Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My beautiful new book

Okay I'll admit it...I enjoy reading. I was one of those kids who actually did the readings for high school and college literature classes...and enjoyed them. At the time I would never admit it...I had a reputation to protect after all and would complain along with my classmates that I just didn't have time to read Homer's Odyssey or Dickens' Great Expectations. But I did read them...and enjoyed them.

Years later, I don't have to hide my addiction anymore. Although my free time has been drastically reduced by two little demanding girls, when they are in bed my books come out. One book in particular of late...a lovely book containing 7 Jane Austen novels.

When I stumbled upon this gorgeous book at Barnes and Noble last week, I knew immediatlely that I had to have it. Cracking the cover open, I was instantly transported to another world. This is what EVERY book should look like...beautiful, leather bound with golden pages. Nevermind the it is completely impractical. You can't very well tuck it into your bag and pull it out to read during your lunch break, but who cares! Everytime I open it I get this wonderful giddy feeling...pure joy! I'm currently re-reading Sense and Sensibility, but when I'm finished with Jane, I'll have to pick up another of these amazing books...Shakespeare or maybe Poe...I really don't care which, the books are so gorgeous!

On a side note...this book was a wonderful distraction and has allowed me to successfully fight this wierd urge I have to re-read the Twilight series. Am I crazy? brain is telling me not to re-read the series, but yet the crazy urge remains. Anyone else read the series and struggle with this?

What are you currently reading?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Little Girls

Aren't they the best? Okay I'll admit that I'm a little biased. Our household is made up of me (a girl), Ella and Eva (both girls), Dave (not a girl) and two little kitties (both girls), so please excuse me for being voicing my opinion that girls are the absolute bestest! Now, give the girls a few years and I'm sure I'll change my mind completely and wish to the heavens that I'd had boys instead...but for now I'll take the girls.

Here are a couple new girlie pieces of art...

Baby 6"x10"

Little Angel #2 6"x10"

I just recently got a few pieces back from a local coffee shop, so look for new art in my ANDstudio shop soon!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Check out my new etsy shop!!!!!

Yep, that's right...after much internal debate, I decided to transition away from soldered jewelry and focus more on my true passion mixed media collage art. So, I'm listing new pieces in my new shop ANDstudio and will eventually close prettylittlependant. It was a tough choice, but now that I'm working full-time, I need to focus my energy in one direction and not be so scatter-brained.

My new shop is called ANDstudio (my initials+studio) and I hope to have the first batch of new stuff listed there this afternoon.

Wish me luck!


Friday, January 1, 2010

Somerset Studio Aubergine

One of my pieces is in the current issue (Jan/Feb 2010) of Somerset Studio...and imagine my elation when I discovered that I shared the page with a dear friend and talented artist, Nancy Lefko! This was my first attempt at submitting something (solo) for wasn't as hard as I'd imagined. I'm glad I took the plunge and encourage you to do the same.

Find the current submission calls for the Somerset publications HERE.

Also check out the Cloth Paper Scissors challenges HERE.