Write_On 30 Letters in 30 Days Challenge

I’ve always been into letter writing. Technology has simplified life but in many ways communication has lost its allure. Clicking to open an email will never replace the feel of tearing open an envelope and reading the latest news from your friend on the other side of the globe or country or town for that matter.

You could imagine my excitement when my good friend and pen pal recently signed me up to receive one of the Write_On Challenge 30 Letters in 30 Days starter packs, encouraging participants to send a letter everyday for the month of April.

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As if it couldn’t get any better, this letter writing campaign perfectly aligns with the launch of my new greeting card line. There are now 8 designs to choose from featuring my original miniature photography, click here to see them all.

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Join me in my month long adventure of letter writing. Need some supplies to get you started? Use the coupon code “writeon” for 10% off your purchase of any of the new greeting card styles during the month of April. Keep an eye on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook to see my progress through out the month.

monumental update for this miniature line…

Pecita Miniatures for a Modern Worl

Over the next month you are going to see some monumental changes to my line of miniatures. “But Becky, what on earth does that mean?!” No need to be alarmed, you will still continue to find the same miniature worlds you know and love, they’re just getting a little revamp in the branding arena.

I got my start making buttons in 2002 and the name becky’s buttons caught on quickly. For years I toiled away making buttons and button related accessories, but in 2010 I began the transition towards creating more diorama based works. Around this time you may have noticed I started tagging “& things” onto the name of my line and then after a few years it became, “becky’s buttons & things: miniatures for a modern world.” Now, for a line specializing in miniatures that seemed like a mouth full.

I am excited to announce that “becky’s buttons” is now “miniatures for a modern world.” You’ll see this transition happen gradually over the next month, you’ll begin to notice that what you were once following as “beckysbuttons” or “beckysbuttonsandthings” on social media are going to change over to “miniaturesforamodernworld” or “minis4amodworld,” depending on character limitations, but you will still find the same miniature objects you have grown to love and more new products to come.

I thank you all for reading this important update and joining me on this journey of rebranding!

Family Vacation…UGHHH, Last Week!

We all share stories of traveling as a teenager with our families, or perhaps you’ve experienced the “joys” of traveling with teenagers. Either way there is a shared experience there and that is what my most recent exhibit, “Family Vacation…UGHHH,” on view now through June 2nd at Lowbrow, explores.

If you haven’t seen the exhibit yet, I encourage you to check out it out. If you are not in the area or traveling to Denver by June 2nd is out of the question, this post is for you. Join me on a virtual tour of this exhibition…

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Each piece is accompanied by a dialogue that gives you a deeper look into the scene you’re observing.

 

Arches National Park, 2015

Mixed Media

11” x 8.5” x 3.25”

$200

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Rick: “Okay big smiles everyone.”

Susan: “Looks like Audrey’s wandered off again Rick.”

Susan: “AUDREY GET OVER HERE! YOUR DAD’S TAKING A PICTURE!”

Rick: “Susan I don’t think she can hear you just keep your arm around Jake and smile for the picture.”

Susan: “Who’s she talking to anyways?”

Susan: “AUDREY!!!”

Meanwhile on the other side of the park…

Teen Boy: “Hey didn’t you say your name was Audrey.”

Audrey: “Yeah.”

Teen Boy: “Well isn’t that woman over there screaming your name?”

Audrey: “I think she’s saying Amanda or something. So you’re in college? That’s cool…”

 

 

Grand Canyon, 2015

Mixed Media

11” x 8.5” x 3.25”

$200

 

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Mom: “Stephanie Anne Miller, we’re at the base of the Grand Canyon, we have to make this trip work!”

Stephanie: “I want to go home mom! There’s no one my age here!”

Mom: “Stephanie, your little sister’s been asking you to play cards with her all afternoon.”

Stephanie: “I don’t want to play with Darcy mom, she’s a baby!”

Mom: “Well go catch up with Jacqueline.”

Stephanie: “She’s off with some guy, like always.”

Mom: “Glen, can you put down the camera and give me a hand here?”

 

Sequoia National Park, 2015

Mixed Media

11” x 8.5” x 3.25”

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Lisa: “Mom how come my text won’t go through?!”

Mom: “Lisa, I told you there would be no cell phone reception once we got into the park. Just look around and enjoy the scenery.”

Lisa: “Oh my god Mom! How am I supposed to Face Time with Trevor?!”

Mom: “Lisa how many times do I have to tell you? We’re on this trip to spend time together as a family before your brother leaves for college.”

Peter: “Yeah Lisa, it’s family time.” (said in a mocking tone)

Lisa: “MOM! Peter’s teasing me again!”

Peter: “MOM! Peter’s teasing me again!” (again in a mocking tone)

Lisa: “Stop imitating me Peter!”

Mom: “Honey, are you hearing this?”

Dad: “What’s that dear? I’m just trying to enjoy the trip. All I can hear are the trees…”

 

 

Yellowstone National Park, 2015

Mixed Media

11” x 8.5” x 3.25”

$200

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Debra: “STEVEN YOU CAN’T JUST LEAVE IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR FAMILY VACATION!”

Steven: “OH YEAH? WATCH ME!”

Hank: “Debra, let him go, he can’t get far.”

Debra: “Hank, help me out here!”

Hank: “STEVEN, YOU’RE UPSETTING YOUR MOTHER!”

Steven: “I DON’T HAVE TO LISTEN TO YOU HANK… YOU’RE NOT MY REAL DAD!”

Debra: “STEVEN, PLEASE COME BACK! YOUR BROTHERS JUST WANT TO PLAY WITH YOU!”

Steven: “I’M NOT A BABYSITTER MOM! THIS IS MY SPRING BREAK! I DIDN’T EVEN WANT TO COME ON THIS STUPID ROAD TRIP! YOU CAN’T FORCE FAMILY FUN ON ME!”

 

 

Rocky Mountain National Park, 2015

Mixed Media

11” x 8.5” x 3.25”

SOLD

 

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Mom: “Tiffany pick up your pack, your father & brother are waiting on us!”

Tiffany: “I don’t want to go on a stupid hike MOM! I wanted to go to Heather’s party.”

Mom: “Tiffany for the last time you can’t go to Heather’s party, her parents are out of town.”

Tiffany: “Yeah but her brother Tyler is home from college, he’s an adult!”

Mom: “Your reasoning isn’t exactly sound Tiffany.”

 

If you made it to the end of this very long post, congratulations! If you are interested in purchasing a work from this exhibit you have until June 2nd to do so in person at Lowbrow. After the exhibit closes the remaining works will be sold through my website. If you are not in the Denver area and are interested in purchasing a piece before June 2nd email me at beckysbuttons@gmail.com with the title of the piece and I will send you a Paypal invoice.

 

Thank you to everyone who has visited the exhibit and thank you to those of you who have shared your own stories of family vacations will me, I’ve enjoyed reading them all.

Anzen Cardigan

You guys, I just finished my first ever crocheted cardigan! I’ve been crocheting for nearly 8 years now, focusing mainly on accessories, dolls and home items. I was really interested in making a garment, but had a hard time finding a crochet pattern for a cardigan that I liked until I stumbled upon the Anzen pattern from Pom Pom issue 7. I like the vintage feel of the cardigan. Since it was a wrap-style cardigan I figured it would be an easy first garment with which I wouldn’t need to be too precise with sizing. Click here to read more about my Anzen Cardigan on the Fancy Tiger Crafts Blog!

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Family Vacation…UGHHH

 

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I like to think I remember my childhood well, at least my version of it. Talk to my mom and you’ll get a whole different story of traveling with her teenage daughter.  I think we all hold on to this idealized view of who we were and how we behaved in our youth, when in reality we were total hormonal assholes. I remember traveling with my family and camping out in National Parks and how much I learned, but my mother and brother share different memories of a moody teenage girl who often came unprepared for hikes wearing flip-flops and complaining when she couldn’t keep up.

We all share in these common memories of family vacations, huddled in the corner of the campsite complaining that we weren’t able to stay home alone and go to a friend’s party while their parents were out of town, “Geez mom, Heather’s brother is home from college, it’s not like we’d be alone in the house.” My newest series of diorama based works hones in on this often overlooked phenomenon of family vacations with teenagers. Each work focuses on a different National Park, showcasing the beauty of this serene environment and inserts a family dealing with a teenager, all the while attempting to hold on to some semblance of a memorable trip. It’s this difference in scale between the beauty of the environment and smallness of the figures that I use to really show how unimportant all of these teenage outbursts are in the scope of things. These teenagers grow up and see the error of their ways and often even become productive members of society. Each piece is accompanied with a caption that gives the viewer a glimpse at the dialogue occurring during the particular scene they’ve stumbled on to.

I am happy I have outgrown my teenage tendencies and now in my thirties I enjoy camping with my family and I am able to share in the fun as they recount stories of my teenage terror around the campfire. Much of my family has even agreed to join me at the opening reception of my exhibition of new works entitled, “Family Vacation…UGHHH” opening Friday May 1st from 7pm-10pm at Lowbrow. The exhibit will be on view through June 2nd.

The exhibit opening reception will also serve as the grand re-opening of Lowbrow in their new, bigger, better location at 38 Broadway, Denver, 80203. Lowbrow will be holding exciting raffles and give-aways through-out the evening.

Create Your Own Valentine Diorama

Put down the glitter and glue and leave the dirty work to us this Valentines Day. We all know handmade Valentines are the best but you’re a busy bee that doesn’t have time to cut out intricate hearts from construction paper and glue them to doilies. In just a few simple clicks you can create your own custom diorama for that special someone in your life.

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It’s super simple! Just select the figures you’d like featured in your custom Valentine Diorama…

IMG_7266 Then select the two initials you’d like featured on the front of the hand-bound love note…

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That’s it, you’re done! If the figures you’ve selected need any further customization like a change in hair or skin color, just add that info to the order notes section found on the Checkout Details page and I’ll be sure to accommodate your request.

I will only be accepting a limited number of orders for these one of a kind creations so click here to get started!

xoxo

becky

I Heart Denver Exclusive

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My good friend and frequent collaborator, Sara Guindon and I created a limited edition holiday ornament design exclusive to the I Heart Denver Store. “Greetings from Denver” was created in a limited edition run of 50 and was inspired by holiday travel as well as the newly remodeled Union Station located in the heart of downtown Denver.

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 This would make the perfect holiday gift for anyone on your list.