Monday, March 26, 2012

Sketchbook Art

Hello! I know I've been a little absent here lately, so I thought I'd share some of my latest art projects! First up- I've been doing some work in my art journal and finished a few more pages...
Here's another random doodle I did for the Sketchbook Project...
And last but not least, I just finished this watercolor painting that will soon be added to my Etsy shop as an art print!
I bought a fancy new watercolor set and have been LOVING it! Hope you all have a wonderful week!
Peace, Rachel

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Young At Heart: Troll Dolls!

Remember playing with Troll Dolls?? Last weekend, I spent some time in my Mom's attic trying to dig up my troll doll collection. I managed to only find a few- including my Mom's own troll doll from when she was a little girl. She loved him so much, she gave him a haircut! 
Troll dolls were one of the biggest toy fads in the USA from 1963- 1965. They were originally created in 1959 by Danish fisherman and woodcutter, Thomas Dam. Being too poor to buy a Christmas gift for his daughter, Lila, he carved the first troll doll from his imagination. Soon the other children in the town were requesting them and they began spreading across Europe and eventually made their way to the US. (source)
 I used to love playing with my troll dolls! I especially loved (and wish I could still find) the tiny troll pencil toppers! They were so cute!

Monday, March 19, 2012

New Cards in the Shop!

Hi! Just thought I'd let you know I've added a few new card designs to my Etsy shop over the weekend!

Hope you are having a wonderful Monday! Peace, Rachel

Friday, March 16, 2012


And the winner drawn from the hat is..... Lilith Anne! Congrats! You've just won a copy of the book, Mend It Better!

Thanks to everyone who participated! Happy Friday!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Grey Day

Hi! You'll have to excuse my lack of blogging today. I'm having a can't-seem-to-get-out-of-bed-and-do-anything day. It's grey and rainy here in Portland and instead of working, I am distracting myself with doing dishes and cleaning my apartment. Now I'm ready to curl up on my couch and watch a movie... Summer can't come soon enough! See you Wednesday...

ps. Don't forget to enter my Giveaway! (Winner to be announced on Friday) 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mend It Better Giveaway!

Some of you may remember the book review I wrote a few weeks ago for Kristin Roach's new book, Mend It Better (it featured me as a contributing writer!). Well today I'm excited to announce that Storey Publishing has given me one copy of Mend It Better to giveaway to one lucky person! Woohoo!

If you are wondering what this awesome book is all about, take a look here and here.

Here are the rules to enter:
• Leave me a comment here with your email address.
• Tweet! (Something like: "Mend It Better Book Giveaway @CampSmartypants blog!"
• Post on Facebook either on my page or using @CampSmartypants.

You can enter one or all three ways! The winner will be announced next Friday, March 16 at 9am.

Good Luck!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Artist Love: Riikka Sormunen

I am loving the work of Finland artist and illustrator Rikka Sormunen. The intricate patterns and details she includes in her work is stunning!
See more of her work on her website.

Friday, March 2, 2012

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