Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Fairies

I wish I had a chance to post about this sooner, but thought it being Christmas day and all, it still wasn't too late to share these little Christmas Fairy ornaments I made for gifts this year. They were originally inspired by this post I found via Pinterest. Their bodies are made from hand-painted old-fashioned clothespins, their dresses are yarn pom poms and I added wings made of felt and glitter. They turned out so darling and made a sweet addition to Christmas trees everywhere.

I didn't do hardly any Christmas shopping this year and opted to make things for friends and family instead. In addition to the fairy ornaments I made some tiki-themed homemade goodies for people to enjoy. I even ordered some pretty labels from my work to package them up in.

Hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing Christmas! Peace, Rachel

Monday, December 24, 2012

Vintage Christmas Trees

I've loved collecting vintage photos of Christmas trees this year. They seem so much more elaborate than our modern day Christmas trees (so much tinsel and trains!)

Something about seeing these vintage black and white photos really just draws me in. I can only imagine what these were like in real life!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Cheer: Day 5

This is one of my favorites!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Cheer: Day 1

Greetings! We are in the midst of the holiday season and I'm sure like me, you are all busy finding the perfect gifts, decorating your christmas tree, and baking up lots of holiday treats. I've been collecting lots of fun holiday inspiration lately and have decided to share some Christmas Cheer here everyday until December 25! Enjoy!

Friday, December 7, 2012

This Weekend!

Hope you've all had a wonderful week! I wanted to let you know about some happenings this weekend. First is Society6 is offering free shipping now through Sunday. This is their last promotion of 2012, so be sure to pick up your favorite iPhone case from my shop! CLICK HERE to receive the promotion.

Also happening this weekend is the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale! I will be one of over 250 wonderful vendors selling their handmade wares at the Oregon Convention Center here in Portland. The first 150 shoppers in the door will receive highly coveted goodie bags plus there will be some free craft activities inside the show as well! If you live in the area, be sure to stop by for some holiday shopping! My booth is #197 right near the entrance.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Peace, Rachel

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

November Instagram

I still can't believe it's December! I've been so busy this past month with work, prepping for the holidays, and lots of other fun projects. I wanted to share a few Instagram photos I took from November.
I did some fall baking with my mom! You can find this recipe here.
 Two of my favorite things- crafts and nails with my friend Zerrin! We are making shrines out of kleenex boxes, pasta and glitter. Can't wait until these are all finished!
Lots of late night drawing. See this finished drawing here.
More crafting for the My Own Ideas blog. These mini snow globes turned out SO cute! Check out my tutorial here.
I traded for a beautiful crochet lampshade from Atmosphere on Etsy!
James and I hosted a pre-Thanksgiving party and had fun showing off our little tiki bar.
And our friends from A Wooden Nest hosted a post-Thanksgiving party complete with Karaoke. Here is James singing his heart out.

In between all that fun I printed and cut SO many cards for Screaming Sky Gallery and other stores around Portland.
How has your winter been so far?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Girl's Best Friend

In the midst of preparing for the Crafty Wonderland Holiday Sale, I've managed to finish two new drawings. I've been enjoying working with colored pencil and may need to treat myself to a new set of Prismacolors soon ;)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! I wanted to let you know today is the last day for free U.S. shipping with any purchase from my Etsy shop! Plus it's also the last day for free worldwide shipping on Society6.

Friday, November 23, 2012

It's Black Friday - Get Free Shipping!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now it's time to get into the holiday spirit and begin shopping for the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Starting today through Monday I am offering Free U.S. Shipping in my Etsy shop. Just use coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY

Also, check out my Society6 shop where you can find iPhone cases and new throw pillows with my art!

I also wanted to say a special THANKS to YOU for supporting my art. It is because of your wonderful encouragements that I truly love having my own handmade business. Happy Holidays! Peace, Rachel

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Crafty Wonderland Holiday Sale!

I am SO excited to be a vendor at the 2012 Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale on December 8th and 9th! Shop handmade this year and come by my booth to meet me and take a look at all the new goodies I've been making (this will be my first time showcasing my new art prints!). There will be SO many amazing artists and crafters selling their handmade wares, so be sure to stop by if you live in Portland!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Flower Child

Last week, while confined to bed for a few days with a bad cold, I broke out my old Prismacolors and worked on a new drawing!

Get free shipping on Black Friday!

Starting this Friday, November 23 through Monday, November 26 I will be offering FREE U.S. SHIPPING on all orders placed from my Etsy shop! Just enter coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Holiday Stocking Stuffers

Hello! I can't believe Thanksgiving is this week. I don't know about you, but the holidays sure do like to sneak up on me! It's time to start thinking about holiday gifts. This year I plan to either make gifts for friends and family or shop local and handmade at the Crafty Wonderland Holiday Sale (which I will also be a vendor at this year).

This past weekend I listed a few bundles in my Etsy shop. I am now offering a set of 3 packs of my Scout Badges (one of each kind), Peace Sign Pins and Peace Sign Friendship Bracelets! These are perfect for any of you Santas out there looking for cute stocking stuffer ideas...

Also, don't forget to use coupon code: HOLIDAY2012 and receive 20% off your order!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Holiday Card 6-packs!

Good morning! I just wanted to let you all know that 6-packs of my holiday cards are now available for purchase in my Etsy shop, as promised!

And for a limited time, you can receive an extra 20% off your order with coupon code: HOLIDAY2012 at checkout.

Shop Now >>

Monday, November 5, 2012

My Heart Belongs in Portland...

My newest painting is finally finished! Prints are available in my Etsy shop.
Available in both 10x8 and 14x11 sizes.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Dia De Los Muertos

I recently discovered Family Band and had to share this video today in honor of the Day of the Dead. Enjoy!

The group is by artists Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin. They are also the makers behind The Wild Unkown. I just love Kim's illustration style. Especially her deck of Tarot cards. If anyone is wondering what to get me for Christmas, I would LOVE to have this :)


Thursday, November 1, 2012

My Trip To Virginia

Last weekend I took a trip to Norfolk, Virginia to visit my sister. She moved there from Portland earlier this year to work at the Navy hospital there. This was the first time I've seen her since February! My mom was already there (she traveled there a week earlier). We had a lot of fun and I thought I'd share some of the Instagram photos I took while I was there.

First off, we found a $5 store (I didnt even know those existed) and I loaded up on Lisa Frank Halloween stuff! We had lots of fun playing with all the pencils, eyeball erasers, and stickers.

We made curried pumpkin soup in a pumpkin!

And we took a walk through Teresa's neighborhood (before the Hurricane Sandy hit). We saw lots of spooky haunted houses...

We also stumbled upon a bird and wildlife preserve! I even found a few flowers still hanging on before winter.
These flowers are called White Wood Astors.
And these are Beauty Berries (love that name!)

Did I mention how much Teresa and I love Lisa Frank?

And lastly, on the night when we got hit the worst by the hurricane, we stayed home, watched movies and carved up some pumpkins.
This is what it looked like outside her front door on Monday morning (the day my mom and I were supposed to head home but our flight was cancelled).
Luckily, we made it home safe and sound the next day (Tuesday). Our flight was the second plane to leave the airport that day. What an adventure!
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