Friday, November 29, 2013

season's doodlings

Happy Colorful Friday and Season's Doodlings from Artsyville! I'll be back in the next few days with the holiday shop fully stocked & open for action, but in the meantime, just wanted to share a Make Your Own Sale code that you are welcome to use any time (and as often as you'd like) from now through December 31! The code HAPPYHOLIDAYS13 will take 10% off your order in both stores: and I will also have surprise doodle deals from time to time over the next few weeks (especially a surprise, considering that I don't even know what they are yet) and you are welcome to combine the Make Your Own Sale coupon code with those doodle deals if it makes sense. Happy weekend! Back soon!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

gobble gobble

Happy T-day! ♥ We are nibble-noshing the day away: cherry pie, mango-cranberry chutney, an enormous batch of latkes, other stuff, and eventually, a turkey (it always takes longer than the directions indicate.) I'll be back tomorrow with some fun happenings on Colorful Friday (no such thing as Black Friday around here). Wishing everyone a great day!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Glue it Tuesday: Week 34

Sorry for the miss last week! Hope no one is too irate about it (though most people who come here are used to me posting on Aimee Time, which can be any time.) I needed some classic collage therapy last night, so I covered an old hand soap bottle with bits from the newly arrived Paper Source catalog, sealed it with three coats of Mod Podge, and paired it with my new little bar of soap that no one is allowed to open :) Will the bottle last? Or will it turn to papery, gluey goo? We shall see! What did you glue this week? Share below! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Glue it Tuesday Week 33 and Art Every Day Month #3

The closest thing I've come to gluing this week: a leaf sandwich.
I've been too busy watching nature's paintbrushes sweep the skies,
taking autumn walks around the neighborhood, 
letting the sunshine in, 
shaking out rugs, 
making umbrella flowers,
and taking rakes to the lakes of leaves in our yard. The Fall-ing is almost complete.
I also sneaked a couple of chocolate chip muffins,
finished my third piece for Art Every Day Month (I will catch up I will catch up I will catch up),
enjoyed one of the last pretty autumn moons before the sky turned to a bag of dirty marshmallows, 
I sent an order of my washi tapes and magnets to Frenzy Stamper in Old Town Scottsdale, AZ (hooray and thank you!!), 
waved hi to New York (right now I am reading The Island at the Center of the World, a history of the Dutch colonization of Manhattan), 
took a little trip to Mitsuwa, the largest Japanese supermarket in the US (can I say fantastic! couldn't get the kids out of the candy aisles), 
 and took a little trip to their loading dock in the back & found the pallet parking lot.
We stopped at the exit of A&P, as we always do, to look for unclaimed treasures. She looks in every single machine, every single time.
And -- to cap off the week -- we celebrated our two year Jerseyversary. Two years. I cannot believe it has been two years. It has been a crazy, unpredictable, surprising, upside down, messy and very flavorful adventure. Just like these ice cream cones.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Fresh Batch of Magic Word Magnet Packs

Well, that didn't take long, did it? I fell off the AEDM wagon pretty quickly. Not that I wasn't making stuff, but I couldn't manage to get here to post it. And I completely forgot about Glue it Tuesday this week. I'm sorry. The older I get, the more one-track-minded I get, and my mind was stuck, so to speak, solely on magnets this week. I did manage to whip up some new colorful packaging for the magnets so they are totally gift-ready now, and they make great stocking stuffers. There are lots of new words in this batch, so if you already have some, these will add some expanded flavor to your collection. There are 20 packs in the Etsy shop, where you can see each assortment individually, and 5 packs in the Artsyville store, which are randomly selected surprises. Sorry again about Glue it Tuesday... we will catch up again on the 12th! Happy weekend! Aimee

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Art Every Day Month #2: Happy Fall to All

A little autumnal greeting for AEDM #2! Fall is my favorite season, and my list is a country mile long as to why. The trees throw colorful parties in the sky and on the ground. Sweaters and layers are still a novelty, and my tights don't have holes in the toes yet. Blue skies and blasts of warm sunshine still stop by to say hi. The crappy days remind me that it will soon be time to hunker down like a hermit and hide and become embittered by winter. How I ever lived in climates without the complete change of seasons I'll never know. When I was younger, it didn't bother me; I was too occupied to notice. Now I need to experience every quarter of the cycle; to whine about the lousy weather; to look forward to & delight in the good; and finish the year knowing that I've fully lived through the range of emotions that the earth has to offer.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Art Every Day Month #1: Magic Words in Progress

It's the first day of Art Every Day Month 2013! This is my fourth year participating. I'm never fully compliant with the mission. I always make that disclaimer from the get-go, so instead of feeling guilty about missing a day here and there, I will feel outright victorious every time I manage a daily post.

Today I'm pushing through the Halloween Hangover and indulging in a spell of hand lettering; this is one of my favorite creative activities but it is not a quick process, not something I can force or rush. It is a slow, laborious effort; one line of words can take me up to 20 minutes and sometimes more. If I'm in the right mood, it becomes a meditative activity, a reminder to slow down and enjoy shaping each line into a letterform. Once they are finished I'll scan & turn them into colorful batches of Magic Word Magnets.

If you are new to Art Every Day Month, go see Leah at Creative Every Day and she will tell you all about it. She's an encouraging, motivating, and easygoing creative hostess, and will give you just the nudge you need to make a little something every day this month.

(also participating on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.)