It dawned on me that I have craft shows coming up. I knew I had them, but now I’m like, “Oh. That’s THIS Sunday?” Yes, it’s this Sunday, which means I have to start my show prep. It also means that I had to figure out a cool way to display my awesome puppets. I whipped up these cute (and easy and cheap) puppet stands. I have to get back to the store for supplies to make some more… maybe bigger bases for the larger puppets… but not before my show.
Sometimes being an artist can be amazing. Those are the times to hold tight to your heart. You create because you have to do it. It’s love. It’s something that has to come out. Your art makes you a whole person. This is not a post for those times as an artist. This is a post for when you (I) need a pick me up as an artist. A pep talk, if you will.
This is for the folks that are currently trying to earn a living wage through selling their art, whether it be paintings, dolls, amazing woodworking, jewelry, or whatever. We should be over the moon, ecstatic, and smiling all the time, because we make beautiful (awesome, insert your own adjective here) things. Then we sell those pieces of art to other people. How lucky are we? We are very, very, very lucky.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I used to draw. It was in another life of mine (not really… high school and after). It’s all I did creatively. Maybe I painted too. I don’t really remember. I do know that I always had a sketchbook on me and was usually drawing some crazy monster with rings coming out of its head and googly eyes.
I thought I’d share how I make monster teeth for my monsters. I like this method. I used to paint in another life… then I had children, and that all stopped for a while. This lets me dabble and blend… just on a much smaller scale.
I’m going to keep this short today. I’m currently finishing up my inventory for The Treehouse… I get to paint monster teeth today and finish up the stuffing process. Here’s a sneak peek of the new friends that will be joining the store! These guys will be keychains and ornaments.
It’s the halfway point of this year’s Handmade Holiday Gift Guide. I’m really excited still and haven’t gotten to the dreading portion of posting these. I’d love to see more gifts posted, honestly, but…. I’ll take what I have. You can check out day one’s gift guide for a full explanation of what I’m talking about. You might have also missed that I’m copying and pasting the bottom portions of these guides, so I don’t make myself sick of doing them. Ahem.