Mercado Holiday Bazaar Recap

I had a great time at the Mercado Holiday Bazaar.  These art shows are quickly becoming my favorite social outlet. I’ve been making so many new friends and getting to see my favorite fellow vendors as well as seeing returning customers. Always such a joy.

Of course there are the down parts, like having to work like crazy, not getting enough sleep and trying to work through a head cold. And there is also the rare unhappy person who comes to your booth full of negativity.

It’s life and it’s all worth it. I LOVE what I do and I will be forever thankful.

But now the art show season is over and I am trying to get a lot of rest to recuperate while also making up for lost time with the kids.  Today, we made a gingerbread house, tomorrow we make paper stars and ornaments, then snowflakes and cookies, per request and as promised!

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Tender Spirit

Tender Spirit portrait of a girl by Regina Lord
Tender Spirit
11 x 14 acrylic on birch panel

I’ve been working on this painting, off and on, for over a week. I just couldn’t get those wings right.  At first I had pencil sketched them in over the white, but it just didn’t sit well with me.  I finally painted over the pencil marks and am much happier about it.

Only three days left to get ready for my last art show.  I am really looking forward to this show, but the stress of it being right before Christmas is making me feel a whole lot of crazy!!  Really looking forward to January!!

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more ornaments

Little Animal Ornaments - Art by Regina Lord

I think I am finally done with making ornaments for the year. This is my last batch.

Bird Ornaments by Regina Lord

I think I’ve made a total of 70 this season!

Owl Ornaments by Regina Lord

Painting them is the best part, but not so much the sanding, varnishing and wiring part. Happy to be taking a break from that for a while, that is, after I finish these.

Ornaments - Art by Regina Lord

My last art show for the season is in less than 2 weeks, so these won’t be making it into my shop. But, if you see something you like, please send me an email! The ones with the red x over the letter have been sold.

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Free Embroidery Patterns

It's all good - free embroidery pattern by Regina Lord

 For the last couple of years, I’ve made a free printable embroidery pattern for Thanksgiving, and I’m afraid I am running late this year. So, I am making up for it with two!

An everyday, “it’s all good” bird, to remind us that life is good, all of it.

free embroidery pattern by Regina Lord

And, a holiday Christmas tree, inspired by my chalkboard art from last year. I left out the word ‘believe’ simply because I couldn’t fit it in.

You’ll need: pre-washed, solid-colored cotton fabric, embroidery hoop, needle, floss and either transfer paper or transfer pen or pencil.

To transfer (2 options):
1)Place printed pattern right-side up with fabric on top, trace firmly over design with transfer pen or pencil. May need light source like a light box or window.
2) Lay transfer paper (chalk side down) onto fabric. Place printed pattern right-side-up on top and trace lines with ballpoint pen pressing firmly so that chalk transfers to fabric.

Embroidery: Use half strand of floss (3 strands out of 6) for best results. Use any colors you like.

Use the following links for basic stitches (I use the back stitch for most of my embroidery, sometimes with a few fancy stitches thrown in):
Sarah’s Hand Embroidery (see side bar)
Basic Embroidery Stitches
Basics to Embroidery(video)

Uses: Maybe for a tote bag, decorative pillow front, wall hanging, dishcloth, quilt square, apron or maybe even a t-shirt. Skies the limit!

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Full of Wonder

Full of Wonder - Art by Regina Lord
Full of Wonder
8×10 acrylic and pencil on birch panel
(sold – thank you!)

Art by Regina Lord

This little painting was inspired by a vintage black and white photo I found online a while back.

Art by Regina Lord

It was such a fun little painting to do. I’ve been using the paint and pencil techniques that I used in my last art journal.

Art by Regina Lord

Here is the little painting popped into a gold frame.  Cute and sweet!

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boho girl

boho girl -art by Regina Lord
11×14 acrylic and pencil on birch panel

I think I saw a shirt like this somewhere and it just really stuck with me. I thought it would be fun to paint.

boho girl - Art by Regina Lord

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dreaming buddha

Dreaming Buddha - Art by Regina Lord

Dreaming Buddha
6 x 12 acrylic on cradled wood panel
(sold ~ thank you!!)

Dreaming Buddha - Art by Regina Lord

I thought this would be my last Buddha for a while, but I really love how this one turned out and might have to make one more, or two.

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Buddha and Ganesh

Praying Buddha - Art by Regina Lord
Praying Buddha
8 x 8 mixed media on cradled wood panel

 I felt inspired to do another Buddha and a Ganesh too. I’ve been wanting to do a Ganesh for a while.

Ganesh - Art by Regina Lord
12 x 12 acrylic on canvas
(Sold ~ thank you!)

Ganesh (aka, Ganesha, Ganapati, Vinayaka) is the Hindu deity know as the remover of obstacles.  There are many variations the iconic Ganesh, and also many symbolic meanings. For example, the big head of the elephant symbolizes “big think”. Small mouth means to talk less, big ears for listening more.  Open hand for blessing those on the right path and the hand carrying a “sweet” bowl symbolizes the rewards of hard work. The big belly is for digesting both the good and bad in life. There is more, not depicted in my simplistic version, but I love all of the symbolism and meaning of the wise elephant.

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Shop update, sale and new art!

girl with coffee or tea - art by Regina Lord
4×6 acrylic on paper with 8×10 double mat

I did a bunch of small art on paper. They are matted and ready to pop in an 8×10 frame. Just a few of my favorites.

spanish beauty - art by Regina Lord
Spanish Beauty
4×6 acrylic on paper with 8×10 double mat

Hummingbird in Lavender Field - art by Regina Lord
Hummingbird in Lavender Field
5×7 acrylic on paper (sold)

Girl with Bird - art by Regina Lord
Little Visitor
8×10 acrylic and pencil on handmade marble paper

I love the magical, fairy tale quality of this one and the look and feel of the marbled paper.

Blessing banners are now in my shop again.  These are professionally printed on ultra-heavyweight card stock with a gloss finish.

Zen Flag Blessing Banners

Three different designs — limited quantities.

Wood Slice Ornaments - art by Regina Lord

Ornaments/mini-original art, happy to hang around all year long. Sweet angels, a few Fridas and birds and a lone little kitty!

And don’t forget 2015 Calenders! For calendars sold in the US, the they will come with a list of the major US Holidays and stickers!! Stickers are fun!!


Wishing you a wonderful and yummy Thanksgiving weekend!

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big fun at the TMA Holiday Market

tucson museum of art holiday artisans market

Four done, one to go.

tucson museum of art holiday artisans market

I don’t think I have ever been more exhausted after an art show.  It was a busy, busy, busy three day market, but also really fun! I think I slept most of yesterday away with a bit of an art show hangover.

tucson museum of art holiday artisans market

I am so happy to have almost 4 weeks until the next show.  I’ll have a little bit of time to focus on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

tucson museum of art holiday artisans market

I will also have time to get some stuff into my etsy shop tonight and tomorrow (and possibly a little holiday sale- hint, hint)

tucson museum of art holiday artisans market

I have 15 ornaments left, a few banners and some small, matted original art to add to the shop.

tucson museum of art holiday artisans market

I am sorry to say that there are no owls and only 3 birds left, but I will be making more!

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