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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Show and Tell

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well!

Guess what?? TODAY I GOT MY BAG AND NOTEBOOK! Can you tell I'm excited! LOL! I'm smiling, I'm laughing, I'm crying. I never thought I would be doing something like this and it's all because of you!!!!! Thank you, again, from the bottom of my heart, for pushing me and loving my art!!

I'm going to be writing about all my findings, so you know everything! Get a drink, long post!

First off, the "bag". In one of the pictures I saw, they showed it being worn cross body. I tried that. I can do it, but it's a little short and snug for me. I'm a larger girl, so maybe on somebody smaller it will be fine. The material is amazing! It's smooth, but thick. It feels good and it is stretchy. It looks a lot bigger in person. The printing for the colours, compared to my painting, is pretty good. The only thing I can say is, the "grey" colour, has a blue hue. This is the front of the bag, which is the same as the back.

Inside of the Bag

Stitching
label
There was 3 different straps to choose from. The regular one, a cotton one and what they call the seat belt, because it is wider. When I phoned and questioned what was the difference between the regular one and the cotton one, I was told the regular one is synthetic and the guy was honest, he said it felt almost like plastic. So, I went more expensive and took the cotton strap. I like it. It feels durable!
The strap is adjustable and has metal hardware.


"Notebook". I got the larger one and I'm sure glad I did. It doesn't seem to large for me. You can get it lined or unlined. I got it unlined, because I felt you can write or draw. The colours are the same as the bag. The grey is a little more blue. The outside cover has a good weight and thickness and it's smooth, almost a waxy finish to it?
The front of the book.
Back of book.
Spine
The inside page, I love! It has a bit of a sheen to it. I was thinking, you could actually cut it out and frame it! My MLC got cut off in the printing, but I'm not going to worry about that, it's on the cover of the book.
The pages are acid free and have a yellow colour to them. In my opinion, when you were finished writing/drawing on the page and flip it, I don't think I would use the other side? Unless you flatten the book before. I don't know if what I'm trying to tell you makes sense, but I hope it does!
Overall, I am very, very pleased! I will be getting Shine Your Light and The Breath Of Life for my first order. These two were the top, when I asked you to pick your favs.
I'm just trying to decide, if I should add a 3rd design for the first order as well. I have to sleep on that. I want to get the order in by this coming monday. For the bags, I will be getting the cotton strap. The cost will be a little more for it and for the notebooks, I will be getting blank pages.

Just to let you know, you can order from Art Of Where (if you want something different from what I am ordering), but the main reason, I'm getting the merchandise in myself, is because if there is a "flaw", I would rather deal with it. This way, I can inspect everything, before it's sent out. Not saying there ever would be a problem, but you never know.

Please, you know I respect you all, so tell me your thoughts!

Big Hugs!!! 😀

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all doing well!
I just finished the last can of spray for my paintings, but got a phone call from the art store today, and the cans I ordered, have just came in! Happy Dance! They are being mailed to me!
And, I got an e-mail from Art Of Where today, my bag and notebook are in the mail! Double Happy Dance!  So excited!

Now speaking of mail. Last year, I won a Halloween giveaway from Laura's Favorite Things. I didn't receive anything last year and I never thought anything about it. I know life happens. We all go through things! Well, this year, I was surprised by a box full of goodies in the mail! In Laura's letter she apologized for her lateness. No need for apologies Laura! I feel so blessed! Third happy dance! LOL! Thank you Laura!!
I got some cool towels and some other funky stuff!


I did finish a painting and I took some progress pictures! I wanted to do a full moon painting.
"The Start"

Then I took this photo, (which I already shared with you), and everything changed for the painting!


The finished piece.
"Energy" (11" x 14")
Big Hugs! 😃

Friday, October 6, 2017

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well!
This is just a short little post. I had to show the picture I got of the full moon last night. She was glorious! I love all the colours and shapes in this picture! Enjoy!
Big Hugs and Have a Great weekend! 😁

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all doing well! Happy October!
Just to let you know what is happening with the bags and books.
What the company suggests, before ordering a large order, is to first do a check with your designs, to see how they are printed. I made sure I did everything in very high resolution, but you never know. So, I ordered a bag and book for myself. As soon as they come in, I will have a show and tell! 😊

I have to say, just from my experience so far with this company, they have been amazing. I had to cancel my order twice. First time, I forgot to order the book. Second time, I forgot to include the label. Third time, I got it all right! LOL! The one thing that really surprised me, was when I had to cancel the second time, there was no answer on the phone, and they don't have an answering machine. I actually, got a phone call back from them in a half an hour, asking if everything was alright, because they saw my number on the call display. I really thought that was great!

Now, I'm out of my "spray" that I use on my art, for the finishing touch. I can't get the spray from Michael's. I order it from another art store. They are out of it too. So, hopefully they get it in soon!!

I have started another painting, but it's not finished yet!
Here are some progress pictures!
This is where I'm at now.
I've also been playing around with this one.
This coming Monday, October 9th, is Canadian Thanksgiving. We have family arriving on Friday. Just in case I don't make another post, I want to wish everyone in Canada a very happy Thanksgiving!
Big Hugs 😃

Monday, September 25, 2017

One More Question For You

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well!
Thank you so much for your comments on my last post! I am truly grateful for you looking at the items and telling me your favourites! What I am planning to do is, order two different bags, with their matching notebooks and then in another month, get two more different bags and notebooks. I think that will be it, before Christmas.

Some of you were asking about the tote bag. They are big and stretch. This is an image of one and underneath is the size.
Now, I have one more question for you. I've already asked some of you this question. The notebooks come in two different sizes. Would you like the small size or big size? For now, I was just going to get one size. In the future, I might get both.
The small size, for the front cover is, height- 8.5", width- 5.25" and the spine is .25"
The large size, for the front cover is, height- 10.25", width- 7.5" and the spine is .25"

Thanks for helping out, again!

Big Hugs🌝

Friday, September 22, 2017

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well!
Happy Autumn! The most wonderful time of year!!

I've been busy creating! Bags, notebooks and even a pair of leggings! Not sure if I'm going to keep all the designs, but I really wanted to experiment and see how everything would look. It was disappointing that I couldn't use a lot of my art work on the bags, but maybe I can use them on something else.
I need some help from all of you. In your spare time, if you don't mind. Can you please tell me, which is your top 3 designs from the bags and please tell me if you like the notebooks and leggings.

The only way I could show you everything properly, I had to make an "Art Of Where" store. I will give you the link. When you go there, press on the titles, like Books, Bags or Clothing and it will take you to the articles. When you place the arrow over the moving pictures, you can turn the articles around. Like for the bags, you can look inside, on the sides, and on the bottom. I also made two bags, that don't have any crows. I took pieces from the paintings I liked and used that. Like I said, I have been experimenting.

The Books, make sure you look in side! You will get a surprise on the first page!

Here is the link!

Thanks for taking the time! I appreciate everything. From your reviews, I will decide what to do next!

I forgot to show you, my label! You have to imagine this folded. This will be my "clothing" label.

Big Hugs☺😀

Just to let you know, I changed the articles around a bit, from when I first did this post. There are no more leggings and the designs without crows, have been deleted. My crows are me!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well!
Today is my birthday and I have to say, I think it's my best birthday ever. Not because of gifts, but because of how I feel inside. I hope that makes sense? I'm also so grateful and fortunate for all of you! I know I say that often, but I mean it!! 😃

My oldest brother got me a Red Velvet cake and mom got me vegetable chips! Good combination! LOL!
Mom also got me a scratch ticket. I didn't win anything, but that's ok, I just love the name on it!
My other brother and sister-in-law got me a beautiful candle and balloon. I forgot to take a picture of the candle! I was also surprised, by my neighbour's little girl today! She made me a very special card! got me crying!
Ok, by now you want to know about the winner. I had 9 people enter. I thought what can I do, to make this giveaway as special as I feel inside. So, I decided to do this. The first name I pick, is going to get all the stickers I showed. This person is. Val from MissValsCreations! Congrats Val!

Now for the rest of you! CJ, Sandy, Gina, Valerie, Deb, Magaly, Victoria, and Lone. (If I have missed anyone, please let me know.) I am going to send you a couple of stickers and if you don't mind, I will choose which ones you get. I would love to give all you, all of them, but I might run out! LOL! I have to get more printed.

Please, even if you think I have your address, send it to me again!! Congrats Everyone!

Just to let you know, I've been "trying" to design the bags! My eyes are going crossed eyed! LOL! It truly is like making a pattern! I have to make all the photos with different pixels too. Not all the paintings I liked, are going to make it. I'm really trying to use the one in my banner. I think one side will be the Goddess and the other will be the baby crows!

I do have some new paintings to show you!

"Be You" "Shine Your Light" (5" x 7"canvas) (I'm hoping to get this painting on a bag, if it turns out right!)
"Trust" (5"x7" canvas)
"Best Friends" (2.5" x 3.5")
Just to let you know, I have to "concentrate" on these bags! Doing this, I won't be showing a lot of new art, for awhile. Saying that, it's going to be very hard for me to stop! LOL! So, we will see!

Big Hugs 🌚

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well!
Thank you for the response to my last post and being there for me! I'm very grateful for you all!

I'm setting up my profile to get the "day bags", designed. They have just added notebooks, so I thought that would be fun too! I will also be designing some new stickers! I know I have asked you this before, but please, if there is a "specific" painting, you would like to see on the bags, or anything else, tell me. Even if you don't remember the name, just describe it. Thanks!

I want to thank Valerie, for a surprise happy mail. It came at the right time! Sent all the way from Germany, a beautiful postcard! If you don't know Valerie, I would go say hi. She is a special lady, who creates amazing art and her photos are beautiful! Thanks Valerie!
I love what was on the back of it.
I have finished some paintings.
Here are some progress pictures, of one I just finished.
Finished piece.
"She Whispered" "I Am Here" (12" x 16" canvas)
I also would like to show you some baby crow aceo's. (2.5" x 3.5")
"Marshmallow Treat"
"Grocery Shopping"
And, I have one more thing before you leave!
It's my birthday month, so I thought I would have a giveaway. I'm giving away a set of my stickers. You will get all the ones I showed. If you would like to be involved with this giveaway, please make sure to say, "I Want To Be In The Giveaway". My birthday is September 18th, so that is the day the winner will be announced!

Big Hugs 😁

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Please Read! Important!

I will be around soon to say hi to everyone! I truly hope you're all well!!

I have a favour to ask of all of you!

If anyone of you, gets contacted by someone, through your social media, (blogging, twitter, Facebook, etc.), and says he is interested in my art, wants details about me, and wants you to get in touch with me, for him. SAY NO!! Especially if the person says, we are good friends!!!

All of you should know me by now, if you are my friend, you don't have to go through other people!!

The one specific person I am talking about right now is, Ahmed Maher Mohamed from Egypt!

Even though I am talking about one specific person, if anyone contacts you like this, please just let me know and please say no!

And, please watch your blogs or other social media, if you get followed by this name!

Big Hugs and Thanks for reading this!!


Friday, September 1, 2017

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well!
Happy September!
Thank you for the comments about the stickers. I'm really going to try to give "choices". It might take me a week to set it all up! LOL!
I'm going to be getting a couple more designs, too!

Over the years, I've been asked, what do you do first when you paint. Well, usually 99.9% of the time, it does start with a background.
Now, when I start a background, I "usually" have in mind, what kind of style of crow I will be painting on the background and I do a quick sketch on the side. After that, I go for it.
Sometimes, after I have started, I think, hmmm... I just don't know, but I'll keep going!
I have to admit, when I start to paint and it's really talking to me, nothing will stop me, but then other times, I feel I am forcing it and I don't know where I am going with it!
That's what happened with this painting. It wasn't connecting with me. And, when that happens, I have to stop and put it to the side, until my soul is talking to me. But, when I get that moment, when something clicks, the canvas is back in my hands!

I am so happy I took pictures of this process, because I don't think you would've believed it was the same painting! It doesn't mean this other crow won't be coming back. It just wasn't his time.

"Lady Of Crows" (12" x 16" canvas)

Big Hugs 😀