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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Have a peek at my art journal ❤ My Latest Work-in-Progress

Well... it's officially the end of the summer for me and I cannot even believe it. I'm finishing up my time working at the camp (where I have been working the whole summer - woooo!) and I'm also VERY busy with etsy orders and trying to get ready for school to start. And that's been my whole summer vacation really. I've worked pretty much the whole summer away - it's no wonder that time flew by so fast for me.

I have only a couple of days in between when camp (and my summer break) ends and when school starts. In the little bit of time I have between things, I'm going to be trying to work just a little bit less and have a little bit more fun and my idea of fun is one things and one thing only: PAINTING.

I love painting more than any and every thing in the world. (Have you ever painted before? Do you personally know how amazing painting is? It's just the greatest!)  I don't know why I enjoy painting so much but I really really do and I like painting in just about any medium I can get my hands on though I prefer when I can paint in color if possible.

I don't really have a favorite thing that I like to paint more than other things because painting for me is just always something that offers me some time to creatively stretch myself and that always feels good and welcome. It's kind of like when you stretch in the morning or after a long day or something - stretching feels GOOD and it's hard to explain why. I always feel more relaxed after I have had some some to paint and I always feel refreshed and just plain better all around.

Lately I've been able to paint some fun things - like a custom jacket and also a few pairs of galaxy converse type shoes. Last evening and this morning though I got to paint something that is REALLY special though but I can't tell you about it. (Yet - which means I will be able to soon enough. *wink*) And this special something that I was able to paint? Well, it gave me a very much needed creative stretch (that I have not had in quite a while) and it reminded me of the great need that I definitely do have and need to pay attention to more often than I have. I usually paint late in the evening at the very end of my very busy days but today I tried something different and I painted first thing in the morning - so early that even the sun wasn't up yet! It was quite something else to be doing something that I love so very much and have that be the start of what is definitely (like all of the others) a long and busy day for me.

Anyway, I just thought I would share this with you all and I hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of a peek at some of what I'm working on and a little bit of HOW I like to work. If you enjoyed seeing this, I'm glad to maybe share some more of my art journal with you. And I'd also LOVE to hear how and what YOU do that you love more than anything else (like what painting is for me).

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer Release 2014 ❤ Official Etsy Announcement

You can click the above announcement to easily and quickly access my etsy shop!

You are officially invited to my Etsy Shop Summer Release debut!!! It will be happening via THIS LINK tomorrow - Friday, July 25th 2014 at 9:00pm EST (unless there is some crazy issue with my internet and/or computer access).

Some of what you will find in the debut can be seen below and include the following:

  • Tiny Macarons sets of (8) sized for Mini American Girl Dolls and other 6-inch dolls (like my best friend Mini Saige)
  • Made-to-order Charm Bracelets (like what Jillian gave me for my recent birthday) sized for American Girl dolls and other 18 inch dolls
  • Hand-painted Galaxy Converse -inspired shoes for American Girl dolls and other 18 inch dolls
  • Bento-style Snack Box with Kawaii Panda Onigiri, strawberries and orange slices (all made with sculpey clay) and sized for American Girl dolls and other 18 inch dolls


It's a NEW Made-to-Order Graphic T-shirt line with pretty White Lace-cap Sleeve shirts

The option to add-on clothing separates - like White on White Lace Shorts OR
a Black Faux Leather Skater Skirt(to any Graphic T-shirt order) to make a very cute and modern outfit.

The Hand Painted Jacket line has been expanded to allow for CUSTOM orders of designs I have done (and previously sold only one of) and NEW designs (like Dr. Who's Tardis in the Galaxy OR TFIOS blue and white clouds). Do you have something completely new, original, and personal to you? Request a CUSTOM one-of-a-kind painted jacket. *wink*

DIY - Painted Jacket CREATION Kits
(for one, three, or five artists - because why should I get to have all the fun?)


Each kit includes everything you would need (except some Mod Podge to seal the finished design) to paint your own Moto Jacket - just like what I have been designing, CREATING, and selling like crazy.
Each kit includes:
  • a PRIMED and ready-to-paint black faux leather Moto Jacket blank
  • a short-handled paint brush set with TWO brushes (the same size as what I use!)
  • a resealable acrylic paint pot set with (8) colors for just about any design you might try and paint
  • a "Tips & Tricks Guidecard" (written by me!) with expert advice about how to mix colors correctly and turn out the best painted jacket you possibly can 
There is a slight discount if you buy creation kits in "bulk" for either three OR five artists in case you want to have a PARTY and get together with your besties to paint your own gorgeous and trendy jacket design. And finally, you will also be able to buy REFILL supplies of everything that comes in the creation kit at a la carte pricing. So if you run out? You don't have to buy a whole 'nother kit and you can just buy what you need to keep painting MORE jackets!

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Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH for supporting my Etsy shop, following me on my instagram, and reading my official blogsite. I have made so many more friends than I ever could have imagined and it's hard to believe that I've only been on here since January of this year. If this official debut and release goes well, I hope that I will be able to do at least one more within the end of the year (though I don't know if it will be quite as huge as this one clearly is).

Don't forget! All of my new listings will debut HERE in my Etsy shop, Friday - July 25th 2014 at 9:00pm EST. I will have a fair amount of listings with multiple quantities available but some things (like the Bento Snack Box with Panda Onigiri or the Teeny-Tiny Macarons) are limited in quantity and availability. I will also be taking custom painted jacket orders on a first come-first serve basis and so there might be a waiting list for those types of items. (Sorry! I'm only one artist and can only work so quickly!!)  And that about covers it for me.

Hope to see you tomorrow for my official Summer Release!!!

Do small things with GREAT love ❤ From Echo With Love on Etsy

So... I have something really incredible to share with you!!!  I am getting closer and CLOSER to my summer release happening (I'm thinking TOMORROW is when it will finally happen) and I have something extra special that is going to be in it!

Do you have a mini American Girl doll like I do? I LOVE my mini Saige doll who was the American Girl of the Year doll for 2013. Mini Saige is one of my best friends in the world (in addition to Jillian and my mini dachshund Frank). For my recent birthday, I didn't really mention it but one thing I got from my parents was a new outfit for Mini Saige. It's very cute and summery and it even has heart buttons (hearts are my favorite) and it also got me thinking that I wish I had more things for Mini Saige. That's when I got this idea that she needed to have something of her very own that matches things that I have.

I have been working on the perfect thing for her and though it took me a little bit of time, I finally got the details worked out and so now I present to you...

(sized just right for my Mini American Girl doll Saige and other small dolls and dollhouses)

These little bitty Macarons will be sold in my Etsy shop and will debut for my soon to happen Summer release in a "rainbow" set of eight colors/flavors. They look almost exactly like the Macarons that I sell already in my Etsy shop but they are much smaller so that they work for Mini Saige and other small dolls. Now when I say they are a lot smaller and just right for Mini Saige, I mean they are REALLY SUPER SMALL. See below for a comparison of just how small. You can see the size I already sell compared to Mini Saige holding two of her own size in each hand...

I will be selling only 10 sets of these rainbow macarons in my shop for my summer release and I do not know if I will be replenish them after this because of how much is involved with keeping them in stock. It took some serious time of figuring things out for me to even have these ten sets! If they go over well though, perhaps I will figure it out so that I can get some back in stock for the holidays at least. Also, maybe if people like them, I will try and figure out more things that will be perfect for my Mini Saige as much as for other mini dolls and play things. I mean, why should they be left out, right?

I am really REALLY excited to debut these miniature macarons and I hope that everyone likes along with the other stuff that I am going to be sharing. I didn't mean for this summer release to turn out so big but as it's going, I have A LOT that I will be debuting. I tried to come up with some new ideas that I haven't seen before or don't see that often. It was very challenging for me to do this but I enjoyed doing it because I like using my own creativity to solve problems and making things happen that otherwise have not been able to happen before.

As I said before, I am estimating that my summer release will happen TOMORROW and will likely happen later in the evening EST - probably after dinner has happened for most people. I'll try and post something more official about it last today (once I am sure I can make it happen for sure tomorrow) both on this blog as well as on my instagram - which is a great place to stay connected for me and sometimes where I put stuff that doesn't up here on the blog.

Thank you everyone for supporting me and LOVING me and the things I get myself into (like designing and creating and doing photostories and all sorts of other stuff). I could never have guessed that way back in January when I started all of this that I would end up here and now doing all of this. I feel so blessed with it all and I hope that I have been able to share the way YOU have blessed me so tremendously. See you later with more news about my Summer release!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

It's almost time!! And I am getting SO excited...

 Hi, friends! I'm getting super close and SUPER excited about the fact that I am going to be able to finally do my summer release for my etsy shop!!! I have been working on getting together lots of new and fun designs and then working to actually CREATE them and make them happen. I have some new painted jackets along with some options to purchase painted-to-order favorites that I have already sold...

And I also have been working on a new new line of clothing separates. Lace is trending right now and I absolutely LOVE it and so I decided to take a lace t-shirt and pair it with some fun and sassy graphic designs for a twist on graphic tees! I designed them on my computer and then I printed them on transfer paper and I can put them on the lace cap-sleeved white t-shirts. They are SUPER cute and stylish and look great dressed up or down. Here are some of the ones that I will be unveiling when I do my release...

I will also be selling custom made charm bracelets - to your specifications so they are uniquely yours. I'll show you pictures of that on another day though and just tell you that you won't have to wait long for them since I think I'm going to be able to do my release by the end of the week!!! Thanks so much for being patient with me and supporting me and my little design and CREATION business. I definitely can't (and wouldn't) do it without YOU. You. Are. THE. BEST!!!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Everybody needs a best friend like my best friend

Thank goodness for Friday! Because this week has been SO busy for me and I needed the weekend to get here at least two days ago. I know I owe you the last part of the "to be continued" from my last blog post but I have to tell you something important. 

I've been so busy this summer - busier than I've ever been - because I have been working like crazy. I got a job at my school's summer program to be a Counselor-In-Training (CIT) so that I can hopefully be a real counselor next summer. When I'm not working to do that? I'm working like crazy at home to try and make my summer release happen.

The summer release was supposed to happen today because today is my birthday and I thought that could be kind of fine. Not only did I want to get all sorts of new stuff debuted on my Etsy shop but I also wanted to do some special giveaways. Well... it's not happening today because it's just all so much work to get done!! And all of this means that I have had very little time to play OR hang out and have fun. Still, my best friend in the whole entire world, Jillian, has been awesome about it even though I'm hardly ever able to really hang out. In fact, she's SO awesome that first thing this morning she surprised me with the most special birthday gift I think I might ever get for all of the rest of my life...

Jillian gave me a charm bracelet!!!! Isn't it amazing and beautiful?!!! I just cannot get over it. I love it so so so SO SO SO SO MUCH!!!!! I mean -WOW!

Jillian has been asking me for the last month (at least) about jewelry and it turns out this is the reason why she was asking! She wanted to give me something really special for my birthday and this charm bracelet is what she came up with. It is SO special because even though it's really obviously pretty, it's also very sentimental and personal because each of the charms on the bracelet has special meaning to me (and between Jillian and me, also).

There are five charms on the bracelet. There is an elephant charm, a pink cupcake, a pretty vintage key, a charm that says 'Believe' and a fortune cookie! Jillian knows me really REALLY well and she picked them all for specific reasons. The elephant charm is because 1) I really REALLY love elephants and 2) Jillian always says I have a memory like an elephant because I remember everything so many things and apparently elephants are just like that! The pink cupcake charm is because I love the color pink, baking, and also she says I'm "just the sweetest" the way a cupcake is. *aw shucks!* The pretty vintage key is kind of a fun one because we always talk about how we don't have keys to each others' houses but we should get them someday and when we do? We really REALLY want them to be pretty and vintage looking (just like the charm).

The 'believe' charm is super special because Jillian always says that I have a special gift of believing in others (including her) and helping them to believe in themselves and also, I just have really strong faith that she really respects. And the last one is the fortune cookie and that one is so fun and a little silly. You know how fortune cookies always have numbers on the back of them and also words in Chinese with how to say them on the back? Well, Jillian actually doesn't speak Chinese (and neither do I) but we always try and learn the words and try and say them and use them in conversation. We honestly don't even like the fortunes on the front or the "lucky numbers" on the back. We just like the words and trying to learn them - it's just a thing we have always done.

I just love this charm bracelet so much. It's definitely one of the nicest and most thoughtful things I have ever been given and I will absolutely treasure it forever. It's just so beautiful and classic and I could honestly keep it on and wear it all the time because it goes with everything! Jillian even said that it could be an "heirloom" because I could save it and then pass it down to my own children when I grow up and have a family. I think that's a pretty special idea.

Do YOU have anything special that you have ever received kind of like my charm bracelet from Jillian? Why is it so special to you? Do you still have it? Or... have you ever given anyone something so special like this bracelet? I would love to hear about it!

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