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5 Day Autumn Sale

Hello everyone!

Autumn is my favorite season of the year! All around us the leaves are turning gorgeous colors and the wind has a little nip to it. We will be deep in winter before long!

The best way to beat the winter blues and fill your days with joy is to do ART, right? So to make sure you are all stocked up for the chilly months ahead we are having our annual 5 DAY long SALE! 

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The brilliant part about our classes is that they are all self-paced, downloadable and you get lifetime access. So no worries if you don't have time now - your classes will be waiting for you!

With the holidays just around the corner, our classes make the perfect gift for a friend or relative OR think about creating ART as gifts for those important people in your life. Nothing could be more special!

I'll look forward to seeing you in class!

xo,

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Summer Solstice Sale

Hello dear ones! I hope life has been treating you well! We have been busy over here in my little home, celebrating birthdays and Father's Day and TODAY is our 13th wedding anniversary! Woo! The longest and (most memorable day) of my life - so fitting for the Summer Solstice right?

To kick Summer off right we are having a 48 HR SALE on some of our best online ART workshops! Including my most recent class, Sacred Landscape which has been a huge success!

Are you ready to fill your long, light filled days with creativity?!

Enter Discount Code: SUMMER30 at check out!

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If you didn’t get a chance to take these workshops before, now is the time to scoop them up for an additional 30% off! Remember they are all self-paced, with life-time access and downloadable videos – so you can enjoy them on your own schedule. :)

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Happy Summer Creating! I'll look forward to seeing you in class!

xo,

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A mini Mixed Media Project!

Hello my creative friends! How's life been treating you? We have been having crazy hot weather for Portland so I'm living in long flowy summer dresses and sipping lots of iced coffee! I hope your summer or winter (depending on your corner of the world) is going well!

So some of you may have seen my "teaser" image that I shared a little while ago on Instagram...well I'm finally ready to let the cat out of the bag. ;)

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I'm excited to announce a new Mini Mixed Media Project class that I just opened up! It's called the "Wing It" project! This will be the first in a series of projects that will be set at a very affordable price and geared towards those who may not want to commit to a full class but are yearning for a fun, approachable, creative project to do in a day!

Why don't I just let you watch this quick video to learn more... [vimeo 132249410 w=500 h=281]

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register-button-blue For a while now, I’ve been a little bit in love with wings! Okay, A LOT in love! Since taking a beautiful class by Danielle Donaldson where she did a wing-themed lesson, I can’t stop obsessing over the magical shape of a bird's wing. Such a beautiful balance of exquisite engineering and graceful beauty!

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I’ve done several paintings of wings, both small and large and I’ve finally figured out an easy, step by step way for ANYONE to create a wing painting!

So if you love wings as much as I do...come on over to my site to learn more, register and join me in the classroom!

xo,

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Art Night

Hello! How's it going? Hope all is well in your world. My family enjoyed Halloween and now we are on the fast track to Christmas. This time of year always seems to zip by doesn't it? Many months ago, I imagined myself hosting an art night. A small gathering. Maybe 6-8 women, around my dining table, all creating. The idea both thrilled and terrified me. I talked about it with several friends and received gentle encouragement to do it. So finally, it happened. A couple of weeks ago, I sent out invites and began the planning of what this night would look like. I wanted to provide lots of fun art supplies, an inspiring atmosphere, delicious snacks and wine, of course!

My formal dining room is rarely used so it was a delight to move right in and create a playful, creative space! Stringing up bits of colorful ribbon in my crystal chandelier gave the room a whimsical feel!

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I covered up the table in brown craft paper and draped the dining chairs in vintage bed sheets that I found at Goodwill.

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To provide a little more structure for those that wanted it, I set up a still life in the center of the table.

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and spread out inspiring art books...

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Each lovely lady got a journal with their initial on it and a pencil as a little gift from me. I love having lots of pretty journals around to jot down thoughts and ideas.

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A colorful, vintage tray and a bouquet of vibrant flowers in the corner created a sweet little wine bar. The guests each brought a bottle of something to share.

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Once the table was set, it was time for me to pull out all my art supplies and display them for my guests! The ART BAR was born!

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Then came the food! My dear friend Katie is an amazing cook and she volunteered to do all the food for the evening! LOVE HER! She did an incredible job...creating a 98% gluten-free spread of delectable dishes! (I apologize for the dark quality of the pictures...my low-light photography skills need work!)

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This creamy brie, drizzled with a warm brown sugar, butter and walnut sauce was a huge hit!

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These gluten-free cookies and pumpkin cake were completely addictive too!

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As the night began and my guests mingled and delighted in all the gorgeous food, I could feel the butterflies in my stomach begin to settle.

Once everyone had a plate of food and a glass of wine, the ladies took their seats and I spoke (rambled) about the intention of the night and why I had wanted to do this. My heart-felt desire was to bring women together, to connect, share, grow, create and maybe even try something new. Art can really freak grown-ups out and I want to start breaking that down. I believe art is for everyone and that it is NOT about the product but the process. I believe Art can be healing, transformative and teach us a lot about ourselves. I believe that creating is something we are hard-wired to do.

After I briefly explained the different art supplies, the ladies bravely got straight to it. I was so worried that someone would become overwhelmed and shut down but nope, these girls boldly experimented and began creating! I was honored to look up from my place and be surrounded by these women who were all willing to be vulnerable with me and get outside their box.

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There were several moments that night when the room fell silent. At a dinner party...that could be a disaster but at an art night...it was magical. Everyone was in their zone; concentrating, relaxing and centered in their creation. Loved that!

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All in all, it was a wonderful night! I can't wait to do it again! Next time, I would like to guide everyone through a specific collage/mixed media project! I truly learned a lot about myself by doing this. I was scared but sharing my passion with others was so worth all the nerves. Thank you to my incredibly gracious guests for being so open and supportive of me. And of course a HUGE thank you to Katie for all the outstanding treats!

I highly recommend trying this out with your friends, family and neighbors. Gather up all those art supplies, share and explore your creativity!

xo,

Ivy

A Creative Weekend away...

Hello there! How is life treating you this week? Besides a pesky summer cold, I'm doing quite well and I'm so thankful that last weekend I got to get away with a dear friend for a creative retreat! We stayed at the sweetest cottage in the quaint Oregon beach town of Manzanita. Here are some shots via my Instagram... Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 4.01.53 PM

This cottage doesn't get any cuter right? It is the perfect place for a beach getaway.

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The vintage kitchen is adorable with layered personal touches and unique collections.

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Mornings (sans kids) were blissfully quiet and peaceful - sipping coffee, reading magazines and writing in my journal. Here is Katie enjoying a fav cooking mag.

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After we had substantial amounts of coffee we would move outside into the "garage" which is really an amazing outbuilding that my friend Candace converted into a charming dining hall. Strung with lights and adorned with artwork, old wine bottles and other beautiful objects it feels like a beachy treasure trove. The energy in this space is fantastic and you can tell many wonderful evenings have been spent at the long farmhouse table. We were immediately inspired.

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It didn't take long for us to spread out and get right into a creative zone...

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After a little bit of art journaling and playing with my watercolors...

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I began a small mixed media piece...

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It was an amazing weekend and I was sad to leave. As much as I missed my family, having some precious time to focus on art was such a gift. Katie and I agreed to do it again soon! Thank you, Candace for letting us stay at your magical home!

Do you have a favorite place to get away and create?

xo,

Ivy

Art to Adore

Happy Friday friends! It has been a little while since I last posted. I've missed you. Life has just been crazy! Summer is speeding by and my little girl just turned one! I've finally finished processing the pics from her party, so I will be sharing those very soon but today - I have a collection of art for you to adore with me. I couldn't decide on just one artist to feature so, I chose some of my favorite pieces. Enjoy.

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{ kathe fraga }

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{ angela stasio }

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{ jill ricci }

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{ judith geher }

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Have a beautiful weekend!

xo,

Ivy

Queen of Flowers II - A mixed media collage

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! This week flew by and I am just now getting the chance to sit down and visit with you. How has life been treating you? I wanted to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the sweet and encouraging comments left after my last post. It's always a bit scary to share my artwork - so please know that I greatly appreciate the support! Art is such a core part of me. When I actually take time to do it, I am amazed at how it fills me with happiness and peace. I was so pleased with the last collage that I did a second one. I snapped pics of my progress with my phone to document the evolution of the piece.

Similar to the last project - I started by collaging bits of vintage ephemera to the inside of an old book cover.

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Enter my muse (another Anthropologie model) who I painted over, inked her face and hair and added scrapbook papers for her dress. You can also see in the upper right hand corner I added some pink acrylic paint to start balancing the color composition.

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The last details were added to complete her, including a sweet antique Australian stamp (a little shout-out to my homeland!), a jeweled crown and of course a bird. Gotta have a bird.

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I stamped the cover of the book with this chickadee stamp and added the word "fly".

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So there you have it, another little collage project that I was able to complete in a couple of days during Claire's naptime. So much more fun than folding laundry!

I have just listed prints of this collage and the last one in my Society 6 shop too!

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Have a beautiful weekend!

xo,

Ivy

 

The Delightful Doily

Hello friends! Hope your Monday went well! The sun is out here so I'm feeling quite cheery. Okay, on to the doily roundup... No longer considered Grandma's home accessory, doilies are popping up everywhere - at weddings, on gifts and stationary, as interior decoration, even on clothing. Sweet, delicate and pretty the delightful doily seems to embody the feminine, vintage appeal that is so popular right now. Check out all these lovely and inspiring ideas using the simple doily...

And how cute is this idea for Easter? Go here for the directions.

xo,

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I need a zen moment.

Okay...look I'm all for multi-tasking but I really don't advise trying to make lip balm, cutting out paper snowflakes, printing flyers, doing laundry and blogging at the same time! A blend of afternoon coffee and my nerves about the gift show have got me into quite a tizzy. I really need a zen moment.

Breathe deeply and enjoy a quiet moment admiring the beautiful work of cheshire smile from Flickr....

The softness of her work makes you feel better doesn't it? Soothing and so lovely.

I needed that. Badly.

Hope it encouraged you to relax...

Okay! Back to work!

xo,

Handmade Trunk Show: La Fete de Noel

Hello Friends, I'm sorry I haven't posted today but I am super busy ramping up for the trunk show I'm having at my place on Nov. 20th! I'm so excited for it but wow...my studio is becoming a little nutty! My floor is lined with Grace and Ivy products, the kitchen smells like vanilla and ginger from cooking up sugar scrubs and my cat has deemed the empty boxes from my ingredient shipments her new hang out. She keeps popping her head out every time I enter the room. Too cute.

The mess means I'm busy...right?...so I really can't complain.

If you are a local Portlander, please do join us for some champagne, yummy holiday treats and of course, beautiful, handmade goods!

I'm thrilled to be co-hosting this show with my amazing friends and fellow artists, Amy, Barbara & Jen.  Amy creates stunning jewelry with a vintage touch, Barbara screen prints her amazing artwork onto sinfully soft clothing and Jen delivers stunning handcrafted collage greeting cards! Add my organic skin and body care and you've got a plethora of fabulous gift options for all the special people in your life! Giving handmade not only supports the artists in your community but makes you an incredibly generous and creative gift giver! It's a win - win!

Hope to see you there! Ok...back to work.

xo,

Decoupage Tray Project

So, I mentioned in the last post that my creative energy has been a little "all of the place"...to say the least. I am happy to announce that I managed to find some productivity amongst the restlessness and assigned myself a little decoupage project. It's not completely finished but I wanted to share the process because- a. it was super easy

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b. it was very therapeutic and satisfying (for me at least).

I had this old tray that I've had for years. It needed a little love and its style no longer really worked for me...

With all my lovely vintage papers spread on the floor I got to work figuring out a layout. I adore the look of these old documents full of beautiful script.

Once I had cut some border pieces and glued them down with a good dose of Mod Podge glue, I brushed more glue all over the center to place the main piece of paper.

When it comes to art I don't mind getting messy, so I went ahead and smoothed out the glue and paper with my fingers. (This is the tactile therapeutic part!)

I let this all dry overnight. Then, using lovely Peony napkins I scored at New Seasons, I separated the paper layers down to 1-ply, cut out the desired blooms and arranged them. Then very gently brushed more Mod-Podge over the paper. Using napkins at 1-ply lends a beautiful transparency to the image.

And voila, a new tray with the vintage, romantic look I love so much!

The little gold dragonfly was a last minute addition. He arrived in the form of a thank you card and now lives amongst my peony & vintage letter collage.

So, if you have a tray that needs some love, I encourage you to give this a go! This art form is a great way to reface everything from a plate to a dresser. Paper sources can come from magazines, old cards, catalogs, napkins, even fabric scraps! For more decoupage info check out this site.

Hope you are having a lovely week so far.

xo,

Ivy

By the dozen

This week was all about eggs...we dyed eggs, made craft eggs and decorated the Easter tree...(a bit late, I know) and I even made tried an Egg Strata recipe that we devoured.

I added green onions, mushrooms, ham, onion and red pepper to the recipe. YUM!

I am amazed by the simple beauty of an egg.

We made simple foam eggs covered in glitter and stickers. Grace is kinda obsessed with stickers and I'm kinda obsessed with glitter so we were both happy.

The Easter tree was fun to put together. Adorned with ribbons, fluffy pink chicks, butterflies and strands of pastel eggs, it's Grace's favorite tree so far...

Tomorrow we head to church and then a lovely brunch with friends.

Have a lovely Easter Sunday!

xo,

Ivy

Inspired by Burlap

This simple, textured material has caught my eye.

Add a dash of vintage stenciling, french flair and elegant upholstery and this versatile fabric strikes a fine balance between rustic and formal. The fact that burlap is super cheap and can be up-cycled via coffee and feed bags gives burlap crafts a nice "green" edge too.

Find new burlap here. Old burlap here. Need vintage French stencils? Got you covered...here.

I'm not typically all that crafty but this I must try.

Check out these lovely burlap creations...

Have a lovely afternoon.

xo,

Ivy

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