Monday, June 20, 2016

Trends in handmade markets.

I've been an artist for about 10 ten years now, painting and selling mostly as a hobby until this year. I've been a fan of handmade gifts and craft fairs as long as I can remember, but in the past few years most of the craft/gifts shows I've been to have left me disappointed. It seems that most booths have a lot of the same items, and they are ones that have a "mass produced" feel, instead of a one-of-a-kind feel. Anyone with me here? 

I live in the craft show mecca, with one of the largest, War Eagle, right here in my own backyard. I always have a wonderful time, and will continue to go every time I can, but the last time I went, I saw a lot of the same things over and over again. Some were the same items I see in the local stores. Of course, I go for the whole experience, but also to seek out those crafters who have put their heart and soul into their pieces-it's the reason I fell in love with craft shows to begin with.

I've even noticed on that on Etsy, a lot of the editors picks or featured items are not pieces that have been truly hand-crafted. Don't get me wrong, I carry prints of my original artwork so that I have a variety of options and price ranges for my customers, but most of my pieces are truly hand made by my hands.

Fortunately, I'm blessed to have wonderful customers who still love to purchase a one-of-a-kind, hand painted work of art. I'm very thankful they continue to make it possible to keep doing what I love to do! 

Every day this week I am adding new art to my shop. All purchases through tomorrow will receive a free gift, and if you sign up for my newsletter you can receive a discount code. My shipping is always on the house! 

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Bicycling in Northwest Arkansas

 I have to say that one of my favorite things to do here in Northwest Arkansas is explore the bike trails. We have had beautiful weather this year and I've about conquered all the trails in the Fayetteville area. From my biking adventures, I have some colorful stories of slithering snakes, flat tires and even one where an interesting character was passed out in the middle of the trail and I was required to call 911.

Tales aside, the scenery is always beautiful and there are so many fun places to stop along the way. One of my favorite destinations is taking the Skull Creek Trail to the Frisco Trail down to Dickson Street. There are a ton a great restaurants to refuel and the ride is simple enough for kids to join in.

My frequent bike rides this year have inspired a new collection of art that will be on display during the month of July at The Red Kite Coffee Company in East Fayetteville. The exhibit is call Bikes, Red White & Blues and Bar-B-Q.  There will be a large selection, and a variety of sizes of mixed media on canvas,  plus a small collection of framed prints. I hope you can bike on over and see my new collection of artwork and enjoy one of their tasty ice cold coffee drinks!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

I will be restocking my Etsy Shop soon. To find out how to get a discount code PLUS a FREE gift, sign up for my newsletter at this link.

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