Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Pressing Matter

Many moons have passed and turned to years, since I was here last. I say it quite often, but I just cannot believe how fast time goes by. I never meant to quit showing up here. My life has just taken so many crazy-busy, twists and turns that it seemed there is always another project between me and the next blog post.
You may or may not know my story or the events leading to the purchase of RubberMoon. If you want to know more, then go HERE to this post from 2012.  If you read some of the posts that followed, you will see how it all worked out. If you are a friend or follower of mine and/or RubberMoon, then you probably know that I am about to celebrate my three year anniversary as the owner and creative conjurer at RubberMoon Art Stamps!

...A little over three years ago I shared a big piece of my life story with you.  And YOU helped me to achieve something I barely thought was possible. But I had so much hope inside me. 
At that time, I had nothing but that hope. I reached out and asked for help and YOU helped me make my dream a reality. (SO thankful to all the people listed over here and many others too.)---> 

The financial contributions, encouragement, support, kindness and belief in me, made it possible for me to bring RubberMoon from Idaho to Missouri. 
My dream come true IS running RubberMoon Art Stamps, making and sharing art and creativity with others on a daily basis. My dream come true IS operating this as a family business, nurturing it and making it grow and thrive.
My dream come true IS making you all proud and happy to be a part of this magical story!
Shortly after I got the business moved, I said that my story “had a happy ending". But, of course, that was not true. It was not nearly an ending. It was only just the beginning.
Now, here I am almost three years in and RubberMoon is growing every day. And I am here, asking for your help once again. 
You see, RubberMoon IS growing and with growth, there are growing pains. And so, I am asking for your assistance once more to help me achieve another big goal.
I need a piece of equipment in order to continue to move the business forward. This piece of equipment is crucial to, not only growth, but everyday operations. RubberMoon cannot live without it. RubberMoon needs a new rubber press!
Me, Kae Pea, pressing rubber!
Now maybe you will ask why I cannot manage to get this press without help? Well, simply put, even though we are growing, we are still new and like almost every new business, growth does not equal cash for ‘extras’, nor does it mean capital to work with (darn it). We ARE growing, yes. But it does not mean that I have enough profits (if any) with which to make this large purchase. The press we need is approximately $4,000.00 and I need to raise about $2,000.00.
So, I am asking you to please contribute to my fundraiser and help me get a new press....
...Of course, I would not dream of asking you to give your hard earned money without receiving something in return for your generosity. 
Besides being the recipient of my enormous gratitude AND being part of RubberMoon's wonderful herstory you will also receive the following gifts for your contribution:

•A downloadable/digital limited edition art print from Kae Pea for any contribution up to $29.00

•A limited edition 5x7 art print mailed to you from Kae Pea for your $29 to $64 contribution

A handmade gratitude journal, by Kae Pea for your $65 to $99 contribution*

•Access to my newest online stamp-art class for your $100 to $199 contribution (class will begin in Jan. 2016)*

•An Original MOON painting by Kae Pea for your $199 and up contribution*

•Receive these *three of the above listed gifts for any contribution $350.00 or more

•ALL contributors will be listed on this blog with a link of choice (if you agree).

Please help me so that I can continue to make more stamps and take our business to the next level.
Thank you for your consideration, help and support.
I love you to the moon and back! xokp

                                                                     

P.S. If you do not wish to make a pledge in this way, but would still like to help me reach my goal, please shop at RubberMoon.com  and/or buy from The Moon & The Maker etsy shop and/or my yART SALE ! 
Every bit will help and is so appreciated.
Thank you from the bottom of my heART.

**Below is a photo of our 20 year old rubber press. It does still work, but the temperature gauge is broken, the lever falls off and it often loses pressure during pressing.  We really need a new press so we can increase production!

20 year old press
New press!!

Friday, January 3, 2014

oh hello 2014


Well, hello to 2014 and hello to you!
I hope that you had a most excellent holiday season! I was really torn this year because part of me felt like such a scrooge for not being in too much of the holiday spirit. It felt like such a chore to get all of my shopping (both for all of the food and the gifts), get everything put up and ready plus try to carry on with my business. Most of you know that RubberMoon Art Stamps is my new company. Having a new business is sorta like taking care of a garden. It must be tended and nurtured. Being away or distracted from it, well, it is a challenge! Often, I find myself feeling guilty if I am not working at least, 10 hours a day. But I have a family, too, that needs me and so balance is key and yet, difficult to achieve at times. Somehow I managed it all and everyone got fed (quite well) and no one got forgotten in the gift department. No one had lumps of coal in their stockings and RubberMoon is still standing, so I guess I did okay! And through it all, I was not really too much of a scrooge! My husband and I managed to launch the NEW RubberMoon website on New Year's Day!! 
Wow! Wonders never cease!
I wish you the very best that life has to offer this year, good health, abundance, love and the joy that creativity brings! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will check out our new site. It has and is, certainly a labor of love.And I am so excited about what the New Year holds! 

xokp


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Drum Roll Pleeeeease...

The winner of the Soul Food Class is:


the winner of the soul food class
YAY!! Congratulations Tracey Fletcher King! 
Thank you all for your commenting and playing! I wish I could have given a spot to each and every one of you.
I hope that you will take the time to check out Soul Food and consider signing up. It is going to be an  amazing class and YOU deserve amazing!

xokp

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Would you love to?



I just want to ask you if you have checked out Soul Food?


If not, then you should!!

If so, are you taking it?

Wouldn't you love to?
click here to find out what's on the menu!

If you are not yet signed up and you would love to WIN a FREE spot...
then leave a comment here!

Winners will be chosen on November 29th 2013 and announced here and on the soul food class fb page!

Happy Thanksgiving!

xokp

Friday, October 18, 2013

On Being a Dreamer...

                                                            ©kristen powers
I admit it. I am a dreamer. A big dreamer. Though most times I don't dream in my sleep. I have heard it said that everyone dreams in their sleep, but if I do, I rarely remember a thing. My dreams occur while I am awake. I guess they call those daydreams. I daydream often. In fact, every day I find my mind wandering off to another place and time. My daydreams lead me into stillness and yet they are vivid and colorful. What I find truly fascinating is that they are, most times, filled with visions of my paintings and things I want to create, filled with my hopes and goals and my heart's desires

My kids don't like it when I daydream. They accuse me of not listening and they get annoyed when they have to say, "Mom!" more than six times to get my attention. But I cannot help myself. Maybe they call it 'spacing out' but I know that it is matters of the soul calling to me to give those things my full and undivided attention. 

I know from my own experiences in life that  dreams can and do come true. I believe that daydreaming helps to call your wishes forth and gives them a gateway to manifest.


I am so pleased an honored to have been asked to participate in this on-line course, Dancing with your Dreams! I will be joining eleven fantastic artists and dreamers in this amazing course. For my part I will be offering a watercolor lesson called "Painting your Daydreams and Fulfilling your Wishes: A Portrait in Believing Your Dreams."
I hope you will consider joining us and dreaming with us!
Please leave a comment and tell me your best dream (night or day) for a chance to win a spot in this unique and visionary course.

 xokp

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Moon Landing!





Well it certainly has been a crazy year! For those of you who know me personally or through social media, than you probably know that I moved to a new town and bought a rubber stamp company in September of 2012! Since then, I have been in another world, trying to get settled and navigate my way through relocating and organizing a new business. It has been crazy, challenging and exhilarating! Did I mention crazy?
Yeah. But it's been good. Really good. I have had a few meltdowns, of course and I have had moments of doubt and a few sleepless nights. But you know what?
It has been, literally, a dream come true. I wouldn't trade it for the world!
So now you know why I have been a bit absent. But I am back and ready for take off!

Please take a look at the ALL NEW RubberMoon Arts Blog and follow us too!


Thank you for your continued friendship and support.
I love you to the moon and back!

xokp

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Stencil Girl Blog Hop! Mary Nasser's Compass Stencil

It has been quite some time since I have blogged! I was so happy when Mary asked me to participate in this blog hop (just the thing to get me blogging again!) 
So, welcome to the StencilGirl Map Blog Hop!! If you arrived from Nancy Curry's page, you are in the right place.  If not, you can follow the list at the bottom of my post and start from the beginning.  
I am so happy to join in on sharing Mary Nasser's wonderful new stencil designs and honored to be a part of this StencilGirl blog hop with so many talented designers and artists. I have loved Mary's map collage art for years and was super excited when I heard that she was going to have some designs I could get my hands on! The hardest part was choosing which stencil to use (since one is never enough!!). Finally, I chose the Compass  M041 stencil, shown here:

I decided I would use a Rubbermoon Stamp (well, of course I did!) 
I thought my favorite "new moon" stamp would fit perfectly in the center of the compass stencil and it did! It also went with the theme and colors I had in mind.  I, then, chose a small 4 x 4 panel and prepared it with wood icing texture and gesso.


I painted the panel with two shades of blue acrylic paint, like this:
After the paint dried, I wiped and scrubbed of some of the paint with a baby wipe to make the texture show a bit more and give the piece a more translucent look. Then I placed my stencil on the panel and used a dauber to spong a mixture of white and metallic baroque paint through the compass stencil...
After this step, I used white acrylic paint to stamp the ink spatter stamp and I stamped the new moon image into the center. I painted and shaded the moon with white and blue acrylic paint and added hand written words, "Find your True North."
I added a hanger to the back of my little painting and hung it right away!!
Voila! I hope that you have enjoyed my portion of this fun blog hop....


NOW FOR THE  THE GIVEAWAY!!
Mary Nasser will be doing a giveaway for this hop – giving away a set of her  four new stencils. ALL the comments on each blog participating will be eligible for the drawing. So what do you do?   All you have to do is leave a comment by 11:59 PM Central Time on October 4th. The more blogs that you comment on in the blog hop, the more chances you have to win.  Plus, you don't want to miss any of these wonderful blog entries. Have Fun and good luck! Thank you for joining all of us!

Here is the Blog Hop Order for October 2nd :


StencilGirl Talk