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Party time -- what to bring?More than flowers, more than expensive bottles of wine, your sweetie/friends/parents want to know you’re thinking of them. Here are 5 ways to impress the heck out of them — while showing off your creativity, originality, and of course, generosity.

1. Next time you are invited for dinner or cocktails, bring the music. And make it indie. It takes just minutes to burn a CD of your favorite independent bands, and your host remember the gift long after the evening is over. And you’ll make the artist’s day. Believe me.

2. Inviting friends over for a get-together? Cover your walls with original art — or limited edition prints — to show off your great taste. Original pieces will spark conversations and show your support of independent artists. Find beautiful prints for under $50 at etsy.com:

  • Shellybee’s Art Studio (my shop) — limited edition prints of ink drawings that celebrate life and nature
  • Birdnerd — collages and linocuts prints of, what else?, birds; gorgeous
  • Karingrows — originals and prints of oceany women and birds; love it

3. Need a gift on a limited budget? Make something — or easier, buy something handmade for the most WOW factor. I’m biased — I love etsy for handmade. Bought my sister something there I can’t tell you about yet, because she hasn’t had her birthday yet. But I know she’ll love it. I’ve also shopped Shana Logic for some really cute indie stuff. You’ll make more than one person super happy.

4. For no reason at all, make your favorite person an art book. Or a calendar. Or a T-shirt. Just snap some creative digital photos of some favorite things or shapes or colors and go to:

  • Blurb.com or Lulu.com to make a book
  • Kodak Gallery or Cafe Press to make a calendar or T-shirt
  • Target and buy iron-on transfers to make your own T-shirts — I’ve made lots of onesies for friends’ baby showers with printable transfers (I know Target isn’t indie, but my friend works for corporate, and they really do do good things) and they just LOVe them

5. Send a letter. A well-though-out, just because I like you, snail mail letter — on stationary that you create yourself. Seriously, just draw something or patch some photos together. It’ll be so surprising and lovely — they will so love you. I use Overnight Prints.

Express yourself! Be unique! Be independent. And give it away.

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My good friend grows a garden each year, and her boys help. These are her artichokes. Another lucky artichoke bloomed on the stalk; the background color of the drawing here is a reflection of the color of the feathery blossom.

artichoke drawing on lavender by shelly bowen

I had planned to switch to my sticky series, but had to get one more edible in to complete the pineapple and papaya. At my sister’s request for one more fruit or veggie. For her kitchen. I can hardly ever turn down a request.

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I need eyeballs. Lots and lots of eyeballs. But not just anyone’s eyeballs — I need eyes who appreciate the beauty of begging, brave seagulls, the light through the flesh of a cut lime in a cold cocktail, or the slick, iridescent home of a wild abalone you had for dinner last night.

Is it art if no one sees it? My little virtual art shop experiment in entrepreneurialism needs a party of people who love a well-mixed cocktail and the proverbial long walk on the beach. People who want to get a jump-start on their holiday shopping, who want kisses and hugs or simple nods of glowing appreciation because they thought to buy a one-of-a-kind, unique gift — a limited edition archival art print from an independent artist in California.

I need to get the word out: www.shellybee.etsy.com

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