Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Officially Published!: Mary Holds My Hand

   It has always been my dream--- a total childhood dream--- to see MY art in a book. I am now so excited that this has come to be, and in such a lovely little book too!~

   Today, The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, "Mary Holds My Hand" is officially released! The book is a collection of rosary meditations for little ones, and is designed to help parents and children pray together and contemplate the life of Jesus. The book starts at The Annunciation and goes through the baptism in the Jordan, Christ's night in the garden, the crucifixion and his resurrection.

  The book can be ordered in traditional format on Amazon or as an eBook with Kindle--- and will VERY soon be available in my etsy shop--- I'm expecting my copies on the 9th. So hold tight if you'd like one autographed! :D

   A big thanks to Michele Chronister for offering me this wonderful opportunity and for the inspiration her poems gave for the art. It's a beautiful book, and I cant wait to share with you all!~

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

And the winner is....

   And the winner of the St. Therese print is.....Sara Rooney!~ Congrats, Sara! Lets get together and I'll send your print your way! :D

Monday, October 5, 2015

Our First Open House!~

  Hi there, friends!~
       What a fantastic weekend we had! Saturday was the first open house at The Prairie House for me and my good friend Tasha (who owns House Sparrow Fine Nesting.)

  So many wonderful friends, family and neighbors came out to see what we've been up to for the last few months and we were both so so thrilled to welcome them to our space. Shocked even, when it got pretty packed!

   It was so nice to see our vision for this space come to life and be able to share it with so many people. A big THANK YOU to all who came out--- including my sweet friend Winnie, who stopped in all the way from Florida to visit! She and I had so much fun paling around this weekend, and it was so nice to have her here for the occasion. 

   And just in case you werent able to make it....we are planning on a Christmas Open House as well, on Dec. 11 and 12! After this weekend, I am so inspired to get to work on holiday projects! So I better get to scheming. Thank you all again!~!
   Wishing all of you a wonderful week!~ It's fall and beautiful out there! The best time of the year....

Thursday, October 1, 2015

St. Therese, The Little Way, and a Giveaway!~

   Not too long ago I finished this commission of St. Therese of Lisieux--- who would have been an obscure French Carmelite nun if it wasn't for her "Little Way" and the inspiration and faith she ignited in generations of people with her autobiography "Story of Soul", which was published after her death at the tender age of 24.
   For Therese, you didnt need to do massively heroic deeds, change history, or travel the world to do good for the world and to please God. Instead, she devoted her life to making small sacrifices and doing small kind things for those around her.
  In her autobiography, Therese wrote:
    "True Charity consists in bearing with all the defects of our neighbor, in not being surprised at his failings, and in being edified by his least virtues; Charity must not remain shut up in the depths of the heart, for no man lighteth a candle and putteth it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house. (Cf. Matthew 5:15). It seems to me that this candle represents the Charity which ought to enlighten and make joyful, not only those who are dearest to me, but all who are in the house."

   Today is special because it is the feast day set aside to honor St. Therese, also known as "the little flower." So remarkable is her quiet faith-filled life, that this year even her parents are up for canonization because of the wonderful home they created and their own strong faiths that created the saint, Therese of Lisieux.

   To celebrate this lovely little saint and the idea that no small deed goes unnoticed and the idea that every person, no matter how little or 'unimportant' can send huge blessings out into the world, I am doing a giveaway here on the blog!

  Simply leave a comment here on this blog post and you will be entered to win an 8x10" print of my original painting "St. Therese of Lisieux." The print comes signed and dated by me and will arrive carefully packaged to keep it lovely until ready to frame.

  If you'd like multiple chances to win, I'd love it if you could share this post on your social media (facebook, instagram twitter, etc) and just come back here and leave an additional post to let me know!

   The winner will be selected Tuesday, October 5.
Thanks so much--- and may your day be full of little blessings!~

PS: If you dont want to wait until Tuesday to get St. Therese, I do have copies of this print in my shop! 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Open House, This Saturday!

  You guys. There has been so much work and imagination poured into our little studio space....renovations and creations made over the summer and now into the fall....and we are finally ready to show it all off!~!

  My amazing friend and studiomate Tasha Ball and I are so, so excited to invite you to our first open house this coming Saturday! The last of the painting (renovation painting, that is!) is is hung, yarn is skeined....we are ready.

  How amazing to think of all that has gone on there in that old brick apartment this year. And I am so grateful to have this space, literally just out my back door.

  We will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and aren't above luring you in with pie and cider ;) We've been busy, and now its time to show you all what we've been up to! We'd love to see you there....


Monday, September 21, 2015

New Postcards

   What a whirlwind last week was--- I helped a dear, dear friend that I met in the 3rd grade put on her wedding in her backyard! We had an awful lot of fun ordering flowers, looking at dresses, taking photos, and getting the whole event prepped, ready, and completed. Another friend from school officiated her wedding and so it was a really special day. So happy for the happy couple as they start this new journey together!~

   I did manage to do a few business things last week--- like mailing orders and listing these new postcards sets! I now have postcards of Madonna of the Blossoms and St. Brigid available in my shop! And if you'd like to have envelopes for any of my postcards, I have a listing just for the envelopes! So it should be really easy to complete the notecard set if you'd like to :)

  This week I am working on some saintly commission work (you can tag along on my instagram, which is now just simply "audreyeclectic") and christmas art! Tis almost the season!~

  We are also working hard to get the studio ready for our open house on Oct. 3. We've been painting stairs, trims, moving furniture, doing all sorts of prep work for the big day. I'm so excited to get it all organized and ready to share. I know Tasha is too! We've been busy!

  Well, that's it for now--- but I'll be back soon with some new art! Stay tuned!~

Friday, September 11, 2015

Yarn 'n Kittens....

     Last month was a busy month of meeting deadlines and finishing up big projects, and although Christmas painting time is upon me now, I've been taking a little bit of a break and indulging myself--- mainly in yarn and kittens!
   The little ones are so sweet and playful these days! They are about 6 weeks old now and a rambunctious bunch! They live in the art studio, but we've been bringing them out to the stoop to play in the backyard so they can have some fun in the plants. Each one has its own personality....they are so fun to watch play. The kids are loving them too although we have to remind Robbie "be gentle!"

   I've also been grabbing some moments to spin and now that I'm getting a handle on "Gretel" (spinning with her is a bit of a gallop!) I am really enjoying it. A few evenings I've been able to sneak away once everyone has gone to bed and spin in the living room. I've found that I need to spin with a rug underfoot or the whole operation will scoot away.
   I've spun up some nice white and blue wool from Shepherd's Cross because you know....white and blue are my favorite. I also bought some silk roving and raw roving in a natural brown color. I spun them together and made a luscious brown and cream colored yarn (seen in the middle of the photo of three skeins)
   Speaking of those other skeins....a shop downtown has started carrying yarn and I'm so excited! They are carrying handspun yarns from my friend Jane Deason and I hope they start carrying roving too, then I'll just have to walk a few blocks to feed my spinning habit!

   Speaking of feeding spinning habits....Tomorrow we will venture over to Claremore to enjoy a lovely day visiting Shepherd's Cross and restocking my roving (and looking at sheepies!) and also going to the Blue Grass Festival to hear some good music! Can't wait to have a nice day out with all my sweethearts.

   Wishing you an equally lovely weekend!~ May it be filled with things you love!~