Monday, December 29, 2008

Handmade dog collars and art that I am loving...

clouds new collar
Here is Cloud wearing his new handmade collar from Camille's Studio that I found on Etsy. I bought some as gifts so I got him one too. He's a little pirate. (Arrrrrrrr, avast!) It's so cute, and comfortable for Cloud. Camille has so many styles to choose from and is a super nice person too. If you're a dog lover you will want to visit her blog - (She even blogged about Cloud!)
Thanks again Camille, we love the collar! :-)

My favorite thing about Etsy and Artfire is all the wonderful artists I've found and friendships I've made. I'm having a lot of fun collecting art that inspires me and makes me happy. Here are some recent goodies that I love:

This magical winter tree pendant from Gypsy Mare Studios (Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor):

This card from Diane Clancy:

This sweet winter painting from Marnie Vollenhals:

These gorgeous prints and bookmarks from Julia Guthrie:

And my newest addition, these wonderful cards from illustrator Rachael Smith. You can't help but be happy when you look at teacher cat and the kittens!

Thanks to you all! I just love surrounding myself with happy and beautiful things and am so honored to own these works of art!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas everyone!

Cloud - too cute for his own good!
Cloud and I hope the season brings you an abundance of peace, love and joy. Thanks again for taking the time to visit my blog, and much love to friends old and new.

As a side note, Cloud gets almost three times as many Christmas cards as I do. Seriously. This year he got 14 and I got 5. Should I be embarrassed? Oh well, just look at him, I mean come on, no one can compete with that!

Floppy ears!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Love and blessings,
Kat and Cloud

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Solstice!

sunrise, winter solstice
In the darkness and cold of winter, the promise of longer days and natures renewal rises with the sun.

sunrise, winter solstice

aceo sun
I want to thank everyone who reads my blog for visiting. I love your comments and the friendships I've made, and I look forward to sharing a wonderful 2009 with you.

Wishing love and blessings to everyone this holiday season,

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Dragons, dragons!

You may remember this post had inspired me to draw dragons after a long absence. So the last few evenings I've been practicing and working on my dragon drawing technique, just for fun.

dragon doodle
This one reminds me of illustrations in childrens books. Something about the colors I guess.

dragon doodle
This creature is surly, ill-tempered and not very bright. He is a minion to an evil overlord.

dragon doodle
This dragon looks intelligent, kindly and has friends and alligences with heros and heroines who, if they ask nicely, may get to ride on his back.

Fun stuff! :-)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Handmade for the holidays

One of the reasons for this post is because so many people that I talk to have never heard of Etsy. If Etsy is new to you, it is a place to buy hand crafted items, ranging from art, jewelery, clothing, pottery, soaps, toys and much more. I'm continually amazed at the quality of work every time I browse, and find so many beautiful things.

Artfire is another site for buying and selling handmade goods. It's still in beta testing, but it looks very promising so I set up a storefront there as well.

Since becoming a fan and supporter of "slow food" and supporting local and family farmers, I'm finding it natural to transition into supporting handmade goods. Etsy even has a feature where you can search for artisans in your area. So if you're looking for something unique, want to support the handmade movement, or even just don't want to stand in long lines this holiday season, check out Etsy and ArtFire for a gift made with love by hand. :-)

Here's some favorites I found this morning while browsing treasurys on Etsy:

Spiraling thru the Earth and Sky treasury

Vanilla Sky treasury

Myth and Magic of Christmas