Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Outdoor 3-tier platter

I love these 3 tiered platters. . . I have been looking at alot of different sites to decide which I would like to make. I think this is the one.

Here is the link if you would like the directions to make it too. Platter I like the idea that this one can be used indoors and out, because of the paint used.

Until Next Time

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Help!!! I need newsletters that kill!!!

Todays Blog Tour with Alyson Stanfield started like this:

It is not everyday that I get to conduct an interview here at The Colorist. And even rarer still the chance to hob-nob in the greater world of art business. Are you an artist in need of guidance in marketing your wonderful art? I'll take that as a yes.

You bet it is a Yes!!

I have been following along "learning" every step of the way! Go to The Colorist Blog and read the entire interview! Take the time to look around and read some posts, Casey is a wonderful artist, and writes well! It will be worth the read!

Thanks Alyson andCasey for another great lesson to help me grow in my marketing skills.

I am going to spend some time looking at and reading the newsletters that were suggested in the blog. YOU may just want to do so too!!

Until Next Time

Monday, April 28, 2008

Bloggy Winner!!!

We have a WINNER!!! Congrats!!
Number 11 was drawn . . .
Number 11 is - Niki
Please accept my apologies for not posting this earlier. My IP is in upgrade, and was supposed to be completed yesterday A.M. They are now saying 12 to 24 hours.
If you need to contact me please email Renee@strokesofmagic (dot) com!

Soon as all is good I will write again!

Until Next Time

Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday Flea Market

Friday Flea Market

It's Friday Flea Market Time!!!

Click on the link below to see todays "Specials Buys"!

Click here to visit my friends and look at their Special Buys!

Last chance to enter my giveaway with the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival. Go to my Post here: and follow the directions.

Remember to check here to find out the winners of the drawings. (I will email the winner too!)

Happy Friday!

I'd rather be in the studio!

I'd rather be in the studio

I recently subscribed to Alyson Stanfield's Art Biz Blog. I have marketing my art and business on my mind and her blog fit the bill in helping to educate myself. Stop by her blog and see for your self! For more information on Alyson's new book "I'd rather be in the studio" go here: Here is the Amazon link for Book I am learning so much from following Alyson on her tour of blogs. My two favorites - because they apply to me are the follow stops: Stop from April 10th at Rachelle Disbennett-Lee, PhD blog entitled "Take Action Now with Coach Lee". Here is the link to the interview . I found the question and answers so helpful to attaining my goal with my art business!

I was a quick subscriber to Rachelle Disbennett-Lee's blog . . .so much helpful information.

Stop from Today (April 25) at Anne Randolph - Soup Kitchen Writing Blog. Here is the link to the interview . I have been struggling with writing in my blog (and other areas of my business in general). I found the question and answer so helpful. I know I needed a schedule - so much of the time I "find" time for my art and my business - instead of making time! Instead of "going to work"!! I feel very uncomfortable writing about myself and marketing my art is just that. Marketing my self just as much as my art.

I subscribed today to Anne Randolph's blog . . .so much I need to learn about writing. So much confidence I need to aquire! *smile*

Stop in with me and follow Alyson on her tour! Link of schedule follows:

Take some time for yourself and your business - purchase the Alyson's book! The link is in my side bar to the left.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Bloggy Giveaway!

We have a winner! Number 11 Niki Congrats Niki! Please let me know your address!!
(currently my email for the blog is not working - please email me at Renee @ strokesofmagic (dot) com

Beautiful hand painted sheep toy, on archival canvas board. The frame has been painted to looked chippy and aged. (Value $28.00)

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button

Welcome to the first "Bloggy Giveaway" with Strokes of Magic Painting Studio and Shoppe!

To enter the giveaway:
(bloggers and Non-bloggers are welcome to enter)

1. Check out my Website!

2. Write a comment on this post, and let me know what product you like from my website. Please leave an email address and name on the post.

3.Check back here to see who is the winner on April 27,2008!

*Shipping in the United States and Canada is Free. If a winner is drawn from another country, you will be responsible for half of the postage.

*Winners will be chosen with on April 27th

*The winner must notify me with in 4 days, or another winner will be chosen.


Quote for today

"Inspiration follows aspiration."– Rabindranath Tagore

I was intrigued by the quote, and warmed by it too. I looked up the words in the quote:

[in-spuh-rey-shuh n]
1. arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
2. a product of your creative thinking and work; "he had little respect for the inspirations of other artists"; "after years of work his brainchild was a tangible reality"
3. a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem
1. strong desire, longing, or aim; ambition: intellectual aspirations.
2. a goal or objective desired: The presidency is the traditional aspiration of young American boys.
3. act of aspirating; breath.
I have always thought that I knew what inspiration was/is . . .until I looked it up. It really is much more than I thought it was/is.
I knew aspiration was breathing, but couldn't figure out how it fit in with this quote. I know now, that it is breathing - breathing in all the hopes and dreams and making them reality.
It makes me smile . . .I will remember this quote and think about it often.

Check in tomorrow - I will be having my first "bloggy giveaway"!

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button

Until Next Time!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday Flea Market

Friday Flea Market

It's Friday Flea Market Time!! Below are a few pictures of the items available! Click on the link to take you to the ordering page. I have added many new items this week!

When your finished viewing the beautiful items offered, don't forget to click on the red polka dotted sign (above) to view the all the pretties my friends have to offer!!!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Friday Flea Market Item 05

Small Bowl. Fire King peach pearl.


Friday Flea Market Item 04

Hand painted Sage green clay pot


Friday Flea Market Item 03

Vintage creamer. Fire King peach pearl -no chips, beautiful lustre!


Friday Flea Market Item 02

Candlewic Vintage glassware. Dessert cup. Would make a lovely candle holder, or soap dish! I have 5 left.
$3.00 each

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Friday Flea Market Item 01

(All orders will be filled in the order they are received. I will ship to United States and Canada)

Friday Flea Market Welcome to my Friday Flea Market Selection:

Candlewic Vintage juice glasses. There are no chips and are as pictured. I have three left. $2.00 each

Two Weeks of Toys - Giveaway Event

Great giveaway at the website!! Take a look and enter in on the fun!

Free E-Zine for Creative people!

I wanted to share this fabulous E-zine! It is the first of it's kind, and is getting better with each issue! (I have to admit I am a little prejudiced, as I am the "tips" writer!) CT is FREE!!! All the back issues are FREE and archived on the site so you can view them. Take a peek! You will be glad you did!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Painting, Crocheting, and Me!

I have been really busy - Summer is on it's way! Seems everyone is busy being busy! LOL My website is open and ready for me to continue adding "goodies" to it. My blogger is open and ready for my thoughts and interest.

I painted the following:

This is a French design . . .I love her whimsical primitive patterns. I painted this design on a canvas, most of the time I paint on "house hold" objects. It was a nice change to work with a canvas.

When I am not painting, I like to crochet. I usually crochet when we watch T.V. in the evenings. Right now I am making a baby blanket for my step-daughter. Her little one is due soon. I will post a picture of the blanket when I finish.