Saturday, February 9, 2013
Enjoy a visit to Little Celebrations etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/littlecelebrations where you will find beautiful, affordable children's party invitations and accessories. All designs are original and can be customized for your special occasion.
My name is Libby McCalden and I live in beautiful Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I have been an artsy person for as long as I can remember. This, in addition to a love of graphic design and planning kids’ birthday parties has lead me to my current position as a designer of unique, printable kids’ party invitations and accessories.
I create each invitation theme myself from start to finish. From the invitation I then go on to create a party package which includes everything from thank you cards to birthday banners and water bottle wrappers to birthday hats. I love the opportunity to print and assemble my creations myself but they are all available in digital format as well. It gives me great satisfaction to see the finished product.
I would love to tell you that I do all this creating in a beautiful, well organized studio but the truth is I do most of my designing in the afternoons sitting in my messy living room overlooking the majestic Ottawa River. The seasons change quite significantly up here so I go from staring out over a frozen sheet of ice to the grey clouds of a summer storm rolling down the river to a the sail boats gliding up stream on a breezy late spring day. I love living in the country and smile to myself every day that I get to work from the comfort of my home.
The biggest inspiration in my life and work is my family. They began inspiring me the second they each came into my life and changed it forever. They continue to inspire me every day with their love, smiles, happiness and support.
My life as a designer came to me gradually. It was not planned nor do I know where it is going but I can tell you I love every second of it. Last year I found a quote that I go back to often when feeling discouraged…”The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.” –Jessica Hische.
This is what I plan to do!
Website - little-celebrations.com/
Facebook - www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Celebrations/200252416653745?ref=hl
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Shoot Like A Girl Photography
Enjoy a visit to Lauren's etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/shootlikeagirl
where you will discover beautiful landscape,nature, flowers and cityscape images.
My journey as a photographer came forth out of both a love of art and a desire to overcome personal tragedy. About ten years ago, I had been working as a music journalist and photographer when I experienced a violent crime at the hands of a stranger. It proved to be a life-changing event. As part of healing from the trauma, I sought ways to see tangibly the beauty still present in the world. I challenged myself to capture with my camera the extraordinary hiding within the ordinary all around me. But, it proved to be a wonderful surprise to realize just how abundant beauty is in the world.
Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, I especially savor taking photos of cityscapes, landscapes and flowers/nature. In 2009, I launched ShootLikeAGirlPhotography.com and began offering 8"x10" and 11"x14" matted prints of my work. Soon after, I started a line of greeting cards featuring my photos professionally mounted on high quality linen paper. I frequently have exhibits in and around NYC and look forward to continuing to grow in my work. There is always something new to discover-- and take pictures of!
This is one of my current favorite images: www.etsy.com/listing/118726031/two-hearts-8x10-photo-matted-to-11x14
Favorite quote: "A picture is a poem without words." - Horace
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Jenn Henson Designs
Enjoy a visit to Jenn's etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/JennHensonDesigns where you will find unique mixed media prints and original designs created by Jenn.
My love for crafting started back in 2000 when I took a beginners scrapbook class at a local Jo-Ann's store. I was immediately hooked. I have a love for paper, stamps, paint, ink, vintage, and anything and everything I can get my hands on and put on a canvas, scrapbook page or card.
I take online classes to learn new techniques and to practice more of what I am making. I opened my Etsy shop in May of 2012 after many of my friends saw what I was making and said that I needed to sell it. I have a passion for what I make. I always keep my art uplifting and bright. It makes me happy to see the smiles on peoples faces when they receive a piece of what I make.
My facebook page: www.facebook.com/JennHensonDesigns
My blog: www.jenniferhenson.typepad.com
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