Saturday, August 27, 2011

Zazzle Custom Ornaments - They're not just for Christmas.

Zazzle custom ornaments may be great for your Christmas tree but they have many other uses too: from Door Hangers to Fan Pulls, to commemorative keepsakes. With seven styles to choose from; including premium round  & premium square--which are metal with a delicate red ribbon--or the five ceramic shapes: round, oval, star, heart, & T-shirt, Zazzle has seen to it both customer & designer are spoiled for choice.

Of course, even Zazzle probably didn't anticipate the number of uses their global army of talented artists would come up with for using these delightful trinkets. Celebrating a recent family milestone? Or simply looking for something special to brighten a space in your home or office? Either way there's a design in the marketplace with your name on it! Or maybe not but there can be - with the multitude of customization features Zazzle offers.
Whether you go for the ceramic or metal options, there are thousands upon thousands of designs already available and ready for you, or you can easily combine your precious photos with the best artwork from independent artists to create the keepsake that's perfect for you.  Whatever your choice, you'll surely end up with a beautiful gift for yourself or your loved ones.

So there we have it: the Zazzle custom Ornament - as versatile as your imagination allows. Now for my personal faves with all original art; once again I'd like to share with you:

My Top5: Non-Christmas Ornaments

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Featured Musician Interview

What is the name of your group?

Sound of The Sirens

Your Website URL:

How long have you been in the music business? 
3 - 10 years

What Genre is your music? 

Exmouth Festival Finale

Describe your musical style and inspirations. 

I suppose our style is 'girl rock'! We have two acoustic guitars and a stomp box and create a powerful live sound. Our songs feature interchanging lead vocals and intricate harmonies over what has been described as 'rhythmically exact' strumming. It's difficult to find an act to use as a comparison, although we have been compared to Fleet Foxes, a female Mumford and Sons and the Dixie Chicks.
Our current inspirations include Mumford & Sons, Noah and The Whale, Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn and acts that fit into that genre. In our youth we've been fans of acts as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Take That and Hanson!

Have you released an album? If so, provide some details. 

We have just recorded an EP featuring 7 of our songs, which we plan to release very soon.

Where can we get your music? 
When the EP is released it will be available online and at gigs.

Do you have any upcoming gigs? If so, where? July 1st, Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

Aug 7th, Devon Rox Festival, Main Stage
Aug 17th, Live Room, London
Aug 20th, Offshore Bar, Torquay
Aug 27th, Collaboration Festival, Rogue Stage
Aug 28th, Watchet Festival, Main Stage

Which of your songs is your favorite? 
The Gift

In your own words, why should people check out your music?
Until now, girl bands (and many female solo artists) have been manufactured by some music mogul that has moulded, shaped and controlled them. The focus has been on flaunting their sexuality and looks to sell recycled songs to a particular market just to make money for the manager...i.e. X-Factor clones. We are redefining the genre 'girl band'.  We write and perform our own songs, have a unique sound, won't be dictated to or controlled, love to play live, like to party and we ROCK!

You can follow Sound of the Sirens on Twitter @soundothesirens.

Photos by Mike Alsford
Used with permission of Sound of the Sirens.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

Now you may or may not know that me and family are currently in the process of relocating from small town western New York to the large city: Syracuse New york. Which in case you've been wondering explains why my blog posts and other internet activities have currently been a bit on the erratic side. 
While waiting for keys to our new apartment - which should be handed over on the 5th of Aug... Yay! - We we're fortunate enough to be here in Syracuse while the AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival was going on.

A part of downtown Syracuse's ArtsWeek, this spectacular 3-day showcase featured 160 of the country's most talented artists, craftspeople & entertainers in the historic Columbus Circle area of downtown Syracuse. 

The event was bustling with contemporary arts & crafts, ranging from functional to decorative, including these Newspaper vending machines painted up specially for the event. There were stalls dedicated to all sorts of paintings, wood-work, metal-work and glass-work, handmade jewelry and fabric arts. The aromas of delicious foods wafted towards us on the light breeze that kept the sun's constant heat bearable.  Musical talent was also on show with a wide variety of multicultural performances dotted around to add to the vibrant atmosphere.

Unfortunately very few of the artists here will allow pictures to be taken of their work, which is of course understandable, however I did get to speak with many of these artists and gather bunches of contact info in order to feature them here on upcoming posts.

As you can see my daughter - the budding amateur photographer that she is - did manage to get a few shots, of goings on to at the festival to at least give you a feel for what a fun day we had.  

Remember you can keep up with what I'm up to as well as other interesting art news with a quick click on "like" at my Facebook page: Hand-Drawn on FB 
or by following me on twitter: @Lace9HandDrawn. 
You can also drop by My Store to see my sketches on offer as a wide variety of Zazzle products.