Sunday, January 3, 2016

Welcome 2016

Happy New Year!

Christmas in Downtown WPB

As this is the beginning of a brand new year, I thought it would be a great idea to post some of my favorite highlights from 2015. Favorite places and events, as well as great art that I had fun creating. 
Hope you enjoy my mix of 2015!


south Florida fair

south Florida fair
This was a great day at the South Florida Fair. The boys had a blast rolling around in these water balls!




This was a day at a marina park over on Palm Beach. The banyan trees over there are stunning. The boys climbed every one!!!







This was the summer of lizards. Cuban anoles, Knight anoles and regular old brown anoles. You name it, if it lives in Florida the kids caught one! Oh...and butterflies!!!
Monarch butterfly

Yellow Sulphur butterfly
We hatched so many beautiful butterflies. 

lots of chrysalises


Fun artwork I created:
funny signs

custom piece for a new therapist's office

beachy doorway sign
I made some pretty cute custom signs! 


New moves:
new house gate!

front door view

sold!
My friend bought her very own house...pink with gargoyles! It is perfect!!!

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To finish the year off: more artwork, my new favorite whiskey drink, Honey :) Canvas WPB show and some clay sculptures by my kid!!!
present for a little girl's bedroom door


Arlo
portrait of Daddy

My little at Canvas WPB
beautiful
some new mini canvas's in my etsy shop
 Hope everyone had a great year! 2016 has started off a little differently for me this year. Facing lots of new challenges and life changes, but everything works out in the end...at least that's what I've been telling myself. I am excited for new prospects in my art business and life in general! 

Wishing everyone a stellar 2016! 
~Cheers
Casey





Sunday, December 13, 2015

Happy Holidays

It's been 5 months since I posted anything...and that I cannot believe! It is amazing how time flies. You blink, and the kids are having another birthday- school has started, holidays have come and gone- and now we are nearing Christmas! Whewww!!

Believe holiday signs
I have been swamped with Etsy and LuckiiArts orders, which is always a good thing!
 *Oh, those wooden Believe signs are available in my Etsy shop, just in case you were wondering! 

So, I just wanted to share some pieces I have been working on. Memory Illustrations galore! 

Full Mickey Mouse head

Golden Memory Illustration

the World is Yours Illustration

I have also done lots of address tiles, lots!! They are always fun to make though! I love the idea that all across the world- people have tiles of mine decorating their homes! I have sold to Australia, Netherlands and Turkey, to name just a few! Pretty neat huh!

Zen tiles

Asian Dragonflies

Modern tiles

Custom Spanish tiles







I have been loving selling on both RedBubble and Society6.  They have added so much diversity into their sites: from techy gear for phones and computers to housewares, like shower curtains and pillows and rugs- and of course they always have stickers and T's! 



 I recently signed on to sell at a site geared towards children and moms called BOOMBOOM. They have maternity, baby and pet products!  It's exciting to see my work on say, a dogs sweater...or a baby blanket! So if you need a cool present for a new baby or Mom, please check out my BoomBoom site! 

Christmas Red Bird onsie

Puppy T's

Firefly Lunch Bag

Fluffy Pet Bed
Alright, I am off- lots to do and get mailed out! 



 Hope everyone has a fabulous holiday season! 

Cheers!
~Casey




Wednesday, July 15, 2015

All sorts of new products are available on Society6 and RedBubble now! Anything from leggins and pencil skirts to hardback notepads and pencil cases. Always tech-y gear..cell phone cases, ipad covers, computer skins. Household items like bed spreads, shower curtains and pillows and T-shirts galore!!!

If you are looking for super unique items, please visit RedBubble or Society6: LuckiiArts, Casey Virata!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Shop Small Saturday



My munchkins spelling out THANKS!

 Hi all!

I just wanted to remind the masses that this Saturday the 29th is Shop Small Saturday. I hope everyone chooses to shop with small businesses and small independent local stores.

I try to shop mostly from Etsy and other small business owners like myself. Repay some of the support I have gotten from small shoppers like you!

I think if you are going to buy something for someone, it is important to make sure it is special, made with care and love.  It is a labor of love that creative people do when they make special things.  I know when I paint or draw something I pour my heart into it.

On that note...if you are looking to shop small this Saturday, please swing by my shops on ETSY or LuckiiArts! Use code LUCKIIYOU to receive 15% off anything in my stores!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

And to people who choose to Shop Small- THANK YOU- for supporting independent artist and creatives who work so hard to make a living doing what they love! We appreciate you!

 Cheers
~Casey







Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Candy Cake for the Kids


It's so pretty.

My 9 year old walks past it and takes a big sniff about 5 times a day. 

This is my version of the Candy Bar Cake...or whatever they are called on pinterest! I searched images and pinterest pages looking for directions or even amounts of candy to buy. Let me tell ya...there is not a lot out there. Sure, there are tons of pictures...some great, some eh...but not a lot of how to! So, I thought I'd contribute to the how to and hopefully help someone out!

I made this little beauty for Belvedere Elementary School's BoxTops collection contest: Classroom Prize. I think it will go over well...hopefully. I mean, my kids and even my husband drooled when they all saw it- so that is a plus in my eyes.

Let me start by saying I just winged the construction. I went to the dollar store because they have lots of floral supplies. I was hoping I would find some sort of foam- and what a great suprise when I found floral wreaths and squares! Score!!!


I got two of the wreaths and one square. So that's about 4 inches tall in the circle cake, and another 4 inches with the square on top. I left the wrapping on the foam- just less messy. I also found some pretty duct tape at the dollar store. Woohoo!!!


I thought the glue would stick to the duct tape and the duct tape would stick better to the plastic wrap rather than the foam itself. Years of experience working in a flower shop lead me to believe that nothing sticks to floral foam but water and flowers!

So I wrapped up all three pieces in the duct tape. The two circles I went ahead and taped all together- just to make it sturdy. The square at the top- I left a small space so I could poke lollipops through the top without having to fight with the duct tape again. Pretty smart, right? Yes, I thought so too!




I arranged all the candy I bought, also at the dollar store! Oh and let me say now that I spent about $15 total on this cake. I think that is a really great price for making this super looking prize! So a big fat thank you goes out to the Dollar Store! * 8 little bags of candy,  3 foam,  2 duct tape*


I did pick up one small bag of the mixed mini chocolates to fill in some holes...but I only used half of the bag- the others will be donated to my husband's mental well being fund...he might share with the kids...maybe.

Oops...forgot about the bottom. I just made my own cake plate out of cardboard and wrapping paper...but if you happen to have one of those golden shiny cake plates, that would be alright too :)


Now for the fun part...assembly!!!

I hot glued all the foam pieces together, then onto the cake plate.



I used a low heat glue gun..and just did a dot on each piece of candy. I was pleasantly surprised that everything stuck so well to the duct tape! Yay me!!!






Sorry some of these pics are fuzzy. I was battling with a puppy to stay away from the hot glue area while taking pics. No animals were harmed during this photo shoot! Wheeewww!

So I just kind of placed candy around to see what fit where...and when I got a sort of placement down I began gluing. It went really quickly and was actually fun! I just moved the cake around until all of the candy was used up.

The lollipops poked through just great.  They look so cute up there as the topper!



I finished it off by tying party ribbons around to give it a little extra sturdiness. There will be kids manhandling this, so, of course- sturdier is better!

I also made a little BoxTops Superstar sign for the top. Like I said before- this is for the winning classroom who brings in the most BoxTops this month...so it should say BoxTops on it somewhere, right? 





Look how cute..it matches the teacher's turn in box!

Oh- so you see those little holes on the cake...that's what I bought those little mini chocolates for...to fill in those gaps. Plus I wanted it to look so stuffed with candy the kids would go nuts! BTW...there is no candy on this cake that has nuts in it. I stuck to nut free candy to be safe for allergic kids!


That's it. My Candy Cake instructions. It was easy to make and didn't break the bank! Good on both counts!!! Hope the kiddos love it! Happy BoxTopping everyone!

~Casey