Friday, December 31, 2010


Happy New Year!! Just a few calendars to help you organize and plan both business and personal time in 2011.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Urban Writing on the Wall

Edgy, urban and unique artists creations...

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The First Day of Christmas - A Partridge in a Pear Tree

The First of the 12 Days of Christmas is Dec. 26 with the last day being January 6 (Three Kings Day).

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Potent Potables

Potent Potables are strong, alcoholic drinks and a recurring category on the Jeopardy! game show and on the Saturday Night Live skit 'Celebrity Jeopardy!'

Potent potables is also slang for marijuana. These artist creations depict the alcoholic drink meaning, with several showing absinthe.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Shades of Gray

"As I've said repeatedly, Republicans are very good at describing things in black and white; Democrats are very good at describing the 11 shades of gray."
Joseph C. Wilson

"Everything in life is gray, you know."
Jeannette Walls

"Genius and virtue are to be more often found clothed in gray than in peacock bright."
Van Wyck Brooks

Gifts for Him

Some fun, practical and unique gifts for the man in your life!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gifts For Children

Here are some cute and whimsical items from my 'Gifts for Children' Treasury on Etsy. These are suitable for children or a child's room...enjoy!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Tartan Holiday

One of my Etsy Treasury's with very traditional red and green Tartan Plaid in some traditional and modern interpretations. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pop Art on ArtFire

Pop Art is a genre of art that began in the United Kingdom in the 1950s and became popular in the United States in the 1960s. This style uses imagery from popular or mass culture such as newspapers, comics and consumer goods combined with techniques from commercial art and advertising. Well known Pop artists include Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Roy Lichtenstein.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

From Russia with Love

My latest curated artists collection - 'From Russia with Love' - enjoy!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Artisan of the Week - The Cakery Fakery

The Cakery Fakery is an Etsy shop that makes beautiful 'fake' cupcakes - or what they call 'cupfakes'! I love their tag line: "All fun, no fat!"

Made from a variety of materials including polymer clay, spackle, charms and real cupcake liners, these delicious creations can be used as photo props, paperweights or home decor.

Some of my favorites are shown below:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I WON on ArtFire!

WooHoo! Imagine my excitement when I got this email from Caleb Daniels over at ArtFire (snippets from the winning notification email):

Hi Audrey,
Congratulations! You were selected as the winning entry for Tuesday 09/21/2010 in the "5Days, 5 iPads" contest! You've won an Apple iPad!...You've been added to the list of Beta Exit winners here as well:

Again, congratulations and thanks for taking part in the ArtFire Group Deal! Thank You for your continued support of the ArtFire community,

Caleb Daniels
Director, Search Engine Optimization

Everyone who signed up for the Group Deal - a $5.95/month Pro account - was entered in the contest. If you prefer not to sign up, you can fill out a short survey and get one entry into the contest. ArtFire is giving away (5) Apple iPads - one each day this week - I was the second winner. Three more to go!

Learn more at - All members are eligible.

Friday, July 16, 2010


I get inspiration from browsing through bookstores, thrift stores, antique shops and traveling. Here are some pictures from my latest 'inspiration treks'

These were in the garden of a historical home that I toured.

On the wooden garage doors at the former Phoenix home of Cindy & John McCain (yes, the John McCain who ran for president against Obama.)

The paint had long faded on these doors at the crumbling remains of a hotel in the 'ghost town' of Jerome, Arizona.

Crumbling brick and ironwork fence with fleur de lis

Colorful vintage women's handkerchiefs in a Phoenix antique mall

Vintage metal cigarette set - holder, ashtray and lighter

Vintage fabrics, linens and aprons

Details on the neckline of a beaded dress I bought at a local thrift store

Estee Lauder jar

Saturday, June 19, 2010

TURQUOISE - 2010 Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone LLC, the global authority on color and color standards for the design industries, has selected PANTONE® 15-5519 Turquoise as the color of the year for 2010.

"Turquoise transports us to an exciting, tropical paradise while offering a sense of protection and healing in stressful times." (Pantone)

The color combines the soothing qualities of blue with the invigorating aspects of green. The color of real turquoise mineral/stone varies from white to a powder blue to a sky blue, and from a blue-green to a yellowish green. The blue is attributed to idiochromatic copper while the green may be the result of either iron impurities (replacing aluminium) or dehydration.

Turquoise works well with a variety of looks including Southwestern, Tribal, and Tropical.

Turquoise complements all colors by adding a dash of excitement to neutrals (tans, grays, beige) and browns, complementing reds (think red coral) and pinks, createing a classic maritime look with deep blues, livening up greens. It can be especially trendy paired with yellow-greens.

I have lots of Turquoise colored items in my shop, as well as real Turquoise jewelry and pendants - so take a look!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Do You Have What it Takes to Be an Entrepreneur? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Am I passionate about my product or service?
  2. What is my tolerance for risk?
  3. Am I good at making decisions?
  4. Am I willing to take on numerous responsibilities?
  5. Will I be able to avoid burnout?

Here's some info from a WSJ article to help you answer these questions.







Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Altered VINTAGE Lockets!

I finally have some of my Altered Vintage Locket necklaces listed! I've been slowly designing them, using some of the Vintage Photo Lockets that I sell in my shop. I also used a variety of vintage and new embellishments!