Saturday, December 13, 2008

T is for...

Here's another sweet wearable alphabet feature by charlieandsarah! This Superhero Monogram Long Sleeve Shirt is just $32 for kids size and $34 for the adult version. It reminds me of the NYC subway, and this duo does call NYC home, but we'll take their word for it that superheros in fact sport these awesome threads. The shop has tshirts for just about everyone! I especially like the womens Wellies British Flashcard Tee and the Unisex Alligator Hoody in navy. A definate needed additon to my hoody collection! I'll have to be sure to add it to my Christmas list! Thanks Charlie and Sarah for all your great wearable art!

Friday, December 12, 2008

S is for...

It's time for more monogrammed hair clips! The details on this little sweetie are superb! From kenzieklips this S felt clip is perfect for school picture day! Unfortunately, the shop is closed until after the new year, but be sure to stop by in 2009 and check out all the cuteness it has to offer! And if you must have your S fix, here is another goodie from exlibrishandmade! This set of 8 S Monogram Cards are really special because they are made from 100% recycled materials and even better, they are only $16.00. The cardstock is from recycled paper and the letters are cut from scraps of fabric! Such a clever idea, I never know what to do with the small little squares left over. I'm not much for quilting! It's hard to tell but these cards are stitched as well! I love Victoria's shop for all the great sewn items she has to offer and the sustainable approach she takes. Her cloth books are so awesome and I want one sooooo bad, but alas, I have no baby to justify getting it for! Check out the custom book she has listed, it's one of my favorite alphabet items! I think I hold a spot for her in my heart because she calls Albany, NY home and I used to live there and frequent the Art on Lark Street art festival every year! Shout to you Victoria, keep up the good work!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

R is for...

Yes!!! Another super cool letter (and font) from fontsupply on Etsy! Today's featured piece, R print is only $8.00 for a 8x10 size print. And I just couldn't resist featuring this artist considering her inspiration for these pieces comes from vintage signs and a "geeky love of fonts!" Perfecto! There really isn't much else to say except check it out for yourself! Lots of different styles and affordable prices so you can spell out whatever you'd like without going broke! I recommend checking her other etsy shop arian for some super cool fine art prints of her illustrations...there's a bogo sale going on! Yippee!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New MarthaLand Item!

I've added a new item to my shop...tree rings! I am working on opening up a jewelry shop after the new year on Etsy and have been ordering supplies and tinkering around with ideas. These adjustable rings were just begging for a woodsy touch. I had this log laying around, so I figured, why not! Check them out here, I have lots and they are only $2.50 each.
I'll even gift wrap it for you for the holidays if you say please....and pay me an extra $3!

Q is for...

Q is for Quail by Lindsay Brackeen of the etsy shop lindsayart is today's featured alphabet print. Obviously I really love her work, as this the second time she's been included in my alphabet series. I love collage work, especially when it combines both photographic images and printed paper. I've done lots of digital collage work but nothing that has such a nice fine art quality as these prints! Check out the whole alphabet, each letter print is $18.00 or get the whole set for only $65.00. And of course be sure to check out and all of her other amazing work. Some of my favorites are Peacock Girl and Flirt.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Shop Update 12/10 and more

I will be adding all of my special edition Christmas slugs to my etsy shop on Wednesday, December 10th! They are a very limited edition and each comes with it's own ID card! Sorry it has taken so long and I wish there were more, but I just don't have the time to create anything new! I am swamped with custom orders! If you aren't able to get a slug that you want, contact me after the New Year and I will be happy to make whatever you like! Also, as much as I don't want to do this to my fans and especially because I am just starting out, my prices will be going up after the new year as well. I really want to pursue selling on etsy as a full time job and I have been realizing that I'm only barely breaking even for the amount of work I put in. I hope to keep most items in my shop under $20, custom orders will vary depending on the degree of complexity. But trust me, I'm up to the challenge and I won't charge you an arm and a leg! This is what I am planning on at the moment: Slugs: $8 Mini Slugs: $5 Any Slug with an accessory: $10 Any Slug with multiple accessories: $15 Custom orders: $10 for a Slug $8 for a Mini Slug $10-$20 per Slug with an accessory Any feedback is greatly appreciated on these prices changes!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

P is for...

This handpainted Monogram Bow Holder is so cute, I love the little birdies! It feels like spring already! Unfortunately this item is no longer available, but check out the other wonderful bow holders by koriclarkdesigns. For $25.00-$40.00 these bow holders are great for older girls that don't really need anymore toys but still aren't grown up enough for tween gifts. All the items in this shop have amazing handpainted details and are made from wood for a sturdy, lasting piece in a child's room. Check out Kori's super cool painted wooden letters as well. And guess what! They are customizable by font and you can order as many letters as you need to spell anything you'd like. Another etsy seller that makes me want to have kids so I can decorate their room!
The second feature of the day is a favorite because of it's children's book illustration quality. P is for Pig looks like it was taken right out of a modern ABC book and I love the lesson on upper and lower case letters! Cabbagesandkingsart has a ton of awesome prints all in a bright and clean illustration style. Including of course a complete alphabet series and an animal series of prints for $10.00 each. If you want something a little more adult but just a much fun, then check of the flower series for simple and elegant two color prints. I really enjoyed all the cards this shop had to offer as well, especially the Sparrow Notecards. If you like the style of the cards then be sure to hit up the sale section for similar prints. Hurry over there today for a big holiday sale, buy 2 get the 3rd free!

Sneak Peek!!!!

Here is a sneak peek of some of my Special Edition Christmas Slugs....there will be more to come I have about 3 or 4 different designs. I want to do some Hanukkah slugs too, but I make no promises! This time of year its hard to find free time to think, no less do anything creative! Please let me know what you think! I'd like to do a hundred times more next year for the holidays and I want to know what all my MarthaLand fans like!
This cute little couple caught under the mistletoe is a very special limited edition for one of my biggest fans...Nick, who definitely inspired me to make some holiday slugs. There will only be one of these made this year, it was quite an undertaking with all the logistics involved of getting the mistletoe to hang just right and figuring out how to incorporate it to begin with! Hope you like them Nick! Let me know what you think....
And of course, there must be some minis as well! I can't think of anything really, but I thought little presents all wrapped up would be cute, to emphasize their tininess, because well, miniature and cute it twice as much fun! Hard to see the scale in a picture, but the present is about 1 inch tall...I don't know if I will make many of these, it was very time consuming and messy with the super glue to put the ribbon on the present!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

O is for...

I was in the doctor's office today, and stupid Sarah Palin was on the TV. But then it made me think, no worries cause Obama was elected, yay! And that reminded me of today's totally awesome alphabet feature!
By Joshua Martens of dripstick out of Brooklyn, NY Obama 8x8 print is just what I'd like to hang in my house! I love this artist's alphabet series becuase its not about cute little graphics and clever illustrations but rather the concept and imagery of what each letter stands for. Simplicity at it's best. The series was inspired by the periodic table of elements, and together the pieces look absolutely stunning on a wall. This is one etsy shop I can really stand behind, based on their founding beliefs alone: that art should be accessible and affordable for everyone.
Be sure to stop by their website and blog and check out these other great prints in the etsy shop: Lomo Bicycle Fine Art Photography 02, Organic Series - Apple Trees, Monkey Series - Puppet, and French Box Labels Series - Bananas.