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Show Day + Giveaway

Well, it's show day! I was up before dawn like it was Christmas morning. Tis the season...craft show season! One of the new things I made this week for my booth was this hand painted and hand lettered sign. I thought I'd try my had at a little calligraphy and I've pleased with how it turned out! I found this frame and a matching one at the antique mall. I love how crusty and old it is :)

Also....it is friday. And that means it's time to announce the last giveaway winner! The winner of the original sketch is.....Farmer's Wyfe! Congratulations! :D

I have just one more little thing to give though.....




The image above is a coupon for this weekend's Indie Emporium! Click on the image and then print and bring to the show where you can buy one print and get the other half price! Indie Emporium is taking place at Living Arts of Tulsa this year at 307 E. Brady in downtown Tulsa. Today doors are open from 7-10 pm and the first 50 in the door get a special goody bag! The show continues on Saturday from 12-8 p.m. If you bring a canned food item for the community food bank, you get in for $5 instead of $8.

Hope to see you there!!
H

The Roses Debut

So I've been making rag rose fanciness for family and friends for a couple of months now. I am tentatively ready to bring them out and share them on a larger scale and this weekend at Indie Emporium is their official debut!

Making these roses is a bit addictive. I love how spontaneous they are, you never know how a rose will turn out, but they always seem to come out nice.

I hope some of you get to come out to the show! I'm getting a few 'first of the season' jitters. I'm sure all will go well though, and I cant wait to see my local crafty friends! Well, better get ready for a new day of preparations....

~H

A morning note

It's a clear and bright Autumn morning. I've had my coffee in a new cup (thanks, Jennyshi!) and I have several new prints freshly listed in my etsy shop. I really love these new autumn pieces. Several of the originals will be offered this weekend at Indie Emporium.

I've got lots to show you as I prepare for this first show. I hope its the biggest and best show season yet for little Audrey Eclectic!

Also, there is still plenty of time to get your name in the hat for the last giveaway! An original sketch in a sweet little frame. Go HERE to enter!~!

Hope you're having a good Tuesday today :D What are you working on this week?
~H

Last Giveaway: An Original Sketch

Hello everyone! Wow, I can't believe we've already reached the last week of September! It feels like the month just began. Now it is officially fall and I am officially 30. Things are so...official :)

I wanted to do something special for the last giveaway for the September Big Birthday/Fall Blog Party, and so I present this to you--- a framed original sketch, by me of course. I've been toying with the idea for a long time of offering framed sketches because I like the look of sketches and their a fun alternative to full blown paintings.

And so my first one to offer to the public is this, a 5x7" framed sketch of a little old fashioned girl holding a jack o lantern. If you think perhaps she should come to live with you, then all you need to do is leave me a comment! A winner will be chosen on Friday of this week!

Best of luck! And thanks so much to all who have entered my giveaways. I appreciate it very much!~
~h

Golden Autumn

It has been a whirlwind the last few days-- prepping for the upcoming show and doing birthday festivities. I did have a very nice birthday, thank you so much to my friends and family who made turning 30 so fun and full of exceptionally good food :) I received some nice autumnal clothes, books on stitching and quilting, a nice stash of tea and (pumpkin!!) coffee, beautiful yarn and a new pattern to make a lovely scarf, and a good amount of Anthropolgie wonderfulness. You all know me too well!

On the way to my parents' house for dinner on the evening of my birthday, I insisted we stop at this little field where these beautiful yellow flowers were growing. I pass this field literally almost every day, it's just a jaunt from my house. I had never fully stopped to look it over though and realize how beautiful it really was, with the little pond and trees and this massive bramble of yellow flowers (daisies?). The flowers were covered in monarch butterflies, who were enjoying the flowers as much as we were. It was all so pretty and golden in the evening sunset, and a perfect background for some snapshots of my little golden gal.

Another great reminder that there are things of beauty just out our doorstep, we just need to look at them with new eyes some times.

Well, it's just a week until Indie Emporium. I'm getting all nervous and fretful that I dont have enough things to bring, which usually ends up with me having a completely stuffed display. Let's hope that happens again!

I do have some new prints to share and I will start working on getting a few of those listed on etsy ASAP so those of you who cant come to the show can enjoy them. I am really pleased with how they came out. New prints include Cecily, Maple and Bittersweet, Susannah and Mercy Butler, and a few others.

And if you're in the Tulsa area next weekend, I encourage you to come out to Indie Emporium! It is so much fun and all handmade.

Be back with more news in a bit~
H

Giveaway Winner!

Hello dears! Oh, what a busy day! And a good one too :) first day of fall and my birthday!
I'm just swooping in to announce this week's giveaway winner--- Linnie!!!

Congratulations, Linnie! I hope you enjoy the book!

I'll be listing my last giveaway on Monday, so don't forget to come visit then and have one last chance to win!~

Thank you all,
H

Haunting Decor....

If you've known me for any length of time you'll know that I love fall. So much so, that I insist that I was 3 weeks overdue because I wanted to be a fall baby (my mom is still trying to forgive me for this.)

Autumn is just so....spooky and sweet at once. And that's a combination I love. So of course you know once September arrived, all bets were off and I brought out the halloween. Here are a few shots of my haunting decor....

These spooky beeswax ornaments just arrived in the mail yesterday and I love them! These were made by Melissa of Farm Field Primitives using a Homespun Heart design. They look like the carvings in old New England headstones and I love that. Old headstones were really such works of art!

I love Halloween so much that I tend to collect most of my art in autumn themes, so this is a fun time of year to bring all that out. The big papier mache dolls on the mantle are by Nicol Sayre, and the little skeleton candle holders are part of the 'boney bunch' line from Yankee Candle.

There are lots of ways you can go with halloween decor--- some tacky, some scary, some vintage. I enjoy a more old-timey halloween look. What are your favorite ways to decorate this season? And have you dragged it all out yet, or are you one of those people who can wait a bit (I am obviously not!)

Hope you have a wonderful fall season!~ And don't forget, there's still time to enter the giveaway for the Laura Frantz novel!~
~H


Giveaway: The Colonel's Lady

Good afternoon everyone! Sorry for the late start. We're entering 'that time'; that frenzied, confused, befuddled and constantly crafting time just before a show. But I didn't forget about the giveaway! And oh, it's a good one!

I am so pleased to offer you, dear readers, a chance to win a copy of Laura Frantz's latest novel "The Colonel's Lady" this week.

I just finished my copy of the novel and am still missing the characters a bit. Laura is an amazing writer, one who can bring you into her historical world and let you see all the beauty and grit of a time long ago. Fueled by her love of the Revolutionary War era and her Kentucky home state, Frantz's novels are always impeccably researched, never shying away from danger and stark realities of the time, but they also have a strong core of faith and heroines and heroes that are incredibly believable.

"The Colonel's Lady" is set in in a rural military fort at the edge of the frontier of "Kentucke." The heroine, Roxanna Rowan, arrives at the fort in search of her father, who worked there as scrivener for the commanding colonel, only to find that he has been killed on the last military mission. She soon finds herself the wary ward and employee of the dashing but demanding Colonel McLinn who carries a dark and heavy secret that threaten to destroy his relationship with Roxanna. This story is at once very personal for the characters who struggle with love, death, intrigue, betrayal and forgiveness as well as historically epic, dealing with the harsh realities of fort and military life, battle, and tenuous relations with the native population.

Just released this summer, "The Colonel's Lady" has already garnered for itself many stellar reviews and, in my humble opinion, is Frantz's strongest work yet. With each book (The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little) Frantz seems to find a unique and strong voice that is once incredibly readable and jam-packed with little historical facts and quirks of the day.

This isn't just a historical romance either; like her other books before, this is a wilderness adventure, a story of a struggle in faith, and an examination of the different lives and people and situations that were unfolding as the United States struggled to claim itself as a free nation.

Laura has graciously agreed to share a copy of her latest books with one lucky winner here at Audrey Eclectic, so if you would like to win a copy, it's really simple! Just leave a comment here on this post! If you're a follower or share the giveaway elsewhere (facebook, twitter, etc) you increase your chances of winning, just let me know!

Winner will be announced on Friday.

Thanks so much to Laura and good luck!~
~H

A Rosey Outlook and Giveaway Winner

Hello friends! It's a rainy gray day here in Oklahoma, and it's marvelous! We haven't had a day like this in a long, long time. The kind where you want to wrap up in something knitted and drink cocoa like it was going out of style.

First and foremost, thanks to all who entered the Sweetheartville giveaway! I'm so glad you all got to meet Holly and see her fabulous creations and listen to some of her great music. Holly and I both will be at Indie Emporium at the end of this month selling our art, so if you're in town, please stop by and see us!

The giveaway winner for the free Sweetheartville print is..........Sidereal Day! Congrats!

Don't fret though, another brand new giveaway for the Big Birthday/Happy Fall Blog Party stars Monday! :)

As for me? Well, I am deep in the tizzy of craft show prep. As shown in the photo above I am going rag rose crazy lately, I hope to bring a whole new element of accessories to my Audrey Eclectic booth this year with rose pendants and knitted accessories featuring the little rose pendants. I'll also have painted ceramics and of course tons of prints, postcards and original paintings. Not too long ago I was able to purchase a postcard carousel at a shop that was closing and it's the most magical and marvelous thing! Hurray for getting the cards up off the table!

Well, I'm off to make more. My poor house is a wreck of crafting supplies....but I gotta keep crafting and painting!

Have a great weekend!~
h

Primitive Portrait

I love primitive Americana style portraits. Whenever I see a room where one hangs, my eye goes right to it. What is it about these rustic "naive" style portraits, as they're sometimes called, that is so enchanting?

For me, I love the history and 'moment in time' they convey in a way that their stuffy and formal European counterparts rarely do. Early American portraits came about as our nation began to find it's voice and blossom. People started to make money and succeed and they carried with them the memory of homelands where the rich and powerful had their likenesses made for posterity. So, by golly, they would too.

Eagerly, local artists began to fill that need, whether by creating quick silhouette works (which I love), painted portraits, and even murals. However, most of these artists (like myself) lacked the formal and classical training of European artists. But what they lacked in training they made up for with personality and unique flare.

Lately I've really been enamored with this time in history and the art it produces. I'm a history lover, but more than that I think I'm more of a lover of anthropology-- the study of the life and culture and art. I'm more interested in how people lived and thought, their every day mundaneness that is at the same time so foreign and familiar to us now so many decades and even centuries later. I love, as always, the story more than the bare facts and timelines. I love the idea of looking at a portrait of a young mother from 250 years ago and thinking I know just what's she's feeling.

And so. With that on my mind I created "Susannah and Mercy Butler." They are totally and utterly made up out of my own head. But I liked the names and wanted a portrait that was rustic but had an autumn feel. I love that whoever eventually puts this painting in their home will be able to create a story in their mind for Susannah and Mercy, if they so wish.

What about you? What do you think their story would be? Where are they from? How did they get here? What was their adventure in life? The possibilities are endless....

~H

Clara & her doll

One of my most favorite magazine is Early American Life. I do a discreet little dance at the mailbox whenever it arrives. It never fails to fascinate and inspire me, and make me want to get to painting some Americana style paintings.

This weekend the Christmas issue arrived in my mailbox and the moment I turned to the story about Izannah Walker dolls by artists Edyth O'Neill and Dixie Redmond I was enamored by the photo of a little daguerreotype of a small girl holding her Izannah Walker doll. That was it. I had to paint her!
I mean, just look at that little face! According to the magazine, the daguerreotype was labeled as "Clara Eddy Eight years old." It was reported to come from Providence Rhode Island, and according to FamilyTree.org, a Clara Eddy was born in 1849 in Providence, although its unconfirmed if the girl in the photo and the girl in the records are one in the same.
My painting is not an exact rendition of the photo; mostly I added in my own background and the pattern of the dresses are slightly changed. From what I could tell from the daguerreotype, the colors of the dresses are very similar if not identical. I thought it would be sweet to show a little girl and her doll in nearly matching frocks.

I wasn't sure how it would turn out, since this painting came about as suddenly inspired, but I think it turned out pretty sweet! I love the idea that this tiny little girl from so long ago has inspired me, a girl from long after her time to create something that perhaps, will last long after my time. Things like that make me happy :)

Well, off to do some errands this morning and then get back to the studio to paint. Some cooler fall weather is on its way, perhaps with even a little rain, and I know I will really be raring to go then.

Hope you have a wonderful day....and if you haven't already, don't forget to enter the giveaway for one of Sweetheartville's beautiful prints!

Til next time,
~H

Giveaway: Love From Sweetheartville

Good morning and Happy Monday, everyone! It's time again to announce this week's giveaway for the Big Birthday/Happy Fall September Blog Party!~ I'm so excited to announce this week's giveaway because it comes from a very good friend.

I'd like you all to meet Holly, one of my dearest and craftiest friends. We met a few years ago at a craft show that we were both doing for the first time. She even won the prize for best booth! Since then I've come to know her as one of the sweetest, sassiest and craftiest girls out there. She has so many talents. And one of these talents is the creation of her wonderful crafty art prints that celebrate womanhood, craftyness, and humor. Holly has kindly offered to give this week's giveaway winner their pick of any print in her shop. All you have to do is comment on this post, with double entry for anyone who joins the follower's list or shares the giveaway on their blog, twitter, facebook, etc.

I just know you're going to love Holly and her work. Here's a little bit more about this lovely gal and her empire of Sweetheartville....

Name: Holly Hall
Business: Sweetheartville

Tell us a little about yourself:
I'm a born and raised Oklahoman, a mama to two little girls, a wife to a funny, amazingly talented musician, and a homemaker. I'm also an artist, though I've only recently had the courage to admit that, even to myself. The word "artist" can have such a pretentious ring to it, but it really shouldn't be that way. I've always been a creator. I dabble in sewing, gluing things together, embroidery, crochet, painting, collage, baking, canning, gardening, decorating, and music. I'm an unapologetic feminist, and a collector of too much stuff. I'll try just about anything once.
What inspires you to create your art?
I have so very many inspirations that I sometimes become so overstimulated and full of inspiration that I'm paralyzed, unable to translate all that beautiful creativity into something concrete. First and foremost, I'm inspired by the past--paper ephemera, Victorian postcards, old houses, old signs, quirky roadside attractions, kitschy souvenirs, and vintage Western wear. I'm a licensed cosmetologist, so I'm naturally drawn to vintage hairstyles and notions of beauty. I've always loved the Ozark Mountain regions of Arkansas and Missouri, and the folkways of mountain people. Music, especially country, Bluegrass, and old-time music, is a huge inspiration for me. I was raised on Bluegrass music with a Dobro-playing father. Those high lonesome vocals and mournful lyrics are forever ingrained in my subconscious.

What are some of your new items you've debuted this year:
Back in December of 2009, at the suggestion of a friend, I created a kitschy "prayer" candle featuring St. Tammy, Patron Saint of Hairstylists. Those candles were such a hit that my line of imagined "saints" has since expanded to cover many of the domestic arts, such as baking, sewing, and knitting, with more to come. I'm excited to now offer 8 x 10" prints of my Sweetheartville Saints, as well as some of my other artwork.

Why are you so passionate about home made and old timey things?
As long as I can remember, I've felt this very real connection to the past and to my ancestors. I think some of it comes from being raised in a house built by my great-grandmother's own hands and from spending hours roaming the pastures and hay meadows of 300 acres of northeastern Oklahoma grazing land that belonged to five generations of my family. I think of all the amazing, resourceful, strong women that came before me and am just so humbled by how really hard day-to-day life was for them, and how they handled it with so much grace. What our great-great grandmothers went through just to put a meal on the table and dress their children in clean clothes boggles my mind. It's exhausting just to think about, but they did it with little complaint, because it's what had to be done. And then to think that in the midst of all this hard, physical labor they created so many beautiful and useful things--quilts from scraps, handmade furniture, embroidered linens and rag rugs. And a little more recently, our grandmothers made beautiful clothing and the most remarkable little (albeit kitschy) doodads, decorations and gifts from nothing more than jar lids, old bleach bottles and scraps of nylon net and felt.
My mother taught me to respect and treasure old and handmade things. Growing up, nearly everythingin our home was second hand out of necessity, but also by choice. I grew up going to garage sales and junk shops, wearing other people's castoff clothes, and repainting old furniture long before it was fashionable. I choose to surround myself and my own family with pieces of the past, and to make things by hand and from scratch when I can, because I believe that it's important to preserve the old ways and knowledge for my daughters. Our predecessors deserve to be honored in that way, and our children deserve to be empowered to be more self-sufficient, creative and frugal.

Not only are you a crafty gal, you're also one half of the musical duo "Welcome Little Stranger." Tell us about your music:
My mister (and best friend of thirteen years) and I write and record songs together as time allows, which isn't very often with two little girls underfoot! I pen most of the lyrics, and my ridiculously talented husband writes the music, plays most of the instruments, and engineers the recordings. He can play just about anything, and is first and foremost a rock n' roller, but he got a Bluegrass education when he met me. Our Welcome Little Stranger stuff is pretty dark and folky, with lots of Autoharp, dulcimer, mandolin, and gritty guitars. Many of the lyrics are inspired by actual historical events, such as the rather gruesome "Governor's Ball", based on the story of Big Nose George.

Are there any local shows going on in the future where Okie shoppers can find you and your wares?
Yes! I'm excited to be participating in Indie Emporium in Tulsa again this year on September 30th and October 1st, and I also plan to participate in Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar in Oklahoma City on December 10th.

Audrey Eclectic Decor

One of my favorite things about making art is when others fall in love with a piece and it takes on a whole new deeper meaning, or gives them inspiration in some way. Like the photos above-- two of my prints, Clare on the Dunes and Anne and Diana inspired a lovely customer named Abby and her daughter when they were "de-pinking" her daughter's room and giving it a more grown up girl look.

Didn't their room make over just come out stunning? I love how they took the beachy blues and whites of both paintings and brought it into the whole room. It looks so beautiful and restful. And I love the pup in the room too!~

Ooooh, and I even spy my Emily Dickinson hand painted cup sitting on the night stand, do you see it? Thank you so much, Abby, for sharing these with me! You really made my day!

A closer look at the paintings that inspired them....

If you have photos of your Audrey Eclectic displayed in your home, I'd love to see them! And I'd love to post them here if you'd be up for it. Just send me an email at audreyeclectic (at) gmail.com.


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And in an off topic aside, I'd like to wish you all, this September 11, 2011, a day of peace and reflection and love surrounded by your family and friends. What a changing day this was, all those 10 years ago. May we never forget, and be made stronger by our remembrance.

Halloween Girls + Giveaway Winner!~

It's friday! And do you know what that means? I wont make you wait....The giveaway winner for this week is.....Annie! Thanks to all who entered :) I loved all your comments. But don't fret if you didn't win this go-round! My next giveaway will be posted on Monday! And it's going to be a great one!

Now, as for art....

These two little paintings are what I've been working on the past couple of days. Oh, how I love halloween! The painting of the old fashioned woman holding the jack 'o lantern is "Pumpkin Town." Can you see the rolling fields of pumpkins growing behind the little village in the distance? and I tried out some stylized trees in a funny scale. That's what I love about folk art. Scale? Proportion? Attention to detail? Bah! Who needs it? This is art! hehehe....

Then this weekend I watched Practical Magic for the first time in years, and it inspired the little painting "The Witchy Sisters." I worked the sketch while watching the movie, and later Audrey 'finished' the sketch by coloring it. I need to post a photo of it. It's hilarious!

Now that the weather has changed (thank goodness!) I am so in the mood for sweet and spooky things and all the fun that goes with autumn. Bring on the pumpkin patches! The scarecrows! The ghosts! Apple cider! Pumpkin pie! Pumpkin anything! (I'm looking at you, Starbucks pumpkin spice frappuccino....)

What's your favorite thing about autumn?
~h

The Vagabonds

"The Vagabonds", although I didn't know that was their title til they were done, has been in my imagination for a good long while. I knew it should be a large scale painting, and I had an idea for an old-timey, music themed portrait. I didn't know they'd be at the traveling show (see the carnival in the background?) until the background was going in. Funny how that works. But it just seemed meant to be.

I don't do a lot of large scale work, but this fall I'm going to be doing a couple of gallery events, which always call for some larger pieces, and these larger paintings always look great at shows, even if they're rarely purchased. People just aren't going to a craft show to drop a few hundred dollars on a large painting ;)

I really like how these two came out and have an idea in my mind for a large companion painting. I cant wait for people to view it in person! I even took the sand paper to it (as always!) and roughed it up a bit. Can you see the worn edges?

Another cool morning here and I am eager to start the day. I've got a couple of really sweet halloween paintings almost ready to show you. I'll give you a hint-- one involves pumpkins, the other a pair of witchy sisters. You'll have to come back to see them!~

Hope you like the new painting,
~H

A Commission

I wanted to share with you a special commissioned piece that I just finished up. This little painting is for Karen at the blog Lavender & Lovage, where she writes about her adventures in making amazing food at the bed and breakfast she runs in the south of France, as well as at her home in North Yorkshire, UK.

This painting, if you look closely, represents both countries (France with its lavender fields on the left, the UK with a cottage garden and brambles of lovage on the right) and an old fashioned lady mailing off her correspondence between the two lands in the center.

I think it came out really nicely and it was created with the intention of becoming the blog's new banner. You can see/read more about it all on Lavender & Lovage, and also get inspired by some great food with a dash of history and a lot of beauty. It's become one of my favorite daily reads!

Ah, as for today...it will be a blissful 79* for the high! Which means that the windows will all be flung open as I work on a few new paintings. I've got one nearly finished of a girl and a pumpkin, what a shocker that is, haha. I've got a lot of work to do in these coming weeks, not only do I have Indie Emporium at the end of the month, but I'm going to be the featured artist at Deep Fork Wood Grill & Sea Food in OKC from November-January! And I start teaching a weekly painting class for teens in mid-October. And that's really just the start of everything ;)

So, see, yes....busy fall. Gotta paint. Hope you have a wonderful week with some nice cool temperatures where you are. I desperately wish that all this rain falling on the east coast would come round to poor Texas and Oklahoma. We're just parched.

Til next time...
~H

Let's Celebrate: Giveaway #1

Good morning my friends! Hope you had a good weekend. A 'cold front' has swept over the plains, finally, and the weather has actually been...wonderful. This morning when I went out to feed the animals, it was even slightly chilly. It's been so long since it's felt that way, it feels like a small miracle. Something else to celebrate!

As you may have read in previous posts, all this month I'm going to be celebrating the arrival of fall and my approaching birthday--- the official start of fall even happens to be my birthday this year, which is rather auspicious, don't you think?

The first giveaway I'd like to present to you is a collection of my postcards! These are some of my favorite items that I offer, selling them like little folk art hotcakes at shows :) Each card is printed with one of my paintings on one side and a full color image of an actual vintage postcard back on the other. The postcards have rounded edges and a protective UV coating to keep it looking fancy and nice. These are fun to send to friends or family or can be easily framed-- they measure 4x6" and so can fit in a standard frame.

If you'd like a chance to win these postcards it's simple! Just leave a comment on this post. Double your chance of winning by being a 'follower' of the blog as well. And if you're an all-round sweetheart and feel like sharing about the giveaway on twitter, facebook, your own blog, etc. Just leave me a comment here telling me you've done so and increase your chances even more!

Sound good? Ok! The lucky winner will be chosen on Friday, and that will be our giveaway schedule for the month; each giveaway will be shared on Monday and the winner selected friday for the whole month.

Thanks for stopping by and taking part! And good luck!~ :D
~H

September Morning

I've been enjoying the gentler mornings we've been having, and looking forward to some that will even have a bit of a chill to them. My little garden seems to be perking up too in anticipation for fall, and I'm getting rather proud of my gawdy rambling gourd vine just out my back door, we're finally getting baby gourds! They're so soft and pretty, like little new borns should be :)

The roses are also coming out of their heat induced coma, especially the hedge of knock-outs. Earlier this spring I caught a couple of naughty neighborhood girls picking my roses. I will have to keep an eye out for others who might get romanced by the blooms ;) I know I did, and picked a little bouquet to go with breakfast. Which was, of course, pumpkin banana bread! It's september, time for fall bread! (I will be using "it's september" as an excuse for a great many things).

I hope you're ready for some fun celebrations and giveaways this month :) I'm planning on giving away some special treats, and some nice friends are as well! Each monday I am planning to announce a new giveaway, with winners picked each friday. So come back soon, and make sure you get your name in the hat :) All those who comment on the giveaway post or become followers of the blog are eligible to win. That's all it takes!~

So...See you Monday!~
H

It's September! Let's Celebrate!

Hurray! We made it! It is officially September 1st! This is a special time that I have been looking forward to all summer, especially when it was 114* outside :) Fall is just around the bend. While its still triple digits here, a 'cold front' is supposed to come at the beginning of the week and knock us down into the eighties (the eighties?! I'll need a sweater!) and its the start of my most favorite season and my birthday month!

This wont be just any old birthday either. On September 23-- which this year is also the official calender start of autumn-- I will turn 30. I am excited! How utterly grown up! I will feel so mature :) 29 is such an ambivalent age. I know that traditionally 30 is supposed to be a stress inducing birthday, but I see no reason for that. I am a million times more happy, content, and sure of myself than I ever was at 20. At 30 I have a family, a home, and a chance to follow my artist dreams. Yes, 30 is infinitely better than 20 ever was!

And since this month seems to be one of such fresh starts and beginnings and a wonderful season I thought it was high time to throw a month long blog party. What do you say? There will be giveaways galore! And some fun artsy interviews! As well as lots of info about new art and upcoming shows. It'll be fun!~ So stay tuned!~