My 3rd Year of Business! Celebratory Give Away!

It’s official – I’ve been in business for 2 whole years! My 1st selling venture was the Red Dirt Art Festival in April of 2007, and here it is, 2 years later, and Red dirt is coming up next weekend! It’s amazing, everything that’s happened in my artistic life, in these past 2 years! I’ve had a lot of success, one of the most important things was for me to define what success IS! And for now, my success is defined as:

Being able to financially support my artistic endeavors, and to continue to grow as an artist.

Going Green April 09 001For me, this is a big lesson! Just because I can keep making bags and scarves and selling them doesn’t mean I SHOULD! I want to continue to make the art I want to make as well, not make another $1000 this year…because, lets face it, although $1000 is NOT chump change, it doesn’t go far when it comes to paying the mortgage, or putting food on the table.

So, in celebration of 2 years being in business, I’d like to share a little by offering my 1st giveaway! I made a bunch of going green totes this week, and I’ll be making more in preparation for the next show.

To enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post by Friday, April 24th (make sure to include your email so I can get in touch with you). I’ve been enjoying picking a particular color palette and working within it, right now I’ve got two: In your comment, let me know which colorway you prefer:
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  • Edit: One entry/person please – if not, my stepsister Pam will fill the ballot box! 😉
  • I’ll draw one lucky winner who will get their choice of any of the Going Green Totes that are left at the end of the show!  (If you’re international and you win, I’d love some postage help!)

If you’re local, please try to drop by next weekend:


Featuring 25 Local Artists

Ed Hales Park

(Corner of 5th & State street in downtown Redlands)

Saturday, April 25th 10 AM-5 PM

Rain out day the following Saturday, May 2nd

Unique gifts for all occasions

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  1. oh, forgot to comment on the color pallet. I prefer warm only because it matches my home. Both pallets are very beautiful.

  2. Congrats on two years of craft show success! Hmm, I prefer the cool colorway. They look more vibrant and lively. Of course that could just be because I tend towards that color palette myself. What cute little birds. They remind me of the Partridge Family. 🙂

  3. Congratulations on your success!! Hard decision, but I choose the cool colors. Teresa

  4. Hi and congratulations on your gorgeous art. I love all the fabric but the cool is more my stlye.

  5. Definitely warm! How can you even think of cool colors when it is 95 degrees in April?

  6. I love the warm earthy tones myself. Congratulations on your anniversary! Your work is lovely and I hope you continue to find ways to feel fulfilled with your creativity.

  7. Congratulations Candy, was it only two years ago? Your work is lovely and inspirational and I love my tea house. Its a 100f today so I can only think cool colours.

  8. I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks and really enjoy it. I’m a “warm” one and would love to win one of your great creations. Good luck with the show and may you have only ONE left. Thanks for sharing…Kathy

  9. Congratulations on your anniversary! Hoping you do well at the Red Dirt Festival. I perfer the cool colorways although the work you do is wonderful in any colorway.

  10. Congrats on your 2’s hoping number 3 is successful too. I have been here before and admired your bird purses you made a while back. Those were too cute! Guess I’d go with the warm pallette…but I’m not fussy. I especially like greens and rusts.

  11. I would be SO THRILLED to win one of your sweet totes. And I love birds of any kind and any color. So warm OR cool would be fine with me. I LOVE leftovers 🙂

  12. I love the earthy warm tones, but that’s probably because it’s been so cold here, lol. I think the birdies are lovely. Good luck in year three! Your art is inspiring.

  13. Good luck at the festival and congratulations on 2 years. I like the cool colors but all are very nice!

  14. Congratulations! I found your blog from a link to Deborah Boshert. I like your color choices overall but I’m a turquoise and brown girl, so I love the warm best.

  15. Gosh, it’s hard to pick just one, but since I have to, I’d say I slightly prefer the warm colorway! Good luck at the shows!

  16. Candy…It is hard to pick one. I love them both. I guess I would have to opt for the cool because I love the Navy, Bright Blue, and the Red. But I also love the colors in the Warm. But I only know my primary colors so I don’t know what to call them. I am obviously the most color challenged person on the planet so why some are in the warm group and some are in the cool group is beyond me. Maybe someday, someone artistic can sit down and explain it to me 😉 I am very envious of your talent!

  17. Congratulations! Here’s to hoping many, many more prosperous years in business! Love the cool colorway!
    Thanks for letting me enter.

    Angie H

  18. I slightly prefer the cool to the warm, but like the brown and the orange (warm) more than the grey and yellow (cool). So somewhere in the middle or a little from column a and a little from column b.

  19. Pick me! I like the warm colors best. Congrats on your successful business. Please don’t quit your day job – we love you here at Redlands.

  20. Congratulations to you for making a 2year go of it. I love the Warm colors but the Cool colors are nice, too.

  21. I like the warm colors. Would love a tote bag-who doesn’t need another bag. Have found your site via Whatsthatgonnabe blog.

  22. If I had to choose I would pick cool, but actually I like a few of the colors in each category. Good luck at the festival and thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Congratulations to you! Very cute bags. Hard to pick one, but I think I prefer the warm. All are adorable!

  24. They are both cute, but I like the warm tones because they remind me of autumn here. Thanks!

  25. I prefer “warm” colors myself. Thanks for the giveaway! And congrats on the 2nd anniversary!!

  26. Awesome! I am a regular reader of your blog. I especially like the cool colors. Thanks for this chance!

  27. Congrats on 2 full years!! Maren prefers warm to match all your art in her room and on her bed!

  28. Really nice stuff, Candy. I prefer the “warm” palette, though both are lovely. p.s. Stirling is adorable! Happy Spring!

  29. Congrats on the two years…looking forward to seeing how your talent blossoms in the year ahead! It would be so cool to have a different colored tote for each day of the week!

  30. No wonder you were so successful! The design is so adorable! I really like your choices of colour–especially the warm palette! 🙂

  31. Cool, please 🙂 And I’ve been meaning to tell you about this website bc of your whole lists thing: check out Free, spiffy, mobile & web-enabled list management. I have tons of lists, too 🙂

  32. Love the cool colourway, its just coming to winter in Australia and the navy and reds are so hot!

  33. Congrats on 2 yrs of business!! If I have to pick from the two, I’d have to pick the warm colours. Although both are appealing to me for different reasons. I love working with the warmer colours, but have found that some of my friends I make things for are wanting more of the cooler colours.

  34. Congratulations on your success as an artist – you have good reason to celebrate! I love the COOL colors!

  35. Congratulations on your anniversary! Cheers!

    I prefer the warm because I am often drawn to more earth tones.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Ohhh, yippee, yippee, yippee!! Thanks for including us in your 2-yr celebration–and congratulations! You are living the dream for so many of us! 😉 I would be thrilled to hold some of your fabric in my two little hands, so since I’m a bold and bright girl, I pick the cool colorway. Have a great show and thank you!

  37. Hard to choose since they’re both so nice, but I like the warm one best. Because they’re really my faves or because they’re uber trendy right now? Hard to say. Either way, that one gets my vote. 🙂

    Congrats on your third year of business!


  38. It is a close call, but I like the cool colors better. I love the birds!


  39. Congratulations on your 2 years in business. Nice work.

    I prefer the warm group.

    Found your site as a suggested link on Weekend Designer.

    When I was young, my family from the midwest via Route 66 to visit my Grandfather in Redlands. I remember it being a very nice city.

  40. Your warm ones are amazing. As I am a fan of orange, I appreciate the use of relations to this color 🙂


  41. Love anything you do Candy!!!!! It was very hard to choose, both are so pretty but I think I am leaning more towards the cool!!!! Miss you

  42. I love the warm blue one, although they are all beautiful and each one has their own character.

  43. Candy,
    Looks great. Let me know if the gray market bag with blue cat-tails on it sold. I could be talked into that real easy.