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Mab Graves

6:46 AM

I'm terribly behind in my blogging this week.  I received an awesome package this week from Emily, who writes Tales for Karina Marie.  I won her Mab Graves giveaway and I couldn't possibly be any more pleased with what I received!

Mab Graves is a pop-surrealist artist and illustrator. Her work is wonderfully haunting with just the right combination of fun and creepy.

The first thing I got was Harlow, which is a paper doll.

Harlow - photo © mab graves

This illustration is so cool I can't bear to cut it up so I will be framing it as is and hanging in where I can look at it every day.

I also received two note cards, which I will hoard jealously and never send to anyone. Ever. 

Abbi and the Goldfish - photo © mab graves
Tuesday & Wednesday Addams - photo © mab graves
I think I will try to find frames for these also and have a totally awesome Mab Graves illustration grouping!

Emily also sent along two of Mab's vinyl stickers.
Pinky - photo © mab graves
Pinky is based on the very popular Blythe dolls. I've always liked the look of those dolls.. giant heads and big eyes that flip around! How is that not fun?  I must remember to put that on my Christmas wish list.

This guy is hilarious with his dolphin-like head and puff ball accents and that giant poofy poodle-do!
Vampoodle!  - photo © mab graves
Vampoodle also comes as a fully assembled articulated paper doll.  And if you like him, you will love Mr. Otto who is simply over the top awesome.  Yep, you gotta click to see him.. it is so worth it!

So those are my winnings.. aren't you jealous? :D

Ginormous thanks to Emily for sponsoring the giveaway and to Mab for generously donating the goodies in the first place.

If you'd like to see more of Mab's work, you can visit her Facebook page, her website, her blog, and on Flickr.

Please do stop by and say hello!



10:30 AM

Last week one of my patterns was featured on a wish list at Tales for Karina Marie.  I was very taken with the blog in general, especially after reading this page.

Emily, the author, is a super groovy chick! While I was there,  I entered a giveaway she was having and won it.  Exciting!    BUT! That's not the giveaway I'm talking about.  At least not yet. (I'll show off my swag when I get it in the mail.)

Emily was kind enough to offer to host a giveaway for me on her blog. You can find the information in THIS POST.  Do stop by and say hello and enter; I'm giving away three patterns to the winner!

Good luck!


2:45 PM

Have you heard of Craftsy?  It's a  community that offers online crafting courses and workshops. They've just started a pattern section that allows indie designers to list their patterns for sale.  The cool thing is it provides instant download to the buyer, so unlike Etsy or any of the other handmade marketplaces, you can buy at anytime and get your pattern immediately.

I try to provide the best customer service I can, so I tend towards super fast turn around in all my shops, but that only works when I'm awake.  Craftsy will provide that alternative to buyers who buy at off times and want their patterns at lightning speed.

I've been sticking my nose in all sorts of places lately, so to update everyone here are all the places you can find my patterns for sale:


Over all there isn't much difference between the venues, at least from the perspective of the buyer.  Etsy is the most established and has lots of feedback for you to thumb through so you can check up on me. ;)

Now that I've been talking about this I think I'll do a review/comparison post on the different marketplaces I use. If that interests you, keep those peepers peeled. :)

For now I just wanted to mention Craftsy to you and now I'm back to see what classes they're offering!


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