Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christmas Paper Doll and shows......

Here is my gift for you all for the season.
A FREE Downloadable pattern for my 
Mixed Media Paper Doll.
Print her out, color her in with prismacolor pencils- watercolors or whatever you like, cut out the pieces and assemble. I made her on top of a styrafoam ball that i glittered. That got glued to a chipboard circle base and everything else got stuck into that. I used toothpicks and skewers to attach everything and wire for the star. I finished her off with a bit of glitter glue and some feathers.
TEACHERS... feel free to print her out for your class.
Sorry, i didn't make a boy counterpart for her this year.
Hope you have fun with her.
I will be craft fair-ing!

And where can you find me next?

The Garden Goddess Holiday Bazaar
Thursday December 4th  5 to 8pm
The Stonehouse Old Brewery
107 Sacramento Street
Nevada City

and then...
The Ben Franklin Sponsored
HOMETOWN Holiday Craft Faire
so excited about this one folks!!!

and i will be at the 
Elegant Salvage
Ladies Night Out
( i will be one of the 5 other vendors!)

and then.... ta dah
the MOST fun show of the season
they will have live music, art, crafts 
and some awesome Food Truck Vendors!

Monday, November 10, 2014

where oh where is Lindsay?

If you are looking for some of the best and coolest craft fairs, vintage shows and boutiques this season... i will be there! Starting with the Caring Hearts Holiday Shopping Extravaganza this coming Thursday night
I think i look forward to the Noel Vintage Holiday Market the most... it starts with a Friday Night Opening complete with a jazz band, wine and treats... plus shopping. Then rolls into a full Saturday. If you wanna know what Christmas feels like to me... this is it. It's at the Placer County Fairgrounds.
 The one i am most proud of is the one that my friend Heather and I are putting on at work. It's sponsored by Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames and we are full this year with 40 vendors. Including a little boy who is 10 and is called the Mad Loomer.... you will just have to come see for yourself what he does! So if you are in Grass Valley, join us here for the HOMETOWN Holiday Craft Fair at the Verteran's Building
The craft fair that i think is the most fun is the Handmade Holidays Party and Craft Fair in Sacramento at the BEATNIK Studios and that is totally what it is. This year, they will have tons of food trucks outside, a band inside and some totally cool crafters. Plus i get to hang out with my daughter who will also have a booth... Bee Bop. So excited
So, if you live anywhere near these... come and visit. If you don't and wanna buy anything from a hard working and super cool crafter... ME.... then check out my etsy site at 
my family and I thank you very much for your support!

Friday, November 7, 2014

SQUEEEL!!!! Such a happy day!

 I've been working so hard for years get a new line idea to a company. I have ideas coming out of my ears. This January I pitched this idea to a friend... and here they are! This is from Full Moon Girls and Card Tricks group that I did myself. I draw like a fiend all year long and don't do much with my little doodles. So, my friend Carolee from Adorn it saw them on my facebook page and said we should work together. It's been awhile since i have worked with a company after going it alone. I feel so good about our partnership. She is such a sweet and giving person and her company ( that used to be Carolees Creations for those of us who have been around the scrapbooking world awhile... ) creates some of my favorite papers, ribbons and now fabric.


The idea behind these pieces is to color! Get some Prismacolor pencils, watercolors or just good old markers. Color them in, cut them out and use them on cards, scrapbook pages, in your Project life albums, journals and on their wood shapes for wall art. Stay tuned because in the next few posts... i will be posting some samples of finished pieces.

All of these come in 12x12 sheets with 12 small pieces or larger 6x6 or 8x10 pieces ready for framing. If you shop at a scrapbook store or any online paper places.... please ask them to carry the ADORN IT Art Play Paintables. Thanks so much for looking. I hope to be offering them soon in my ETSY shop.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

giving plates

My friend Nola posted a pic of a plate she was making for a local craft fair near her ( see below ) .... i loved it. Couldn't get it out of my head. So, i headed to the local store to pick up some plates and went to work.

I found round plates and fell in love with them. Bought 20. So i started with The Giving Plate at the top and then the Santa Cookie Plate... below. Used a sharpie and my oven as per what I found on Pinterest.... and man oh man, I hardly could sleep all night. My mind is so full of ideas. I can't wait to do the rest.
You will find these babies at the local craft fairs near me!
so excited!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Christmas Break
It's Christmas Break!
well, it is for me anyway.
Friday night... i dress up as scary as i can with my honey and we watch scary movies all night long. Then at midnight... BAM, the Christmas fairy sprinkles her magic on me and the Hallmark Channel is ON and ready for a long and wonderful season. Here is where i will be. I might check back from time to time to show you what I have been up to. Need to see more? Go to my etsy page and support a starving artist and put some good old American made... HANDMADE art in your world for this season!

happy holidays!
see you in January 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween Quads...

I have been working so hard on craft fair projects,
My Prayer Candles, Reclaimed Wood Signs, 
Holiday Houses, Oh Christmas Trees
and of course Ornaments....
that I have not drawen in a bit.
Last night... that dry spell ended and so, i wanted to share.
Happy (almost) Halloween!!!
 season of the witch
 dressed up zombie girl
( in honor of The Walking Dead)
 Pumpkin Pie
Sinester Smile

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

and in between, there was art

 A year ago this weekend, my hubby was headed to meet his brother in Paso Robles to work on the roof of a trailer they share at Lake Nacimiento. Fate intervened. It was around 8:30pm and he was almost into town. Another truck coming down the wrong side of the road plowed right into him, up and over his truck. A drunk driver. Horribly drunk. Hit him and broke is neck in two places. A 50 / 50 change of repairing it came to us in the form of an amazing doctor and an incredible recovery.

I remember going to Michaels ( shhh, don't tell my employer ) while he was in surgery and for the 7 days that we were there. I shopped for yarn and just kept crocheting blankets like a fiend. I brought nothing with me. I thought I was headed down there to pick him up and head home. After all, he called me and told me he was fine and he would just need a ride home. 7 days later... we left that city. Broken, but thankful.

 This is all that was left of his truck. His baby. He bought this truck brand new when we first met. It held many baby seats, towed a boat, went on many off road trips and was his favorite thing he owned. It was in fabulous shape. For this trip, either my neighbor, myself or the dog were all going to go with him. I backed out because I had art deadlines, the neighbor backed out that morning for some reason and he decided not to take the dog. Thank GOD! You can tell by the pic that no one would have survived the impact to the passengers side. Small miracles.

We spent alot of time at home. I was so fortunate to be able to be with him at home for almost a month. We took alot of walks and he was a great patient. To pass the time, I continued with my signs and ornaments for the craft fairs I had already committed to. This piece was a commission for an amazing human that I met on facebook. A nurse, who took time out of her busy day to asure me everything was going to be fine. It took months before it was close to fine.

Art got me though most of the days and I haven't slowed down yet. I think sometimes we use something like art to help us heal and it becomes something that is just second nature to us even after the fact. It's amazing how putting pen to paper or crocheting blanket after blanket can just be so cathardic. It is. For anyone going through something intense... find something to throw your soul into. A hobby, a craft, a journal... something. It helps ease the pain and heal the heart.

He is back to work. Part time. He has good days and bad days still. The fatigue and occasional paint is just more than he can understand most days. He is a go, go, go guy. We both are like that. We just bought a canoe and spend alot of days in it now... just sitting on the lake. That helps. The kindness of friends and aquaintances after the accident was incredible and overwelming. Thank you all. Do I miss my husband? Yes. Do i love this new guy... definately. Have I forgiven the asshole that did this?... ummmm, nope. Not yet. I don't undertand that at all. Drink. Drink yourself to death... but stay put. Come on. That's not hard. Tell everyone you know... any DISTRACTED driving is horrific. Do not text, call, eat, brush your hair and especially don't get behind the wheel after drinking anything. But look at this guys smile. I am the lucky one. He is here with me. That's all that matters!
Here's to a better year to come.
It's been a really, really, long year.
Adios October 11, 2013 to October 11, 2014!