Category: Other Artists

Making Another Charley Harper Quilt

machine applique and embroidery quilt Charley Harper

Three years ago, I truly enjoyed making a  Charley Harper Applique Embroidery Quilt for my daughter Monet.  It was my first quilt, and so I think it will always be my favorite, as this is when I discovered and feel in love with the process of quilting.

I have always wanted to make another quilt following this pattern, as I really enjoy Charley’s images and the overall whimsical feel of the quilt.  Now that I’m pregnant, and the two kids will be sharing a room, I figured this was my chance.  Monet’s room was built around a gray and pale pink color theme.  I’m going to make Baby Jude’s quilt using a gray and pale turquoise-blue color theme.  I’ll post more later with how I’m going to integrate Baby Jude into Monet’s room, so that the room feels more gender neutral.

My moment for this week was being able to finish two of the blocks for the quilt.  The results are adorable and the best part was seeing how excited Monet was to see the blocks, in anticipation of her baby brother’s arrival.  Monet brought the blocks into her room and played with them.  She pointed out the fish block and the beetle block on her quilt.  She talked about how Baby Jude was going to sleep in her old crib –she went on and on.  And the entire time she talked about Baby Jude, her face was bright and smiley.  I know times will be hard when Baby Jude actually joins us, but I’m hopeful that these two will grow up to be the best of friends.  I can’t express how much that idea warms my heart.
machine applique and embroidery quilt Charley HarperBecause people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, are truly what makes a house a home, I hope you enjoyed this weeks “moment”…

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om [one moment] meet upOM is *one moment* and is a meetup designed to notice & relish a moment in everyday life. The meetup idea was created by Linda at her blog, a la mode stuff.  If you’d like to participate in OM, just click the button and you’ll be taken to Linda’s post explaining it all.

Everyday Napkins Published in Bridal Magazine

everyday napkins

A set of my everyday napkins were featured in a styled table-scape challenge, and were photographed by the talented Kelsy & Butch McCartney, a Wisconsin-based destination husband & wife photo duo.

They are super talented, so talented in fact, that the photos they took were published and made the cover of The Best Wedding Sites Magazine.

You can head on over and view the online edition of The Best Wedding Sites Magazine to take a look.  You can also read more about how this happened here.

Amazing, right!?

Wearing Lots of Hats

pictures handmade quilts

What hats are you wearing today?  I recently talked to Candy Glendening, of Candied Fabrics.  Candy had some excellent insight as to the multiple roles the modern day creative entrepreneur must assume.  Sometimes we find ourselves playing the part of a designer, other times authors, and still yet, artists, bloggers, crafters, teachers, seamstresses, etc. etc. etc. and often along with all this we are mothers and wives.

Why do we do this, Candy and I joked?

It seems that maybe we have to.  It’s something that is within us.  It’s in our blood –we must create.  Candy and I both feel strongly about this.  She would even go so far as to say we should “make things just for the sake of making –that’s how our work grows and evolves”.

Candy Glendening Mod House OrnamentsAfter I got off the phone with Candy, I remembered feeling assured that what I was doing with The Artists’ House was the right thing to do.  You see, I feel people should keep their dreams as the solid foundation of their lives, but often you do need to learn to wear each of those hats to be able to build upon those dreams Candy reminded me.  Candy says, “Although I have many goals in my life, one of my main goals is to continue to grow, develop and evolve as an artist.”  I find that with the busyness of life, we often start to loose our dreams, and I believe that if you are not focused, the chaos of life can obscure what it is you were looking for.

Candy Glendening Messenger BagSo, in conclusion, have your goals in mind, and always be working towards them, but do realize that there are often other roles that you will have to take on to be able to reach those goals.  Don’t let those other hats you must wear sidetrack you, but rather use them to your advantage.  Let those parts of your life connect you to your work and help make it better.  Find how to connect all parts of your everyday life into your goals.  It’s not easy, but if you can do this, I believe you can find success in what you do.

Thanks Candy, for helping me come to this conclusion.

Do you know Candy?  If you don’t, you should.  Candy as a person is amazing, as is her art and her blog.  You can find Candy online through her website Candied Fabrics, facebook page, and on twitter.  Along with that, Candy does a great “Ask Candy” column on A La Mode Stuff.  Also, recently Candy did a great guest post on Scoutie Girl titled “One little house at a time: finding your art, getting published, and going live!” Check it out!

A Discount for Crafty Holiday Blog Hoppers

support handmade etsy saleBaby Jives

Use the code “CraftyHoliday10” to take 10% off any purchase in Baby Jives shop and if you are in the US I will upgrade your shipping to Priority for Free!  Promotion ends December 24th.

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support handmade etsy saleDodeline Design

Dodeline Design is having a sale!  10% off through midnight on 12/13/10 on all holiday cards and personalized card sets.

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Molly Muses

USA Residents in Time for Christmas Sale:  Prices are marked 10% off between now until 11pm December 15th (Eastern Time) through the etsy on sale app.  If you are outside of the USA you can enjoy the sale, but photography prints will definitely not make it to you by Christmas 🙂

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Bridget and Lucy

20% off from now until December 19th at midnight (last day to order for Christmas delivery!)

coupon code – HOLIDAY20

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machine applique quiltThe Artists’ House

Free shipping in the U.S. and 15% off all items now through 12/16/10.

All items guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas.

Coupon code -CRAFTYHOLIDAY

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support handmade etsy saleCatie’s Blue

Enjoy free First Class shipping worldwide at Catie’s Blue! Prices have already been adjusted, so you can purchase as normal. Promotion runs till Wednesday, December 15th, at which time Catie’s Blue will close for the holidays.

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support handmade etsy saleMolly Finds

USA Residents in Time for Christmas Sale:  Prices  are marked 30% between now until 11pm  December 15th (Eastern Time) through the etsy on sale app.
If you are outside of the USA you can enjoy the sale, but it probably won’t make it by Christmas 🙂

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support handmade sale etsyWhat. No Mints?

10% off your entire purchase – Simply enter the coupon code BLOGHOP10 at checkout!  Promotion ends Friday, December 17th.

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support handmade etsy salek.o’brien jewelry

20% off now through 12.18.10
enter code: craftyholiday10

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support handmade saleCandied Fabrics

I’m offering free Priority Mail shipping in the US from now until December 17 (international orders I’ll take $5.50 off the total shipping cost.)

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support handmade etsy saleMarked by the Muse Inspirational Art Shop by Stephey Baker

Exclusive “Crafty Holiday Hop” Angelic Special = LTD Print Save $8.00 or

Save 10% with coupon code IAMSHINING

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Gadanke

Start celebrating your story with a Gadanke journal.  Each Gadanke book has writing prompts to get the creativity flowing, perfect for documenting your world. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll never forget.

Take 15% off your order with the code HANDMADE.  Expires on Tuesday, 12/14/2010, at midnight.

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support handmade sale etsyLissaBee Creations

10% discount on everything in my crochet shop, now until 12/19. Use coupon code: HappyHolidays2010.

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support handmade etsy saleWhollyafool

Whollyafool is a small shop on etsy featuring photo prints, art, scrap packs collage and journaling, and “wanderlust” map pendants. Everything in the shop is 15% off until New Years Day. Use the coupon code ‘happyholiday’ at checkout to receive the discount.

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support handmade sale on etsyRoseWoolls Designs

is based in original leather work and whimsical knits waiting to find their homes. Not only is it the holiday season, but it’s my birthday too!

From now until December 20th everything in the shop is 15% off when you use the code HAPPYHAPPY.

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“A Crafty Holiday” hops on just one more week.  We hop to kristen walker today where she wrote a truthful and funny post on buying handmade — a Christmas Mix Tape (err, CD) will  also be given to someone drawn randomly from her comments.  Check it out.

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So tell me, did you buy any handmade gifts this holiday season?

Treasury Love

I was honored to be featured in three separate treasuries this weekend –both the treasuries, as well as the shops of their creators, were lovely.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

MollysMuses:

11x14 Black and White bamboo fine art Molly O'Bryon-Welpott World Consciousness

“Butterscoth and Turquoise” Treasury by MollysMuses


Vintage metal tree earr…

$18.00

Winter Glow- rust orang…

$35.00

get your cake on handma…

$7.00

Classic Vintage Chain M…

$24.00

Butterscotch Love – Gol…

$17.00

Aromatherapy Rosemary L…

$19.50

Little Mosaic Magnet wi…

$12.00

Circle Ring in Taupe, L…

$95.00

Stretching Out – Print …

$15.00

Stone Shaped Bowl (Spec…

$220.00

Teapot Girls Night Out …

$250.00

Antique Swiss Embroider…

$125.00

Bluebell Necklace

$40.00

Signed Blackinton Victo…

$425.00

1950’s Vintage Polk…

$275.00

Generated using Treasury HTML code generator by Whale Shark Websites.

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InaMaeVintage:

Montgomery Ward Vintage Sewing Machine

“Time” Treasury by InaMaeVintage


reflections- photograph

$20.00

Ungraspable – Etching 5…

$35.00

Time Is Passing By / 2

$12.00

Small Vintage Grocers T…

$25.00

Fiber Wall Art – Time i…

$75.00

Time

$7.50

Steampunk Ring – King&#…

$40.00

Take Time Each Day 8×10

$18.00

Time Book

$15.00

Hidden Methodology – Vi…

$49.00

Angel Assemblage Art …

$40.00

Antique Brass Clock Wor…

$145.00

Golden TIME

$46.00

Vintage Winged Time Des…

$7.98

Time Flies Letterpress …

$12.00

Generated using Treasury HTML code generator by Whale Shark Websites.

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ColoursBetweenSeas:

A vintage morning

“Cozy Evenings” by ColoursBetweenSeas


tiny candy pompom snow2…

$70.00

Cat

$25.00

2 Lavender bags- lavend…

$12.00

SALE SALE Like a Prince…

$31.00

Floating in the Clouds …

$48.00

Cotton Candy, Free Ship…

$69.00

Kissed By Pink – 8×8 Fi…

$28.00

Pink High Heel Shoe Reu…

$15.00

Double Capuchino 8×10 p…

$18.00

Embossed Paper Stickers…

$3.60

Sweet Dreams -Print – 1…

$15.00

Vintage Spanish crochet…

$17.00

Sneak Attack – lace, ch…

$90.00

Lovely Bouquet – Suede …

$38.00

Fallen leaves

$28.50

Generated using Treasury HTML code generator by Whale Shark Websites.

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I hope you have as much fun clicking through these treasuries as I did –maybe they will inspire some holiday gift giving ideas.

Don’t forget to keep following  “A Crafty Holiday”.

Don’t Tell My Dog

Don't Tell My Dog by Emily King on Etsy
“Don’t Tell My Dog” by Emily King on Etsy

I recently had the privilege of meeting Emily King from Paper’s Edge. I have admired her work ever since the Kimball Arts Festival this past summer.  Come to find out, she is as warm and sweet as the art she creates.

creative antics by Emily King on Etsy
“Creative Antics” by Emily King on Etsy

We ended up doing a trade –I got the two beauties pictured above and she snatched up one of my machine applique fabric wall art creations pictured below.

Personalized Mixed Media Fiber Wall Art - Living Room Setting
Personalized Mixed Media Fiber Wall Art by Angela Flicker on Etsy

I hope that my piece of art has warmed her home, as much as her art has helped to warm mine.

Featured and Honored

vintage bike and flowers(Picture from Mollys Muses Fine Art Photography on Etsy)

Unfortunately, I don’t have a blog post for you today.  I’m knee deep in fabric and quilts –working on custom orders, a secret project, and getting ready for upcoming holiday shows.

There is some good news though –I’ve been featured elsewhere.  At first, I didn’t know the protocol for things like this.  I was super giddy to be mentioned on such fabulous blogs, by such fabulous woman, but didn’t know if I should mention it to my readers.  Would it sound arrogant?  After time passed though, I realized that I was being silly, I should share my triumphs with you.

And so today, you should check out my past features over at…

Candied Fabrics as part of her Maker’s Must series

Molly’s Muses as part of her handmade countdown to Christmas series

Both of these woman are amazing artists.  You really should follow the before mentioned links, and check out their work as well.

Go on, go visit their homes today 😉

candied fabrics mod houses
(Picture from Candied Fabrics)

A Crafty Holiday Blog Hop Event

I’ve been thinking a lot about all the “crafty” talk on the web these days– talk from people just like me trying to make a living doing what they love with their crafty and artistic abilities, talk about the importance in supporting crafters and artists, talk about “mindful spending” and buying handmade or local when appropriate.

machine applique christmas tree with presents and button ornaments

I believe in this “crafty talk” and as a result, personally I am vowing to buy handmade this Holiday Season.

But I don’t want to stop there.

My desire is to really make a difference outside of me, to challenge all our readers, family, and friends to think about the way they buy this holiday season.  I want to encourage, rather inspire, everyone to buy “crafty” and handmade, and to help people realize that by buying from artists they are buying from real people.

Won’t you help?

I’m running a blog hop event called, “A Crafty Holiday”.  Participating blogs will join together and share a ring of posts linked to this cause.  We will jump from blog to blog, being able to both link forward and back much like a chain letter.  We’ll start on November 1st and continue on until we loop it back around to the start, making it all the way to mid-December.

Each participant will be assigned a day, and on that day they will post two things on their blogs:

1)    Why are you vowing to have “A Crafty Holiday”?

2)    What’s on your “Holiday Shopping List”?

(Note:  This should be a list of handmade items you want, need, plan to buy, along with handmade items you plan to possibly purchase for others.  Make a list with photos and links. This list is to be made up of handmade goods from other crafters and artists.  This is not an opportunity to promote ones own goods, rather an opportunity to promote all the wonderful talent out there.)

Also, if you feel inspired to do so, give your readers at least one tip that makes buying “crafty” a little easier or offer logistical reasons for why they should consider buying “crafty”.

  • You could suggest a local holiday craft shows in your area.
  • Or offer advise on buying things off Etsy.  For example, you might suggest people signup for the “Etsy Finds – Daily shopping guide to the best of etsy.com” emails.  It’s awesome looking at all the “eye candy” they send out and it helps keep hand crafted gifts in mind on a regular basis.
  • You could mention things like, “Avoid the crowded stores and shop online in the comfort of your own home”.

Would you like to participate?

Please leave your name, blog, and an email address as a comment below.  Then grab a button to place on your blog, showing your participation.  (Code for two different buttons can be found at the end of this post.)

The deadline to enter your blog for participation is October 14th.

All participants will be notified by October 25th, via a page on my blog.  On this day I’ll post a schedule, announcing all the participants and their assigned blog day.  This event will run from November 1st – December 20th.

(Note:  If you have a specific time frame for when you would like to post your entry, you can mention that in your comment below.  I’ll try to accommodate everyone’s needs, but please realize that’s a lot of variables.  I’ll try my best though.)

So what do you say? Are you planning on having “A Crafty Holiday”?

A special thanks to Linda  at A La Mode Stuff and Tara from Scoutie Girl, for helping support this event.

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The Agony and the Ecstasy

Have you read The Agony and the Ecstasy by Iriving Stone?  Here’s a quote from the book, (Michelangelo after being asked to create something uninspiring) “He needed work, not merely because of the money involved but because he was growing restless. It would put marble in his hands”.  While Michelangelo is very well known for his painting ability, working with marble was Michelangelo’s living breath, the thing that kept him alive everyday.

"David" by Michelangelo

"David" by Michelangelo

I’ve been thinking a lot about inspiration and passion lately, the two fuels that drive great work.  But what about success?  Does passion and inspiration always lead to success?  Unfortunately not.  And when I say success I mean financial success, success through society’s eyes.  Please don’t judge.  I am by no means driven only by financial success, rather usually by passion, but with a family comes responsibility, meaning bills, and so I must let “financial success” channel my decisions, along side my passion and inspirations.

In The Agony and the Ecstasy, we read about how Michelangelo’s family, the Pope, and the Church stood as barriers to the artistic genius that Michelangelo was.  Often his passions and inspirations were set aside, or put on hold, as he was forced to respond instead to the demands that society was putting on him.  And while Michelangelo does respond, it takes him an entire life to learn the value in balancing these two powerful forces.

Being an artist is a balancing act, but it’s important to find that line and learn to walk it.   It might be a means to “putting marble in your hands.”  And so today I share with you some lessons I’ve learned from Michelangelo, along with links from other artists on the web as they talk about these same lessons…

I leave you with one final quote from The Agony and the Ecstasy , “Life has been good. God did not create me to abandon me. I have loved marble, yes, and paint too. I have loved architecture, and poetry too. I have loved my family and my friends. I have loved God, the forms of the earth and the heavens, and people too. I have loved life to the full, and now I love death as its natural termination. Il Magnifico would be happy: for me, the forces of destruction never overcame creativity.”

Has Art Ever Spoken to You?

Lisa Kattenbraker
Determined by Lisa Kattenbraker

Has art ever spoken to you? You know, the image literally jumps off the page and speaks directly to you and your life experiences; tugs on your heart strings and causes some weird water like substance to fall from your eyes? Have you ever had this experience?  I’m happy to say that I have had this experience, most recently this past week when my husband and I attended the Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake City.  Here I met Lisa Kattenbraker and most instantly fell in love with both her, her work, and the medium of batik.
Lisa Kattenbraker
You can follow this link to learn more about batik or to see more of Lisa’s new work
The print above is the image I purchased for my new studio slash office, which is being remodeled by my wonderful husband as we speak.  The piece is titled She was always prepared for what she suspected might be just around the corner.  This is the image that brought tears to my eyes as my baby screamed and my husband kindly asked me to “just pick one already.”

What a hopeful and inspiring message.

I can’t wait to hang this beautiful masterpiece, so that everyday, happy or gray, it can speak to me again, and tell me my future.

Has art ever spoken to you?  What did it say?

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