callyscreations


The Shop in the Square

Hi all! I have been really busy the last couple of days making products to go in a new shop opening in Wolverhampton called The Shop in the Square. It is a new shop opening on Saturday 22nd of June selling handmade items from local start up businesses.

The Shop in the Square, getting ready to be opened this Saturday

I feel really lucky to have the opportunity to have some of my creations in this shop amongst many other wonderful artists and crafters. I will be selling mini canvases, paper flower cards, paper flower magnets and gift tags. Here are a couple of my items going on sale Saturday:

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3D paper flower magnets, hand painted with hand made labels

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Paper flower gift tags

These items will also be available to buy in my etsy shop soon so watch this space! ūüôā

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3D Paper Flowers for Crafts ~ Coming soon to my Etsy shop!

Hi everyone!

I have been busy creating 3D paper flowers for the use of scrap booking, card making and general crafts! I thought it would be a good idea to sell my paper flowers for others to use rather than always creating pieces with them on myself.
These 3D paper flowers have been made with paper and card of all colours and patterns, and have been handpainted by me. All flowers have been coated in a thick glittery paint which makes them glimmer and harden to make them more secure.

I use my 3D paper flowers for various crafts. Card making, creating artwork on canvases, making magnets and present labels, but I am sure there’s hundreds of ways you can use them to brighten up anything! All you need to do is secure them down with a strong glue, or a 3D foam pad. Alternatively you can open up the flower and use the split pin! Simple ūüôā

Here’s some pictures of Paper flowers which will be available in my Etsy shop soon:


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‘glowing sunshine’ 3d paper flowers; currently in the process of painting these ones.

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these for ‘perfect pink blossoms’ are quite small, about 3 and a half inches in diameter.

 

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4 multi-coloured vibrant flower power flowers

I already have some rainbow ones available in my etsy shop to buy:

to view in shop, please click on the photo!

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I am looking forward to doing more paper flowers for crafts!



Creativity blocks….

Today I thought I’d make a post on the reason why I haven’t created many new paintings lately. I have been suffering from Creative blocks for about 2 months now. Last week, before the craft fair, I was able to get a few new products out which I was proud of considering how I was feeling.

I have been thinking about the reasons why I have felt this creative block looming over me. There isn’t just one answer, there are a few. I thought by mapping them down on my blog I could understand them a bit better and hopefully over come them. It would be great to hear what a few of you think, too, or if you have gone through anything similar and what the outcome was.

My home does not feel like my home right now. Sometimes I am happy in the house we are in, but then others, the problems¬†overwhelm¬†me. The damp in the front room, the cracking of the walls, the fact we can’t even put a shelf up without the walls crumbling is stressing me out so badly, because I can’t make the house the home I really want. Its freezing cold, even with the heating on. My creative space lacks a lot of inspiration and I find myself confiding myself to the living room with all my art stuff, the only room that feels like I belong. It’s getting quite annoying now, as in a big semi detached house you’d think I could make it work, but I just can’t. Not even my bedroom feels like a room I can relax in. I know that eventually we’ll have to ¬†move, and deal with the stress of it all, but for the moment we can’t seem to get it in motion. Conversations with the landlord and money issues are putting us back to square one. I feel this is the main reason I can’t create properly. I don’t *feel* it here.

I spend a lot of time at home, which effects me mentally. I feel like I am in limbo. Get a full time job, and risk giving up my artwork. Or stay in the house and feel myself slowly falling away from it anyway, because I can’t get myself motivated. All the wonderful ideas are there in my head, I just can’t relax and calm myself enough to get into it. I thought about getting an art space away from home, but we couldn’t afford it right now.

The other reasons are less obvious. Mentally and¬†physically, my mind and body are letting me down. I used to think I was just lazy, but I do feel like there’s more to it somehow. My back pains have got worse over the last few months, but I refuse to go to the doctors until it becomes unbearable.

I sometimes feel like I am going around in circles. Many people appreciate my work and I have lots of fans but not many sales. I am trying to figure out what I am doing wrong to not get many sales, but I can’t think of any, only that my prices do not reflect what my work is worth? I would believe this to be true is so many people didn’t already tell me my prices are reasonable, and even sometimes too low!

So what do I do?

I just hope that I can get over this bad patch and start creating and building up my business once more. I feel like I have achieved so much. I have only been creating for the last year and I am proud of what I have accomplished. I just need to get through this block so I can progress everything further!

I know many crafters are in similar situations to me. We all need to keep are chins up and think positively!

If you have took the time to read through my moaning, thank you, x



Thoughts about Art and Reading

Hey Everyone! 

I’ve not made a post in a while. Last week I was really busy preparing for the Light House craft fair on Saturday the 10th. It went really well on a whole, many awesome people and crafters, a lovely venue and Cally’s Creations has made some new fans! I love doing Craft fairs to meet people who are attracted to my work. I’m not even bothered that most of them don’t buy anything, the positive comments and amazement on their faces are just as good, knowing that people enjoy looking at my creations!

Here’s my at my stall (not looking my best, though!)

Another thing I have been focusing on a lot lately is reading. Last week I decided to challenge myself to read 100 books this year. I have read 10 books so far, but having my Kindle last week (yay) means I will be able to read faster. I love my Kindle so much! The books I have read so far are:

Kate Atkinson – When will there been good news?
Christopher Ransom – The People next Door
Bernhard Schlink – The Reader
Jane Casey – The Burning
Harlan Coben – Darkest Fear
Araminta Hall – Everything and Nothing
Claire Seeber – Tell No one
Erin Kelly – The Poison Tree
Sophie Hannah – Kind of Cruel
Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games (book 1)

I am currently reading the second book of The Hunger Games trilogy, ‘Catching Fire.’ I mostly always read crime/thriller books, but I am *trying* really hard to read new genres and different authors this year, and broaden my reading vastly.

Do you have any recommendations for me?

Anyway, I will be continuing with my artwork at the end of this week and uploading some new items to Etsy, including some packs of assorted stickers of my artwork!

Watch this space, and enjoy your evening!

Cally xo



20% off for Spring!

Hey everyone!
I am offering 20% off in my Etsy shop because Spring is nearly here, and Spring makes me a happy artist! Most of my paintings are inspired by the Spring and Summer seasons because I love them so much!

You can get 20% off by simply quoting ‘SPRING20’ when checking out! Here are a couple of Spring inspired pieces you might be tempted by….

Pink Paper Flower Original mixed media Painting ~ £10.00

Spring Surprise Original Canvas painting ~ £21.00

…And don’t forget, Mother’s day is just around the corner!



Poosac; Artist of the Week

I love these little quirky and unusual illustrations and creations by Poosac on Etsy. Ever since I saw her wonderful greetings cards with balloons on, I always go back to look for more! Here are a couple of pieces from her that I especially like.

(Birthday Card ~ Windy Day by Poosac)

(Original miniature painting РBonjour by Poosac)

You can check out Poosac on Etsy by simply clicking on the wonderful pieces of work above or here! You can also find her on Facebook here!



Isabel Adonis; Artist of the Week

Tall Terraced Houses 2, by Isabel Adonis

Isabel Adonis creates beautiful and colourful original works of collaged art. I would describe Isabel’s work as vibrant, unusual, and whimsical, and like many of my other favourite artists, never fails to make me smile whenever I see a new piece. She has been successfully selling ¬†her artwork for about 3 years, and it is all *very* reasonably priced for the effort she puts in and the amazing creation you get in return!

The reason I love Isabel’s artwork so much is that it reminds me so much of my own, yet it is so different. I think the way in which we think about our creations can be very similar at times, and it’s nice to have that connection with a fellow artist. We’re similar in a way in which we love to paint women, girls, flowers and houses ~ loads of things that are based around our first passions, our home life and the different feelings and vibes surrounding that.

Ode to Kandinsky, by Isabel Adonis (available on ArtGallery.co.uk)

If you would like to find out more about Isabel Adonis and her wonderful artwork, or purchase any of her paintings, you can ‘like’ her page on Facebook here or look and buy many of her artworks at ArtGallery.co.uk here.

Flower Girls, by Isabel Adonis