Hello friends! There’s some new art up on the homepage and I’m especially excited about it! February is already halfway gone– how is that possible?! This month I am thankful for good health, lots of play time with the kids, and “us time” with the hubby!
I’m proud to say ClassyArtistBox.com has been growing like crazy since December!! If you aren’t familiar with what we’re doing over there, basically I started a monthly art box where I send out art supplies and a lesson each month! If you’re interested, we’d love to have you subscribe!
Here’s a preview of some of our projects coming out this March:
The Rainbow Abstract and Groovy Giraffe (below) are both new! The Abstract is an actual painting that would be a gorgeous statement piece in your home and the giraffe is a first of its kind giraffe print. I only did print editions of the watercolor giraffe so I could manipulate the background and offer a few options with that so let me know what you think of the print-only art format below!
I have been meaning to share this leopard teddy sweater with you all for so long, but the problem is that whenever I put it on we are either too busy to snap a picture or I feel so cozy I just want to nap!
The sweater is from Shein and you can either click on the links I made on the words or head to the Shein.com/us website and use the search ID 830253. Literally $15 + my discount and free shipping right now! How’s that for Black Friday Deals?!
Don’t forget that Shein is also offering my readers an exclusive discount: Q4TheClassy15 (Extra 15% off any purchase, valid from October 1st- December 31th, only US site: https://us.shein.com)
I was looking through my closet last night and realized that by now, most of the shirts I own are Shein brand because whenever I purge my closet, I keep my favorites!
It’s funny how that works. I used to have a bunch of designer sweaters + tops, but as I try to simplify I find myself keeping things I feel comfortable wearing. I tend to keep things that are comfortable, inexpensive, and chic.
2: Cool unique rings
This OBJEKTS store ring in white stone with gold is giving me all the feels this holiday season!
I have to admit though, the rainbow stone version is pretty rad too!
3: Personalized Tumblers
These Starbucks inspired coffee mugs from Etsy are so cute with the animal print! I looked specifically to see if someone made them with the tortoise shell print too, but no dice. I really like these though!
Soooo this may seem like a shameless plug, and it kinda is, but I really think it’s important to give gifts around the holidays that are meaningful and personal. Buying real art is a great way to do that. In the past I’ve gone to Target or other big stores like that and bought paintings and pictures to decorate. Of course those places give lots of people jobs too, but none of those employees actually depend on you buying art to make ends meet each month. They didn’t make it. They don’t care. But actual artists– creative entrepreneurs tying to sell their work — care a ton!
You know you can find my work and custom orders on the homepage of this site, but I also wanted to include some other artists who are worth checking out. First is Clementine Sunshine, an old friend of mine who makes fantastically groovy art, cards, and now calendars! Another artist who is worth a peek if you like abstracted, beachy/pastel colored work is Tiel Duncan. And her prints are super affordable.
5: The gift of creativity
All the experts say that spending $$ on things don’t make us humans happy, but spending on experiences can. And we see this in our lives too. KonMarie showed us how to regain our joy and purge all of the excessive buildup that happens when we buy THINGS. At the same time, we also know that making art is totally therapeutic in this world of constant motion, it’s calming to sit down and create something.
I don’t know if you heard, but in April I created an art subscription box, Classy Artist Box, to help others prioritize artistic creativity. There are a few different box options for different age groups, a homeschool art curriculum, and a box option for adults. Originally it was only a subscription box– meaning you get boxes in the mail each month unless you cancel or pause your subscription. But recently I added a new option called ProjPacks that are a project you get as a one-time purchase. Each box comes with an exclusive online video lesson, written instructions, as well as all supplies needed to do the project (except water and a video viewing device). 😆
Here I am fulfilling some of our orders this month. It honestly brings me so much joy knowing I’m bringing art into the homes of so many lovely customers each month!
I’ll link our ProjPack video below too!
Anyway, I’ll stop rambling about it but I had to add it to my list of 5 things because I truly believe in this product and am so excited to share it!
Today I wanted to share my favorite spring outfit that takes me through these crazy fluctuations in Minnesota weather! Next I have been dying to tell anyone who will listen about our double stroller because we’ve had it a few months now and still absolutely love it! Finally, I wanted to give a bit of a life update to tell you a few things you didn’t know about us lately.
First, my long leopard cardigan sweater and buffalo check tee are both from Shein. The buffalo check top is literally under $6 now and it’s probably my most worn top and I highly recommend it. I think mine is a size medium. They were gifted to me by the company awhile back and I still wear them all the time! I think the top is a few years old now! The denim shorts are from the Universal Thread line at Target and they work so well for me and my after baby body. I feel like they are long enough and fit the right way to hide some of my baby weight, yuh know?
Our stroller is the Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight and it is the best inexpensive double stroller ever! It’s sturdy, relatively light, folds up well, and has a cup holder! Plus, one of the biggest things about it for me was that it can hold a lot of weight so I don’t have to buy a new stroller as the kids get bigger. Oh, and the wheels work SUPER WELL, which was not our experience with our more expensive single stroller!
In other news, have you heard about our new business venture over here?! It’s an art subscription box called Classy Artist Box! Each month we send out supplies and access to a video lesson on our new site! This was our first month and I feel such a frenzy of nervously working out a few last minute kinks. BUT it’s so exciting to be able to do what I love and pass that joy to people around the country!
Today is an exciting day for us because in a little while we are launching our little kids boxes with options for preschoolers and elementary age kids! More on that soon, but for now here’s a link to our shop!
I love the kids boxes because it’s such a great way to spend time with your little ones in a way that you both can enjoy. Plus I’ve done all the shopping and creativity for you so you don’t have to come up with it all on your own!
Now I’m gonna go and start making the kids examples for our June boxes!! We are starting with fish related projects and I’m so excited to make them with Wolfie (who turns 3 this week)!!!!