Quote of the Day... or Something Like That

Who ever said nothing was impossible, obviously never tried slamming a revolving door.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sorry! :(

I haven't been posting anything lately and because of finals and everything else, I won't be posting anything until May. I promise I'm going to start up again. It's just taking me a while. Thank you for reading!

Saturday, March 13, 2010


I've been looking at some really cool web comics and I think that me and Gabby are going to make our own. I'm working on some sketches and we'll see what happens. When I have some character sketches finished, I'll post them.

For now, anyone got some good plot ideas? ;)

Friday, March 12, 2010


Finally getting the features going again! Sorry about the delay!

Today's Featured Seller?

Please tell me about yourself.
My name is Megan and I live in the frigid tundra plains known as North Dakota. I just graduated with degrees in art and creative writing and am now illustrating my first book. I love writing, pen and ink illustrations, and antique cameras.

What’s your day job?
Right now I'm working on illustrating an historical fiction book for a published author. It's my first commissioned project and I'm really learning a lot from the experience.

What was your inspiration to start creating?
My father used to oil paint and my parents have always encourage me to pursue my talents. It never occurred to me not to major in art.

What’s your process? How do you create your items?
I start with the barest of sketches. I love figuring out a piece as I ink it. It allows my subconscious to come in and play. I spend around 20-45 hours on each piece, meticulously inking the paper with crosshatching or stipling.

What is your favorite handmade possession?
I love buying artwork from people I have gotten to know through their blogs. I recently purchased a set of photographers from Rhianne from So Easily Distracted on Etsy and that's my favorite possession at the moment.

In closing, what would you like readers to know, specifically about your store and what you do?
I sometimes tell people that I was born 200 years too late to have my work appreciated. I love all things Victorian or Art Nouveau. Bringing fairy tales back to life with new interpretations (or simply retelling the Grimms way) is one of my greatest joys. It has been very inspiring to me to receive compliments from people who fall in love with my work. It makes me think that there is still a love for fairy tales and the old ways of illustrating.

Another fantastic artist with beautiful pieces! Thank you for reading! :)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Technical Difficulties Much?

You may have noticed that there was no Friday feature.

No, I haven't fallen of the face of the earth. Not that you were wondering. ;)

As I have stated in an early posting, I have had some really intense things going on with my family and I'm trying to just work on my school work and not worry so much. (no such luck) I have exams this week so I may not have time to post any of my features up right now, If I have not posted your feature yet, I will. I promise. I will send a convo when I post your feature. I may not start them up again until this Friday.

Thank you for your patience! :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010


Here are my new Alice in Wonderland inspired paintings. Not sure I'm going to put them on Etsy or not. Comment Please! :)

It's Raining Sunshine :)

Don't Ask
Honestly? I couldn't think of a title, so I suddenly started humming this song. Can't remember where it's from though... hmm.

Well, On To Business
As most of you can tell, I don't get a ton of comments around here. I contribute that mostly to my lack of content lately besides my lovely seller features. Well, as I am trying to turn that around, here's an incentive for you to comment.

Every week, five followers of this blog will get an item mentioned in a side bar here, and
on my Facebook page. What do you have to do to be considered?

Just comment with a URL to your shop here! Yay! That simple. ;) So, get commenting, and I'll get posting.

On A Final Note,
I know I promised Alice in Wonderland art last night but I had to get groceries and I was just so tired. Tonight, I promise!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wednesday Feature!

I Am So Sorry!
I am sorry I haven't posted anything here in so long! :/ I've had quite a week! My Grammy (my mother's mother) has been sick and we've all been very worried. She has to have surgery next week. *sigh*

**Thank you to everyone who continues to read, despite my lack of content lately!**

On To the Feature!
Today's Featured Seller?

Please tell me about yourself.
My name is Ellen Lyons Nagel. My husband and I live in Battle Ground, WA with our two adopted senior cats.

What's your day job?
My day job is a mix of working on my writing for children , housework and my two Etsy shops. http://www.lyonscreations.etsy.com/ and http://www.spiderwoodhollow.etsy.com/

What was your inspiration to start creating?
Since childhood, I was always doing some kind of art with my hands. About thirty years ago, I started a stained glass business called Lyons Creations in Glass. As most artists can relate, I gave away a lot of my creations before I actually started to make any money on them. Those early years were a learning process we have to go through to become so much better at what we do.

What’s your process? How do you create your items?
I started to make spiders and webs about five years ago. I loved these little bugs a lot. They were a hit right from the start. I use copper wire of different widths for the webs. Glass gems make up the spiders bodies. It is so much fun to make up the spiders. Each item is soldered together to give it strength and stability. I make them in many colors and different sizes. Recently, I started to make the webs with driftwood that my husband and I collected from the rivers and lakes near our home. These new creations are so natural looking. I even put moss on them to give them color.

What is your favorite handmade possession?
My favorite handcrafted possession is a 10" vintage doll with a full length crocheted pink walking dress and hat. She carries a little crocheted pony head on a stick ( the toy that little children ride to pretend they are riding a horse)and a tiny crocheted teddy bear. Little ribbon bows finish the bottom of the dress and the puffy sleeves. A lot of work went into this project.

What would you like readers to know about you and your store?
My spiders used to be sold in my Lyons Creations shop until about a month ago when I opened the Spiderwood Hollow shop. I moved all the webs and spiders except for two gold plated spider brooches.

I will make up custom spiders and webs so convo me. I am easy to talk to and would like to hear from you.

If you have a suggestion for me and I use that suggestion, I will let everyone know you were my inspiration. I will be sure to compensate you for your suggestion IF it sells. At that time, I will give you a gift certificate for the amount I sell the said item for, or if it is not a one of a kind, I will make up the said item for you.


I Love It....
It's always fun when we get an original and unique seller. ;) Though, all of the sellers I have chosen are unique and original, this particular seller's shop is very different.
Thank you for reading!
Tonight I will be putting up some new painting inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Please remember to comment with your opinions!