21 Nov 2008

My Ornaments, in People Magazine

At last, its published! (in spanish anyway!)
i was contacted by Sabrina Soto of HGTV a few months ago. She wanted to use my ornaments for a shoot she was doing for People Magazine!
I'm not sure when (or if) the english edition will be published, but we'll see! Either way, its definitely a happy moment!

3 Nov 2008

An Eva Update

Eva Headbangs to ACDC
Originally uploaded by corrabelle
Remember that sweet little baby that I posted a photo of months ago, and she was sleeping in a market bag? Well look what she's turned into! A rebel rocker! She totally cracks me up. Here she is head banging to ACDC. I had to share:)

7 Aug 2008

Retro Appliances

I've been a fan of all things retro, vintage, for as long as I can remember. (anything my grandma or great grandma used, basically.)

So I've decided to do a little series of rubber stamps based on Grandma's kitchen.
I think the kitchen was the most popular room in my Grandparents house.
They had 8 children, all of which had multiple children of their own, eventually. I'm close to the same age as a couple of my aunts and uncles, because my Mom was one of the oldest.

Despite the large family, I don't ever remember my Grandparents having a kitchen bigger than a shoe box! Yet, everyone would crowd in and sit around the table, often on each others laps while everyone cooked or canned together.(salsa day was a favorite).

Babies would be sitting on cousin's or aunties laps, gumming on veggies, while the bigger boys would take the toddlers out to play while the Mama's had a little 'break'.

Its silly to say that I remember all that from a TOASTER...but I do!

Mind you, there were other things about Grandma's kitchen that made it unique, such as her shotgun she kept behind her door along with the broom, mop and fly swatter! (unloaded of course).
If she saw a "critter" in her garden though, LOOK OUT. She'd whip open the window and fire that gun right through the screen.

Can you see why I went for the toaster and Kitchen aid? I don't think that there are too many people out there that would see a shotgun as a kitchen appliance. But now it's got me thinkin....;)

I've just listed these two in my shop, and there are more appliances on the way!
I'm running a little promotion (the first I've ever done actually) and when both the toaster and the mixer are purchased, the buyer will get a free slice of toast! (well, a rubber stamp of one. I imagine that if I were to send an actual piece of toast, it would arrive to the buyer as one giant ugly crouton!)

30 Apr 2008

Front Page

Front Page
Originally uploaded by corrabelle
Made front page :)

23 Apr 2008

So...Everyone who knows me, knows what a sucker I am for birds, especially vintage/retro birdies. And no, this isn't a recent development that goes along with the huge bird fad that we seem to be experiencing.(not that I mind this fad, at all:) I've always just been a bird nut.

Because of this small obsession of mine, I'm often browsing etsy and other sites for birdy items.
Today I stumbled upon a newer vintage shop called Jen's Closet. She's got an array of items that bring back a lot of memories from what either my mom or grandmother had in their homes.

I'm absolutely in love with this Milk Glass Hen. I want her! And these glasses...these are the glasses we had when I was growing up.Sigh.

I have a feeling the whole "wheat" theme is going to come flooding back one of these days. I ought to make some very "wheaty" block prints.

Coming Soon-Block Printed Table Numbers

I was recently commissioned to make these for a wedding. It was a long tedious job carving each of these somewhat large scale numbers, but well worth the time.
I used the design from my "Lady Edna" stationery. I carved that block print years ago, inspired by a feed sack apron I have from the mid 30's.

I'm not sure if everyone would dig the birds as much as I do(it was actually the customers idea, she must have noticed that I do a LOT of bird stuff).
I suppose I could change them according to theme...

Either way, I'll be listing them in my shop, sans birdies at first, and with a variety of choices for card stock.

I can't wait to do more printing. I'll be moving my studio shortly, from my upstairs main floor, to my basement. Once that's finished, I'll be printing like a mad woman!

I've also just started listing my pill boxes and yoyos. I may do some needle cases soon, we'll see.
They were fun to make though. I always enjoy finding new surfaces to block print!

25 Feb 2008

Market Bag

For my very first blog post, im thrilled to show off what i've recently purchased (or traded I should say) from Kathijane . Her stuff is absolutely gorgeous.

When I saw this very precious market bag, I had to have it, for...various purposes. A: It will be perfect for my farmers market trips. I go a lot, and hate using wasteful plastic bags.
B: I just had to stick my new baby niece in there. Partially, because any infant just looks so darn cute crammed into a little bag or basket. But also because when my mom was pregnant with my sister, she dreamt that she was going to give birth to a loaf of bread. Well, 24 years later, that loaf of bread gave birth to yet another loaf. The little market bag is quite fitting for this little loaf.

I love the high quality of this bag, its well lined and stiffens up very nicely. I dont think that they're intended for carrying babies. So please dont try it if you purchase one. Makes for a VERY cute picture though, dont you think?hehe