When Santa is away, the Reindeer will Play

First, I have writers block and for some reason can’t come up with a clever title for this entry, so the one listed above is compliments of my husband.  He is currently giggling and very proud of himself.  He also happens to be very silly.

Now, on to business.

I have a friend who for the past 4 years has hosted the most fun and unique holiday party I have ever had the pleasure of attending.  This is by no means your traditional, run-of-the-mill cake & cookie party.  It’s not even a cocktail party.  Instead, she had the brilliant idea of hosting an annual trunk show at her home.  She actually has 12 local ladies who run their own business come to her home and set up booths just like a normal trunk show.  Each vendor is creative, each vendor is different and each vendor is a lot of fun.  Luckily, I had the privilege of being asked to be a vendor last year and thankfully, I have kindly been asked to return again this year.

At the time of the show last year I was in the VERY beginning stages of trying to get my little business off the ground.  At that point I had not even started this blog, but my sweet friend encouraged me to sell some of my art.  As a matter of fact, I give credit to my friend and her trunk show for giving me a reason to get off my lazy rump, get organized and get my creative juices flowing.  And it was because of her encouragement that I managed to create what are now my favorite series of watercolors.

Meet, my reindeer.

Reindeer Doubles Sketch with WatermarkDoubles Skating Reindeer with Watermark

I had more fun watching these guys come to life.  I think I smiled from when I started my first sketch to when I added the finishing touches.  By the time I was done I created a series of six scenes, which I framed and displayed on my buffet.  My girls squealed with delight when they first saw them (I may or may not have squealed with them).

Reindeer Paintings on Buffet with Watermark

I ended up making prints of my reindeer for last year’s trunk show.  Unfortunately, they didn’t sell well, but I think it’s just because no one was quite sure what to do with them.  However, I received tons of compliments and numerous people suggested I turn them into greeting cards.  Well, ask and you shall receive.

Dancing Cheering Reindeer with Watermark Skiing Skating Reindeer with Watermark

As if I couldn’t love them more!  I also turned a few more of my designs into greeting cards.

Ornaments with Watermark

While I was at it I even created some hand illustrated gift tags and place cards.

Christmas Tags with Watermark Thanksgiving Tags with Watermark Staged Thanksgiving Tag with Watermark

The past few weeks I have had so much fun switching gears and getting back to my artistic side.  I am also looking forward once again visiting with all of the lovely and inspiring women who will be at the trunk show.

I still have some more items to create, but luckily, the show isn’t until mid-November.  I’ll be sure to give you an update on how it goes.  Wish me (and my reindeer) luck!

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