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I am happy to admit that I don’t always “get it.”

[A little back story] Since Surtex is holy crap NEXT WEEK I have been going back through and refining presentations and collections. Back in February, I allotted time to work on a garden flag presentation and let’s just say… it was a nightmare struggle. I just cannot seem to wrap my brain around those things… I haven’t bought them for myself, so not really knowing what’s out there was an issue to start off with. But then, they seem so Mom-ish… and I am not a Mom… nor do I have a house to be Mom-ish in. So it seemed as though I was just not on the same level with the buyers of said garden flags, which resulted in a major disconnect when trying to design them for a presentation.

Now, because it’s the last week before Surtex, I am pulling up presentations that I didn’t really finish or that I strangle-I mean struggled with to see if they need help, or to finalize them for the show. Garden flags is the first on the list, so I went to my folder and pulled up one of the two DESIGNS I barely managed to create…Um… “did I seriously make this?” was my first thought. Holy ugly piece of cr*p!!! What was I thinking?????? It. was. hideous. And when you see it below [yes, I’m revealing the horrid thing] you’ll see what I mean by a “disconnect.”

Luckily, I was smart and made time for these kinds of major disasters fixes. I truly believe that sometimes you just need to put something down for a while and come back to it. In this case, I needed to put it down for 3 months… And once I came back to it, I cried realized these designs were not in a good place. So I’m working on “fixing” them, aka completely redesigning them.

I thought you’d get a kick out of seeing the difference… I hope you don’t think less of me after seeing the first attempt. I know I do.

Garden Flags

CardGnome.com (where I have 47 greeting cards) is so wonderfully participating in sending troops over seas some 10,000 holiday cards! They were doing a promotional event to get those cards movin’ in a coffee shop in Denver, Colorado on Monday and some of MY CARDS made it into the mix they chose to send! The local news covered the event and you can see my cards! I was so excited, I just had to share!

Enjoy the video and play “I SPY” on my two holiday greeting cards!

 

You too can send a free card just by going to CardGnome.com! Do it, it’s free, seriously there’s no reason not to!

And just to help you out, I’ve attached screen shots of my cards in the video :)

When you’re in school for art, or in my case, Illustration, you are drawing, painting, photographing, sculpting, etc every. single. day. It’s awesome when you look at what other people have to do every day… but it’s creatively exhausting at the same time. Luckily, you get really good at all of those creative outlets because you’re having to work on them every week.

Once I got out of school I worked for an advertising agency (yay for getting a job so quickly)! BUT, because I was designing everyday, I was no longer being creative and drawing, painting, photographing, etc, and I literally forgot how to draw. A while ago (3ish years), I took a drawing course at night at Emory so that I could introduce myself to drawing again. I had felt so lost not drawing everyday and actually loosing the ability to draw terrified me. I identify myself as an artist and I felt like I couldn’t even begin a drawing. It was not what I wanted with my life.

Eventually I wound up getting a job at a napkin company out of desperation as a secretary… 2 weeks into that job I was doing design work again and not really being a secretary any longer. Approximately one to three months later, I was promoted to Art Director because I was solely doing design work again. At some point the company decided to design “everyday” napkins and I had come up with cool designs that I liked but then I had to draw them! Yikes! BUT, I started drawing again… and it got easier and easier… and I did less and less erasing and starting over. I really LOVED drawing again and I was getting good at it all over again!

The end of that story is when I noticed my personally designed napkins were some of the best selling products in the entire company, the company somehow decided they didn’t need me and let me go (HAH!) and I decided to take a leap and push myself into licensing. That was a little over 2.5 years ago!

Now that I’m in licensing, I draw EVERY day!!! I absolutely love it. But I rarely get a chance to do some of that other stuff like photography, sculpture and **gasp** painting. Of course… I’ve kind of lost my touch on those too… but not as horribly as I had before. So when the opportunity was presented to do a commissioned painting, I hesitantly accepted. It was for one of my best friend’s and she was going to give it to her husband for his birthday… Pressure from the get-go to make it look great. She wanted to give him a painting of something he cherished possibly more than her his Gibson guitar, but she didn’t just want a picture of a guitar because they had a couple of those already. She wanted something unique and different.

I’ve NEVER painted a guitar… or even attempted to draw one… how in the world do you make a guitar different and unique? After doing some looking around I figured out what I wanted to do… and I warned my friend that this would be a learning experience for me since I hadn’t painted in 4-5 years a while. So we snuck some pictures of his guitar, obviously I needed reference, and I composed the image I wanted to paint.

Then I decided to go big, I bought the 30×40 canvas and started out by painting it black. Have you ever attempted to do a drawing on a completely white sheet of paper? It’s nearly impossible. Where do you start??? A trick, shade the paper with your pencil or, in my case, paint the canvas black. It’s MUCH easier to find a place to start. Trust me, it works. Anyhow, I began by putting grid lines on the canvas and the printed picture of the guitar which helped me estimate exactly where everything went on the canvas.

And off I went… slowly starting to paint here and there until shapes started to form… I’m not ashamed to say, I started over one or two times in certain areas. I’ve included some in progress shots of the painting that I sent to my friend so she knew what was happening.

It was right after this photo, that I was on the verge of giving up because I was struggling on the “Gibson” letters and I’d hit a wall on how to do this… and luckily I painted over them, and started over.

And here’s the final image…. It’s safe to say he loved the painting even though I was terrified nervous because it was my first painting in years. After this I was creatively exhausted… it may be a while til’ I do another painting, but I’m glad I did it. I impressed myself!

Happy Birthday man! I hope you enjoy this forever and ever!!!

This afternoon I got a reminder email to send Halloween cards to my friends and family using CardGnome.com, how nice of them. When I scrolled down the email I was excited to see my “feelin’ witchy” card featured as a suggestion!!

I just had to share!

Which reminds me… Go to CardGnome.com and look at my super cute Halloween cards to send to your friends and family!!

Ooooooooh!! Looky looky, when I went online to get the link…. Yay!!!

Well well well… I do exist. It has been a busy last couple of months, I mean I can’t even tell you what all I’ve worked on. No really. I can’t tell you.

But I’ve had quite a few exciting things happening over here and I can finally tell you about one of them! The other one is like supercalafragalisticexpyaladocious exciting… and I’ll just say this. Next spring/summer, you’re whole kitchen/picnic can be filled with lezleelliott products!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, now, the news I CAN tell you! Greeting cards!!! 46 of them to be exact. That’s right 46 lezleelliott greeting cards are NOW AVAILABLE to you online at CardGnome.com! Let me first explain where/how this whole awesome website works.

Card Gnome provides an online shopping center with tons of cards. Once  you purchase a card, you can either 1. personalize it right there on the computer and have it sent to your recipient, OR 2. you can send it to your house and write your message and send it off (with the extra included envelope) yourself! Here’s the best part. You can sign up for a “Card Plan,” which allows you to purchase all the cards you need for the year and have them sent out on dates you choose! So literally you can pick every birthday card you need, choose when it should be sent, fill in the message and BOOM, not worry about it for the rest of the year. AND postage is included in the price of the card!

You can also purchase the cards in bulk, like Christmas cards. Cause duh, mine are the cutest.

Here’s the kicker, Card Gnome has categorized the cards into “The Jewel Store” because other fantastic artists from my agent are also in there like Simon & Kabuki, Robin Pickens, Darcel Phillips, PhiloSophie’s and Heather Rosas. But I have all kinds of cards in there for Birthday, Baby, Cocktail, Halloween and Christmas! There are currently 36 of them up… so I’m working to get the last 10 on there, my Haute Wine Girls!! Everything else is from my Too Sweet candy/cake/cupcake collection, Cocktail hour (Martini/Margarita/Wine) collection, Baby Animals (elephant/giraffe/lion) collection, Haunted Halloween collection, and Winter Woods (birds in trees and circles) collection.

So go check out all the cards, and buy some!!!

So I know it’s been about two months since I last wrote… I’ve been busy lay off! I moved, again. Third time this year. Blah. I’m finally settled, but also had to finish up all my presentations for Surtex. Madness all in itself. And NOW because my presentations were tha bomb really good, manufacturers are requesting files and I’m busy making sure they get everything they need!

But in the midst of all that, some samples have arrived! Which means that products should be shipping out to stores and they’ll be prepping to put them on the shelves! Yay!

I’m gonna show you all the samples I just got, BUT I need your help… if you spot these items out in stores you MUST TELL ME WHERE!!! I don’t know where these items will be, I just know they’ll be out, so I’m dying to know if you see them!

Anyway, out this summer are these fantastic coasters! Two designs and a wooden holder, they’re perfect for summer time drinks.

They LOVE me over at Design Design, cause they have LOTS coming out this Christmas! A greeting card featuring one of my Haute Wine girls!!!!!!!!!!, wrapping paper, gift tags, dinner plates, dessert plates, beverage napkins, guest towels (buffet napkins), and lunch napkins! Looking forward to seeing pictures of Christmas celebration tables decorated with these.

The card is fantastic, her dress and the circles and the text are foil stamped so the shine in the light! It looks soooooo great!!!

 

The wrapping paper and gift tags also have foil stamped birds on it, so they shine!

So did I make up for the two months I’ve been gone?? I think these will look great this winter!

I would like to thank you guys SO much for entering my giveaway! It was fantastic to see all the new faces entering, but of course I still love all my previous fans.

Regardless, now here’s the fun, after the random choosing I’ve got my 5 winners!

First up is Elizabeth Melville! You get to choose any of the 5 items you would like to receive as your prize.

Once Elizabeth picks, Kelli Fleming, you will get to choose which of the remaining 4 items you would like to receive.

Then, Andi Dessino Lyon will choose from the remaining 3 items.

And then of course, Angela Gwaltney will choose which prize she would like from the last two.

And last but not least, Nancy Duning Wood will receive the remaining prize!

There are 5 fantastic prizes that are perfect for adding to your Easter basket, or if you’re not selfish nice, to someone else’s. Thanks for participating ladies and I will email each of you to let you know which prizes are left over.

CONGRATS!

If you feel like leaving feedback on your opinion of this giveaway, please do! Did you like the new form of entries? Did you like the prizes? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Everyone always recommends you “drink more water.” It’s good for you, helps your skin, helps your body function, helps your diet, blah blah blah…

So, I know that in my case, the only way I will actually WANT to drink more water is if I feel cool doing it… meaning I have a reason to drink it…. like a sah-weet new canteen! DUH.

Well, you still have a chance to WIN one over at ODOP who is promoting water drinking throughout the month of March by giving away one of my canteens! It’s so easy to enter, it’s ridiculous if you don’t.

If your still hankering for water but in a different color canteen, visit my Etsy store to see the 3 other color versions. Do it. Feel better, drink water. I think I just wrote a tagline for water…

I get asked that question sometimes… but most of the time I don’t even think of myself as that creative. I feel like there are pretty much everyone people who are way more creative than I am. But no matter who they are, how DO you get to be a creative person? Where does it start?

Probably here.

I have always had this theory, if you were from a foreign country you were about 10x more creatively awesome than me. Growing up in a place where culture is everywhere, can give you a wide open imagination. BUT when my Mom died and I worked on the photo project, I learned a little something about myself (and, of course, my sisters). We are creative. And it’s all thanks to growing up surrounded by creativity, fun, laughter and support.

My Mom was an EXPERT at being creative, and in his own way my Dad is also very crafty and creative. If you knew my Mom, you knew she thought big. Large. Impossibly creative. No one could tame nor fulfill all the huge projects she had in her head, except my Dad. Though he never really “tamed” as much as he said, “uh ok… let me figure it out.” My Dad on the other hand was crafty. Not crafty like, felt and popsicle sticks. Crafty like, I’m gonna work on this until I figure it out. – Which if you know me, you know I’ve got a BIG dose of that. – And any project that my Mom could come up with, he’d analyze, research, configure and engineer until there was a reasonably difficult and complicated yet doable solution. And then he did it. I don’t remember a time that he’d hired anyone to do it for him… crafty.

So, with that in mind, my creativity is summed up in one picture that, I believe, predetermined me for where I am today. It’s a cake. I believe it’s my 2nd Birthday cake and my Mom made it. Before cake making was cool. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen pictures from my sisters’ birthdays and though Mom made some great other cakes (I distinctly remember a giant 4-leaf clover cake) I’m fairly certain she never made another one of this caliber.

I’m, of course, ready to eat. What’s all this picture taking?!

Amazing right? In fact, her imagination obviously made for the best birthdays…

Duh, refrigerator box/easel painting party, YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Making our own hats. Dumbawesome. Are these on Pintrest things you think of doing nowadays, uh no.

And we just had fun. Our parents let us be funny kids and do things that are a little on the crazy side, like:

wear makeup. oops that wasn’t really allowed, it just happened.

get in the hot tub, with Granma, fully clothed. And uh… cut my own hair. That’s why I look like a boy…

paint ceramics (also at Granma’s).

and take our own initiative with exploring.

We had the chance to do plenty of other fun things like driving round-trip in a minivan across country to the Grand Canyon and back. Going to space camp. Riding horses. Swim team. Gymnastics. Dance for 30 years. Play instruments of ALL kinds (i.e. piano, flute, guitar, violin and probably more). Bring in stray kitties – oh then return them. Brownies and Daisies, of course, Mom was the troop leader. Indian princesses – Evening Star (that’s me) and Night Hawk (that’s Dad). Build “Bogus Bill Detectors”, seatbelt rash repellers, or inventions of the like – Dad builds anything.

So I guess you don’t have to be from another country to be uber creative… You just need to let go, be a little crazy, have an uncontrollable imagination, laugh as much as possible, and decide that if they wanna do it, let’em do it and dive right in.

If you are like me, you make lists about every 5 minutes. OR you have some little note, thought or song name to write down at least 5 times a day! So I use jotters. Small notebooks (4×6) with a rubber band closure (to keep those suckers shut!) that literally fit in your back pocket, and easily slip into your purse to write notes in about everything. They’re perfect.

And now, I’ll be selling them on my Etsy site! But first, I have to decide which patterns to sell… so of course, I thought I’d poll the audience to find out which ones you like best.

There are A LOT to choose from (22 designs) because I have the worst time deciding which ones I think are prettiest…so I’ll let you! You’ll need to go vote here where I’ve loaded all the designs, just click “Like” on your TOP 10 favorite designs.

Let me know by Sunday, so that I can put them up for sale on Monday!