Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New Mother's Day Card

This card went through a couple of different designs, before I settled on this one. How many of us feel like our children are animals, especially when we're talking to them and they look at us like they no longer understand English?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Cards Now Available at Cactus Gallery

I talked to the owner, Sandra Mastroianni of Cactus Gallery, where my fiance, The Mincing Mockingbird, shows bird paintings regularly, and she agreed to carry my cards. She runs it with her husband artist Abraham Szmukler in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles. So if you live nearby, you can purchase my Frantic Meerkat greeting cards without having to deal with the United States Post Office. Currently she only has five of them, because I wasn't sure what would sell, and I didn't want to overwhelm her with the 15 or so cards I have.

More good news — she accepted my chimpanzee pieces into her anniversary show which opens on March 8th, and I'll post the times of the opening as soon as I know them. I'm planning on being there and so is Mincy, if he doesn't have to work late. I think he plans on having some new bird paintings in the show as well.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Can a Bird be a Sissy?

So I took all this free time I have (since I apparently don't cook or clean anymore unless someone's coming over, and as I live 2000 miles from my family that's not very often) to design four new cards this weekend. This one is the one I did just for fun and to make my fiance, The Mincing Mockingbird, laugh. Click on it to get the larger picture.

Friday, February 15, 2008

New Get Well Card

Here is the new get well card I designed on my lunch hour while sitting in my car next to the Burbank airport. I decided my lunch hour would be better spent perusing my art books, than wandering Target spending money on cheddar-flavored rice cakes and trying on clothes I had no intention of buying.


Monday, February 11, 2008

The Third Chimp

I love rummaging through my fiance The Mincing Mockingbird's stuff, because I never know what he's found in a dumpster or down an alley. For this piece it was the chicken wire just laying on a dresser. So he goes out and about, and I go into his studio. It actually works both ways, and I often find things I've scavenged hot-glued onto his birdhouses.

My Second Chimp

This is the second in my chimp series. I found the tiny barrel of monkeys in the multitudes of little plastic containers I have stashed on my bookshelf and knew I wanted to use them in one of these pieces.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

My New Chimp

This is one of the new pieces I've been working on. There are three in this series and I'll post another one tomorrow.
I won't reveal how I created it, except to say it involved transfer paper, hemp twine...and a little bit of magic.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Another blog about another blog

Okay - I'm supposed to be designing yet another Easter card, and here I am -- posting about another blog I'm on. It's getting a bit incestuous. Anyway, this couple is from Chicago (home of the big snowstorms apparently this year) and runs Moe Sew Co., where Emily creates fabulous hats for both men and women, and Adam embroiders ties, patches and "anything he can shove a needle through". Check out their etsy shop here. Their write-up about my cards is very funny and you can read it here.

Now I've really got to get back to designing that Easter card.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

I'm on another blog!

Liana Aghajanian, a writer for the website Los Angeles Cityzine, contacted me the other day and asked if she could use a couple of my photos for an article she was writing about etsy. Of course I said yes, and it was published today and titled Do you etsy?
So then my fiance, The Mincing Mockingbird, blogged about me being on a blog and titled his The Frantic Meerkat Featured.
How many blogs talking about blogs talking about blogs can there be?

Monday, February 4, 2008

Cow-tastic Birthday Card

This is my newest birthday card design, though I guess it could be any celebratory card. I designed it specifically for my niece's birthday. Last year she had an unfortunate 4-H accident involving a cow knocking her down and stepping on her. Being the tough farm girl that she is, she wasn't badly injured, but loved telling the story of how it happened.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

My New Favorite Card

This is my new Easter card. I know, who sends cards at Easter, but I thought that maybe someone would once they saw this card. After watching Grizzly Man, I was inspired to make the grizzly bear more cuddly.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

My Cards are in Alaska!

I was contacted by The Creating Place in Juneau, Alaska, who wanted to carry my cards in their shop. As you can see, it looks like a shop I could spent hours (and money) in. I'm featured on their blog, too. They offer classes, and sell rubber stamps and scrapbooking supplies, and if you just can quite make the road trip, they do sell some items on-line, so check them out.