Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales!

Ah! It's been so long since I've posted! So much has happened, including me getting pregnant (EEK!!), that I haven't had time (or felt well enough) to keep up here. But better late than never, huh? :)

On to Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales!!

At ArtsAfire everything is 20% off through Monday at midnight. Facebook fans (visit http://www.facebook.com/artsafire) are receiving special codes throughout the weekend for extra percentages off for limited time periods, so be sure to head over to ArtsAfire on Facebook and hit "Like" so you can receive the discount codes, too!

Newsletter subscribers also get a special extra discount this weekend! Unlike the Facebook codes, it's good ALL weekend! To get that, sign up for the newsletter to the right and I'll send you the Black Friday edition of the newsletter so you can take advantage of that secret code!

TiddelyPoms, my newest shop for nursery and children's art at http://tiddelypoms.etsy.com, is also having a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale! All of my Winnie the Pooh art and Classic Pooh quotes are now located at TiddelyPoms, so be sure to check it out for some wisdom from Eeyore and Pooh!

Happy Shopping, everyone! Have a wonderful Holiday weekend and a wonderful Holiday season!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Guinea Pig Giveaway!!

Anyone who knows me knows I love my piggies. Let's just take a moment to look at them and savor the adorableness.



Perfection all wrapped up in a guinea pig package. :)

Anyway, Patricia Ann over at Patricia Anne's Shenanigans is hosting a giveaway of one of Ellencho's adorable cuddle cups for small animals.


Every piggy needs a cuddle cup or a cuddle sack. So if you have a guinea pig and you love them, head on over here and enter.

Also, don't forgot about my shop closing sale. I'll pop back up around the holidays--I've done the accounting and the math and I can't continue to afford my shop for the rest of the year until the holiday season, when my shop actually pays for itself and makes a profit. Any thing in the shop now, will not be back. It's all drastically reduced. So definitely take advantage of the prices if you've had your eye on something!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Disneyland! And new paintings!

We just got back from Disneyland last week. It was great. It always is. Here, I'm enjoying dinner at Naples Pizzeria in Downtown Disney with Jeremy.


We also happened to be there on the weekend of the Annual Annual Passholder sale. And no, "Annual Annual" was not a typo. So since we're annual passholders, that sale applied to us! So we got up at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday and went to Downtown Disney to see what we could get for our limited souvenir budget for this trip.

The getting up that early was SO worth it. $50 items for $5, limited edition Pluto's for $5, dresses were 50% off and then another 10% off with our annual passes, t-shirts were $6. Basically, we cleaned up. I'm wearing my new dress in the photo above--it was a steal. And I've never received so many compliments in my life on any other article of clothing.

I have more pictures to come, but I just need to download them from my husband's phone. I'll be doing that tomorrow.

And I also have three new paintings in the shop (with more to come tomorrow):

There is Nothing... - 12" x 12" original painting


Red Flower Fields - 11" x 14" original painting


Ancient - 18" x 24" original painting

Monday, July 19, 2010

What I'm working on...

GETTING MONEY FOR DISNEYLAND!

So in pursuit of that goal, my prints are all Buy One Get One Free--two prints for $14! This includes my pointillism flowers, my Japanese character print, my Classic Pooh quotes, and the majority of my paintings--even my new one is available as a print. Just purchase one and put your choice for the second in the Notes to Seller. I'll send them both!

Also, I'm working on a new line of abstract trees against really cool backgrounds. That and some acrylic flow paintings.

Here's the first of the tree paintings:

Wind on a Blue Day - 11 x 14 - $40 for Christmas in July sale


I'm working on an 18 x 24 one today, as well as some Classic Pooh alphabet prints that are great for kid's rooms!

And here's some cuteness to brighten your day!

My boys, Darwin (bottom) and Einstein (top)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Nobody Can be Uncheered by a Balloon

Sometimes, I think this is probably true. I do like a cheerful balloon.

Nobody Can be Uncheered by a Balloon 8 x 10 print - $16


And then sometimes I think that $100 would probably cheer me up more. Especially this weekend, with my Disneyland trip coming up this week! A vacation is much needed right now! I'm out of my mind excited about it.

In the meantime, I've been soaking up the rays at the pool here. And this weekend will be a great pool weekend. 106 degrees here in Utah today. In-sane. Supposed to be around 100 tomorrow and Sunday. I think I'll just invest in some snorkeling equipment and stay underwater all day. :) Oddly enough, we'll be escaping the heat by going to California next week. Supposed to be about 20 degrees cooler there next week than it is here. 78 degrees with no chance of rain. Could there be a more perfect vacation weather forecast?

Has anyone reading ever been on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at Disneyland? Have you ever noticed there is no happy ending? He drives drunk, sets off explosives, goes to jail, escapes, gets hit by a train, and then goes to hell. And hell is hot (which is particularly nice in the winter time!). And then the ride is over. Absolutely no "Disney" ending. It makes me laugh every time.

Me with Mr. Toad


Don't forget about the "Christmas in July" sale at Etsy.com! In my shop, all prints are $16 or less, the majority of paintings are $25, and large paintings are up to 70% off!

We Hope, 16 x 20 original painting for USAA Magazine - $75 down from $135


And at ArtByJay all prints are $14, ACEOs are $5, and originals are marked down 30%!

Canyon Landscape has been a huge hit as an ACEO and a print, and the original is now only $175! Other paintings are as low as $122!


So be sure to check out the sales before Christmas in July ends on July 25th!

To see the gorgeous Christmas in July treasuries I've been featured in, visit my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/artsafire. While you're there, hit "like" and you'll receive special sales and discounts exclusive to my Facebook friends.

Last but not least, I want to put a new freezer where this painting is currently being stored:

Complementary Crashes - 30 x 80 original painting - $225


It's currently $525 off. It's a great focal point painting and fits perfectly over any couch. Looks great in just about any room--especially if you have a neutral room. Surprisingly, the tones of blue and orange in the painting balance each other out to give a neutral effect when viewed in a room.

So as much as I love it and wish I could keep it for myself, I have another 3' x 5' painting in the works akin to the latest custom painting I did. So to move it in order to make room for a freezer, I'm offering not only the sale price of $225, but a free $35 gift certificate to whoever buys it. Just enter "GC35" in the notes to seller when you check out and you'll get the $35 gift certificate with your order (valid on your next purchase from ArtsAfire).

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. I'm going to the pool. :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Great if you love Classic Pooh Bear

I'm a Winnie the Pooh fanatic. (We're going to Disneyland again next week--my poor guinea pigs! I'll miss them so much!--and one of my favorite rides there is The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. A total kiddie ride. And yes, I definitely sing along the whole time.) The original books are just beyond great and I recommend them to anyone and everyone--especially if you're an adult. You'll get it more than more children will, I promise. :)

So I'm working on several new Classic Pooh Quote prints. These will be available later tonight! (After some Prismacolor art marker action and some Photoshop touch-ups--I get really nervous towards the end of the lettering because I've gotten that far without screwing up and I don't want to waste that hard work--both of these only need minimal touchups! Whew!) Excuse the shoddy camera and coloring--it's my camera phone. These actually are on white paper, not gray.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Introducing $10 Tuesdays! And Einstein, our new Piggy!


All my 8 x 10 prints are $10 until Midnight tonight!! If you've had your eye on a Classic Pooh quote, a pointillism flower, or my Japanese love print, today is a great day to jump on it!

Also, look for some really cool science prints coming soon (the originals will be paper sculptures that will be framed and going up our staircase)! Molecules with meanings, courtesy of my husband, the scientist.

My Christmas in July sale at ArtsAfire and ArtByJay are still going, too! Make sure to take advantage of the savings! $25 paintings at ArtsAfire and up to $83 off at ArtByJay on original watercolors!

And on the sale note, here's my latest custom painting. I love how it turned out and so does my client! :) Custom paintings are currently 25% off during my Christmas in July sale! Feel free to contact me at artsafire.etsy [@] gmail dot com if you'd like to discuss any custom work!



And last but not least, we got Darwin a new friend. Einstein! He has crazy hair when it's not smoothed down. He's half albino and he's adorable. We built them a great cage this weekend with a hay loft and a ramp and tons of floor space for them to run and popcorn around in! I'll post pictures of that later. But in the meantime, here's your daily dose of adorableness:


Cuddle bugs, Einstein hiding under my computer, and salad time!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!

To celebrate, ArtsAfire and ArtByJay are both having HUGE 4th of July sales!

Most paintings are $25 or less at ArtsAfire. Large or time-intensive paintings are over 50% off!

All original 18 x 24 paintings at ArtByJay are 30% off (for a savings of up to $83!), ACEOs are marked down to $5, and 8 x 10 prints are marked down to $14!


Now, moving on from the sale announcement, how are you planning on spending your 4th of July?

Me? I'm going to be resting my ankle so that it will finally be 1) less swollen, and 2) better. I'm going to be doing this resting at the pool. I have a "basic pool noodle" (so-named by Wal-Mart's price tag) and it allows me to float nicely in the pool without using my ankle. It's a good situation.

For anyone who isn't receiving updates on ArtsAfire and ArtByJay through Facebook and would like to, visit http://www.facebook.com/artsafire and http://www.facebook.com/artbyjayh to sign up to receive those updates! Facebook fans even get special deals and sales. Shhhh.

Also, new in ArtsAfire's shop:
Japanese character for "Love" - 8 x 10 digital print of an original intaglio print


And finally, I'm continuing my poll from two entries down. I'm re-stocking my shop but having a hard time deciding what to focus on, so any help would be appreciated. Please please pick your favorite from these choices and let me know which one you would like to see more of (so far, I have votes for pretty much each of them, so right now the consensus is to just keep doing them all):

A) More Winnie the Pooh Quotes











B) More sculpted canvas paintings











C) More circular "wave" paintings











D) More Ray of Hope paintings









E) More color panel paintings in different colors and sizes










Any insight you could give me would be great! Just leave your choice(s) in the comments. :) Thanks!!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Team Edward or Team Jacob?

I am a Twilight fan.

But I am not a "Twihard." *cringe* I don't know how a word that...stupid...ever got popular and caught on to describe Twilight fans.

However, I am going to see the movie tonight at 7 p.m. because I won tickets on the radio. (I'm really good at winning things on the radio so I don't have to pay for stuff.)

But in honor of the movie tonight, what side are you on?

I Love Edward shelf sign by The Homespun Raven


I Love Jacob shelf sign by The Homespun Raven


I was actually asked by the radio announcer when I won if I was on Team Jacob or Team Bella...if anyone wants to clear that up for me, that'd be a great. Team Bella?

As for me, I'm on Team Edward for the whole Bella-relationship-thing, but I'm on Team Jacob for the rock hard abs.

While you're here, please please please answer the poll I have on the entry below? It'd give me some direction! :)

Monday, June 28, 2010

New Paintings, Still having a Sale, and a Poll

I have a bunch of new paintings available for sale! They all turned out great and I'm way proud of them! There are about 6 or 7 new ones up with a few more to come later tonight. Here's one of my favorites:

Blue Flowers - 8 x 10

I still haven't received my copy of USAA magazine, but someone sent me a scan of the page my husband and I are on:


You can buy this painting in my shop now. It was kind of hard to decide to part with it, but hey, a girl's gotta pay the bills. :) It's available for $175 in my Etsy shop, ArtsAfire. Isn't my husband handsome? :)

Darwin is doing great. He loves hanging out in my hair, playing in the backyard, and watching us watch movies while he occasionally takes a nap on my lap. I love my life and my men. :)



I sprained my ankle something fierce this weekend. It's the ankle I broke playing football with my friends way back when--it injures easily.There was a massive depression in the grass at the park and I fell right in because I was paying attention to the inflatable hammer that Jeremy had just won by winning that "hit the thing with the hammer and hit the bell at the top" strong-man contest. My ankle bone looks like a golf ball and I now have one fat ankle. I spent my entire day at the pool yesterday, floating on my "basic pool noodle" (that's what Wal-Mart calls it) in the water and building up my tan because I couldn't do anything else. No walking for Sara.

I won tickets to Twilight: Eclipse opening night this weekend. I actually sprained my ankle while I was at the park for the meet and greet with Demetri and Leah (the characters in the movie) that was part of my prize package. They didn't trump my throbbing ankle so I gave up on waiting for them to get there and instead, like a genius, insisted on going shopping because Ann Taylor Loft was having a sale and I NEEDED this dress (and it's out online):

Nope, nevermind. Can't show you because that's how out-of-stock it is. I got it. It's gorgeous on me. But my ankle hates me more now. Anyway, best $22 I've ever suffered through.

And finally, a poll. I'm re-stocking my shop but having a hard time deciding what to focus on, so any help would be appreciated. Please please pick your favorite from these choices and let me know which one you would like to see more of:

A) More Winnie the Pooh Quotes











B) More sculpted canvas paintings











C) More circular "wave" paintings











D) More Ray of Hope paintings









E) More color panel paintings in different colors and sizes










Any insight you could give me would be great! Just leave your choice(s) in the comments. :) Thanks!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Marathon Training

I bought an elliptical machine awhile ago, as I blogged about previously. However, it hasn't gotten as much action as I would like. What with moving and that awful bout of pneumonia (3 WEEKS!!), I have not been as diligent as I would have liked to be on my elliptical. So today, we're taking a break from blogging about art and etsy and business and we're going to talk about Sara's summer goal: to run a marathon on the elliptical machine.

I've posted my Marathon Training Schedule here should anyone like to join me. It doesn't have to be on an elliptical. Should you prefer to actually run, go for it! If you'd rather stair step for 26.2 miles, go right ahead! You'd be crazy, but go right ahead! Point is, I don't care how it's done, I just think it's a good goal and the end results will be a better fitness level and I'll be skinnier. I got the schedule from marathontraining.com and I added in my yoga and weight lifting days. If you haven't exercised in the past, I suggest you go there and use the Mileage Buildup Schedule and then come and do the marathon schedule with me.

It starts today! And marathon day is on October 17th!! I'll be checking in here weekly and anyone who wants to join in is more than welcome to report their progress here, too!

In the meantime, here's an obligatory Darwin picture. A little blurry, but still cute. He loves hanging out on my shoulder, especially when my hair is down--it's like a Darwin fort or something.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

USAA Magazine article! and Other News

So, I've been hearing that it's come out. But I haven't seen it! It hasn't made it's way to my mailbox as of yet! If you're a USAA member, look for it coming soon!

In other news, our townhouse is almost completely decorated. Almost all the walls are painted (they were RED--not cool and a complete surprise for us--yay...). We only have one wall left in the kitchen which we'll finish tonight. And that one is white, so it's not offending us. We've become master painters--seriously, I don't even need to tape corners because I'm that good with a paint brush (but then, I'd better be, right? Otherwise I'm fooling anyone who buys one of my paintings).

Also, I'm not as "face-fat" as the USAA Magazine picture makes me look (see?)--the photographer chose a picture of me LAUGHING. This is why I hate photographers. Pick the most flattering one, not the most candid one. Anyway, here I am, sans-makeup and sans a good hair day, painting a Stick-Darwin on the wall we painted last night.

After the walls are finished, all we have to do is figure out what art goes where, and I have a few paintings that I need to paint to finish it up.

We love our new place. The pool is amazing. Our back patio is one of our favorite places. I have so many cupboards that I can't fill them all. (This would not be the case for someone with a real, full-size kitchen--but I come from a little tiny half-kitchen without a dishwasher. My new kitchen is a mansion-kitchen compared to what I had.)

Here's a shot of Jeremy at the pool with our mountain in the background (we're about half-way up it).

Hang gliders and paragliders over our new townhouse

We got a guinea pig!! His name is Darwin and he's the cutest, sweetest, best baby guinea pig in the history of guinea pig-dom.


Left to Right: Darwin eating his salad in his playpen while we paint--he loves those green peppers!; Darwin watching the Celtics (go Celtics!) v. Lakers game with us; Darwin enjoying the grass--yummy grass!

As far as the shop goes--I'm lowering the prices on my BIG/HUGE paintings. I don't have anywhere to store them easily and I have no walls where I want to use them. So if you've had your eye on any of them (the Spring Blossom tree, the two-canas Space painting, or the 30 x 80 Complementary Crashes (my favorite set of all time)), now is your chance to get them!


I also have new paintings to put up (in the same style as my USAA Magazine painting along with some new Ray of Hope series canvases) but I couldn't find my camera battery charger for the life of me. Found it late last night. Oh, the joys of moving!

I believe that's all I have to say at the moment...my next newsletter comes out next week! If you want to receive it, make sure you sign up on the right hand side of this page!

One more thing--the book I wrote for my work (Maximize Your Retirement Income: A Guide to Financial Decision Making at Retirement) is hitting the shelves the first of September.


I've started a blog around it--it gives retirement tips, Social Security information, etc...It's really helpful and gives great advice and tips on prepping for retirement. It could really use some followers and some blog-love. If you or anyone you know is nearing retirement or is thinking about their future retirement, please refer them to it! It's at http://maximizeretirement.blogspot.com.