Enjoying a Slow Saturday

Hi friends! How are you? I hope you are enjoying the weekend. It always feels weird on the days after Thanksgiving. The kids are home, many people are off from work and it feels like a couple of Sundays strung together. You see different neighbors when you walk the dog and things are slow and calm. I am sure that’s not the case in town for the folks working or shopping and however you choose (or have) to spend the days following Thanksgiving I hope you enjoyed it:)

I’ve been making my Christmas cards. I made 32 today of one design and I did 12 of another design yesterday. I hope to get them mailed out on Monday and then I can share the designs with you. I was able to use up a lot of older product and that feels so good! I love coming up with new ways to use old stuff and mixing old with new. It’s so satisfying to use stuff up, don’t you think?

Today is Small Business Saturday. I thought it would be nice to highlight a couple of small companies that sell watercolor stuff and are nice people. First up the Etsy shop “A Little Creative“. I met the owner April last year and she also lived in Maine, unfortunately (for me) she moved but luckily we still keep in touch. She sells the Polish line of watercolors called Renesans. They are a very high quality/low cost paints. I reviewed the pans here and the tubes are also excellent. She is offering 10% off (keep in mind the prices are shocking low to begin with) and free shipping on orders over $35 through Tuesday. These paints will make an excellent gift to any watercolor painter on your gift list.

Another small company that I am a big fan of is The Portable Painter. They make my favorite travel palette that I have been using pretty much exclusively since I got it and it was on my Christmas Gift Guide last year. It’s a 12 pan sketch-box that comes empty and you fill with the paint of your choosing (maybe the Renesans paint I mentioned above) and it has 2 water-buckets that attach to each end and I can rest it over my leg when painting in my Kayak or set it on the ground at the beach and the water-bucket legs keep the palette out of the sand. It’s brilliant! They are making a micro palette that is less expensive than the portable palette and cute as a button and I though you might like to know about it. I’d say it would make a cute stocking stuffer but I’m not sure if it will be out by Christmas but the original portable painter is a fantastic palette to give any painter who wants to paint out in nature. Here is a look at the new micro version. I will review it when it comes out.

Finally I did want to mention a big sale from a company that has been growing the last couple of years: Arteza. They have been knocking it out of the park with affordable, quality art supplies. I have been very impressed at the quality of their products and customer service. I would rate their supplies at the level of the serious student/crafter and you always get more than your moneys worth. I really like their Ever-blend alcohol markers (their 120 set is on sale for $72 this weekend, regular $129), Gouache paint, Real brush watercolor pens, canvas panels and expert watercolor pencils to name a few. Honestly the only thing I don’t love from them is their watercolor paint but I am very picky with watercolors and theirs are fine, they just didn’t knock my socks off. I am not sure if you can use a coupon on top of their black Friday sale which is up to 60% off but you can try PROMO10 and see if you can save more. I am so happy to see this company grow and hear from my viewers how well they were treated by them when they ordered.

I hope you are having a good weekend. I plan on taking one of my daughters to the local antiques mall tomorrow to do some Christmas Shopping. I hope to find some unique treasures that will bring joy to my loved ones this year. I know there is a lot to choose from these days so I just wanted to highlight a couple of online business that I think are worth a look and offer clever and reliable products that would make nice gifts. Just as a disclaimer I am an Amazon and Arteza affiliate and I do earn a small commission if you make a purchase through some of my links. I think I am going to head back down to my craft room now and see if I can come up with another Christmas Card design to batch out, I have an idea for a farmhouse style card, now, I just have to see if I have a pickup truck stamp, if not, I’m sure I’ll find something that will work. happy crafting!

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