Tuesday Treasure: Hope Collage

I am listing my art collages in my Etsy store again! I used to list them, then I decided to try listing the collages in another online venue (which didn’t bring any sales). So I am bringing the collages back to the Etsy store and adding more, never before listed ones too (soon!).

Today, I re-listed the Hope collage.

An art collage of found objects

Hope Art Collage
{Click the image to view the Etsy listing}

My collages begin with a found object, or two. Then I create a story about that object, and pull together other found objects in order to tell that story and create an aesthetically pleasing arrangement.

In the Hope collage, the story I am telling is of falling in love young, and building a life together, despite the uncertainties, symbolized by the dice.

I really like it, I hope you do too.

Friday Feature: Pink, Pink and More Pink from Team Dream

A selection of pink items for a treasury challenge for Team Dream on Etsy. Check out all the lovely pink (and red!) items.

‘Pink, Pink, and More Pink’ by lizbethsgarden

A pink and red treasury for the Week 11 Team Dream Challenge.

PRINT Fine Art Mini…


Girls Fabric Revers…


Dark Pink Stud Earr…


Set of 2 Pay It For…


Swarovski CrystalsW…


Fat Quarter Art Gal…


Birth Month Square …


Sale 10% – Long Gol…


Note Cards, Christm…


Pink and Orange Wir…


Crocheted Necklace …


Five Vintage Decoup…


ACEO Print — Pink …


Baby Girl Mini Albu…


Angel Daily Guidanc…


Pink Bobby Pins, Fl…


Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Friday Feature: ConnieKSalesArt

Today we are visiting with ConnieKSalesArt:

1. How’d you get started on Etsy?

After two different friends told me to look at Etsy I finally took it seriously. I began to watch other painters and discover just how much awesome art and other things were on Etsy. The quality was remarkable, so I saved some money, set a budget and here I am.

2. What was your inspiration for your shop?

The inspiration for my shop is my husband. When my husband and I were first engaged, I donated a couple of pieces to a silent auction. When he went up to see what pieces I had put in, he came back and said, “how could you put my very favorite piece in the auction?” I said, “What? You have never seen these?” He said, “Well, i have to admit I peeked at all your work in your basement…” I laughed, and then to my surprise, he bought back the painting in the auction…He supports my art, and I seek his opinions on my work all the time. He is my biggest fan and my great “encourager.”

3. What’s your favorite shop item and why?

Abstract Figurative Line Drawing Abstract Figurative Line Drawing

by ConnieKSalesArt
This little figure drawing, “Somber Guy” is probably my favorite. He always makes me smile. I have kept him for a long while just for me, unwilling to offer him for sale.

4. How do you unwind when you’re not creating?

I go hiking, camping with my husband. Sometimes we go with other friends. A day trip hike or ten days in the woods. It is the ability to drive 20 minutes and be out in the mountains that I stay in Idaho. It is too beautiful to leave.

5. What’s your favorite kind of cupcake?

yumm. cupcakes! any with lots of cream cheese frosting!

6. What pushes you to want to create something?

I just can’t stop. Growing up it was my only friend, drawing and writing. I found as an adult it is the best way I connect and communicate.

7. What’s your favorite cartoon as a kid. As an adult, if you stumble upon it while channel surfing now would you stop & watch?

thats a tough one, I did not watch television much as a kid. I was a high level competitive gymnast, no time for tv. But, I love love love the “Banana Splits.” I did look them up on Youtube recently.

8. What’s your fantasy job?

I am living it truly. I spent my life trying to have a 9 -5 job because that is what I was told is normal and the only way to be productive. I failed and failed, and now, I get to help my husband and he helps me. Who knows what you call that but it just is.

9. Do you have a secret guilty pleasure?

My secret guilty pleasure is ice cream and donuts.

10. List 3 things you are so obsessed with it is torture to ever say no to.

thrift store shopping, discount art materials, camping

11. List 3 of your favorite Etsy shops.




12. Do you have a favorite author? When you read, do you use a proper bookmark, bend the page, or grab anything handy to mark your place?

Chaim Potok is my favorite author, and all of the above, I bend the page, I grab whatever is handy and I have proper bookmarks.

13. If money was no object and you can live wherever you want….where would that be?

where my husband and family were at. Maybe Last Chance, or just at the lake, or anywhere warm.

14. What is your best childhood memory?

The one memory I have on a christmas eve and my brother, sister and I all piled into my brother’s bed. Its a brief memory but a very good one.

Fun Artist Blogs

Today I thought I’d share with you a few artists’ blogs that I always enjoy reading:

Lemon Tree Tales: a thread artist’s blog, highlighting her cloth dolls, quilts, sewing, and other creative ventures. Be sure and check out her dolls, they are simply amazing.

Nic Hohn: Nic Hohn is a mixed media artist in Australia. Her collages and paintings are delightful and inspiring.

Queen of Creativity: Kate is a local artist, weaver and writer who shares her creative inspiration on her blog. She also shares the creative challenges and exercises she tries and encourages her readers to try them, too. A great blog to read when you’re stuck for inspiration.

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