Friday, April 19, 2019

A contest and a FREEBIE!

Hey everyone!

I hope this post finds you well and you are getting some lovely Spring weather wherever you may be!
I've been working on products for my upcoming shows this week, the family just started Spring Break and the weather is getting nicer every day!

Last weekend we spent our Saturday morning doing a beach sweep. We took our buckets and our work gloves and headed to Belmar to pick up garbage on the beach. My son couldn't go with us this time because of work but my daughter enjoyed her first time and now has a good appreciation of why we don't leave our garbage on the beach :(


After we got home I was able to spend a bit of time in the studio painting! A good day! Balance is something I always strive for in my life as the life of an artist doesn't usually the fit typical 9-5 lifestyle. You squeeze in artistic time whenever and wherever you can!



If you haven't been to my Facebook page lately then head on over after this! (https://www.facebook.com/darkfaeriecreations)  I have a contest going on! I’ll be giving away a custom 8x10 portrait of a Faerie in your likeness or a portrait of your companion animal! The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, May 15th. To enter you just Like, Comment AND Share any photo I post on my FB page. Every time you do these three things you will be entered!

Also...help me reach 800 sales in my Etsy shoppe!!! Everyone who buys something from my Etsy shoppe during this time (April 16th-May 15th) will receive a FREE 5x7 print of your choice (any illustration in my shop) - just leave me a note in checkout as to which one you want.
www.darkfaerie.etsy.com

A listed a new product this week too! "Happy Thoughts" Boxes! These adorable boxes come with a little stack of paper for writing down things you are grateful for or happy memories, a quartz crystal for focusing on the positive in your life, a tiny vintage vial containing faerie dust and some lovely dried flowers. Such a great gift for a friend or yourself. Someone even mentioned what a sweet housewarming gift this would be!






Along with working on art projects and at my part-time job we have also started getting busy with my daughter's lacrosse season. We have been a hockey family for so long that we are still getting used to lacrosse and learning the sport. This is my daughter and a couple of her teammates at a recent lacrosse tournament. They won the tournament but the best part for them was the Kona ice!



My two crazy kids after another Lacrosse game!

And last but not least here is the FREE coloring printable I promised everyone! This is my first one and I hope you like it! Print this out and go to town with your pencils, crayons or pens.
 (for personal use only)







Friday, April 12, 2019

Listen to your heart...even if your mind disagrees...

We have all been stuck in a decision making mode. We want to follow our heart, but our mind tries to keep us safe. One thing feels right but the other one feels safe. As an artist I struggle with this almost daily. Being an artist can be a very selfish occupation because it is so consuming. The constant need to create things every moment of the day and it's not always profitable.

You have great months and terrible months. As a mom and a wife I always feel like I am letting them down when there are weeks I barely make enough to buy groceries. Should I go back to work? Get a full time job as a graphic designer again? Put myself in a stressful career that takes me away from time with my family, sports events and more? This is where I struggle. Also, at the age of 46 and being out of the corporate world for over 10 years makes it nearly impossible to get your foot back in the door.

I found myself at a crossroads. Should I just put my dreams on hold and find a 9-5 job or take a chance? I reached out to some other artists and picked their brains on what they thought I should do. Everyone was so supportive about me continuing to make and sell my art! Hearing this from fellow artists was such a relief. Something about feedback from other artists like myself cemented the fact that I am on the right path. I'm scared and excited! I know it won't be easy and will be a ton of work but I am ready!

After making the decision to go forward, I started looking around for shows to sell my work. A fellow artist gave me the little extra push I needed to take a leap and apply for a much bigger show that I have ever done. I went out of my comfort zone and applied! The deadline had passed and as far as I knew the show was full. I found out the next day that the event was full but she would put me on a waiting list. The following Monday I got an email that I'd been accepted and they had a space! I will be vending at one of the top arts and craft fairs in the country over Memorial Day weekend!I am thrilled (and freaked out) to be putting myself back out there!


I will be venturing up with a friend that will also be vending and we will not only be selling our wares...but also camping! I haven't camped since college! I plan to take lots of photos from set up to breakdown and share all of my adventures with you! 

I've already gone into production mode! Creating enough inventory for a three day event is something I have never done before. 

I am also vending at the Spring Stroll here in Allentown, New Jersey on April 27th. 

SO. MUCH. TO. DO!

Wish me luck and come see me if you can!



Sneak peek of one of my new wish boxes...




Sunday, March 31, 2019

Being my most authentic self...

In this crazy world that we inhabit it can be hard to be your true self. There is always pressure to act a certain way, dress a certain way, have a certain body shape, have a big home, drive a nice car and so on. I have battled with these things my entire life. I think social media has caused us to always compare what we have and who we are with others. I often think I would be much happier if I could leave social media behind and just live my life in the way that makes me and my family happy. Unfortunately, it is hard to let it go. As an artist it is how I am able to share my creations with so many people...near and far. Although some days I feel that my time and effort in putting myself out there is nothing more that a tiny drop of water in a huge ocean. Everything is so over saturated but I like to think that putting my heart and soul into the art that I create is getting a message out there. My creations are full of compassion, love, hope and often sadness. In a world that can be so full of hatred, prejudice and bigotry...I have made it my mission to send compassion, acceptance and positivity back into the universe. I am who I am...a vegan...a witch...fierce protector of my children...strong willed...stubborn. I will not apologize for what I believe in or who I am. I have been hurt deeply by others but I refuse to let it break me or define me. As I approach my 46th birthday I want to live the life that was given to me in the fullest, happiest and most authentic way I can. No more comparing, no more living in self doubt but holding my head high and finding the beauty and positivity in all the things around me. I am proud of who I am and what I create and how I live my life. This is my mantra....

Recently, my artwork has taken a bit of a change. Along with creating illustrations, I am also creating objects to help others also find peace, compassion and positivity in their lives. Dream boxes, intention boxes, wish boxes and more. Handmade items infused with positivity and love that include small journals, crystals, healing jars and more. This new journey I am taking is not only taking me to a much happier place in my own life but hopefully bringing some that happiness to others.

As I start blogging again, I hope to take you on a journey of how my creations come about, what goes into making them and how to use them. I also hope to share with you some "how to" photos and hopefully videos (if I get brave enough to get in front of a camera!) I also plan to share a bit more of my personal life on this blog as well as my art.

I would love to hear your thoughts, would you might like to learn from me or what you would love to see me create!