Selling art and taking names…

I love painting. I could spend days on end painting (especially if these days were spent on the beach, but I digress). But selling my paintings is a whole different barrel of crazy monkeys. Somedays I think of just painting forever and then leaving “undiscovered art” for my children to discover and make millions from. Then, I realize that it’s probably not worth millions. Sigh.

Other days I really am thankful for the support of people who believe in the power of art. At Etsy, I have met so many people who are kindred spirits and understand the beauty in the creative process. Also, Ashley at The Shine Project blog uses artwork for good, which is, to me, the best scenario.

End of ramble for today….
But thanks for those of you who support my art. You all rock!

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Etsy’s Home for the Holidays!

I had the privilege of attending Etsy’s Home for the Holidays celebration tonight for the Baltimore sellers…and it was a blast!!

What a great idea, Etsy. I got to mingle and meet some great artists and sellers in the Baltimore area. More impressive, Etsy even took time to send two of their fabulous employees all of the way from NY to answer any of our questions about their services. What a great perk to an already awesome company!

To be honest, I was hesitant to go to The Windup Space on a snowy evening to talk about my very, very part-time Etsy shop. I was inspired to hear the stories of so many different people who have dedicated themselves to making art. It was not at all intimidating and everyone was very open to helping troubleshoot issues and build business…I am truly inspired!

Thanks Etsy for being so open and accepting of the full-time teachers, full-time mothers and full-time wives who are trying to also follow their dream of becoming full-time artists!

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My 1st Ad (!!) on The Shine Project…

My first ART BY MEGAN ad has been published!!  Art by Megan on Etsy! 

I am so pumped and very honored to be working with Ashley of The Shine Project this month.  Her online shop and blog help to raise money to send inner city kids to college and inspire the world, one young person at a time.

Ashley has a great online at Store Envy, whose proceeds go towards the Shine Project’s scholarship fund.  Christmas gifts, anyone!?

Here are a couple of the pieces that I love the most from her shop:

 

More about The Shine Project from her blog:

The Shine Scholarship Project is a non-profit that was created by TSP to put our beliefs in action. Its mission is to improve the lives of at-risk teens through service, education, and family involvement. We do service projects with inner city students every other week to teach them the leadership skills that are necessary for them to succeed. The money we raise goes to sending these leaders to college, so they can give back to society.

 

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Sweethearts…

Happy Valentine’s Day!  That being said, I am teaching hoards of children in conversation-heart induced comas today.

After the fog clears, here are some sweet things to enjoy.

1. An easy Pink Beet and Quinoa Salad.  Yummy and “romantic”.  Are beets romantic?  Why yes, haha!

2.  Great sign / quote by FifiDuvie on Etsy.

courtesy of Etsy FifiDuvie Shop

3.  Design Crush Blog’s Valentines.  So cute and simple.

courtesy of Design Crush Blog

 

And my favorite Valentine’s day memory: 

My high school boyfriend (aka – my hubby…teehee) dropped off a giant stuffed animal at a friend’s house on 2/13…many years ago.  The friend then was instructed to put the stuffed animal in my locker before school so that I would be surprised.  Well, I was shocked to open a locker to find this surprise and a love note.  Then, later that day, there was a rose on my car.   What a sweetie, right?

I found out later that his car had broken down while trying to get to my school to leave the rose on my car and he had to walk / push his car to get there.  This people, is valentine’s day!

Love you hubby!