Aug 15, 2014

Firefly Nights


"Firefly Nights" 
 
Children at play on a warm summer eve
The moon shines down upon them. 
Catch a firefly, 
let him go. 
with changes
to my original art.  
                                                                     Recently, a teacher wrote and requested 
that I add more diversity in my children.
She wanted a print to represent the diverse children of 
her classroom.   
Great idea!
Thank you for thoughtful input!







Aug 7, 2014

Music Soothes the Soul

"This Umbrella"  
by Scarlet Keys-
 Exciting news, 
spread the word!

Recently, musician Scarlet Keys contacted me about a song she had written, 
"This Umbrella";  inspired by a Hallmark card!


I am blessed that my illustration gave inspiration 
for her to create such a heartwarming song.
Written by Renee Daniels
"It's OK if you have a rainy day. 
I've got an umbrella big enough for both of us."
see the video!
 
Song writer and musician, Scarlet Keys, is a well known Nashville song writer 
and music educator at  Berklee College of Music in Boston. 
From the video "My Umbrella" by Scarlet Keys


This song was written by Scarlet for her sister (with stage 5 kidney disease)  
Proceeds from the song will benefit her sister's medical bills.
What a Beautiful Tribute! 

I am in love with her song "This Umbrella".
The song and lyrics are a breath of fresh air, 
the artist's voice is warm and heartfelt. 

Watch the Video: 


Scarlet Keys writes,   "I made several attempts to write a song that I thought she would like and then after several attempts, I found an old card in a box my sister had sent to me 10 years ago and it had a picture on the front of two little girls underneath a huge umbrella, and I knew when I saw it, that that was the perfect idea for her song. Eric and I met and with two cups of coffee and a ukulele, and we wrote her song.
The illustration below was created by the wonderful artist Rebecca Kelly and the song was inspired by her wonderful drawing of the two little girls."





"This Umbrella"
Written by Scarlet Keys, and Eric Leva
Vocals by Liz Longley
Produced by Nick Goldston
Shot on the iPhone 5s by Tim Hedlund
Edited by Nick Goldston


May this song embrace your heart & mind and remember to spread the energy of love by sharing 
this music with your friends & family. 
Peace & blessings. 
xoxo

http://www.gofundme.com/thisumbrella

Dinnertime guest


Inspiration

This photo was taken at a family dinner last July, in West Virginia
(my parent's home)

Doesn't he look like he is smiling?  ha ha
Dinner guest


Aug 4, 2014

Happy Birthday,  Rob!


Take the cake

For Moms!
use this image on facebook or emails
to wish your kids 
Happy Birthday this year!  
xoxoxoxo
Becky

Jun 30, 2014

Child Reading in a Blue Dress (Summer Garden note cards)

This note card set was added to my card collection by personal request from Debra.
It is an image of a child in a delicate blue dress reading in a garden.  A bunny watches.
The border is painted in a light delicate Robin's egg blue with lily of the valley detail. 

I was inspired by a Tasha Tudor painting of a "girl in a blue dress reading", and wanted to do a stylized version to honor Tasha Tudor's artwork.


Image inspired by Tasha Tudor painting, a girl reading in a blue dress



Note*** (testy spam filters! *** ... if you are not receiving replies from my email, please be sure my email is in your address book, or ask your provider to allow becky (at) beckykelly (com)  emails- thank you!)   Several emails are bouncing back. 

Apr 29, 2014

Mother's Day Sale!

Use Coupon Code 
LOVEMOM 
for 15% off in Becky's online shop

www.PeriwinkleSky.Etsy.com
www.BeckyKelly.com/shop

New!  Sleeping Mermaid Cards
Norah's Dream - Sleeping Baby Mermaid





http://beckykelly.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=30_32&products_id=466

Sleeping Baby Mermaid


This little mermaid is sleeping in a clam shell.  Holding a starfish, she snuggles in her blanket.
The painting was inspired by my friend Sara Burrier's beautiful mermaid paintings.

This image is on prints and postcards and is
currently being made into a note card.
the inside design has a soft yellow glow 
with 3 small starfish designs


Apr 23, 2014

The Enchanted Garden - A Mother's Day Gift


 I'm always searching for the perfect Mother's Day gift.  
Something thoughtful and meaningful.
... yet useful all year long. 

This year, I've put together a package of my favorite cards for Mother's Day at a 
very special price.   $16.95 for 10 note cards and envelopes, plus my newest addition, 
a "Sleeping Baby Mermaid" postcard.

The Enchanted Garden - A Mother's Day Gift of 
10 NoteCards and a Bonus Post Card
a $23.97 Value for only 16.95

your package will come ready to open as a gift with special starry tissue
and a few tiny extras added in as a bonus treat, for a limited time!


www.beckykelly.com/shop



www.PeriwinkleSky.Etsy.com

Gift Card Set

10 pretty note cards!
Your Special Gift Set of 10 cards and envelopes comes tied with a pretty ribbon
plus you will receive a bonus card of my newest "Sleeping Baby Mermaid" Postcard

blank inside sz 4.25 X 5.5

1. sleeping fairy in phlox- dark hair
2. dreaming fairy on a mushroom
3. mermaid in blue
4. blond hair/sleeping fairy in phlox
5. fairy walking through the poppies
6. Circle of friends
7. Fairy with the umbrella
8. reach for the stars
9. girl looking out the window (2 cards)
10. ***Additional Bonus***    Baby Mermaid Post Card (PostCard)

Feb 27, 2014

Lions, Bunnies, and Bears, Oh My!

Easter is Coming...  

Bunny and Daffodile
1.  Bunny and Daffodil


Sending a Big "Thank You"
for suggestions about what you'd like to see in my Rubber Stamps.
(you know who you are!)
Your voice is important!
I love to hear your thoghts.
Please Vote for Easter Stamps,

Whats would you most like to see?
(vote in the poll to the far right)  OK to check more than one answer

Mermaid... 
fish pet or no fish?

2.  Mermaid and Fish






Feel free to suggest the things you'd like to see in my Rubber Stamps
please use the comment section below. 


3.  Bear with Heart

4. Sun Bonnet Sue Watering Flowers




5. Kitty  &  Milk
7. Becky Kelly's Bunny
6.  Chipmunk & Star



8. Elephant Blowing Bubbles


Please post your comments below! 

Feb 13, 2014

Valentine's Stamp Project

Happy Valentine's Day

Lori sent me the cutest Valentine design!
I just had to show it to you.

This card was created with  "little bear and heart" rubber stamp
Lori really knows how to bring it to life!

Card Created by Lori Tatum
I'd love to see these what you can do
Show me what you can make!

 ..send me pics of your rubber stamp creations 
(made with my BK rubber stamps)
  send via email.  
You might get posted on my blog!

Thank you Lori! 

Feb 9, 2014

Sale at the shop!

Valentines Day Sale!

www.beckykelly.com/shop 
prints

pocket mirror
beckykelly.com/shop
Classroom Valentines to share!




Elephant Rubber Stamp Sold Out on the First Day !


More on order! Should be in Stock Monday or Tuesday Feb 10th or 11th
I will ship them out the same day.

Feb 7, 2014

Stunning imagery at Sochi

 In a world where everything we see is manufactured, computerized and over the top,
I was enchanted by the simplicity of the imagery of the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony.
It looked stunningly fresh to me.


The enchanting imagery of the little girl with
the red balloon was simple and brilliant,  so sweet.


Sochi opening ceremony



The jellyfish dance was so simple, and elegant.  It was mesmerizing.
Fresh and lovely



http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20778965_20784743,00.html
image- people website
Encircled in light, a group of dancers captivate the audience
Tatyana / EPA / Landov

Feb 2, 2014

Valentines Bowl Craft- easy

Last week I made this little bowl for 
Valentines day. 
It was a fun and easy craft!





1)  Permanent Sharpies-  I used a Red - plus optional pink and orange
2)  White bowl from Pier One

Cut a heart shape out of paper and place it in the center of the bowl, use a spot of tape to gently fasten. 
Using the heart shape as a template, draw little dots around the heart shape with a sharpie.
hint**
Draw the most dots nearest to the heart and then go lighter towards the edge to give it a starburst feel, The red near the center will help make the heart stand out.  
(don't draw on the paper heart, it could bleed)

for fun, I added in a few orange and pink dots.
OK to make your dots imperfect, this adds to the hand made look of the art
turn oven to 350.

Remove the heart template and tape.  
The white heart shape is in the middle of your bowl


**Please read all these notes first**
Fire your bowl in a 350 degree oven for 45 mins.  
Turn off oven and let your bowl sit in the oven til morning.  (keeping it warm for a long time will help keep the sharpie from washing off.) 

note** If you want to do this with kids, try it for yourself first, see what works for you, your oven, your dish and sharpie. Please use common sense using oven mitts to work with hot items.
This craft worked for me in my second attempt.   After reading other's posts about similar crafts posted on the internet, I read about MANY situations where the color wasn't permanent.
(please see my notes below -  my first failed attempt*) 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Baking it at 350, for 45 mins then letting it cool overnight worked for me!

If you want to do this with kids, try it on a small bowl or lower priced item to test for yourself first.

***My Failed First Attempt***

Learn what works best for you, your oven, your dish and your sharpie.
(in my first attempt, I baked it twice.   First at 350 then removed it shortly afterward.  (on the rack, with no cookie sheet)
But, my bowl wasn't color fast.   I tested a small spot, it bled slightly.
I then baked it again the next day at 425 for an hour- on a cookie sheet. 
Unfortunately, this was way too much heat, this made my red color turn an ugly golden orange)
(but at least it was color fast)
Last, I went over all the spots with a red sharpie again. This time the color was permanent, maybe the roughness of the color of yellow helped the new color stick.  

**Test your art before**
After you fire, try to wipe a tiny spot of color off your bowl to see if your color is permanent.
If not, refire at 350 for 45mins- again, leaving it in a warm oven overnight.  


GOOD NEWS! 
it worked perfectly.


I've made several gift bowls with sharpies and baked them
@350 degrees for 45 mins. then let cool for three hours. 
this one was for my brother's birthday
(I personalized it to include our dog, cats, a bear, interests like gardening, names, fishing, boating)

Let me know how this craft worked for you!



***disclaimer***
This is a fun craft project using a permanent sharpie, a porcelain bowl and an oven.
please use common sense.
Use my bowls to hold jewelry, soap or crafts.
can be washed, please wash gently 

NOTE***
from my good friend and fabulous artist Viv  *****
"I recently found that the correct permanent markers to use are oil based.  I finally found them at Hobby Lobby.  Those are the ones that work for 15 min at 350 degrees. "

Jan 20, 2014

Vote for your Favorite Valentine Pocket Mirror

Which one is your favorite?
Vote for your Favorite Valentine Pocket Mirror
(See the Poll on the Right to vote!)
- ok to vote fore more than one -





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