Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Huge Goal Realized Today!

I have always wanted to make the front page with a treasury I created.  Well today was my day.  I got a convo from a fellow Etsy member telling me that a treasury I made yesterday was on Etsy's Front Page this morning.  Talk about a great start to the day.
You can see the treasury here.
Let's hope this trend continues.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

I'd Wear That: Sexy Jeans and Leather Jacket.

Take away the scarf, and swap the shoes for an awesome pair of boots.  Love the fit of the jeans, the jacket and shirt, and the hair and glasses.
Via Here.

Monday, January 14, 2013

And The Winner IS...

Congratulations to Dana, who wrote,
1. Favorite print - it's a tie between Mason Jar and On My Mind. 2. I'm a Facebook fan. 3. I shared the giveaway on Facebook.Thanks for the giveaway!! 
Please email me at gallivantinggirl41@yahoo.com to let me know the size and name of the image you want.  I'll get it to the printers and have it headed your way before you know it.
Via Flickr Commons.
And don't dispair if you didn't win because all of you that participated are more than welcome to take advantage of the coupon code "GIVEAWAY" in my photography shop AND/OR my originals shop to get 25% off your order.  Thanks to each and every one of you for entering, it means a whole lot to me.

PS--If you didn't participate, but found this post--guess what you can use the coupon code "THANKYOU" to get 10% off your order from either shop.

Have a great day!

Playlist #7: Try Not To Worry.

Cover Art Via Flickr Commons.
Listen or Via Tumblr.

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Bad Weather Theory.

The Worse the Weather, the More Trouble You'll Find.
Don't let the innocent look deceive you--she's obnoxious.
I had a funny episode out in the barnyard last night.  It was almost dark and I went out to feed.  Our heifer calf (she weighs about 650# now) was bawling and I spotted her in a pasture out behind the barn (she wasn't supposed to be there).  I trudged out into her pasture (where she was supposed to be) in muck boots and a maglite.  I couldn't find any place where she'd broken through and she was on the other side of the fence dancing and carrying on because she was so happy to see me.  I had to walk clear around into the horse lot (we've got two; a blind-in-one-eye gelding that spooks at everything and a mildly neurotic mare).  I shooed them out of the way because I was going to have to bring the heifer through their lot to get her back where she belonged.  It is officially really raining at this point, and dark.  I open the gate, in runs the heifer.  At the sight of the horses, the heifer became as giddy as a puppy thinking she'd found her long lost soul mates.  At the sight of the heifer, the horses thought she was the Angel of Death out to kill them both.  They snorted and took off running to the north side of the property with her chasing them (I thought great they'll go right through the fence), but no, the heifer stopped, noticed the light beam from my maglite, and turned toward me.  Apparently, she's part cat and she started bellering and jumping around me and "attacking" the light.  I couldn't get her to go into the barn for anything.  I finally went and got a bucket of feed and waded through foot deep mud to persuade her to follow me.  After almost an hour of this she went back to where she came from, the horses calmed down enough I could separate them and feed them, I took care of the rabbits and the barn cat and went back to the house.  After I got my pjs on, I realized I'd left the barn light on, so I made a fashion statement with my muck boots and cropped yoga pants to go turn it back off.  Never a dull moment.

It is a given though--thunderstorms, ice, blizzards.  These will be the chosen times your livestock will get loose, sick, or give birth.  It's scientifically proven.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Blog of Note: This Momma Makes Stuff.

One of my biggest goals / dreams is to learn how to sew.  I came across a tutorial for sweaters turned into a baby blanket and it led me to this girl's blog.   Sigh, my heart aches now.  So much sew-y goodness.  I've got the sewing machine, just gotta find the gumption.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Friday, January 4, 2013

Giveaway Time!! Win a Free Print.

--WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN:  Congratulations to Dana!--
I'll be choosing one lucky person to take their pick of any print in my shop.  Details below.

Win a FREE print.  Your choice of print, in any size 11x17 or smaller, (square format or regular).

How to Enter:

  • Leave a comment here with the title of your favorite print from the shop. (1 Entry).
  • Like The Gallivanting Girl on Facebook (1 Entry).
  • Follow this blog (1 Entry).
  • Share about this giveaway on Facebook (1 Entry).
  • Share about this giveaway on your blog (1 Entry).
  • Share about this giveaway on Twitter (1 Entry).
Make sure you come back and tell me what you did (you can lump them into one comment, I'll still count them individually).

Entry Deadline:  January 14, 2013--I'll draw the winner at Noon EST.
Good luck!  Have fun!

Blog of Note: The Jealous Curator.

I can't believe I haven't blogged about her before (I honestly thought I had in a previous "Blog of Note").  I'm remedying that right now.  Such a fantastic blog which has introduced me to sooo very many new artists.  It's a great place to get lost for awhile. 


Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Year's Resolutions--2013 Edition.

This is my favorite time of the year.  How inspiring is a fresh, brand-new year spreading out before you?  I feel like I've got an imaginary pep squad behind me all day saying, "You can do it!  You're fantastic!  This is Your year!"

Cheering Kids via Flickr Commons.

I won't bore you with all my goals.  I've been writing them since early December and have more than two pages worth.  I'll just share a few.

  • Wake up before dawn daily (so far so good--up before 6 everyday this week).
  • Enter a juried art show.
  • Interview at least 20 more artists.
  • Try a new recipe a week.
  • Make it to 300 sales.

My "Someday Gallery"--aka the old John Deere Dealership in town.

  • Go inside my 'someday gallery.'
  • Get my press up and running.
  • Start and Finish 90 Days of Exercise (I'm on Day 4 Already).
  • Do a 365 Day Project (On Day 3).
  • Get my ears pierced--yes, I'm 27 and have never had earrings.
  • Start working on the 'perfect wardrobe'--(in other words, clothes that fit).
  • Volunteer my time.
  • Say "Yes" more than "No."
  • Teach Joe to write all her letters and numbers (this is going really quickly, I'm happy to report).
That's all I'll take your time up with.  I'm really, really looking forward to this year.  I've got big plans.

What are your goals/resolutions this year?

Interiors I Dream About: Fantastic Dining Rooms.

I have six chairs almost identical to these.  I love the grandness of table and lighting.  I would greatly enjoy hosting all sorts of dinners and get togethers in a room like this.
Found via Den of Opulence on Tumblr.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New in the Shop Today.

A few winter photographs went into the shop this morning.  This is one of them:
"Winter Catalpa" by Julia Wright (me)
Available here.

Craigslist Cravings: Huge Retro Couch.

This couch is (a) huge, (b) a bit gaudy, (c) unique.  I could see it painted a dark color so that you just get a hint of the embellishments, but it gets toned down a few notches.  It'd be a one-of-a-kind kind of couch I'd say.  It's clear over in California, so perhaps a west-coaster would be interested in it.

Images via Craigslist.

Playlist #5: --Just Like The Movies--

Cover Art Via State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.

Listen via Tumblr.