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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Fall Essentials

Fall Essentials

What are your Fall Essentials, your “go to,”  so you are prepared for the Season?  Do the leaves change where you live, those Brilliant colors, or is it snowing right now where you live and you need to be pulling out your warmer clothes? Do you rearrange your closet putting Summer clothes away and getting out all your warmer clothes?

I live near Austin, TX so it does not get cold here for a bit more… it is November 22, 2017, so we are just getting a few cold fronts.  I  cannot wait for my winter wardrobe~  How about you?  I love cozy warm things to wear that a soft.  I learned that my dear friend Leila West of Leila Nicole Designs also likes to wear warm sweaters, loose but warm pants, having a fireplace is “a must” for her and drinking Hot Cocoa is a wonderful distraction!  Leila’s weather is a bit like mine living in the Northern part of California.  I asked Leila about her weather,  and am learning it is a bit like mine with the high and low temperatures. However, as you know recently in the news Leila’s area gets wildfires and that can be very worrisome. Her home was safe but many lost their homes and many forested areas were burned.

I normally showcase 3 Etsy Sellers per blog, but oh my goodness everyone is so busy!  So today for this week’s blog I am showcasing my friend who is not only an Etsy seller but she also has a storefront on Amazon Handmade!  Leila and I are pen pals of a sort,  we talk about all things business and have made fast friends!  I am amazed by her regularly, as she works full time, has two young children, a hubby, a home to take care of, and dinners to juggle!  She is one busy lady because on top of that she is a jewelry designer who has two handmade storefronts!

I am going to shop for myself at  Leila’s Nicole Designs!  I hope you enjoy and go visit her shops!  It is time for Christmas shopping!  She makes beautiful handmade pieces that are delightful and have a sense of whimsy with the small flowers embedded into her designs.  Leila states that she is “a very visual person, I love to look at all sorts of imagery, whether its artwork or jewelry creations. Often times I will wake from a night of dreams with jewelry designs in my thoughts.”  How cool is that?  I love her design methods! One of her pieces below:

Leila Nicole Designs on Etsy

She makes magical jewelry using real flowers in her work! She has a lot of patience in her work using these very small items to place in her pendants for your jewelry. Leila is excellent about getting her product out to Amazon Handmade also.  She uses Fulfillment By Amazon, meaning she sends her jewelry packaged in her beautiful packaging to Amazon and it is ready for those who want to get their products fast!  I admire her work ethic and her abilities!  Some of Leila’s packaging:

https://www.amazon.com/Peruvian-Gemstone-Minimalist-Necklace-Sterling/dp/B075W89FY2?ref=hnd_adp_tp_2

An offering of hers on Amazon for your Christmas or Winter Holiday needs:

https://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Beaded-Pendant-Necklace-Adjustable/dp/B076619SMT?ref=hnd_adp_ap_44

One of my favs!  I may have to get this one off of Amazon~ You really need to check out her work!

Another piece I am super intriguedhttps://www.amazon.com/Peruvian-Gemstone-Minimalist-Necklace-Sterling/dp/B075W89FY2?ref=hnd_adp_tp_2 with is this Peruvian Gemstone! It is a yummy color and the silver is gorgeous with the color of the gemstone!

Did you see Leila and her jewelry on showcase on her local Fox News Channel?  She was featured and wow, good for her!

She says, “Missed me on Fox 40 News? You can check out the replay here!”  Click the tag!

http://fox40.com/2016/09/05/leila-nicole-designs/

I adore her work if you cannot tell!  Well I am a busy person right now and I must say this is my happiest time of the year as I love the change in the season, I feel a warmth of Fall.

 

Have you wondered just what Etsy is?  Etsy is a selling site that has Handmade Sellers who offer for sale, Handmade items, Vintage Items, Supplies to make Art,  and Services to assist handmade sellers.  I am an affiliate blogger for Etsy.com.  I am always looking for new shop owners to showcase on my blog. Feel free to drop me a line or comment if you are interested in being showcased on the blog.  I also have two shops on Etsy.  One is nikeebottalicodesigns and  objectsandoddities.  I offer Bridal, Bridesmaid and Children’s Accessories in one shop and the other shop I add supplies that are vintage and new.  I would love it if you would visit my shops!  You can also find me on my Nikeebottalico.com Website.

Now Amazon is also offering Handmade Sellers as part of their [dot]com.  You can search for Handmade sellers on their toolbar.  It is amazing to purchase an item that is actually handmade by a person, and not made by machines. All handmade makers use quality products that make many of their Jewelry items (and other items) where they will become heirlooms for you and your family!

Leila and I are both members of Artisan Indie which is a marketing group to help us learn more about selling online.  I always want to give Sarah Sewell a shout out because I have learned so much about having online sales businesses from her group.  She has many experts in her group to assist anyone who wants to own an online business!  I will be showcasing a number of the experts from Sarah’s site who also sell their services on Etsy to assist you in growing your own artisan business!

Be sure to check Artisan Indie out as it is growing like crazy.  You can also see the Instagram for Artisan Indie which is gorgeous!  The Instagram of Artisan Indie is beautifully laid out content that showcases the best of the best of handmade! The Artisan Indie Instagram is for members only. Sarah has an eye for beauty and loves to showcase her members!  I was showcased on the Artisan Indie Instagram with a Green item:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/517469264/bridesmaid-emerald-green-earring-wedding?ref=shop_home_active_30

Well if Christmas is on your mind, be sure to check out handmade!  You can get anything you desire by an artisan who cares about what you get when you make a purchase!  Remember to shop small handmade businesses!

Lots of love and see you next week where I will be talking about your perfect morning!  And oh yes — are you a handmade maker?  Let me know I am always looking for new people to showcase!  Just let me know!

Please leave a comment, and heart the blog, I will so appreciate it!

 

~nike

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