My Own Pinterest Challange

July 31, 2012

Pinboard “Health

Pinboard Art

Lately, I’m sure, some of my friends have noticed an unusual amount of activity from me on Pinterest.  Once I was invited to join the site I started pinning right away and looking for my friends to join or connect with me.

The appeal of using a social site like Pinterest is the complete freedom of artistic expression for absolutely anyone.  Everyone is a designer of what I what I would call their own “magazine” by creating boards on topics they like.  It can be a solo activity in which the pinner keeps his/her boards private to enjoy alone, but the real fun is sharing with people with similar interests.  It is also special in that friends can see in a click what you want to share.  There is no special language or the frustration from a lack of understanding how the site works.  It’s genius is it’s simplicity.

Sometimes it’s easier to show than to write.

So now, I’ve come up with a challenge for myself.  I have been creating “themes”  in which I try to make at least the first 4 or 5 rows on my site a cohesive blend of specific colors and subjects.  My first attempt was a lavender/pink mix.  I loved the look it gave my site.  So next, in honor of the beginning of summer, I tried to create blue-greens with a beach theme.  That worked out nicely.  This time around, a friend on Pinterest from Ebay pointed out that orange is a current color trend.  It inspired me to create a theme on melons.  I am very pleased with results.  You can see it currently on my Pinterest site:

I welcome any questions or suggestions on colors and/or themes!

melon art

Pinboard “Huh?”


A Little Help From My Friends

June 5, 2012

Hi folks!  It has been a while since I have written anything here and I feel that a great way to start would be to talk about the circle of people, sites, and their shops that have influenced me and been friends as well.

Aunt Bean Artworks

Image by Christine Smith

A fellow artist on Twitter has been a fan and a friend, and I think her artwork is dreamy and lovely. You can see how she follows her heart.  Her name is Christine Smith and I highly recommend that you follow her blog and on Twitter

Early on I discovered an artist whose miniature artwork just blew me away- not only because it was beautiful, but because the work was so painstaking and meticulous that I doubt few can accomplish what she does.  Her name is Evelina Pastilati, and I have featured her in earlier posts of my blog.  When we met she was beginning to make gorgeous jewelry.  I consider her a friend and am pleased by her success.  These are just a couple of ways to find her on the web:

Jewelry by Evelina Pastilati

Evelina Pastilati

Evelina guided me to this site:  A Little Etsy Love  They help Etsy shops with promotions through giveaways, coupons and ads.  The giveaways are in article form and are short but empathetic to the atmosphere and feeling of the shops they feature.

My ad on “A little etsy love”

I’ve done both and feel good each time I get that little ding on my iPod that says I’ve been mentioned by their site.  I personally worked with Nancy Fallon- one of their contributors and I felt the goodwill of friendship instantly.  I’ve also linked to the site with a button on the sidebar and wrote a post about a little etsy love previous to this one.

Nancy Fallon NFallon Design Studio

Nancy Fallon also has her own Etsy shop  You can find wonderfully beautiful knits, cards, purses, jewelry and art prints in here- my favorite being The Animal -a sweet watercolor reproduction of a giraffe.  You can follow Nancy on Twitter at:

Another Etsy friend has provided me with some of the tools I need to sell my work and has happily answered my questions.  She provides me with mat kits and I had not realized what a difference they would make to showcase my art.  I purchased black double mats, and later on white double mats.  Both look stunning, but when I saw how sweet the white mats looked with my art,  I realized that I should be focusing on marketing for babies and children.  it was just that one extra click of the dial in the right direction.  I recommend to anyone who loves art that you visit her site- she has been quick and efficient in helping me get the right tools.

For even more supplies such as: kits, acrylic, and some frames, try    They also specialize in custom mats.  Framergirl can answer any of the questions you may have.

Artist’s supplies by framergirl on

I could list so many more people who have influenced and supported me in this great big world wide web, and I will share them with you.  For those of you who have not seen any of my works or sites here are the links to my favorites:

I played with an art program on this one of black-eyed susans

My Shop

Pinterest    You can see more of the works from the people above here as well



Jane Purcell “Chocolate Milk Cow”

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