MY NEW FAVORITE ARTIST…

     I recently stumbled upon this amazing artist and I can’t stop feeling filled with excitement about her bright future!  She doesn’t even know I’ve decided to feature her, so I hope she doesn’t mind!

Introducing
Blaze Danielle

BLAZE DANIELLE

     Blaze Danielle is her REAL name.  She is a 20 year old college student from Seattle, Washington.  She does watercolor paintings, drawings and ink drawings that are both watercolored and digitally colored.  I really and truly believe she is going to be a renowned artist in print!  To me, her art reminds me of A.A. Milne, Arnold Lobel, or Beatrix Potter.  Her prints are imaginative, charming, comforting and reminiscent of childhood days gone by (for me anyway).  I can’t get enough of them and I have already decided that, should God ever bless me with children, my nursery will be decorated with Blaze Danielle’s artwork!  If not, my future studio will certainly be!  Here she is…

Blaze Danielle

In her own words…

Blaze Danielle finds herself being inspired often and twirling much.

She is a Tree Climber, Dress Wearer, Tea Drinker, Berry Picker, Story Teller, Flower Presser, Picture Taker, Porch Swinger, Seed Planter, Puddle Jumper, and Art Maker. She loves windowsills, swimming holes, and old maps.

You will most always find her picnicking on a grassy knoll.

ARTWORK

Miss Betsy Paige
BlazeDanielle 1

Coffee Drinker
Coffee Drinker

Pink Morning
Pink Morning

Green Noon
Green Noon

Purple Night
Purple Night

Cozy Trio
Cozy Trio

Bug Catcher
Bug Catcher

As you can see…a very bright future ahead!

She has an etsy store and a blog.  Please visit and support handmade!
Here’s Blaze Danille’s Etsy store: Blazedanielle.etsy.com 
Here’s her blog site – a real charming and fun read:  blazedanielle.wordpress.com

I also featured her in the Treasury on Etsy that I was lucky enough to get last night:
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=31812

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The Drum Roll Begins….

Countdown to my new favorite artist…are you getting excited?  Ohhhh!  I can’t wait!  I plan to add her blog to my links list (want to do it now, but then that would spoil the surprise) and will be posting pictures and more.  She is seriously so very talented and I’m in love with her work!  The big reveal will be tomorrow! 

My husband’s website…

I don’t know if anybody out there, who reads my blog, is into or knows anyone who is into Mixed Martial Arts, but my husband recently started a company with one of his best friends, “Chuck.”  They are an affiliate of a company in Canada, called Red Dragon Fight Company.  If you are familiar with fighters, Mauricio Shogun Rua, Murilo Ninja Rua or Fabricio Werdum, Red Dragon sponsors them.

Our goal is to drive people to Anthony and Chuck’s site and they get credited for all sales through teir page.  The address URL is http://www.bullyink.com.  It’s pretty new for us too, and we are trying our best to make both our our businesses popular, so if anyone knows anyone who is a fan of MMA or UFC, or who owns a gym or a martial arts school and can pass the word, we’d be grateful for the chatter!  I know there have to be some men out there interested.  

You can click here to visit their site too:
Bully Ink Business Card Front 

Items at Etsy from NLA and Other Artists too.

I can’t seem to figure out how to add my etsy mini to my blog and it’s a bit frustrating.  So, at this point, I’m just going to have to upload pics and post them individually – more time consuming, but oh well…Here are some new items in my shop and below are some of my favorite items from other sellers.  Be sure to browse through the rest of the shops once you’re at their page – everyone has a lot of wonderful items aside from the ones I’ve showcased. 

NEW ITEMS from NLA – http://nicoleleeartistry.etsy.com
(CLICK ON ANY OF THE PICTURES TO GO TO THE SITE PAGE WITH DETAILS)

Lime with a touch of Lemon Braceletimg_1174.jpg
Whimsy Mimsy BraceletBlue Cluster Earrings

My favorite ITEMS from OTHER ETSY SELLERS:
(CLICK ON ANY OF THE PICTURES TO GO TO THE SITE PAGE WITH DETAILS)

White Flower on Turquoise by SylviaC’s shopil_75x75_15258402.jpgantique-lace-3_4-length-ladies-tee.jpg
demask-turquoise-and-chocolate-bag.jpgOatmeal, Milk and Honey Mini Soap Loaf

Little Hooters

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I just love these little guys!  I just finished them and I’m in the process of listing them in my store.  I think they are sooooo cute and not only fashionable, but simply adorable!  And I just love saying “little hooters” too…Ha hah!  Maybe it’s just me but it makes me chuckle every time I say it.  “little hooters.”  :O)

 I’m up to 62 hearts!  That’s more than yesterday and I think I’m well on my way to reaching my goal of 200 by the end of March.

It’s Day 4 of my 30 Days to a Better Shop project and my task today was to update my profile.  After some consideration of what changes I should make, here is the transformation:

MY OLD PROFILE:
Hi! I’m Nicole Catroppo. I am the sole artist of Nicole Lee Artistry.

I was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania. I’ve always been an intelligent(yet at times lacking common sense) bubbly girl with lots of personality and high energy. I went to college, got married and had begun what I thought was going to be the rest of “my life.” Then, “life” changed dramatically – with a series of challenging events that proved to be the most emotionally difficult span of time I’ve ever had to deal with. I endured a lot, but I have since learned to see it as a blessing in disguise because you cannot know the good without knowing the bad. During those times, I was taught a lot about life, love and true happiness, and it blessed me so much more than I ever anticipated. Overcoming the tough times reinforced what a strong and resilient person I am, allowed me a new perspective and new lease on life and ultimately started me down the path that has led me to REAL love, balance, personal happiness and Etsy!

In my Etsy store, I like to specialize in fine jewelry made of gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stones, but also occasionally dabble with other materials that strike my fancy.

I was totally self-taught until now. I am presently taking a class to learn metalsmithing. It’s very exciting, but now I am going to work even harder at getting sales because I need to earn the money to purchase tools and supplies to be able to continue what I’m learning after the class ends.

In my shop, custom orders are available. If you have a request or an idea just email me. I LOVE custom orders because they are personal and the process becomes emotionally rewarding for me when I know the person and/or the occasion the jewelry is for.

Handling: Each of my pieces was created with a piece of my soul, so I package them with tender loving care. Each of my items comes complete in adorable gift boxes, cushioned in tissue paper. If you have a special request for packaging, after you place an order, I am happy to do what I can to oblige – just email me.

Shipping: I ship all orders out within 24 hours of receiving payment and package all pieces carefully, so you can rest assured that your jewelry will travel both promptly and safely.

MY NEW PROFILE:
Hi! I’m Nicole Catroppo. I am the sole artist of Nicole Lee Artistry.

I was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, in a small town near Pittsburgh, called “Ford City.” More specifically, I grew up in the village of Brick Church, which is a charming, rural community full of warm-hearted, friendly, generous people.

I am an intelligent (yet at times, definitely lacking common sense!) bubbly girl with lots of personality and high energy. Years ago, after college graduation, a profession under my belt and marriage, I had begun what I thought was going to be the rest of my life. Then, “life” changed dramatically – with a series of challenging events that proved to be the most emotionally difficult span of time I’ve ever had to deal with.

I endured a lot, but I have since learned to see it as a blessing in disguise. I appreciate the good so much more now that I know what is like to experience the bad, also knowing that it can always be worse. During my struggles, I was taught a lot about life, love and true happiness, and the trials blessed me so much more than they could ever hurt. Overcoming the tough times reinforced what a strong and resilient person I am, allowed me a new perspective and new lease on life and ultimately started me down the path that has led me to REAL love, balance, personal happiness and Etsy!

In my Etsy store, I like to specialize in fine wire-wrapped jewelry made of gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stones, but also occasionally dabble with other materials that strike my fancy.

With regard to wire-wrapping, I am totally self-taught. I have, however, reached a point where I want to create more, so I enrolled in a soldering class two weeks ago. The new knowledge and skills I am gaining are very exciting! Once I finish my classes and purchase the tools and supplies I need to work from home, I will be able to offer completely original gold and silver pieces that I personally create from the raw materials. Until then, I hope to earn the money I need to do that through Etsy.

I am inspired by everything I see and experience. I’m sensitive to all that surrounds me, so I the variety of inspirations are endless – color, light, movement, emotions, people, relationships, nature, patterns, or even energy… and so much more!
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So, that’s it…for now it works.  I will probably refine it again and again, but I’m happy with it.  I also added shipping destinations to my profile, which I’ve been meaning to do.  Tomorrow I have to add the small mention of “see my profile for shop policies” to each item’s listing.  Ugh!  But, I want to be thorough, so I’ll do it.  :O) 

I’m going to close with my little hooters one more time.  Nighty Night OWLS!!!

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Metalsmithing

I’ve been taking a soldering class and I’m SOOO excited!  I’m learning how to make my own findings and designs out of raw materials.  Right now, I’m working on a bracelet project.  This Wednesday I’ll solder the tiny jump rings, complete my bracelet clasp and start working on a pendant.  Here’s a pic of my bracelet so far – one side is textured and one side is completely smooth.

  Jewelry Project 1 - Bracelet

It’s lots of work, but so much fun and so rewarding!  I can’t wait until I have my own studio set up with everything I need to do this kind of work from home!