Wednesday, 29 June 2011

And the winner is.....



I am very excited to announce the winner of my first giveaway, thank you to everyone who entered, I feel very chuffed to have had such a great response. If you didn't win this time don't worry, I will host another giveaway of my artwork soon...yay!

So keep your eye out for the next giveaway! And I also have some unbelievable deals coming up....so stay tuned my friends.

I guess in this case it was first in best dressed, the winner is number 1.....

Anna White from Lona de Anna and Me, Myself and I

  Congrats Anna, and thank you all again.

Monday, 27 June 2011

New Artwork

Hope this day is finding all of you lovely people well, I am very excited to show you my new artwork. Inspired by the ikat fabric that I adore (who doesn't), it reminds me of my trip to India last year (but that is another post).

I have been tinkering around with this for a while and originally started with a pattern that was quite ornate (I love over the top) but as I played, I started removing bits & pieces until it became the simple pattern you see here. In this case I decided simple is better.


This artwork can be customised to the colour scheme of your choice. Here are some examples to give you an idea.








And if you have a huge wall you can put 2 together like this.



They come in canvas sizes 20x26cm - 76x101cm and will be available on my website & etsy store in the next couple of days.

Would love to know your thoughts, enjoy the remains of the day.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Sports carnival

I spent this morning at my daughters' school sports carnival, it was the Kindy to Year 2 carnival held on the school grounds. They each get one running race then go off to different sports activities in their classes, it's quite tame really, but they love it.

I thought I would share with you my youngest daughter Ava's first running race (she is the one that comes last). She has a grin on her face the whole time...and was so proud of herself.


video

Way to go Ava!!

I have to say I love being able to go these events, it makes my day to see my kids having a blast at school.

Enjoy your Monday.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Should it stay or should it go?

I need your votes my friends...should this art work be added to the Urban Road collection or should it go?

It is quite different to what I normally do, and maybe that is why I am unsure. I wanted to create something with an Australian flavour and an earthy bush feel, but I'm not sure if this is the one.

So please cast your vote on my side bar...do you "Love it" are you "Not sure" or should I "Try something else" (that's the nice way of saying "get rid of it").



Please be honest, you won't hurt my feelings :) any comments or suggestions are also welcome!

Thanks for your input, I don't know how I would have decided before starting this blog!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

New & improved online shop

I don't know if any of you have built a website with Wix, (a very simple Flash website builder). If you are in the market for a website you can build and host with them for free...pretty cool, there are upgrades of course.

Anyway, they have finally improved their eCommerce tools and I now have the shop I have been hoping for, I have been working on it over the last few days. This is a very exciting change for me :)

My new online store

No longer do I have 4 separate listings for an artwork in each canvas size...now I have one listing and size options to select PLUS additional photos (this wasn't available before) cool huh.


Hop on over and take a look if this sort of thing interests you, if not, sorry to bore you with technical details.

Have a great afternoon, now off to pick up the tiddlypeeps!

Monday, 20 June 2011

Look what I won

I am very excited to show you the prize I won from The Sydney Girl giveaway, it arrived in the mail yesterday...

The prize was, my choice from the gorgeous Lona de Anna range of prints. Anna's prints are lovely, take a look at her etsy store to see for yourself and she is having a 25% off sale at the moment.

I picked the kaos & mayham print (I'm planning on putting it in my boy's room, appropriate no?) and because she is so sweet she included an extra print AND a bag of jelly beans (that I have already eaten) thanks Anna.



This is my family room art wall that I put together about a year ago, I'm thinking the Ikat Oz print will replace something in here, or I may expand it. Need to ponder on this for a while.


Have a happy Tuesday everyone!

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Interview with "Paper Runway"

Very honored to be interviewed by Paper Runway and featured on their blog yesterday. The magazine for all things paper, a fabulous magazine...they have just released a new issue on weddings, check it out here.

You can read the interview here.





Thanks Nikki & Maree, you guys rock!

Monday, 13 June 2011

"I think I've got the hang of this" Giveaway

It has been just over one month since I started this blog & I am happy to say, I think I've got the hang of this blogging thing! Which really means, I have stopped pulling my hair out when trying to write a new post and I am able to change some basic design features (still have a way to go on this one).

This is no longer me :)
So to celebrate my "making it" (as apposed to my history of loosing it) I am hosting my first giveaway...yay!


The prize

The winner will receive a 20x26cm canvas print of your choice, ready to hang from Urban Road.




To Enter

1. All you have to do is be or become a blog follower of Urban Road and leave a comment on this post telling me you are!

2. For an extra entry, put my giveaway image on your side bar link to this post, and comment on this post to let me know.

3. For an extra entry post about this giveaway and link back to this post - don't forget to put a comment on this post to let me know you have!

4. Tweet or facebook about the giveaway for an extra entry. Again, put a comment on this post letting me know you have to get the extra entry.

Entries close on Wednesday 29th June at 5pm AEST and the winner will be announced the following Thursday!

International entries welcome, canvas will be posted WORLDWIDE. Good luck & thanks for entering.

My Favourite Illustrators

I would like to share with you one of my most favourite illustrators Carole Wilmet. She is an illustrator and graphic designer from Belgium. I just love her pencil & ink creations, here are some of my favourites.....





Aren't they gorgeous? If you would like to see more of her fabulous work check out her website or her blog.

Hope you all had a great long weekend, we decided to do a family trip to ikea on Monday for some bits & pieces (as you do). If I mention I am going to ikea on a weekend and taking the kids, please remind me that it is NOT a good idea, unless I am prepared to leave at the crack of dawn :)

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Etsy....

Have you ever popped onto your etsy store for your regular check up and noticed numbers on your your activity button (which are usually in the single digits) in the tripple digits???? This had never happened to me before, until yesterday...

I had over 100 and thought, what has happened? Did someone blog about me? Then went back through my emails and discovered my Sydney @ New Years Eve print on Etsy Finds....


Thanks Etsy...very exciting to be in the etsy finds shopping guide email!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Coveting my neighbour

This house is about 500m up the road from me (and is no indication of what my house looks like BTW), I go past it all the time and drool, it is probably one of the few houses in the area I actually covet. And when I saw that it is up for sale, well I couldn't resist sharing it with all of you who appreciate fabulous design.

So if you have a lazy $3.3 million.....











Way out of my league, but nothing wrong with appreciating beauty right? Images from here.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

My Favourite Illustrators

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, ours was very busy, but lots of fun!

I was looking through my inspirations folder on Saturday night and came across some fabulous images which inspired me to start a "My favourite illustrators" blog segment.

I thought we could step back in time for the first one. The feature illustrator today is Bernie Fuchs, Bernie started illustrating in the 1950's and is a very famous American artist noted as the Illustrator that gave the 1950's and 60's ads a look and attitude all of their own...here are some of my favourites.











This last one is my absolute favourite, I have a print of this one on my lounge room wall. Is it so gorgeously romantic.....aahhh!

And all done by hand, makes me feel pretty inadequate really, but something to aspire to :)

Images from here