How about a Spring Fling?

Recently, Keli of Colette Paperie invited me to be part of a spring group discount event she was coordinating, and I of course said yes! Some of my pals, including Larissa Loden and Michelle Brusegaard, are also participating in the sale. Get their awesome wares at a discounted price!

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You have until Sunday, March 24, to snag these exclusive deals, including 26% off any order of two or more State Icons from redshoes26 design! To nab the deal, just email me your choices for State Icons, and I’ll send you a link to get your discount. Be sure to include the coupon code SPRINGFLING2013 when you email me.

To see what the other talented artists in this sale are offering, check out Keli’s blog.


What do you CRAVE?

I mentioned a few times a while back that redshoes26 design was going to be appearing in the CRAVE Minneapolis/St. Paul guide, and how excited I was about that (I still am–woo!). I got a copy of the book on Nov. 17 and so far there’s been great buzz about it!

If you’d like a copy or two, let me know and I’ll get ’em in your  hands. It would make a great holiday gift for the shopping diva in your life, or anyone who loves to support local businesses, especially those run by women.

In the meantime, check out this smiling face on page 186.

redshoes26 design in crave book

Thanks again to Kathy Hanson, Sewell Photography, Just Bloomed, and Allison AuBuchon for their help with my spread. Muah!

Have a great holiday, everyone!

CRAVE Minneapolis website: http://thecravecompany.com/minneapolis

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CRAVEminneapolis

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CRAVEmsp

 


Want a hand when asking for her hand?

proposal ad

Hey dudes! Have you been thinking of popping the question? Or maybe you have a friend who is? If so, I’m thrilled to announce a collaboration I’m part of: I’m teaming up with some cool vendors to offer a completely *free*, no-strings-attached planned proposal. What does that mean? It means you will have a team of creative professionals to help you plan, execute, and document the story of how you ask your wicked-awesome girlfriend to marry you. (All you have to do is supply the ring!)

redshoes26 design is so honored to be a part of this, and to work with fab vendors Elizabeth Anne Weddings, Jeff Loves Jessica PhotographyCapture StudiosCocoa & Fig, and Ashley Fox Designs.

The deadline to enter is just one month away, so get your proposal ideas to us soon! Email info@elizabethanneweddings and tell Elizabeth Anne about you, your girlfriend, your love story, and the ideal proposal. That’s all it takes to enter. Good luck!


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!


A little help from my friends

I decided a month or two ago to join the CRAVE Minneapolis guide. It’s a large resource for women-run businesses, and it’s the second issue for our state (the first edition sold out!). I’m really excited to be in the pages amongst so many talented female entrepreneurs, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to be profiled. But I couldn’t do it alone!

CRAVE Minneapolis guide, due out in mid November

CRAVE Minneapolis guide, due out in mid November

Part of the two-page spread each of the businesses has is a Q&A. We are given questions, and we answer them all in our own words. Then the coordinator of the book, Kathy Hanson of Backpocket Strategy, chooses which of our answers will run. Our profiles also include photographs of ourselves and our work, and we coordinate with a photographer to make that happen. We direct the photo shoots and choose images to send to the publication’s art department, and they decide which three to five photos run in our profiles.

I chose to have my photographs taken by Jennie Sewell of Sewell Photography. I was lucky enough to have my photo shoot at the studio she shares with her sister, Jackie Just of Just Bloomed. Jennie’s photos turned out great–I can’t wait for the books to come out in November so you all can see my work!

Part of the reason the shots of my wedding suite designs were so cool is that I added pops of color and visual interest with flowers that Jackie had on hand. She was busy that  morning creating fabulous (FABulous!) wedding bouquets, but she took the time to make sure I had what I needed and was so helpful and generous.

Jennie Sewell and Jackie Just are true gems. Check out their websites, and be sure to consider them if you need photography or flowers. They both do an outstanding job and are wonderful people and business owners. They, too, will be featured in the CRAVE Minneapolis book!


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)