Monday, October 29, 2007

My Storque Spotlight and all you Pretty People!

I'm honoured to have been featured in "The Storque" which is Etsy's online paper.

Featured was my diorama entitled "Birth" which incorporates a 3-headed vintage doll in Victorian dress. The dolls head can turn manually to show any one of 3 emotions.

This piece was originally featured in my "Desolation" show, where a client of mine and her husband were debating over the purchase of this piece or another diorama of mine. The woman loved it, but her husband was quite disturbed by it for some reason. Needless to say, they purchased the other one.

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"Birth" was also featured on the Lilies and Ether blog:

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Beth is just the sweetest and her work ROCKS! I especially love her take on Marie Antoinette

and the image of Bumbelina

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Thank you Thank you Thank you! to...

Everyone who convo'd me and left comments supporting my Art. Below are only the artists who posted on the actual Spotlight piece. Please make sure you support these artists too! I love what I do and I'm glad that you do too!

...Now, I'm off to fill some orders!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Britney Spears, Halloween, Tea Parties and More!

I've been in some AMAZING treasuries lately and I just have to share them with you!
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This first one is the most hilarious one I've seen in a long time entitled 12 THINGS BRITNEY SPEARS LOST by cuzifeltlikeit. It features my new painting entitled "Where's the Party"

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Herein lies some gorgeous Beauties on Etsy for your eyes to feast upon! OPULENT DECADENCE by BoringSidney
Included is my giclee print entitled "Recreant Rita"...who get a bit surprised when she dabbles in the unknown!
Miss BoringSidney does some amaaaazing hats that you might like to check out too!

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I love all things Baroque...and Pendientuda has captured it beautifully with her treasury entitled BAROQUE HALLOWEEN. She's also included my set of Dark Beauty Cards featuring dark flowers that Mrs. Addams might have grown herself. Be sure to check out both card sets in my shop: Dark Beauty I & Dark Beauty II. Both sets are almost sold out.

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One of my other favourite types of treasuries is surely any which feature tea cups, tea parties & the like. I've had a fascination with tea parties since I was a little girl {It must be my British blood...}.
I had quite a nice teapot and teacup collection until recently when I decided to start selling them all off.

Tea Time by PinkAngel {love that name!} captures quite a few lovelies featuring the sweetest teacups! She's included my new piece entitled "Lita and the Teacup Full of Birds" which is original artwork I've done where you can customise the background colours....Enjoy!
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More tea time pretties:

My hubby Mikiep {a fellow artist on Etsy...and the hottest MOE ♥!!} has the cutest illustration featuring a tea party in his new Super Hero Series. The print is entitled "Tea Party with Wonder Woman"... [shown at left]

The illustration features Wonder Woman as a little girl having tea with Bear and Bunny. You just have to check it out!
It's definitely one of my favourites that he's done.

Look how cute and quirky everything is...from the tree base on the table to the curling spout on the teapot to the miss-matched tea cups...the way Bunny is reaching out to Bear as if to hold his hand. Ahhhh.... I just love it!

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Thanks again to all of you Pretties ♥ for including me in your treasuries. I am quite honoured.


Saturday, October 20, 2007


I've finally been able to list most of the items from my show in my shop. Here's the finished piece of "Where's the Party". I am sooo pleased with the way it came out! It's definitely my favourite painting I've done to date.

I'm so entranced by her eyes....and her lips. I dunno why. I'm easily enchanted. haha

She just looks so sweet and demure...I'm super pleased with the emotion that shows thru in this painting.

Some people say that she looks like someone in particular, but that was never supposed to be the case.
Oh well, C'est la vie! That's what I love about art. It's so open to personal interpretation.

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I still have some others items from my show to list as well. If you were at my show 2 weeks ago, you'll also remember seeing a lot of silhouette pieces. The 2 portraying Lita with the Birdcage and Lita in the Teacup full of Birds will be posted tomorrow {Sunday]. Here's another look at them:

I also have a lot of magnet sets to post as well as the last of the new scents of my soy candles, which are Oh-So-Delicious! All of these pretties make excellent gift ideas as each are $12 or under! Yay!

More soon!


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Our trip to Austin, TX - October 2007

We've been in Austin working [and having fun], so blogging has been on hiatus, but I'm back.

I loved Austin. It's an amazing city on the Colorado River, but I don't think I could live there 'cuz I get bored so quickly. Too bad for me, huh?

Anyway, here's a photo of me and Mike at Shady Grove...I did get a haircut in Austin, trusting my locks to a Texas chick named Rachel. I was a bit scared when I saw her Texas-style look and almost backed out on her to switch to the one rockabilly chick in the place, but I stuck with her and she actually gave good hair! This shot is me pre-cut and Mikie un-shaven for over a week.

I loved the fact that our hotel was right on the river with a stunning view of the Frost Bank Bldg, which has to be one of my favourite buildings of all time now. It looks like an Owl from certain angles. Isn't that quirky?
The Frost Bank Bldg, downtown Austin:Our view from the hotel overlooking Austin, the Colorado River and the Bat Bridge, where every night at sunset, some 2 million bats fly out from under the bridge. It really is a sight to see!

The food in Austin was amazing, with lots of green chilies and barbeque. Yee-haw!
...and nary a fast food chain such as McDonald's in sight. I think I loved that the most as I'm so tired of seeing so many chain-style eateries everywhere.
In Austin, it's more down home and I love that.
Some of our fave places to eat [not including the Shi-Shi places obviously] and must-have eats:
The Green Mesquite
KILLER Mesquite Cheesesteak
Cheesy and yummy with Green Chiles that rivals any Philly Cheesesteak

Shady Grove
Green Chile Cheeseburger
Hatch Green Chile Sauce and Monterey Jack cheese top this spicy burger

Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas
Enchiladas with their special Boom-Boom sauce

Even though it is a Texas & Southwest chain, the food there is good. Although we were surprised that they don't serve BBQ sauce...They're in Texas for God's sake! Anyway, they win for best cold hamburger the next morning. No joke. It was even better cold than, dare I say it???... In and Out...and y'all know how I love my In and Out Animal Style. :)

...and winner of the most romantic old-school Italian restaurant goes to Romeo's.
We had a great nite there...and I discovered a new way to make a Mojito...with basil instead of mint! So Yummy!

We spent time working too...Here's a shot on Sixth Street at a night shoot.
Shopping on Congress is FUN....and I found a new favourite store: Uncommon Objects

If you like old, antique and quirky, then this is the place for you!
Over 30 vendors display their wares in a chic, kitschy way. I spent most of my time [and money!] there and picked up soooo many fabulous finds!
Too bad you can't shop Uncommon Objects online, but there are just waaay too many items in the store to make that possible...and I'm sure that their turn-over rate is tremendous as well. It's definitely a reason to visit Austin again. :)

I also loved the store front for Monkey See Monkey Do -->

On our way back from Austin, [...yes, we drove there!] we spent time in other parts of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona taking photos and visiting places that looked interesting, such as small towns, historic sites and, of course, graveyards.

A week after our return, we had our latest show in downtown Los Angeles, which turned out to be a great success. Orders are still coming in! I'll post more about that later, but in the meanwhile, you can see just some of my new art in my shop.