Monday, October 28, 2013

I've Moved!

I've decided to combine my two blogs into one, finally utilizing the URL I bought a few years ago - my name! I'll be easy to find, just go to and I'll be there! All of the content from this blog is at the new home, but I will keep this site up until the Something Shiny domain expires in July 2014.

I hope to see you at the new digs!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Free Shipping, Yo!

Society6 is offering free domestic WORLDWIDE shipping* thru midnight PST September 22, 2013 on most items. So if you've been waiting to grab one of my prints or case, now is a great time!

In order to get the promo, you must use this link. Happy shopping!

Add did you know that I always offer free domestic shipping on my original artwork on Etsy? It's true.

*Offer excludes Framed Art Prints, Stretched Canvases and Throw Pillows with insert.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Say Hi to Kirsten!

Hey guys! Wanted to let you know that my super-talented, super-sweet friend Kirsten Reed is embarking on a new and exciting journey and has launched her brand new website!

See Kirsten's Gallery Here

Kirsten and I met an an Inspired Art workshop at Donna Downey Studio back in March 2012.

Me, Kirsten and Laura

She and I were at the same table and, along with our three other table mates, immediately clicked. We were definitely the best table, amiright Jan, Tracy, Laura & Kirsten?!

We had a blast together making art, laughing, and having a great time getting to know each other and learn new techniques.

I witnessed first-hand how talented Kirsten is and am thrilled that she's really taken off with her art. So go check out her site, and if you're in the Nashville area, check out her show schedule and meet her in person. You'll love her, I promise!

Kirsten is having an amazing giveaway on her BRAND NEW SITE to celebrate and you definitely should definitely check it out. Tell her I said HI!

What are you waiting for? Go meet Kirsten.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Meet Floyd

Floyd-patch of sun

About a month and a half ago, we had this guy show up on our back porch. We hadn't seen him before and weren't sure if he was a stray or just a new kitty on the block.

We fed him, since he seemed skinny and looking for food, but he wouldn't let us get near him.

"Thank you very much for the food, but stay on that side of the door, okay?"

He came around more often and we were pretty sure he was a stray, given his appetite, lack of neutering (He's ALLLL boy, ahem) and condition of his paws and fur.

He welcomed the food and started to get used to us. Sort of. I sat on the steps and took some shots, but when I got up and got a little too close.

Floyd-too close
"Uuuh... "

He decided to keep his distance.
"Sorry, lady, but I'm still not sure about you."

Slowly, slowly, we earned his trust. We'd sit still while he ate so he'd get used to us being nearby and not trying to touch him. Just sit and let him eat.

Then one day, after he finished eating – and drinking some delicious milk –


he let us pet him. It was awesome. You know that scene in How to Train Your Dragon when Toothless lets Hiccup touch him? Yeah, it was like that. Floyd butted his head into my hand, and my heart melted. D'aww. Seriously, it was a "moment". Earning the trust of an animal that's been abandoned by other humans... well, it felt pretty darn amazing.

He's still a little skittish, but lets us pet him any time. He even purrs and rolls around like a proper kitty. He's so cute.

In fact, we just had this conversation tonight. (For reference, he's on the top of our hot tub which is on our used-to-be-screened-in back porch.)

Me walking out onto the porch
Floyd: Oh, hey.

Me: Mind if I take your picture?
F: Yeah, sure. Just get my good side, okay?

M: You got it. How's that?
F: Cool. Hey, you don't mind if I...

F: Just put my head down for a sec...
Floyd-passed out

F: Uuuggghhh, just need to stretch out a bit...

F: And... *Homer Simpson-esque snoring*

Nice talking with ya, Floyd.


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