Welcome to my blog which gives a peek at the "behind the scenes" of my shop over on Etsy, Ji Babu. I create a little of this and that, trying to reuse or repurpose items that otherwise might have ended up in the garbage. I love hearing from my fans, so drop me a note to say Hi or if you have any questions - ji.babu.shop [at] gmail [dot] com

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Exciting News!

I just got word yesterday that I was chosen to be part of a special group of young Emerging Artists in a Showcase at the Annual Corn Hill Arts Fest!  This showcase will be open the whole Fest during the daytime on Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th!  If you are local and plan on coming to Corn Hill this summer, please come see me.  We, as of now, should be in the Nathaniel Rochester Community School parking lot at 85 Adams Street.  I am definitely looking forward to this festival and am already making new prints and getting to do lots of matting, framing, and mounting.  More to come...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Blog Discovery.

I am still working out how I want to pace differently themed posts...  I definitely want to share other artists and crafters' blogs, so today that is what's happening.

I found this Etsian (Julie Ann Art) last week with her fun robot art... she also has cupcakes, elephants, and all sorts of other lovely designs.

Check out her shop, and also her blog- it's pretty fabulous, and I just entered to win the most awesome set of mustache mugs... if you hurry, you might make it in time to enter as well!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Etsy Shop Grand Opening Coupon Code.

Wow - how's that for a post title!?!  Anyhoo, the shop officially has more than ten items, with more on their way, SO through the month of May, enjoy 20% OFF your entire order!

Use coupon code: GrandOpening when checking out at www.jibabu.etsy.com


Enter to win this print over at:

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A day off.

Yesterday, I took the WHOLE Saturday off.  I am pretty sure this has not happened since maybe early January.  Off of housework.  Off of Etsy business stuff.  Off of pretty much everything.  It was marvelous.

The day began early as my small person (now aged 17 months!) has decided he does in fact, want to take after his father and get up at the butt crack of dawn.  Pretty much every day this week has begun by 6:30 at the latest - thankfully my lovely husband knows how much of a morning person I am not and has been non-grudgingly taking the first shift.

With the early start in the day, we were packed up and ready to go by 9ish.  The plan was the head to Buffalo, NY to check out the Museum of Science as I'd scored 4 free tickets in a giveaway.  The museum lacked the draw to hold us there much more than 2 hours though it might have been the loud grumblings in our stomachs that made us decide it was foodtime.  I don't know Buffalo all that well, so I'd done a quick Google search early in the morning to check out restaurant reviews and come up with a list of at least a dozen that looked promising.

We ended up at a tiny little place on Elmwood Ave that was more than promising.  It was devine.  So, if you are ever in Buffalo. and you're hungry, I highly recommend Europa Bistro.  We tried all kinds of stuff, and between the 4 of us (my brother had come along, and yes, we ordered Dom his own stuff, mostly so we could try it...), managed to try several amazing dishes.  I'm not a restaurant reviewer writer by any means, but it was so good, I might travel to Buffalo just to eat there again.

The day was not yet over.  No more plans had really been made, but we had a map, and we knew Buffalo had a zoo, and we also knew we got a discount.  All those reasons made for a pretty compelling urge to go search out the Buffalo Zoo.  Also, very worth it.  We all had a blast - I almost wanted to sneak a spider monkey out.  Man, they were cute.  Dom was thrilled with finally seeing a gorilla in person - although one of his first words, his experience to gorillas had been limited to the book "Goodnight Gorilla."

I decided to count yesterday as my real Mother's Day - today was fantastic as well, but I did clean the toilet, so I'll go with the adventures of Buffalo with the win for the weekend.  For now, it's off to bed.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New Listings!

Four new items up in the Ji Babu shop!  As soon as I get ten up on there, I will officially start the Grand Opening sale, and I promise, faithful blog followers, you shall get the coupon code offer!  I might even do a giveaway!

For now, check out what I put up today:

Ji Babu on Etsy

I'd love some feedback as well, so leave me a note on here!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

MayDay Update + Photos

So, MayDay Underground was this past Saturday.  It went fantastically!  The Main St. Armory, where they held this one, was a fantastic location, and I lucked out being the 4th table in smack in the middle.  Sadly, since I was stuck behind my table much of the day, I didn't really get to wander and see the other awesome vendors, but from my perch, the variety and skill was great.  I also got to sit next to some very fun watermelon pillows from ArtSnack.

All in all, the day proved to be worth it, if not only for the many fun connections I made.  I look forward to applying (and hopefully getting into) the November show.

Here's the table as a whole...

A closer view...

Framed dictionary prints, and a corner of the magnet tray.

The photo prints side along with the card sets displayed in the red wire basket.

And here is me.  A little blurry, but oh well.

First Listing in the Etsy shop!