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Hi, I'm Shalom. Artist, crafter, gardener, flea market enthusiast, bargain hunter, and lover of flavor. Welcome to my journey!

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Festival of Trees 2014

I took my family to Festival of Trees last weekend and my 3-year-old son, Connor, was just as fascinated with all the sights and sounds as I'd hoped he would be (especially the train!). Next, year we might all have to bundle up and head downtown for the parade. While we were browsing through all the displays something caught my eye...MY display had already sold (all profits going to support Quad City Arts) and I won a ribbon for best 1st time designer in my category. What a fun creative experience this was! As a natural 'introvert', who often feels more comfortable behind my computer screen than anywhere else, it was good to put myself out there and be part of something bigger than my self. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Joy to the World!

Unusually early rounds of snow and cold seems to have put everybody in the mood to decorate early for Christmas and I'm no exception. When you're fighting off the winter blues, you need a little extra sparkle in your life. So I spent my weekend making the jute and yarn-wrapped 'JOY' letters with just a touch of silver and gold for added cheer. I have to say, I do find myself smiling every time I walk down my hallway now. 

This is a wreath I did as a donation for a silent auction fundraiser a few weeks ago and is part of a larger front porch display. My theme was 'Winter's Garden' and I was going for a natural, outdoorsy look. I happened to already have the grapevine wreath (leftover from my wedding!) which sparked my idea for the theme. I had some leftover oranges, pine cones and cinnamon sticks, which made their way into my personal holiday decor above.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

2015 Calendar by Shalom Schultz Designs

My 2015 Calendar is online! This year I wanted to focus on encouragement and positivity so I chose 12 simple phrases for each month and matched it with my original artwork to help convey the message. Available in printed form as a desktop or hanging calendar and also as a digital download.
Click here to purchase.2015 Calendar by Shalom Schultz Designs
© Shalom Schultz. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shop Additions: Upcycled Earrings

It's fun to watch my shop filling up with cute little gems like these...hoping they will find their way into someone's stocking this Christmas. I just wish I had more time for making them. Most of these earrings contain elements that have been upcycled from old jewelry and probably have a story of their own to tell.  If anyon'e interested you can find them here.
 Genuine turquoise nugget (upcycled from old jewelry) and silver-tone wire drop earrings. (to buy)

Sterling silver rose-patterned beads (upcycled from old jewelry), and silver-tone beads and wire, dangling earrings. (to buy)

Pink-toned mother of pearl, silver-tone beads and silver-tone wire drop earrings. (to buy) 

 Sterling silver rose-patterned beads (upcycled from old jewelry), black glass beads and silver-tone wire drop earrings. (to buy)

Iridescent mother of pearl, silver-tone beads and silver-tone wire drop earrings. (to buy)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Last of Summer's Bounty: Sunflowers

Grew all of these beauties from seed and faithfully watered aaaaaaaaalll summer long, then staked so they wouldn't fall over. Now, I'm finally being rewarded with multiple blooms on each tall stalk. Happy, happy, happy. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Autumn is HERE!

Honestly, walking around outside and seeing the tips of tree branches just starting to turn is like opening up one Christmas present after another. So excited!
Lovely fall scene from

Adorable art print with the famous quote, 'Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.' (William Cullen Bryant) By PrettyPrintShop on Etsy.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Why Craft Stores Start Stocking Christmas Merchandise in August

Ever wonder why craft stores start stocking Christmas merchandise in August? It's for people like me that have to think waaaaay far ahead in order to be ready for the holiday shopping season. Plans are well under way for 3 holiday events I'm planning and this week I started working on my 2015 calendar (which I hope to have finished by October). For some reason I felt like working backwards this time (probably because my mind is already full of Christmas ideas). Here's a sneak peak at what I have done so far. I'm thinking I may also need to convert that December design into a set of Christmas cards and gift tags with multiple colors. :)