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These will be the last paintings I have which will be dry and ready to ship in time for Christmas. They are in my etsy shop now.  The closer the days to the holiday, the less I trust the post office because they start tossing the boxes and that’s when I’ve seen damage in the past. Thankfully only a handful of boxes in the 17 years (!!) I’ve been selling paintings, but still, I don’t like to take the chance.

Belgian hare, 10″x20″.  In my etsy shop here.

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Horse friends, 18″x24″, oil on stretched canvas. Available in my etsy shop.

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I was asked if my cowgirl painting could be used for a book cover. Me having some quality-control issues and wanting to be associated only with things I can truly get behind, I read the draft and liked it and said You Bet. This is a self-published ebook/paperback and needs feedback on amazon to get it’s snowball rolling. Anna is giving away her novel for FREE for the next five days. Please download, like, share, twitter, or do whatever you can to get the word-of-mouth in motion. And then go back to amazon and tell other readers what you think.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077Q93F6N

Here is a comment about the story from Anna’s facebook page:

“I placed my setting on a cattle ranch outside of Pendleton, in 1934. As I was researching aspects of ranching, I came across a fun fact: in 1934, the wild horses in the area (called cayuse) were being rounded up and sold for dog food. I knew I had an important plot point right there–because STOPPING the slaughter would be a huge motivation for my main character, Ellie. She had something to fight for, despite she didn’t want to live on a ranch her whole life. Sometimes doing the right thing takes sacrifice, and if you’re the only one willing to step up and do the right thing–you do it.

“So Ellie wants nothing more than to get married and move away, but then who will help the horses? Not exactly a classical quandary, but still, I tried to make it compelling. And there’s a werewolf.”

Oh, and the main character shares a name with my DD, so how could I say No? I loved the story. If the novel does well enough, maybe I can do the next cover, too? Imagine seeing me in a series. I would like that. 🙂

 

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10″x10″ oil on stretched canvas. Available here.

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12″x12″-1/2″ oil on stretched canvas. Available in my etsy shop. Sold, thank you!

I spent the week trying to paint things other-than horses. Mix it up a little.

I came away wondering if any other dogs have cat-eyes. I can’t think of any that do. I wonder why the fox is different?

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Today is Thanksgiving, I hope everyone enjoys their time with friends and family.

By etsy shop Black Friday sale starts today (not Friday), and there’s 2 listings (this bunny, and the goat below) that don’t have sale prices. I’m trying to figure out how to get the sale feature turned on to those two, but if they are purchased before I do it, I will refund the 10%.

Have a great holiday!

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8″x8″-1-1/2″ oil on stretched canvas.

Available here.

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I have a few more paintings going up on Etsy this week, just in time for the Black Friday sale which starts…drumroll…on Friday. 😀 I’ll have my listings 10% off, including the pieces already on sale.

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Alpine goat, oil on stretched canvas, 12″x12″x7/8″, available in my Etsy shop.

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sewing: lunch bags

With Christmas coming up, I decided to not be last-minute and so whipped up some pretty lunch bags. These did not come together as quickly as I intended. Somehow I think I can get sewing done in the morning before I go to work, but I never do. Sitting with coffee and reading the internet seems about all the energy I can muster–which is odd, since I get a full night’s sleep. A few days, though, the thought of working with pretty fabrics was enough motivation, and I got a lot of work done.

So pretty, right?

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I’m a fan of the draw-string top. Your lunch is entirely safe.

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Above is Tilda fabric, and Lecien.

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I finally found a use for the silverware fabric! Remember I found it a couple years ago for $3 a yard? It’s not a bargain if you never use it, so I’m glad I know what to do with it now.

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If you want to sew your own, it’s a free pattern found here:  http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2010/08/tutorial-lunch-bag.html

 

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