Friday, March 20, 2015

Ribbon Blog Tour!

Today, I am incredibly honored and excited to be a part of the 
Going Home to Roost Ribbon Blog Tour!  
This blog tour celebrates Bonnie Christine's new ribbon line with the incredible 
The tour started the beginning of this week and will be going on for two more weeks.
It includes 18 different bloggers with 18 lovely ribbon projects! 

If you've never heard of the Going Home to Roost blog or the amazing sweet Bonnie Christine
I highly recommend hopping over to her blog to get to know her more.  
I have been a fan of hers for a long time now, she's such an inspiration!  
Here's a short bio for you to enjoy:

"Bonnie Christine is a surface pattern designer, mother hen of the Roost Tribe and author of Going Home to Roost - a blog dedicated to living an extraordinarily creative life. She is inspired by the great outdoors and is passionate about sharing what she knows and creating community around creativity."

I was so elated to receive four lovely patterns of Bonnie's beautiful ribbons 
as well as two patterns of her stunning fabrics.  
All the patterns work aesthetically together so perfectly, creating a dreamy dream catcher! 
(Read this earlier blog post of mine if you're interested in more dream catcher fun.)

To create your own Bonnie Christine inspired dream catchers, you will need: 

-Renaissance Ribbons of your choice 
-Bonnie Christine fabrics (cut into strips)
-Embroidery hoop
-Crocheted doily 
-Extras (optional): beads, feathers, lace, yarn, jewelry bits, etc.
-Hot glue gun

First, hot glue the doily around and secure it between the two parts of the embroidery hoop.   

Next, begin wrapping the fabric strips and ribbons through the loops of the doily 
and around the hoop using hot glue to tack it in place in a few areas. 

Continue all the way around the hoop! 

Next, use the hot glue gun to add more fun ribbons, fabric strips, lace, etc. 
to the bottom third of your dream catcher. Anything goes in this step, let your creativity flow!  
I decided to add painted paper beads and jute cord to the beautiful fabrics and lace.  
The little white flowers with dainty pink beads added just the right sparkle around the hoop.

Creating these textural, vibrant, mixed media dream catchers is definitely one of my favorite crafts.  Hopefully, you are feeling inspired to create your own!  
Post pictures and share to my page, I love seeing everyone's creations! 

Once again, I am so thankful to be able to share these beautiful Bonnie Christine Ribbons.
  And let me tell you, the patterns and colors are even more spectacular in person!  

After you're done exploring my blog and Going Home to Roost, 
check out yesterday's ribbon blog post by "Smiles too Loudly" too.  
And stay tuned for Monday's exciting post (Radiant Home Studio!)!!

I think this dream catcher goes perfectly with one of my favorite paintings, too...
check it out and much more in my etsy shop!  
Happy Friday Y'all, and Happy Spring :) 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ready for Spring!

Hello everyone! It's time for some updates I'd say...the past month has definitely been very exciting for my small business! 

The month of February brought a lot of snow fall to NC causing me to unfortunately miss some days of tutoring and teaching.  That unexpected time off from work, however, brought the blessing of being able to update my etsy shop, do some more painting, make some new connections and sales, and design a new logo! 

For those of you who don't know, I've grown up with the nickname "Bee" from my family and closest friends. Although I'm rather allergic to bees, I've always enjoyed collecting bee things and they've just kind of "buzzed" their way into my life :)  Bees are also the most perfect combination to add to my love of flowers and painting flowers, so the name just fits! Let me know what you all think of the new logo, I'm excited to slowly but surely begin using it more in my business endeavors. 

In case you haven't seen the newest paintings and items up for sale in my Etsy shop, here's a look at them all! The snow days were good to me as they inspired me to look forward to the beautiful spring days that I'm sure are on their way! 

(This has become one of my personal favorites!)

And a fun new set of greeting cards

I was also able to spend some time writing my about me page on Etsy.  I believe it's very important for buyers to be able to know the artist they are purchasing from.  Good connections are always imperative :)

Tomorrow I'm heading up to Lincolnton, NC to participate in their annual downtown Art Crawl.  I am beyond excited! Such a sweet opportunity and I am so grateful to be able to participate. I'll be located in a wonderful floral/gift shop called the Salty Petal. I think that my art will fit right in there :)

Also, I will be participating in a "blog hop" collaboration next week with a blogger that I just adore- Bonnie Christine!  Check back for a fun project using her gorgeous fabrics and ribbons next Friday! 

After the Art Crawl this weekend, I will have some new paintings and notecards to add to my etsy shop so be on the lookout for some exciting updates :)