Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Black Friday Special

I love the name "Black Friday." It conjures up all sorts of wonderful creepy imagery to me.

In honor of the post-gluttony shopping binge, I'm offering FREE SHIPPING on domestic orders now through Sunday in all of my shops. Enjoy!



"It's only logical to enjoy free shipping."

Thursday, November 11, 2010

OMG TACO!

Last weekend I participated in the Oddmall market in Hudson, OH. While the foot traffic was a bit slow, the show was still a lot of fun and it gave me time to enjoy the work of other vendors.

One that I just could not resist was Yummy Pancake. Cute, cute and more cute! I was going to procure a taco for myself (see below) until I saw the ZOMBIE TACO!

 i love this product shot.

picture this as a zombie = + 4 to cute

Speaking of zombies, I cannot wait to watch The Walking Dead. What with all the zombies on the brain (get it? zombies? brains? ba dum dum), I couldn't help but create a zombie hoard of my own. 


Wool Braiiiiiiiiinsssss!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Crafty Mart


This Saturday – 10-5 at Musica in Akron... the hip place to be!

I'm super excited about participating in Crafty Mart. It just sounds like a blast and the organizers are so friendly and motivated! If you are in the NE Ohio area, come check it out!

I'll be sure to post all of the nifty things I buy (except for the gifts I need to keep secret!) as well as do some special posts about some of the amazing artists and artisans that participated. 


Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Totally Awesome Giveaway with a Totally Awesome Name!

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You absolutely MUST go check out the  Pants Party Giveaway on the awesome blog Biscuit Girl.

There are soooo many great items you could win by participating... including a vampire bun!

So what are you waiting for? Go. Now. Party with your Pants! (er, something like that)

Monday, November 01, 2010

New Woolykins for the Geeky at Heart

I have a confession to make. I am a huge Geek with a capital "G." Sci-fi and fantasy really float my boat, as do video games, comic books, horror movies and toys. As if this wasn't readily apparent to my regular viewing audience.

I know I'm not alone. In fact, most of us harbor some degree of geekitude. In honor of all of our inner-geeks, I have a special selection of Woolykins to whet your nerdy appetite.

There is the dynamic duo, Batbun and Rob-bun...



For the Trekkies, there is a Vulcbun and an Expendable Red Shirt Bun...


For the Battlestar Galactica fans, there's a Cylon Toaster Bun...


And, I've finally got a new Wooly Jabba for the Star Wars fans...


New geeky Woolykins are sure to follow!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Art and fun in Chicago


 I can't believe I waited so long to visit the Art Institute museum!


A highlight: the Thorne miniature room. So tiny. So amazing. 
 

Rossetti's Beatrice painting was an emotional moment for me. One of my first painting projects was copying this piece. I need to get a photo to share...

 Beer + Man in Motion + drunk dude singing to Man in Motion + paper tablecloth and pen = happy.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Return of the Living Jen

It's alive! Belive it or not, I haven't disappeared completely... I've just been on a blogging sabbatical.
 
It's my favorite time of year. From mid-September to the holidays, I just feel happy. Why? Well, to begin with there is the combination of Autumn color and smells. Add memories of back-to-school, cool temperatures, and some of my favorite holidays and it's a cocktail of contentedness.

I have such a strong association with this time of year being the start of the school year that I regard Autumn as my new year beginning instead January 1.

And with that "beginning," I find myself regaining momentum on projects. Did I mention that this time of year makes me want to partake in creating more often? I think I will have a lot to share in the coming weeks...

For now, here's a few spooky woolies to get you in the mood for Halloween!




Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Discovered Treasures

Woolykins were featured today over at Discovered Treasures, by Suzanne Medrano. You can check out her sweet write-up here.

Suzanne's blog is a wonderful resource for us Etsy addicts looking for great hand-made items. She features fabulous undiscovered treasures in a wide array of genres, from needle felting to hand turned wood and recycled jewelry.

You can also check out Suzanne's shop of unique handmade gifts on Etsy. I especially love her designer gift tags.

Thank you Suzanne for featuring Woolykins and for working so hard to promote hand-made! 

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Art to Help

Ann Flowers over at A Beautiful Party has undertaken a kind project called Art to Help:

"This page is an art fundraiser to help a family in their time of need. Many people have generously donated work and all proceeds of the sale will go directly to the family. Email me if you have any questions. Read about the family's story here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/sarahgardner/mystory"

And guess what? Ginger and Ollie found a new home via Art to Help! I can't imagine a better way for them to find their forever home...



A great big thank you to Ann for her generosity and time in putting this initiative together!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Think About the Alternative

I've been digging through old stacks. Stacks and stacks of strange things I've held onto – letting them go or reclaiming them.


This is an oddity I uncovered that I place somewhere in 2006...


It goes well with my current Magnetic Fields binge...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Notecards and New Guys

Every once in awhile I get my act together enough to chip away at all of the tasks that build up and get back-burnered.

I've finally added some notecards to my shop...


There a few new mini Woolykins as well...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kooky Food Magnets


Starting on July 24th, there will be an ongoing series of Artisan Days at Local Roots Market & Cafe here in Wooster. On the fourth Saturday of every month, local artisans, artists and craftspeople will be at the market selling their hand-made wares.

I'm very excited to be a part of the action and will have something new each month to share in addition to the regular roster of fuzzy Woolykin friends and art.

Right now, I'm added a selection of kooky veggie magnets. You can check them out in person July 24, or swing by my Etsy shop today to order online.


 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

New things


 These little guys will soon be in the shop along with more little cuties.

Speaking of little cuties...


And then there is the real world yummy equivalent...


This amazing bottle came back with us from Europe last year. Exactly ne year later... YUM!!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Jen Books - What's Inspiring Me Right Now

Every once in awhile I go through a reading drought. It's just awful because books are one of the things I love most in life. But, like many of us, I get myself involved in so many projects that some aspect of my life suffers, and that is quite often my book consumption. It usually takes a few good or interesting books to get me back on track. A book I'm in the mood for. A book that speaks to me. Cheesy? Yes. Effective? Definitely.



I recently finished The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This represents one end of my "Jen Book" spectrum. Speculative fiction, dystopic, science fiction, survival story, social commentary... for whatever reason this type of fiction has always strongly appealed to me. Think of it as a wonderful cocktail made up of The Running Man, Lord of the Flies1984 and a coming of age story. Or something. It had me at death match.

On the flip-side is a book I randomly happened upon while perusing the library shelves – The Cheese Monkeys, by Chip Kidd. The cover art caught my attention. I knew the book had to have some heavy graphic design involvement when I flipped through the moderately unconventional and pleasing layout.



Guess what? Not only is the layout "designy," but it is a fictional story written by a graphic artist about a college student stumbling into graphic design after beginning as an art major. Oh the parallels. From the main character's collegiate path, to his collegiate experiences and acquaintances, it is hauntingly familiar for me.

I still spend a lot of time sorting out my feelings about being both a painter and graphic artist, so the dialogue in this book about where graphic design fits in the spectrum of art is quite entertaining for me. I don't always find myself agreeing with the characters (particularly in regards to "art") but I do agree with a lot of it's take on graphic design vs. commercial art.

Here's my favorite excerpt to date, from the students' Introduction to Graphic Design instructor (pp. 108-109):
"Not that Design can't have... a look, a style – in fact it has to, even if the style is 'no style' – but by definition, Design must always be in service to solving a problem, or it's not Design. I will not, so help me, ever attempt to define what Art is. But I know what it no longer is, and that's Graphic Design."

I've still about 130 pages to go, so the final verdict on the book's overall quality is still out. However, I suspect that for me, this read isn't about it's quality as a novel, but the identification I feel for the subject matter and the wonderful little snippets that remind me what it is to be a Graphic Designer.

And I'll leave you with this thought from The Cheese Monkeys (p. 106):
"Uncle Sam... is Commercial Art. The American Flag is Graphic Design."

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Flowering

Last week was the fourth anniversary for my husband and I. He brought me lovely flowers...


 (note the lurking kitty)

And then, more flowers arrived in a lovely pot for our porch from his parents.

 (note the the lurking cherry tomato plant.. more on him later)

Then the lurking kitty came into the open to investigate the baby radishes I'd thinned from the garden. 


 (they were quite yummy)

There has been far too little time to paint or felt of late, as the garden has taken much of my time and I've also been blessed with a steady stream of graphic design work. However, there is a long weekend on the horizon, and I hope to have some new work to share soon. Oh the plans I have...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Check Out This Great Giveaway!

The always fabulous Ann Flowers is having a summertime give away on her blog, A Beautiful Party. Isn't this sweet ghostie drawing just to die for?


All you have to do is leave a comment on her blog about your favorite artist to be entered into the drawing. I had a tough time deciding, but Jim Henson won my vote!

Local Roots Grand Opening Celebration


What a fun time last weekend at Local Roots! The Grand Opening celebration brought a steady stream of shoppers who had an opportunity to enjoy delicious local food samples, live music, children's activities and more. You can read more about the day over at Digging In, the Local Roots blog. Also, there is a wonderful write-up by Jennifer McMullen at the Ethicurean.


Thank you to everyone that came out to enjoy the day and stopped by my table to say hello. I met a lot of fabulous folks and enjoyed great conversation! Many Woolykins found new homes, including a fuzzy-haired ducky that had only made his first appearance that day. 


So what is next on the Woolykin agenda? Well, there aren't any events scheduled for awhile, so I'll be spending some time creating new critters. There are a bunch of little buns queued up outside the studio door...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Keeping a Promise

Before taking on this whole "I'm going to do an art fair!" endeavour, I knew I would be in for a lot of hard work and preparation. Some areas of my life would suffer neglect. Unfortunately, one of those areas was painting and drawing. However, as I set out to build up a wooly inventory, I made a promise to myself that as soon as my first gig was over, I'd start putting brush to paper again.

So, wasting no time, when I got home Saturday night from Oddmall, I did just that...

It began Marigold, 2010, watercolor

I'm not yet sure how I feel about this. I had no intention as I made marks and filled the space with color. All that mattered was the making of the marks themselves. It felt so good. Now I just hope that I can sustain that promise to myself and continue to play on paper...

Fantastic Mr. Fox


When I heard about this film last year, I knew it would, indeed, be Fantastic. A Roald Dahl book, filmed by Wes Anderson in stop motion!?

I finally had a chance to sit down and watch it a few days ago and I smiled from ear to ear throughout the entire film. Now, I'm a sucker for stop-animation (Rankin/Bass, Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline...) and the artistry involved with the process, but Fantastic Mr. Fox surprised me with it's cleverness and uniqueness of vision. It was what I love about Wes Anderson's films, but animated!

Here's a nice little behind the scenes video...



And I just ADORE this concept art by Chris Appelhans (from CGRecord.net)...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Market Fun


Oddmall was a blast! The atmosphere was lively and all of the other vendors were so nice and talented. While the weather that day was not the most pleasant, there was still a decent amount of shopper traffic. I would like to send a big thank you to everyone that stopped by my table. The Woolykins and I were so happy to meet you! To extend the warm fuzzies, I'm offering FREE SHIPPING on all Woolykins through May 31st! Woohoo!


Jabba the Hut was the unanimous hit of the show, and while he found a home, I will be making another Jabba for the Woolygeeks shop very soon, so stay tuned.

So what is next for the Woolykins? Well, this Saturday, May 15, Local Roots Market & Cafe is holding a grand opening celebration to thank the community for all of its support. There will be lots of local food samples, demonstrations, kids' activities, art vendors and more. You can read more here. I'll be taking the Wooly Crew there to help celebrate. Stop by, check us out, and pick up some great local food and art.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Ready to Rock the Market and a Special Offer


What a long strange trip it's... well, not really, but it has been a fun couple of months building up an army of fuzzy little dudes for Oddmall. Now, it's finally here. Are we prepared?


There's about 40 Woolykins of different styles, shapes, colors and levels of insanity/cuteness.


Of course, there will also be plenty of the Woolygeeks on hand, as well as art notecards, mini framed prints, magnets and original art. Oh, and don't forget the needle felted organic catnip mice! Cat-tested, cat-approved!

If you are in Ohio and are looking for a fun way to spend your Saturday, stop by and check the show out! Address and directions can be found here. And just for my special bloggy friends, mention you saw this post on my blog and get 10% off your in-person purchase!