As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. -- Calvin and Hobbes

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Celebrate the end of a decade, really kick it's Shiny Metal Hiney!

I watched Doctor Who the other night and the episode mentions that the world was hopeful that President Obama would declare the recession is over.... I started laughing mean that's all it takes? COOL!

Good Riddance, 2009. I had to look up that spelling...don't laugh. How often do you write that? Too busy just saying it. I realize I wrote some not so kind words about 2008 as well, but you know, that was the start of the recession. So, what's the mantra? 2010, do it again? NOPE. Ok, does it have rhyme?..cuz I got nothin! I'm really not being negative, I just prefer to look forward instead of saying, "Ah, those were good times! Wish I was in yesteryear!"

Well, why don't we end the year on a nice note. At last year's end, I mentioned losing some pretty amazing people, and most of my livelihood as a faux painter. (I am still a decorative painter, but the business is slumbering).

Well, a lot can happen in a year, and here's why I'm grateful!

First, I met so many amazing people in 2009! I am so grateful for everyone who has come into my life. I've made so many friends, that I feel incredibly wealthy! And I never feel alone.
I don't think my hands could handle typing all of them in this post, but you know who you are!

Second, I really hunkered down to redirect my art to online selling and I have really begun to see some results after my long tough year. :) So, I am really grateful to myself for my perseverance.

Third, I learned to be aware of who is truly good (for you) and who is not. If someone makes you feel less than amazing, let them be. seriously. Don't go trying to pick people up continually..they will only bring you down! And, well meaning people who constantly tell you what you need to do can be the biggest drag of all. Spend less time around them and you'll find your own way! I know it! (even if they take credit for it).

Next, I made a choice to help people, and I diversified! I donated a lot of art to good causes and it felt good. I donated time to people who needed a little hand. I donated goods that I had so they could be useful for others. I donated money, too. Helping people will always be a reward for yourself.

Another thing; a good heart in need wants to believe that people will help, but people have to know you need it first. Sometimes you do have to ask! If you can't ask people for help, then, just send it out there. Write it down and believe you will receive. But, once you do this, the rest is up to you. You must put some work into it, emotionally, physically and spiritually. You can give yourself permission to be anything you want when you are ready. So, go make it happen.

..and lastly, as always, never EVER give up!

But, first, sip some something bubbly and ring in the New Year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

smelly magnets that don't smell, but if they did, it might be nice

Sometimes I wonder while I'm trying to salvage the last ounce of my french pressed pot, without actually consuming the goop that would force me to sift coffee grounds out of my teeth, "hmm..I should probably put more water on, in case I want to experience this again in the near future!"

Such is the case with these cute (and cheap) little magnets. Only $4.00 each and a nice way to keep on enjoying the art you may already have somewhere else in the house, but just want another little piece of it when you reach for the handle on the fridge! Or maybe your budget will only allow for the smallest stuff..and hey, I think I can accommodate you!

I have a stock on hand and I will ship out same day if I can. Anyway, yet another small marketing hooray for the folks at those online printers.

Thanks for visiting my shops, favoriting me, friending me and fanning me too!
Have a great day!

Smelly Rhino Studio Shop

Thursday, December 10, 2009

What's her secret?

Oh I don't know the secret to success. Ok, maybe I consistent. Oh, that reminds me of why I haven't been that successful lately. But, about a month ago, I started a new shop to help pay the bills, combining two of my favorite things. Television and recycling! (add movies to that, too!)

I started Outward Bound, a bindery of anything up cycled, recycled, reclaimed, whatever you wanna call it! Handmade journals with recycled paper, yay! But, the nostalgia comes into play here, as you can order your favorite show or movie and have that wee feel good feeling with it.

You can have my favorite robot, too, the ultimate partying bending unit! Maybe you're a Simpsons person, or Family Guy? Got it! Well, got some anyway.

Some great classic movies are available, too, but they are scarce. So, if you see one, you probably better grab it now. See, because these are repurposed, I take no part in reproducing images. I merely reuse the cover and once it's gone, it's gone! By the way, the vast majority of the covers are pristine! NEAT!

To see the shop and a link to a regularly updated index of available titles, check out the shop and enjoy bulk shipping discounts, such as a (US only) priority mail in addition to a discount on multiple orders of 3 or more!

Great stocking stuffers for kids and adults, killer office gifts at only $8 bucks a pop! Buy two or three, they're small!

Outward Bound

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Shows!

I will be taking part in two holiday shows the next two Saturdays, Dec. 5, and Dec. 12.

A fun time will be had by all!

What a great way to enjoy some quality time with friends and family!
This Saturday, come on out to the Chattahoochie Nature Center for entertainment, games, food, live music and, of course handmade specialty items by local vendors, like me! There you will find items from The Georgia Etsy Street Team and Team North Georgia! You can search for these teams on Etsy to get ready for your shopping day!

Then, the following Saturday, I will be with my Team North Georgia in Alpharetta, for an in-home craft show, full of more wonderful handmade uniqueness!

If you haven't shopped handmade, this 'aint cross stitch on plastic crosses! A fun and high quality assortment of art, jewelry, clothing, housewares, bath and beauty products, and more will be on display. Plus goodies to nibble!

For more information, you can contact me on through my shop or on Facebook!
Leave a note on my fan page to tell others about your holiday show or promotions in your own shop!

Smelly's Facebook Fan Page
Smelly Rhino Studio

Have a great week!
See you there!

Things to Ponder

Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches. -Andy Warhol

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
-Walt Disney
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