Wendy Edelson wins The Mom's Choice Gold Award!

Jan 29, 2015

Our artist, Wendy Edelson, is a self-taught artist and she works primarily in rich glazes of watercolor. After illustrating over 30 books, Wendy's work has also proven perfect for a wide range of products and applications. She strives to give every painting a heart of magic. Putting enchantment into every piece of her art is one of the many reasons she won the Mom’s Choice Gold Award.

 

Wendy’s illustrations in the book “The best Part of the Day” beautifully portray the simple joys of life and the principles of gratitude. The author, Sarah Ban Breathnach, hopes that her book will start a new tradition for families to take a moment to be grateful for the simple joys of the day. Wendy’s illustrations make the feeling of warmth and gratitude come to life.   

  

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children and families. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 40 countries.

To see more of Wendy’s illustrations, take a look at her portfolio

 

 

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2015 Atlanta Gift Show

Jan 15, 2015

During a “quick trip” to Atlanta, some of our Sales team managed to get in 28,600 steps (approximately 12 miles) in just 2.5 days!  With more than seven million square feet of enclosed space, the Atlanta Gift show ranks first as the world’s largest trade mart/trade show facility. It is the nation’s leading gift, home furnishings, apparel, and area rug marketplace. At the Atlanta Gift Show, you will find more product than anywhere else! With the latest designs on every floor of every building, it helped us to learn what kind of art manufacturers & retailers are looking for.

     

We (Courtney and Syrena) did not waste any time and tried to fit in as much of the show as possible! We had back-to-back (to back) appointments with many eager customers. With over 400 artists to present, we could meet for hours!  Courtney and I made sure to set aside some time to “walk the show.” Walking the show can be draining and it is incredibly easy to get distracted (and overwhelmed) because there are floor to ceiling glass windows of the showrooms, which allows you to see a remarkable amount of products as you walk down hallway after hallway. Plus, you never know who you will see (or run into) at the show. This year we got to meet Paula Deen! It was a lot of fun and she was incredibly kind. 

(Syrena and Courtney with Paula Deen)

One of our favorite parts about our meetings/walking the show is seeing our images on finished products.  Here are some pictures of the products we saw at the show.

(Coasters by Color Bakery)

(Anderson Design Group Pillows)

(Art Licensing Studio Tabletop)

(Celebrate Life Gallery Wooden Wall Decor)

To see the entire album, take a look at our Atlanta Gift Show 2015 album on Facebook.

 

Our meetings went really great and as a result we have been busy little bees sending follow up e-mails with the art selections (as well as BRAND NEW art that has arrived). We hope the meetings turn into lots of successful new programs! 

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