The Holiday Round Up Continues/New Years Eve

Dear Readers:

I hope your holiday season has been full of fun and joy. I’ve been up to my usual hijinks:


Yep, that’s me under that deer mask. Otherwise, I’ve been busy trying to finish works, projects, etc. not from just this holiday, but really all year.

I did finish a lovely cake topper and can now reveal these lovely pieces and the process now that these moose have been gifted.

I went to the zoo in Oct to pick up these cuties as the base, and although I was tired that day, I did stay to enjoy a day off, gorgeous fall weather, and inspiration from the animals and architecture at the zoo:

 
And I’m still working on a bunch of things for 2017. Here’s a preview:


As always, thank you for reading,
Victoria 
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A pleasant reminder:

Sale-All holiday items in the Haute Hen Etsy store are $10 and under, until 2/2/2017! #holidaysale #etsy

Store link:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

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News and events:
-No events in Jan, but big events coming in Feb, including the Broken Hearts Ball mentioned above, Feb. 11th, 6p-10p at 1900 Park Creative Space. There will be a fashion show, escape entertainment and art in conjunction with a steampunk art exhibit that will run through the month of February (4th-25th). The Facebook invite link is here and will be updated on a regular basis: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/707519142739870/?ti=icl
-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box. 

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:
amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc
Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-the Haute Hen.
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon

On Losing Heroes

2016 has been the Reaper’s bitch. And I say that with some bitterness, as today, one of my childhood heroes, Carrie Fisher, passed away.

I was completely mesmerized by Princess Leia’s fierce determination and bravery against such incredible odds. I remember wanting to pee in my pants when Vader first overtook her ship. She was strong, yet caring. Unflinching, yet compassionate. She even got the bad boy to come around to be a gentleman. 

In real life, Carrie was just as much a hero. Outspoken and speaking for others fighting mental illness and addiction. I’ve always believed real heroes have flaws. And those imperfections are what truly make us unique and beautiful. Ms. Fisher was flawed, and she was beautiful.

I had hoped she would recover, especially after we have lost so many others this year; not just entertainers, but authors, artists, scientists, and scholars. 
Although I feel wounded and aghast at the loss of such talent this year, I try to comfort myself with creating, with helping. Sadness and negativity win when we stop living with purpose, when we live without love. 

Time is short, use it wisely, because you may be someone else’s hero. And today, we need heroes more than ever.

Peace, and as always, thank you for reading,

Victoria 

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A pleasant reminder:
Sale-All holiday items will be marked down until January 2nd, before leaving the store. PLEASE NOTE: I can not guarantee shipping or delivery by Christmas or New Years. And…

Last day: Etsy has a special promotion for qualifying purchases! Spend $50 in one store by 12/27, get $10 toward a future purchase through Jan. 31st, 2017.

Store link:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

Thank you for supporting small and local. As always, thank you for reading, peace to you and yours this holiday season!

Victoria

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News and events:

-No events in Jan, but big events coming in Feb, including the Broken Hearts Ball mentioned above, Feb. 11th, 6p-10p at 1900 Park Creative Space. There will be a fashion show, escape entertainment and art in conjunction with a steampunk art exhibit that will run through the month of February (4th-25th). The Facebook invite link is here and will be updated on a regular basis: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/707519142739870/?ti=icl

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box. 
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.

-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-the Haute Hen.

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Inspiration for a Broken Heart

I sometimes find inspiration in unexpected places or one project will inspire another. I did a quick set of shots after a long day at the Dungeon. I dressed up that day as a punkish homage to Marie Antoinette. I’d tried a cheap blue hair powder that worked incredibly well, giving my hair shades of deep blue to faded green. Most of these were just test shots, but with some low lighting, I achieved a tousled gothic look I really liked:

But this last one, wow, I liked it so much that it is going to be used for poster/promotional art for a Steampunk Broken Hearts Ball coming up February:


I just liked the overall look of he shot and how it corresponded to the theme of the show. More details to follow!

A pleasant reminder:

The last day for 50% off!!! (Any item over $21.) The first part of the sale will run through December 26th. After that, all holiday items will be marked down until January 2nd, before leaving the store. So you can stock up on last minute gifts and decor for next year. PLEASE NOTE: I can not guarantee shipping or delivery by Christmas or New Years. Use coupon code for the 50% off: 50LAST2016

Also Etsy has a special promotion for qualifying purchases! Spend $50 in one store by 12/27, get $10 toward a future purchase through Jan. 31st, 2017.

Store link:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen
Thank you for supporting small and local. As always, thank you for reading, peace to you and yours this holiday season!
Victoria
—–
News and events:
-No events in Jan, but big events coming in Feb, including the Broken Hearts Ball mentioned above, Feb. 11th, 6p-10p at 1900 Park Creative Space. There will be a fashion show, escape entertainment and art in conjunction with a steampunk art exhibit that will run through the month of February. The Facebook invite link is here and will be updated on a regular basis: 
-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box. 

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:
amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc
Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-the Haute Hen.
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Dear Readers:

I awoke to a relaxing, foggy morning after celebrating Christmas Eve with my family last night. I can not tell you how grateful I am to have a completely full day to myself to sleep in, watch movies and read. I hope this holiday is a peaceful and joyful one for you and yours. Just a couple pics of my tree and Bobalou resting:

The Gateway Arch is behind that fog somewhere….


Snuggle bunny

A pleasant reminder:

The last BIG SALE of the year!! 50% off any item over $21. The first part of the sale will run through December 26th. After that, all holiday items will be marked down until January 2nd, before leaving the store. So you can stock up on last minute gifts and decor for next year. PLEASE NOTE: I can not guarantee shipping or delivery by Christmas or New Years. Use coupon code for the 50% off: 50LAST2016

Store link:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHauteHen

Thank you for supporting small and local. As always, thank you for reading, peace to you and yours this holiday season!

Victoria

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News and events:

-No events in Jan, but big events coming in Feb, watch this space….
-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box. 
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.

-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-the Haute Hen.

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Last Sale of the Year and Thanks!

Again, thank you to all who came out to my last live show of the year at 1900 Park during the Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour! It was a fantastic event. Here’s some fun pics:

This lovely lady in red was a return customer from out of town!

We had wonderful live music all afternoon!

BIG SALE ANNOUNCEMENT!!

Just a heads up, starting Tomorrow-my last big sale of the year!!

50% off any item over $21. The first part of the sale will run through December 26th. After that, all holiday items will be marked down until January 2nd, before leaving the store. So you can stock up on last minute gifts and decor for next year. PLEASE NOTE: I can not guarantee shipping or delivery by Christmas or New Years. Use coupon code for the 50% off: 50LAST2016
Today I am finishing some last minute crafting but put aside some time for reflection. I enjoyed the sunset from my window and took a few pics:


I am so grateful for your business. It was the best year so far for my Etsy shop, The Haute Hen. And I already have 4-6 shows coming up in 2017. Amazing new works will come as well. New adventures from Kate Church and Will the Vampire. And a book of my best dog art! 

Thank you for supporting small and local this holiday season!

As always, thank you for reading, peace to you and yours this holiday season!

Victoria
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News and events:

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box. 

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:
amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc
Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-the Haute Hen.
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon

Last Live Event of the Year!

First, quick thank you to all who came out to the Heavy Anchor!!!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT-Just a heads up, Tomorrow is my last live show of the year.

NEW items will be available to the attendees of the Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour:



And…DEALS!!! I will have many, many unique art, antiques and fun stuff for purchase. A limited amount of FREE bookmarks will be available on a first come, first served basis. 

AND BOGO!!!! Yes buy one item, get the second item FREE on selected items. The second item must me of lesser or equal value of the first purchase! Prepare to shop!!!

Thank you for supporting small and local this holiday season!

As always, thank you for reading,

Victoria

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News and events:

-I will again host the Open House at 1900 Park during the Holiday Parlor Tour in Lafayette Square, Sunday, 12/11, 10am-5pm. More great goodies at the Trunk Show!
-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box. 

-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!

-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:

amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc

Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.

-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc

-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP

-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg

-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)

-Etsy-the Haute Hen.

-Instagram-Steampunkcountess

-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess

-Fine Art America-store coming soon

At the Heavy Anchor Tomorrow!

Dear Readers:

Tomorrow is the annual Holiday Craft/Art Fair at the Heavy Anchor! Please stop on by for great gifts by local artisans.


I have spectacular new items, just a sample here:


Hope to see you there!

As always, thank you for reading,
Victoria
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News and events:
-Shop small at the Heavy Anchor! I’ll have lots of great gifts:

-I will again host the Open House at 1900 Park during the Holiday Parlor Tour in Lafayette Square, Sunday, 12/11, 10am-5pm. More great goodies at the Trunk Show!

-If you would like to be on my newsletter list, please message me your email. The newsletter goes out 4-6 times a year. That’s it. No daily spam filling your email box. 
-Please support me at gofundme/passionateartist!
-THE LADY HAS ARRIVED AT HER DESTINATION-“Strax and the Widow” is on Amazon/Kindle. Please take a peek, enjoy and review on amazon and goodreads! And so the Discussion began….The sequel, “Revenge and Machinery” is here too! My amazon author page link:
amazon.com/author/victorial.szulc
Or buy on Etsy: -I have plenty of copies of “Strax and the Widow” and “Revenge and Machinery” in the Etsy store. To get an inscribed/signed copy, message me through the Etsy store. Books are $20 each or $35 for both.
-Like on Facebook-The Countess, Official Fanpage of Victoria L. Szulc
-Follow on Twitter-@TheCountessSP
-YouTube-The SP Countess, link to one of my videos here: https://youtu.be/jEz9QSInhWg
-On Pinterest-Victoria Szulc (nee Schultz)
-Etsy-the Haute Hen.
-Instagram-Steampunkcountess
-Tumblr-thesteampunkcountess
-Fine Art America-store coming soon