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The Art of the Gift

Minted Wall ArtIt’s no secret that I love giving gifts.  I shop all year round with birthdays and holidays in mind.  There is just something about selecting a present that will make someone smile, that I love.

I recently bumped into the print shop on Minted; which is beautifully curated.  I most love the fact that you can purchase their prints framed + matted; which tends to be my personal downfall when I purchase a print.  I had previously ordered my wedding announcements from Minted and was extremely impressed by the quality.  Therefore, some of these ready-made art pieces will find themselves under gift wrap for my friends + family this year!  Here are a few of my favorites.

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Flightless Bird Giveaway

Amanda from Flightless Bird is one talented chick!  I first admired her whimsical art work on Etsy and have since watched her shop grow!  There are so many little things about her work that make me smile; from the meticulous drawings of dreamy characters to the thoughtful idea of a handmade tea wallet.

I was thrilled when Amanda offered to co-host a giveaway of one of her Mermaid Art Prints (featured above) and offer 20% off to my readers in her shop by using code Maison20.  Be sure to enjoy the loveliness of her work below and enter the giveaway for your chance to win a bit of mermaid magic for your Little Maison.  See the details after the pretty stuff.  READY TO WIN THE MERMAID PRINT?

To Enter:   Follow us both on twitter AND Tweet this: 

@littlemaison & @amandafayem are hosting a giveaway!  Follow them for a chance to win something fabulous!

Flightless Bird Design is on Twitter HERE and Little Maison is on Twitter HERE!

One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, July 30th 2012 and announced within 72 hours.

Don’t forget to visit the Flightless Bird shop HERE and get 20% with code Maison20

Giveaways are open to legal residents of the United States only.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. We hereby release Facebook and Twitter of any liability. Winner will be contacted up to 72 hours after the giveaway ends.  At the commencement of the giveaway, (1) winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries. Entrants and winner agree that the Giveaway Entities shall not be liable for injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting from participating in this Giveaway or from the acceptance or use of any prize awarded, including any future use of any winning entries. Sponsor reserves the right (but is not obligated) to verify eligibility qualifications of any winner.

 

 

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Inspiring Artist: Jen Schultz

While checking in on fellow WordPress bloggers, I bumped into the lovely illustration blog,  One Happy Little Mama by Jen Schultz.  I was immediately drawn to her whimsical illustrations and I couldn’t be more pleased that she agreed to a Q & A.  I am most impressed with her ability to manage a blog, create beautiful drawings, work and be a mommy!  In one word I’d call that:  impressive.

To celebrate the Q&A Jen has graciously offered 30% off with code CHIRP05 in her new Etsy shop HEREGo support her!

Also, be sure to follow her blog HERE to witness dreamy creations in the making.

Hometown:   The Deep South
Current City of Residence: Atlanta, GA
Occupation: Administrative Assistant by day, mommy, wife and artist by night

Tell us about yourself and where you draw inspiration from.
I’m a happy mama of 2 awesome children who are my world! I find the most joy in spending time with them.“We never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents.”  Henry Ward Beecher

I am a big fan of quotes. I’m always searching for inspiration in a quote that I can relate to, depending on what situation I am facing on any given day.  Sometimes I’ll have thoughts or worries churning in my head, and I’ll find that one quote that sums it all up for me. And, that’s usually the catalyst for an initial sketch and it just blooms from there.

What is your favorite piece you’ve made recently and why?
‘God is Good’, (above) because I love the message in the Emerson quote, “The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from the danger, but deliverance from fear.”

In this illustration, my little lady is moving forward, confidently, with that dark, stormy cloud behind her.  She knows who is in control, ultimately, and understands the calm that results in being fearless.  It’s not always the easiest advice to follow but, at least for me, it makes perfect sense and helps to set me at ease if I’m facing worry or anxiety in life.

How do you fit art in your everyday life?
Hmm.  This can be a challenge!  Being a working mom, it’s not always easy but I’m pretty crafty at finding all sorts of opportunities during the day to squeeze in a sketch (including while in my car, during lunch hour).  Free time is free time, right?  I’ll take it!

What is one reoccurring theme in your artwork?
I suppose I’ve never really stopped to consider this, before.  But, it seems I’m definitely drawn to my whimsical little ladies who offer up some pretty solid advice for me and, I hope, anyone who views them.  I get a real sense of contentment from my process of having the initial thoughts or feelings about a situation in my life and then putting those feelings to paper through my art, for others to enjoy.

I’ve also illustrated a few critters! I’m a big animal lover, especially birds. Usually, when I draw one of my animals, it’s because something about their shape or color caught my eye and stirred something in me to have a go at my interpretation.

Below, Jen shared a photo of her favorite spot in her Little Maison:  her back porch.   She said it is the best place in the house to watch her children play and the birdies buzz by!  Thanks for sharing Jen!

Don’t forget to stop in for 30% off   with code CHIRP05 in her new Etsy shop HERE and follow her blog HERE

All artwork and photographs are © 2012 One Happy Little Mama
All copyright and reproduction rights are retained by the artist. Artwork may not be reproduced
by any process without the express written permission of the artist.
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Weekend Street Art

Long Island City (Queens), New York

Art can be found everywhere.  I am particularly drawn to art that pops up in unexpected places.  This beauty above made an appearance in my neighborhood over a month ago.  On further inspection, it is paper applied with an adhesive to the brick wall.  It’s simply brilliant and makes me smile daily as I travel to and from the subway.

Paris was filled with street art and murals.  One of my favorites was found on a small street in Montmartre while my friend Annette and I visited Sacre Coeur.  I’d love to know if it is still there.

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Found in Montmartre - Paris, France

For more artistic inspiration check out my past post HERE about Artist, Jessica Durrant.  She’s fabulous!

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Etsy Find: Jessica Durrant

I’ve always had a love and appreciation for illustration.  I am especially partial to women in illustration, the more feminine and chic, the better.  I came across the beautiful work by Jessica Durrant a few weeks ago on Etsy and pinned a few of her pieces on Pinterest.  In one word her work is lovely.

Be sure to stop by her Etsy shop HERE for affordable pieces to add to your home!

Like Jessica’s work?  Don’t forget to follow her on Twitter HERE and visit her Etsy shop HERE.

Please note all work in this post is Copyrighted by Jessica Durrant.

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