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It’s a Sleepy Pine Seconds Sale!

When creating products there are always variations that aren’t quite up to standard while I test the prints or stickers to get the colors right. I will do test prints and the colors will be slightly off from where I want or my sticker cutter may cut slightly off-center. Sometimes I will also have original art that I unintentionally mess up slightly and don’t feel that I can sell it anymore.

These are seconds.

Every time I have these not quite perfect products, I have just tucked them into a drawer awaiting the day that I will do something with them.

Well, Today is that day!

I have taken all these products and added them to my shop at quite a discount from their up-to-par counterparts, depending on the varying levels of imperfections. Some of them have colors that are just slightly off from the original. Maybe it printed with a slight yellow tint or a little darker than intended. Sometimes my sticker cutter will get really confused and will cut things wrong. I even have a few sticker sheets that never made it into the sticker cutter because I changed the format of the page after I printed the first copy. These are still perfectly useable stickers, they just need to be cut out by hand.

When you view the seconds, all imperfections will be marked, photographed, and described. So, please read these descriptions carefully to ensure you exactly what you are purchasing!

Getting all these new products in my shop has been quite the endeavor! I am eternally grateful that my husband has been able to assist me in getting these shop listings created and ready to go, because I don’t know if this would have honestly happened without him!

You can find all my seconds in my shop here: https://thesleepypine.com/shop/sale/seconds/.

I can’t wait for you to take a peak!

Erica

15 Inspiring Female Artists to Follow on Instagram

Instagram is such an amazing platform for artists because it is so visual. Over the last year, I have been looking for more and more amazing woman artists on Instagram to follow! I am always inspired by the amazing things they are accomplishing and it helps push me forward in my business as well!

I have been really intentional recently to create a feed that only gives me good vibes and doesn’t trigger my anxiety or depression. This is a process that I am constantly refining, but essentially I only follow people I actually want to see on a daily basis (that even includes unfollowing some friends and family!). My mental and emotional health is something that I am learning to be more intentional with and that reaches to my social media feeds. 

So, I’ve chosen to fill my feed with people who feed my soul and these amazing 15 female artists on Instagram definitely do just that!

 

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Introducing The Sleepy Pine Studio | Why the name change, what to expect, and more!

Welcome to The Sleepy Pine, formerly known as Erica Gilliam Studio. I am so excited to share with you all the amazing things that have been happening in my life! I have always been someone who embraces the process that is required for personal growth and change. For years, people have seen my shifts and changes as “flakey” or “indecisive” and while there is a bit of truth in that, it doesn’t look at the whole picture.  Every choice in my life has brought me closer and closer to the place that I am at today, to living my most authentic life. 

8 months ago, I made the decision to make art full-time. This was a huge leap of faith, but I knew that it was the right decision for me. During this time, I have been really intentional to learn more about who I am, how I work, and what is important to me. Everything brought me closer to accepting the person that I truly am, indecision and all.

However, making art isn’t all that I am passionate about. Yes, it is a huge part of it, but there are so many more things that I need to share and I needed an outlet to share them.  I looked at all the options… Have a separate blog/youtube for the lifestyle stuff, just share it in my Instagram stories, have a blog with my husband, etc… But the reality is, I am not a person that likes to compartmentalize. I actually want a very blurred line between my “work” and my “life”.  I believe that it is all cohesive and connected. 

So, I made the riskiest decision I have made thus far, combine it all. This is where The Sleepy Pine comes in. The Sleepy Pine is about life, family, and passion. It is about exploration and adventure. It is about embracing who you are and creating the life that you dream of. The Sleepy Pine is me, through and through. Not the version of me that I thought people may be interested in or the version of me that I thought I should be, but the real me.  Continue Reading

It’s Time to Stop Running

stop running from art

My life has been filled with more ups and downs than I can possibly count. In junior high, I began my struggle with Depression and Anxiety. I had absolutely no idea then that this was something that would follow me into my adult life,  then it was just my angsty reality. Although this isn’t a post about Depression and Anxiety specifically, it is an integral piece of my story and I strongly believe that one’s whole story is important to their journey. I don’t really want this post to be an entire book, so I will just touch on a few important parts. For the better part of my teenage years, art was my way of managing those highs and lows. In junior high, it was basic drawings and writing poetry. In high school and college, it became mainly painting, but I would do absolutely any kind of art I could get my hands on. I would paint every surface I could such as old wood from my dad, canvas, paper, or the walls of my bedroom.  

Art felt as necessary as breathing. It was how I dealt with all my emotional struggles. However that all changed in 2009. That year was a really big year. I lost about 8 people that I loved within those 12 months. In March or April, I had an adverse reaction to the medication Zoloft, which resulted in developing a condition called Functional Myoclonus where my body would twitch constantly. In September, I married my best friend at 18 and a month later he left for Basic Training. By the time Fall rolled around, I was so emotionally tired and instead of running to art as I had for so many years before, I ran away. 
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