October 30, 2014

Affordable Advertising for Handmade Artisans

Affordable Advertising Options for Handmade Artisans on The Chilly Dog

I often find myself spending more time on the computer pinning, posting and advertising my work than in my studio doing what I love.

That's why I am excited to offer affordable advertising options, specifically designed for handmade artists, right here on The Chilly Dog.

This blog's audience has more than doubled this year with over 200,000 pageviews and counting!

For more information about ad space sizes and prices, visit our Advertising page. If you don't have an image and need help creating your ad, design services are available.

October 28, 2014

Field Trip: Tucson Botanical Gardens

I'm going to take a little break from my normal crafty topics today. Instead of crafting, let's go on a field trip!

When my daughter was much younger, one of the places we enjoyed exploring together was the Tucson Botanical Gardens. The property is beautifully maintained and has a variety of plant life and exhibits that always please. Unfortunately, over the years, hanging out with mom and looking at plants became increasingly "uncool" so our visits to the garden became less frequent.

Now that mini-me is out of the house, my husband and I have had more time to spend doing the things we enjoy, so a couple weeks ago we headed out to the gardens.

Since our last visit, the Garden Railway exhibit has expanded. The mini town is enchanting, especially as the model train zooms by.

I especially liked this little store on main street. Maybe it would be easier to get our husbands to join us at the fabric shop if it was more like this one ;)

We saw some critters throughout the gardens.

Of course I am always on the lookout for project ideas like this beautiful mosaic bench.

But the highlight of our visit was Butterfly Magic in the Butterfly and Orchid (and tree frog) Pavillion.

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

 After wandering the grounds, imagine our surprise when we turned a corner to discover...

 I guess it's time to head back to the sewing room and get to work!

October 26, 2014

November Workshop: Typography T-shirts

Hello my Tucson friends! I have a fun project planned for you in November.

This month, I'll teach you how to make a typography t-shirt with solar activated dye.

After applying the ink, you'll conceal part of the print, set your shirt in the sun and let the magic happen.

The process is so cool and I can hardly wait to share it with you.

When: Sunday, November 9 at 1 p.m.
Where: My Tucson home
Cost: $25

You will need to bring your own shirt to print on, but I'll supply the ink, brushes, stencil, and of course a little snack.

Reserve your spot by e-mailing me at thechillydog@gmail.com.

October 24, 2014

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #42

Fall is in the air. The high temperatures here in Tucson have finally dropped below the 100 degree mark. Brisk ;) I'm even starting to think about planting my winter garden.

One thing we miss out on, here in the desert, is the autumn leaves changing colors. A lot of the plants here are prickly and leafless. The trees that do have leaves seem to go from green to brown almost overnight.

So, I was drawn to the beautiful fall colors in two of the items from last week's link-up.

Falling Foliage Painting by annarobertsart
Colorful Flower Journal by CarolaBartz

(If you ever want a sneak peek at my favorites, I usually post them on Wanelo and Twitter on Tuesday and Facebook on Saturday)

Happy Fall!

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