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my dear, sweet, all-time best girl katie has initiated a magical holiday blog hop with a small group of artists from the magically mixed art community on facebook and i’m part of it. this is a fun blog event to help promote each other during the holidays.  the gist is this: each participant goes through all other’s etsy shops and links to their one favorite items in their shop to promote their art and increase their traffic.  each day someone will be posting their own list of favorites so you’re always sure to see fresh and yummy goodness.

click on the thumbnail item to be taken to the “favorite thing” or click on their shop or blog links to get to know them a bit better.  on friday, which is my date in the hop, i will be posting a a little something about my featured artist, tracey verdugo.  make sure you come back to check her out — she’s an amazingly vibrant artist.

November 25th – Katie Cahill

Etsy Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/KatieCahill

Blog:
http://katiecahillart.wordpress.com

November 26th – Wini Dougal

Etsy Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/artlovejoy

Blog:
http://www.artloveandjoy.blogspot.com/

November 27th – Nolween Petibois

Etsy Shop:
http://InnerWorlds.etsy.com/

Blog:
http://www.inner-voices.net/

November 28th – Kristi Parker VanDoren

Etsy Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BKDesignStudio

Blog:
http://kristiscreativecafe.blogspot.com/

November 29th – Emily Cline

Etsy Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/RubyShea

Blog:
http://www.emilyclineart.com

November 30th – Jennifer McGee Urbanek

Etsy Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MyArtistWithin

Blog:
http://urbanekdesign.blogspot.com/

December 1st – Alicia Caudle (that’s me)

Etsy Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/digit13

Blog:
https://alteredbits.wordpress.com/

December 2nd – Tracy Verdugo

Etsy Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CasaCantamar

Blog:
http://artoftracyverdugo.blogspot.com/

December 3rd – Nancy Perennec

Etsy Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/nancyperennec

Blog:
http://littlebitwired.blogspot.com

December 4th – Sun B Lewis

Etsy Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sunblewis

Blog:
http://www.sunshinebarlowe.com

December 5th – Angela DiGiovanni Kemp

Etsy Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/AngelaDiGiovanni

Blog:
http://AngelaDiGiovanni.com/

December 6th – Sharon Rowland

Etsy Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/AlicesSecretDoor

Blog:
http://www.alicessecretdoor.com

December 7th – El Tsamp

Etsy Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/eltsamp

Blog:
http://apinkdreamer.blogspot.com

December 8th – Katie Cahill :: the blog hop wrap-up

Blog:
http://katiecahillart.wordpress.com/

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several weeks ago i was interviewed by the wonderful ms. debbie overton from mixed media collage artists marketplace.  this is a new thing for me — i’m typically the interviewer and rarely the interviewee.

as noted on the site, the mission of the marketplace is:  “A place to connect, promote, inspire and share resources to help others live a creative life in their artful journey!”  how fantastic and kind of debbie to do so much to promote people. i adore this lady!  if you don’t already follow her blog you should.  there are amazing creative contributors and fantastic artist interviews, reviews, etc.  debbie also has a wonderful ning group that i have been a part of for a long time: http://www.mixedmediacollageartists.com

click the image below (a screen shot of the mmca marketplace blog) to read the complete interview:

artist interview, alicia caudle, mmca marketplace

thank you so much, debbie!

artist interview, alicia caudle, mmca marketplace

in other news, happiness is a good, functional computer!  i got it back with almost everything totally restored and in good working order.  i’m insane about backing things up, but my external little terabyte drive drive started smoking a couple of weeks ago, literally, and i lost it.  that had everything on it — totally intended to replace it straight away but in dealing with school district bullshit, computer poo, a couple of shows, redecorating three rooms in the house, remodeling part of the other house and other insanity, it got pushed to a back burner.  bad me!  now i have two back-up drives.  i implore you to do the same as any little thing can go awry and it can wreak huge havoc on your arty life.  another thing: back up your blog every so often “just in case”.  i have a WP blog on my main site which was just hacked and deleted. that’s where i posted sales and specials, new site items, artist interviews, etc.  this is my tech side speaking… but it’s good to know.  </techie girl rant>

artist interview, alicia caudle, mmca marketplace

my sweet friend keriny (the ninny) deserves a little shout out right now too.  if you haven’t read her most recent blog post, you should!  i am so proud of this girl!!  not only does she have her new book coming out soon (inspired remnants, curious dreams — available on amazon for pre-order but that is the WRONG cover they have up there right now), she is going to be in another book entitled 1000 steampunk creations.  i can’t wait to get the book!

this is the magnificently GORGEOUS piece that she will have in the book:


you may or may not be able to tell by looking at it, but this genius necklace is actually a time travel device.  you should hop right over to her blog to read about it.  know what’s really flippin’ cool though?  i own this necklace.  this gorgeous piece of steampunk genius is MINE.  😉  (oh, and i get a photo credit in the book, but that’s nothing, really, compared to her BEING in it!)  congrats again, lady!!  (oh, and if you do read this post of hers, you will see that we’re in cahoots and planning up a few pretty darn magnificent things together as you read this!)  (not sure i’ve ever said “cahoots” before in my life.  what is the origin of this wacky word?)

i wish things hadn’t been so crazy lately and i wasn’t so busy.  i was featured in FIVE etsy treasuries this week.  i’m not bragging at all — my point is that they were GORGEOUS and i would have LOVELOVED to share the other people with you.  birdcage, one of my prints, was in two of them… the rest was cool doll parts and a frozen charlotte art piece.

thank you so much to everyone for all of your words of support about my computer.  she is healed and i’m sooooo happy.  🙂

how cool that this summer seems never ending.  i swear last year i blinked and it was time to return to school.  summers for us means lots of travel and lots of lazing around — a nice balance, i’d say.  right now we’re planning another trip.

seth bullock

nutshell: fly from portland to salt lake city (i have an airline credit so it would be free).  grab a snack and 55 minutes later fly on a different airline to souix falls, south dakota.  rent a car and drive to deadwood (we just finished watching that tv series and are in love with the history of that little town).  of course we would stay in the bullock hotel (which, incidentally appears to be haunted by the ghost of seth bullock and i wanted to go BEFORE i knew this!).

wild bill hickok

while there, we would of course have to visit the grave sites of wild bill hickok and calamity jane, yes… of course.  then perhaps a little hiking camping trip somewhere and a jaunt down to mt. rushmore (it’s only about an hour away).  then comes the sweaty and adventurous part: a grayhound trip to… i haven’t decided yet.  i wanted to take an amtrak home as i’ve never gotten to go on a train trip before, but there are no amtrak stations in south dakota or wyoming.  sheesh.  so, a grayhound backpacking trip among weirdos to wherever we go (probably somewhere in montana as i’ve never been there BUT i haven’t been to north dakota or wyoming either so any will do).  camp a night or two, THEN take an amtrak home.  yeah!  a historically fun trip.  we are all lovers of history in this house so we’re hoping to be able to do something like this ever year or two.

calamity jane

calamity jane

so, after many inquiries regarding where where i get some of my tools and supplies, i have created a new “test” section on the altered bits website entitled tools and supplies.

altered art, mixed media art, tools, art, supplies, crackle, distress kit
there you will find a menagerie of things including different non-toxic crackle mediums, letter and number metal stamp sets (two sizes), the best instant setter ever for eyelets and things, etc.  i’m not sure if this will be a permanent section or not, but for now it exists.  i’ve actually never used the distressing kit but it looked cool so i bought some.  is that cheating?

art supplies, art tools, metal punch set, crackle medium, paint, instant setter, distressing kit
i keep forgetting to share the few fun etsy treasuries i’ve been in, so here is a GORGEOUS one.  my cuff bracelet is in it (third row, last image).  click on the image to see the YUMMY treasury, velvet red desires:

etsy treasury, velvet, red, desires
that’s about all i’ve been up to lately, other than working on finishing the front over of my newest book, which i will post soon along with a new “art for a cause” fundraiser on my site.  now, back to catching up on posts — a blog-a-thon day!!

i will likely be doing the drawing for the tutorial give-away tomorrow too.  see previous post if you haven’t entered yet and wish to.

just received an convo that i was added to this very hearty etsy treasury.  i heart all of these things too, and two were already in my favorites, ironically.

anatomical art, heart, etsy, treasury

i’ve been quiet lately because:

  • school’s almost out for  the summer and i’ve been busting booty to get things in order in my studio(s) so i can play with the little man when he’s home… all day… every day… for months and months in a row.
  • my sweet gram has been in the hospital again and i’ve been loving her up and worrying about her (goes back home to her assisted living home today — they are so wonderful there!).
  • i’ve been kicking my health’s arse — ka-cha — take that!!  i was pseudo-diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome but i’ll be having none of that.  i’m on day 5 of my “cure” and i feel great!  just  like a 27 year old girl with pigtails and a whip (but not in a “weird way”).
  • i have started a new series of LOTS of pieces that i’ve been obsessed with.
  • we got a wireless router (finally!) and i added netflix to it so rather than watching a show or movie per week, i’ve been watching really cool documentaries every day about space and history and science.  nostradamus, time travel, egypt and string theory are really flippin’ cool.
  • i’ve been plugging away on deb’s pulpy book.  woots!  will post soon.
  • both of my cars broke down in unison so i’m learning how to be a mechanic today.  (4runners are really too tall for short girls to work on!)

how’ve you been?  i miss you!

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