Monday, February 12, 2018

Spread Some Love and Make Someone’s Day






Normally this time of year finds me in a major funk. I become a hermit and prefer to just stay inside and keep to myself. The funny thing is that this was the first year that I recognized that this is an occurring theme and it starts at some point in January.

The rush of preparing for back-to-back holidays and setting up showrooms is over, the days are short and, for many, the weather is dreary and cold.

I am fortunate that my funk is pretty mild and short lived. For others, it can be pretty rough. Judging by many posts on Facebook and Instagram there are a lot of people suffering with seasonal depression and this year, I decided I wanted to try and do something about that.

A simple act of kindness can absolutely turn around someone’s day, really. A smile, a compliment, an offer to help someone carry a heavy package, can make someone feel good, and as a bonus, it will make you feel good too.

My plan for the week is to get out and spread as much kindness as possible. In addition to handing out smiles, compliments and buying coffee for strangers I will be calling people who I think might need a little pick me up. I also plan on making some Valentine’s and putting them on people’s car windows and maybe handing them to passer-sby. Some of these activities will be putting myself way outside of my comfort zone but that’s ok. I firmly believe that we do our best work when we are out there in discomfort city.

I hope that you will join me in making someone’s day. Reach out to a friend, pay it forward or hand out some Valentine’s at a local senior center. Even if you pull someone out of his or her funk for just a few minutes, it will be well worth it.

Oh and let me know in the comments how it goes, I would love to hear what you did!

Thanks for stopping by xop

Friday, December 29, 2017

A New Year Means A New Calendar


2018 is just days away and I can't seem to get my brain wrapped around that. 
Although planners, both digital and paper, are more in fashion than ever, I still enjoy having a calendar hanging on the wall. Perhaps that's why I like illustrating them so much.

I have 3 calendars available for 2018 and each one is a little different, both in how it is illustrated and how it is designed.

This is my first year doing the "Stitched" title and I love this calendar. It is a traditional wall calendar and most likely the one that will be hanging in my studio. I combined watercolor, ephemera and stitched paper to create the art. This title also has a coordinating journal and infuser tumbler.

It is available on the Lang website where all calendars are 50% off. But hurry, I understand that this one is almost sold out!

Also, I am happy to report that there is a 2019 version of this title AND I am currently working on 2020!








I have been creating art for my "A Stitch in Time" Note Nook calendar since 2016. This one has a nifty little double pocket for each month. It is handy for holding coupons, receipts and all those other little pieces of paper that you can never find a place for. For that reason, this one hangs in my kitchen. You can also find this one on the Lang website for 50% off.




While I find this hard to believe, I started creating art for the "Family Plan-It" somewhere around 2007. The format has changed somewhat along the years, and this version has way more bells and whistles since the original came out. There is a pocket, a weekly white board planner and stickers galore! This title is on sale at Amazon but I believe you can also find it at Costco and Barnes and Noble.
I really love creating the art for these calendars and I am thrilled to say that there will be a fourth title added for 2019. It has been an honor and a treat to work with the folks at Lang over the years. I hope it is something I will be doing for many years to come.

Happy New Year everyone and thank you so much for following and reading my blog.

xop

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Holiday Gift Guide - Books and Other Useful Things

Because I love giving books and other useful things as gifts, I thought I would put together a list of some of my favorites for this year. Fortunately, I am lucky to know the artists behind these books and journals, which made giving these as gifts, all the more special. 


"ART OF WORK" by Brian Foster Forward by Elizabeth Gilbert



This beautiful book explores the process and passion that goes into designing and creating the furniture that Brian builds for Groundwork in Philadelphia.
Each piece of furniture is a unique piece of art with a story to tell. To be walked through Brian's vision is a magical experience. Actually knowing Brian and his partner, Ernie is a pretty magical experience. The photography and photo styling are stunning and the writing gives a wonderful insight to the creative thinking process. 
To order or to see more about this book, click here - Groundwork


"HAPPY HOUSEPLANTS" by Angela Staehling for Chronicle Books




I tend to buy and give books based on the illustrations and this one is no exception. I have always been an admirer of Angela's work and when she told me she was writing and illustrating a book, I couldn't wait to see it. Over the summer I got a sneak peek and I became an even bigger fan of hers. Just looking through these illustrations brightens a winter day and puts a smile on my face. I am smiling right now just looking at the cover on my screen-really! You (or your gift recipient) will love this book even if you have no intention of adding houseplants to your home.
Available at Amazon


"SPACE CADET" Poems by Matty Cardarople




To be perfectly honest, I haven't read this yet. That said, Matty is one of the most amazing, inspiring, creative and positive people I know. I love everything he does. He is a hilarious inspiration to pretty much everyone he comes in contact with. 
In Matty's words 
I hope this book motivates you to create your own art, gives you encouragement, and brings you some joy. You can also spread the lessons you have learned about the universe from this book to others. I'm happy you're here on planet Earth."
He's the best and you can find his book in his etsy shop


"The NEXT! Planner" from Ronnie Walters




Know someone with a creative mind? This is the planner for them.
There are pages for "to do" lists, reminder pages to remember who to reach out to, progress tracking pages, sketch pages and even a spot to put all those little scraps of paper with our next million dollar idea that we all have. Don't you hate when you lose those?

These are available through Amazon


"ASSORTED JOURNALS" by Nancy Archer
Nancy is another one of my art crushes, I love her style and color palettes. She has a beautiful collection of journals, note cards available on her website



"New Adventures Spiral Journal"-Paula Joerling (that's me!)



Well I couldn't leave myself out now, could I? You can find this journal at Lang and while you're there, you can check out my calendars for 2018. More about that in the next post.

Have a wonderful holiday and thank you so much for stopping by!












Monday, November 13, 2017

Support an Artist Without Spending a Dime

Tis the season and that means that some of your favorite artist's and illustrators will be posting work and products they created for the holidays. If you are anything like me, you don't buy a lot of gifts. Maybe you make your own gifts or just don't celebrate in a huge way but you still want to support the independent sellers and artists. Here's how to do just that and it won't cost a penny!

All you have to do is SHARE!

Here are a few simple ways to do just that.


FACEBOOK
Share an artist's shop updates.

When an artist posts new work, hit the "share" button and say something like " Check out so in so's page, I love her/his work!" or "Isn't this cute?"

Also, giving the image a "Like" doesn't hurt either.

Lenny Mud
I love this Menorasaurus Rex menorah from Lennymud, so I shared it on my Facebook page for all of my friends to see.


INSTAGRAM
"Like", comment and re-gram the images. 

If you think a friend or colleague would be interested in the artists feed, tag them in the comments.

Angela Staehling

See what I did there? In the comment section I tagged someone. I want this "Happy Houseplants" book by my friend Angela Staehling for Christmas. That guy I tagged happens to be my husband. Hopefully he will get the hint!


ETSY

Like shops and items by clicking the heart.

If you are already on etsy and are looking at an artist's shop, click the heart. It helps that artist get found more easily in the search and this means everything to an etsy seller!
You can favorite the whole shop or individual items.

Robin Davis


All I did was clicked the heart under Robin Davis name to favorite her shop. I happen to love this item so I also clicked the heart next to the listing-so easy....
Also, you can help spread the word more by clicking the "Share" "Save" or "Tweet" buttons.


PINTEREST

Pin an artist's images and shops to your boards.

Start a board called "Shops I Like" or "Art I Like" and pin images from an artist's etsy page or blog?  Naturally you can also re-pin it to  board that you already have.

Tammy Smith Designs



I pinned this tea towel by Tammy Smith Designs to my Pinterest board titled "Tea Towels". I pinned it directly from her website so that if someone clicks on the pin, it will go directly back to her shop.


Easy right? and you are helping spread the word which is so important to an artist and independent sellers.  I know I greatly appreciate all of the shares. comments and hearts that I get on various forms of social media. 

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start clicking!

As always, thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Note Nook Calendar Giveaway!


Lang Calendar


Hello and welcome to my first ever calendar giveaway!
The contest starts November 1, 2017 and the winner will be announced Friday November 3rd at 5pm EST
The winner will receive my 2018 Note Nook "A Stitch in Time" calendar from Lang/Wells Street. 

There are two super easy ways to enter and win. 
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If you are on Instagram..............

1. Follow me at PaulaJoerlingStudio 

2. In the comments section, tag 2 friends who you think would like to win a calendar.

That's it, you have been entered!
*note-you have to be following me to win
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If you are on Facebook.........

1. Follow my studio page Paula Joerling Studio

2. Share my post about the giveaway on your page.

Wasn't that easy?
If you do both of the above, you are entered twice!



Don't like to enter contests but you want the calendar for you or as a gift?
Follow the link to purchase from the Lang Website.

Good Luck! and thanks for stopping by.











Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Goodies for Fall and Winter

Ooooh, I have been waiting with anticipation for these to arrive so I could share them with you, and now they are HERE!

These indoor/outdoor applique flags and pillow wraps are from Custom Decor, one of my favorite clients. They always do beautiful, high quality products and they are a pleasure to work with. 

All flags measure 12" x 18" are double sided and have a sleeve at the top so you can hang it from the metal hangers that you stick in your yard. I don't have a yard so I am going to insert a dowel, attach a ribbon and hang it on the front door.
Bicycle Flag


Bike Bicycle

 This is a detail of the "Thankful for the Beauty" Flag. The stitching actual stitching and the buttons are real. Most of the flowers and leaves are applique.
Halloween FlagHalloween

Detail of Always a Treat flag. I just love all of the stitching!
Santa Flag


Santa
Jolly Santa has a burlap beard and real bells sewn onto his hat.

Snowman Flag
Snowman

This mischievous snowman and his friend have pom-poms on their hats and the light string is all stitched. 
               Snowman flag
Snowman


This cute I Love Snow flag has a stitched on scarf, pom-poms and real buttons.

Snowman

I Love Snow door decor.
How cute would this guy be greeting family and friends at your front door? 

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I love these Pillow wraps, they have two sets of buttons on the back so they can fit a couple different sizes of pillows. And did I mention that they are indoor/outdoor?

Halloween



Thanksgiving


Santa


Snowman

If I found a retailer online I added a link. 
I also have a few in stock, just message me if you are interested.
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Halloween Parties, Thanksgiving DIY's and Cinnamon Brooms

The smell of cinnamon brooms is all throughout the grocery store and that can only mean two things. I get a headache every time I go grocery shopping and, more importantly, the Fall holidays are approaching. 
This means Halloween parties and family gatherings. Well I am here to help!

For several years I have illustrated the "Family Plan-It Plus" calendar for Lang. It's a best selling favorite among mom's.


lang

I know this because it says so right on the cover AND because each year, I get emails from mom's asking if there are other products that go along with the calendar.  This year the answer is YES!

I finally had the time to create holiday clip art and digital downloads inspired by some of the illustrations I have done for this calendar.

The first group I created was a Halloween collection. It started with clip art and blossomed into a whole party pack. I designed bookmarks, bottle wraps, a party garland, place cards and a cupcake topper set that can also be used for napkin rings, ornaments, a mini garland, bag tags and what ever else you can think of. I like options.


Halloween Party Pack at PaulaJoerlingDesigns on Etsy
If you are the kind of person who prefers to design your own party, have no fear, you can grab the Halloween Clip Art Pack, and do your own thing.

When I have people over for the holidays, I like having a little something to hand out as a memento of the gathering. It makes me feel good to see how much my friends enjoy their little "Souvenir of the Party".  Hopefully my downloads will make it easier for you to add a little personal touch to your Halloween gathering.

Thanks for stopping by!

Oh, and if you are already planning for Thanksgiving, I am one step ahead of you with a Thanksgiving Digital Download.