Celebrating two (full-time) years–with a sale!

Happy anniversary to redshoes26 design! Today marks two years that I have been at this full-time. This past year, especially, was very incredible, business-wise, and I want you all to know how thankful I am of your support and generosity toward me, my business, and my brand.

Looking forward, I’m planning on making some changes to the business. To start, I’m phasing out my greeting card line, at least for now. As of today, all of my greeting cards will be 50% off on my redshoes26 design online shop and my Etsy shop. Watch for the prices to drop as the day goes by.

You're My Type card by redshoes26 design

You’re My Type card by redshoes26 design

I’ll soon be selling my inventory of envelopes as well, so keep your eyes peeled for that announcement and for those listings to pop up on my online shops.

Thanks again for all of your encouragement and enthusiasm these past two years and beyond. I appreciate it more than you know.


Show me the art

It’s Minnesota Icon Madness at redshoes26 design headquarters! In the past three weeks I had *six* custom Icon orders, two inquiries about possible custom Icons, and a sale to one buyer…for 16 Icons (and she already wants eight more). So fun! On top of that, I’ve restocked my inventory of Icons at several of the local shops that carry them.

Cossetta Italian Market - Minnesota Icon by redshoes26 design

Cossetta Italian Market – Minnesota Icon by redshoes26 design

One of the best things about being an artist is seeing the excitement on people’s faces when they see—and love—my work for the first time. The woman who ordered 16 Icons was so thrilled you’d have thought I’d just handed her a winning lottery ticket. It was such an incredible feeling to witness her reaction, especially when she said she has been “obsessed” with them for months, after finding them in my Etsy shop. She said her friends are tired of her talking constantly about them. Ha!

She’s going to hang them all together in the kitchen of the house she just moved into. I asked for a photo when they’re up, and she said she’d be happy to send me one.

It’s something I’ve thought of before, so I’ll toss it to all of you as well: Will you send me photos of my art in use? Have you bought an Icon from me, or a mixed-media shadowbox, or even a greeting card? If so, is it hanging on your wall, sitting on your shelf, or even tacked up to your bulletin board (in the case of the card)? If so, I’d love to see a quick snap of it!

Or, have I designed wedding stationery for you? Has it been professionally captured by your photographer at your wedding or reception? I’d love love love to see the shots.

It makes my heart all warm and fuzzy to see my work in use. Just as happy as it made you to see it for the first time, I hope!


Help me celebrate my 1-year anniversary!

One year ago today I set out on this full-time freelance adventure with redshoes26 design! I would like to celebrate and thank you for your support by giving away one of my Minnesota Icon illustrations. All you have to do is “like” my page on Facebook (if you haven’t already), and write a comment about which Icon you love the most and why.

If you don’t have a Facebook page, you can write your comment right here on my blog!

See my Etsy page for a full list of my Minnesota Icons.

Minneapolis City Hall - Minnesota Icon by redshoes26 design

Minneapolis City Hall - Minnesota Icon by redshoes26 design

I’ll enter your names into a drawing and randomly choose one on Friday–the winner’s Icon will then be popped in the mail (shipping will be free).

Thanks, everyone!


Who says this is my “off-season”?

The past two and a half weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. I:

  • Moved to a new apartment
  • Showed work at the Gustavus Adolphus Juried Art & Craft Show
  • Played in my alumni softball game (the alums were victorious for the fourth year in a row!)
  • Completed an order for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts store, where my greeting cards are now sold
  • Made four new mixed-media shadowboxes to show in last weekend’s Saint Paul Art Crawl at AZ Gallery
  • Participated in said Art Crawl
  • Worked on graphics for a really cool collaboration I’m taking part in with other wedding vendors, which I’ll post about soon
  • Went to the SUPER inspiring Giant Steps conference at the Guthrie Theater
  • Continued competing with other RAW: natural born artists to be named Visual Artist of the year (you have until Oct. 15 to vote for me–daily!)
  • Continued creating graphics for and prepping for the Independent Wedding Association‘s next wedding fair, Groom’s Night, which is this Thursday, Oct. 13 (tickets are still available!). I’ll be showing my custom wedding suite designs at the fair!
  • And had some really cool things happen for me on the interwebs (keep reading)
redshoes26 design profile on RAW: natural born artists website

redshoes26 design profile on RAW: natural born artists website

The Saint Paul Art Crawl was really fun, as always. I met some new people who were interested in my work, caught up with friends who stopped by, and sold lots of my Minnesota Icon illustrations. The work will be up at AZ Gallery through the end of October, so if you missed the Crawl, there’s still time to see the art. Check out the AZ’s gallery hours on its website.

The fun I discovered on the internet today was that my Je t’aime greeting card, which had been added to an Etsy Treasury by magalerie, appeared on the Front Page! This is huge, and I’m so excited to be part of this beautiful Treasury. Thanks magalerie!

Also, I’m featured in a Spotlight on the Twin Cities Design Collective website today. Check me out!


Luckie Duckie Giveaway Day

On Sept. 23, Laura Winslow Photography added my item, a six-pack of my Have A Snappy Birthday cards, to her Luckie Duckie Giveaway Day contest. Check it out, click to vote if you like, and maybe you’ll be the big winner!

Have A Snappy Birthday card by redshoes26 design

Have A Snappy Birthday card by redshoes26 design

Laura contacted me a few weeks ago via Etsy asking permission to offer my item for the giveaway. I think it’s a fun way to promote other artists to a new network, so I said yes. Plus, her work is good, and her blog is pretty dang nice, too. Thanks for the opportunity, Laura, and I look forward to hearing who the lucky winner is!


SoundTown rundown

Hey all! I’m back into “regular mode” today–finally–following last weekend’s SoundTown Festival experience. The event was Friday and Saturday and took place in Somerset, WI, at Somerset Amphitheater. Two of my favorite local bands, Zoo Animal and Solid Gold, performed, and I got to check out a bit of Solid Gold’s set while my *awesome* helper looked after my booth. And since Zoo Animal played at the tent directly behind my booth, I got to overhear most of their set.

Solid Gold performs at the SoundTown Festival 2011 (photo by Christy Johnson)

Solid Gold performs at the SoundTown Festival 2011 (photo by Christy Johnson)

The show, sales-wise, was not great, but I did well. It was slow overall, for all vendors. I think the event will grow in popularity–and with it, attendance–in the coming years, and I’m definitely interested in vending in it again. I’d like there to be acknowledgement for the artists in next year’s advertising, as nothing was mentioned of vendors this year, and I even heard some festival-goers wondering why they hadn’t been made aware that there would be art, jewelry, etc., for sale.

This year’s band lineup was awesome, so if that continues, this festival will definitely attract bigger and better crowds every year.

Minnesota Icon illustrations and Rockin' Roll'er Coasters by redshoes26 design

Minnesota Icon illustrations and Rockin' Roll'er Coasters by redshoes26 design (photo by Christy Johnson)

I had a great time getting to meet new artists and the people who visited my booth. I had two highlights during the weekend. One was when a woman squealed to her two male friends (and I use the word “squeal” accurately!) that she had seen me on Etsy, that she had “favorited” my shop long ago, and that she had been coveting some of my Minnesota Icon pieces. She was so excited to find me there unexpectedly, to meet me, and to see my work in person. I was equally thrilled to meet her. That’s what it’s all about, folks! What a cool moment.

The second was when a cool-looking guy, who I felt just had a “vibe” to him, came to my booth and looked at my greeting cards for a long time. He eventually settled on my Typewriter Keys card, but when he went to pay, he said he only had $100 bills, and he didn’t want me to have to make change for that. (I also noticed, as he rifled through his wallet, many different kinds of foreign currency.) I said I had enough cash to make change, but he insisted on getting smaller bills, so he left. And never came back. Boo.

My suspicions that he was “somebody” were validated when I saw, during The Flaming Lips‘ set later that night, that he was one of their sound engineers. I believe Wayne Coyne pointed out during the show that this guy was from Wisconsin. It’s neat to me that a big-shot liked my work enough to *almost* buy it. Ha!

Greeting cards by redshoes26 design (photo by Christy Johnson)

Greeting cards by redshoes26 design (photo by Christy Johnson)

Overall, I want to say many, many thanks to my bf for his help with my booth and for keeping me entertained at all times, and thanks also to my booth neighbor and friend, jewelry designer Larissa Loden. It was so fun to hang with her, to watch her make her booth visitors so happy, and to drool over her jewelry for two straight days. You *know* I went home with a necklace.

Vintage map locket necklaces by Larissa Loden (photo by Christy Johnson)

Vintage map locket necklaces by Larissa Loden (photo by Christy Johnson)

At the end of the night, after we’d packed up our booths and inventory for the weekend, the bf, Larissa, and I got to enjoy the headliners of SoundTown, The Flaming Lips. It was a great end to a very fun weekend!

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne greets fans in a giant hamster ball at the SoundTown Festival 2011 (photo by Christy Johnson)
The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne greets fans in a giant hamster ball at the SoundTown Festival 2011 (photo by Christy Johnson)
The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne with giant hands at SoundTown Festival 2011 (photo by Christy Johnson)

The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne with giant hands at SoundTown Festival 2011 (photo by Christy Johnson)

The Flaming Lips perform at SoundTown Festival 2011 (photo by Christy Johnson)

The Flaming Lips perform at SoundTown Festival 2011 (photo by Christy Johnson)


It’s a debut times two!

This Friday and Saturday I’ll be showing work at SoundTown Music Festival in Somerset, WI (Aug. 19-20). I wrote the other day that I’ll be debuting the new frames for my Minnesota Icon illustrations. I’m so excited about this!

But there will be another brand-new item that SoundTown visitors will see first: a new “encouragement” greeting card I just designed. It’s so cute, you guys! In case you aren’t able to attend SoundTown, I’ll add it to my Etsy shop early next week.

SoundTown Music Festival info, courtesy SoundTown website

SoundTown Music Festival info, courtesy SoundTown website