Thank you for finding me as many of you may know I have been on sabbatical for sometime now and very happy to be back.
I have exciting news for everyone we have finally launched imagehoarder.com our new on-line image resource gallery. Where currently are loading up some 1000 high-resolution images with nearly 100 already available. Our hope is to make it sseriously simple for anyone to have access to great downloadable graphics. We have 1000 prepared and another 3000 images both black and white clip art and full color graphics, on the way. I really hope you like what you so fair.
Also I wanted to say thanks to all that have emailed me with your kindness words and all your great ideas and for being so supportive of my work both in the past and getting this new gallery up and running. It has been a tremendous inspiration.
For those who don't know this little guy was part of my family for the first few months of his life. My boys and I found two abandon baby squirrels, we raised them to be released back into the wild they now live in the wood near our home.
This is Teddy
peeking in the window of my studio, everyones a critic. They may be just be the two most papered squirrels living in wild for christmas we gave them a small feast of nuts and fruit as well as a heated pool. It is actually a heated bird bath but they love it.
I have been playing around with these little logs for some time now. The idea of using them in this manner is just one of the endless possibilities running around in my. The brightness of the wood is what first caught my eye they are nearly this clean in nature, of course I have sanded them to remove any dirt the would is so bright. The other thing is that the core is spongy and can be punched out cleanly and easily. How cool.
For three holiday seasons now I've made some version of this earthy ornaments today it seems these ornament are every where some as diy projects and others with living plant, most are pretty by any standards. Yet I still do love mine the best and my prejudice not only being that they look great, but because after the making and braking as many of these as I have, I have learned a bit about the best ways to keep this simply charming ornament beautifully fresh looking, for years to come. I discovered the living ornaments I made though green and full of life, would soon be dripping with dew, and all of my lovely handy work world be clouded from view. So the dream in my head of a tinny living world behind glass would turn out to not be a gift that would not last. So sadly to say it would turn out to be just a messy mound of mossy mud awaiting the arrival of mold.
Looking for new life in dried and dead bits of lifes dibree is nothing new for me in my work. So seeing a tinny tree in the stem of a plant was easy, it was putting it together cleanly using only natural elements that would last for years that was tough. So being a gardener and yes I came up with a way to keep the moss I grew naturally green looking even after drying, this as well as many new skills and lots of great tools, This ornament will stay a favorite for years.
What a great holiday season Etsy featured my shop in three categories of their holiday gift guides. And thanks to some great blogs that wrote some fantastic write-up. Many were able to find my shop in the sea of talent that is on the internet. I have to say it was crazy on some days to the point that I had to remove many items so that I could keep up with the sales. This may have affected my total numbers, but the goal was to maintain quality in both product and customer service, and to have fun.
The hot seller was a bit of a surprise the Spruce Bottle was a favorite. I had added these at the last minute, and was the suggestion of my sons Max "10" and Sam "8" . I think Max maybe my new head of marketing and Sam in charge of product development. A Big THANK YOU TO ETSY AND ALL OF THE BLOGS THAT FEATURED MY WORK. A list of which I am still working on as will post soon.