Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bee Skeps, Lavender, and Topiaries!

I've been carving even more designs for my note cards! I suppose since garden season is here and we've been doing a lot of outdoor chores, it only stands to reason that my recent designs have a nature theme... bee skeps, lavender, topiaries, and birds. You can see more of the process in my previous post.

My latest block print designs (seen above) were inspired by the work of Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), a wood engraver, artist, and naturalist.

I'm really excited about carving more subjects, most will be of a nature theme, but I do want to start incorporating every day household objects, as well.

If you are interested in these hand-carved, hand block-printed note cards,
they are available in sets of 6, and come packaged in clear gift boxes.
Size: 4" x 5.5"
Color: choose violet or turquoise (I'll be adding more color options at a later date)
Price: $12 (plus shipping to your zip)

Email me to place an order:  or
include your mailing address and I'll get back to you with a PayPal invoice.

Lavender & Bee Skep
(choose violet or turquoise)

Old English Topiary
(choose violet or turquoise)

Fraktur Peafowl #1
(choose turquoise or violet)

Fraktur Peafowl #2
(choose violet or turquoise)

Boxed sets...

Thanks so much for visiting today!


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Peafowl Block Print Cards

I've been working on block print designs for my Early Work Mercantile page. These will be listed and ready for purchase on the evening of the 30th around 9pm.

To make the cards, I first sketch a whimsical peafowl design, inspired by antique frakturs, on the linoleum (above) and then carve it out (below).

Spread the ink on the plate and ink up the brayer...

Then ink the design...

and make a test print. I use an old magazine for this.

I carve away any unwanted areas that showed up on the test, and then print a card using the baren (the round thing with a wooden handle shown in the 3rd photo below).

I'll have several sets made, packaged in clear note card boxes, and ready to ship next Wednesday.

Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pssst! New Art Prints Are Here!

Not a lot of time to chat, so I'll share a photo and a link and be back over the weekend.

I've got lots of new art prints in my Etsy shop now. They sold really well at the Lavender Festival and I thank all of you so much! These are whimsical, colorful prints and will brighten up any decor... perfect for gifts, too!

If you'd like to help spread the word, please share this post with any of the little Pin It, Facebook, Twitter, Google + buttons, links, or whatever they are called that are below my signature. Thanks!


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Remains of the Day - Silk Ribbon Art

Each year when the Lavender Festival is over, I share the items I brought back home with me. Although sales were awesome this time, and the crowds were pretty much constant, I did still have some inventory left.

 So for those of you that live too far away to visit the fesitval, here you go! :)

You may see all silk ribbon embroidery pillows on my shop blog --- here.

Have blessed day,

Friday, June 19, 2015

It's the Little Things...

This morning I got out my hand carved, lavender lino blocks and hand printed several dozen cards for the Lavender Festival in Oak Ridge, TN tomorrow.

I always like to have small affordable item for someone wanting to purchase something from me but can't spend a lot. I've been in that boat plenty of times!

It's also nice to have things like these for impulse purchases. I can't tell you how many times in the past that a customer was about to pay for their items and then said, "Oh, add a couple cards to my list, too!"

So you see, little things do matter! :)

Hope to see you Saturday!