Sunday, April 22, 2012

Custom Art for You

Did you know that I would love to create an original work of art just for you?  Yes, YOU!  I offer lots of different options and would love to work with you to create something truly unique and one of a kind.  Just click here to contact me and we'll discuss your commission.  The final price will be given to you and 50% will be due before I begin the project, with the remainder due before shipping (Photos provided if requested). General prices are as follows:

~ Poly clay pendant/pin/magnet (under 3" diameter) $21 + $4 S&H

~ 2.5"x3.5" ACEO or bookmark (up to 2"x7") pencil, pen & ink, or mixed media drawing or painting $5 + $3 S&H

~ 4"x6", 5"x7" or 6"x6" pencil, pen & ink, or mixed media drawing or painting $10 - $30 + $4 S&H

~ 8"x10", 8"x8", or 9"x12" pencil, pen & ink, or mixed media drawing or painting $15 - $50 + $5 S&H

~ Digitally enhanced photos $10 - $20 (no shipping, emailed)

~ Etsy banners/blog headers $15 (no shipping, emailed)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Easy Canvas Prints

Last fall I was approached by a representative from with an opportunity to get a free 11”x14” canvas in exchange for a write-up on my blog.  With the hub-bub of our annual fall vacation and then the holidays, it wasn't until recently that I was able to take the time to order the canvas print for review.  I chose this photo taken a few years ago that the whole family was able to get into...

When I received my canvas print, I have to admit to a bit of disappointment.

The quality of the canvas was very nice (I opted for a wrap-around image, so this looks cropped a bit more than it really was), but I thought perhaps my original photo wasn't high enough quality or there was a discrepancy between my monitor colors and theirs, because the print seemed much darker than the original image on my screen, the colors weren't right, and it seemed that a lot of detail was lost (from the sky) or pixelated (in the faces).  So when I got an email asking how I liked the print, I was honest about my personal disappointment, but let them know that the family loved it and that was all that mattered.

Megan, the rep for Easy Canvas Prints, was very helpful in explaining about their art review team that will stop print and contact you if your image is too grainy to print, but they will let any orders they feel are good enough to print go ahead and be printed.  She also included a link to the following image which shows how they brightened my original image so the details could be seen better...

She even offered another free canvas in 8x10 size to replace this one, which I was going to take her up on, but have since reconsidered.  In writing this post, I saw for the first time their preview side by side with my original.  Mine really was darker, and I know from my own photo editing that brightening an image can add some unwanted artifacts and mean the loss of light colored details.  Just take a look at this image, where I've overlaid theirs on top of my original and sliced off part so you can see how it's been improved.

Of course you can also see that it's been cropped a bit more than I thought as well as the brightening, but I may have sized my original with an incorrect ratio, and they haven't removed anything important.  I really think the problem was in choosing such a finely detailed photo for a coarsely textured canvas print.

Overall, I found the site easy to navigate and order from.  They had a quick turn-around time, with quality canvas prints and excellent customer service.  As an artist who edits everything specifically for printing a certain way, I found it a bit frustrating to have my photo not print as I envisioned it.  However, for someone who wants a nice photo turned into a lovely, personal piece of art, Easy Canvas Prints is a wonderful company to work with.  If you're interested, you can get 50% off PLUS free shipping on your next order, just by clicking "Like" on their Facebook page!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


I apologize to anyone who may have been affected by SocialSpark's blatant misuse of my permission to post. They were granted a limited permission to post ONE blog post, that I wrote, instead they spammed my account by posting it FORTY-SEVEN times between 11pm last night & 3am this morning. You can be assured that this kind of thing will not happen again on this blog as my account with them will be terminated as soon as I can get a response.

Monday, April 16, 2012


Guess what...

I'm giving you a discount...

SHHHH!  Don't tell anyone...

Just because I think we could all use a little encouragement to get Mom something nice - and I think we've got a nice selection at Faerie Garden Fancies - you can get 20% OFF, just by entering the coupon code ILOVEMOM2012 when you check out.

Oh yes you heard me right!

Head over to Faerie Garden Fancies, pick out something nice for Mom - or if you *are* the mom, get something nice for yourself - and use the coupon code ILOVEMOM2012 when you check out, and get TWENTY PERCENT OFF.

I'll ship your order within a week, and can even gift wrap it and ship it right to your mom if she's not in your area!  Just add a note to that effect...

Now don't wait til the last minute on this, that code (ILOVEMOM2012) is only good until MAY 1st, so act now!  (Wow, cheesy commercial ending there, eh? XD)

Some of the great gifts waiting for you at Faerie Garden Fancies...

1. Lilacs, Ivy, and Pearls Brooch; 2. Set of 3 Blank Nature Note Cards - Goldfinch, Wild Rose, Feather;
3. Cute Sunshine & Rainbow on a Rock; and 4. Marshmallow Bunny Rabbit Bookmark.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

5 Facts For Friday

Once again, some questions from the lovely Natalie from the Vanillery Garden

1. What does your last text message say?

2. Describe yourself in 3 words.  Shining rainbow creatrix!

3. When you were in school, did you sit in front or the back?  If I get there early enough, I like to be able to see the whole room and not feel like people are behind me, so in the back, but sometimes I just want to be as inconspicuous as possible, so I'll sit wherever is closest to the door.

4. What is your own personal bedtime routine? Uuuummmmm....I don't have much of one.  Turn off the overhead light, turn on the fan, get undressed, get in bed, kiss Jacqueline, have a small candy, read for a bit, shut out my reading light, roll over, and hopefully sleep!

5. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 3.  'The darling lady likes to keep in touch with the Reverend's old connections.' ~ from Miss Hargreaves, by Frank Baker

Photo Friday: Soft Light

spring color at sunset

Click to view on black!