Monday, April 3, 2017

March 2017 Recap

A Star Magnolia Bloom Signaled The Arrival Of March

I always look forward to March as a time of new beginnings and it did not disappoint me this year.  Not only did I get to celebrate my birthday this month but also the birth of Spring.

However, before I did all that, I took a little look back at the past and honored the birthday of one of my first rock star crushes, the late Andy Gibb, with a little musical tribute.  You can see the video on my YouTube Channel.

Speaking of music, Hippie took me to see Art Garfunkel as an early birthday present and we both really enjoyed it.  My other birthday present from Hippie was this fabulous peacock chair:


Relaxing On My Birthday Chair 

I love this chair so much, I decided we needed two.  They are both in the living room which I am in the process of redecorating a bit.  Actually, I have been in the process of redecorating a few spaces around our home lately.

One project I have pretty much completed is a colorful update of our hallway:


Hanging Out In Our Redecorated Hallway

You can see more photos and learn more about "The Cabbage Hallway Makeover" on The Cabbage Blog.

Of course, the arrival of Spring means there will soon be a lot of outdoor projects to tend to as well.  It's too early to do any planting yet but I have done a little weeding and I spent an entire afternoon picking Daffodils!


A Bucket Full Of Daffodil Bouquets

I also created a garden of sorts inside by adding what you could call a "spring field" of flowers to my "Springfield" mural in the living room:


I spent three nights drawing the flowers for this mural (and listening to you know who, of course).

The Completed 4' x 8' chalkborad mural

Speaking of you know who, I also got tickets this month to see him in concert in May!  Just one more example of how March was good to me this year.

I will also tell you that April has started off really good as well but the details will have to wait until next month's recap because I need to wrap this up and get back to all of my projects!  Or you can always see what I'm up to on Instagram.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Peace, Love and Art,
Victoria


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February 2017 Recap

Welcome to yet another incarnation of VictoriaLynnHall.com.  This year I've decided to use this blog as a place to recap what's going on with me personally and professionally, especially for those who may not follow my daily activities on Instagram.  Thanks for stopping by.


In Loving Memory of Our Beloved Blackie

February has never been my favorite month and this year was no exception.  The main reason for that this year is that, sadly, we lost our beautiful and beloved cat Blackie to kidney disease.  Hippie and I, as well as his siblings Motley, Bart and Poe, miss him terribly.  He was a loving companion, a doting caretaker and a loyal friend to us all.

Everybody Loved Blackie (and we always will).

Hippie and I weren't exactly in the mood to celebrate on Valentine's Day this year but we did escape our grief for a little while by going to the movie theater to see a special showing of one of my all time favorite movies, "An Affair To Remember".  It was great to see it on the big screen and I loved that I wasn't the only one in the audience crying and sniffling at the end.

I also engaged in a little art therapy.  Drawing candy hearts on my blackboard in the living room was another way to focus my energies on something that brought me joy, this time that being the music of you know who.

February's Rick Springfield Mural

Other attempts to cheer myself up this month involved some Fancy boots, some magical new jewelry, cleaning my room and more.

I also managed to get some work done, including an inspiring new "I Believe In Artists" Interview on my I Believe In Art Blog.

Finally, towards the end of the month I decided Hippie and I really deserved a fun and relaxing weekend free from our worries, so I formed a plan to transport us back to the 70s via the magic of music, some party decorations and some other fun items we brought up from the basement.  Thus, Hippies Weekend At The Cabbage was born!

Just Us Hippies

We had so much fun decorating The Cabbage Gallery and listening to some of our favorite records.

The 70s Zone

There were no CDs or MP3s in the 70s so it was a vinyl only weekend!

I even picked up my guitar and performed a few of my favorite 70s tunes myself, like this one:



Of course, we eventually had to return to our current reality but truthfully we kind of live in the seventies all the time anyway, so the mirror ball is staying and so is our sense of optimism and our values of peace, love and kindness.

And like the 70s, Our cat Blackie, just like our other cat angels, will live on in our minds and hearts.

All that being said, I'm so glad that March is finally here.  I'm looking forward to daffodils and the first day of Spring and I think someone has a birthday this month too.

I'll tell you all about that and more next time.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Peace, Love and Art,
Victoria

Hippie's Shop

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What's New: Many Things and Leggings!


There's quite a few new things in my shops this week (like the above t-shirt) and more in the works! You really should click here to see it all and then click back cause I want to talk to you about the new leggings Zazzle has added to their extensive product line. 

Now, I haven't had the opportunity to order any of these and try them out for myself but they look pretty cool. The best thing about them is that they are all over print which makes them a lot of fun for me to design. I'm sure I will be adding a ton more designs to them in the future but here's a few of my favorites so far:


This just in: I like color! So of course the above True Colors leggings are my faves. They are part of my new Artsy Leggings Collection which includes more colorful options like these:


And these:

Watercolor Splash Leggings
Watercolor Splash Leggings by Victoriart
See other Artist Leggings at zazzle

Click here to see the whole Artsy Leggings collection so far. 

 I also have designed these two more boho like pairs of leggings for my Purple Patina Apparel Collection:

Purple Patina: Mosaic Leggings
Purple Patina: Mosaic Leggings by Cabagelow
Shop for Boho Leggings online at Zazzle.com

And if you love mermaids (like you know I do), you might want to click here to see my Mermaid Leggings Collection, which includes cool designs like this one:

I think they would be great for Halloween. Speaking of which, I have added some "Batty" leggings to my Halloween Fun Collection, like these:


Click here to see more. 

 Like I said, I will be working on adding more leggings and other new things (always). You can follow @VLHproducts on Twitter for new product alerts, coupon codes and more. 

As always, thanks for your support and encouragement. 

Peace, Love and Art, 
Victoria

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

What's New: She refused to take any crap, so he gave her the moon...

Flea Market Diva T-Shirt
New Flea Market Diva T-Shirt at Hippie's Shop
For the girl who has everything because she found it
at the flea market!

Did you hear that I went on a really successful flea market shopping spree last week? I've been bragging about it on Instagram and on The Cabbage Blog.  I got a lot of cool stuff including some really fantastic antique photography portraits which I collect and use in my designs for my VictoriaVintage Shop on Zazzle.

Two of these most recent treasures have already found their way into greeting cards.  Here's the first one:



It says, "She refused to take any crap and soon the world stopped offering it to her."

The woman in the photo just looks like a bad ass to me, so I think this phrase suits her.  I think perhaps like most of us, it took her awhile to get fed up with other people's nonsense and start drawing some clear boundaries for herself but once she did things really started to turn around for her.

And though the photograph in the next card was probably taken at least a decade before hers was, I kind of like to think she somehow met up with this guy:



Doesn't he look like the charming and nice kind of fella she deserves?  His caption reads, "When he gave her his heart, he gave her the moon."  You know, because he appears to be sitting on a paper moon and also because us gals really do feel like we've been given the moon and the stars when someone trusts us with their heart.

So there you have it, A vintage love story.

You can click here to check out more of my vintage photo greeting cards.

And click here to see more new stuff.

Thanks for stopping by this week.  I truly appreciate it.

Peace, Love and Art,
Victoria


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What's New: Trust Love and Paint The Moon


Here's a not so secret fact about my creative process: I create for myself.  When it comes to my designs, I am probably my own biggest fan and one of my best customers.  This may sound self centered to some people but honestly, if I didn't like my own work, how could I expect anyone else to?

And here's the thing: after a lot of years of thinking I was really different from other people, art and the internet have taught me that I was wrong.  It turns out there are a lot of other people who like the same things I do.  By designing for myself I actually get to discover this over and over again and I love that.

So I choose to trust that doing what I love to do is going to keep pointing me in the right direction.  And if I ever lose sight of that, I'll have my Trust Love design to remind me.

Click here to see my Trust Love Collection (more products coming soon).


Paint The Moon Pillowcase Available Here

Speaking of love, I love the moon.  I love all the things it is and what it symbolizes - light in the darkness, the waxing and waning cycles of nature, emotion, intuition and receptivity.

Of course, I can't always see the moon, so I decided to paint it with a little help from the art fairy.  This reminded me of something important: when you can't find the light, you can always create it.

And yes I love this design too.  So much so that I purchased it on a pillow case (pictured above) and on a greeting card (below).



As always, thank you for your support and encouragement.

Peace, Love and Art,
Victoria


Trust Love T-Shirt
Trust Love T-Shirt by Cabagelow
Make your t shirt custom from zazzle.com.

Trust Love Throw Pillow
Trust Love Throw Pillow by Cabagelow
Browse more Love Pillows at Zazzle

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

What's New: Mermaids, Dragonflies and Wine Witches


Welcome to another edition of what's new at my shops! 

Listen, it's 2016. If you are really a mermaid, you don't have to hide it anymore. This is why I created the above "Mermaid Within" t-shirt design. I hope that all you mermaids and mermaids at heart out there will get one and wear it proudly. I may even buy one for myself someday (explains a lot, doesn't it?).  ;) 

You can see more mermaid t-shirts and other fun products at The Imagine Mermaid Shop.




Speaking of me buying things for myself, I did design and purchase a 3 ring binder with my Purple Patina Dragonfly Filigree design on it this week (above). I love these Avery binders. My designs look great on them and they are a great place to keep my drawings, designs and inspirations. I'll be sure to share a picture of this one on my Cabbage Blog Facebook Page after I get it. 

You can see more great products from my Purple Patina line at The Cabagelow Creations Shop.



I know what you're thinking, Halloween designs already? Well stop it because it's going to be here before you know it and you need to be ready. In particular, if you are planning on hosting a party that any Wine Witches might attend, you better start stocking up on wine. It is not pretty if any of those gals are around when you run out, believe me! ;) 

My Wine Witch T-shirts are part of the "Hallowine" Collection at The Wine Women Designs Shop.

Thanks again for your support and encouragement.

Peace, Love and Art,
Victoria

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tote Bag Tuesday: Life Is Better With Art

Life Is Better With Art Tote Bag Available At The I Believe In Art Shop

I love life, art and tote bags, so of course I love my Life Is Better With Art Tote Bag.  It's hanging on the back of my art studio door, waiting for me to take it to the craft store or out to the art museum.  If you haven't been to either of those places lately, you should go soon.  Because life really is better with art, whether you're making it or just looking at it.  

And life is better with tote bags too.  Click here to check out more artsy tote bags in my Tote Bags For Artist collection or click here to see more products from my Life Is Better With Art line.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace, Love and Art,
Victoria


Life Is Better With Art Tote Bag
Life Is Better With Art Tote Bag by Victoriart
Find more Victoria lynn hall Totes at Zazzle

Life Is Better With Art Bumper Sticker
Life Is Better With Art Bumper Sticker by Victoriart
Look at more Life Bumper Stickers at zazzle