Friday, September 18, 2009

New Images up on Etsy

I posted a couple of new images on Etsy in the last few days, check them out! They're very colorful, which is great for me at this time of the year because Northern California gets very hot, dry, and brown in September and October. Hopefully El Nino will bring us some extra rain and turn everything green again!

This one, the sunny sky and yellow flowers, actually sold today, as part of Etsy's "Buy One, Get One Free" promotion. The promotion's still going on until Sunday, September 20th, check out my shop announcement for details.

And if you get a chance, please fill out my short shop/interest survey, there's a link in the post right below this one. The first 50 people who fill out the survey get a "25% off" redemption code for my shop.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Long Hiatus, and New Survey

Sorry I've been gone so long (again). The fiance and I are trying desperately to buy a house in a (still) very expensive market, and it's draining us of all of our mental energy. That, and I have a 5th year PhD thesis committee meeting coming up, where several professors decide whether I'm still "on track" to graduate on time. So, some stress there!

I just wanted to ask you, my followers, if you could please fill out a short survey that I generated about interest in my Etsy shop. I'm trying to decide what products to offer for the upcoming holiday season, and I figured this would be a good way to identify good and bad ideas. If you fill out the survey, you are in no way obligated to purchase anything from me, and I will not distribute any information you may provide.

The first 50 people who fill out the survey and leave a contact e-mail address will receive a 25% discount code for your entire purchase in my shop. You can transfer the code to someone else if you'd like, but each code can only be used for one purchasing session.

Thanks a lot in advance, I hope you are all doing well!

Click Here to take survey

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

New posts to come shortly!

Things have been very busy in my life lately, and I'm sorry that I haven't been able to post regularly during the last few weeks. I will resume regular posts after I return from vacation (my sister's wedding in Buffalo, NY). In the meantime, please check out and enter the giveaway for one of my matted prints, hosted by the Etsy Veg Team.

Etsy Veg Team giveaway!

If you like my work, please spread the word of the giveaway to anyone who might like photography or art for their walls :)

Thanks, and I'll be posting more next week!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Knit One One Craft Sale - Purchase

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Knit One One craft show and bought prints from me! I really appreciate your support!

My prints are still available on my Etsy page - - and I'll let you know if and when I do another physical craft show.

Thanks, and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Some news :)

Sorry, I'm still working on getting another crop of featured Etsy sellers, so that post will be delayed until later this week, I think. I just wanted to share two pieces of news with you.

First, I finally got my custom engagement ring, and I wanted to share a couple of photos of it. It was a long process, mostly because we weren't sure what we wanted at first, but I think the result is great, and perfectly suited to me. If anyone wants the same ring, too bad! No, just kidding, it is custom, but I'd be happy to share some of the details to make a similar ring.

Second news: Just a reminder that I'm going to be in a craft/art sale in Berkeley this Saturday. It's at Knit One One studios at 3360 Adeline St in Berkeley. Here's the flyer for the sale; unfortunately, they asked me to participate at the last minute and my name isn't on the flyer. But I will be there :)

Knit One One website

Knit One One blog

Even if you don't live in the area and can't make it, you can still benefit! In celebration of my first show, I'm going to do a special promotion on my Etsy shop this weekend, buy one get one free for all of my prints. Check my shop announcement for details on Friday.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Etsy Seller Tuesday - Mysticwynd!

I have the pleasure of featuring another great Etsy seller today, Karen of Mysticwynd! Her shop is full of beautiful, colorful jewelry, and there's so much to choose from! Also, Karen featured my shop in her blog when I was first getting started on Etsy, so I really appreciate her willingness to support fellow Etsy sellers. I asked Karen a few questions, and I hope you enjoy getting to know this wonderful seller!

Empty Nest Necklace - $24

amefaust: You have a huge variety of colors, textures and styles represented in your jewelry. Where do you generally find your components, and how do you decide on each piece's personality?

mysticwynd: My components come from a variety of sources - wholesale suppliers, bead and gem shows and boutiques, private artisans, and I occassionally even find a piece or two at an estate or garage sale that is worthy of upcycling or repurposing.

As to deciding on a piece's "personality," I'll blame it on my overactive imagination combined with some outside inspiration (like a song, or looking through a photo album, or even a random thought). From there, it's just about finding the right components. Sometimes my brain works in reverse and I'll look through my stash of supplies, mixing and matching until something works for me!

Koi Pond Earrings - $10

amefaust: What made you decide to feature so many Etsy sellers on your blog, rather than just focusing on your own art?

mysticwynd: My blog is another artistic release for me. I love to write and find it very therapeutic for me, perhaps that's why I tend to do things a little differently on my blog. You'll find that most of my articles have a story line or theme - which I love to illustrate with some of the amazing finds on Etsy.

If I wasn't a member of the Etsy community, I'd be illustrating my blog posts with my own photos or public domain photos - promoting other Etsians helps me do a better job of illustrating, makes my posts more interesting, and gives them some free exposure! If I were limited to my own items, I think I'd probably find my articles too limited to enjoy.

I guess I'm also a believer in karma to a degree - so I try to help others as much as I can. Positive energy begets positive results in the long term. Besides, I actually do sneak my own pieces in from time to time and I have an Etsy mini of my own shop items on my blog, so I think I do a pretty good job of keeping my bases covered!

Tidal Pool Necklace and Pendant - $33

amefaust: In your profile, you say you live in Arizona. I've never been there, what's the best and the worst thing about living there?

mysticwynd: Hmmm... worst things (want to get those out of the way!):

1) Temperatures over 105 (it's pretty comfortable to that point!)

2) Scorpions and snakes and a couple other critters that are too gross to mention!

3) Our limited highway system (most of the main points of interest only have one main highway connecting them - if there's an accident or closure, be prepared to be stuck or do a lot of extra driving!)

4) Would you believe too much sun? I actually love it when it's cloudy or raining because on average, we only have around 70 cloudy days a year! (The upside is that you can plan virtually anything outdoors and be pretty sure that rain won't ruin your plans!)

Best things:

1) Temperatures under 105 - which is 9 months out of the year. While I own winter clothes, I rarely need more than a light jacket unless I'm up in the mountains!

2) The mountains - I can drive 2 hours to the mountains in winter, play in the snow for a couple hours, and then drive home and swim in the pool. Can't beat that!

3) All of the amazing places of interest - In addition to the Grand Canyon, there are a number of other incredible canyons, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Visiting the Indian ruins or places like Tombstone is like walking through the pages of ancient history. We also have extensive systems of canyons, dormant volcano fields, our own huge meteor crater and some of the most beautiful red rocks (in the Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon area) that you will see anywhere in the world! Arizona is also home to a number of observatories (which is so cool if you're into stargazing)

4) Our summer rainy season (which used to be called our monsoon)- we get some of the most amazing summer storms in Arizona. I have a friend who actually did his doctoral thesis on lightning and even he is awed by the intensity and beauty of the storms here. But I guess you have to like storms and not be intimidated when you see that precursor of a thousand foot wall of sand heading for you!

Golden Delicious Graduated Bead Necklace - $17

Thanks so much for sharing your art and life, Karen! Good luck to you!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Back from vacation, and new photo post!

Hello, I'm back from my Maine vacation, full of bug bites and wonderful memories of the Allagash brewery in Portland, ME. It's seriously one of the best American craft breweries, and anyone who drinks beer should try it or visit the brewery if they're in the area.

I have a couple of new pictures to share with you, not as many as I'd hoped because the weather didn't really cooperate, but a few nice ones came out of the trip.

This was part of the root system of a fallen tree that had turned into driftwood at Parson's Beach in Southern Maine. I love how the shallow depth of focus allows some of the patterns to be sharp and others sort of dreamily fuzzy.

Pea shoot tendrils climbing and twisting their way around a wire fence. The patterns they make are amazing, and the bright springy green was really beautiful!

Ducklings! We were walking around a wooded path that led to a little inlet, and right as we broke out of the trees and looked down to the shore, we saw a whole gaggle of ducklings and one *very* protective mother. I was only able to get a few shots before the mother put an end to it and led her babies to the other side of the inlet. Aren't they fuzzy and cute?

That's all I have time to prepare for today. I'll post a few more images from this trip later in the week. Have a great day!

Friday, July 3, 2009

I'm going to be in a craft show!

I'm sorry I've been slow with posting new photographs; there's a bit of a backlog because of my work and personal life (searching for our first home) getting very hectic. We're going on vacation next week, so stay tuned for new blog posts starting Monday, July 13, and possibly some great new photographs from Maine!

I wanted to let you know that I've been invited to join a craft show on July 25th at the Knit One One studio in Berkeley! It's going to be my first craft show ever, and my first opportunity to show off my photography in person, so I'm very nervous but excited. As you can see by looking at my Etsy shop, I haven't made any Etsy sales since opening my shop. I've sold two prints through Made It Myself, but nothing on Etsy yet. I'm hoping some in-person exposure will help increase my sales, and it'll at the very least give me a chance to give out business cards to some local art supporters.

So if you live in the area (or know anyone who does), please try to come to the craft show! It's Saturday, July 25th, at Knit One One (3360 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA - close to Ashby BART). I'll be selling matted and unmatted prints for around $15-25 each, and will probably offer some percent off if you buy more than one print. Thanks!

Monday, June 29, 2009

New Pic Monday - Rock Plant?

I don't know why, but I always loved this image. It's not a terribly exciting subject, but I feel like the composition is nice, and every time I look at it, I can imagine exactly where it is, and how I felt when I took the picture. It's a lithops plant, a succulent that grows in South Africa, I think, that's supposed to look like a rock. It grows V-E-R-Y slowly, and has the most interesting texture! I hope you like it!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Featured Etsy Seller Tuesday - Kate8085!

Today, I’m featuring two wonderful Etsy sellers, Kate and John from Kate8085. Their shop features limited edition art prints in a traditional tattoo style. They are in the tattooing and body piercing business, and make these interesting prints so they can share their artistic style with a wide variety of people. They’re great for people who love the traditional tattoo style as an art form, but may not have access to traditional tattoo artists, or, like me, are too chicken to get a tattoo! I asked them a few questions, and they were kind enough to respond with thoughtful answers. I hope you enjoy getting to know them and experiencing their art!

Hurts Sooo Good Art Print. $5.

Amefaust: Both of you seem to be in the body art business. What made you decide to sell art on Etsy in addition to doing tattoos and piercings?

John is the tattoo artist, and I, Kate, am a body piercer. We both love the traditional side of tattooing, and saw Etsy as a great way to showcase that. Down where we live, not many people want the traditional style when getting tattooed, much less know anything about it. Etsy is wonderful because we can reach so many people, all over the world who love and enjoy the same style that we do, and fill their homes with it! We started painting the minis because we wanted to have an affordable option for people that want one of a kind, original, fine art. They are limited edition, too, so no one else will have anything remotely like it.

Miniature watercolor framed Crown with broken heart, Limited edition. $13.

Amefaust: What influences have contributed to your unique artistic style? Mostly tattoo influences, or something else?

JOHN: Primarily, tattooing is the main influence. Great tattoo artists like Paul Rogers, Jerry
Collins, Owen Jensen, Cliff Raven really influenced me as far as traditional work goes. These artists span from the 1930's to the 1960's. More recent tattoo artists’ work that inspires me are Uncle Allen, Mario Desa, Phil Kyle (a friend of ours), and Martin Lancaster. Artists who are not tattoo-related that I admire would be Pushead and E.J. Repka. Punk rock and skateboarding have always been a huge influence, in my art and in my life.

KATE: Travelling around the States and the world really has influenced me. Architecture, city lights, you name it. Soaking up that environment and seeing different cultures can really inspire amazing pieces. Music, love, my friends, my family, I could go on and on… Life can be extremely inspirational if you just stop and look around every once in awhile. When we were in Amsterdam on our honeymoon, a local told us to stop walking every once in a while and "LOOK UP." It was one of the best pieces of advice I have ever received! Try it some time!

His and Hers Art Print. $5.

Amefaust: I noticed on your blog that you got married recently, congratulations! You seem to have done a lot of DIY for your wedding and reception, do you have any tips for someone else who wants to plan a mostly DIY or handmade celebration like yours?

KATE: DIY is the absolute way to go! I feel it turned out wonderful, and it is amazing how your friends/family will be so excited to contribute to this monumental event. People will pay outrageous amounts for items like centerpieces. We spent one day melting and putting together, and it ended up costing us $6 total a table. I don't think you can even get one flower for $6 in a wedding centerpiece! :) Don't sweat the details - you can easily make the small items like favors, programs, table numbers, etc. All of those add up, and can really drain your budget. Make them yourself, and let your unique side show through. Who wants a boring old cookie cutter wedding, anyhow? Best advice would be to do it YOUR WAY. We have been to so many weddings that were beautiful, but unfortunately did not represent the bride and groom at all. Pour you and your partner's personality into it. The possibilities are endless, and will make for a night of fun and love.

Miniature watercolor framed Take No Sh...., Limited edition. $13.

Thanks, Kate and John! I hope you all check out their shop, Kate8085, and their blog. Good luck to both of you!

New Flower Post Monday - Rhododendrons

I know they seem like common landscaping plants in many areas, but I'm always amazed at the beauty and variety of Rhododendrons. They come in dozens of colors, sizes, and shapes, and there's a wonderful collection at the Berkeley Botanical Garden, in their East Asian garden area. Here are a couple of images of one particularly beautiful example.

I'm going to take another trip up to the garden soon, to get some shots of the early summer plants, so expect some new plant and flower pics in the near future!

Also, keep an eye out for tomorrow's Featured Etsy Seller post!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Etsy Seller Feature - blackbird72!

Today, I have the pleasure of featuring Deirdre of blackbird72. Deirdre takes her own beautiful, dreamlike photographic images and turns them into portable and wearable art. Her shop features wood photo blocks and glass photo rings and pendants. Very unique, beautifully crafted art! I asked her a few questions, I hope you enjoy getting to know this innovative seller!

Wooden Photo Block Pink Buds 1 - $20.00

amefaust: Your images are very beautiful and ethereal; where do you find your photography subjects and what are your criteria for choosing a subject?

blackbird72: I find subjects everywhere I look, most recently in my parent's backyard. It's like a mini park with trees, plants and flowers all in various of stages of life throughout the year. Light and shape is what I look for in items. If I'm in the yard and something is hit with a certain light, I rush inside and grab my camera.

Blades of Green Grass Photo Glass Pendant 1 - $25.00

amefaust: I've lived on both coasts, too, and I know many people who have strong opinions about which coast is better. What do you like better, the East Coast or the West Coast, and why?

blackbird72: I'm a Jersey Girl :) I never really liked living in Los Angeles, it never inspired me as an artist. Only when we went on trips outside of the city did I want to be creative. The best thing about living on the West Coast was my friends, the weather, the beaches and the National Parks. I loved, LOVED the northern areas! I could be happy living there ;) But being back home in NJ, we are closer to family. We needed that support because I have Multiple Sclerosis and Fibromyalgia. Having a toddler is tough enough, but combine that and medical conditions and things can go downhill fast! LOL Plus Los Angeles is wicked expensive!

Purple Crocus Flowers Square Photo Glass Ring 1 - $15.00

amefaust: Were you really born on Halloween? Do you have any interesting stories about that?

blackbird72: Yes, I share my birthday of Halloween with my mother. I always had great birthday parties! When trick-or-treating, the neighbors knew it was my birthday, so they would give me extra candy too!

Wooden Photo Block Green Lilac Buds 2 - $20.00

Thanks for sharing your life and art with us, Deirdre! Good luck with all of your artistic endeavors!

Monday, June 15, 2009

New Flower Post Monday - Leucadendron

This is an image of a Leucadendron strobilinum, a plant that's common in South Africa. I loved the deep red centers offset by the buttery yellow petals. They grew in huge bushes at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, and the sheer number of them was amazing!

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for my "Featured Etsy Seller" Tuesday post!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Garden Thursday - tiny foods

I wanted to share the soon-to-be fruits of my labor from my deckside container garden. Last year, I bought a very small Meyer lemon tree and a couple of very hardy tomato plants. Side note, I'm not very good with plants, and kill about 50% of what I try to grow. Amazingly, I got both lemons and tomatoes last year, so this year, I decided to go further and expand the offerings in my little garden. I wanted to show you the new tiny fruits coming up in my garden. The past month has been a flurry of new leaf growth and flower blooms, and now it's finally paying off.

There are about 15-20 tiny lemons starting on my lemon tree, and about 50-100 more flowers in bloom!

Strawberries! I really took a chance with this one, but we harvested and ate the first strawberry last weekend, and it was delicious! They really are that red, I didn't modify the image at all!

Tomatoes! We have three tomato plants, a cherry tomato (Super Sweet 100), regular tomato (Early Girl) and heirloom tomato (Some inky purple variety). The cherry tomato plant, seen here, was the first to flower and the first to start developing tiny fruits. They're so cute!

I know this isn't a fruit or vegetable, but I noticed that my tiny, boring cactus plant is starting its annual growth and flowering season. It's such a small plant, only about 4 inches across, but it makes the most beautiful blossoms. You can see two about to open here, and two more tiny ones in the center.

Just wanted to share, I hope you enjoy the photos!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Yart Sale starts today :)

Things are busy busy here! I have two announcements before we move on to the "Home Idea Wednesday" post.

1. The second annual Yart (Yard+Art) sale is going on at Etsy from June 10-14, 2009. I'm participating, and I'm offering buy one, get one free for my in-stock prints (8"x10" size). If you buy an in-stock print, include the name of another in-stock print in the message to the seller, and I'll ship them both together, free of charge. Great deal if you like two of my prints :)

2. I was featured on the Front Page for the first time yesterday! Here's a partial screen shot of the Etsy homepage, my "green pompoms" print is the one featured on the right.

Ok, on to the Home Idea for Wednesday. I discovered this through the Apartment Therapy blog, it's whiteboard paint, so you can turn pretty much anything into a whiteboard! I love whiteboards, but they're not exactly great design most of the time (cheap plastic frames, limited sizes and shapes, etc.). Now you can turn anything flat, including a table or a whole wall, into a dry erase board Here's a link to the article, and whiteboard paint from Idea Paint, Rustoleum, and Markee. On the Idea Paint website, you can also request a free dry sample of their paint, which I totally just did.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Etsy Find Tuesday - Seller Profile - Dongedyframe!

I've decided to get more in-depth with my "Etsy Find Tuesday" posts, and I found and interviewed a wonderful French photographer for this week's post. Dongedy from Dongedyframe graciously answered my questions, and I'm happy to share a little bit about her with all of you.

Sugar sugar 3 - original fine art photograph print 8x8

Amefaust: Why did you decide to open a photography shop on Etsy? Have you always been a photographer, or was there some event that motivated you to start taking photos to share and sell?

Dongedyframe: I'm fact, I have not always been a photographer. Some years ago, I was working in a French Luxury firm. Four years ago, I left this job to create my own company, an advertising agency. More and more often, I was taking photos to illustrate my customers' prints or websites (always hard to find illustrations in databanks that really fit what you want to say).

Then, thanks to my latest camera, a wonderful Powershot G9 from Canon, and my brand new iMac with Photoshop, i discovered that I had the best tools in hand to create my own artistic world.

At the same time, I was looking for a way to promote my mum's creations (cutey creations made of felt), and I discovered Etsy. I immediately fall in love with this concept, which doesn't exist in France, but something that is so creative and so... human...

...and then I said to myself, "hum hum, why shouldn't I create my own brand with all of those tons of photos that fill up my computer?" This is how my Etsian adventure began...

Cage love (Physalis) - original fine art photograph print 8x8

Amefaust: How did you come up with the interesting idea to use tiny people interacting with food as photo subjects? And where do you get those figurines? They're so detailed and unique!

Dongedyframe: I began working with mini-people last year. I was looking for an idea for a greeting card, ordered by one of my customers, whose firm is a French "├ępicerie." It had to deal with food, sugar, fun, and preparations of the end of the year. I then imagined a small world where everybody had to work hard to make the products that had to be delivered on time for Xmas: sugar, honey, a small team of workers... everything was ready to make one of the best nougats (see my photo called "working hard"). And i'm now having fun trying to find new ideas everyday.

Those tiny people are HOscale and are the ones that model train collectors use in their dioramas. When they meet another world (food, items, flowers, etc.), that creates new surprising situations...

Working hard - original fine art photograph print 8x8

In addition to the little people scene prints that I'm obsessed with, Dongedyframe also has lots of beautiful, dreamlike photos in her shop.

In your eye - original fine art photograph print 5x7

Glycines - original fine art photograph print 8x8

Thanks Dongedyframe, and best of luck to you!

Monday, June 8, 2009

New Photo Post Monday - Star flowers

I found these star-shaped flowers in the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. I'm not sure what they're actually called, but I thought they were beautiful, and would be great as simple wedding flowers. Maybe I'll go back there this weekend and try to figure out what they're called :)

Friday, June 5, 2009

New Photo Post Friday - Tide Pool

On our vacation to Moss Beach and Half Moon Bay, we stayed at an inn right near the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, which is famous for its tide pools and seal beaching areas. To really experience the tide pools, the guidebooks said that you had to go when the tide was lower than -1.0 ft. There was only one low tide low enough while we were there, and it was scheduled to happen at 7:30am. This was way too early for John to be up, but I decided that I really needed to see the tide pools while we were there.

Long story short, tide pools and me do not mix. I love seeing all of the animals, and exploring the shallow pools, but the day I was there, it was so early and cold that there were virtually no animals out, and the whole area had been infested with an impossibly slippery type of kelp. I fell in the shallow pools several times, and accidentally poked an exposed anemone. It didn't seem to be injured, fortunately, but I decided that my unsteady footing was too big a risk, and I didn't want to smoosh any more squishies.

I did get a couple of pictures, but not of anything moving, as all of the mobile animals were either sleeping or hiding from my slipping, deadly feet. I got some pictures of a couple of anemones, starfish, and crazy seaweed, though, enjoy!

I have some better pictures from our tide pool exploration at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse, check out my Etsy shop to see a couple of critters I was able to capture (with my camera, of course).

Thursday, June 4, 2009

New Treasury West!

I think, for the time being, I'm going to suspend the "Fun with Science" Thursday posts. I tried to make a new Science post last night, but it got to be so long and complicated, that I thought it wouldn't be useful to any non-scientists. So if I find some short, relevant science story, I'll share it; otherwise, Thursdays will be dedicated to more photography or Etsy treasuries.

Speaking of which, I got a new treasury west! Check it out!

If Etsy did Wedding Registries...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Home Idea Wednesday - Chair with Drawer!

I saw this article in Apartment Therapy a couple of days ago, and I thought the idea was brilliant. They found a nice, sleek, modern chair with a good-sized drawer underneath the seat! I can think of a million things to store in a chair drawer, well, any drawer, really....

The convenience of this chair in a minimalist office area, or when you have to squeeze an office area out of a corner or closet, is substantial. I've seen a lot of great desks that have no drawers of their own, and this is a good way to hide your necessary-but-unattractive office or desk supplies. And the drawer doesn't take up any space of its own, because the area under a chair seat is pretty much useless otherwise. Since it's a solid drawer, everything's totally out of sight, unlike the cage-like contraptions under student chairs in elementary and high school.

Unfortunately, I have no idea how much this chair costs, but I'm guessing it's more expensive than Ikea. When I did a Google search for other chairs with drawers, I found just a couple, which are not useful in a modern home setting, for various reasons:

Children's chair and desk set, from Amazon. Useful if you're five years old.

Antique reproduction Philadelpha two-drawer writing arm chair, from Garden Tones. I'm not sure this would fit into any modern decor, but it would be great if you wanted to party like it's 1776.

I want to start a petition to get Ikea to make these chairs for under $100. If anyone else has seen a better example of a chair with drawers, or knows a woodworker who can make these, please pass the info along!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Awesome Etsy Find Tuesday

Today's great Etsy find is annacote. This shop is full of beautiful printed stationery and paper products. The designs are based on original nature photographs, and come out slightly abstract and absolutely stunning. The artist, Anna Cote, also has a website, Modern Printed Matter, and a store in Rhode Island.

Here are a few of her beautiful designs...

Bright Red and Pink Shrub Silhouettes (set of 6 note cards)

birds on a wire silhouettes (personalized set of 12 notes)

blue mums - set of 6 gocco/screen printed botanical cards

Limited Edition Screen Print - Dreaming in Violet

Monday, June 1, 2009

Flower Post Monday

Sorry it's been so long, I was on vacation last week, so I didn't have time to post to the blog. We went to Half Moon Bay (and Moss Beach) on the California Coast for a few days, and just relaxed at home the rest of the time.

This image is a thistle flower, taken right at the edge of a little road that leads to Pigeon Point Lighthouse, about 50 miles south of San Francisco, but before you get to Santa Cruz. The thistles were really beautiful, but hard to capture because it was very windy and they blow in the breeze. I love the pattern that the leaves make, and the combination of soft and spiky textures in the flower.

I have more pictures from this trip that I'll be posting on the blog, and maybe offering on Etsy as prints, so stay tuned!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Photo Post Friday - Crassula perforata

Short post today, some interesting pics I took of a Crassula succulent in my garden in Oakland, CA. I think it's a Crassula perforata, but I could be wrong. I'm trying to catch it from different angles, and in different light. I plan to eventually enhance the pictures a little and post them for sale on Etsy.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Home Idea Wednesday - Teeny Tiles!

I found this company, Teeny Tile, a while ago, from an Apartment Therapy blog post, I'm sure. The idea is simple, you send them a picture, and they print the picture onto a 2"x2" tile for you. At $5 each, you probably wouldn't want to tile your entire bathroom with these, but I think they would be great to use as personal accents in a kitchen backsplash or tiled bathroom. My fiance might come home one day to find some secret squirrel tiles installed in the kitchen... when we eventually get around to buying a house :)