I Can Haz Furever Home

SNOOPY Has Found a Furever Home!!
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So, here’s some great news from our home front: Snoopy (aka: BiteyFace) has a furever home!!!!

This cat came to Madam & Dr Bob almost 5 years ago (we really don’t remember, I’m probably just yanking this number out of the air) when he was less than a year old. He must have been abandoned, which I find rather disturbing because he was declawed. How does a family adopt a cat, declaw him, and then dump him? That doesn’t even register with me. Additionally, anyone that knows me knows that I will do my best to talk anyone out of declawing their cat –because that’s just evil.*

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May Your Season Be Merry & Bright

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As we’re spending our days up to our elbows in packing material, chaos, and cats, we’re trying to carve out some time (read: minutes per day) to enjoy the season as we get ready for the big move next year.

We hope you are where you want to be right now.

I know after some back breaking work of packing up books, supplies, and then trucking them off in our daily deliveries to the storage unit, we’ll open a bottle of special wine and watch the annual Doctor Who Special tonight. Our house is in ruins but I’m okay with that because I’m with Andrew. He is my home.

Tomorrow, we’ll repeat this all over again (minus the good Doctor) until we’re done.

Whether you’re with family, friends, or perhaps enjoying a quiet solitude away from the hustle and bustle I hope you’re safe and happy.

Cheers,
Lisa & Andrew

Illustration Friday: People

Wow! After a few years hiatus (too busy building a shop), here’s my entry for Illustration Friday’s People.

Lisa Stewart - Self Portrait

It’s a self portrait highlighting my calligraphic approach to illustration.

xo

Lisa

SteampunkStewie

We’ve begun a new adventure the summer: A Steampunk Emporium!

Because I had so much fun inventing Mercury’s Wings, I wanted to find a way to enjoy steampunk everyday.
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Running a brick & mortar, exhibiting in the typical juried craft shows, and crafting custom pieces for customers, I found it tough to carve out some time to walk any of the ‘con’ shows. While we had a local one in Raleigh, it seemed rather cost prohibitive to just walk one without participating in any of the extra-curricular activities.

Can’t an artist just get a glimpse of the vendors market environment without having to spend 2 arms and a leg? Geez.

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After much pestering and 2 years later, I found an ‘in’ to exhibit last minute at Contemporal, the SE Region’s answer to Steampunk Con. Finally!

Our methodology for creating work is when we are juried into a show and anticipate our type of customer (read: demographic, theme) then that is when we create the work. It’s just the two of us. We can’t read into the future as to what customers are going to  want, so we build one of a kind (OOAK) or small quantities (read: 3) to help round out our collections.

What does this mean? We only had 6 days to craft steampunk type gear when we got the last minute invite. Plus, a piece of our equipment decided to fail on us, causing us to stop production for 2 days. OMFG. So, we punt. We re-prioritize our collection and decide how we’re going to spin the work that we have.

On the flip side, we realized we already had a tremendous amount of steampunk work embedded into our product line. For me, becoming engrossed into the Steampunk world, it isn’t about applying a drawing filled with gears and then slapping it onto every damn thing I can find. In the true sense, it’s about re-inventing a 3-dimensional item that is truly unique based on found objects and scraps of pieces remaining in the workshop to put to good use. I know this but just haven’t carved the time to do this -until now.

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Steampunk for the Straights

Today, we have been delighted with strong encouragement from our customers to do more. I thought the interest would be a slow drip, but instead, it has been the inverse. I’m thrilled that I can serve the Steampunk World with my craft.

The work that we’re creating is a true collaboration with our customers -and I’m thrilled. We get requests to craft things out of the ordinary. We are trying to keep up with customer demand and admittedly, some projects are easier to do than others. All I ask is that when you suggest something, I may already have a project that can be replicated into that ‘thing’ that you request. Otherwise, it may take weeks or months before I can get to the project due to time constraints, prototyping, and other unactualized events that may occur (read: life).

Meanwhile, I am creating pieces for the Straights (those of you who don’t know what Steampunk is) or the Steamers who love it but need a quiet piece to wear to work that serves as a subtle reminder that they’re individuals.

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Below, you’ll find our Steampunk Web site and I’m going the cheater’s route for a short while by posting my products on ETSY. If you have any suggestions, please send me a note thru my SteampunkStewie.com web site or convo thru ETSY -I’ll be overjoyed to hear from you.

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Thanks for cruising along with us on this new and unique crafts style. I’m just heartened that I can continue creating special work for you as I evolve into new and wondrous areas.

More Ways to Connect
Oh! You can also follow us on
Instagram: http://instagram.com/steampunkstewie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/steampunkstewie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steampunkstewie

As fellow Steamers Say: Goggles on!
Stewie (er, Lisa)

Tour: Italy

Tour: Italy

Chloé shirts blouse
$735 – net-a-porter.com

Poncho, kurz, Strick, Metallic
$83 – conleys.de

MOTHER flare jeans
$350 – harrods.com

Rag Bone hat
stylebop.com

Wine glass
$36 – chapters.indigo.ca

Mercury in Retrograde

I know you’ve heard the phrase, “Mercury is in retrograde -again,” yes?

Well, I didn’t know that damn event could be weeks at a time –a whole month! So as we close February, the last day of retrograde is today. Thank Goddess.

I’m not one who takes stock in astrology. It was always fun to check my daily activities in the newspaper one day later. Also, if ever I thought that Chinese Zodiac animal had any good influence in one’s life, I will attest that it doesn’t. Last year was year of the Snake (I am year of the snake) and it was horrific. Once the year turned, it was as though a weight lifted and opportunities began to reveal themselves ten-fold.

However, I do believe in power of the planets. :) If the moon can persuade the tides, what more can we look forward to?

Back to Mercurial Mercury
So, I just looked up the calendar on the Farmer’s Almanac and they give a pretty clear explanation of this trickster’s exploits. Recognized as a trickster and prone to misbehavior, his cunning will form an illusion amongst the planets -making them seem as though they’re moving backward through the zodiac. Hence: retrograde.

For the skeptics among us, Larry Schwimmer writes in the HuffPo today about the Top Ten Things NOT To Do During Mercury Retrograde. Knowing that Mercury rules technology and communication, you’ll want to do your best to create a strategy to circumvent any agreements or purchases during these dicey weeks.

Other warnings Larry cites are:

  • Don’t make agreements
  • Don’t accept or start a job
  • Don’t try to close the sale
  • Don’t try to initiate a project
  • Don’t travel a lot (I’m looking at you Amy)
  • Don’t buy things
  • Don’t purchase a computer
  • Don’t install software
  • Don’t purchase a vehicle (Amy?)
  • Don’t repair your auto, and
  • Don’t select a roomie

Larry’s characterizations of each warning sound painful! Unfortunately, my friend Amy decided not to read the list, or she’d know that her vehicle would become unruly and problematic when she turned the wheel to pass a semi-truck on icy road. I’ll let her tell you that harrowing story. I just know that she wasn’t screaming “Weeeeeeeee” like Maxwell the Geico Pig as she spun 3 times landing in the opposite direction of oncoming traffic.

I’ve had my fair share of misadventures this month, too. Have you?

2014 Retrograde Dates
Oh, and you’ll be delighted to know we’ve got 2 more of these occurrences this year. In 2014, Mercury will be retrograde during:

  • February 6–28
  • June 7–July 2
  • October 4–25

Enjoy your summer!

Cheers,
Lisa

Send a Valentine eCard featuring my illustrations!

Did you know you can send eCards featuring my illustrations? True story!

Along with the printed cards I have in my shop and on my web site, I have created a range of online cards that you can send love to your friends -you can get these from celebrations.comAnd they’re free.

Valentine's Day eCards

I’ve added a few more sweet CalligraphyCats and CalligraphyDogs for you to use as single cards to mass invitations.

Enjoy and please let me know which one you chose for your project and how!

Your CreativeGoddess,
Lisa


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