2016 was almost silent for The Grateful Red. I apologise for that! 2016 turned out to be a big big year for my family and myself outside of my business and unfortunately that meant something had to give… and it was my beloved Grateful Red.
However….. that also led to some time to think about what I am doing, what I want to do and on what journey I wish to take you all!
So…. welcome to 2017 and a year of new adventures. What does 2017 bring to The Grateful Red? A complete change in direction. A refocusing on what is important to me and bringing that all together to share with you in the form of new works.
Living in a lovely rural community, in a ramshackle 115 year old cottage, surrounded by my animals and gardens, I found that the consumerism of printed paper works was starting to grate on my love of all things vintage and recycled. So this year I am bringing you a range of works that focuses on ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’.
vintage blue and white plate upcycled with gorgeous curved shape to make this beautiful necklace
Blue and white patterned vintage plate hand carved to creat this beautiful pendant
SOLD – Willow pattern plate hand carved into an organic shape and finished with vintage costume jewellery chain
SOLD – Sterling silver napkin ring recreated into this gorgeous bracelet
Upcycled vintage tin is used to create these hand cut earrings. Green and silver tassels and sterlling silver ear wires
To kick it off I have been working with some of my lovely china pieces I haven’t had the heart to throw out once they were damaged and broken, as well as using some lovely vintage costume jewellery pieces I have collected over the years and remodelling some other vintage items. Keep up to date here and on Facebook.com/thegratefulredstudios or Instagram: thegratefulredstudio to see what I have been making.
All items are OOAK and you are guaranteed to own your own unique piece. I would love to hear what you think of this new direction (good and bad!).
Warm hugs and HAPPY 2017!
While on the subject of new works…. here is a sneak peek of three new designs that will be out at markets this week and in store soon : )
Most of you would not know but at The Grateful Red Studio I donate 10% of sales each month to a worthy cause, charity or event. I generally do this anonymously and quietly but I think sometimes it pays to speak out and raise awareness.
I particularly want to highlight this month’s donation which is going to
Here is a brief overview of what Elki’s family are going through:
On New years Eve while every one was preparing to see in 2016, Lisa and Jevon rushed Elki to hospital as they were concerned with how pale she was and noticed bruses appearing all over her body, at the hospital she had bloods taken and only hours later, Lisa and Jevons world was turned upside down, Elki had been diagnosed cancer, at this stage the doctors had not discovered which type of cancer Elki had. after reciving a blood transfusion as hers blood counts were low, the very next morning they were pack up and heading to Brisbane. This is where Elki was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia after recieving further tests by the Oncologist.
Elki is a strong willed little girl who doesn’t give up easily.
Elki started treatment days later at Lady Cilento Children Hospital Brisbane.
We know it may be a long and difficult stuggle for the whole family who are absolutely devastated by the news.
Please keep Elki, her sisters and her Mum and Dad in your thoughts. They will be in Brisbane for the foreseeable future.
Although I don’t know Elki personally – I do know some of her close friends. If you can help in any small (or big) way – please do : ) Or alternatively – please share the shit out of this post and get the word out there!
I am pleased to introduce my two newest prints to The Grateful Red family. Thank you to our wonderful Instagram and Facebook family for putting forward so many awesome names to choose from! My two beautiful sons each drew a name from the box and Marlia (left) and Keeya (right) were the two beautiful names chosen!
They are currently available only via direct message but I will aim to have them in store come Easter time when I do a refresh and restock.
I think this is something we all need to keep in mind (me especially). So often I am consumed by ideas that I am too timid to follow through with. So as part of my Critter collection I have added this inspirational quote alongside ‘Morgan’, who, though looking hesitant is taking that leap and flying alone, above the treetops.
Morgan was only completed last night and is freshly available on my Etsy store here.
Happy 2016 and welcome to my first Friday Freebie and to celebrate a year of creativity and art – this seems a most fitting print to share with you all.
Friday Freebie – A4 print Creativity and Art – free for personal use
Please click here to download an A4 version of this print. This print is free for personal use. Please feel free to share this post for others to enjoy : )
Have an awesome weekend!
Cheers, Little Red.
Welcome to 2016… officially the Year of the Critters!
After launching my first Critters at the end of 2015 they have been a huge success and I have started working on adding to the Critter family in 2016.
First up is ‘Geraldine’. Geraldine is a very Zen Critter. She focuses on inner peace and harmony. Geraldine’s mediation mantra is “Sky above me, Earth below me, Fire within me”.
Please welcome Geraldine to the Critter family.
Ok… it has been a little quiet here as of late. This time of year is just so busy! Trying to get orders out before Christmas is a stretch! However, in my spare time I have been taking a little whimsical journey in my sketch book.
Here is the outcome so far … I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them.
if you surrender to the wind you can ride it
some see a weed, some see a wish…
go confidently in the direction of your dreams
it takes a long time to grow an old friend
i find peace in the rain
let’s meet for coffee and then go on lots of adventures together
I needed to remind myself today that anything is possible as long as you try hard enough…
I was lucky enough to get my hands on some paper from the beautiful Marigold Mountain (check her out on Etsy here) to play with and just had to make up a new piece of art to go with her earthy papers. I only have three of these (above image) available so please email me directly if you would like one of them as I won’t be listing them in my store.
I also had some fun with a digital print version (above) as well and you can find this print in my shop here.