24 April 2011

You have to be 6 years old...

This post was going to be about a fun cake creation for my niece's 6th birthday party, and it still is...kind of...at least there are a few pics at the end. Cake Pop ice cream cones that frankly, turned out awesome. But the post-plan changed when at the party I had one of those "aunt moments" that will stay with me for a long, long time.

Last month when I was in Chicago I stopped at The Paper Source. A way cool arty-farty store I hadn't been in since college. I quickly peeked in the very small kids section thinking perhaps there would be something for one of the kids birthdays. There was. Rosie Flo's Sticky Colouring Book. A quick flip and I was pretty sure Miss P., with her artistic bent, would like it.

She did. She wanted to draw in her new book, with me. Sprawled on the living room floor she (we) began creating, asking me how to draw shoes, and arms and hands and necks. And, asking me how someone learns to be an artist and what kind of artist I am. She filled 4 pages she said were of her and her friends (and all were in heels!)

Her younger sister really wanted to draw in it. And out from the mouth of the girl who always shares, comes: "No. It's really hard, you have to be 6 years old" without lifting her eyes or pencil from the page.

I smiled.

Happy Birthday, Lady!

18 April 2011

Art Giveaway Alert! Original Print

My goodness, we're half way through April already? How can that be?

This month's giveaway is a hand-stamped print. It's so easy to let the days pass by forgetting how precious they each are. Begging the question: Today is a gift...what will you do with it?

Today is a Gift, art print
Pewter ink on white archival paper, 1 of 4
Hand stamped using vintage printing blocks & hand embellished

Print measures 11x14
Suitable for an 8x10 opening
(14x18 frame with 8x10 opening shown here. Frame from Target [$16.99] and not included.)

If you'd like this art print, be the first to post here on the blog!
**(anonymous users: leave your name, or some way to contact you.)**

I'll contact the winner. If you are not local, I will ship to you in a bend-proof mailer.