Friday, December 5, 2014

the perk of being an artsyville elf


Last day for the doorbuster goodie packages! I've been packing away like a busy (and grateful) elf this week and will keep at it over the weekend. The holiday shop sale will continue through Sunday. Aside from having fun with the wrapping (I love to wrap), one of the best perks of the job is that I get to snack on the merch while I work! Wishing you all a happy weekend♥ Aimee

Thursday, December 4, 2014

flipside


One PS from the last post... the Flipside Calendar has returned for 2015! I've also added a set of new stack pack designs for Hanukkah, which is coming up quickly -- it starts December 16. The shop sale goes through Sunday, and we'll have one more day of the Daily Doorbusters (75% off goodie packages). Wishing you all a happy, festive December, which seems to be vanishing at an alarming pace. The new year will be here before we know it. xo Aimee 

Monday, December 1, 2014

stuffed












The Artsyville Holiday Shop is open and stuffed to the top with new goodies: ornaments, new stack pack designs, permission tickets, and mini mighty word prints! There's also a mighty sale going on: 8x10 prints are $10 (regularly $16), 11x14 prints are $15 (regularly $24), all jumbo magnets are $4 (regularly $6), unstuffed art jars are $12 (regularly $16) and all stack packs are $6 (regularly $8.50). I'll also list Daily Doorbusters (75% off pre-wrapped goodie packages) each day this week around 10 am EST. Happy Holidays! And thank you!! ♥ Aimee

Monday, November 17, 2014

double washi on a dreary monday


Just popping in on a dreary, wet, cold, blarghy Monday morning to let you know about the final double washi deal of the year! Buy any Artsyville washi from now through this Saturday (November 22) and I'll double your order at no extra charge (and no extra shipping cost, even international). Good time to stock up for the holidaze!

For those of you who have so kindly written over the past few months, wondering where the hell I am,I am still here! :) I am on Instagram constantly -- it seems to have taken over as my daily blogging platform, because it is so easy and I am so lazy. Plus, I don't get bombed with spam over there. I don't want to let this space go, because it has been such a fun creative playground for me over the years (and I can get away with writing a lot more here) -- I've just got to find a way to make the blog work a little better for me. For starters I'm going to keep the comments off for a while here, but you can easily find me on Facebook and Instagram if you want to jump into the conversation about a particular post, project, or whatever. Happy Monday!

xo
Aimee

Monday, October 13, 2014

stuff it

After vanishing for four months you'd think I could find a more inviting title than Stuff It, and even more so because I'm about to unleash another backwards barrage of pictorial history on you. (If anyone comes here anymore, that is -- might I just be speaking to Artsyville ghosts?)


I'll risk continuing. And anyway, I'm not saying that you HAVE to stuff it, I am just saying that you CAN stuff it if you want to. I found these adorable smooth mason jars -- not the ones that have Ball embossed all over them. And then I found these cute daisy cutout lids. And then I decided to make Art Jars out of them. I have one version that is stuffed with Artsyville goodies and one version that is unstuffed so you can stuff it with your own stuff.

Here is where I show you that I wasn't a lazy ass this summer: 

I doodled up a few new creative prints, 

made a bunch of itty bitty word tiles (inchie prints)


that can be used for creative prompts, daily mantras, bookmarks, word games, hidden messages, reminders, motivators or however you want to use your words, 


Put together a bunch of little packets with tiny surprises for my orders, 

Created tiny-tiny-tiny-mini-mini-mini blank books (just an inch square)


And finished a fresh version of this one just in time for fall.


In full color. 

Enough with the shop; on to the house. This is the living-room-art-room and I'm kind of struggling with it right now. I cleaned it up for this picture, but it always seems like I am living in stacks of projects with no true functional system. I'm usually chopping paper on the floor or addressing envelopes on my keyboard. Must fix this.

Finally hung up my painting from Lisa, which had been sitting on the chair below for over a year. 


Planted a garden this year! The cherry tomatoes, despite the snappy temps, just keep going bonkers, along with the jalapenos which have turned fiery enough to power all of us to the moon. And the watermelons -- they might reach golf ball size before the first frost!

We're coming up on our Jerseyversary in a few weeks, and the last three years have been so mind boggling that every time I think I've seen it all, I realize that I haven't seen it all, as was the case a couple of weeks ago when a black bear got on the loose in our neighborhood and pulled up for a visit in our driveway. (Story here, if you're interested.)

We inherited horrible, dark, depressing, evil-spirited wallpaper in this room when we bought the house and I finally hit my limit. Ripped it out & repainted it in sea salt, caramel and chocolate. Now that I've successfully removed wallpaper, I've realized that I am now capable of doing anything. 


New curtains. We finally got a World Market in New Jersey. I have suffered so much these past three years without one. And yes those are balls of yarn in the background...


I had so many skeins of yarn that I didn't know what to do with them, so I rolled them all in balls & stuck 'em in a planter. 


Autumn means I'm back to crochet -- and I learned how to make a granny square!

 And these, whatever they are called!


 Oldest girl. At her sister's soccer game in her pajamas and a toddler hat, sewing an Olaf costume.


Two last things to share -- illustration projects-- and then I'll let you go :) The fall issue of Somerset Memories just hit the stands and I have an article/tutorial & drawing called House of Memories, which tells my tale as a chronic mover :)

And... 10 of my doodles are in the 2015 Today is Going to Be a Great Day! Page-a-Day calendar by Workman Publishing, and I'm still pinching myself! Here's a flash forward peek into the future. If you get the calendar (it's available in lots of bookstores, on Amazon, etc.) you'll probably recognize most of the pieces -- Make Time for Your Art, Star of Your Own Brightness, Something Calling, and a bunch of vintage Artsyville pieces make an appearance. I'm so excited and honored to be part of the calendar!

There are the highlights back through August... I'd retreat further, but this is already enough of a visual avalanche that you are probably ready to tell *me* to stuff it. You wouldn't be in the wrong... but that's just how things roll around here. As always, if you made it to the end, you deserve a prize!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

seeing double


Makes sense to do two posts for the same thing, right? Seeing double isn't always a bad thing ;)  It is a gorgeous day here in North Jersey with all the windows and doors open. The screen doors are firmly shut, though, because a squirrel got on the loose in the mudroom earlier this week and I learned my lesson. It is a perfect tape packing day & you should see my living room. Some people use theirs for furniture; I use mine for washi tape. It looks like a factory in here. A very happy factory. So many of my orders have come through referrals through friends, customers and fellow artists. I am so grateful for the support -- every post, mention, tweet and share has helped out my little tape line enormously and I am hard at work on getting the new designs production-ready. The double washi deal goes through tomorrow in both shops: artsyville and etsy.

I'll be back later this week with a roundup of some of awesome new art and craft books. Happy Sunday!

Friday, June 20, 2014

artsyville washi tape is back!


It's official! :) Washi tape has returned to Artsyville and I'm kicking off the back-in-stock party with a Double Washi Weekend! From now through Monday I'll double all Artsyville washi orders at no extra charge. You can find it in both shops -- at Artsyville.com and on Etsy. Happy taping!

Friday, May 16, 2014

spring to the rescue


Spring has taken its sweet old time here in North Jersey. Each time I've stopped to praise a stunning day or blooming shrub, the weather has gone back into the crapper & threatened to take the foliage with it. I can't complain; winter was such a joy thief here that I am grateful for every drop of pollen & sneeze that spring dishes out.



This week it was time to get the Artsyville front porch in order. I blasted the pollen off the furniture, freshened up the chairs with new pillows, replaced the rotted out rug, 


found these lantern lights that I had to have,



and now it's all ready for naptime.


And I sneaked away to DC for a weekend!


I spent a morning at Politics & Prose, my favorite bookstore, and bought two books which I easily could have gotten back home, but I don't think that way. I try to do most of my pleasure buying out of town so that I have an experience & memory to attach to it. 


(You know I went inside the Peeps store.)


The girls and I went on a Girl Scout trip to the Catskills, where the only things in bloom were the grass & dandelions. It amazed me that just a few hours north the trees were still bare even though the temps were fairly mild. We did all those things that one does at camp: canoeing, archery, hiking, sopping wet hayrides, flying squirrel, fighting over who got to sleep in the top bunks (the kids), fighting over who had to sleep in the top bunks (the adults), sneaking bottles of wine into the grownup quarters, etc.


The camp had a terrific arts & crafts room (the tie-dyed t-shirts spell out "be creative") where I found out that my candle making skills really suck.


On our way to and from the camp I was totally taken with the painted signs I kept seeing on the sides of barns & other buildings. We had no internet service where we were, so I had to wait until we got home to check it out -- and it turns out it is a community-wide Barn Quilts project. There are 75 in total and there are three self-guided tours around the south Catskills to find them all. I'm thinking summer day trip!


This year I'm doing our landscaping & gardening, which is really very funny because I can't garden my way out of a pot. But one must start somewhere, so I am starting with these two pots right here. We just had a colossal load of mulch dumped in the driveway, which looks and smells as unsavory as it sounds, and I figure if I don't know what to do in a particular area I'll just throw a bunch of mulch on it & call it done.


The surprise of my week was that the the surprise balls shot out the door! I didn't know what the reaction would be, if there was one, but I like to try new things and at the very least I knew I could send them out as gifts if they were total duds in the shop. They are super time consuming so I can only make a few each day. Each part of the process is like a project in itself: handmaking the goodies inside, sourcing other tiny little things, sorting out all of the pieces into bags, cutting the crepe paper & separating it into piles, spacing out the trinkets and coaxing the evolving shape into a sphere (my first few looked like alien planets), fiddling with the ribbons and the tags and the gift wrappings... you can easily envision the state of my studio, I am sure :)

The good part is that the surprise balls are really a joy to put together, and I find myself thinking about the recipient when I am arranging the pieces and wrapping the layers around and around. It's fun to imagine their experience when they unwind the paper & find their tiny treasures along the way.


I custom made these two surprise balls for a friend, who is giving them to two children going through a tough time right now. I stuffed lots of happy kiddie goodies in these: smiley face buttons, bubbles, marbles, dice, candy, stickers, erasers, etc... I hope they lift the kids' spirits a bit.


Great news on the Artsyville washi tape front... it will be back in stock soon! We did another small production run on the original six designs and they left China on May 4! Depending on how things go on the container ship, the shipment should arrive in New York anywhere between 4 weeks and never. Most likely it will be mid-June or maybe early July when it clears customs & reaches our doorstep.


And hot off the Artsyville press... a new doodle that sums up my life as neatly as it can for the moment. Now a print & magnet in the shop. 

Off to the National Stationery Show in New York on Monday (just attending, not exhibiting) and can't wait! I had a great time last year and can't wait to catch up with my artist pals. I will try to get some decent pics and report back later in the week! Happy weekend!

♥ Aimee