Inspiration

Last minute Easter Treat Ideas!

Ok, so this post is pretty late. It feels like Easter snuck up on us this year! I was looking around online for some ideas and thought I’d share some of my finds. Here are some super cute crafts you can do that are pretty cheap and easy.

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You can make cute little chics by decorating some eggs with feathers, markers and colored foam.

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Easter peep s’mores! You can learn how to make these here.

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Here’s an easy tutorial on how to make these Mickey and Minnie candy holders out of toilet paper rolls!

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Another toilet paper roll Easter craft but this one is a bunny! These are candy holders!

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Adorable peep cupcakes! Just add frosting and plop a peep on top!

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This is fast and easy idea to give out as gifts using your child’s handprint. :)

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This one is really cool but maybe not so little kid friendly because it looks like they doodled on the eggs with a Sharpie! Eeek!

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Cute bunnys made out of paper plates. :)

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Chalk eggs! So neat!

Hope you guys liked these. :)

★ Artist Interview – Michelle Romo of Crowded Teeth ★

I’ve been a fan of Michelle’s work for years! I love her style and she’s been a huge inspiration for me. :)

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Could you tell us a little about your creative process? What’s a day in the life of Michelle Romo like?
Day to day is always something new! I currently have 2 day jobs! So I have to start off making sure all of those projects are taken care of first. When working on my own projects I look at my schedule (art shows, and freelance, and other misc. projects) and usually pick first based on the deadline. I’ll finish all of the illustration work first, then if the projects require something past just illustration I will work on the production file and communicate with the manufacturer (laser cutters, stained glass people, jewelry makers).

Depending on what the item is it can take a day to a month to get the pieces back to me. Then I spend time painting, gluing or packaging a finished item. So any given day could be any part of that process! Most days it’s a mix of all of those things.

If you could do an artist collaboration with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I’d love to collaborate with Junko Mizuno! I just love her art so much, she’s a long time favorite of mine.

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You did some amazing work for the Flaming Lips (this is all sorts of awesome!)  How did this come about?
Thanks! It all came about through the magic of Twitter!

I ran into Michelle Martin-Coyne at a Flaming Lips show and brought her a bunch of Crowded Teeth bags and prints. Then we just started talking on Twitter and she asked me if I wanted to make some stuff with her! I said yes! She is an unbelievably sweet person. From there she passed my contact information to Wayne Coyne and he has asked me to do some really cool projects for the band. Wayne is always very kind and I am always thrilled when he asks me to draw something. Being a huge fan of The Flaming Lips it’s a real treat to work with them!

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What do you think is the best/worst part of being an artist?
Best is getting to draw silly things that other people like.
Worst is hating all of those things the second after you finish them – haha!

What is your happiest memory?
My happiest memory is just kind of a general memory of being a kid during the summer. Watching old sitcoms, playing with both cars and My Little Ponies on this big brown rug in the living room. Life was easy! Feeling warm and happy.

What snack food, drink, song inspires you?
Snack: Flaming Hot Cheetos (Why are they so good! They are made out of poison! I know they are bad for me but if they are near me I must eat them)
Food: Cake all the time.
Drink: I don’t know! I mostly drink water – it’s not very inspiring.
Song: Man – tough to pick one! I do like the Dr. Dog song Livin’ A Dream right now though.

If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?
The ability to freeze time! There is never enough time to do all of the things I want to do. Mostly I’d just use it to nap more.

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Can you give some advice to artists who are trying to start their own business?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. When I started I had a hard time letting go and asking people to help me out. This resulted in me doing my own accounting, making my own sales calls, figuring out production, shipping orders, etc. etc. Of course I think it’s good when you start out to learn how to do all aspects of a business, and a lot of times it’s out of necessity! But I think it’s also important to play to your strengths and ask people (or hire people if you can!) to help.

After being a control freak and doing all of that I went crazy for awhile, life just became too overwhelming. When I pulled myself together I realized that what I really wanted to do was draw. I refocused and started to get into licensing my artwork to companies who specialize in making products. For me this ended up being a better option than managing production myself. I think if I would have just let go sooner and asked for help I would have been able to grow my business and I probably wouldn’t have felt so overwhelmed. I ended up going in a different direction – but it worked out in the end!

If you could speak to one kind of animal, what would it be?
Cats. My cats (Hurts and Morgan) specifically.

What can we expect from you in the future? Let us know of any art shows coming up. :)
I am planning a big show in June! But I can’t talk about it yet! It’s going to be the biggest solo-type show I’ve ever done though! I’m in few local shows coming up soon: a Star Wars Tribute Show at Gallery Nucleus (opening May 4th), a Go Nagai Tribute Show at Q-Pop Show (opening May 11th), and I am curating and doing art for a group show at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland in September!

Oh! And also 3 new pieces for the Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney. The new theme is a secret – but the opening is mid-June!

★ Artist Interview – Jennifer Kosharek of Eve-N-Odd ★

I had the pleasure of meeting artist and gallery owner Jennifer Kosharek last year while checking out some art on the 600 block of St. Pete. I’ve been keeping up with her work ever since and have some of my stuff for sale in her cute little gallery, Eve-n-Odd. The gallery has been open to the public for just over two years and has a diverse assortment of colorful art, jewelry, trinkets and dolls. Curious about how she got started, I asked her to share a little about herself and her experience thus far. :)

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My earliest memory of creating art was when I was four years old. We were at a shopping mall in downtown Milwaukee. There were large rolls of paper that were set up for children to write on. I remember wanting to stay there forever to draw on them and remember my mom dragging me away.
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If I could do anything… I would like to solely do Mail art. I would send post card sized art–4 X 6 inch postcards, envelopes, and zines to people all over the world for free. Mail art is a passion that I don’t have time to do any more. I regret this deeply because I think it is the most important art in my life.
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If you had to choose a quote (or a line) to describe what motivates you day to day, what would it be?
“The best people possess a feeling for beauty,
the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth,
the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make
them vulnerable, they are wounded, sometimes destroyed.”
–Ernest Hemingway

Every day for me is a battle not to be destroyed. And yes, I’m saying I’m one of the best people…
at least I try to be.
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How long have you been living in Saint Petersburg? How did opening up your own gallery come about?
I grew up in Pinellas County. Started Kindergarten here but I was born on an Air Force Base in Upper Michigan. I am a graduate from Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High school. Despite getting several scholarships including full scholarship to Ringling and USF’s art program–I went to a small church related college in Texas and got a B.A. in English.

My husband cheated on me and left me with three children and a mortgage. This is essentially why I have an art gallery now. It took my life being destroyed to rise up and become myself. A few months after the devastation I got a call from the Morean Arts Center to do a one woman show in their guest artist gallery. I was overjoyed and worked for 3 months to create enough work to fill the space. I called the show, “Trinkets from Heaven and other Misunderstandings.” With the money I made from the art show… I invested into the tiny eve-N-odd located in the Crislip arcade. It’s been a starving artist roller coaster ride ever since and the best times of my life and my crumbcake’s lives.

Who are your top 5 favorite local artists?
Saori Murphy
Coralette Damme
Calan Ree
Sarah Thee Campagna
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(she couldn’t choose just 5) :)
Katherine Michael
Jenipher Chandley
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What’s the best/worst thing about being an artist?
Best thing about being an artist is that you can dress in Goodwill clothes and people think you are “artistic.”
The worst thing about being an artist is that you feel every emotion in high definition.

What is the most rewarding experience you have had and what made it so?
Giving birth to each one of my children. There is nothing more important than life. Life is the greatest art.
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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Last question, do you have any art shows coming up that you’d like to tell us about?
The Gallery has a new show every month so if you keep track of the blog or the facebook page you can see what new artist or group show is being shown!

► www.eve-n-odd.blogspot.com

Personally I will be in the Holocaust’s show, “Power of Stories.” This will be a piece donated to raise funds for the museum and is a large water color portrait of three beautiful little girls who were violently raped and murdered.

I got to be an extra in a BASK film and also my little doggie Suzy. This will be in the Sunscreen film festivals art show on the 600 block called–ACTION at 6pm, at BLUE LUCY, April 19th! Join the gallery for a great block party that night called–“BLOCK BUSTER” sponsored by Charter 411.

Currently I have a piece in the Blue Lucy show, “Game On.” And a piece at the Morean art show for P.C.C.A. alumni. Before that I did a POD exhibit called, “Gretchen’s World” for the Dunedin Fine Arts Center.

And I try to work on custom rag dolls and paintings for customers!

Thanks so much for the interview, Jen! Please keep in touch if anything else comes
your way that you’d like to tell people about. :)

Two of my favorite things, videogames and art!

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We checked out The “Game On” art exhibit at Blue Lucy Gallery this weekend. I wish I had known about it earlier and submitted some artwork, I would have LOVED to make something for it! They had some good stuff there but I think the creepy (Jason Freeny-esque) Pac Man dissection piece by artist, Dylan Marvin, stole the show. It was pretty damn sick! :)

CURRENT EXHIBIT: GAME ON

Featuring over 30 artists creating art inspired by Arcade, Pinball and Board Games.

Artists participating: Johannah O’Donnell, Andrew Johnson, Adam T, Adriaan Mol, Dan Lasata, CyberCraft Robots, Theresa Crout, Daniel Mrgan, Lauren Rasch, Rasta, Joanna Ledingham, Roman Black, Aurailieus, Sue Woodall, John Hutcherson, Dylan Marvin, Coralette Damme, Phillip Clark, RJ Runas, W Herb Clark, Jenipher Chandley, Jennifer Kosharek, Jason Ault, Samuel South, Kristi Capone, Adam Graham, Erin Mallory, Chad Mize, Jesse Kiebzak, Koofboy Designs, and 8BIT.

Admission is free.

GAME ON ART EXHIBIT RUNS 03.23.13 – 04.13.13
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Interview with Jennifer Kosharek of Eve-N-Odd Gallery, coming up soon! :)

★ Artist Interview – Stéphanie Kilgast of Petit Plat ★

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Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
I sculpt miniature food out of clay. Some of it in 1:12 for collectors and some I transform into quirky jewelry.

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Have you finally found your dream place in Paris?
Luckily, I don’t live in Paris. I live in Vannes, France.

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I read that you wanted to be a painter as a child, have you explored working in any new medium lately?
I went to a miniature wood furniture workshop, it was very interesting and fun. I did try oil painting and acrylic painting, but can’t say I loved it.

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Do you remember making your first miniature food?
The first miniature food I made was when I was 7 for my Barbie dolls.

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Can you describe your technique a little? What’s your studio like?
I sculpt with polymer clay at a small scale, thus I use toothpick and pins to sculpt the clay. I always listen to or watch something when I work, I need to be half occupied so I can concentrate more easily on my work.

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Congrats on being a featured seller on Etsy! How did things change for you after that?
Thanks :) I got a bit more known on Etsy right after and of course the sales picked up greatly.

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Can you bake? What’s your favorite dessert?
I can! I’d say I really like the chocolate chip cookies I make, I use raw sugar, dark chocolate and oats, they’re easy and really tasty :)

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What are 5 things you can’t live without?
► My boyfriend (by extensions my family)
► Internet
► Food (but hey who could live without food?)
► Polymer clay
► My camera

Last question, do you have any art shows coming up that you’d like to tell us about?
I have two miniature fairs I’m attending:

►1:12 Die Messe
June 1 & 2, 2013
Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany

►SIMP
June 23, 2013
Paris, France

This is probably my favorite art piece by Stephanie and a little of the backstory on it.
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“This is a dessert table I made for the Hong-Kong exhibition about my work I did in December 2012. (yeah I was so lucky to be invited to make an exhibition!)

I started making dessert tables thanks to Shauna Younge who asked me to make a miniature replica of a dessert table she made and since then I’ve been obsessed with dessert tables. I see them like a full sculpture and work on them during a few months, adding and removing bits until I like the final result. It gives me the chance to work with colors and textures in a more accomplished way than you could do it in just 1 cake. And somehow it gives dessert tables a chance to live as pieces of art and not just pieces of consumption.

This beautiful display is up for sale on Etsy. You can get it by clicking here and here is a link to Stephanie’s Flickr page where you can see tons of pictures of her amazing work. Enjoy! :)

Mindy Kaling is so cute

Mindy Kaling is so cute

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“Teenage girls, please don’t worry about being super popular in high school, or being the best actress in high school, or the best athlete. Not only do people not care about any of that the second you graduate, but when you get older, if you reference your successes in high school too much, it actually makes you look kind of pitiful, like some babbling old Tennessee Williams character with nothing else going on in her current life. What I’ve noticed is that almost no one who was a big star in high school is also big star later in life. For us overlooked kids, it’s so wonderfully fair.”

― Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

12 Cute DIY Valentine Gift Ideas!

12 Cute DIY Valentine Gift Ideas!

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heart1. For the vinyl lover:
 Browse thrift shops for 45s with sweet/cheesy titles like Elvis “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, to decorate a box of chocolates. You can add a personal pic to the back of the record with artist’s tape before tying the vinyl in place.

heart2. Pretty packaging:
 Place meaningful trinkets, flavored lip balm, truffles, favorite poem, etc into a votive holder (hellloooo, dollar store!) – then top with a cupcake wrapper and tie with ribbon or string. This one is really easy and looks fancy. :)

heart3. Custom Candy Wrapper:
 Design your own candy bar wrapper or use this free printable template pictured from AnythingbutPerfect. :) You basically just print, cut and glue! These are great to give out as gifts. You can download the mustache wrappers I designed by clicking here.

heart4. iPhone Valentine Candy Wrapper:
 I thought this was so awesome! These are a perfect for your nerd sweetie. :D You can find a free version of the iPhone template here.

heart5. Valentine Chalkboard Mug:
 There’s a great tutorial on how to make this neat mug here!

heart6. Clothespin Lovers Treat Bags:
You can paint little clothes pins and then attach to a paper sack of treats! 

heart7. Non-Corny Valentine’s Day Coupon Book: Here’s how to make a cute and fun coupon book for your crush or significant other– substituting those corny “Good For 1 Kiss” coupons for a shared inside joke, a future date, or something they’ll really appreciate, like a favorite homemade meal. They’ll laugh as they read your inside jokes and appreciate that you put so much thought into making it personal.

heart8. Valentine Sugar Cookies / Pops: There’s something about putting food on a stick that makes it fun, whimsical, and just all around cooler than food not-on-a-stick, right? Sugar cookies are a Valentine’s Day staple, and this is such a fun way to take something ordinary and make it totally rock. You can find an awesome tutorial here! And if you’re not into food on a stick you can just put them in cellophane packaging with colorful backgrounds cut from scrap book paper.

heart9. Tiny Matchbook Valentine Pads: Share a pocket-size token of your great appreciation with these matchbook notepads. To make them for your friends, get the easy instructions in our Craft Of The Day series.

heart10. ‘Je T’ Aime’ Coffee Cup Wrappers: Wouldn’t it be cute to surprise a loved one on Valentine’s morning (or any morning for that matter) with a cup of coffee for the road that literally says ‘I love you’?  With this concept in mind these love-themed wrappers that can be used to dress up a disposable coffee cup. The perfect romantic gesture for the caffeine obsessed! Get the free printables here!

heart11. Heart punch cards: Why send a store-bought card to your valentine when you can make this adorable one from punched heart shapes? Create a sweet sentiment with hearts punched from coordinating papers and sew it on cardstock.

heart12.  Hidden Heart Cupcakes:  Saw this accidentally  on youtube – Hidden Heart Valentine’s cupcakes. Love at first sight…. They look so beautiful and sweet!

Hope you guys liked some of these ideas! :)

26 Acts of Kindness…

26 Acts of Kindness…

I think this is a really wonderful idea and I’m taking part in it. I made a little card to go with my random acts of kindness to let people know what it’s all about. Feel free to download the template (by clicking on the image below) and sharing it with others. :)

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Here are some ideas for random acts of kindness:

  • Donate food to a food bank
  • Pay for the car behind you at the drive thru
  • Leave lottery tickets taped to a gas pump
  • Call a friend/relative you haven’t talked to in a few weeks
  • Bake cookies for co-workers
  • Pick up litter/trash if you see it on the ground
  • Give a thank you card to your mailman
  • Randomly leave a Starbucks card on someones car
  • Give a pair of new socks/gloves to a homeless person
  • Leave quarters in a candy machine/vending machine
  • Let someone in line go in front of you
  • Read to a child
  • Write a letter to someone who has made a difference in your life
  • Be kind to someone you dislike
  • Say something nice to someone
  • Let someone go in front of you in traffic
  • Send a gift anonymously to a friend
  • Write a note to the boss of someone who has helped you, praising the employee
  • Give a friend a hug

There are so many simple little things that you can do. Some things don’t even cost money. :)

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