Monday, August 31, 2009

Introducing Michele Maule {mixed media painting}

I am loving these mixed media paintings by Michele Maule. She makes you look at ordinary items in a new way. "Favorite You" pictured above is an original painting with a combination of collage, drawing, and beeswax on a pine panel. Below is a print of "My Little Blue Typewriter" which was inspired by an actual typewriter she picked up at a thrift shop for $5! Be sure to check out more paintings by Michele in her Etsy shop.

Reminder: Today is the last day of the 20% sale on Touched Creatively's printed issue. Tomorrow it goes back to $6.29. Happy Monday!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fall Issue has Arrived!!!

Touched Creatively's Fall issue is now available in printed format or download version. This modern elegance themed issue features pottery, jewelry, photography, drawing, graphic design, mixed media and clothing. Artists include: Kris Haas, Megan Lane, Amy Mathews, Maleah Mathews, Heather Russell, Renée Stevens, Lisa Weiss, and Lee Wolfe. Modeling by Adriane Ehmann and Photography by John Cowie. Thank you so much to all the contributors for making such an amazing issue possible! If you are interested in seeing this issue's creative talents click HERE to go to the main website to purchase. Printed version is currently on SALE but only through August so hurry to get a great deal! Have a GREAT weekend!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Introducing DeShawn Marie {handmade soap}

Natural and exotic ingredients make up these beautiful bars of soap made by DeShawn Marie. Her shop is full of different kinds to choose from. You may want to go with her set of six deal where you can pick from a list of 28. This deal is $25 and shipping is free in the US. Spoil your self or give them to a special friend. These freshly made soaps would make a lovely gift!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Introducing Peg Lozier {custom paintings}

If you are looking for a realistic watercolor or oil painting of a pet or a loved one, you must check out Peg Lozier's shop. Her work makes you feel as if your witnessing what's going on first hand; like you could just reach out and pet the dog! The contrast of lights and darks that she captures in her paintings is beautiful. The above painting was done in watercolor and the dog pictured below was done in oil.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Fall Issue of Touched Creatively Coming Soon!

My husband and I are busy remodeling our home so during the craziness and mess I thought I would share a sneak peek of the next issue coming the end of this month. The talents in this issue are absolutely amazing! The theme is modern elegance. I'll let you know as soon as it is available for purchase. Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Introducing Kristy Rice {stationery designs}

Getting married and looking for an invitation no one will forget and that has a personal touch? Look no farther. I am seriously blown away from all the detail in Kristy Rice's custom wedding invitation designs. Each piece is a unique work of art. Kristy says, "Let me be the first to tell you, it is mind boggling, requires tremendous patience and skill, but YES, here at Momental Designs we have been hand-painting each and every invitation since our beginnings in 2003." Isn't that unbelievable?! To read more about her process and how it has become a little bit easier check out Momental Design's blog. As you can see from the photos, Kristy will work with you to get an illustration that will perfectly represent your special day. Momental Designs creates more than just wedding invitations too so be sure to browse through Kristy's website for more information.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Introducing Hayley Hackler {sewing}

In between being a home maker and raising two little girls, Hayley Hackler designs children's appliqued shirts with a twist. She says, "Each piece of wearable art is created one at a time using everything from recycled home fabrics to contemporary prints. I like to add dimension to my shirts by incorporating 3-d or contrasting stitching. I also strive to live greenly by using organic cotton American made shirts. I have also started a line of accessories using the scraps from my many sewing projects! Art and fashion truly come together seamlessly in unexpected yet cohesive pairings of pattern, color and images!" To see more fun children's tops and hair accessories check out Hayley's Flying Frog Apparel shop.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Introducing Talented Teen Marci {pottery}

I'm so excited to see what comes of this talented teen. Marci has grown up with a great role model in the creative world. Her mother, Lee Wolfe, has been a full time potter for many years so now Marci is following in her mom's footsteps but coming up with her own unique design ideas. I'm loving her bird trinket trays. The one pictured above is Peace Dove. Make sure to check out her other creations in her etsy shop! Also see and read more about her mother Lee in Touched Creatively's second issue that will be coming out the end of August!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Introducing Leslie Chisholm {jewelry}

Talented Leslie Chisholm from Charlottesville, Virginia creates jewelry from actual pieces of nature. The silver leaf above as well as in her on-line shop are made from real leaves she picked. They are covered in precious metal clay and once fired, she is left with a solid leaf of 99% pure silver. No two are exactly alike. Above is a morning glory leaf - The natural heart shape is beautiful! It hangs from a silver twisted neck wire, making a simple, dramatic statement. Leslie says, "I am passionate about creating refined, organic, and elegant jewelry. I also love to recycle vintage findings to use as a finishing touch to my work. My jewelry is designed with a focus on symmetry, texture, and color. I take pride in making each piece myself and I spend the time to do it right. My attention to detail assures the wearer that what they have is hand crafted and high quality; no two pieces are the same." Below is a solid bronze blanket flower strung with champagne colored coin pearls. "I made the mold from a flower I picked at the beach and used bronze precious metal clay; the detail is amazing."
View more amazingly detailed jewelry by Leslie on her website.