Holiday Shipping Deadlines - or, how to get art on time

The holidays are approaching - and fast.

I'm working on a couple of Christmas-time commissions now and have room for more, but there are a few dates to watch out for when considering your purchase or special project this year. I know, deadlines are no fun, but necessary to make sure we all have a merry holiday.

Because I want to create the best artwork possible for you to give as a gift (or keep - that would be cool, too), time is important, so here are some dates to keep in mind:

Friday, December 4 - this is the last day I can accept new commissions that will need to be delivered by Christmas (if you're planning something big, please, please, let's discuss now). This is also Open Studio Night at the Harrison Center for the Arts (6-10pm). Swing by and check out available artwork, or we can discuss your special project.


Friday, December 18 - last day to place an order from my Etsy shop to guarantee Christmas delivery. Shipping is free. I always try my best to ship within a day or two, but because of the crazy that is the holidays, I will be shipping the last of the holiday orders on Saturday, December 19.


I hope you'll consider going handmade this holiday season, whether it's my work or another amazing Indianapolis artist. Here are a few of my favorite Indy-area artists and locally owned businesses:

* Sandi Finney of Hole Pottery (www.holepottery.com) has the perfect gift for the cook or baker on you list. Her functional stoneware pottery is right at home in the kitchen. Catch her at the Indy Winter Farmers Market which opens for the season this Saturday, November 14 at the Platform at the Indianapolis City Market.
* Emily Schwank at Raincliffs Photography (www.raincliffsphotography.com) - plan a family portrait session or grab a gift certificate for a later date. Also, check out her array of fine art photography. Many images are already printed and ready to go!
* Sara B. Jewelry & Metalsmithing's modern, organic handcrafted jewelry makes me smile. I'm officially a collector and you should be, too.
* Rana Salame's Salame Jewelry Designs is all about color! Rana's handcrafted gemstone jewelry has a bit of magic in each piece.
* For locally-owned shopping goodness, I give you Silver in the City on Mass Ave and in Carmel (where you can also find my prints and postcards) and Homespun: Modern Handmade (carrying a couple of my collage pieces) and also on Mass Ave. The folks at these stores love local and are expert gift-finders if you're in a pinch. Don't forget about Crimson Tate, too. Masses of fabric to make your own gifts and a chance to hang out with Heather and David.

Happy holidays (all of them)!