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I’m Giving Away Free Ads on evie s.

I was told last week about a neat project that I want to involve my readers in – 25 leading letterpress printers each created 50 limited edition notebooks with Loop paper donated by Mohawk. They are being sold on a special storefront on Felt & Wire Shop. 100% of the proceeds benefit kids via School: By Design.

In thinking of ways I could support this project, other than just blogging about it, I decided to offer anyone that purchases one of these $15 notebooks a little ad on my blog for a whole month! It’s a great deal – not only do you get to support a great cause, but you get a beautifully crafted notebook, AND ad space on evie s. for a month.

RULES: Go to the Felt & Wire Shop and purchase a notebook. Then email me your receipt (info at evie-s.com) showing your purchase. Then after approval you may send me a non-animated graphic (gif, png or jpg) 125 x 70 pixels with the URL it will link to. I will then add it to my blog on the sidebar. This is on a first come, first serve basis so act quickly!

Limit one per person. **I reserve the right to reject any ads that I deem inappropriate or unfit for my blog.**

School: by Design is a youth mentoring initiative that asks high school students–in collaboration with their college or professional design mentors–to redesign their school. A $10,000 award will be granted to the high school with the most innovative project to implement their idea. The program was created to give youth in under-served communities a real world experience using design thinking to communicate their ideas, exhibit their potential and take action in their own lives. {via the school: by design website}

evie s. at Pippin + Pearl

An adorable new boutique in the Oklahoma City area contacted me earlier this month about carrying some of my ring pillows…of course I said yes!

Pippin + Pearl is a brand new shop with lots of handmade goodness, all by local artists. So if you are in the OKC metro area, make sure you give them a visit!

Welcome Baby!

Hello all! Just a quick post to let you know that our little Abe Alexander entered the world on June 6th. He’s such a great baby, very cuddly, a great sleeper and eater, with a head of dark hair and as cute as can be.

I’d love to write another post with the full birth story soon, but I’m pleased to report that my VBAC was successful and experiencing the miracle of birth was nothing short of amazing. Thank you to everyone who supported, prayed for, and encouraged me!

We are all doing fine and recovering nicely (despite a case of jaundice after coming home from the hospital) and adjusting to life with a fourth member of the family. Love to you all!

Baby Update

Hello dear readers! Happy Friday and happy Memorial Day weekend! Just wanted to let you all know this is my last post for awhile. I’m planning on taking a break from blogging and most everything else for the month of June so I can have my baby and adjust to new life with a family of four! I couldn’t be more excited.

Of course, I do plan on posting a photo or two and a quick birth announcement after our new little guy is born (my due date is June 13). If you think of me, please pray for wisdom, safety for me and baby, and peace as I am attempting a VBAC delivery which I am excited to try but also slightly nervous about.

I’ll miss you, but I’ll be back before you know it!

Recent Projects and an Update

It’s been over two weeks since my last post, yikes! I sort of took a sabbatical from blogging to re-prioritize my life and allow myself to process the trip my husband took to Kenya. I’d like to share some things I’ve been thinking and in the meantime, here are a few projects I’ve worked on recently!

A sweet birthday card for my sister.

I’ve been thinking ALOT about which direction I want this blog, my etsy shop, and just my art in general to go.  I came to the conclusion that I really want to focus on:

  1. Making A Beautiful Idea a success
  2. Changing this blog format to include not just art and inspiration, but personal thoughts as well.
  3. Creating for my etsy shop whenever I feel like it…in other words no pressure!

A handmade gift for a sweet friend of mine.

There has been so much stirring in me, whirling around with no where to land that I thought about starting another blog, but I really didn’t want two blogs to keep up with. So evie s. will be a journal for me of sorts, after all I’m not trying to achieve success or fame, I just want a place to express myself completely and if people want to follow, great!

Some cute hair clips for some little girls I know (made from this tutorial).

So I hope to be posting more frequently,  because I have ALOT to talk about. Are there any topics that you are particularly interested in hearing from me about? If so, I’d love to hear!

A Beautiful Idea – Artists Changing the World

Special thanks to Jessica Hische for creating the beautiful logo.

I’m so excited to share with a great way for artists to use their talents to give back to humanity through their work. As an artist, I’ve struggled with the “why” behind the creative urges I have, beyond using them for profit or for myself, I really have longed for a greater purpose. I know I’m not the only one like this. That’s why I created A Beautiful Idea.

A recent aquaintance of mine hit the nail on the head so perfectly…she says, “how can God use artists to meet real needs in practical ways? Cuz my creative gifts seem futile up against a hurting world. Help!”

My hope is that this movement can be the vehicle to do just that – make a difference in a hurting world. Here is how it works:

  • Etsy sellers, independent sellers and artists create a unique product to list and sell in their store, with 100% of the sale of that item going to charity. This can be ongoing, or a one-time deal. Your choice.
  • Once a sale is made, you are responsible for donating the funds to ABI’s donation center.
  • At the end of every month, ABI will donate the funds given to the chosen charity and give a report on our blog. Every 6 months (or once our monetary goal is hit), a new charity or cause will be selected.

It’s a three-fold beneficial cycle:

  1. Artists have a way to create work for a greater purpose.
  2. Consumers are given the opportunity to buy a unique product that supports a cause.
  3. Charities are given the proceeds to help their mission.

Imagine with me for a sec, for instance if only 1% of Etsy.com’s current 200,000+ sellers (via entrepreneur.com) got on board making one $20  item a month – that’s $40,000 dollars a month! Think of the unprecedented change that ARTISTS could make in the world.

OK, you’ve heard enough and now you want to get involved, right? It’s simple.

  1. Just fill out this form to join the network.
  2. Get to work creating, listing and selling your unique product.
  3. Donate 100% of your item(s) cost to ABI’s donation center.

That’s it! Once you fill out the sign up form, you and your site will be featured as a participant on ABI. There will also be product highlights featured on our homepage.

So sign up, and tell a friend!

New Products on evie s.

Hey everyone! Thanks for all your sweet feedback on my last post. It’s really fun getting to share the journey with you! This is just a quick note to show off some brand new items I posted in my etsy shop this week. I’m excited to start making more things for your home AND your wardrobe!

Happy shopping!

Join the First Annual Christmas Expo

Hello wonderful readers! I’m excited about sponsoring an online holiday exposition right here on evie s. This will be a fun little collaboration to celebrate the holiday, and see some great work and products.

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Who can participate: Any artist, etsy seller, independant seller, crafter, or photographer.

What you can submit: A product, a photograph, artwork, DIY project or craft…pretty much anything as long as it has a holiday or winter theme!

When to email it by: Please email your submissions by Sunday, December 13th. I will be posting the expo on the following Monday.

Where to send your submissions: Email me pics, links, etc to info [at] evie-s.com

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Moving Sale!

Since we are moving to Oklahoma City, I would like to get rid of some serious amounts of STUFF! So I’m discounting everything in the evie s. store to sell. I really want to get rid of it all! The less we have to pack, the better.

The sale includes – handcraft, vintage items, and note cards.

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So please, clear my store out. :)

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Art Travelling Around the World

I love this creative project by Culture Vulture to send a few themed Moleskines around the world to be drawn in by different artists. You can already see the drawings in this Flickr group, but here are my favs.

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This one by the famous web designer, Veerle Pieters.

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This one by the talented Katie from What Katie Does.

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And this one by creating in the dark.