Kathleen Creates

No So Deep Thoughts from the Artist In the Basement

How do you thank someone for buying your art? October 1, 2007

Filed under: Art,Blogging,Buy my art!,Life,Mixed media,Not so deep thoughts,recycled art — kathleencreates @ 5:01 pm

A fridge magnet - the item purchased.Thank you card

I have had a few sales on Esty (Etsy is a fabulous place to buy and sell handmade items.  Check out my shops by clicking on the links under “buy my art”) and am now wondering what to send as a thank you.   If the item is above a certain price and the package can hold another item, I might send a little freebie that doesn’t raise the price of shipping.  However, my last couple of sales have been refrigerator magnets.  These items sell for only $4.00 and the $2 shipping won’t cover the addition of another item.  So what to send?  I have started making little thank you cards on scraps of watercolor paper.  I figure it is a nice gesture and uses up a piece of paper that would normally be garbage. 

But it leaves me thinking… Is it wrong to thank an art buyer with more art?  Seems like rather circular logic to me.  I mean, just because they buy something from me doesn’t neccesarily mean they will like my style of doodle art.   True, I have gotten a good reaction from these pieces, but that does not mean they are universally loved.  So I wonder, do I look like I am cheaping out?  Or is it really the thought that counts?

 Let me know what you think.  I would be interested in your opinions.



Hello my name is Kathleen and I am a purseaholic. September 17, 2007

Filed under: Art,Blogging,Life,Mixed media,recycled art,sewing — kathleencreates @ 12:38 am

goldpurse1.jpgOrange thread sketching tote

So there I said it.  I am on a never ending quest for the perfect purse.  I keep thinking if I could just find that purse, then I wouldn’t want for anything ever again.  But who am I kidding.  I see so many purses that I adore and it seems that I am not alone in my quest.  I just kept thinking, I could make that and make it better. 

 My prices start at $30, a little incentive to get you hooked.  Actually, I don’t think a good purse should cost an arm and a leg.  Just my humble opinion. 

I would love to hear your thoughts not only on my current stock but also as to what you think makes the “perfect purse.”  If you like what you see, let me know or place an order for a custom purse.  Your design, my creativity. 


Thread sketching is great! September 9, 2007

Filed under: Art,Blogging,Collage,Mixed media,Not so deep thoughts,sewing — kathleencreates @ 2:38 pm


After seeing the amazing work of my fellow blogger Kelli Perkins  http://ephemeralalchemy.blogspot.com/2007/06/more-thread-sketching.html  I jumped at the chance to take a thread sketching class.  Let me tell you, I am in love!  I was already doing something like this with my applique, but learning the technique has taken my art to a whole other level. 

 In the class, we worked on a sweet little pillow (emphasis on the word sweet) in pinks and purples.  I then was introduced to variegated thread (such a great idea!!) and found a whole new calling.  Look for many more of my pieces/products to feature thread sketching.  In fact, I came home from the class and pulled out two tote bags I had bought at Ikea for embellishing (Love the cheapness of Ikea.)  I sat down and gave them a good painting to which I will add thread sketching.  I just have to go back to the store for more variegated thread (look at all the pretty colors…)

 The pic above is of the front of the pillow I worked on in class.  As I am not much for pillows, I will probably turn this into a purse and offer it for sale on Etsy.  If I make a little money, I can buy more stuff to do more thread sketching!  (Have I mentioned I love thread sketching?)


Jewelry September 6, 2007

Filed under: Art,jewelry,Not so deep thoughts,Uncategorized — kathleencreates @ 3:08 pm


I started my artistic career as a jewelry artist.  Although I am in a “mixed-media mode” my first love will always be creating jewelry.  There is something so zen about creating a simple yet elegant piece of jewelry.  Whether it be earrings that dangle and shine, a bracelet that adds a touch of whimsy or a truly glamorous necklace, I find real joy in creating jewelry. 

 The piece shown above is a 14k gold necklace and earring set, one of the few I have made in gold.  Most of my work is in Sterling silver.

 In the interests of revisiting my first love, I have opened a second shop on Etsy, selling my jewelry creations and a few extra jewelry making supplies.  Check it out if you are so inclined.  I’ll gladly take 10% off of any jewelry item if you mention you saw my blog at the time of purchase.



P.S. Here is a link to a really great set of beads.  I just bought too many!



Still more skinny book pages August 26, 2007


This pair brings me up to 12.  Only 14 more to go.


More skinny book pages

Filed under: Art,Collage,Mixed media,Not so deep thoughts,skinny book,Uncategorized — kathleencreates @ 1:48 pm


I finally decided to bite the bullet and tackle some more skinny book pages.    You will recall from previous posts that I am making 26 original pages for  Chrysti Hydeck’s skinny book exchange (as featured in a recent issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.) Partially due to my fear that I will wake up and have all the unfinished pages due at once, and partially because I am tired of making purses right now (I have a whole bunch posted on my Etsy site www.beautifullystrange.etsy.com) I chose to make 4 pages.  Here they are with (hopefully) a few more to follow in the next few days.


More skinny book pages August 25, 2007

Filed under: Art,Collage,Mixed media,Not so deep thoughts,skinny book,Uncategorized — kathleencreates @ 5:47 pm