Tuesday, November 17, 2009
John T. Unger is currently being sued by an individual whom is selling knockoffs of his original art. This individual wants to continue selling the pirated art and is now suing John in order to have the copyrights overturned. If this happens, I believe it could affect all artists, please help spread the word and donate to his case if you can.
"I need your help. My original art has been copied by a manufacturer who is now suing me in federal court to overturn my existing copyrights and continue making knockoffs. I have a strong case, a great lawyer and believe that if I can continue to defend myself, the case will be resolved in my favor. If I run out of funds before we reach trial, a default judgment would be issued against me and could put me out of business. I don't believe my opponent can win this case in court and I don't believe he really intends to try. I believe his goal is to use strong-arm litigation tactics to force me to keep spending money or risk losing my copyrights — not by true adjudication, but by default if he is able to outspend me."
Go to http://www.johntunger.com/legal-defense-fund.html#2 for all of the details of this case.
Well, the movers are here and packing up our stuff. So far it is only a two person crew sent in to pack up the things that I haven't packed up in the past 6 months... mainly clothes and frames and Jay's bar collection of glasses and liquor. We are living out of my master bedroom closet and bathroom for the time being. Hopefully we will be on our way to Arkansas by Thursday, it all depends on how long they take to pack and then load. Our belongings will be in storage while we get to know the new area and find our next house. Thankfully my parents are taking care of the kids and dogs, although my son will be here for the loading of the truck. I just wanted to thank everyone for their support and positive thoughts over the last several months. It was a long ordeal and I think we really did a good job with staying positive and proactive, not wallowing in the self-pity. We have had two offers on the house, finally, and hope to have things hammered out and accepted within the next week! My fingers and toes are still crossed for a good ending to this chapter of our lives!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Three sets of earrings based on a pair in my shop called Spring Has Sprung. These were put together for a friend to represent a group she started, called 3 Strong.
These are earrings that I put together after doing the earrings for my friend. Its been a while since I've had all of my supplies out because of the house being on the market. I can make a mess when I'm in the "zone" and if I don't finish, I hate having to put everything away. It felt good making an exception.
This is another dog in my dog series. Its peyote stitched with Delica 11/0 beads and it is a Boxer. This one I gave to my realtor. Soon I will upload my pattern for sale at my ArtFire shop.
Here are my sugar skulls. I came up with the pattern and have a couple of different sizes and color variations available. I won't be listing the pattern for sale, I will only be selling the completed earrings in my ArtFire shops.
I have also been making my beaded paw prints. I had one order for over 50 paw prints! I've been making them as earrings, magnets, pins, and just paw prints to be used for all kind of things. I actually have more to make.
I had one customer sew my paw prints onto an outfit for a doll. The outfit was for a school fundraiser and the winning bid was for $165!!
I also listed one of my framed pit bulls for a fund raiser. I was a bit late and ended up not selling it so I will be listing it in my shop with the money still going towards a bully rescue. (See the picture in the last post.)
I have a heartline bear pattern in the works, a paw print cuff in 2-drop peyote, finishing up a beaded cat amulet bag, and a bulldog amulet bag. And then maybe I will work on the portraits of my kids! Whew! And of course I need to actually list some of these items in my shop, not my favorite thing to do... I need an assistant.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I am participating in another auction. This time its for Smokey. Smokey is a pit bull puppy recovering from what appears to be chemical burns down his back. Now before I get too emotional again, here is the link for the auction; http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=173303432455&id=125117232853&ref=mf you do not need to be a friend to participate in the auction. There are a lot of great items available including art, jewelry, dog toys, and other doggie items.
And here is the website that tells more about him; http://www.smokey-the-pitbull.webs.com
Thursday, October 01, 2009
I finished the new dog beds a couple of weeks ago. They came out great, the fabric is super durable and the dogs seem to like them - even Mojo the kitty likes them! In fact, it seems I will be making some cat beds too because Mojo and the dogs like them so much! There just isn't enough room for 2 large dogs (Charlie is 70lbs and Apple is 80lbs) and the kitty. Buffy still prefers the top of one recliner or the seat of the other recliner.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I will always treasure his kind words; "I will be showing it of to everyone and raving about your fantastic craftsmanship – probably even a blog post coming, it’s that yummy! It was going to be a gift, but now that I’ve seen it, it’s ALL MINE and will be gracing our wall here at home :)"
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I was up til the wee hours of the night last night working on a couple of beaded patterns that I did of my kids. I ended up giving the completed beaded portraits to my in-law for their birthdays. When they visited last December, they really liked them. Or I should say, my father-in-law really liked them. And since their birthdays were rolling around and Jay could not decide what to get them for their b-days, I volunteered to give them those and redo them for myself. And then Jay's dad said he didn't want anything for his birthday, for us to just send a card. So, last week we just sent the cards and then Sunday we put the beaded portraits in the mail. I am hoping it really surprises them. I didn't include the frames, I figured since they renovated their home last year, that they would know what kind of frame, color, etc that they wanted. And I didn't want to worry about the glass getting broken in the mail.
Now I have a huge naked spot on my living room wall. I will have to figure out something to put up in that spot. Since getting the house ready for selling, I put away all personal photos and portraits except for those two. I was thinking of getting a clock to put up on the wall. I don't know, I haven't been in the shopping mood.
So now I am revamping the patterns. Changing out colors and bead finishes, playing with the sizes. I have them almost to how I want them, but next I am going to change the photos to black and white and see how I like them. Then I will get started on them so that I can have them done for whenever we move.
I also went through photos this morning... I can't believe how many we have. I also can't believe how many blurry shots there are, what a waste of money! I wish I could go back in time with my digital camera and retake the photos, less waste and more good shots. It was a fun trip down memory lane. I was looking for photos from my sister's wedding, which I thought I already gave to her but of course she says I didn't. Well, I don't have them and I can take that task off of my to-do list. She is the queen of all pack rats and one day she will go through her stuff and find them. One of these days I will find the time and space to finish the baby scrapbooks and put the rest of the photos in the photo albums. Some day!
In going through the photos, I was surprised at how many places we have lived, the different furniture, the ugly rugs, the number of blue bathtubs LOL, the different cats and dogs, oh my! I was also surprised at how much my son hated his photo taken when he was younger and how much my daughter loved it. She would pose and pose and pose. He would be scowling and crying and frowning in photo after photo. He has also changed so much! There were hundreds of photos of Danni getting undressed, she would strip all of the time at home, I am glad she didn't do that in public! The many faces of Danni are in that Rubber Made bin, the drama queen from birth! My son, the moody one, the shy one, but also the cuddler. And the photos of my husband, filling out, looking less like a boy and more like a man. Always smiling, such an easy, welcoming smile. There weren't many photos of me, thank goodness. I guess I am more like my son, I don't like posing for photos and I don't really like seeing how much I have changed. I wouldn't mind burning all of my photos LOL, I could really do without seeing them, but I figured one day my kids will enjoy going through all of these photos.
Ok I need to get back to work. I am also supposed to be listing some items to help out with the 48 for Larry silent auction. I have a few items in mind and just need to change the info in my shop listing, but I also have a couple of new items in mind and need to take photos and list them. Then send all of the items' descriptions to the admin for the 48 for Larry auction. I want to finish those this week.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
This is from another blog, I wanted to help spread the word: Posted by Skyline Candle Company | Friday, July 03, 2009 | Auction, Blockhead Radio, Bypass Surgery, Chelsea Lynn Designs, Helping others, Larry Hamm | 0 comments »
Larry Hamm over at Chelsea Lynn Designs on Artfire is a friend of many in the world of handmade, he is also the voice of The Crazy Train on Blockhead Radio. Larry has a fantastic wife Janet, and an 8 year old son Jacob who live with him in Lansing, NC deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Larry is a friend to everyone and just an all around swell guy. He is most definitely the “shirt off your back” kind of friend. Right now, all of Larry’s friends and Blockhead radio are teaming up to help him out in a tough time.
Larry is a disabled diabetic who currently has lost his health insurance. His medication alone monthly is over $2,000. Larry is not receiving disability, he has not been approved yet. His wife is the only source of income and she doesn’t make enough to cover his medications. Larry’s doctors have given him an outlook of only 18 months to live if he doesn’t receive a $17,000 gastric bypass surgery as soon as possible. Larry and his family need all the help from their family and friends they can get! Jacob and Janet need Larry to hang around here with them as long as he possibly can! All of his friends surely want Larry to stick around too!All of us at Blockhead Radio are gearing up for the biggest Radiothon you’ll ever be a part of! July 24th at 6pm until July 26th at 6pm, Blockhead Rod will be live on the radio for 48 hours straight raising money for our friend Larry. A silent auction of donated handmade goods will also be going up on the home page of Blockhead Radio with 100% of the proceeds going to Larry.If you would like to be a part of this wonderful event, please email DeDe Sorensen at: firstname.lastname@example.org Please donate any handmade items you can for the silent auction have your emails in with your donations by July 22nd. If you would like to donate cash for Larry’s prescriptions and surgery please visit Blockhead Radio July 24th through July 26th. There will be plenty of ways to get your donations in.Keep listening to Blockhead Radio for fantastic indie music, and how you can help Larry Hamm of Chelsea Lynn Designs.Help spread the work.....link this post or feel free to copy and paste it on your blog...thanks.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I wanted to thank a couple of wonderful women for reading my blog and liking it enough to award me with two blog awards:
And the second is the "The Lovely Blog Award" from Jenn and she runs the shop JennuineCandles at ArtFire and she also has a blog called Jennuine Candles. I have a few of her candles "hot listed" for when I have enough earnings from my shop, to spend at other shops (does that make sense? LOL)... I want to support other artisans with small shops, keep the circle going so to speak. She using 100% palm oil for her candles which gives them this incredible look... almost like crystals formed on the surface of the candles. She has a lot of different scents and colors and her prices are very reasonable. When you have the chance, take a look at her store.
My husband left for his new job about 2 weeks ago. He is really enjoying it and can't believe how nice everyone is and the atmosphere is so different from the last job. Its actually a positive environment, it will take some getting used to. He seems to like the area, but I think he is trying too hard to make sure we are excited about going there. I really don't want to hear that he's been swimming, golfing, boating, etc while we are here not really doing much of anything fun. We are trying to stay close to home in case we have to run home and get the dogs for a showing. The kids have gone to the beach with Grandpa and Grandma has spent the night a few times in order to change things up a bit. But that really is the extent of our fun. I am even cutting the lawn. I don't like it, its been too hot, and its really a dirty job. But, I have to keep it looking neat and maintained.
After a month of being on the market, I have decided to check out superstitions on help or good luck for selling a house. I am wearing gemstones for money luck, I have some strategically placed Runes around the house, and to supplement my prayers, I have purchased a statue of St. Joseph. Most of the info I have found posted about this ritual, says to bury him in the yard.... I don't quite feel right about burying him in the yard, so I have placed him at a spot of honor and have been praying to him. I don't know if it will work, but it actually makes me feel a little better.
So, since I can only do so much cleaning and straightening up, I am going to start getting back to my art, my crafts, the stuff that make me feel better. So, hopefully I can get back into the groove of doing my blog like I started doing a few months ago.
Friday, May 01, 2009
Anyway, my husband goes for some computer training next week with his new group and then when he gets back, we will list the house. So about a week to get the last things done.... just two days to get him to finish his little projects around the house. I don't want to have too many things to do while he is gone. I've packed some things and I will pack some more. Neutralizing every room of the house as much as possible before the realtor comes in and tells me to do it. So, most all of the family pictures are down it seems less and less like my house.
So, I should be back to my ArtFire life along with Twittering and my blog in about a week. I have certainly missed my community online and it will certainly be nice to be back. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a quick sale in this questionable economy. The house has a lot going for it and I hope the right family comes along and sees what we see in this house. I don't want to be stuck here with the kids holding down the fort while my husband moves without us and only comes home for visits. That would suck! I need to move forward, so do my kids... it feels like we have been in limbo for the past 2 long months! On the karma front, looks like things at the old company are still going downhill. True colors are showing and I think they may end up with some surprises in the way of some key people quitting. It is not a happy place to be right now.
Here's to new directions and quick sales!
Monday, April 06, 2009
by Amy Cavaness
I dreamed he'd be born beautiful and healthy.
I dreamed he'd tell me that he loves me.
He tells me every day.
I dreamed he'd be bright and funny.
He is - his humor is wonderful.
I dreamed he'd ride a bike, catch a ball and wrestle with his big brother.
He does and his brother loves it.
I dreamed he'd have big birthday parties with lots of friends and cake and presents.
He's had six.
I dreamed he'd one day get on a bus and go to kindergarten.
He did it yesterday - my heart full of love and my eyes full of tears.
I dreamed he'd make us proud.
He has, and he's inspired us.
Dean has Down Syndrome.
I never dreamed that.
In honor of Dean's 21st birthday on Tuesday, April 7, I will donate 100% of my sales to the National Association for Down Syndrome. This organization offers wonderful support to parents and their kids, and we were so glad we found them when Dean was born."
And to boost the contribution, Birdy's Knits will be adding to every sale made:
"In support of Amy and her endevor, for every sale she makes on the 7th of April, we will send her an additional $5 to help with her support. So if you can find it in yourself to purchase one of her lovely items Birdy's Knits will kick in an additional $5 per item sold on April 7th from AmyDesigns, no limit! That's our Birthday gift to Dean.
We wish you the best Birthday Yet Dean!"
-- James of Birdy's Knits
I hope you take the time to check her shop and perhaps purchase something that will help a wonderful shop!
It's been a little while since I last posted and so I thought I would review another product I've purchased on ArtFire. I bought two soaps and one soap holder from Urbaneden and I must say I LOVE THEM!!! I don't think I will ever go back to buying soap from the grocery store again!! I bought the Tea Tree Lavender Olive Oil soap and the Cardamom Rose Olive Oil And Shea Butter Soap and a soap holder.
I have tried the Tea Tree Lavender bar and let me just say that it foams up well, smells awesome and feels even better... there is a little bit of clay and powdered oatmeal in the soap for extra cleansing. I feel very special using this soap and it just makes showering something to look forward to. Call me crazy, but new soaps, shampoos, and conditioners are always fun to try! Its been a week, though, and the fun hasn't died, it is a great bar of soap. My husband really likes it as well. I have not tried the Cardamom Rose soap, but it smells heavenly and I am sure that if it is anything like the Tea Tree Lavender soap, that I am going to love it just as much!
I also purchased a soap holder made by her husband. I just had to have it because it is so beautiful and I am not sure if I will use it for the soap or if I will use it for something else...
She also included a sample of a new soap listing, its called Smooth Legs Shaving Bar and she recommended that I wait a week or so before I try it. It also smells wonderful and I am sure it will do a great job for shaving my legs.
Overall, this is a wonderful shop on ArtFire! The prices are reasonable, the packaging is very nice and she ships right away. I cannot wait to see what new soaps she puts in her shop as I will definitely be checking back often!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
You need to be a verified member of ArtFire in order to be featured because they utilize the Rapid Cart, so that visitors can just purchase the item they want without having to join ArtFire. This is a great place for sellers to describe their shops, list their sales, give aways, newest listings, etc. I think this has the potential to be a great source for promoting your shop.
I also wanted to mention that I opened a second shop.... after reading the ArtFire forums, I've decided it would be best to have a separate shop for my de-stash so that it doesn't get in the way of my patterns and jewelry and home decor,etc.-- my actual handmade stuff versus my supplies for sale. So, if you have the time, check it out in a few days. It is called 3PeepsDestash
Monday, March 23, 2009
It's funny, but whenever I'm checking out the new additions to ArtFire, the soap draws my eye. I don't make soap, but one day I will try it. I don't buy fancy soaps, but one day I will purchase some of the ones on my Hot List. I love the scents, I love the idea of taking a bubble bath and actually having the privacy to do it and not have the water get cold either! The combination of scents and some of the descriptions are just heavenly!
I've done a bit of reading on making bath and beauty products and am just fascinated by it all. I don't know if I am a disciplined enough cook for making this sort of stuff, though. I tend to be the type of cook that uses a recipe as a guide, I don't measure much, and do guestimate a lot! My cooking usually comes out pretty good, but I think you have to be more of a scientist to make soaps, lotions, and bath fizzies. As my husband likes to say, "cooking is a science" and I always say in return, "no it isn't, its an art"...
This leads to this blog I found, I think it's relatively new as there aren't many posts, but it is called The Holistic Diva and has a great post on bath salts and salt in general. It is definitely a blog that I will keep my eye on!
Hopefully this spotlight will make you want to click on some of the items and do a little bit of shopping!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
These are all things I have found around the ArtFire community that I just love! Each are unique and call to me in their own way. Perhaps when things get straightened out in my life, I will be able to purchase a couple.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The website I got the new template from is called The Cutest Blog on the Block and it offers free backgrounds, how-to and advice for revamping your blog. It's truly worth a look as it has so much wonderful information. I will certainly go back, but like a work of art, less is more, I have to remind myself not to go overboard! Anyway, how do you like the pink cheetah print?
The second website I used was Moms Who Blog and it's all about hacks and hints for the busy mom's blog... I will be on this site often! And that site led me to this site called My Live Signature. This website walks you through creating a signature to add to the end of your blog posts (check out mine below in nifty yellow), to your email or to your website. It's certainly worth the time to do because it adds that personal touch to your blog that is often missing in electronic journals.
I hope you get the chance to check these websites out as they are very informative and they teach you how to go about adding a touch of class or whimsy to your blogs!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
What they do is collect a bunch of samples from Indie artisans, record labels and zines. They gather all of the samples up and put one each in a box and then mail them out to whomever is on their mailing list to receive one. Sounds like a great way to promote your shop... the hard part is figuring out what you can make enough of (you need at least 25 items to send to them to promote your shop) that best represents your shop. They also have a ton of links to shops and stores, feature a gallery of items that have been contributed to The Sampler and you can even sign up to pay and receive a Sampler delivered to your door... $30 for the regular size and $10 for the mini sampler. They also have International Sampler boxes and are doing a City Sampler, but those are currently sold out. And one other thing to note "The Sampler was invited by to be a sponsor at the 2008 Gift Lounge for the MTV Movie Awards!"
Sounds like this may very well be worth following up on.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I created this with stained glass, glue, and grout. It features 3 turles in differnt sizes swimming in the water. I love sea turtles, there is just something so majestic about them. Someday I will do some more sea turtles.... when I have more time.
Also, she sells online and has an ArtFire shop called GalleriaLinda, don't forget to check it out, she has some great pieces for sale!
Alright, now I am going to go and check out the titles and TRY to make them less vague!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Mystic Mandalas A blog to feed my desire and knowledge about the sacred art of creating Mandalas, and to show some of my own humble efforts.
You can buy a copy of one of her other mandalas online at Imagekind.
Anyway, Photoshop is a frustrating software full of magical stuff to make all of your photo manipulating and graphic dreams come true. Most important thing I learned was that Layers is the one thing you need for making anything go smoothly... I managed to use my little mouse pad on the laptop to draw my little bird... one of my 3 Peeps.... I did it with one finger on one hand holding down the left button and my middle finger on the other hand drawing the bird on the mouse pad. It came out looking a little squiggley but once I did some erasing and filling in the color it looked better. Plus I reminded myself that it wouldn't be this large, thus it wouldn't look as shakey. Then I drew little bird foot prints the same way as their own transparent image so I could layer and all of that... Sometime I need to take a class in using Photoshop and save up the money to get a current version of it.
I opted to leave my phone number off of my card as well as my address. I don't have a physical shop so I didn't feel a need for an address. I left my phone number off because I am not a phone person unless its for catching up with friends or family. I email, blog, Twitter a little, and Facebook now. I don't text. Oh, and I try to hang out in the forums and chat there. So I put my email address, blog site, and Art Fire shop on the card with my nifty name and logo. What do you think?
I chose Office Depot to make them for several reasons; 1) they are friendly, 2) they aren't too busy to be helpful 3) their website shows prices, which the other contenders (office stores) aren't always keen to do and 4) I have never ordered business cards and wanted someone to physically walk me thru it. I got smooth paper, raised printing, and can't wait to have them in my hot little hands! So in about 5 business days I will have them. Then I will send some to NinjaJenn in a bc exchange and hopefully to some other shops as well. BTW NinjaJenn has a great shop that you should check out... She upcycles and features some great pendants made out of Scrabble tiles:If you would like to exchange business cards, let me know, drop me a line and I will send you my address!
I love Sharpie markers, what can I say?
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Click on the link above to go to my shop and look at more photos!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Megan and Linda designed t-shirts especially for the race... had them printed up and presented us cheerleaders with shirts to wear as well. And I guess great minds think alike because we made t-shirts to wear while cheering.... Team Megan and Team Linda... So we wore both to the marathon. "Wild Salmon Run and So Do We" I think they should upload their designs onto CafePress and sell shirts.
Anyway, they did great, Megan finished the race at 4:14:14 and Linda did it in 4:59:19. There were over 7000 runners either running the whole marathon or runnning/walking the half marathon. The course included a beach portion (one way) and a bridge (both directions at the beginning and ending of the race).
It is the day after the marathon and all is quiet. We haven't heard from the runners or our fellow cheerleaders yet (its 11am). I am hoping that means the beds at the hotel are extra comfortable and everyone slept great! We are supposed to meet at the beach later this afternoon for a dinner courtesy of Megan and Linda with goodies they brought down with them from Alaska.