I've always been drawn to artists. Some of my very best friends in the world are artists. Kind souls who see the world differently. Some are shy and a bit under-confident about their own awesomeness so I make it a point to try to let them know how uber cool and talented I think they are. They never brag about themselves so I guess I'm gonna have to do it for them!
The little Sprite above is painted by my friend Patty. I've had the best of times working with her for the better part of 12 years. She gets me. She makes me laugh and most of all she's got a pure heart and is a patient and generous soul. The two of us together at work are constantly getting a wee bit in trouble from my sister (she takes work seriously as I should) for our shenanigans. Our love of make-believe, spontaneous improv skits as it relates to retail situations and products alike, along with breaking into jigs for no apparent reason makes us on the top of the naughty retail girls list. But no matter how many times we get the old .... "what are you two doing over there" routine, Patty and I stay true to our inner merry- mischief- making selves and let the jigs fly when they must.
I'm a huge fan of Patty's art. She is a painter. I've purchased many paintings and been ever-so-luckily gifted others over the years. They hang all over my house. She doesn't have an etsy although she might in the future. Right now we have a beautiful angel painting of hers for sale in the shop. This little sprite carrying a package was a tiny painting done on an old book cover. It was part of a Christmas present she made for me last year. I love displaying it with my vintage Christmas decor. Thanks Patty .... I love it!
My friend Lisa is also an artist and a vintage seller too. I've had the good fortune to work with her for the last 7 plus years. Her love of junkin rivals my own and we like to go major road-trip junkin together at least once a year until we can't junk no more!!!! She also makes me laugh (I find that my best friends all have that in common). She is so talented and imaginative. She has no problem hopping right into the world of make-believe with me at a moments notice. She is like me in that she loves many different types of things. She loves wide when it comes to vintage and so do I. We just have a hard time sticking to any one era or style. She also likes pie and coined the phrase "I'm going to put on my pie eating pants" which has gone on to become one of my favorite things to say. How can you not love a girl who gets into special comfy pants for pie indulgence. She is so sweet and agreeable ... I adore her!
Last year for Christmas Lisa made me and sweet husband this adorable terrarium / winter scene. I keep it on my kitchen windowsill all winter long. We just got it back out this week and I love gazing upon it while I do the dishes. It is enchanting ... this little world of deer and mushrooms covered in snow. And, did you see the cute little banner she made .... Fabulous!!
Lisa sells on etsy ... mostly vintage clothing and some prints of her art. She is also a painter and is currently making fantastic little animal portraits. She has sales at her house in the country several times a year which feature both vintage and art. Please visit her on her Willow Nook facebook page
I wish I could paint .... but alas no. But it sure does make it easier to accept when you have great friends who can paint for you!