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Hey All! I’m running a studio sale in my Etsy shop!

I’ve been cleaning up the studio and found some products lingering around that need a good home. Everything marked “sale” is 50% off or better! www.luteandharp.etsy.com

Just a few of the goodies added to the sale

Just a few of the goodies added to the sale

 

Yesterday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon makes me, as my husband said, want to stay inside and never come out. Having started running in the last year and participating in several races, I can picture race day—the finish line. It’s joy and excitement and cheers and accomplishment. It makes my heart ache with sadness to know so many athletes, family members, friends, and race volunteers came away from what promised to be a happy day, hurting—physically, emotionally and spiritually. I’m praying that they would be healed in every way, and have a peace that passes understanding.

Whom Shall I Fear,” a song by Chris Tomlin, has been encouraging me today. I’m thankful that my infinite God has an ultimate plan, even though I often am blind to the exact workings of it in my finite sight.  I know this God of Angel Armies is always by my side:

You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light
Whom shall I fear?

You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my Sword and Shield
Though troubles linger still
Whom shall I fear?

I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a Friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory
Whom shall I fear?

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in your hands
I’m holding onto Your promises
You are faithful

 

Back in April I had the awesome opportunity to participate in the Greenville Mini Book Collective event hosted by Art & Light Gallery in downtown Greenville, SC. The idea was for participants to all create small books that reflected one’s own interactions with and experiences in Greenville County. The books had to be about Greenville and had to be made out of one sheet of paper that was to remain relatively whole (these were loose rules). The initial idea came from a similar international project going on in the UK called The Collective Atlas, by Somethink Collective. It was fun to see everyone’s take on Greenville. You can check out photos on the Mini Book Collective website.

Below are some photos of my book for the show, Ten. It loosely chronicles the events in my life that have occurred in the 10 years that I’ve lived in South Carolina.
Click on the image for a close up view

Today’s the last day for the Spring President’s Day Sale in my Etsy Shop, so be sure to check it out! Just enter “PRESIDENT10” at check out to receive 10% off your order.

www.cepratt.etsy.com

I can feel that spring is coming! I can feel that warmth just trying to break through in the air. I was so excited that yesterday I wore sandals, but to my chagrin, I regretted my decision half-way out to the car. It was just still too cold—BUT it’s coming!

To celebrate spring, and as a little President’s Day goodness, I’m having a sale in my Etsy shop, www.cepratt.etsy.com. Today through Friday, Feb. 25, enter the code “PRESIDENT10” at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase. There a lots of lovely new cards in stock and a new journals being posted all this month.

Garden Party Journal in my Etsy Shop

Last year I posted about entering the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project. After months of having my sketchbook sitting around building up thoughts, I finally took it up and started sketching. Now my book is off to Brooklyn, NY to be catalogued with thousands of other sketchbooks being submitted for The Sketchbook Project. It was definitely a fun project to work on, and I am very happy with how it turned out. Thanks to Jeanne for letting me know about the project!

A sneak peak of my sketchbook pages

I can’t wait to see the other sketchbooks when the tour comes our way. Will any of you be catching it in a city near you? Check out the tour dates here.

 

I feel like I haven’t posted forever! A few highlights from the last few weeks: a trip to visit the lovely land of Lincoln (which was very cold), setting up our Christmas tree (a lovely douglas fir this year!), and getting ready for TWO ART EVENTS THIS WEEKEND!

Come see me at the following events! Several new journals, sketchbooks, cards and lovely new Christmas ornaments will be available for purchase at both events.

Tonight is AAF Greenville’s 6th Annual Art Show & Silent Auction. Admission is free, but a donation of either canned food or $2 at the door in support of Harvest Hope Food Bank is appreciated.  The art show starts at 6 pm. and is at 802 August Street in Greenville.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 3 – 5, I’ll be in downtown Greenville for the Winter Art Market. The artists for Art Crossing at Riverplace (by Reedy River & High Cotton for you locals), are hosting their second annual art market sale & celebration! Enjoy handmade artwork, meet the artists, and cross some Christmas shopping off your list!
Times are as follows: Friday 5 pm – 9 pm :: Saturday 10 am – 5 pm :: Sunday 12 noon – 5 pm

Thanks to the amazing and wonderful Jeanne for providing us with a lovely guest post on Indie Craft Parade – make sure you stop by her blog, Drive-Thru Monologue.

The Indie Craft Parade was an ice cream sundae—all sorts of your favorite delicious treats poured or sprinkled or squirted on MORE of your favorite delicious treats. It really was the nicest evening of friends, family, food and love all in the name of handmade expression, colors, textures and mediums.

Before I delve into my experience, let me give you some background. I’m not an art show junkie, crafter, musician or designer. I’m fairly mainstream (as much as I’d like to think I’m not). I rarely create with anything other than words or pasta and tomato sauce. At times I have tried to discuss art, but my ears almost melted off my head in embarrassment for how dumb I sounded. Basically, I’m a consumer. All that to say, the event was NOT exclusive. It really was for everyone—connoisseurs and consumers alike. I believe the ICP accomplished its mission of presenting crafts to and interacting with the local community (community being a general term to emphasize the universal appeal of the ICP to all types of people, young and old).

Now onto the good stuff (picture my arms flailing and my mouth and eyes getting really excitable—this is how I’d look if I was verbally relating my story).

(Read more of the 411 and view pictures of ICP goodness after the jump!)

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The first annual Indie Craft Parade this past weekend was definitely the event of the year for fine craft in Greenville. It was unbelievable that about 4000 people showed up, waited in line (sometimes in the rain!) to come and parade around the booths of so many talented artisans from the South East area. Thank you to Erin and Elizabeth for crafting such a spectacular event, and to everyone who came out and supported us!

Check back Wednesday for a guest post by my good friend Jeanne—she will be giving an attendee’s perspective on the Craft Parade! In the meantime, check out Jeanne’s blog, Drive-Thru Monologue.

I’ll leave you today with pics of the goodness I brought home from Indie Craft Parade—a beautiful brooch made by Heather. You can read her blog to follow her artistic endeavors in the fiber arts, here. This little art work reminds me of a cameo frame, and I haven’t be able to stop wearing it since I bought it on Friday!

I just got back from setting up at Indie Craft Parade! It’s going to be one STELLAR event! I can’t wait for tonight—I hope to see you there! If you come Friday night,  you might win a handmade journal of mine in the giveaways!

I’ll leave you for the weekend with a few sneak peeks of ICP!

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