First Night Design | Clown in the Mirror

Itaya Art:

Sarah from First Night Design is a genius at creating vintage artworks by layering textures. She inspires me almost daily. Apparently she inherited a lot of her creative drive from her Mother. Take a look at this post by Sarah and you will understand her process better.

Originally posted on First Night Design:

I have filched a painting from my late mother and made it my own. Benedicta painted her clown in her teens — not that they were known as such an entity when she was growing up in the 1920s and ’30s. I say filched but I inherited it!

Untitled Clown by Benedicta Leigh

Untitled Clown by Benedicta Leigh

To create a different colour palette for him. I used several 2 Lil’ Owls textures from the Confetti series.

To set the whole thing off, I used another 2 Lil’ Owls texture from the Distressed series for a background on which you can see the faint markings of a musical score.

My mother’s clown now looks as if he is checking himself in the mirror before going on stage, an effect that was coincidental but was pointed out to…

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All I Want for Christmas is an iPhone Case and…

Hello My Artsy and Creative Friends!

I know everyone is doing the countdown to Christmas or what ever your special Holiday is called. Less than two weeks to go people!

For the first time in a long time, I actually have a few things on my Christmas list. One of those things at the very top of the list is a new iPhone AND a new iPhone Case to go with it!

My current phone is the total pits. It’s not an iPhone or anywhere near being an iPhone. It’s more in the ‘redheaded step-child’ category I think. (It’s ok, I am a redhead, or was, and we grew up with this saying. Not bashing step-children or redheads at all. It’s a Southern thang. :))

I know that Zazzle’s print quality has been exceptional on every item I’ve ordered from them. The quality is awesome as well. So, when I do get my new iPhone (hint, hint Santa!), I want to order a lovely case from Zazzle to go with it! My only dilemma is trying to figure out which one to get! Sooooo many choices you can’t even imagine on Zazzle.

Here are a few of my favorites. The first group is to indulge my creative and artistic side which I love to do.

And then for my more Conservative side, there are these for me to ponder over.

Do you see the challenge here? There are so many awesome iPhone Cases to choose from that it could take quite a while for me to make up my mind. Which ones of the above are your favorites and do you feel would be a good choice for me? Help me decide please. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Oh, and if you don’t like any of the examples above, here are a few more links for you to take a look at. If you find something there, be sure and let me know. For the iPhone Pop Up Shop Examples you can visit HERE.

To see tons more Cases for iPhone 6 and just about every other thing that needs a case, visit HERE

Until next time everyone – Create something everyday and make someone else happy by doing one small/great thing! 


Free Children’s Book: Runaway Smile

Itaya Art:

FREE! An Adorable Book for Children by Nicholas C. Rossis, ‘Runaway Smile’. I love coming across unique and creative books especially for children. If you have someone that you feel would enjoy this lovely book, be sure and share the link to the book or order a copy and send it to them!

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:

I woke up this morning and I had lost my smile and it wasn’t my fault and I looked everywhere and it was gone. Then I met a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and no-one wanted to give me theirs. At school, I asked Miss to give me hers, but she gave us a pop quiz instead, and then no-one was smiling and…

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

A little boy wakes up in the morning and realizes he has lost his smile. After spending the entire day trying to find it, he learns the truth behind smiles: the only real smiles are the shared ones.

Runaway Smile is my first children’s book and it is finally here, after two long years of preparation! Just for the wonderful people following me on my blog, I have posted it online, where you can read it for free! If you enjoy it, feel…

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Need an iPhone Case for Christmas?

Hello My Arty Friends!

Zazzle has pulled out all the stops this entire week with their huge week of savings deals!

Coupon for 12-6-14
Use Coupon Code – CASEDEAL4DEC to take advantage of this awesome sale!

Right now until midnight tonight (PST) 12-6-14, you can save 50% off ALL cases plus 20% off everything else. Now that is a huge savings people! Take a look at some of these cases and see if you see something that sparks your interest either for your personal wishlist or for someone else.

American Flag Case Barely There iPhone 6 Case
American Flag Case Barely There iPhone 6 Case by Libertymaniacs
Shop for American Casemate Cases online at

Here is a link to my store and all the cases that I currently have artwork and designs on – Itaya’s Designs on Zazzle and here is a link to ALL the cases that Zazzle has to offer for all the different Mobil Devices – Zazzle Mobile Cases.

To see ALL coupons besides the one listed above (you have to be on their email list to receive ALL the great coupons!), you can visit this page on Zazzle – Even More Coupons for Zazzle!

Until next time Arty People, have fun creating and shopping!  :)

Hooray for Black Friday Deals and Steals!!

Hello Artsy People!

Who says that Black Friday has to be stressful? Not me! I don’t like fighting the crowds just to save a few bucks. Nope, I’d rather approach things from an online perspective.

Both Zazzle and Crated are having some fantastic Black Friday deals! Check them out and see if there is anything you can purchase online and save having to fight the crowds in stores.

The best way I’ve found to shop at Zazzle is by using the ‘Zazzle Black’ option. You can get free postage for a year starting at $9.99! Check it out here – Zazzle Black Postage Options I’ve managed to save well over $100 over the past few years by using the $9.99 option. You can pay a bit more and get your items quicker too.

Click on the banner for tons of savings!

Black Friday

Here is a great visual for all of us that need to SEE before we click. These deals are ending in just over 13 hours so better hurry!!


A few of my popular designs on Zazzle –

Crated is my newest store where I love to list my artwork to sale as prints. I mentioned in this post ‘Consider Using’ some of the lovely art options that are available there to art collectors. Art can be printed on paper as posters, on canvas, or as a framed print. Check them out to see if there are any Black Friday savings you can take advantage for your home or business decor needs.

Save big on my art and more with Crated’s #BlackFriday sale! Get $25 off and Free Shipping on orders over $100 with code: CRATEDBF

Click on this banner to check out my Art on Crated
Buy my art on Crated

Some of my art in my Crated shop –

An art print from an original painting by Itaya titled 'As Beautiful as the Day is Long'.

An art print from an original painting by Itaya titled ‘As Beautiful as the Day is Long’.

Art print from an original painting by Itaya titled 'Burning Promise'.

Art print from an original painting by Itaya titled ‘Burning Promise’.

Just the Three of Us

Art print from an original painting by Itaya titled ‘Just the Three of Us’


Whatever you decide to do between now and Christmas, it is my wish that you have a Joyous and Fun time with all of those you hold dear.

Seasons Blessings!