Holiday Ideas – You will not regret reading this!

Holiday Ideas – You will not regret reading this!

I asked a couple of people who are artists “what they are doing to get ready for Christmas” and of course, they are in the throes of creating for the Holidays, with Volunteerism, getting ready for Cooking and having family time!  Ah, the balance of being an artist and coming up for air to breathe and spend time with family and friends!

These artists will warm your heart. You can find some excellent and festive gifts for your loved ones or just for yourself! Look at their shops and join their Facebook Business pages for offers right on Facebook!

I ask you, what are you doing to get ready for the Holiday Season? There are so many different holidays during November through January. It is not just about Christmas, I am focusing on Christmas, but I am very cognizant that there are many different Holidays during this time of year.  I celebrate with you, whatever you celebrate, and am so happy you are here visiting my blog! Leave a like, a heart or a comment, thanks!

To lead I am going to start with a favorite artist friend of mine MJ –Mary Jane Chadbourne!  I actually swoon over her work!  I am in love with her art and her processes!  This is one of Mary Jane’s larger pieces:

This season Mary Jane (who goes by MJ) has made a number of Santa’s Elves that she has been selling and I believe she has sold-out all of the Elves at this time. I loved her Elves and was not quick enough to purchase one of them!

Santa’s Elves 2017

Currently, MJ is working on some vintage style pieces and I cannot wait to see them! I will be in line this time to get one of her pieces of art!

MJ has been shown at the “Wonderland Gallery” in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is an acclaimed artist, as she has been shown in many other galleries in Las Vegas and Utah! She has also been featured in the book: The Art of Crayon: Draw, Color, Resist, Sculpt, Carve! which you can find on Amazon.

MJ is one busy person.  MJ  has been in numerous magazines including Stampington, Cloth, Paper Scissors and more.  She experiences that push-pull of being an artist while doing other things like teaching classes in the Artful Gathering each year for the past few years.  I adore her style and her art. She is a very precious person to get to know via the internet. I would love to know her in person too! She is graceful and really kind to share her talent as she does. 

MJ is an instructor at the Artful Gathering, and at this time of year, she is also working on a class (her class along with all the other makers are extremely hush-hush until they are revealed!). MJ has a wonderful studio at the back of her property where the magic happens! I have taken one of MJ’s classes and they are so good! MJ  stated, that she has taught five classes on Artful Gathering which have all had great success and next to creating art, teaching is the love of her life!   You really should look into a class by her as you will learn so much about creating!  You can also purchase a DVD if you cannot take the class in “real time” and with the DVD you can take the class at a later date!  Like I said, I took a class but I also purchased a DVD to go back to over and over for a refresher as the class was so full of ideas and techniques.

Please visit MJ’s Website to see the full array of her work, as it is outstanding! She is a wonderful mixed media artist who is able to work in many mediums very successfully!  I once saw in a magazine or a book that MJ Chadbourne made a very large mixed media piece that she donated to charity. MJ  and her husband (who is also very talented, he is a woodworker) work together making items for charitable purposes to give back. 

MJ and her husband have donated art projects for various fundraisers around the Las Vegas valley. One of the charities they have donated to is to ALS to help families and persons experiencing ALS.  The Chadbourne’s both always believe in giving back!

Click this link to see the beautiful art of MJ and everyone wants to to be visually delighted see magical art during the Holidays: desertdreamstudios.weebly.com

One of Mary Jane’s Shrines

See MJ’s Etsy Shop for wonderful gift ideas!

Next, is Sherry Westfall Matthews of Dalaimomma on Etsy is a fantastic and celebrated artist in her own right and I am so enamored with her work. She is another artist I admire tremendously.  I would love to grow into the kind of artist that Sherry is.  In Sherry’s bio, it states that “Sherry Westfall Matthews is a self-taught Southern artist who lives and creates in Alabama with the support of her two kids, three dogs, and a cat.”  Sherry believes wholeheartedly that creating art keeps people young at heart by through looking for the magic of inspiration in the world and “…continuing to grow by experimenting with new art techniques and products.”

Sherry’s work on Etsy

Sherry fully supports and is an ambassador for Retro Cafe Art (which I support and buy lots of items from too). Sherry is a long-time loyal Retro Cafe Art Gallery customer (she says that’s where the Art Supply Fairy lives and the art Fairy is Kristin Hubick!). You will find that Sherry will use items from Retro Cafe Art to assist in her creative processes. She also creates her own art by sculpting items, using found items and I think she can make things just from the air if she wanted!

Sherry is also an ambassador for RELICS & ARTIFACTS®. If you read Sandra Everstson’s Blog and shout out to Sherry:  Sandra Evertson states that she is overjoyed to introduce you to the RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Brand Ambassadors. This is our hand-picked team of designers created to spread the beauty and potential of the RELICS & ARTIFACTS® line of craft products: Sherry Westfall Matthews believes imagination is much like a muscle…the more you create, the stronger your inspiration becomes!” Also, Sherry being self-taught leads her to want to share her trial and error wins (and losses).   

Sherry’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Somerset Studio, Holidays & Celebrations, Somerset Gallery, Art Doll Quarterly, and Jewelry Affaire.  You can also follow Sherry on Instagram   (@sherrymatthewsart) or find her on Facebook at Sherry Matthews Art/ Dalaimomma.  You can find Sherry on WordPress also. I will get the link and post it!

Right now Sherry and her daughter are working with Toys for Tots for the holiday season. They have a small group of volunteers (approximately 15) who are doing everything in their power to help 1800 children this year! Wow, that is a lot of kids in need. This small group of volunteers take the applications, help raise funds for the toys and fill the bags of toys. It is a completely hands and hearts for this organization. The team for Toys for Tots has a big giveaway next weekend so they are insanely busy. Sherry is looking forward to getting back to her art, however, the time spent giving and helping area children who have less is very rewarding. Sherry and her daughter have been volunteering for 3 years and it has become a tradition for her family to give back to her community. I admire what Sherry is doing while she is teaching & modeling for her daughter the same values.

I worked in the Social Work field for 22 years and worked with people and children who were at Risk of harm or who had experienced harm. I did a lot of Brown Santa’s, Toys for Tots, filling sacks and taking gifts to Foster children and giving back at Christmas time. It is a need and a lot of artists who are drawn to create but also drawn to give back in their own ways to their communities. Many artists donate their art to raise money for charities. 

 

Well, as you can tell, I am a raving fan of both of the ladies I have featured today!  I adore their art and the processes they go through to get the final product~

Last but not least, is my weekly shout out and gratitude for Artisan Indie and Sarah Sewell’s Community of Artisans. I am a raving fan of hers also!  She has helped me understand the business side of my art. She is helping many artists understand how to have a business by doing what you love.  Sarah is a “Postive Thinker,” and believes in advocating for the small individual businesses. Sarah started her business to help others! She has had other very successful businesses and she chose to open a business that is fruitful but also gives back.  She has wonderful goals to support Artisans, and believes in people! I mention her in all my blogs out of gratitude for what she has given to me as far as training, learning, friendship, and a wonderful community of people that I belong to!  Check out Artisan Indie! On the link to Artisan Indie,  right on the front page she offers a Boot Camp for new Etsy Sellers! Right there for free! Do join us in this community, as you will not regret it!  One day she will have her own sellers site for Artisans.

Well, we are the end of this week’s blog, I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing it for you! I will be back next Wednesday featuring more handmade sellers and artisans in their own right.  I will try to feature “Content-based business owners” who are Experts in their fields such as SEO, Finding your Target Customer, Writing Exciting Copy and on and one. The Content-based Experts are a part of Artisan Indie. I will try to add one Expert each week along with the artisans I showcase each if they aren’t too, too, busy!  If not I will be featuring them in the coming new year (2018)!

Please share the blog on your own social media as these Artisans are worthy of being seen for their gifts! Remember,  I am an affiliate Blogger for Etsy.com and the links I provide if you purchase, I receive a small fee, but that is not why I showcase any of the sellers I showcase, I do it as I believe in them and their art!

Love & Light to you, and thank you for reading!

xoxo

nike

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The best thing about waking up is….

The best thing about waking up is….

Did any of you hum a tune… are you old enough to know that commerical for Folgers Coffee?

My question this week is “What is your Perfect Fall Morning?”

For me, the best time of day is early in the morning, just before sunrise.  I go outside with my coffee and just enjoy the quiet… I love to look to the East and see the sun come up. I know each morning, is a new day, a new possibility, a new chance for something, poetic, artful or just peaceful.

I have asked my participants about their views of the beginning of their days and how they feel about mornings.

What is your perfect fall morning?

I asked Diana D Darden of Diana D. Darden

Diana loves to wake up while it is still dark outside. She makes her coffee and goes into her studio. She loves to watch the day begin while she drinks her coffee. She comments that the light of day seems to take it’s time right now with it being late Fall and the beginning of Winter.  She loves the quiet.  She looks at her work table, feeling how lucky she is to be an artist and have a job that she loves! After some coffee at home, she wakes up her little pup Flora, and they take a drive to a local coffee shop for some fancy coffee, comes back to her art room and works for the day!  

 

Metal shrine of the Virgin Mary By Diana D Darden

 

One of the things I admire about Diana is that she keeps work hours to make her art and has new pieces each day that she either offers for sale on Etsy or she goes to local fairs in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area.  Diana is an acclaimed artist and has her work in galleries in Minnesota. I have some of her work and I dearly love it.

Diana has her work in these Galleries and stores: Gallery360, The Porch and Atelier, Dwell,  and at Scarborough Fair, all of these spaces are in Minnesota.

So if you can see her work in person — do! If not know you can get her work on Etsy and have it sent to you!

It is an honor to write about Diana and she and I have become friends online!

 

I am also blogging about a local (Austin, TX area) artisan Lauri Smith of WhiteCloudWorldTeas.  She is a friend of mine and I love her product~

I asked Lauri what is her perfect morning and how she spends it, and she said, “No morning is complete without a cup of tea and even a 2nd steeping..” of tea.

WhiteCloudWorldTeas

WhiteCloudWorldTeas was born in Austin, TX “steep,” in the Heart of Texas (Little play on words there, clever writer Lauri!).  They are a vegetarian/Vegan owned company and are community minded for the local area and any area they sell their tea.  Lauri and her team search the world’s markets to find their favorite teas and the most flavorful blends for their teas.  One of the things that make their handmade business stand out is the collective decades of tea experience they have in the company, they present you the customer with the best menu of teas based on information available. It is WhiteCloudWorldTeas hope that everyone from a person who is just discovering the world of fine tea for the first time to the seasoned connoisseur will find their website, products, and level of service will be well suited for the consumer. WhiteCloudWorldTeas only order small batches and use the best packaging to ensure that the tea you will order is the freshest, highest quality tea anyone can buy.

Lauri also sells her tea locally in Austin, TX.   You can find her teas at the Monument Market inside the famous Monument Cafe in Georgetown, also at Savory Spice Shop at the Arboretum -Austin. WhiteCloudWorldTeas are also at Blue Genie Art Bazaar from Black Friday until Christmas Eve.

 

Please come back often as you never know who or what I will blog about.  I would love it if you would share, comment, click the heart, or star the Blog.  I would love if you would re-blog too~

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No blog would be complete without me mentioning the Business Coaching Group I belong to which is ArtisanIndie.

Artisan Indie is the home to handcrafted businesses that “Flourish.” Within Artisan Indie you will find the support and a community or people you need when you need it to grow your handmade businesses.  You have heard many things “take a village to grow,” you will find your village with Sarah Sewell who is the founder and creative CEO of the community.   She has many experts in the group to help you grow your handmade business! Please come have a look and join us!

One of the experts in Artisan Indie is Lara Noelle of  BecomeMoreToday  which is a coaching program to assist artisans in “becoming more each day.”  Lara’s perfect morning is a morning where she can watch the sun come up. The sky starts to get lighter and go from blue/grey to an orangery yellow color.  She loves it as the sun starts to peak over the horizon.  Lara finds mornings as literally watching the day be born. She finds it to be breathtaking and really puts everything into [her] life into perspective. Problems seem smaller and easier to overcome and the joys of the day feel bigger and are more important.  Her statement above is how she looks at life and at her chosen profession as a Certified Life Coach.  What does that mean? Lara Noelle is a “Certified Life Coach,” she is like a sports coach to assist you in your goals for your entrepreneur business. She works to assist you in looking at things differently and to set, & meet your goals.  Lara is not a clinical therapist, she works to help in life/business/coaching a person to achieve more.

Examples of her work are to help people develop skills in finding their Target markets and she does quick shop reviews for Etsy Sellers. She also works with other sellers whether they sell on their own websites or in-person sales.

Lara Noelle’s Quick Shop Review

Lara has Workbooks, Coaching sessions to refocus the business owner for success, Target Market Coaching to assist the business owner in getting sales, and has Webinars coming soon!  Lara also works for Artisan Indie so you can ask her questions there if you are a member.  She has great ideas and can really refocus a person who may have a block or just needs to get assistance with a problem (people like me who are notorious procrastinators!).  Check out her website for the services she offers!

I am not an affiliate blogger for ArtisanIndie, but I am one for Etsy.com.

Thanks for reading me and please click on the artists, artisans, creative peeps I write about.  We can change the world by supporting handmade and handcrafted!  I do believe this!

Love&light ❤

~nike

 

Oh P.S. — For those new to WordPress, this is how you comment, first — Click the blog title, and it will open the blog so you will see the heart at the top. If you will click the Turquoise heart it will give the blog a heart, you are also able to comment by clicking on the purple page symbol, hearting at the turquoise heart symbol and at the bottom of the page, you can “star” the blog!  Thanks for letting me know who has visited and read the blog… stats are one thing but knowing who visited is “Ace” for me!