Christmas in July!

IMG_5297The above title really goes against the grain for me, but if you are a crafter, and it seems that I am one now, you need to think ahead seasonally.  So, everyone is busy making items to sell on their Etsy shops or the craft fairs that they will be attending.  I am not selling at any craft fairs, but I will be visiting one in November to see if it might be an option.

I have just uploaded a few items on Etsy including the cute Baby Harp Seal above.  You can click on the link on the sidebar to get there.  I just made the hat today as I think anything looks great in a Christmas hat!  Merry Christmas!

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50% Off Everything Sale on Etsy

I am having a 50% off everything CLEARANCE sale in my Etsy shop from the 27th of April until the 27th of May 2019.  I am also keeping last year’s shipping fees even though the price of postage has gone up.  Why the sale?  I need to make room for new work.

So grab yourself a bargain people, cause when it is gone – it is gone!  Click on the link on the side bar to go straight to my shop.  Thanks for stopping by!

Can One Have Too Many Paintings?

I am a firm believer that one can NEVER have too many paintings, or books.  Unless they are ones you created yourself!  I also believe that paintings tend to look better framed, unless they are on deep gallery wrapped canvas.  Although my cradled wood panels have narrow profiles (1-2cm), they will look great on their own or in a frame.  It depends on the size and whether you hang them in a group of other paintings or on their own.  You can see how they look below.

I’ve had to re-jig my gallery wall in my dining room to accommodate the new paintings I created.  I found some plain black inexpensive picture frames that I could easily pop the 10×12 inch paintings on canvas board into.  The narrow black frame really makes the painting stand out and is great to hang on my wall for the time being, but I would recommend a more substantial frame.  I also found an 8×8 inch square frame for my mixed media painting on cradled wood panel.   Although it looked good unframed, I think it looks better now as it is a small piece.  The sides also have a narrow profile which makes it easy to put into a frame.  I did the same for my yellow teapot, which I love even more now that it is framed.  My husband re-used picture hooks, the kind you tap into the wall, to anchor the painting to the frame as the profile didn’t protrude enough to use standard z-clips.

I’ve had to move some of the paintings from my gallery wall into other rooms or onto different walls. You can see that I found a bit of space behind my dining room door for the teapot and key paintings!  I may soon run out of wall space altogether.  I have picture rails in the main rooms of my house and hang paintings from them as I am constantly making paintings and moving them about.  This way I don’t have to worry about holes in the walls.  I am saving up for a tracking system for the hallways so I can hang even more paintings.  I have a stash of rescued paintings in the loft that are begging to be hung.

I can safely say at this point that I do have too many paintings!  If you would like to help me out, I have a coupon code for free Domestic shipping in my Etsy shop.  The code is: FREE75 and is valid until the 31st of August for orders of £75 and over.  To get to my shop, please click on the link on the sidebar of my blog.

I am considering free shipping for international orders and am working out a minimum spend price to make it worthwhile.  All suggestions will be considered.

Thanks for stopping by!