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Fresh Off the Presses!

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We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, and I hope that your own celebrations were full of joy and peace!

It’s time to return to work, and I’m happy to say that I finally added to my Etsy shop inventory.

I have a new collection of wearable hand drawn original illustrations (here are just a few):

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I also posted a new card design:

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Last night, I finished another illustration. The phrase “Fear Not” is one that I’ve been thinking of for awhile, but it wasn’t until watching my son’s Christmas play that I realized the way in which I wanted to frame it:

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You can see pictures of the creation process in my instagram account: http://instagram.com/thefreerangeartisan

I’d love for you to stop by my shop to check out my fun and colorful pieces – let me know if I can put together something special just for you and yours!

Cheers!

Alexis

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFreeRangeArtisan

See something you like on my blog that is not in my shop? Click “contact the shop owner” and we can easily arrange a custom order.

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Good Things!

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A new card design in progress

So many projects! So many special moments! So little time!

I’m participating in a winter sale on November 2 and am preparing new cards (like the one above) for that event. My other creative outlet is the written word, and I’m giving a talk in Illinois on October 26. Preparing for these two events on top of my normal schedule is keeping me very busy.

Do you remember my glass pendants with original drawings?

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I made one that can accompany one of my cards this week as well:

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Another priority is fostering the friendships I’m beginning to make. We’ve lived in our “new” city for a little over two years and meeting people has been a bit of a challenge. Some really interesting and caring people are part of my life now, and I’m very grateful for their presence. I could totally spend entire weeks to myself and be content, but I am making sure that I put effort into nurturing my new relationships just as I nurture my other interests.

Do you find that it takes thought and effort to be sure you spend quality time with people in your life and not become caught up in your lists of things to do? What works for you? What doesn’t?

Wishing You Balance and Fulfillment,

Free Range Al

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFreeRangeArtisan

See something you like on my blog that is not in my shop? Click “contact the shop owner” and we can easily arrange a custom order.

Card Companions

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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

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFreeRangeArtisan

See something you like on my blog that is not in my shop? Click “contact the shop owner” and we can easily arrange a custom order.

Rainbows as Metaphors

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My studio continues to be full of rainbows! They are seeping into my Etsy shop too, starting with this new card:

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As an English major, my mind often goes into the realm of symbolism and metaphors, and I like it when my artistic and literary interests combine. Rainbows are lovely in and of themselves, but they are rich symbols as well. They represent natural beauty. The fact that they appear after rain reflects the experience of the calm, peace, and goodness that can come after difficult times. When they appear during a shower, they remind us of how beauty and goodness can coexist with what seems challenging.

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– Free Range Al

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFreeRangeArtisan

See something you like on my blog that is not in my shop? Click “contact the shop owner” and we can easily arrange a custom order.

Fun with Cards

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I’ve been having so much fun designing cards today, I wanted to share some of my work with you:

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A Set, Perhaps?

A Set, Perhaps?

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Love On! Inspired by my son’s Rainbow Toast Day at school.

Did you make cards as a child? I always did – I don’t think I bought a card from a store until I was in college, and that would rarely take place. Those handmade cards had “ARTMART” drawn on the back. Now, my line is “Free Range Artisan”, but I’m grateful that I still experience great delight in making something for someone very special.

My favorite moments at markets take place when someone says, “Oh, this is perfect for _____.” I love knowing where my pieces are going and LOVE it when people return to tell me how gifts were received. It feels particularly special when someone chooses a card, because written correspondence means a great deal to me.

I have several boxes full of cards from special people in my life: cards of celebration, of support, of thanks… They record the important and special moments in my life while bringing back wonderful memories. Electronic communication has its place, but I hope cards and snail mail remain.

Mail On!

– Free Range Al

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFreeRangeArtisan

See something you like on my blog that isn’t in my store? The “contact the shop owner” option makes it possible to arrange a custom order.

Dreaming

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I decided to make a greeting card version of my Dream On postcard. It should be ready for posting tomorrow or Monday.

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The postcards are already in my Etsy shop:

I’m really pleased with how the card I designed a few days ago turned out:

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All of my originals are done completely by hand using colored pencils and acrylic paint. I copy them onto blank cards using our Kodak ESP 7250. To keep the handmade feel, I initial the bottom of each card and write “The Free Range Artisan” on the back. I take pride in the fact that I keep my hands in the handmade idea of selling on Etsy and do not outsource my print work. Still, I have been listening to interviews with successful professional artists who use computer programs and have printing companies mass produce their work; I appreciate the way in which they keep their art unique and am in awe of their success. I certainly would not mind reaching the point in which I have actual clients and could afford a major printing run!

Another idea came to me today, but that will be something to show you at a later date…

I find myself dreaming a lot: dreaming of my next design, of how to make my Etsy shop a success, of what to write as an author, of… well, the list goes on and includes dreams for my family and hopes for my son.

What a gift it is to dream – to imagine what is beyond our current reality. My greatest challenge is finding peace when my dreams do not fit within what is possible; it can be a creative feat to find a way in which that need can still be met, but I think it’s an important challenge to take on.

May you dream big, and may those dreams become a reality more beautiful than you imagined…

– Free Range Al

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFreeRangeArtisan

Already At It

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In my last post, I mentioned having projects that were waiting for me. I’m happy to report that I’ve been able to complete a few of the items on my creative to-do list…

One of my far away friends will be receiving some company while she recovers from surgery:

Almost ready to go...

Almost ready to go…

Ready to go with a newly designed card!

Ready to go with a newly designed card!

I also began working on what I call flower globes, which I plan to bring with me to this Saturday’s market:

Flower Globe

Flower Globe

If you know someone hoo (I know, and I’m not really sorry) might enjoy an owl, there is a small flock of them at my Etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFreeRangeArtisan

 

I’m looking forward to putting the finishing touches on my outgoing mail, posting my new card on my Etsy shop, and making another globe or two before calling it a night.

Creatively Yours,

Free Range Al

Hooray for Hands!

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When I was little, I designed “thank you” and birthday cards and wrote “ARTMART” on the back of each card. Now,  I still design cards, but mine now have “The Free Range Artisan” on the back.

Not only do I enjoy designing cards, I really like to use them for correspondence. Apparently, this runs in the family. My mom told me of a time she toured England, and my grandpa made sure a postcard was waiting for her at her every stop. Grandpa died when I was quite young, so the thought that we both share the practice of writing as a way to show care and support  makes me feel as if he is still very present in my life.

I prefer snail mail over the more speedy modes of communication. Whenever I learn that someone is going through a difficult time, or if there is something to celebrate, my first thought it to be sure to send a card. To me, it’s a physical reminder that they are special enough to me that I want to take the time to sit, think, and prepare something for them.  Sometimes this means that many of my mornings or evenings are spent writing. In a way, it’s a form of meditation in that it’s a time to pause and to be sure that time is devoted to something that truly is meaningful – reaching out to people and letting them know that they are in my thoughts.

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It also reminds me of what’s important in life, at least what I think is important in life. My relationships have been ongoing sources of comfort and learning, and taking the time to write friends who are geographically far away provides the opportunity to nourish our relationship so that we can still feel close.

My polymer clay creations began as an effort to send my youngest sister something little and fun when she lived in England. One of my favorite little things to make now are my owls, who always make me smile, and I love it when they make other people smile. After the summer market, I hope to focus on making more owls and other funny creatures for my Etsy shop. I really like the idea of being a part of brightening someone’s day.

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I also like to make moons to send as peaceful wishes:

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Trees for strength:

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And raindrops for new beginnings:

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I’m excited about this Saturday, because I used ribbon necklaces for my polymer clay pendants. I’ll have a rainbow of colors at my table!

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Obviously, this entry is meant to encourage you to visit my Etsy shop and to explain why I do what I do:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFreeRangeArtisan

But it’s also celebration of hands! Pieces written and made by hand can be rare things to receive, and I think more hands on interactions would make this world a more beautiful place.

Keeping the Hands in Handmade,

Free Range Al