Saturday, September 27, 2008

Winner Announcement!

the winner of Lizstaley's awesome custom made wallet is.... (drum roll please).....

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

1 = gentryart!

Timestamp: 2008-09-27 13:20:42 UTC

gentryart said...

"What a fabulous hip wallet! That is so neat, I just love it! The craftsmanship looks wonderful, and the artwork is beyond kewl."

Thank you to everyone that posted! Be on the look out for the next giveaway!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Featured giveway! - Liz of "the Realm of Nerdiness"

Liz of "the Realm of Nerdiness", fabulous artist and kafma maker extraordinaire, has generously offered to donate the above wallet (see more pictures at for my very first indie giveaway! I can give a personal testimonial of her products. I own the original Athleenia the Cow-Octo-Pirate Kafma OF DOOM and also I own the original ACEO entitled "Seeking Solace". I love Liz's ACEO's because they tell such a magnificant story, each one seems like a frozen moment in time. Each one evokes its own unique emotions. her artwork is wonderful, I highly highly recommend it!

And the Kafmas! What are kafmas exactly? Well let me tell you! Kafma is actually short for "Kute and Furry Mutliplying Aliens". They are small balls of fur hailing from a planet far away. All they do is eat, reproduce, make a pleasant purring noise, and get into crafting supplies to make costumes for themselves.

Please post your comments here and leave me a bit of information about one of her products from her etsy shop, don't forget to leave your email address in the comment so I can notify you if you are the winner!

Earn some extra entries for this contest! Blog about this contest on your own blog or website and post a link in your comment! Be sure to enter and tell all your friends! If you refer a friend and post thier screen name in your post, you win another entry!

***All entries must be received by 09-26-08***

***Gift card shown in picture, not included with wallet***

Here is what Liz has to say about her business:
"I grew up in Baltimore, but am now living in Greenville, NC. My mom got me into arts and crafts when I was really little (I wanted to help her paint ceramics when I was a baby, so she'd give me a paintbrush, a cup of water, and a rubber ducky. Took me awhile to figure out that it's supposed to change colors when you paint it though!). Ever since then I've loved to draw and create things.
I love to play with Photoshop, make ACEOs, sew, and come up with new geeky things to share with the world!

I have always loved for my drawings to tell a story, rather than just "drawing pretty pictures"- so you may see me draw certain characters multiple times. These characters usually have a personality and back story unique to them and are used for a specific purpose. I love for my art to be more than just a "picture" but rather a tale telling what that picture is and "who" is in it. I hope you enjoy my little stories!

My hobbies when I'm not creating things are watching anime, playing tabletop role-playing games (Dungeons and Dragons; Star Wars, etc), building web-pages, and playing on GaiaOnline[dot]com. I also have a gallery on DeviantArt and Flickr, both of which you can find with the user name lizstaley as well.

I find that I really enjoy blogging about my crafts as well! You can visit my blog at

In addition, I also write and illustrate a story that I publish to the web, and have been working on since I was a senior in high school. It's gone through many, many versions and updates, and I'm eventually thinking about having it published. You can check that out at" (Note from the goddess: Check this out guys, its tres cool!)

Here are what Liz's customers are saying about her!

"These buttons rock my socks off! Thank you so much! The shipping was super-fast too...Thanks again!"

"What an awesome Seller and her art and Plushies are too good to be true! As always, super quick shipping and wonderful packaging. I'll be back for more!"

"This is just the most amazing wallet, beautiful original anime artwork and so cool that it's going to make a wonderful gift for my nephew! Thanks for the extra buttons too. You rock, Liz! :)"

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Featured artist - Chris of Ideasign

Ideasign is a wonderful digital artist. I am lucky enough to own two of his ACEO's! Two of my favorite pieces are:

Wheel of the Year - Circle of Sabbats - 8 x 10 inch print and ACEO BOUNTY Goddesses Challenge - Goddess One (I own this one!)

What does this artist say about himself?
"I have worked for almost 15 years as a graphic designer and photographer for corporate America, but that is getting old...time for some changes!

I feel like I've had to constantly put my personal goals aside for the greater good of everyone else around me. Now it's time for me to do for myself!

This Etsy shop is about my work, my ideas, my art. I have put it off for far too long and lately, it's been overflowing. I can't seem to stop it anymore, even if I wanted to.

My art is somewhat eclectic in nature and no two pieces are the same (sometimes not even close), but it is flowing out of me like a spirit has taken over my body and my mind! No, I'm not possessed, so don't even go there...

During the warmer months of the year, I am busy taking photos of cool, classic cars and hot-rods. I get a lot of business making fine-art prints and displays of these custom autos and have so much fun doing it, it's almost like not "working" and more like playing. You may see some of these photos in my artwork from time to time because I believe in sharing the smiles you get from seeing them. Everyone loves cool cars, it's only the lucky ones that get to drive them.

Stay tuned for more stuff in the near future. I'm just getting geared up for more!!!"

What are his customers saying?

"Gorgeous! Beautiful print with amazing detail! The moth looks like it will just fly up off of the page! Love it! Thanks so much!"

"Another fantastic print, and as always extras! I cannot say enough about the quality and perfect this Seller puts into his work! Its highly evident that he has a gift, and the added attention to detail to both his pieces as well as his customer service is out of this world! I am so glad I am not out of wall space yet, because I will have a "reason" ;) to come back for more! LOVE LOVE LOVE! (and love the Seller too!) *smooooch* THANK YOU!"

"Absolutely some of the most lovely prints I've ever seen! Great colors and incredible detail- you will NOT be disappointed with these!"

Monday, September 1, 2008

Featured Artist - Cindy Jerrell of Blackcatgraphix

I was browsing etsy today and low and behold, found a fabulous artist. I instantly fell in love with her work. I couldn't stop looking at these pieces:
Kuan Yin on The Calmed Sea and What You Cannot See

As you all may or may not know, I am a huge Kuan Yin fan and this is by far one of the best depictions I have seen to date. It is so beautiful, the way the artist used moth wings for her gown and the boat a thrift store find! Simply amazing!

"What you cannot see" really reminds me of the early philosophers and just really evoked a real sense of wonder and exploration! I will definitely be a customer in the future. I implore you to go to her store and look around, for she has many wonderful pieces to browse.

What does she say about herself?
"I am an artist and graphic designer living in the Deep South, USA, not too far from where Flannery O'Connor fed her peacocks.

I am inspired by the white face of the geisha/ghost/mask, which I cannot explain.

The images are archival prints of my paintings and wooden dolls. The dolls are escapees from paintings on wood.

When I make a painting on wood, the figure in the painting will always eventually command "hey, get me out of here" and I will have to saw them out so they can stand on their own, wire joints together so they can bend. Sometimes even make them clothes.

I recently completed some oil paintings on canvas - not scrollsaw-friendly. But even these want me to release them, so I photograph them, cut them out digitally and place them in new places. I think they just don't like having their options limited.

It's not easy being bossed around by art."

What are her customers saying?
"This print is awesome...I loved it so much I ordered another one. The colors are so vibrant...don't miss out on this wonderful piece."

"Absolutely wonderful image from a great artist! I'm telling all my friends about your work!"

"Beautiful print. Color is very intense. Even better in person. Timely delivery. Thank you for the gift. Wonderful to do business with."

New Opal bird ring sterling silver

Newest metal working ring! Bird ring with a black Australian opal. This is a size 10 and I am wearing it as a thumb ring. Orginally this started out as a size 9, however I overworked the metal and ended up liking it as a thumb ring.
This opal is really pretty. It flashes blue and green and a bit of orange in the right light and angle. In typical "Andee" fashion, I started out setting opals. These tricky little stones are fragile. I managed to drop this one about 100 times while setting this. Luckily, it didnt break, although I had to bribe my class mates to scrounge around on the floor searching for it a few times. LOL