facts before accusing someone PUBLICLY of doing something like that.  Better yet, ask some questions privately….Not one of these people bothered to contact me at all.  They just labelled me, threw my name out there carelessly without a single thought as to what that would DO.    One of them apologized.  That well known artist/CZT, being the first, Enthusiastic person to link me, removed her comment without so much as a sorry, with a terse “I’ve removed the comment Chris…”   Needless to say…..I have a new view of three people. This says much more about them, then it does about me, I know that.  I had the support of a lot of group members, my family and close friends that actually caught the drama as it was unfolding and other members that took the time to reach out to me privately and offer their apologies that this had happened and their support.  Go figure – people who did nothing wrong offering up apologies.  But those three other people getting caught up in drama, mob mentality……who really should have thought before they typed – those Internet muscles can really hurt someone.  Targeting someone, like they targeted me is BULLYING.  By the way,  Ben himself was clear and restated his permission for the 100th time.  And he took down the post at my request.

The point?  Think before you link.  I could just as easily and rightfully link to that artist’s page and you’d all know who she was, however tempting that is to me.   She affected my day, my reputation, my art, something I love and enjoy.  Am I going to do that?  No….two wrongs don’t make a right.  I wouldn’t want to affect her, the way her bad judgement and rash behavior affected me.  But I needed to get this off my chest.  Thanks for listening.

15% off SiteWIDE….

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Redbubble is having a 15% off sitewide sale!  Now’s the time to order those cards, prints, tote bags and gifts you’ve been holding off on…..

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Sheep and more in my Redbubble Shop

Get started on that holiday shopping – it’s really not that far away!

Mine

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My latest…..Little Hamster Dude…..clutching his sunflower seed.

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Mine, available on Redbubble

I’ve been busy preparing for the NJ Sheep and Fiber Festival in a few weeks.  We will be there, with our Yarn swifts, Fibertools, Jewelry and Artwork.   I will be selling my Sheep Series Drawings and more, so if you’re in the area, come on by and see us!  Look for Scotts Mountain Crafts in Barn 4.