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One More… and Then Some


Ready for my Quincy customers!

I really enjoyed my time in Quincy. Before we moved, I was responsible for monthly art and craft sales. These events were great fun because of the amazing people involved. Many of those people were part of the sale on the 6th, and it felt very good to be a part of that community again. Thank you to those who stopped by to see our creations and support local artisans! This Saturday will bring the last art and craft sale of the season for me, and I’m looking forward to it as well.

I’m also looking forward to taking time to focus on some new projects that are stirring within after Saturday’s event.

Being the Free Range person that I am, I’d like to spend more time working with felt… and soap. My soaps are made using plant based ingredients with added tea tree oil. The roving comes from very happy sheep who live in Moab, Utah.


Felted Soap: Almost ready for packaging!

I also want to spend time illustrating new prints…


There’s a new project I started yesterday. I’m rather excited about it, so here’s a sneak peak:


My son is busy with exciting projects of his own, and I want to be sure to make time to support his pursuits as well. I’m looking forward to drawing side by side in our upstairs studio over his winter break. For now, I’m embracing the time I have to myself. It’s amazing how quickly hours can fly by!

May your days be full of joy and color!

Creatively Yours,



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In Thanks


behind the scenes 264

Days and weeks are flying by! I have been devoting my time to several different projects, volunteering at my son’s school, and nurturing relationships. I’m going to take tomorrow and Friday to let my to do lists go, and practice gratitude for the good that is.

Next week will be full of preparations for a holiday sale in Quincy, Illinois that will take place on December 6. I’m looking forward to spending time with very dear friends and am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the event. The weekend after that will bring another art and craft sale in Jefferson City, Missouri, and I’m looking forward to that one as well. Let me know if you’re in either of those areas and I’ll give you the details!

I also hope to collect more stories for my newest venture: #WithMyClothesOn. You can learn more about that at: withmyclotheson.wordpress.com

Follow me on instagram (instagram.com/thefreerangeartisan) to see how the sale preparations progress!

Creatively and Gratefully Yours,

Free Range Al


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Card Companions


Mom deserves most of the credit for this idea: making a set out of a card and a little reminder of what the card represents. For example, what says “anything is possible” better than pigs with wings?:

Dream On: Pigs with Wings

Dream On: Pigs with Wings

The pigs are available as magnets, stand along figures, and, for those who share my love of bold accessories, necklaces.

Flowers always make me feel better:

Feel Better Card with Original Sketch Glass Charm

Feel Better Card with Original Sketch Glass  Charm

Of course, I had to do something with rainbows!

May You Always See a Rainbow Card with Necklace or Magnet

May You Always See a Rainbow Card with a Necklace or Magnet

Groovy Love Card with a Heart or Rainbow Swirl Necklace

Groovy Love Card with a Heart or Rainbow Swirl Necklace

This is just a sampling of what I have in mind. I’ll be offering them at my local Farmer’s Market tomorrow, September 27 and at the Pairings for Pets event at Serenity Valley Winery in Fulton, Missouri on Sunday, September 28 from 1-3PM. Custom orders through my Etsy shop are welcome too.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite?

Oh, and thanks Mom.

Creatively Yours,

Free Range Al


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I’m bursting with various projects and preparing for future art and craft sales, while continuing to participate in Lincoln University’s Market on Saturdays. It’s a really exciting time – the biggest challenge is finding a balance that allows time to create, time to mother, time to spend with my husband, and to… what was that other thing – oh yes, sleep. Must make time to sleep.

If you’re in Jefferson City,  Missouri, Providence Bank is hosting a fun event I’ll be a part of from 11AM-2PM on Friday, September 12. A big art and craft sale called Pairings for Pets is taking place in Fulton, Missouri on September 28 at Serenity Valley Winery from 1PM-3PM. It’s being put on by People Helping Paws, so you can support local artists, craftspeople, and a special organization all at once! If you’re in the area, I would love for you to stop by.

Snails are quickly becoming my favorite polymer clay friends to make:

behind the scenes 154I enjoy playing with color and design combinations. Several snails found homes at last week’s market, and I’m looking forward to making more for the markets and special events to come. If you can’t make it to my area, it’s quite easy to arrange for a custom order through my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFreeRangeArtisan

My next plan for the snails is to make small cards that can accompany them to their new homes.

I just finished more glass pendants that contain my sketches:

behind the scenes 146The next step will be determining which bails to use. I hope they (and many others) will be ready for next week and the sale in Fulton.

I started this card design this morning and can hardly wait to finish it:

behind the scenes 152Flowers, letter work, and paint will be added. I’m about to leave to help my chickadee’s kindergarten class make rainbow toast, so this piece will have to wait until tonight.

I suppose all of this – life itself – is the biggest project of all. The process of bringing beauty into the world through interactions as well as creations, the process of guiding my son and of being a life partner is ongoing as well. I’m a project – I have so much I want to develop both professionally and personally…

What are your projects?

Wishing You the Best on All Your Life Giving Pursuits,

Free Range Al

P.S. I just finished the card design and I couldn’t help but share it with you:

behind the scenes 157Whew!