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2015 NaNoWriMo

Hope everyone’s holidays are enjoyable…  I am offering:

Enticing Your Personal Writing Muse

Ages:  16 and up

This creative writing class will develop your vibrant writer’s voice by letting the words flow, stream of consciousness style. Two twenty minute writing exercises with nonjudgmental sharing encourages writing from your heart. Pen or pencil and a spiral notebook are all you need to begin this creative journey! If you wish to use an electronic device, please be sure the keyboard doesn’t make “typing” sounds. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

W            Jan 20-Mar 9        6:00pm-8:00pm                  $89         #3144

Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501    www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit   Call 360.753.8380

check out my art classes on their website…

I’m still working on 2015 NaNoWriMo – I have reread my novel three times from the beginning to the end over the last 3 weeks and added dialogue, corrected dates, etc. – took a big chunk out but am now at 80,622 words.
Last week, I made a time sequence page and fiddling with the story tonight realized I need to correct a few things or they just don’t make sequential sense.
I was going to print out all 271 double spaced pages to work the next correction on paper but now I need to futz with those couple problems that I found tonight first.

I also went back to last year’s story @ 59,243 and started working with that as well.
I found I am really loving this writing!

Yes, I starting blocking out a new story that was floating around in my imagination. I have the characters and a base couple of pages capturing the story line. I just didn’t want to loose what I had in my head for this 3rd story.

going to play a card game in front of the Christmas tree and then I’ll be back at it!

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Despite loading in during the pouring rain at the Olympia Waldorf School, 8126 Normandy Street SE, Olympia, WA….. normal for the Pacific Northwest, I sold some of my collage boxes, chopstick journals, and some note cards. Thanks to all who purchased from me today… I don’t do that many holiday/fairs in general and it was nice to be able share my work. Here is my set up…

and a little blurry…

I bought bed risers to make the tables higher and I also now have a tall director’s chair which brings you up higher than a regular chair. [of course during the lulls I typed like crazy but only added a rough 798 words for my NaNoWriMo novel. which brings the word count to 70,998 ]

Tomorrow I’ll bring the cards, chopstick journals and boxes to the Gallery Boom pop-up Capital Mall store. In just the first three days the pop-up sold $500 worth of local art. Thanks to all who support this venture.

Please check my art class list on my website and pass the info along – give the gift of creativity.
http://nine-lives-studio.com/admin/p…rt_instruction

my son and I picked out a tall tree for all the times we were treeless during the winter holidays over the past five years. Next time I lift the tree before purchase. Amazingly, I was able to cram it into the Honda Fit but I did have to tie the hatch down .  Yikes, I barely got it into the stand and it lists!


it’s big,,,

with the lights that look like candles and the cranberry wood beads… I ordered another 2 strings of candle lights.


Buddy my Elf on a Shelf TP papered the tree two nights ago. Guess he was impatient for the lights and ornaments!
Have you noticed – my holiday cheer is back and my sense of humor [both long missing…]

 

Keep arting,

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Art Classes are a great creative gift to give friends and family.  Below is my winter schedule. There is plenty of well lighted parking at the Olympia Center.

 

Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501    www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit   Call 360.753.8380

 

WINTER 2016 Class Schedule

Resolution Collage in a Container

Ages:  16 and up

Start the New Year by visualizing your desires and goals into permanence. In this workshop, we will create a work of art around and inside a container or box using a variety of intriguing techniques. Many of us have collections of memorabilia in the form of old photographs, postcards, buttons, twine and found objects from everyday life to use to collage the box. After transforming it into a work of art, students will create an altered paper doll as resident. This class will be enjoyable for both the beginner and experienced student. A supply list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Jan 9                      9:00am-Noon                      $25         #3287

I actually added a lot more to this design during a second workshop…

Playing with Moonbeams

Ages:  16 and up

Jump start your creative side! Awaken the muse within no matter how dormant you may feel your muse is. With activities designed to lead you gently into a creative space, everyone will enjoy this adventure. We will work with a variety of simple materials and explore how to develop our playful personal voice. The fun projects will help you overcome the fear of the blank page and find ways to start a series or develop a theme. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Jan 16                    9:00am-1:00pm                  $39         #3168

Introduction to Sumi-e

Ages:  16 and up

Instructor Ellen Miffitt will introduce you to the four treasures: ink stick, ink stone, brush and paper. The simplicity and spontaneity of brush painting begins by learning to hold the brush, making the basic strokes and loading the brush to create tones and depth. The goal is to break away from logical thinking and to be spontaneous in expressing with the brush. All supplies included in class fee.

Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Tu           Jan 19-Feb 23      6:00pm-8:00pm                  $99         #3281

 

Enticing Your Personal Writing Muse

Ages:  16 and up

This creative writing class will develop your vibrant writer’s voice by letting the words flow, stream of consciousness style. Two twenty minute writing exercises with nonjudgmental sharing encourages writing from your heart. Pen or pencil and a spiral notebook are all you need to begin this creative journey! If you wish to use an electronic device, please be sure the keyboard doesn’t make “typing” sounds. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

W            Jan 20-Mar 9        6:00pm-8:00pm                  $89         #3144

 

Mimic the Masters

Ages:  16 and up

Paint like the Master! Each week a different artist will be featured. You will use media of your choice such as watercolor, pastel or acrylic paint to mimic the featured artist’s style. Supply list provided with registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Th           Jan 21-Feb 25      6:00pm-8:00pm                  $69         #3291

Special Effects Watercolor

Ages:  16 and up

Each week you will learn and implement a special effect to your watercolor painting-of-the-class-day. Increase skills and have fun experimenting with salt, wax paper, and more. Participants supply their watercolors and watercolor paper. Supply list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M            Jan 25-Feb 8         6:00pm-8:00pm                  $39         #3253

Altering a Kids’ Board Book

Ages:  16 and up

You will use watercolor tricks to create a series of paintings on paper (subject matter up to you). Then you will put the finishing touches on with pen, ink, pencil, gesso, charcoal, marker, collage, or whatever else the pieces need. We’ll start creating with paper and finish the day by adhering them to a kid’s board book. Most supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Feb 6                      9:00am-1:00pm                  $35         #3288

 

Artist Trading Cards

Ages:  16 and up

As their name indicates, ATC are collectables of miniature works of art, a brilliant idea born of the older sports-themed trading cards. The only rules being that the small works of art are, (1) exchanged and not sold, and (2) that they must be  2.5”x3.5” or 64 X 89 mm in size. The whole essence of these tiny works of art is about artists meeting (by correspondence or online if need be) and exchanging their works, thus meeting many artists and getting exposed to many personal styles. Because they are art for the sake of art, ATCs are a precious reminder to amateurs and professional alike of what creativity is about – the pleasure of working with beauty and the excitement of being surprised by experimental techniques. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Feb 20                    9:00am-Noon                      $25         #3203

 

Selling Art on “Print on Demand”  Sites, the Pros & Cons 

Ages:  16 and up

Print on Demand (POD) companies, like Fine Art America, Zazzle, RedBubble, Cafepress,  etc. are flourishing. Typically you create a shop front and choose what to display your work on. No physical products are created until it sells.  Products include (prints, t-shirts, mugs, home décor, and so on) within their marketplace.  Spend an evening learning the Pros, Cons & Risks of placing your images on a POD shop. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M            Feb 22                    6:00pm-8:00pm                  $19         #3294

Mixed Media Painting

Ages:  16 and up

This class is designed for those who want to add to their art repertoire. Break loose, play and dare to be spontaneous with unconventional materials! Use wire mesh, wood, glass beads, acrylic gel, oil pastels and other material you have saved but didn’t know what to do with! Experiment with techniques like dribbling, splashing or smearing, spattering and other methods to enhance your “creative toolbox” and work more freely. While playful experimentation is encouraged, attention to composition, use of space, concept and other relevant aspects will be explored. A course outline and materials list will be sent upon registration. Participants provide their own acrylic paint, brushes and substrate (canvas board, stretched canvas or other prepared substrate). Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Tu           Mar 1-22               6:00pm-8:00pm  $59         #3283

 

Comics Aren’t Just for Kids 

Ages:  16 and up

Have you been wondering if you could come up with your own super characters or silly family?  Join this class to draw, doodle, and have oodles of creative fun!  Learn how develop your ideas into a story line which then is translated into character studies for your comic strip. Get the ideas out of your head and into reality through basic drawing, sequencing, writing, production, and character development techniques. Please bring drawing pad, pencils and erasers.

Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Th           Mar 3-24               6:00pm-8:00pm                  $49         #3292

 

Zen Ink Doodles

Ages:  16 and up

Calling all artists, doodlers, and pen-wielding daydreamers! Using design principles and elements, participants will create patterns and textures. Finished drawings can be plain black and white or you can add a little color to some or all of your black and white designs. You’ll be surprised at the results! This is a great right brain activity. Supply list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Mar 5                     9:00am-1:00pm                  $25         #3290

Painting with Water Soluble  Colored Pencils

Ages:  16 and up

Want the look of watercolor and the control of colored pencil? Water-soluble colored pencils can match many watercolor effects plus have the ability to create colored pencil techniques. Discover this medium’s exciting versatility using wet-on-dry, dry-on-wet, wet-on-wet and much more! At each class you will apply this information to create painting studies. Participants bring watercolor paper and watercolor pencils to class along with ideas/sketches for realistic to abstract paintings. Download supply list. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M            Mar 7-28               6:00pm-8:00pm                  $49         #3282

Beginning Drawing

Ages:  16 and up

Drawing is practiced observation and the goal of this beginners class is to practice observation through hand eye coordination exercises such as contour and adjusted contour line drawing. Upside down drawings of various images also increase hand eye coordination. Exercises with charcoal or graphite sticks aim to increase the skill of representing value and creating depth in a drawing. No prior art experience is required. Bring a soft pencil (4B is good), graphite stick, an eraser and a sketch pad no smaller than 11” x14” to class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

W            Mar 16-April 20   6:00pm-8:00pm                  $69         #3260

Spring Equinox Personal Mandala

Ages:  16 and up

The word “mandala” is a Sanskrit word that is over 2300 years old translated as “circle” or “sacred center.” Circular patterns have been used throughout time in many cultures, including the Tibetan and Native American, as tools for centering and healing. In this workshop we will explore the history of mandala patterns and you will create your own personal mandala, using oil pastel, colored pencil and collage. Using principles of geometry and symmetry present in nature, along with your own personal creativity, you will come away with new knowledge of yourself. This should be a time to let go, play with color and design, and to have fun! Most supplies included in class fee. Suggested embellishment list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Mar 19                   9:00am-Noon                      $25         #3289

 

Illustrating Your Interests

Ages:  16 and up

Drawing skills are taught in conjunction with participant selected subject interest. Participants have the opportunity to design long term projects while also being taught the skills needed to express themselves visually. A variety of media will be used: graphite/pencil, pen & ink, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and a variety of paper in accord with the media to illustrate the subject matter of your choice. Developing your unique style of illustration from stylized to realistic will be emphasized. Please be thinking about what subject matter you would like to illustrate and bring in your own photographs or other images of those subjects. All supplies included in class fee.

Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Tu           Mar 29-Apr 19     6:00pm-8:00pm                  $69         #3284

positive negative design

Design Principles: An Introduction

Ages:  16 and up

Design is the basis for all other art courses and it includes the elements and principles of art. The material will be presented through hands on studio problems in two dimensions. These will cover line, shape, texture, value and color. Also the topics of balance, unity repetition and other principles will be introduced through simple projects. These exercises will provide you with the tools to create compositions in any medium. Please bring pencil, eraser and pad of mixed media paper (11×14 inch) to first class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Th           Mar 31-Apr 21     6:00pm-8:00pm                  $69         #3285

 

Drawing on your iPad

Ages:  16 and up

Among the many creative apps for iPads, there is a wonderful portable non messy way of staying creative on the go! Art Set Pro Edition has the feel of using the real materials. It’s a great way to plan projects, practice sketching and finish pieces to be used for prints. The app cost is $6.99 and must be downloaded from the Apple App store prior to class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M            Apr 4-18                6:00pm-8:00pm                  $39         #3293

Simple Book Making

Ages:  16 and up

This hands-on class will focus on combining simple book structures to make small art books/journals. Easy to learn bookmaking such as the Japanese stab binding stitch, ribbon & chopstick book and other simple forms will lead students to understand the formal qualities of the book. Book covers will be created using mixed media/collage approach. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Apr 9                      9:00am-1:00pm                  $29         #3286

 

Gallery Boom has a Pop-Up Store located in the Capital Mall for the month of December! Thirty artists are participating in this excellent adventure. I am so excited to participate in this venture. The hours are listed below. Gallery Boom 360-584-9091 • http://www.GalleryBoom.com 5304 Little Rock Rd SW, Tumwater will remain open from Wed to Sat. 11-7pm & Sunday 11-5pm.

Pop-Up Gallery Boom in the Mall is Open 11am-9pm Wed-Sun Dec 2nd-19th And Dec 20-23, 26-30th
Closed Xmas,Xmas eve and New Year’s Eve.

I participated in NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month again this year.  http://nanowrimo.org/   I am so excited – I have surpassed my speed of last year. On November16th I had reached the 50,000 word goal. I found someone who will edit but we haven’t worked out a fee. This year the only notes I made the week prior were about names and a little about the characters. no time line and no outline.

By Nov 23rd = 60,080 – I was still tying up loose ends, checking sequence/dates, etc

My writing technique…  I had written a very short story 6 months ago that I used as the base. No working outline. About six times I read what I had written from the beginning to whatever the end page at the time was. Then I made a genealogy, added information to the list of characters to figure out ages and a rough time span of the story. Five times I made a list of questions to answer. Basically I just start writing. I’ve written and/or corrected every day.

On Nov 24th I was up past 1:30 as I started from the beginning to about page 140 and added conversation where there was too much text, moved some sections around to make more sense… there were 210 pages at that point with double spacing. I also made a “chapter title” sheet which helped me locate approximate page and make notes, or figure where to shift things to a better place, etc. because sometimes I just start writing about something prior and just leave it at the end of the story to move later….

While at the Lincoln Winter Market on Nov 28th,  I managed to rough draft 1,454 words between talking to folks. So the total word count for that Saturday was 66,420 and I was still revising what I wrote.

Monday Nov 30th – 68,519  I was going to add more before the midnight deadline and THE POWER Went OFF!!!

At Wednesday’s TESC Holiday Fair I wrote an additional 1,782 words to flesh out several incomplete areas.

I love to write; the characters just kept urging me on…. All month of November, I would write off and on during the day especially staying up to 3:30 four different times; at the holiday fairs or when I gallery sit at Gallery Boom, I wrote steadily between customers. My Word count total is 70,274 words … someone had teased me as I had said I could not picture myself writing that much. Last year my novel was only 59,386.

Now to print and edit before giving it to that editor friend – after we haggle a fee… ^..^

This is a little section I wrote yesterday that will be near the end:
Calm Skies
Alderon held Aerilaya’s hand watching the sunset turn the domain golden hues. Blake, Caiden and Aletheia were riding dolphin like mammals creating gilded ripples that raced to shore. Evening bird songs filled the twilight. The stars turned on one by one; fireflies the size of robins in man’s world flitted into the approaching dusk from a nearby copse.
“It’s good to have Aelieyeeva [Aletheia] in physical form again. The experience in man’s world will expand her understanding of fear, hate and intolerance.” Aerilaya looked into her beloved Alderon’s calm face. The children were now tossing octopus looking creatures at each other.
“Excuse me Aerilaya…” walking over to the shore edge, Alderon had to dodge a tossed ten legged creature that managed to grab onto his arm before hitting the sand. With a clap of his hand the dolphins swam close to the shoreline. “Do you need to apologize to the tenopus that you’ve been hurling at each other?”
The one that had been hanging on Alderon’s arm managed to climb up and wrapped a few legs over his right shoulder. Holding his arm over the water the tentacles let go leaving chartreuse circles of varying sizes on his elegant shimmering silver robes.
“But their mother said they could play with us.” Protesting, Aletheia made that cute pout face, “I can ask her to tell you.”
Looking carefully Alderon could see chartreuse circles covering the three misfits from head to toe. A very large tentacle the size of a tree trunk threaded its way between the resting dolphins.
“Janbell, didn’t you invite us to play with the little ones.” Caiden asked rubbing at one of the circles. “Does this stuff come off? We have Aikido class tomorrow.”
Blake started rubbing his massive amount of circular embellishments. “Least the gee will cover up most of them.”
The entity was not forgotten; even in the Everlasting Domain vigilance was necessary to maintain the natural balance. The seven sisters watched over the Elvan realms without intruding. Their seven realms respected the land and honored their founding matriarch by sounding at first light and at twilight.

I’ll be facilitating a Stream of Conscious writing class :

Enticing Your Personal Writing Muse  Ages:  16 and up

This creative writing class will develop your vibrant writer’s voice by letting the words flow, stream of consciousness style. Two twenty minute writing exercises with nonjudgmental sharing encourages writing from your heart. Pen or pencil and a spiral notebook are all you need to begin this creative journey! If you wish to use an electronic device, please be sure the keyboard doesn’t make “typing” sounds. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

W            Jan 20-Mar 9        6:00pm-8:00pm                  $89         #3144

Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501    www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit   Call 360.753.8380

My  PMC jewelry and mini 4X4″ mixed media are now posted on AFTCRA. My images are available on three online shops listed below.

TH 2 brown background

I’ve been so busy with the some holiday art fairs and making things for them as well as NaNoWriMo… I have finally set up my AFTRCA shop… PMC jewelry and mini collages… https://www.aftcra.com/Nine_Lives_Studio

Ruby Flower Mandala

Ruby Flower Mandala

I’m not doing Etsy anymore.. Over the years I had so few sales and last year the listing fees equaled the few items that I sold. . I’ll let you know if AFTCRA works any better. Least there are no listing fees.

Christmas Wreath Cat

Christmas Wreath Cat

As far as online Print on Demand sales, I listed the links below.
Nothing has sold on Fine Art America in a long time – FAA used to be just cards and prints but now have an increasing amount of other products:
http://ellen-miffitt.artistwebsites.com
Redbubble I’ve only had a few sales:
http://www.redbubble.com/people/NineLivesStudio
Zazzle sales are increasing daily…
http://www.zazzle.com/Nine_Lives_Studio* http://www.zazzle.com/zen_ink*
http://www.zazzle.com/christmas_studio*
http://www.zazzle.com/photos_9lives_studio*
http://www.zazzle.com/emiffitt_studio

I will be offering a class through Oly Parks, Arts and Recreation about Print on Demand sites – Pros and Cons.

Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501    www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit   Call 360.753.8380

Selling Art on “Print on Demand”  Sites, the Pros & Cons 

Ages:  16 and up

Print on Demand (POD) companies, like Fine Art America, Zazzle, RedBubble, Cafepress,  etc. are flourishing. Typically you create a shop front and choose what to display your work on. No physical products are created until it sells.  Products include (prints, t-shirts, mugs, home décor, and so on) within their marketplace.  Spend an evening learning the Pros, Cons & Risks of placing your images on a POD shop. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M            Feb 22                    6:00pm-8:00pm                  $19         #3294

Wednesday was The Evergreen State College Annual Holiday Sale…. I actually arrived very, I mean very early to get a decent parking space. I’m embarrassed it was so early but last year I swear it took me 20 minutes to walk shoving my cart from the parking lot to the CAB. I was 5th in line for check in…  ^..^

Remind me not to sign up for the small table… 3 foot square card table. Was trying to save $ because last year I only sold 2 cards.

cramped space…

this image is a little fuzzy

I was amazed at how much I could fit on the table.
It was slow for the first hour; then it picked up around noon…
I made my table fee of $15 and then $23 over… not much but every time I do a craft fair, it helps to check other people’s displays and what they are selling & if they are selling. Plus Evergreen is a ten minute drive for me.

Tomorrow is my last holiday show of the year – Olympia Waldorf School. Our names will be printed in their next newsletter so I have the opportunity to say I teach classes. I hope that brings in business as far as the teaching.

The sun is out and I have to clean up the yard a bit and put some holiday lights up. It’s true what they say “Make hay while the sun shines” especially out here in the PNW in the fall/winter. We’ve had such heavy rain storms lately…

Please buy from local artists…
Keep arting folks…
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Trying to get things done for 5th Annual Lincoln Winter Market which is scheduled for Saturday November 28th 11am to 5pm.

location: 213 21st Ave SE, Olympia, WA

but… time is slipping partly because I put so much work into NaNoWriMo novel = 62,147 words to date.

I finished the tops of ten boxes last night as well- heres a few samples…

and

and the ones below need a little more work… sorry for the fuzzy photo I’m in a rush but realized I needed to post!

I’m getting 15 lighter weight chopstick books readythat will have block prints adhered to the covers – These will go for $5.00. Single layer cardstock cover and 15 sheets of regular copy paper for the pages. My other chopstick books have double cardstock cover and 65# weight paper 20 pages [ 10 folded in half].

and I must get to making bubble wands… whoops another fuzzy image!

and of course… I need to get to those wooden boxes and ornaments – I need a few more 24 hour days this week.

Enjoy celebrating Fall Harvest/Thanksgiving Day
Ellen

TESC [the Evergreen State College] 3rd Annual Arts & Crafts Fair.

This event is held on Wednesday Dec 2 from 11 to 5pm and will have over 90 vendors…

The link below is for their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1047607038603011/

 

and

Enchanted Winter Faire – Olympia Waldorf School on Saturday Dec 5th, 2015 from 11am to 3pm – 8126 Normandy St SE, Olympia, WA

Chopstick Journals with my mini collages.

Gull Harbor Art and Craft Show – was a two day event last weekend – Nov 7-8. It was in the firehouse meeting room and had fourteen vendors. When I went in to set up Friday night, I thought wow… this is a small group. How’s this going to work? Well never judge a book by its cover because people came ready to purchase. I grossed $240 in handmade journals, cards and a couple of original 11X14″ sumi-e. A big thanks to all who purchased my work. My only complaint:  I had a 6 foot table in the middle and there, honestly, was only about 2 feet between the table in back of me. The first day the two people in back of me flanked me – I was in the middle of their conversation all day; on Sunday I moved their chairs to one side and I was at the end of my table. By the end of the day I was out into the aisle because they kept shifting their chairs a little. Had lots of good conversation both days – a fun experience. The booth fee was $40 which is very reasonable for a two day show! I will go again next year if I’m accepted.

Yesterday’s fair: DuPont Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar
Wow, the organizers were incredible! It was held in the gym at the Pioneer Middle School, 1750 Bobs Hollow Lane, DuPont. I didn’t realize how big a space. A normal out door pop-up tent fit so I think it was 10’X10′. Of course we had the strongest rain storm of the season on Saturday but at least setting up Friday night wasn’t too bad. The booth fee was $30 and you had to pay for a one day event business license of $5.00. My set up looked so small that the next morning I dragged more things to set up. Despite the rain squalls there was a steady stream of traffic for most of the day. The organizers/volunteers were incredible. Coffee and muffins ready for us in the morning; lunch [croissant sandwich, bag of chips, beverage, cookie for lunch! I think there were forty vendors but… the advert says “Many vendors selling handcrafted items. Admission is $1 for adults” The person next to me had essential oils/aromatherapy [which smelt incredible], the person to my left had men’s clothing, there were t-shirts and mixed in with “handmade” wreaths, beaded jewelry, etc. It was a real mixed bag of vendors. I made the booth fee of $35 and only sold an additional $34.50. I let a child by a box for $4.50. I did talk up my classes and  I added an astounding 3,490 to my NaNoWriMo word count = 40,162
I might do this on next year. Maybe make some items for kids – like bubble wands…. One of the vendors said there was less people than last year but then it was a horrid storm – you wouldn’t believe the rain squalls.

My advice is scope out the various fairs before entering to see the quality of the wares and get a feel for the amount of people veiwing the event which of course, can change from year to year.

Block print cards ready for sale….

My next event is: The 5th Annual Lincoln Winter Market is scheduled for Saturday November 28th 11am to 5pm.
Last year I just made my booth fee but its downtown in Olympia and not far to drive. I for sure will make those bubble wands that I’ve been thinking about and maybe stencil on small canvass bags, have the journals and cards. This booth fee is $50 and I’m determined to get better sales as it was packed with people last year.
I have been accepted as a vendor for the TESC [the Evergreen State College] 3rd Annual Arts & Crafts Fair. I did that show last year and sold: a card! This year, I’m going to make some of my chopstick journals and price at $5.00. it will be a single sheet of cardstock for the cover and adhere a block print. I may try to make bubble wands for this as the TESC students are a wonderful wacky bunch = many hippies! This event is held on Wednesday Dec 2 from 11 to 5pm and will have over 90 vendors

The link below is for their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1047607038603011/

I have been accepted for this show: Enchanted Winter Faire – Olympia Waldorf School on Saturday Dec 5th from 11am to 3pm – 8126 Normandy St SE, Olympia, WA. I heard this was a “good” show and again it’s wise to have a wide price point… aiming for allot of $5 items.

I may have one other art class run but this fall was dismal!!!! One 6 week drawing class, one WC pencil Sat workshop, and a three week make simple books. I rewrote many of my descriptions and offered a few new classes for Winter schedule.

Zazzle: A reminder to everyone to always check Zazzle for their promos… Today’s steal: 50% off wrapping paper & tissue paper | USE CODE: ZSUNSTEAL109

the link below is to one of my Sumi-e on wrapping paper:

http://www.zazzle.com/blue_ornament_…80867270211236

In checking my Christmas shop to find a sample of wrapping paper, this propmo is across the top of the Zazzle pages:

20% Off All Orders | Up to 50% Off Gifts – Make Their Christmas Morning! Ends Tuesday Use Code: SANTASCOMING

Keep arting folks!
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Finally corrected three of my new digital images and loaded them to Zazzle, Redbubble and Fine Art America. I’m way behind on correcting and/or loading images to these POD [print on demand] sites. I have created 283 of these drawings since mid December 2014 when I bought the app for the iPad. As far as POD – Zazzle and Redbuble have changed they way the add image to products is done and I was very cranky because it just doesn’t make sense.   It seemed easier before to find where to create new products.

Still enjoying Art Set Pro Edition….

Hide and Seek with Mouse

© 10/2015 Ellen Miffitt -NLS


Orange Tiger Kitten and Mouse wear their Witch Hats

© 10/2015 Ellen Miffitt – NLS


Not a Very Scary Carved Pumpkin

© 10/2015 Ellen Miffitt- NLS

I hand printed 40 more prints today from four holiday blocks that I carved last year… tomorrow will adhere to blank note cards.

Time for ZZZZZZZzzz – more arting tomorrow.
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