Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

San Diego Comic-Con

Missing it again this year.

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Dodging the downtown zombie hoards on the crosswalk


Getting candid shots of the better of the Jack Sparrows in attendance. 

P7250537 Don’t know when, but we’ll be back to visit one of these days, San Diego.  Save a swag bag for us!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Feature Friday – Darkling Woods

This week I’m featuring a member of both FEST and FAE—Cat of Darkling Woods!


I’m a big fan of anything fairy tale.  I still get really excited when the princesses are out at Disney World. (But not that Jafar guy.  He’s kind of a jerk.  Trust me.)

What I love about Cat’s watercolors is the airy, ethereal quality they have.  Looking over her shop is like seeing a cloud of feathers that, upon closer inspection, each reward you with a gorgeous glimpse into her fantasy realm.  She takes her medium and, with her distinctive style, makes it her own.

Cora Belle Original painting of Victorian Ghost Girl,Little Elphaba Print 5x7Blue Queen Original 4x6 painting mixed media  OSWA

Red Wings ACEO printWhite Rabbit ACEO Limited Edition PrintWest of Moon ACEO print

This the piece that really caught my eye this week:

Snow White with Poison Apple Print 8x10

A bit of background information about me:  I hate Snow White.  With a passion.  I like a good damsel in distress as much as any girl, but something about Snow White brings out the bra –burning feminist in me.  Then there is the Disney incarnation of her, which I find just nails-on-chalkboard annoying.  I’ll have a bulleted presentation on the subject one of these days.

So for me to be absolutely in LOVE with a Snow White drawing is exceptionally unusual.  Cat’s just that good.

Check out her blog.  Then follow her on Twitter.  You have your instructions :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wandering Wednesdays

This is the part when I wander around Etsy and point at things and wail  “oooooo pretty!”


Chain Maille Stress Balls, Hackey Sacks, Juggling Balls (Set of Three in Black)

Filigree Tatted Hair Clip

Cotton racer-back tank with ruffle details - KT279Bright Jellyfish on Navy

Marie Antoinette Masquerade Rococo fairy gothic big eye lowbrow fantasy art print by Jasmine Becket-Griffith 12x16 BIGWood You Bracelet, Anklet, Choker - ECO Silver - Antique French Silk Braided Cord in Navy

Saturday, July 11, 2009

RadianceArt in Viva La Moda magazine!

VivaLaModa magazine

I’m overjoyed to find out that my Gemini stained glass is being featured in the July 2009 issue of Viva La Moda magazine!  Check me out, rockin’ page 41!

Viva La Moda is a gorgeous online magazine spotlighting the trends in handmade and indie fashion.  This is eye candy at its finest. 

I’m honored to have popped up on their radar.  Thanks Viva La Moda!

Friday, July 10, 2009

I feel lovely, so very lovely…

Check out this happy chunk of awesomeness came falling from the sky and landed on my computer this morning.

Tollykit from over at Llamas, cats, and crafts just passed on to me a One Lovely Blog award.  Woot!  Thank you!  Its nice to know somebody besides my Mom (hi Mom!) reads this stuff.

So go forth and visit Tollykit’s place, you won’t be disappointed.  It’s got llamas, people.  LLAMAS.  And what’s not not love about that?

There be rules one must follow to board this ship:

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.

2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.

3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

4. Go make yourself a peanut butter sammich, ‘cause its lunchtime. 

(You don’t have to really do 4. if you don’t feel it necessary.  But I do.)

Ok so here goes my 15:


Feature Friday –Three By Sea

This week, I’m featuring Team FEST (Florida Etsy Street team) member Nicole of Three By Sea!


Named for herself, husband, and son, Three By Sea embraces the easy breezy Gulf Coast Florida lifestyle.  Her inspiration is everything tropical and seashore.Tea Towels- Kelp Green Fish Block Print- Set of 2

Drawstring Bag- Teal Sand Dollar

I think my favorite thing about her work is the absolute simplicity of it all.  The color palette is limited, yet so perfectly chosen and executed that just a couple shades of blue can speak volumes.  What I love about block print art is how it reflects the artist’s clarity of voice and style, and Three By Sea’s work is no exception.

Onesie-Yellow CrabTurquoise Starfish T-shirt Size 7

And the onesies.  Oh my goodness the onesies.

You can bet my little one-to-be will be sporting a couple of these.

Moleskine Journal- Starfish

Check her out on FEST and Twitter, as well as her blog.  Quite entertaining, it is.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Independence Dragon!

Because stabbing fruit is how the founding fathers intended to celebrate the birth of our nation.  Along with the blowing up of small parts of it.  Look it up.


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I’ve done the watermelon baskets before, but this year I had some sharp new knives and a surge of ambition.  The back area was my first attempt at the Asian style of vegetable carving (kae-sa-luk). 

My idea was for the flower petal pattern to resemble dragon scales.

What I got was structural integrity issues. 

(Glad I went with some long skewers instead of wimpy toothpicks.) 

I thought about inserting and lighting some sparklers for the ‘extreme’ factor, but his eyeballs got eaten before it got dark enough.  Oh well.

He still went well with the brats and bison burgers.  And in the end, isn’t that all any of us could ask for?

Friday, July 3, 2009

Feature Friday-Mermaiden Creations

This week’s Friday feature is Julie of Mermaiden Creations!


This wonderfully eclectic artist is a member of the Fantasy Artists of Etsy.  One of my favorite things about her work is the sheer variety.  There is always something new and unique to be seen in her shop!

Ancient Mermaid EarringsBeautiful Wickedness Witchy Pendant

(I love reading these descriptions—the mythology and dreamy whimsy make them inspiring in and of themselves.)

Lemondown Feather PendantRosebud Maiden Wooden Treasure Box

And oh yeah…mermaids!

Sirens Sweetly Singing Under Glass

Also stop by her blog for some fascinating reading!