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Spring Sale!

Hello my creative friends! Happy First Day of Spring!!

Everywhere flowers are blooming and trees are budding with new life! To celebrate this season of growth - we are discounting our top selling workshops by 30%! Spring is the perfect time to try something NEW!!

Come shop the sale now!

Spring sale collage

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We would love to have you join us! So come create something and revel in this beautiful season of renewal!

xo,

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Flight & Feather Round Two

Hello there! Hope you are all doing well! We survived Halloween and even managed to donate most of the candy, leaving us with a more reasonable stash. My kids disagree but seriously - there is only so much candy one needs lying about! Now, as for art supplies - that's another story! One can never have too much as far as I'm concerned! ;)

Speaking of art, I'm so excited to share just some of the gorgeous student work from the first week of Flight & Feather! My students never cease to amaze and inspire me!

student work week one with text

This first class sold out very quickly and with a healthy wait list, I have now opened up registration for a second session with the classroom opening on Nov. 9th!

Go here to learn more and register or simply click the button below! I am limiting my class size again, so now's the time to join us bird/art lovers for this two week mixed media and encaustic class with lifetime access!

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Here's a little sneak peek at just a some of the projects we will be doing...

flight and feather projects

I look forward to seeing you in class!

Keep creating and have a beautiful week!

xo,

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Etsy Love: Cloth and Patina

As many of you know, Etsy is home to a vast array of amazing vintage and handmade goods. Sometimes you feel overwhelmed by the sheer yumminess of it. At least, I do... There are days when I visit Etsy and right there on the home page, something stands out and grabs my attention. Today, a little shop called Cloth and Patina did that for me.

The store's owner is an obvious treasure hunter, like myself and I found myself drooling over some of her finds. I really appreciate how she re-invents some these found objects...like this gorgeous frame.

or these tiny tart tins. They make adorable magnets don't they?

This little glass apple is so precious. I want one.

I love the silver shimmer of these vintage glasses. Hard to resist...

This little kitty....what does he do? Well...he holds your glasses! haha! This one made me giggle. I'm always losing my glasses!

He looks smarter right?

Her treasures are many, but at the end of the day these little guys (salt and pepper shakers) went home with me...

Yes, I know. I'm a bird freak.

Go check out her beautiful selections for yourself. I'm sure you will find a sweet trinket that you just have to have!

Do you enjoy treasure hunting? Antiquing? Garage sales? What was your best find?

xo,

All images via Cloth and Patina

Etsy Love - Trish Grantham

Happy Tuesday! Hope your morning is going well. Today, I have a new favorite, Portland artist to share with you. Her name is Trish Grantham and her work is absolutely delightful!

Back in early December, I attended the most lovely, curated Sunday Best Holiday Show with my friend Amy. It featured some of the best handmade art around. Trish had her table up front and was my first stop! I quickly purchased a stack of her gorgeous postcards and drooled over her wood & resin originals. One day, I will own one!

Her work makes me smile. I love the whimsical nature of it, the distinctive way she varies her line weight and of course, the layering of all those precious vintage papers! Her little characters are enchanting and authentic, conveying an unexpected dose of emotion and feeling. And yes, I'm a sucker for her birds! I'm a bird freak...I know.

Have a look....

Her paintings have been shown all over the world, including Tokyo, Sydney and London! Get your very own piece from her Etsy shop and check out her full gallery of work on her site.

So inspiring!

xo,

All images via TrishGrantham.com

A New Favorite Artist: Geninne D. Zlatkis

Roaming through the lovely realm of Etsy, I happened upon this wonderful artist. I truly adore her work! As many of you know...I have a thing for birds and I just ordered one of her lovely creations. This one to be exact - Meet Bird # 13. Isn't she precious? I was drawn to the soft hues of blue and green. I also love how the little bird looks curious, as if she's trying to read those old labels. So sweet.

Here are some others that caught my eye...needless to say, it was tough to pick one. I think I might have to start a collection.

I really enjoy the graphic nature of her style and the beautiful incorporation of vintage labels, tags and postcards. Go visit her Etsy shop for more gorgeous art! Also, you must visit her amazing blog. So inspiring!! She was also recently a Featured Etsy seller...read her interview here.

What do you think of her work? Are you a bird fan too?

Okay, I'm off to research our next Vicarious Vacation destination: Greece!

Have a lovely Monday. Mine should be rainy but productive! I'm redesigning my studio...finally! I will be posting before and after pics soon! In the meantime, here's my inspiration.

xo,

All images via Geninne's Etsy Store

In love with Swallows

Since swallows are featured in my logo I thought I'd do a post dedicated to them. They are symbols of good fortune, loyalty and freedom.

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Found this beautiful little poem...

I love my hour of wind and light, I love men's faces and their eyes, I love my spirit's veering flight Like swallows under evening skies.

- Sara Teasdale

xo,

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Mosaic Images:1. Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), 2. Barn Swallow Takeoff Reifel Bird Sanctuary BC 30Jul2009, 3. swallows on wood shadows ldr, 4. Baby Swallows, 5. Tree Swallow/Tachycineta bicolor, 6. Tree Swallow Paradise, 7. 2 birds in a tree, 8. Baby Tree Swallow, 9. Baby Barn Swallows, 10. Barn Swallow in winter, 11. Tree swallow, 12. Barn Swallow, 13. Tree Swallows on Goose Lake Prairie