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Cheers & Creativity,
Casey [ email me ]

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Wow… I am utterly speechless at your generous, sweet, and encouraging words after my last post!! I worried for so many months (I’ve been writing that post since late October) about how to put everything that has been percolating in my head. My biggest concern was addressing the eating disorder; I didn’t know the best way to simply say it. I am so humbled and thankful for your kindness… I had a tears in my eyes when I opened up my email to find my inbox flooded with your comments. (My sincerest apologies that I cannot respond to each one individually… but please know that I appreciate your reaching out from the bottom of my heart!) I wish I could give you all a big hug!!

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And thank you too for the wonderful feedback on the sweater revamp! I had lots and lots of fun reworking it and adding the new trim–probably too much fun! lol! It just goes to remind me that even a little bit of something here or there can do wonders on an old standby (or in this case, a rather plain-Jane basic)! One just has to be willing to open your imagination to the endless ideas and possibilities. Allow them to flood in, fill your mind up, get excited! Never to dismiss something because it doesn’t fit “convention” or seems too hard or outlandish; no idea is ever totally useless!! Even years later I go back through my sketchbooks, and sometimes ideas that I didn’t use then strike a chord now! One never knows where the next bit of imagination will hit…

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Speaking of inspiration, I have been busy at work on my latest art print!! I’ve been working on this piece for about a month now (off and on, of course!), and am happy to announce that I just got the beautiful prints back, and they are now listed in the Shoppe. Please hop on over to take a peek at the Wonderland Balloon print!

Finally, I’ll leave you with a list of Inspiration Friday links. The internet has been abuzz with some lovely ideas recently–my mind is just spinning with possibilities! Enjoy and have a lovely, restful, and creative weekend my friends!

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gala’s guide to setting amazing goals!
beautiful photography collaboration at fresh pears
knit a stylish, thick and cozy cowl
inspiring interview with crafting hero jenny hart
tips and tricks to a successful, unique wardrobe
miss anna’s adorably winterish outfit!
the nubby twiglet guide to making a press kit
camilla engman’s guest blog @ d*s [ via ]

Cheers & Creativity,
Casey [ email me ]

w.i.p.

Thank you to everyone who purchased one of my Heartstrings prints and offered encouragement after my latest Shoppe update!! I am still blown away by the interest in my artwork and am happily (and busily) packing up orders to head to their new homes!

When I was younger the thing I wanted to be the most was an artist. Like Tasha Tudor illustrating children’s stories, or coming up with pictures of my own characters and critters. I surrounded myself many a day with my watercolor paints, heavy papers and spent hours drawing and coloring. For awhile there was even talk of the “A-word” (Art School), though at the time it wasn’t meant to be, and I was too caught up in the idea of having to “make it big”. It has only been in the recent months that I’ve grabbed onto that dream again, mostly due to the sweet encouragement of my family, boyfriend, and you. No longer are my fears of not being properly taught holding me back, or the specters of Success and Pressure looming over my head. Art is now an outlet for my creative fancies: a way to share my vision of happy things and moments, to hopefully make someone else smile or take a moment to enjoy the little things in life.

I am working on a few new pieces; things that have been cooking in my head for sometime. Reworking of paintings done years ago that I liked the concept of, but not the original execution. I just ordered a set of prints from a new piece–one that I am very excited about. So stay tuned for news of the “Wonderland Balloon” piece debuting in the Shoppe

Oh, and before I get too much older, the Shoppe is in this month’s Poppytalk Handmade Market!! Eeep! I’m so excited! There are so many lovely things and shops featured in January’s marketplace, all under the theme of “Love Transforms”. Go take a peek at the loveliness!.

Have a beautiful, creative Monday! For now I will leave you with a bit of Vintage Monday goodness (remember that?! hehe!):

Cheers & Creativity,
Casey [ email me ]

p.s. I just wanted to encourage you to hop on over to Laura Crow Miller’s shop and purchase one of her donation packages! She is raising money to send care packages to US soldiers stationed overseas, which I think is very important. Let’s not forget those brave people who put their lives in harm’s way to protect us!

first update of the new year!!! ::

The Shoppe has been updated with all manner of cuteness! A bit of a mix of seasonal, plaid and Valentine’s Day; I’ve been so excited about all these goodies–its been excessively hard keeping it under wraps!

And… *drumroll* The Heartstrings art print is now available for sale! This is perhaps my favorite item in the whole update; having prints made of my artwork has long been a dream that I thought would never happen. Just goes to show me that wishes can come true!

Finally, I’m the featured advertiser over at the always-lovely Vintage Indie this month! Do go check the blog out if you haven’t… its always a fun read. I have another tittle of Shoppe news, but that will be a wee secret for just a couple days more.

Cheers & Creativity,
Casey [ email me ]

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I can’t believe its almost January 4th already… that means my big Shoppe update is just around the corner!! Eeep! There has been much activity and busyness going on in the Elegant Musings studio in preparation for tomorrow’s update (which will early tomorrow morning)! Little bits of felt, glue and paper have been flying about, and are creating quite a distraction for the kitties! lol. Here’s a sneaky peek of what will be debuting in a few, short hours…

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I’ll let you know once everything is in the Shoppe!

Cheers & Creativity,
Casey [ email me ]

an excuse to party! ::

[ one of my favorite, antique photographs in my collection! don’t they look like they were having loads of fun?! ]

Treat yourself to free shipping in the Elegant Musings Shoppe now through January 2! A New Year is an excuse to party; so indulge a little and take a peek at the already reduced items in the Shoppe!

I am not sad to see 2007 slip away into memory; it was a tough year for my family and I. The anticipation of a year yet to be written is palpable… Wishing you all a happy and blessed New Year.

I will return on January 4 with a Shoppe update, and resume my regular postings thereafter!

Cheers & Creativity,
Casey [ email me ]

Hello, friends!! I hope you all had a lovely, joyful holiday! Did you have fun? Were there any surprises awaiting you? Did all your Christmas wishes come true??

Just a quickie note to also say that the Shoppe is back online and I’ve added a couple items. I’m in the process of cleaning out my inventory to make way for the new products in early January, so quite a few things are on sale!

I’ll be back in a day or two with a more in-depth post about my holiday. Until then: enjoy the leftover goodies and stay snugly warm (or cool if its warm where you are!)!!

Cheers & Creativity,
Casey [ email me ]

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