Thursday, September 25, 2008
Do you have an affinity for pears? Amy Elise of Have Art sure does! This talented painter captures the beauty and essence of this understated fruit in her acrylic paintings. Check out her vibrant and unique variety of decorative paintings featuring crosses, symbols, word art, and yes, pears! I love the stylization and contemporary colors Amy uses in her renderings.
In addition to being a fellow Amys in the Arts team member, Amy is also a contributing member of CAST (Christian Artists Street Team) and Military Brats Street Team. Amy is a mother of three, and a gifted and inspirational artist. She incorporates her unique perspective into wrap-around canvases and wide array of decorative paintings. Check out Amy's Etsy shop: Have Art. She has several items in her shop right now for those of you looking for new Christmas decor. Her small-sized art makes a big impression, and any of her pieces would make a wonderful gift for any art lover!
My favorite? The lovely 6x6 painting entitled "Yummy Pear with Chocolate Background". This pear is my favorite shade of green, and paired with my favorite dark - a luscious brown which makes the pear jump off the canvas! I might just have to have it, unless you get there before me!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
"cards they'll never want to throw away" Handmade by Amy
Elegant card-making doesn’t come easily! Here’s an artist who has painstakingly designed and constructed pieces that you truly won’t want to throw away. “It’s all in the little details” is her motto, and you can see it in her work. Amy’s designs are classy and streamlined, and filled with punch. Whether you are looking for note cards, wedding or baby announcements, gift tags, labels, or birthday cards, you can look no further. Check out Amy’s Etsy shop: Handmade by Amy. Amy started selling her handmade creations on Etsy in November of 2007, and pursues her passion for paper card-making full time from her home in North Carolina. Take some time to browse her shop today! Amy offers a loyalty program, so the more you buy, the more you save. She’s taking pre-orders for Christmas cards, so please contact her soon if you are interested in fabulous Christmas cards – which, in my opinion, would be a gift in themselves. Check out the awesome Peacock Family Mommy Cards – business cards for the hip, modern mom! A striking design, and a fabulous idea! See Amy here: www.handmadebyamy.com, www.amyzo.etsy.com, her Flickr page and on Facebook.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
“Old jeans never die, they just go to…”
“Old jeans never die…” Isn’t that so true? I love the look and feel of jeans. Denim is probably one of the most recyclable fabrics because its durable, great looking whether brand new or faded and shredded, and it only gets softer with age. Amy, from The Recycled Jeans Co., takes great care to offer you adorable, quality products that are made from mostly reclaimed fabrics. She’s an Army wife, a homeschooling mama, and a self-professed fabric-aholic (just like me!). 30 years ago her grandmother taught her how to sew, and now she loves to hunt down fabrics at thrift stores and yard sales to head on to the next challenge of making them new again! 10% of her profits go to local charities – gotta love that! Take some time to browse her shop today! My favorite: The Funky Denim Heart Pillow. I love the zipper pocket – so unexpected! You’ll find lunch bags, drink cozies, bears, totes,laundry bags, quilts and pillows, and much more!