Monday, February 28, 2011


Thank you for all your support in my shop's first two years! In honor of my shop turning 2 I'm having a BOGO SALE, Buy One Get One Free! Please hop on over to my shop and check it out! :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pastel - Nesting Dolls, Message Hearts, Eat Me Macarons, and Ukrainian Eggs

Pastel Four Print Set
My latest set of illustrations is for the love of babies, little girls and Mommies everywhere; Matryoshka, Message Hearts, Eat Me Macarons, and Ukrainian Eggs in pastel colors. Perfect for displaying together on a nursery or girl's room wall. I hope you like this set! :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Matryoshka Magnets

Classic Matryoshka Magnet Set

Did you know I offer magnets as well as prints of my Matryoshka? I do. In fact a customer contacted me with a great magnet suggestion this week. She asked if I could create a magnet set of my Russian Doll Classic Matryoshka Family illustration. I'm so excited about how it turned out (above image)! When I packaged them up together in a cello sleeve, stacked with the largest one in the back and the smallest in the front, they looked so pretty, such a garden of colors! I need to photo the next batch I package, and post it to show you.

International Matryoshka Magnets
I can't believe how many international Matryoshka illustrations I have drawn in a little over a year. I have 31 now and I'm working on my next, a Norwegian Matryoshka. I never could have drawn so many without all your helpful suggestions. Thank you!! The image above shows them all, and a link to all the magnets. If you are looking for a specific nationality or ethnicity that is not currently available in my shop please contact me and I will add it to my list of suggestions. You can leave a comment here or send me a conversation on my shop. Thanks again! :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Southern Nigerian Matryoshka

Southern Nigerian Matryoshka Close-Up Portrait

Southern Nigerian Matryoshka

Introducing my Southern Nigerian Matryoshka, another wonderful culture suggested to me. While doing my research I marveled at all the beautiful Gele head wraps I found. I hope I did the Gele justice. Also, I continue to be amazed by how many cultures in our world wear red beads of some kind. I can't help but group my Matryoshkas (in my head) into categories based on similarities. I have the red bead girls (Polish, Brazilian, Dutch, Croatian, Italian, Ukrainian, and now Southern Nigerian), the gold girls (Cambodian, Pakistani, Russian, Greek, Afghan), the jasmine flower girls (Cambodian, Pakistani, Japanese), the list goes on and on. It is such fun.

In the months ahead I am going to be posting suggested groupings of Matryoshkas based on color, region, and season. I hope you find these posts helpful. My first grouping suggestion is my fiery red and light aqua blue color combination Matryoshkas. Happy decorating! :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ukrainian Girl Matryoshka

Ukrainian Girl Matryoshka Close-Up Portrait

Ukrainian Girl Matryoshka

Say hello to my Ukrainian Girl Matryoshka! I hope you like her! She is making me yearn for spring, with her colorful flowers and maypole like ribbons! I have been drawing her on and off for a couple of weeks now. She took me a little longer than usual because I have been so busy revamping my shop and educating myself on running my business, that I have had little time to draw. Etsy had a really terrific Etsy Success Symposium day last week, with some wonderful speakers. I learned a lot and am implementing. There are videos posted of some of the Symposium in case you missed it and are an interested Etsy shop owner. My favorite part of it was April Bowles- "Achieving Your Creative Goals"(the second video at the link, the first one isn't working). April's website is Blacksburg Belle.

My Ukrainian Girl Matryoshka was suggested by someone who contacted me through my Etsy shop. I am working exclusively from my list of suggestions now. Please keep the suggestions coming! :)