2012 art calendar giveaway!

I am so happy to have put together my first art calendar that I wanted to celebrate by giving one away! This 2012 Art Calendar is made up of twelve of my original whimsical artworks carefully selected by me.

Inside you will find a colorful collection of my favorite paintings:
- January | Dandelion Wishes
- February | Connected in Love
- March | Abstract Swirl
- April | Weeping Willow
- May | Sunflowers
- June | Connected in Truth
- July | Spiral Sun
- August | Dragonflies
- September | Fireflies
- October | Autumn Vines
- November | Breathe
- December | Connected in Spirit

Calendar Details:
- 4.25"x11"
- 13 sheets including cover
- list style calendar for all my fellow list lovers, easy to write in birthdays and important events.
- printed on high quality matte 80lb cover weight paper
- hole punched with raffia ribbon for hanging

How to Enter:
Simply leave a comment below, telling me which month’s artwork you like the most! For bonus entries, please share this giveaway using @CreativeStash on Twitter and/or Facebook and leave an extra comment on this blog to let me know.

The winner will be chosen randomly next Thursday, January 6 using Random.org. Please leave me a way to contact you in your comment – otherwise your prize will be passed onto another winner. Good luck! xoxo

If you don’t want to wait and see if you win, click here to grab this calendar from my shop!


peace, joy, laughter, love and cookies

We’ve had a busy month of decorating, crafting, enjoying holiday events and lots of baking. Wishing you a very happy holiday filled with peace, joy, laughter, love and cookies. Much love from our family to yours! 
- The Fagans -

"Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

Dr. Seuss 


last chance to save 20% in my shop!

Today is your last day to save 20% on jewelry and handmade gifts in my shop Creative Stash on Etsy! Simply enter coupon code HOLIDAY20 at checkout.

I am happy to include free gift wrapping and a special note for items sent as a gift. Simply request free gift wrap and let me know what you want to say in your note in the "Message to Buyer" section.

Holiday Shipping: For Christmas delivery, the last day to place orders with regular shipping is December 17th. For two day priority and overnight shipping requests, please e-mail me and I will do my best to accommodate you. 

Happy Holidays! xoxo


art prints and greeting cards now available!

Art prints are available in Creative Stash shops online at Society6 and Fine Art America!

Greeting cards are available in the Creative Stash shop online at Fine Art America!

It has been a dream of mine to offer prints of my artwork for the longest time. It's so simple in theory but, it has taken me awhile to get to this point. I finally found a local art scanner to professionally scan my artwork at a rate I can afford and I have been slowly working through my collection of paintings starting with my newest mandala series. I couldn't be happier to have shops at Society6 and Fine Art America to help bring art prints of my work to collectors.

When you buy a product from Society6 or Fine Art America, they produce it using high quality materials, they give you multiple options to customize your order such as print size, with a frame or on canvas and they ship it to you on behalf of me, the artist.

If you are thinking about giving art for the holidays please note that Fine Art America's Christmas delivery cutoff for ground shipping is tonight at 5pm.

new mandala painting now available in my shop

The newest painting in my mandala series, Connected in Spirit is now for sale in my shop. I finished this during Art Every Day Month. It's so much fun and many people have commented that it looks like a ceramic tile. I love handmade ceramic tile so, I am flattered that some think so! This is an original acrylic painting on canvas measuring 8"x8"x1".

Connected in Spirit is the third painting I have made loosely based on the spiritual chakras. Here are the first and second mandala paintings I created this year. Connected in Spirit is a whimsical, colorful work of art.The color violet represents the Spiritual Crown Chakra which is positioned at the top of the head, connecting us to one's own spirituality and encourages us to live in the present. This chakra is often pictured as a lotus flower opening to allow spiritual awakening in an individual. The red petals around the outside of the design represent a lotus flower. A Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means "circle". Wherever a center is found radiating outward and inward, there is wholeness - a mandala.

My Holiday Sale is running until Dec 15th. 20% off my entire shop simply enter code HOLIDAY20 at checkout. I am happy to include free gift wrapping and a special note for items sent as a gift. Simply request free gift wrap and let me know what you want to say in your note in the "Message to Buyer" section.

Click here to visit my shop.


20% OFF SALE on jewelry and handmade gifts

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! To get into the holiday spirit and share the love, today I am announcing a big SALE in my shop Creative Stash on Etsy! Save 20% on Jewelry and Handmade Gifts with coupon HOLIDAY20!

Plus, Personalized magnet sets are BOGO for the holidays - buy one get one half off! Customize your set with your photos of family, wedding, yours or your child's artwork, nature, a vacation to remember - whatever you want. 

I am happy to include free gift wrapping and a special note for items sent as a gift. Simply request free gift wrap and let me know what you want to say in your note in the "Message to Buyer" section. 

Offers are good through December 15th. Last day for Christmas orders shipped within the US is Dec. 15th. and shipped International is Dec. 2nd. If you need a custom quantity or have a special request please contact me via email at krisfagan (at) cox (dot) net. xoxo

a simple advent calendar

I found this easy, no frills advent calendar idea over at Simple Mom and as soon as I saw it, I knew I would create it. Easy, no frills and free (I had all the supplies) = my kind of craft!  I love Simple Mom's idea of using post it notes for each day. I had a bunch of them around the house and they allow you to be flexible with the activities by removing or switching days easily.

For my calendar, I used an earring display I made for my booth, cut up some 8.5x11 card stock into strips 4.25x2, folded them in half, wrote numbers with black colored pencil and added the post it note inside the flap.The kids and I decorated the cards with simple patterns. Then I hung them on the thread. Easy peasy!

I chose a mix of activities for the month: some crafty, some fun, some magical and some that give to others. Here are some of the activities I have planned:
  • Attend a holiday play
  • Visit a holiday light display
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Drink hot chocolate and watch a holiday movie
  • Donate to the Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • Bring treats to the kids teachers
  • Drive around town to see lights
  • Tape quarters to toy or game machines around town
  • Pop popcorn and watch a holiday movie
  • Buy toys to donate to toys for tots
  • Go ice skating
  • Bake cookies
  • Go through books and toys for donation
  • Make gifts for teachers
  • Open a gift and bake cookies for Santa!
  • Have a Merry Christmas!
My 5 year old wondered what we were making and when done he asked me to read a few activities. The wide eyed happy look on his face made me really excited about them too!