The Best Homemade Gift Ideas Monthly Digest: free-gift-ideas-newsletter-September2009.html

by: Brenda Mullard

Table of Contents:

Table of Contents:

1. They’re Going Back!

2. Welcome New Subscribers

3. What’s new?

4. Crafter/Artist Interview of the Month

5. Project of the month

6. Reader Recipes

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1) They’re Going Back! I laugh every single time I see this commercial. It is my all time favorite! As I sit writing this I am looking at my “Welcome Back” letter that all of the teachers get at the end of summer. It’s a beautiful day, we walk out to the mailbox and there it is.. the dreaded letter. As teachers we feel the same way most of our students do. There’s the sadness of having to go back. Our days of enjoying home life, family and kids comes to an end. Don’t get me wrong, I will still enjoy the items I just listed, but it’s different when you’re not at home full time. The nervousness of starting a new class. We teachers never know what to expect either. And of course the excitement of a brand new year with our nice clean classrooms and new school supplies. So as your children get ready to go back to school remind them that their teachers are probably feeling exactly the way they do right now.

2.Welcome New Subscribers

A big welcome goes out to all of my new subscribers! This website wouldn’t be worth creating if it weren’t for all of you. Thanks for your continued support! It’s great to have you all here. As always please feel free to share any comments you might have about my website or newsletter. Good and bad are always accepted and all comments and ideas considered!

3.What’s New?

This month you will find some great gift ideas for Halloween and Christmas It’s NEVER too early to start those Christmas gifts! Make sure to check out the new recipes on the gifts in a jar page.

I have also added new cards to my paper greeting cards shop I have just opened another greeting card shop at Zazzle I have been blogging away with crafty gift ideas, recipes and tips for gift giving on my Best Homemade Gift Ideas Blog I try to update my blog often with new project ideas, tips, and tricks. Feel free to stop by everyday! Become a follower and get notified when a new post is added!

5.Crafter/Artist Interview of the Month

4. Crafter/Artist Interview of the Month Since school is starting I thought it would be fun to interview a children’s book illustrator for the month of September. Becky Driscoll is a very talented and published illustrator. She not only illustrates for children’s books but she also has illustrated for magazines and greeting card companies. She has a fun colorful style to her illustrations. So it is my pleasure to introduce you to Becky Driscoll.

1) Could you describe your journey to becoming an artist? What were your original inspirations?

I have always known I wanted to be an artist. When I was two, I was drawing and creating. I think Disney inspired me as I remember going to see Bambi in the theater and just going WOW as the illustrations were so wonderful. I was 5 at the time. You just can't beat those Disney movies like Bambi and Lady and the Tramp.

2) How did you become interested in illustrating literature for children?

I love children's books and love looking at the illustrations. I also would like to tell a story with my art.

3) Who are some of your favorite children's illustrators? Were any of them particularly inspirational? If so, whom and why?

I think Beatrice Potter is one of my favorites. I love the way she illustrated and the stories she wrote.

4) Do you remember which illustrated children's books were your favorites back when you were a young reader and why?

Probably Bambi and Beatrice Potter. I liked Bambi as I love animals and I guess with Beatrice Potter too.

5) Could you please describe how you became a published illustrator?

A lot of hard work and getting your name out there and not giving up. It was pretty exciting getting my first greeting cards published.

6) Could you tell us a little about your illustration style? What's the medium you use to do you illustrations?

I illustrate in watercolor and then I use colored pencil to make highlights or detail in the work. I love using the traditional medium and having the painting in front of you when you are done. It is very satisfying.

7) Could you please go through the steps you use to submitting your work to publishers?

I usually research publishers first and find out if their style is suitable to mine. That is important as you don't want to send your work if it is not what the publisher wants. It is a waste of their time and yours. I will either send them colored copies or sometimes they want work via email. It just depends on the publisher. I will then send them updated post cards every 6 months or so to let them know I am still breathing. You can find a lot of publishers on line or an artist should buy the "Artists & Graphics Designers Market" They have oodles of publishers in there.

8) What has been your favorite project you have worked on so far?

I really don't have a favorite. I love doing all my art.

9) Do you have any big projects coming up in the near future? What are you currently working on now?

No big projects at this moment. I just finished up some greeting cards for Gallant Greetings so that was my last big project.

10) Do you have any advice for anyone interested in breaking into the illustration business? I guess to be persistent and never give up. You are always trying to sell yourself and getting a foot in the door. Also, keep drawing. Every day if you can. Even if it is doodling.

5)Project of the Month

Do you want to be published? Do you have a great gift idea you would like to share? Go to my share your gift ideas page and follow the directions on this page. Your idea won't only be used in my monthly e zine but you will also have a page published on my website. So what are you waiting for?

This new page makes it easy to submit a project idea along with pictures and instructions! 5)Project of the Month This month we have a really neat project that recycles old puzzle pieces. Hi, I'm Audrey! Crafting and Science is my life, I graduated high school this year! I'm planning on going to a community college nearby for two years to take my general education classes and as many different cheap classes as I can before i have to pay the big bucks at a state college. My dream for a few years now has been to be an Astronomer, but I also want to be able to still make and sell crafts.

I love how Audrey used such great colors. So bright!

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