First of all, happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrated it! I had planned on a Thanksgiving post, listing what I’m grateful for and whatnot, but I woke up yesterday with a swollen, very unhappy wrist on my dominant hand. I’m being ginger with it today, and trying to really limit my computer use, but I did want to get this timely post out.
So, the holiday shopping season has officially begun! I, for one, despise the idea of shopping on Thanksgiving or Black Friday. Crowds are not my thing in the best situation. Even a gentle trip to the grocery store on an average day can be too much for me. This is my hiding out period where I really try to leave the house as little as possible.
A less stressful approach to holiday shopping, in my opinion, is in Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now, I may or may not technically qualify as a “small business,” but I think I fit the spirit of it if not the letter :) You don’t get much smaller than buying from a single person! And Cyber Monday? Heck yeah, I’ve got that covered! Everything of mine is available online.
And what, pray tell, are these wondrous wares? Well, let me give you a little run-down!
I have blank greeting cards available at my Red Bubble shop!
Personally, I love having a stash of blank greeting cards in a drawer, ready to go at a moment’s notice! You never know when you might need them. And I’ll confess, I sometimes buy cards for their sheer beauty, with no intention of giving them away. Those ones usually end up on my wall somewhere. Either way, they’re very well-made, handy and inexpensive! And if there’s an image you’d like but don’t see in my shop, let me know; in almost every case I can add it for you! Stocking stuffers, anyone?
I also sell 2014 collectable calendars!
Each year I put out a new calendar with 12 of my most popular recent works. This year’s batch includes images from my DreamWorld and actor portraits series as well as my CFS/fibro/ME series Enchanted Sleep. I genuinely love the quality Red Bubble puts into their calendars; they’re printed on gorgeous, thick, heavy paper which is perfect for jotting down as many notes and reminders as you’d like! Plus, I love the extra magic the calendars sprinkle into every day. And need I tell you they make excellent gifts?
On a side note, I keep my Red Bubble prices low so that they’re available to as many people as possible. I don’t make much from these sales, but it’s important to me that as many people as possible have access to my images.
For those looking for a unique gift, either for themselves or someone they love, my on-line, self-discovery-through-photography course Introspective is an excellent choice!
Introspective is a fun and truly unique, eight-week experience. Each week I will guide you through a new concept to explore with photography, such as love, fear, secrets and joy. What do those subjects mean to you? And how would you portray them in a photograph? Let’s find out! Self portraiture is encouraged (as I think it’s an invaluable way to know yourself better), but by no means is it required. At the end of the eight weeks, you’ll have gotten to experience yourself in a new way and learned things you never knew before.
This would be perfect for your artsy sibling, the person who has everything or anyone with a desire to have an adventure and come out knowing themselves better!
And of course there are always prints available!
I sell prints through my Etsy shop, which are printed by an amazing local printer. They are printed on museum-quality, archival, thick, luscious paper which is not unlike watercolor paper. All the images are printed in very small, limited edition runs and come individually signed and numbered. They come in three different sizes and are truly stunning. These really have to be seen to appreciate how beautiful they are. The level of detail captured in these prints is spectacular. And as with the cards, if you would like a print of something and you don’t see it in my shop, just let me know! In almost every occasion, I can accommodate your request.
Thank you to everyone for supporting my art through your kind comments, well wishes and purchases. I so appreciate all of them and I hope everyone has an excellent holiday season! Here’s a lovely DreamWorld image, featuring the gorgeous Katie Johnson!