BOGO for BLOGGERS!!!

I recently closed my print shop on etsy. It was a hard decision as it was my original shop and had over 1000 hearts and 300 positive feedback. But I’m trying to move away from ‘The Bag Lady’ and it had to be done. I don’t want to have to list the prints I have left as my art is moving in a different direction and I’m on to new adventures. So, for this weekend only I’m having a BLOGGER SALE EVENT! 30% off the entire shop of original artwork, and A FREE PRINT WITH MATT for every piece purchased! The print will be of my choosing but all are 8×10 professional photo prints that I have a printing company do for me. Each will come backed by archival chipboard, matted and in a protective sleeve. The 30% discount will be reimbursed via PayPal after the order is placed, just check out as normal and I will do the rest.

When you go to pay for your purchase type the word ‘BLOGGER’ into the comment section so I’ll know you came by way of my blog. Feel free to spread the word, I don’t have many originals left. The sale will last until Sunday, after that I will be closing the shop for a few days to revamp it and list some new work. Several of the items in the shop have been featured in magazines so you may recognize them.

Thank you as always for your continued friendship and support of my work, it’s greatly appreciated!

Busting My Buttons!


I don’t do a lot of family posting because this is primarily my art site, but I just had to share a few pics from my oldest sons NCO graduation!

As a mom you worry, hope, dream, and countless other emotions for your children to become happy adults pursuing their dreams. Things aren’t always smooth sailing and your heart aches for them when things don’t go as planned.

When my son entered the military a little over a year ago, he wanted to be in the Infantry, but due to a hip fracture during Basic Training his dream had to be put on hold and he was lead down a different path than the one he originally set out on. While the mom in me was relieved that he had a ‘safe’ job, it was hard to see him settle for something less than he signed on for.

But, my son did not give up his dream. He’s worked hard and now has found a different path that will hopefully lead him to his original goal. He just finished his leadership training as one more step towards that goal.

I was so proud to see him standing tall, happy with himself, taking charge of his destiny, and planning his life. He could have just settled, but he fought back and I’ve watched him turn into a man right before my vary eyes.

Seeing him with his peers and all that they sacrifice and the pride with which they do it, should make us all proud as Americans. These young men and women give up much to serve our country and I’ve yet to meet one who doesn’t think the honors all theirs.

So go hug soldier, I hugged mine:-)

Share Art Through Teaching

This week registration will open for my new 2010 online workshop!

Journal 365
with Pam Carriker

A year-long event in visual journaling, this workshop is the perfect way to make art an every day occurrence. Not just a class but a way of living creatively all year long! Every month a new class will be posted with techniques and journal prompts to use for that month. We’ll share, encourage, and inspire each other as we make our own journals along the way, adding a signature of favorite paper to them each month. Watching our journals grow, sharing our passion for journaling with each other, through class participation together we’ll explore different types of journaling as we grow into our individual styles, revealing the true artist that lies within each of us. Every lesson will be complete, so the class can be joined at the beginning of any month, with the participant picking up at that point and adding the missing lessons on at the end. Revolving lessons, like a Ferris Wheel; it doesn’t matter when you get on, you’ll still get the full ride! All 365 days.

Class fee $120/12 lessons
Begins April 1st 2010

Look Who Won!

And the winners are… #9 and #108 Using a random number generator, I entered the 117 posts and the free workshops go to Irene and Cheri Anderson Phillips! Cheri, I swear it was random girl, I posted your comment for you when you said you were having trouble getting it to post yourself! Congratulations gals! Please be sure to email me for details on signing up for your free workshop! My workshop links are listed on my website for more information on each one. All of them are open ended and can be joined at any time, to be worked at your own pace. Please visit Creative Workshops and check out all of the great classes Gail offers over there. Also be sure to check out Inspirational Retreat for my upcoming live workshop this April. Renee has many wonderful instructors lined up for this new teaching venue!

Please leave a word of congratulations for our winners and thank you all so much for the kind words and for participating.

Resolutions

By now we’ve pretty much rung the New Year in. Waking up late, relaxing and just enjoying the last holiday of the season is all that this day requires, except for those pesky New Years Resolutions.

Everyone has different feelings on whether to make them or not. I myself have made them or not at various times in my life. As I get older I value the extra push they give me that helps drive me towards accomplishing my goals and towards becoming a better person.

It’s also a great time to look back on the resolutions made last year. Seeing things you’ve accomplished and those you’re still working on, motivates and inspires you to continue your journey.

It’s been a busy, family filled holiday season and tomorrow the Christmas decorations will be coming down, getting carefully packed away for next year and the house will get a shiny New Year cleaning. Come Monday my kids will either be in their own home, or back in school and I will be buried in my studio working on finishing my goal for last year, getting a book published. Some goals (dreams) take more than one year to accomplish but that shouldn’t stop us from going after them! Dream BIG in 2010.

The New Year

The New Year is fast approaching but not here quite yet. I did get a little taste of it when I opened my mailbox to find my advance copies of these two publications! A nice Christmas gift and I’m especially glad to have the Somerset Studio issue in time to give to my mom as she is mentioned in the article.


I was also pleased to some students from my online workshops in Art Journaling! Now that is something to be proud of. Congrats ladies!!! That’s what it’s all about, sharing and watching others take it and run with it and to watch it bloom. Merry Christmas everyone!