Winner of Silver Pearl Ring and 2 ATCs!

>> Friday, October 31, 2008

Winner: HeatherLow !! Comment # 74

Courtesy of
Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2008-11-01 05:03:12 UTC

Congratulations HeatherLow! Once I have confirmation, and other details; it will take me a few days to make the ring to the specified size, and mail it out to you. I will send you an e-mail when I do, so you can expect it.

This was so much fun! I enjoyed coming on here everyday to look at the number of comments and reading them. You guys are all awesome!

I'll be posting this in the Mr. Linky on the Bloggy Giveaways site also, so that you can check out the winners from the also.

Thank you so much for your support & participating!



>> Monday, October 27, 2008

Giveaway closed!

Bloggy Carnival starts today!! YAY!! And I'm hosting my second giveaway. I had such a blast last time I couldn't resist. Silver Weave Pearl Ring

The Prize:

  • a Silver Pearl Ring (custom-made in your size or specified size)
  • Two original Holiday/Winter themed Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

Warmth of Friendship ATC


* You don't have to be a blogger to participate.

* Everyone!! I will ship internationally.

Winter Goddess 2 ATC

Starts - Ends - Notification:
  • *Starts: Monday, October 27, 2008
  • *Ends: Friday, October 31, 2008 @ Midnight CDT
  • *Draw will be done, and winner notified by Saturday, November 1, 2008 using
  • *Winner will have till Monday, November 3, 2008 @ 10pm CDT to acknowledge prize.
  1. One entry per person (make sure to have valid e-mail address and name in your comment). Leave it like this if you don't want to be spammed (eg. lagazdesigns AT mts DOT net ).

  2. Take a look around my blog, and leave a comment here on which piece of artwork or jewelry you like the most.

    It's that easy! Please check out the other
    Bloggy Giveaways that are happening this week, by clicking the link or the button at the top of the page.


New Mural Designs

>> Sunday, October 26, 2008

Earlier I posted that I was making a new mural at work (school), and that I had my Grade 9 students helping me out. It's been a long wait for our paint and materials, but we finally got them on Thursday and we've put on the first coat of primer. YAY!!! My students were so happy that they were able to paint. Now hopefully everything goes according to plan.

The mural is based on the Seven Sacred Teachings once again, but it will be inspired from the NorthWest Coast artforms.

Mural Concept

Each colored panel will represent one of the Sacred Seven animals, and I used colors that are common in most tribal cultures. In each colored panel, is a "window" where the corresponding animal design will be placed. It will be a fairly simple looking design, but I didn't want to detract from the complexity of the Northwest Coast forms.

I'll leave you to look at some of the animal designs that I have so far: Buffalo, Eagle, Bear and Beaver. I still have yet to do: Wolf, Turtle and Sabe. I'll post those when I am done them. Enjoy!

Buffalo TotemEagle Totem
Bear TotemBeaver Totem


Mossy Green Silver Weave Ring

Some more bling!! Man, I love making these rings, they are so timeless looking. I love wearing mine.
My friend, and Resource teacher, Bonnie ordered this ring as an anniversary present for herself (via her husband). LOL! The mossy green really compliments her skin tone, and looks great on her hand :) So here are some drool worthy pictures for you to peruse!

Mossy Green Silver Weave RingBack ViewSide View


Bloggy Giveaway Carnival Month!!

>> Sunday, October 19, 2008

I just wanted to let you guys all know that it is Bloggy Giveaway Carnival this month! Actually it begins next week, Oct 27th - 31st, 2008, and I am so excited!

Lots of Blogs, Lots of Prizes! You have to go thru the list and enter! So click on the Bloggy Carnival Badge at the top of the page for more details.

I'll be hosting a giveaway next week also, but I'm not sure what to give away. A ring? Earrings? Cufflinks? An original Artist Trading Card? Hmmm....I had better get a move on and figure it out :) So check back next week!!


Books, and Magazines!

This year at Illustrated ATCs has been a big year. All the community members have completed some wonderful swaps and the most amazing cards! Everyone's gallery is so full of eye candy, and there is such incredible talent, that some members of wanted to share it with everybody!

Sal, Anne and Annie (owners/creators of had a great idea to make a compilation of everyone's work for a BOOK! Yes, a book! It is entitled "The Best of 2007". While they couldn't fit everyone's artwork in, they did have themes that we could submit for. Figurative Arts, Dark and Gothic, Funky Cats, and Whimsical, to just name a few.

Shel (long-standing member of, and owner of PotBelly Bears), also created a book, focusing on the amazing collaborative talents of our members at Her book, entitled "Colors: A Collaborative Perspective", treats us to a gorgeous array of original artwork, featuring small "inchies", large canvases, sculptural work and mixed media, to name a few. Each creation shows each members talents focused on a particular color; a true artist's palette.

Both of these books are available at, an online print-on-demand publisher. These are great books for the art enthusiast, artist trading card collector, professional or the person who just likes to look at the pretty pictures ;)

Click on the links above, or on the pictures to purchase. They make wonderful presents :)

The Best of 2007Colors: A Collaborative Perspective

Art Trader Magazine Vol. 4Also Art Trader Magazine Volume 4 is out! I apologize for not posting about Vols. 2 & 3, I completely forgot, but they are still available for download at

This quarterly magazine has a lot to offer to the Mail artist. It provides inspiration, new techniques, wonderful artwork to drool over and mini-tutorials!
I love getting this magazine, it is so informative, and I love the layout. And the people who put it together, they do it so well that you really get to know them. Did I say that I love this mag!? You definitely need to check it out, you will definitely know what I'm talking about when you see it!

Art Trader Mag Year 1Currently, it's only in Adobe PDF (online publication), but in the new year they are hoping to release it in print! All four 2008 magazine in one book! There's nothing like holding a book in your hand and perusing to your hearts content. Keep an eye out over at or here for more details!


I've neglected my blog...

>> Saturday, October 11, 2008

Shame Shame on me!

I've been so busy with work (mostly work), and other little projects at home, that I haven't uploaded anything new lately. Which is unfortunate, because the Bloggy Giveaways is coming up, and I've hardly posted anything worthwhile.

News: I'm starting a new mural at school (work). I love the people at my workplace, they always support me in my artwork. They want me to work with some students, and have them help me paint a mural in the Guidance room. Which is not a problem. My students seem to be really excited, and now we're just waiting on our paint order to come in so that we can get started. I would like to get it done before Christmas. It shouldn't take too long, as the design is not to convoluted like most of my work. It will be based on the Seven Sacred Teachings, and have the seven animals of the houses. The animals will be done in the NorthWest Coast artform, which is difficult to design, especially if you are not immersed in the local culture; but enjoyable nonetheless. I'll be posting the designs soon in my blog so you guys can see :)

Also, I'm going to be setting an up ETSY shop soon. I figured why not? I'll be selling my jewelry, and artwork. Some people have been asking if I will sell prints of my Totem cards, and I am seriously thinking about it. I think they would be nice as greeting cards. So be on the lookout. I'm hoping to have it all set up before Bloggy Carnival days.

Well, that's about it. I'll be posting some new pics of artwork and jewelry in the next little while. Enjoy!


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