Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Holiday Shows....

Hi Blog fans....
Here's a list of where I will be this season for shows. Come and see me if you are anywhere near any of these shows. Not only are all of these shows hand picked by me for the fact that they are good shows but they are good also, because of the other vendors and how cute and fun they are. So come on by.!!! What's new in LindsayLand? Well... just plugging away. Trying to find time to finish my online class, trying to finish a lettering book, working on goodies for these shows and just trying to find time in there to sleep. Hahaha. Hope all is well with all of you. 
Stay Creative and Inspired!!!
xoxo --- Lindsay

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Starving artist sale starts 9.2.16!!!

Guess what starts tomorrow... Fruday, September 2nd? Well, I'll be 58 tomorrow and I need to clean my hoard. Starting with art.

This is a little seek peek. I have hundreds of pieces... Drawings, doodles, rubber stamps, art quilts, mixed media pieces...you name it. So here's how it will work. 

1. My work will post first to my Instagram account. Follow me there at Lindsay Ann Ostrom. 

2. Not on Instagram? It will also post to my Facebook page in an album ditch the same title and photo above ( Lindsay's under the bed starving artist sale). 

3. Find a piece you like and email me at lindsayostrom@yahoo.com . Only emailed requests will be accepted. Email me your name, address, pay pal account info and the piece(s) you want. I will send you a pay pal invoice and you can pay from that.

4. Every purchase will come with a grab bag of not sale worthy pieces... Doodles, unfinished art, scribbles... Whatever. It's gotta go. So please support your favorite artist... Me! And check back often for new pieces.

5. All pieces will ship within a week after receipt of pay pal invoice.

Simple as pie

I will upload pieces every few days. So buy for you, but for a gift, Christmas is coming... So buy often. Every penny of your purchase will go to buy gas, milk and new undies for me❤️... Haha. Seiously. Thanks ahead of time. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Starving Artist Sale

Normally I do lots of boutiques and craft shows this time of year but this year, I have chosen to do a select few. I also realized that I have been pretty prolific with my creativity so I have a lot of fun things piling up. I store art in tubs under my bed. Needless to say, dust bunnies are becoming pets.... So, it's time for a sale. I will be posting lots of frameable Art, some finished journals, rubber stamps, art quilts and just about anything else I have made that is taking up precious space. My loss is your gain! Then, I can create new pieces....
So.... September first watch for a link to a Facebook file with everything listed. 

All you will do is...
1.add your name to the comment with the word "sold"
2.send me an email with your email so I can send you a paypal invoice 
3.wait for the invoice and pay it
4. Check your mailbox for some cute goodness 

I may or may not put things also in Etsy and do a periscope presentation of some favorite pieces with stories about them. So watch for that. I will add goodies as I find them so check back often.

Thanks for helping me clean out under my bed❤️❤️❤️

( new rubber stamp art I'm working on for impression obsession stamps)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

just not me, yet.....

   The best laid plans are still just that. Plans. I am drawing, creating and producing lots of pieces for my upcoming craft shows.... but i still don't feel like myself yet. All i really want to do is sit, watch the Olympics and draw - alone. That's totally not like me. I am not a loner, I am a people person. Ask my husband and my friends... the "B" word comes to mind when they speak of me lately.... I don't like that at all, but I also have no idea how to change it. 

 I have been working on alot of quotes lately that just seem to fit. I am really enjoying putting them onto signs and doing a little lettering practice just in black ink on white paper. This Positive Pants one is totally me right now. I am such a negative Nancy... that's part of my problem. How to get past it? Not sure. I keep thinking it's just time that might pass and I will be back. In the mean time... no one wants to be around and I can't say as I blame them. I don't even want to be around me... but that's hard to do...hahaha.

 So i thought i would put some goals for the rest of the year here in front of everyone, so that I hold myself to them. I really want my Friday's back so that  I can get my lettering class finished. I know alot of you are waiting for that and I am too. Fridays used to be my video taping day and now I need those and my weekends to help my folks. It's a harsh reality... but it just may not happen this year. Not sure. Other goals for the rest of 2016....

1. Finish my online lettering class and get it out there to you all.
2. Finish writing my lettering book
3. Get my etsy site back in shape
4. Figure out how to be kind and happy again
5. Dress for Success... i started this today. Dressing for success and maybe it might just find me. hahaha
 that's about it for now.... So, in the mean time, I am going to keep drawing stamps, art play paintables and my signs and quotes.... follow me on instagram ( i'm all about the art there and way less philisophical - haha.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Periscoping with Lindsay!

Sunday July 31st at 10am.... I will hosting a live show and tell of my new fall- Halloween and holiday stamps. You'll be able to email me and let me know what you would like to buy. First email received gets the stamp. I have only one of each! So watch and shop. All orders will be shipped next week. 

Email me at. lindsayostrom@yahoo.com

Tune in to see them all!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Netflix and nothing

It's Friday. The first Friday that I can remember for months that I have absolutely nothing to do. So what am I doing? Nothing. Lying around watching Netflix and contemplating what to do next. So I decided to do a blog post. 

I guess I started drawing this year when Brent was in the hospital and didn't stop until my mom got out of the hospital. I drew over two hundred images for Impression Obsession RubberStamps and over 100 images for Adornit. This week , Adornit released my new products. 

That are coming out... Shown above.
They always surprise me. I just draw and draw and never know what they have planned for it. They made two sweet little postcard books... Shown above.

They did six new art play Paintables. I love all of them so much. Cannot wait to color them. 

Drawing makes me happy right now. I have a bunch of new stamps to get done by August1st... But nothing is coming to me. So I sit and watch Netflix and hope something might come to mind....have a creative weekend.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Life gets in the way....

Hi there blog fans...
    Well, as you know, my life took a turn for the crazy. I just wanted to sum it all up here and get on with the next chapter of my wild and wonderful life. In January, my husband was rushed to the hospital with a heart issue that ended well with a surgery and he is now back to work and doing pretty good. I honestly forgot that he even had an issue or was ever in the hospital.... because on February 27th we rushed my mom to the hospital with what turned out to be a horrific ordeal.

   My mom had a perforated colon. It was misdiagnosed by the ER at Kaiser and was sent home. She also had some chronic constipation issues ( sorry, i know this is an art blog... but this post is really for me. I need to get this all out before I can move along ) ... so in their defense, i think they thought that's what this was. But I do fault them for not going the extra mile and doing a CT. A CT would have saved alot of horrible events. So that was 3 days before. By the time I got to her, she was slumped over and talking jibberish. My dad was not know what to do and pretty much in denial. Who could blame him. So, I called an ambulance. In hindsight... i should have called them much sooner. But instead, i waited until I saw her. She was rushed to the hospital ( not Kaiser, because rush hour traffic would not have got her there fast enough. By about 1am... they realized that she had a perforated colon and it had been that way for a few days and went to sepsis in the brain. I have learned alot about both in the months following.

   Long story short... it's been a long ride back to health. I have witnessed things about our health care system that I never want to go through again. What a fiasco. And don't even get me started about caregivers after the fact! It's been a real nightmare. What does matter is that I put my life on hold - thanks to a caring family and a more than generous set of bosses and spent a few months in Los Angeles. It seemed like a lifetime. But my mom has made a miraculous recovery and is doing pretty great right now, if i do say so myself.  She has been through hell and back and I guess the best thing I can say about that, is that she doesn't really remember any of it. That's the sepsis part. It's sad in a way and fantastic in another. It was horrible. I wish my dad and I didn't remember as much. But we do. I hired and fired 10 care givers in a week. Finally had my wonderful cousin come in and help out so that I could come back to my life for a few days. She was nothing short of being a life saver.

   My parents are now living in Northern California after spending their entire lives in Southern California. They are in assisted living now and not totally happy yet, but I am. My mom went from 108 when she moved in to 114 a few short weeks later. It's the best thing. Getting to this point is something I will never forget. It has definately changed me and my family. But she is with us and that's all that really matters. The weird thing is... I used to be so focused on my art. Focused on getting somewhere with what I am doing. I am not focused at all anymore. I used to draw daily, sometimes more than daily. I pushmyself. Now, i barely pick up a pen and when I do... it feels forced. I feel like rushing to meet deadlines and making plans for writing articles, teaching classes and dreaming of creating new products just isn't as important as what's right in front of me-  I think that may change. But for now, I am going to just go with it. Spend time with my folks and spend the summer canoeing. We shall see what happens. I think John Lennon said it best... Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans. True that , John. No more plans for me for now... just life.