Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring Promo at Illustration for Kids

Enjoying the spring weather as I work on my own book dummy and a piece for our spring promo over at Illustration for Kids:
And a thank you to Lori West at for nice review of The Great Matzoh Hunt.

Thats about it around here. I've been taking a slight break from Facebook and Twitter, and giving myself more time for personal projects. Also I need to start doing some research on my upcoming trip to Tokyo. I can't wait!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Recipe Card Mock Ups

I ended up mocking up some of the recipe cards and made a little package tag to go with it. The paper is textured and cream colored- something I had left over from my wedding invitations.
The ink color turned out to be more muted than I originally intended- but now its one of those happy accidents in which I like this alot better. I'm always striving to pick a more "sophisticated" color palette in my work but always end up using bright, primary colors. I guess my printer is trying to tell me something?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Handmade @ Blue House

When I moved to Ann Arbor 6 months ago, I was looking for an artist/crafty community I can join and be part of. I discovered MICE, which stands for Michigan Indie Crafters of Etsy, and from there I was able to meet alot of wonderful crafty people in the area.

And now, there is a creative space opening up, called Blue House Ann Arbor, which sits right across the street from The Big House (and for those of you who don't know, its the University of Michigan stadium.) It is a crafty place where there are workshops and events, work from local artists, and they are celebrating their opening this weekend with a show, Saturday March 20th, from 11-5pm.

I will be there at the show with some of my art prints and goodies. I can't wait to see the space, and please come by if you are in the area.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Making a Banner + Upcoming Craft Shows

Last night, I played around with making a Chickengirl Design banner using circle punches. I wanted to make one since I'm participating in two craft shows, one coming up this Saturday at Blue House Ann Arbor, and the Flint Handmade Spring Market show in May. More info coming up!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Recipe Cards

I've wanted to do this for a while now, design some recipe cards and print them up. The funny thing is- I DO have recipes now. Who would of thought that I would become...domesticated?

Honestly, this was something to distract me from working on my book dummy. Now let me get back to work.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Chicken Girl Design Stamps go Digital!

My Chicken Girl Design Stamp Line is going digital! Today I celebrate the release of my first 9 digistamps at I {heart} Papers. It was fun to come up with some Easter and spring images. Its been nothing but snow for the past few weeks but its been freakishly warm this week. I've heard that Ann Arbor doesn't usually have much of a spring. Just the cold and all the sudden its summer. I guess we'll see.

Anyways, if you are not familar with digistamps: they are line art (non-colored), 300dpi transparent PNG files you can download and use for whatever personal projects you like. Check it out here as to how it works.

Each individual image is $2.50 or you can get all 9 images as a March Collection for $20. The clear polymer sets are still available, but once inventory runs out, thats it!

And if you need ideas as to what to do with these stamps, check out what these talented ladies are doing (aka The Chicken Girl Design team!):

Happy crafting!

Sunday, March 07, 2010

New York + Tim Burton Exhibit @ MoMA

More traveling this past week- this time back to NYC for fun, family, and friends. I finally got to see the Tim Burton exhibit at MoMA. No pictures inside, so this is the only picture I got in the main lobby. The exhibit was incredible but it was way too crowded. I could of spent a few more hours in there really looking at everything but it was just impossible. Thought it wouldn't be so since the show has been running for quite a while. Perhaps it wasn't wise of me to go when it was the opening weekend of Alice in Wonderland?!?

I do have an all new respect for Tim Burton, and the show made me want to go draw something weird and twisted.
Along with trying to see friends, go to old hang outs, I also spotted The Great Matzoh Hunt at the Barnes & Nobles in Union Square.

A little injection of city life and now back to work!