Illustrations by Nancy C. Sampson

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If you like to cook with a sense of humor, then check out my Foodietoo temporary tattoo designs applied to kitchen aprons. I am testing out this new product idea since the images in their original form were such a hit with my customers.

Now there are three Foodietoos-themed aprons available in The Nancydraws Shop:
Quel Fromage
Lucky Kale
Honeycrisp Apple Cult

My friends Beth and Philip allowed me to use their gorgeous kitchen as a location to take photos for use with the Etsy listings. Beth and I enjoyed figuring out the best angles, framing, and arranging the different foods for me to pose with. She happened to have cheese, kale, and apples at home, so we switched out the food whenever I changed aprons!

The photos below are some fun out-takes from that day.

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I have been invited by Red Flower to their store in the NoLita neighborhood of Manhattan, to create greeting card art in the store. The boutique, which sells their own lightly fragranced body and home products derived from locally-sourced organic flowers and plants, likes to organize events with NYC-based creative types and businesses. Gimme Coffee will also be there offering free samples!

That day, I will work on hand-drawn cards on-location and have already-created cards, journals, art, and more for sale. I would love it if you’re able to stop by to enjoy the experience with me! I have been a fan of Red Flower’s products for a while, so it’s a real treat to be invited for this event. I’m a little nervous since I have never tried anything like this before, but I’m excited to share some the ideas that the invitation has inspired.

Event hours and location:

Sunday, September 6; 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Red Flower
13 Prince Street (near the corner of Elizabeth Street)
New York, NY 10012

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In this post, I’m sharing some fun activities and restaurants near Brooklyn Collective, a shop with a supercool variety of wares made by independent artists. I am lucky enough to have my artwork for sale there from July until the end of September. If you’re going to visit, then stick around the ‘hood and explore. Cobble Hill is a neighborhood with waterfront access, community gardens, elegant brownstones, destination eateries, old store fronts, tree-lined streets, modern architecture, and loads of charm.

My hand-drawn map will show you the way to spend a whole day exploring…. Take the ferry to Governor’s island in the afternoon, stop at the store on your return trip, then have dinner in the evening. Have lunch or brunch, learn a craft or an instrument, and pick up a birthday gift at the shop … there are so many more great businesses and restaurants that I couldn’t show all of them!

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Brooklyn Collective is located at 212 Columbia St., between Union and Sackett Sts. Their hours are: Thursday-Saturday, 12-7; Sundays 12-6. A tip for getting over to the store from the Carroll Street subway station is to stay on Union or Sackett, they are the closest streets that cross over the highway.

1. Carroll Park and Playground // Bordered by Smith, Carroll, President, and Court Streets
The park occupies an entire block and includes a playground, sprinklers, basketball and bocce courts, a baseball diamond, picnic tables, and public restrooms.

2. Ferry to Governor’s Island and Pier 6 // Western end of Flatbush Avenue
Governor’s Island has something for everyone: interactive art exhibits, bike rentals, picnic grounds, food vendors, music and dance events, historical sites, and great views of lower Manhattan, New York Harbor, and the Statue of Liberty. The Brooklyn ferry only runs on Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day, and Labor Day from May 23 through September 27 (2015 season).
Pier 6 hosts Smorgasburg on Sundays, offers semi-permanent outposts for other food vendors, lawns for picnicking and relaxing, volleyball courts, a dog park, playgrounds, public restrooms, and a pathway that connects to the other piers along the Brooklyn waterfront.

3. Brooklyn Farmacy // 513 Henry Street
Check out this old school soda fountain housed in a former apothecary store. The “Strawberry Fields” ice cream soda is my personal favorite.

4. Lucali // 575 Henry Street
A candle-lit pizzeria serving up excellent thin-crust brick-oven pies; BYOB. They do not take reservations, so it’s best to get onto the guest list at the door early in the evening, before 6 p.m.

5. Ferdinando’s Focacceria // 151 Union Street
At Ferdinando’s you’ll find classic Sicilian pasta dishes and delicate arancina. Closed on Sundays.

6. Mazzola Bakery // 192 Union Street
There are many Italian bakeries nearby, but Mazzola is the neighborhood favorite. There are cookies, biscotti, pastries, cakes, and a variety of breads … which makes it difficult to decide what to bring home!

7. Brooklyn General Store // 128 Union Street
If you’ve been itching to knit, crochet, sew, or craft with fiber, this is the place for you. The store offers plenty of supplies, instructional books, and classes, as well as a selection of ready-made gifts and clothing.

8. Jalopy Theater and School of Music // 315 Columbia Street
Listen to music or learn to make it at this roots-music venue. Check their website for shows which are scheduled almost every night of the week and for more information about instrument classes for kids or adults.

9. Pok Pok // 117 Columbia Street
This Michelin-starred, authentic Southeast-Asian restaurant is a popular foodie destination originating from Portland, Oregon; reservations are recommended.

10. Freebird Books and Goods // 123 Columbia Street
At Freebird’s you’ll find used books, many specializing in New York history. Check their website for notice of readings, book clubs, and workshops. Open on weekends only.

11. Alma // 187 Columbia Street
Get a table on the roof-top patio with expansive views of the Manhattan skyline and dine on Mexican fare.

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IMG_3023This year, like most summers, you’ll find me on one of the beaches close to New York City, in Prospect Park enjoying a free concert, visiting my favorite gelatto shop, hiking, or dining al fresco with friends. Where you will not find me is behind a table at any craft fair! This is not bad news, because I am lucky enough to have been offered a spot to sell my work in Tessa Williams’s enchanting gift shop, Brooklyn Collective.

My artwork, cards, and temporary tattoos will be available for in-person browsing and purchasing from July through September and there will be an opening party welcoming all of Brooklyn Collective’s summer artists on Friday, July 17, from 6-9 p.m. Please save the date and come out to celebrate with us, there will be live music and an open bar.

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Closest to the Carroll St. stop on the F or G trains
Hours: Thu.-Sat. 12-7; Sun. 12-6

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My collage entry in the Papirmass/Brown Paper Bag Collage Contest.I am happy to share “Winter Woman,” my entry for the Papirmass / Brown Paper Bag Collage Contest, on the theme of “Landscape.” Much of my work is inspired by location and I felt a strong urge to continue with this theme when I was thinking of ideas for this project.

The contest began with an interesting premise, aside from the theme, we were paired with a fellow collagist, with whom we were to exchange collage material and include some of what our partner sent in our final work.

Our collages will be judged independently, but I thought it was a great way to create community and send/receive fun packages, since Papirmass provides a mail-based art subscription service. Many inventive illustrators follow and are featured on the Brown Paper Bag blog on Tumblr, so I was excited to be randomly matched with Bárbara Scarambone, an artist in Sao Palo, Brazil.

Sadly, the package Bárbara sent to me was lost in the mail, but I asked her for an idea list of materials that I could scavenge so that I would still be able to participate in the spirit of the contest. Three of the items she suggested are in my illustration: a city/world map, a vintage dress, and legs.

I’ve submitted my jpg to the contest and the deadline is March 15… hopefully I will have good news, but even if I don’t win, it was so much fun making this since I had taken a break from my collage style. It’s good to know I’ve still got it in me!

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I began an online class assignment in 2014 on the subject of hand-lettering a quote. It’s a good thing that the class is “work at your own pace;” I have been itching to get back to it and have a new sketch to show for it! This is the central image, I will be adding the rest of the quote and embellishments as I continue.

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This is a great year for the Christmas/Hanukkah card! I had these printed up a couple of years ago and they have been listed in The Nancydraws Shop, but this year Hanukkah and Christmas fall so closely together I am hoping this card gets the attention it deserves.

A Hanukkah & Christmas card.

A Hanukkah & Christmas card.

On one side, Adele is trying to wrap Christmas gifts at home, but Henrí has decided, as cats do, to take a nap in the middle of the operation and might have pulled a decoration or two off of the tree to play with.

On the Hanukkah side of the card is a dignified Percival Featherington III, slurping up some Lo Mein noodles with an urban landscape in the background. I know that this isn’t quite how Hanukkah is celebrated, but I have gotten a lot of laughs and good reactions to it.

There are interior greetings to go with each side of the card. The Hanukkah side simply says “Happy Hanukkah,” next to two fortune cookies. The Christmas greeting says “Merry Christmas, it’s a wrap!” With a small drawing of Henrí bundled in wrapping paper above.

Interior greetings.

Interior greetings.

If you prefer one greeting per card, each image is also available on its own card, but this one is a two-for-one bargain, don’t miss out on the perfect year to send some to your dual-religion friends and family!

If you order one card, it is $4; 6 cards for $15; and 10 for $22. See this card and all of my other holiday greetings in The Nancydraws Shop.

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It was all a mess when I began!

If you’ve read the first installment of my September Craft Show Wrap-up, you already know that I enjoyed my first craft show experience! I didn’t want that post to get too long so here is a second one to describe more about gathering and creating my table display.

When I was thinking about how to plan my craft show table for  The Nancydraws Shop my main goals were to make it inexpensive, lightweight, and eye-catching, so this is where my creative problem solving skills and online research came in handy.

I didn’t want my display pieces to be heavy because I thought I’d be able to carry everything by myself on the subway and save money on having to use a car service. (That didn’t happen, because of volume!)

At first I had no idea of my color scheme or even how I’d display any of my items until I purchased a couple of organizing bins at T. J. Maxx in a nice shade of green. I also had an antique gold card holder and since it can only display 6-8 cards I decided to look for some cardboard shelf-display boxes at the Park Slope Food Coop in order to have multiples available on the table. I found out that frozen burrito boxes were just the right size for my cards! I covered them with a matte gold wrapping paper that matched the antique gold card holder.

A week before the show I went into a dollar store near my day job and was lucky enough to find a sheet set with the perfect shade of purple printed with a fun but not-too-loud pattern for my table covering, and a couple of green metal buckets for some of my smaller items.

Testing out my display at home.

Testing out my display at home, before I added signs.

Towards the end of the end of my preparation process for each show, I added finishing touches; signs and price tags. I wanted to make all of the prices as easy as possible for shoppers to find so that they don’t need to ask.

By using a couple of things I already had at home and re-purposing the boxes I didn’t have to spend very much on the display itself, the total was less than $40. It was light (I needed 3-4 bags to transport it all along with the items I was selling) and as you can see, very pretty and inviting.

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Nuggets of Joy

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Me and The Nancydraws Shop table at Ridgewod Market on September 21, 2014.

Back in August I decided to give myself a new challenge and bring The Nancydraws Shop to a craft show. Over past year a few friends and fellow artists I’d met suggested that I give that venue a try. My friend Janet had put the Ridgewood Market on my radar. It takes place near her home, in an up-and-coming neighborhood in the borough of Queens. I also found that the vendor fees were quite affordable, so I set my sights on having everything I needed ready for the September 21 show. As I began making my lists of items to bring, supplies I’d need to purchase, and what I would need to create a tempting display, I was invited to a mini-craft show opportunity that was happening earlier in September, and I decided to go for it. I can’t share many details about it other than it was a GREAT experience and it was fun to be in on a secret that hopefully will be public in the next couple of months! I will have to share more about that in a future post.

A few Christmas cards available at The Nancydraws Shop.

A few Christmas cards available at The Nancydraws Shop.

Many people don’t realize that the majority of my greeting cards are printed one-by-one with my wonderful, hard-working, reliable Epson printer. Once they are printed, most of them need to be cut to the size I designed them to be. My Epson does take its time but it is worth it because of the excellent quality prints that it produces. After the image on the front of the card is printed, I like to let some time pass to make sure it is completely dry before I put it through again to print the inside greeting.  Many of my nights after-work and a lot of weekend time leading up to these shows was spent printing cards and gift tags, or cutting them up and placing them in their clear sleeves. Luckily, my studio assistant, Mongo was on hand and made sure I took breaks.

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Mongo knows how to relax.

As an artist I am really lucky because my parents own and operate a custom framing store, so they have matted and framed a number of my artworks in the past. Since they are in North Carolina, we have worked out a situation where they keep my prints until a customer purchases them from my Etsy shop, and they  ship them out. For the craft shows, my father was wonderful enough to pack up and send what they had. I definitely didn’t have to worry about printing too many of my illustrations, but I added some from my “Love, New York” series and restaurant illustrations. On top of that, he sent some professionally printed cards and journals with my designs that I’d had professionally printed sometime before I opened my Etsy shop.

"Gluten Forever" Foodietoo

“Gluten Forever” Foodietoo

The items I was most excited to bring to the craft shows was my temporary tattoo designs, Foodietoos. They were already available in my shop as of early August and I had a number of those ready to go, along with the labels I had designed for them, but of course I cut out and packaged up some more!

After the car service dropped me and my stuff off at Ridgewood Market (I am SO glad I didn’t try to drag a rolling luggage, backpack, and two large bags through the New York City subway system!) it took me about an hour to set up. I had plenty of time left before the market opened, but it was good not to have to be in a rush because I had more space to fill and decisions to make than I had at the mini-craft show. There were a few lulls once the market was open to shoppers, but not many. It was fun seeing what caught people’s eye on my table, even if they didn’t make a purchase. A handful of friends were even able to stop by, which made it even more fun. Creating artwork is usually a solitary experience so seeing customers reactions to my ideas was very rewarding.

I worked very hard to get those nuggets of joy, but isn’t that what being an artist is all about?

Percival Featherington III, “NYC Pigeon Extraordinaire” was the most popular of my characters, along with the turban-wearing lady from “Love, New York.” I was able to chat with a couple of other sellers near me, and it was fun to share the experience with them. A few even stopped by my table to let me know they liked my work or display, ask questions, or make a purchase. I did the same when I had time to wander and shop when there weren’t many visitors around. There was such a nice community vibe going on.

One thing that surprised me was that a few people asked if I had designed all of the items, which I had of course, but that’s something I thought would be obvious.

In case you’re wondering, I’ll definitely be at another craft show in the near future! Stay tuned for more about that, and for the second half of my September Craft Show Wrap-up post, which focuses more on how I put my display together.

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