Early 2017

Early 2017

We are so thankful that we have stayed busy through the winter months! Right now we are getting ready to exhibit at our first ever wholesale show. We’ll be at the Lansing Gift Show on February 26, 27 & 28. We hope you’ll stop by our booth (#409) and see all of our new designs and products in person!...

New Products for the Holidays

Now that the craziness of summer has passed, and my kids are back in school for the long haul, I had the urge to try out some new products on the heat press. I am so excited about how they turned out! I will be adding them to my Etsy shop gradually over the next few weeks. They will also be available to purchase at many gift shops throughout Michigan....
Katie’s Apple Cake

Katie’s Apple Cake

September is just around the corner, and one of my favorite things about this time of year is making apple cake. Apple cake is one of the first things I learned to bake.  It was also one of the first things my mom learned to bake.  Her neighbor, Mrs. Troutman, gave her the recipe when she was little.  And my mom taught me how to make it when I was little.  I remember making it for my neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Nieusma, when I was probably about 8 years old. Just thought I’d share my favorite recipe with my favorite people! Here it...
New Product Experiments!

New Product Experiments!

I have been experimenting with some new products for 2015!  I made some sandstone coasters and a glass cutting board with my artwork!  I listed some of it in my Etsy shop, and if it keeps going well, it will be available in the Spring 2015 Polka Dot Mitten catalog.  Check it...
Random Things

Random Things

I haven’t posted in a while!  Here’s a little roundup of what I’ve been up to: My hyperlush assignment for MATS this week: We have a lot of snow in Michigan for November 20th!   I am in love with this gold paint:   Here is my wall art assignment for MATS from last week (using said gold paint): My husband built me a really awesome faux fireplace for our front room !!  I LOVE IT. I was supposed to go to a signing last night at Great Northern Trading Company, but the wind was howling and it was snowing… so I was a little concerned about driving an hour in the dark in that junk.  I was really looking forward to the meet and greet.   I’ve been practicing typography daily in November.  You can follow it on instagram by searching for...
I Love Michigan Summers

I Love Michigan Summers

Although I love Fall and Christmas season very, very much… I have been starting to design some new artwork for next year’s Polka Dot Mitten catalog.  It’s going to be the best yet!  Here is a sneak peek of one of the first new designs.  (If you just can’t wait for summer before you get your hands on one of these, I can make you one now!  It would make a great Christmas gift! 😉 ) It’s available here in two...
What’s Up?

What’s Up?

After finding out that I did not make it to the final round of Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search, I was honestly bummed.  I never expected to make it to the top 50.  But I did.  Then I got my hopes up that I might make it to the top 6 as well.  At the same time, I was trying to prepare myself for inevitable disappointment. I thought I was ready for the bad news.  But there’s not really a good way to not be disappointed about something so BIG that could have been career-changing.  I didn’t feel like creating ANYTHING for a lot of days after that.  I wasn’t depressed or anything, and really, I got over not being picked in a matter of one day.  But I still felt burnt out on everything.  There was so much anticipation about which 6 artists would be chosen, and so much hype, and then it was instantly over. It meant that I had to go back to my piles and piles of signs that had been patiently waiting for me to finish and ship out all over Michigan.  Not that I don’t love what I’m doing.  It just felt old and stale.  It made me wonder if my art was really very good at all… or if people just placed orders simply because it’s made in Michigan and not in China. So I didn’t create anything at all for quite a few days.  I rearranged my living room, put up Fall decorations, boiled some apple peels with cinnamon to make the house smell good.  I went to bed early… It was...
Autumn in Michigan 2014

Autumn in Michigan 2014

Today seems like an appropriate day to introduce this year’s Autumn in Michigan sign!  We are having another polar vortex here in west Michigan.  It’s July 15th, and it’s cold and rainy.  I really don’t mind this weather, though, because Fall is my favorite season. This sign will be available in two sizes: 8×10″ and 4×5.”  In an effort to get myself a little more than caught up for Fall (since I always make everything to order and go a little bit crazy trying to keep up), I am going to take pre-orders for these at an earlybird sale price, and they will begin shipping at the end of August!  They can be customized to any state or town. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the Christmas in Michigan sign, which will also begin shipping at the end of...
What Would You Do…

What Would You Do…

… if you knew you couldn’t fail?  This is a quote my rep, Sue Ross, wanted me to make last summer. I never got around to it.  Then last week, when I was reading old comments from the blog, I found one where she commented that this was one of her favorite ones for a sign. So I decided to make time this week to make a sign out of this...
A Summer Night To-Do List

A Summer Night To-Do List

I really need to slow down a little bit.  Last week I had a little panic attack.  I actually thought it was my heart, but thankfully, it was not.  Fortunately I have an assistant now, and she is making thing go much more smoothly around here!  Cheers to the demands of a growing business!   I do have a summer “bucket list.”  I want to clean out my closet. I want to go to the beach at least one time (since we live all of 5 minutes a way from Lake Michigan and all), I want to go on my dad’s boat at least once, I want to swim in my parents’ pool.  I want to do more fun things with my kids.  I want to have a night out with my friends at least once a month.  I also want to sit outside, listen to the stars, and catch fireflies.  What’s on your summer bucket...
June MATS Bootcamp Assignment

June MATS Bootcamp Assignment

    It was another nautical-inspired month for Make Art that Sells!  The June gallery will go live in a little over a week, but here is a preview of my art.  Some day, I would love to be a licensed artist!  I know I can make small prints of this and sell it, but I’d love to see this piece a lot...
Puppy Update and New Art

Puppy Update and New Art

    Paisley is growing so fast!  I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since we took her home!  She comes to work with me at the shop on weekdays when my kids are at school and my husband is at work.  So far… so good.  She has her spazzy moments, but overall, she is a very sweet, calm puppy.  If you follow me in Instagram, you’ll be sure to find lots more pics of #paisleylittlepuppy! Last week, I ordered some cell phone cases with a new design on them… I’m really hoping to find a good, reliable source that will sell them to me at a decent cost so I can offer them to my wholesale customer, too! My friend wanted me to make this quote into a sign for him.  I kind of like how it turned out!  I’ve never done an elephant before! And I forgot to post about MATS week 4.  Mostly because I had no time to work on my assignment that week… but it should have been my favorite one!  It’s still a work in progress, but last weekend I turned my map of Saugatuck and Douglas into two little tags for the shop.  I’ll be tweaking these as I have time to add more icons.   Until next...
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