Thursday, July 30, 2009

Everything that is new, condensed for your reading pleasure

1. My painting greetings are FINALLY available for sale!! Right now only the abstract line is up. More styles are coming. You can personalize the message and there are multiple colors to choose from!


2. Both ArtByJay and ArtsAfire are open on 1000 Markets! We're still adding items, but it's up and running!


3. I'm only 3 items away from my goal of having 50 items in my Etsy shop by August 1st! And I'll have 15 in my Artfire shop tonight so when I do my goals recap, I'll be able to mark off quite a few!

4. I really need to make a sale. Getting slightly down here.


5. But, on a positive note, I've been really great about my fitness and nutrition lately! I'm down 3 lbs in the last week! Well on my way to fitting into the best jeans ever (my Ann Taylor curvy jeans--they have a smaller waistband than hips so there's no weird gapping) for our Disneyland trip!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Let's Recap, Shall We?

**Be sure to see the end of this entry for a link to a great giveaway hosted by Amanda at After the Bump! You could win an awesome crib quilt!**

It's past the middle of the month and therefore past my "goal recap" time, but seeing as my life has been a whole lot of exercising (because I weighed myself the other day and I just about died), eating salad, and painting lately, I haven't been by to give love to my usually love-filled blog.

So, here it goes:

1. Stock Artfire shop with at least 15 items (I think I really should do this, despite my lack of enthusiasm for Artfire--even if I just stock it with my cheaper items) - While not technically listed yet, all I've got left to do is take pictures. I'm starting my Artfire shop with a line of mini paintings that include a greeting. Mini painting greetings! So much cooler than Hallmark.
2. 50 items in Etsy shop by end of July - 34 in shop right now - 37 in shop right now. I still have time, don't worry, I will get there. Plus, I removed one of my paintings because I just couldn't part with it. Otherwise I'd be at 38!
3. Finish printing business cards - Done!
4. Make a flier and post on community bulletin boards - Forgot about this...
5. Spend at least 1 hour painting each night (make a calendar to mark off progress--I will post the calendar at recap time) - I can't mark this off yet because it isn't the end of the month, but I've spent 1 hour (on average, some nights it's just not possible because there's dinner and P90X and running) each night painting so far.
6. Sell 10 paintings this month - So far I've only sold one...this isn't looking good. I had a second sale which resulted in my first non-paying buyer. So sad.
7. Finish 3 large paintings/painting sets - I have one done. I still have time.
8. Finish 5 small paintings/painting sets - So totally finished.
9. Try new things - Done! Modeling paste was a discovery from this month. It's my new love.
10. Give Encaustic painting a whirl (since I recently bought a starter set from Jamie Ribisi on Etsy) - Still haven't done this. I just don't have the money for a heat gun right now. Does anyone know if a blow dryer on the hottest setting would work? Something to explore.

Personal Goals:
1. WAKE UP!!! and let Jillian Michaels kick my butt - So far, okay. I did her twice yesterday. I've noticed when my husband is there "keeping me company" I work out twice as hard.
2. Walk/Run with Jeremy after work 4 days a week - Hasn't happened once. I forgot Jeremy had bad knees...
3. Lose 10 lbs. - I'm down two...not good enough for me because Disneyland and a roof top pool is in my near future
4. Keep the house clean - You could white glove that place!
5. Stick to the meal plan - Nothing like homemade mashed potatoes and chicken.
6. Limit video games to 1-2 hours per night and ONLY after I've finished painting - Confession Time: I'm not in a gaming mood this month. I haven't played at all, so this is not a terrific example of my awe-inspiring willpower.

Overall, I'm doing pretty good this month. Minus the weight loss goal. But I've recently (read: yesterday) started tracking what I eat (The Daily Plate at livestrong.com is the best. tool. ever.), and recently (read: yesterday) I started eating salads for lunch and oatmeal for breakfast and having a well-balanced dinner. And I've kept it up! (For these two days.) I'm so hitting that 10 lbs goals. And with Jillian Michaels' help, and her promise of diet + her 30-Day Shred = 20 lbs lighter in 30 days, I'll be swimsuit-okay by the time we go to Disneyland and take our "nap time" around the roof top pool.



Now, about that giveaway.

After the Bump is hosting an amazing giveaway sponsored by BeddingSets.com! The winner will receive a beautiful piece of bedding: a Noah's Ark themed crib quilt from Banian. This giveaway ends on Thursday, July 23, 2009, so don't miss out on your chance to win!

Only two days left! Get on over there!

UPDATE: I'm down 1 pound since yesterday. Hooray for Dr. Allsen and Fitness for Life (look it up--not the high school version, but the program written by Phillip Allsen--he works with my husband and met with me and helped me learn how to eat right and gave me a copy of his book--it's great!), P90X, and Jillian Michaels! Now let's see if I can pull it off again tomorrow morning after another round of the Dr. Allsen diet, P90X, and Jillian Michaels. I'll let you know.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

My Body Hurts


For the last two days, since posting my July goals, I have allowed Jillian Michaels to kick my butt by subjecting myself to her "30 Day Shred."

One word: Ouch.

When I got the DVD I thought, "20 lbs in 30 days? Highly unlikely."

But after doing that 20 minutes of crazy intensity (and I'm only on level 1!) for two days in a row, I'm thinking, "20 lbs in 30 days? Very likely if I keep this up and I don't eat a lot of Snickers bars."

So, all in all, I recommend it. But know that walking down stairs or sitting on any low chairs for the first few days is going to be difficult and your quadriceps are going to scream for chairs that have arms to help them out a little bit. Ouch.

I have to take my bike back. It's pretty crappy--makes a lot of noises, and its one gear is set on "really hard." And, the toughest obstacle, which I can't get used to by getting stronger legs--I'm short. And an adult bike with the standard 26" wheels is pretty much impossible. I have to start and stop using a curb, and even THAT is stretching my limits.

So I found a youth bike at Target with hand grip gears and hand brakes (because let me be honest here--even the 24" youth bike is a little bit high for me and having to peddle backward to stop while trying to catch myself before the bike falls over is a delicate juggling act). Because it's a youth bike, it's $50 cheaper than the adult version and so is still only $99, $16 more than I paid for mine. I can handle that.


I can't find the exact bike on the Target website, but I believe it's this one, minus those extra weird handlebars. Anyway, it's purple and it's a Magna and it's 24" like this one. And it's pretty. And I don't fall over as easily because I can touch the ground.

For the next two days (until Sunday afternoon) I'll be out of town. Going camping with my family!

Update: I JUST WON SNOW PATROL CONCERT TICKETS ON THE RADIO!! I never win anything, so I said, "Really? Are you joking?"

Monday, July 6, 2009

Goals for July and Giveaway Winners!


First off, congrats to our giveaway winners! In order of being picked out of the hat by my husband:

Grand Prize (free 8 x 10 print and 3 ACEOs): Aik!
First Prize #1 (free 8 x 10 print): Nascarnana!
First Prize #2 (3 free ACEOs): Xenia!


I'll e-mail the winners tonight so I can get your prizes shipped off! If you didn't win, don't worry, there will be another chance!

Now, on to my monthly goals (which I skipped last month--oops!).

If you've been following my blog you know I set monthly goals and then re-cap them at the end of the month (and sometimes in the middle of the month). In May I didn't hit all my goals, but I did a pretty awesome job. Despite this, I still have some areas I need to work on. So, here we go again!

1. Stock Artfire shop with at least 15 items (I think I really should do this, despite my lack of enthusiasm for Artfire--even if I just stock it with my cheaper items)
2. 50 items in Etsy shop by end of July - 34 in shop right now
3. Finish printing business cards
4. Make a flier and post on community bulletin boards
5. Spend at least 1 hour painting each night (make a calendar to mark off progress--I will post the calendar at recap time)
6. Sell 10 paintings this month
7. Finish 3 large paintings/painting sets
8. Finish 5 small paintings/painting sets
9. Try new things
10. Give Encaustic painting a whirl (since I recently bought a starter set from Jamie Ribisi on Etsy)

Personal Goals:
1. WAKE UP!!! and let Jillian Michaels kick my butt
2. Walk/Run with Jeremy after work 4 days a week
3. Lose 10 lbs.
4. Keep the house clean
5. Stick to the meal plan
6. Limit video games to 1-2 hours per night and ONLY after I've finished painting

I'll let you know how it goes. :)

And the bike I mentioned I was buying in the last post? Was sold out. I'm gonna call around and see if it is in stock at any of the other stores nearby.

New Paintings! And a New Bike!


I've added a few new paintings today to my Etsy shop and I still have more to add! Go and check out my shop to see all of them!






I also re-listed a set that I sold and re-painted--the Ocean Tide set. They are painted on stretched canvases this time rather than canvas boards, so they most definitely do not need to be framed and are ready-to-hang right out of the box!

And don't forget! Only ONE HOUR LEFT to enter my giveaway!!!

Also, I'm buying this sweet, cheap ride after work tonight. I'm excited!


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Custom Request for a "War" Drum

My dad goes to the re-enactments back East every summer. He just took Williamsburg for the British this past weekend--yes, he's a Red Coat. (Tangent: Look at all that wool that he's wearing. In Virginia. In the middle of the summer. They should really do these re-enactments in the dead of winter.)


A guy in his regiment needs to have a drum (you know, the drum that one unlucky, unarmed guy in the army played in front of the army while they marched) painted with their seal/coat of arms/what-have-you so tonight I will be trying this out on paper and then I'll accept the commission to paint it on a drum:


They already have one drum painted and it's a bit worn, so I'll need to paint this one to match the semi-worn drum. It's actually supposed to have the crown above it (you know, God Save the Queen!) like in the picture below on the tent, but I'm just going to practice the shield tonight since he didn't have a better picture including the crown right now:



Contrary to what I sell in my Etsy shop I actually started as a realistic artist, not an abstract artist. It'll be fun to do something that calls for an incredibly steady hand and minute detail--it's been a while. The last time I did something realistic was for my dad for Christmas this past year. He really likes this Charles Scheeler lithograph, so I drew it for him:


Don't forget to enter my giveaway! Three prizes and up to five entries per person--the odds are pretty good you'll get pulled out of the hat.