Category: Announcements

25% off Etsy Products

Hello! I wanted to formally announce that between now and April 30th, you can receive 25% off of any purchase from my Etsy shop using the coupon code SPRINGFEVER. I sell one of a kind hand-stamped clothing and original wall art. Both are perfect for spring and summer and they also make great gifts. Take a look! [The “I sell on Etsy” image to the right will take you to my shop]

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Headed to Chicago!

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I’ve already announced this on my Facebook page, but I’m officially going to be attending SAIC starting this June! The past few months have been such a roller coaster. The application process was stressful, the waiting was stressful, figuring out how to pay for everything is stressful…but what makes it all worth it is the fact that little ol’ me got into one of the best art schools in the country and I’m actually able to go (with a lot of hard work and sacrifices of course).

I’m very fortunate to have the support of my loved ones during this part of my life. They keep me from losing sight of reality, but they also help me believe in myself. I would not be able to do this without them. (Thank you!!)

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There is a lot of debate about whether or not an MFA is necessary for a successful art career, but what I’m most looking forward to is just being in an environment that encourages my growth and continually pushes me to exceed my limits. I’m excited for the intensity of the summer program and I can’t wait to be surrounded by and learn from other passionate artists. I’ve never been alone in a big city, so that in itself will also be an adventure for sure. The excitement outweighs the nerves right now ;]

Anyway, you can be sure that I will share a lot about my experiences as a grad student as well as lots of new work in the future! As always, thanks for reading :]

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Diabetes Series…

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Hey guys! I hope you all had a great weekend. I wanted to have all of my work related to diabetes in one spot where you can view everything easily, so if you look in the left-hand menu, you will see a new “Diabetes Series” tab. Under this tab, you will find my portfolio of work about diabetes, along with my artist statement. Over the next several days, I will also add links to all of my blog posts about diabetes under this tab as well as images of some smaller pieces of work. Enjoy!

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Free Shipping on Etsy Products!

Hi! I just wanted to make a more formal announcement that you can get free shipping on my all of my Etsy products through December 15th using the code HOLIDAY2013. All of my items are one-of-a-kind and make great gifts. I guarantee that products will be shipped in 3-5 days, but I usually try to send them out within the first two days. Happy Shopping! :]

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Diabetic Living: Diabetes Art Day

I have some exciting news! But first, some background info. Many of you may have been around for at least one of the many times I’ve mentioned Diabetes Art Day. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, Diabetes Art Day was created by art therapist and diabetes blogger Lee Ann Thill three years ago. I was a sophomore in college at the time, and I heard about the event from my sister Sysy who is also a diabetes blogger. On Diabetes Art Day, people of all ages and skill levels can submit artwork about diabetes to an online gallery for anyone to view. I participated, and my sister also shared my work on her blog. The response was awesome! I had hardly ever made artwork about diabetes, but after participating in the first Diabetes Art Day, I sort of felt a calling to do it. It has quickly evolved into an effort to raise awareness and now I have a fairly large body of work that illustrates my life with diabetes.

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Anyway, onto the exciting news! Earlier this year, Lee Ann mentioned on Facebook that the magazine Diabetic Living was going to do a story on Diabetes Art Day and they needed past participants to send in images of their work for the article. My painting from the first Diabetes Art Day was one of the pieces chosen to be featured in the article. I was contacted and interviewed via email by the author, Martha Miller Johnson in early June.

The Winter 2013 edition of the magazine just hit the stands and I’m happy to share part of the article with you :]

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A huge thank you to writer, Martha Johnson, and to Lee Ann for creating this awesome event! Here is a link to Lee Ann’s blog: The Butter Compartment. The next Diabetes Art Day takes place on February 3, 2014 :]

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My First Teaching Job!

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If you’ve been keeping up with my posts recently, you know that I got a teaching license this year and I’ve been looking for a job as an art teacher. I didn’t find a full time teaching position over the summer, so I’ve been keeping myself occupied while I patiently waited for a job opportunity. It’s actually worked out pretty well! Two Mondays ago, I got a call from the coordinator of art for Roanoke County Public Schools. There was an opening for an after school gifted art teacher and he wanted me to come in for an interview! It was very unexpected so I was super excited but also extremely nervous. I agreed to come in the next day.

The interview went really well and I was offered the job unofficially (I still had to do a background check before it could be official). I actually started working the next day! It was very bizarre going from being unemployed to interviewing and working in just two days, but it’s a good bizarre :] This is a part time position, so I’ll be teaching once a week on Thursdays for 12 weeks. I currently have three students, which is a real treat because I’m able to spend one-on-one time with them. I’m really grateful for this opportunity and I’m excited to see what my little artists create! As always, thanks for reading :]

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Fall 2013 Update

Mmmmmm I love the fall. The smells, the sights, the feels…it’s all just so cozy and inspiring. I’m sure I’m not alone here, but I think I feel the most inspired during the fall season. It’s probably because I associate this season with the beginning of a new school year. No, I’m not in school anymore, but I was for the past…17 years? It’s pretty much wired into my subconscious now.

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This fall, I’m definitely feeling inspired, but also very overwhelmed. I guess you could say I’m out in the “real world” now and I’m at a crossroads, trying to decide what I need/want to do at this point in my life. My brain is overflowing with ideas and prioritizing isn’t coming to me so easily right now. There’s no doubt that being an artist is risky. It’s hard to prepare for something unknown, you know? But more and more, I’m feeling the urge to take the risks. I’m writing a lot, reading a lot, and thinking a lot in an attempt to go into this with as much knowledge and confidence as I can. I’ve been more active in asking for help from others who know more than I do, and even the smallest bits of advice have been really eye opening and helpful.

I’ve learned a lot of things about myself since graduating from college. One thing I learned is that apparently I’m not ready to stop taking classes. I’m currently enrolled in about 11 online classes and I took two more over the summer. The majority are free classes offered by several different universities, which is so awesome because anyone with Internet access can take them. I will include the links at the end.

I only paid for two classes and neither one was overpriced in my opinion. I took the first one over the summer through Blue Ridge Community College. This 8-week class, taught by the knowledgeable Teri King, was all about starting your own arts and crafts business. It was filled with tons and tons of useful information that I’m still referring to now.

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The second class I paid for is actually an e-course written by the owners of A Beautiful Mess. This class is about creating your dream job, and I haven’t read through all the content yet, but it seems very similar to the class I previously mentioned only more personal and with a sort of different perspective. I will share more of my thoughts on the e-course once I finish it.

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Although being unemployed is frustrating for sure, I have to look on the bright side and say that all this time to myself is super beneficial. I’m really thankful that I’m able to do this right now. Besides taking a million classes, I’ve also been creating more products for my Etsy shop, working on grad school applications (yes, I decided to apply—more on that soon!), and attempting to get a handle on the business aspects of my art (making it more legit).

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Since not all my plans and ideas are fully developed/make a lot of sense, I’m keeping things kind of under wraps for now. I feel like I need to keep them somewhat to myself while I work out the kinks and all the confusing stuff. Don’t fret though, because like I said in my last post, I have lots of other content coming up to keep you occupied while I work on this other stuff :] Thanks for reading and have an awesome day!

P.S. Here are some links to click if you’re feeling the thirst to learn:

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NovoEd
EdX
Coursera
Canvas

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Announcements: August Art Show and Etsy Shop Opening!

Hey guys! I have two exciting things to talk about. I mentioned both of these things in my last post, and as promised, I’m here to give you more info.

First of all, I finally opened my Etsy shop! I spent many, many hours working on things to make it as “official” as possible. I listed several items that I’ve had done for months now, but I also created a collection of pieces just for the opening (The Dragonfruit Collection if you want to check it out). I also came up with a logo design and hand-printed it onto tags for the clothing. My sisters and I even modeled the clothes, which was really fun :] Right now I just have clothing (and one tote bag) for sale, but I’ll be putting up small drawings and paintings in the near future.

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You can check out all the excitement HERE

My second announcement is that I’m having an art show in August in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia. My work will be displayed in Larkin Arts for the whole month of August. Larkin Arts is a really cute school/store/gallery/studio that just opened last year. I’m so  excited to show my work there. The opening reception will take place on Friday August 2nd from 5-8pm and the work will be on display until Tuesday September 3rd. The gallery hours are 11am-7pm Mon-Sat (they’re closed on Sundays).

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The work that I’ll be showing is once again a collection of dress pieces that reflect my life with Type 1 Diabetes. Some of the pieces were included in my last show, but I’ve also been working on new things since then. If you’re in the area, I hope you can make it! I’ll be there for the duration of the opening reception.

Bonus announcement: I’m going to be in another magazine! More info on that later :] Have a great day!

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I Graduated!

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It feels like I just graduated from high school yesterday, but here I am, a college grad. I have mixed emotions about the whole thing really, and I don’t think it will truly hit me that I’m not going back until August when I’m not packing up the car with all my things to move back to campus. It’s bittersweet for sure. A big part of me feels very ready for this next step (whether I can clearly tell you what that next step is exactly…well that’s another story). I graduated cum laude and I’m super proud of my accomplishments. I’m excited to see what opportunities may present themselves to me. I’m excited for something different and new.

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Don’t get me wrong, though, I am pretty nervous about the future. I’m still in the job-searching period of my post-grad life and waiting anxiously for an offer. Right now, I am looking for a position as an art teacher hopefully not too far away so that I can live at home for a little while.

I do miss JMU and the people I became friends with there. I miss the beautiful campus and the feeling of independence I had. It’s kind of sad knowing I’ll never go back there as a student. I’m also not looking forward to paying off my loans… There are definitely some perks to being done, though. I get to be around for more family stuff and spend more time with my boyfriend and friends who live here.  I also don’t have to move all my stuff again (for a while at least). I can hopefully manage my diabetes better now that I’m a little more in control of my schedule and what I eat, etc.

I have lots of plans for the summer to keep me busy while I nervously await a job offer! I have another art show in August in Downtown Harrisonburg, so I’ll be working on stuff for that. I’ll put up more information on that show very soon. I’m also in the process of opening an Etsy store! I’ll mostly be using it to sell my hand-painted clothing, but I’ll probably put some small drawings and paintings there too. I will also post something about that once the store is up and running.

I’ve been contacting local artists, galleries, and boutiques in search of more opportunities to get my work out to the public. I’m kind of unsure as to how I should approach this kind of thing, so I’m seeking advice from those who know more than I do :P

I’m not too sure where I’ll be in a few months, which is kind of intimidating, but I’ll be sure to share my journey with you guys on here :] Stay tuned!

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