Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas!

So excited to be heading back east, home for the holidays! I cannot believe we are celebrating our second Christmas as Iowans. What an incredible year it has been. I'd like to thank everyone for the love and support we've felt during our move and over this past year.

We wish you a warm and cozy Christmas! 
Sunny in Saint Olaf

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Zach's Album- Videogame Summer- available now!

Anyone in need of an awesome stocking stuffer under 10-bucks!?!?! Zach has worked over 9 years writing, making all of the music, recording, and mixing his album, Videogame Summer. It rocks, it rolls, and there's even a country track! (Can you believe it's only $8 and that includes shipping?!)

Nearly seven years ago, Zach picked me up for our first date, Feb 6th, 2008. We went to City Tavern and over a few cocktails talked about art, music, and life. While I forget most dates/ historical factoids/ movies I watched yesterday/etc, I remember that first night like it was yesterday. I remember sharing our art with each other; some paintings I was working on, and the songs he had been creating. I was blown away by our conversation, by the way he listened and seemed genuinely interested. It was so refreshing. 

Over the past seven years Zach's been by my side, he's been my number one supporter; he's believed in me, he's ever-so-patiently critiqued the hundreds of paintings I've sat in front of him , he's listened to me whine when I've had creativity-block. He's helped me set up at festivals, move studios, take pieces to galleries, and build my website. Most importantly, he's loved me when I needed it most, calmed me when I'm frustrated, and taught me to trust. He's been the best teammate I could have ever hoped for and I love him more each day. 

While we've been busy with school, work, getting married, buying and selling a home in NC, moving to Iowa, and life, Zach managed to finish the album he started over nine years ago! I am SOOOOOO proud of him! Videogame Summer was released on my 30th birthday and I am so happy I got to be by his side to celebrate! 

We would like to thank all of you who've already shown your love and support by purchasing and listening to Zach's CD.  You guys rock! 

For those of you interested in a copy of your own, for a friend, or for your office Secret Santa, follow the link above or below and a few easy clicks will have "Videogame Summer" at your door!  

(Orders must be placed by Wed Dec 17th in order to have them by Christmas)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shop Local ♥ Buy Art

Shop Local ♥ Buy Art 

While we celebrated "Small Business Saturday" last month, it is so important to shop local and support your neighbors every month! Each time you purchase from a small business, an artist, a crafts person, boutiques, Etsy, local bakeries, your local hardware store, your hometown restaurants and grocery, you are making a direct impact on individuals, their families, and the community. Even if you are purchasing things online, look to Etsy, Facebook, personal websites, etc. There are millions of hardworking people making crazy awesome creative treasures for anyone on your gift list. Thank you so much for buying local!

With this in mind and the holidays just around the corner, I decided to share some "local" shops, handmade gift ideas, and artisans who'd love to help you with your Christmas lists!

Elkader, Iowa
Kate's shop is full of beautiful art that is not only for decoration, but perfect for everyday use! 

I am a pottery person. I love it. I collect it. I like to get pottery from all over and from lots of different potters. I cannot get enough of Kate's. You'll love it too, and she'll ship it to you! Trust me, you'll  want to check out her website, click here, or follow her on facebook here

next up:

One Tiny Heart

These banners are gorgeous and all made by hand. I love Kristin's attention to detail and her clean chic style. Her banners are clever, cute and incredibly reasonable! One Tiny Heart makes banners for any and all occasions, cupcake toppers, gift bags, and more. You will have fun working with Kristin to come up with a personalized idea for your best friend's wedding shower, for your sister's baby shower, or just because. Visit her online shop at One Tiny Heart, and follow One Tiny Heart on Facebook!♥

Next we have:

Janet has done a truly incredible job of supporting Iowa products in Willow Creek on Main Street in Elkader. You can find a great variety of Iowa-made products all in one location!  To list a few: my own original J.Webb Fine Art & Photography, "it says" hand-painted signs by Elkader's very own Stacy, Strawberry Point's Mad Woman Pottery, iron garden decor from Victor, Molly and Drew's Beer Bread and Dips, two Iowa wineries-Cedar Ridge Winery & Empty Nest Winery, Milkhouse Candles, and more! I'm super grateful to hang my artwork in Janet's beautiful shop... come see us at 115 N Main in Elkader, Iowa!

Last but not least ;)

There are still a few days left to give original J.Webb art this Christmas.
 I will be shipping art through Thursday, Dec 18th. ♥
Or you can stop in and shop at Willow Creek!
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I would just like to thank all of my "out-of-towners" who continuously support me through online business. You guys rock and I'm so happy to be your "local artist"! If you ever get the chance to purchase from me in person, you'll see me do my happy dance! I literally do a little jump up and down happy dance over every single sale, no matter the scale. :) 

Thank  you so much to those who have believed in me, supported me and encouraged me along the way! I cherish the ability to create and connect with you through my art. I'm grateful. 


Shop local:
Turkey River Mall, Archive, JEM Salon, Mirror Images, Elkader Carpet and Design, Moser Family Pharmacy, Coast to Coast, Bridge Street Boutique, Wilkes (I'd love a bottle of organic cherry juice concentrate in my stocking... how bout you?!), the Elkader Floral Shop, your local Young Living Representative, Camp Power Sports, purchase an Elkader Yoga punch card for a friend, Alpine, the General Store, your local jewelry store, buy Opera House tickets, support your Elkader Cinema, and the list goes on and on!

These are great places you can support this holiday season and every season.
For a more complete listing and details visit MainStreet-Elkader

To all of my readers from afar, can you believe we have this awesome selection in small town Iowa? I didn't even get to the local cuisine and beautiful B&B's ...
blog post coming soon, and so should you!

What are some of your favorite local stores?
Can you think of 3 places you'll shop in your hometown?
What's your favorite online shop?