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29 October 2009

Autumn Fire Painting Appears in Etsy Storque


Sarah Lockard of Around Main Line teamed up with Etsy to write an article for "This Handmade Life" spotlighting local Philadelphia artists and designers.

The article provides beautiful photos and links to some of the talented etsy artists living in, or around Philadelphia. I enjoyed seeing the pictures as well as reading their comments about what Philly means to them.

Included in the shop local feature are links to several items created by local Philadelphia etsians. A huge "thank you" to Sarah for including my painting 'Autumn Fire' in the related links. It was such a surprise and I'm thrilled to have been included.

Lastly, if you aren't familiar with Around Main Line, it is Philadelphia's first e-magazine devoted to the arts, entertainment, people, places and events of the Western Philadelphia suburbs known as "The Main Line". If you live in, or around Philadelphia, or have an interest in the region, I highly recommend browsing the AroundMainLine.com site for news and information about the area. You can also stay up-to-date with Sarah and her emagazine by becoming a fan of AroundMainline.com on Facebook.

For more original paintings, framed ceramic tiles, an handcrafted jewelry, please visit my etsy shop. -kristen
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28 October 2009

Playing around with New Backgrounds and Banners for my blog

Having some fun using the backgrounds and banners from TheCutestBlogonTheBlock.com. I've seen so many cute blogs with backgrounds from this site and thought it was time to give my blog a facelift. Although there are many designs from which to choose, I found it difficult to find something that matched my artwork. Maybe I will use the suggestions on the site to create my own unique background. But, in the meantime, I tried out these 3 backgrounds.

The Earthy Green One.



The Red and Cream One



The Blue and Brown One.


If you are looking for a background for your blog, twitter, myspace, or wordpress sites, definitely check out TCBOTB. So much to choose from....and lots of extra fun accessories to add to your sites as well. Have fun! -kristen

edit: So after trying a few of the pre-made templates above, I decided that I need to customize my own background and banner to better reflect my paintings and other artwork. But, I still highly recommend TCBOTB for fun and playful backgrounds. Plus, there are lots of great tips on the site.

25 October 2009

Harry Potter's Diagon Alley comes to Elkins Park, PA (Montgomery County)





If you are a fan of the Harry Potter books and you live in Philadelphia or its surrounding suburbs, you might want to make your way to Elkins Park, PA for very special recreation of Diagon Alley. For the past two years one of our neighbors (a talented set, prop and costume maker) has been working on recreating Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter series of books. There will be a "Neighbors' Preview" Halloween night and then a public 'walk-through' on November 1st. The hours are 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. on both nights.



Once the 'walk-throughs' are complete, the University of Pennsylvania Museum will receive the entire set for their Harry Potter Exhibit.

Admission is free, but any donations raised at the event will benefit The Woman's Shelter of Montgomery County.



I know the designer has been working tirelessly to complete the project and I look forward to seeing it in person.


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24 October 2009

Text Me Birds :: Originally created as a graphic for a tshirt.

I love this print. Two birds inspired by bluejays sitting in a nest. What's fun about this image is that the entire image is made out of text. Each bird is made up of the letters "B", "I", "R" and "D" and...the nest is made up of the word "nest' in various fonts. This design was originally done as a graphic for a tshirt. (The requirements for the design were that the image had to look like a picture....but be made entirely of text. This is also available with a brown background. The birds are also created in red to mimic the look of cardinals.
Additional items featuring this whimsical design can be found in my etsy boutique.

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21 October 2009

A Feature Today on ImageKind.



Thank you to Nate at Imagekind.com for featuring my artwork on the Imagekind blog today. It was such a surprise to be interviewed and I appreciate being featured alongside such wonderful talent.

Imagekind offers a wide-range of prints from many talented artists and photographers. They offer traditional prints, giclee prints and canvas prints which can be custom framed online. You can view the artwork matted and framed in a large selection of mats and frames. Or, if you'd like to try to capture the look of the original painting, you can purchase a gallery-wrapped canvas print that will be shipped to you stretched onto stretcher bars.

Click here to visit my Imagekind Portfolio where you can purchase prints up to size 54".
Thank you again to Imagekind for the generous feature on their site today. -kristen

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19 October 2009

One of the Recommended Artists of the Day at DiscoveredArtists


Thank you to Brian Walker of DiscoveredArtists.com for choosing me as one of the four recommended artists for today. I love the mix of artists that he chose to feature and I appreciate the recommendation.

Although relatively new to the DiscoveredArtists family of artists, I love the site and the professional atmosphere. Brian has always been easy to reach via email and provides very helpful advice and suggestions about building the artist profile and portfolio. He, and his staff, actively promote their artists on various social networks and through their daily blog.

Thank you again to Brian and his staff. I appreciate it!

-kristen stein
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12 October 2009

Fall Arts Preview for the Philadelphia Region



Found two great resources online for a preview of the art and cultural events taking place in Philadelphia over the coming months. When it gets too cold to be outside, museum trips, gallery visits, craft shows, and indoor dance and music exhibitions are always a great way to stay warm and have fun with friends or family.

Here is a great Fall Arts Preview that I found when visiting WXPN's website. They've included museum exhibitions, gallery events, craft shows and festivals, dance and theatrical performances and many other links to wonderful events taking place in the greater Philadelphia area.

Another site I found via Philly's AvenueoftheArts on Twitter is from Philly.com's Arts&Entertainment section. In addition to a Fall preview of Dance, Art, Theater and Gallery events, Philly.com also previews Fall's top picks in Music, TV, Movies, Books, Games and Dining. Another great resource for those looking for fun events this Fall.

Hope you find this useful. If so, please share with a friend.

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10 October 2009

Two great sites for making networking stamps and buttons



If you are like me, you probably have links to sites at several different social networking sites. Wouldn't it be convenient to share all this information with your customer in one easy button? I recently discovered SocialFollow.com. This is a great resource that allows you to link to many of the most popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, My Space and more. It also allows you to link to your blog, website, RSS Feeds, Amazon listings, Etsy Storefront, Flickr and more. What's great is that it is a simple button, which when clicked provides a drop-down menu with many different links. A great 'one stop' button to allow your customers and viewers to easily find you on various websites.

Here is example of one of their buttons using my current links :

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If you click on the Follow Me button, several of my current links can be seen.

When you signup on SocialFollow.com, you also have an option of making a profile on their page. This is another nice feature that allows other users to learn more about you.

A great feature of this site is that you can edit your SocialFollow profile and all of your 'follow me' buttons are updated! You do not need to remember where you inserted the code and go back and edit each button. Just edit your profile, and the buttons are updated everywhere the button has been placed. Super easy!

The only current drawback of this button is that not all social websites support the code because custom 'plugins' are required for these sites. SocialFollow.com is working on plugins that will allow it to be more readily accepted into popular social websites like Facebook, MySpace, etc.

Try it! I think you'll find it very useful.


Another website that I recently discovered thanks to HippoBaby is Wisestamp.com. This is similar to SocialFollow.com, but it automatically inserts your 'buttons' into the end of your emails on Yahoo, IM, Gmail and more. You designate the business or personal signature that you'd like to 'stamp' and it automatically inserts this on your email messages. You can even insert a feed to your twitter, blog, or any other RSS feed if you want to. The only drawback right now is that it is for Firefox users. Don't know if it is available to other browsers as well.

I hope you find these two sites useful for your website and blog. If you do, please be sure to share this page with your friends and don't forget to follow me on Twitter and Facebook! Thank you! -kristen

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05 October 2009

A Huge Belated "Thank you" to Steph at OC Weekly.



Although summer has ended, I wanted to give a shout out to Steph Calvert who writes for OC Weekly. (She's also the talent behind 'Hearts and Laser Beams".) Steph included my Crochet Wire-wrapped sea glass necklace in her "Getting Made : The not so endless summer" article. Thanks Steph! I appreciate it! Wish it was still summer, but there's much to love about the colder weather months as well.