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New Stationery and a Giveaway

Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope you are celebrating with lots of love, hugs and candy.

self mailing stationery by robayre

I just added this new self mailer stationery to my etsy shop. The outside is a reproduction of an original art print I made with my gelli arts plate. I added some lighter areas for addressing and stamp placement.

self mailing stationery by robayre

The inside is lined, has a self sealing adhesive and is perforated (with my sewing machine) so that the recipient can open it.

Since it is a Friday and I’m off work and since it is Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d like to celebrate by offering a set (2 in a set) of these mailers in a giveaway. Just leave a comment on this post or the post on instagram (or leave comments at both locations for an extra chance) and one lucky person will be chosen randomly next Friday.

So, did you get or send any valentine’s this year? I just went out to the mailbox and found a valentine from my 3 year old nephew, so cute!


Happy New Year’s Eve! One of my resolutions for 2014 will be to send more mail. Really though, I have stacks of mailart that I have neglected to send out in the past, and a surprise Thank You envelope I am sending out to some folks. I am vowing to drop off a load of mail on January 1st. The post office is gonna be like “WOAH!”

So, in celebration of my resolution, today I am offering Free Shipping on Stationery, paper goods and all paper products at Just enter the code SENDMOREMAIL

Robayre Beaded Necklaces

I added some fun new beaded necklaces to the etsy shop. Click on the pictures to find out more.

Week two of shop updates

I’m still on track with listing a new item everyday. I did miss a day during the week, but I’ve made it up and have 5 new items in the shop to share with you today.

First off is this pretty lady, a yellow themed pinwheel painting.


Two new rings, made from paintings. This pink one is from abstract mixed media pieces and the purple one is watercolored ombre.

I listed 4 of these fun spiralbound ephemera notebooks. They have a variety of papers including vintage maps, patterned scrapbook paper, music paper, graph paper and more.

And last but not least…

I have listed this red, orange and gray chunky beaded necklace.

I hope you are having a relaxed and happy weekend.

helloooooo there – shop updates

Happy Friday! Weekend is here.

So, as I mentioned before I have plenty of stuff that I’ve made but that needs to be photographed and listed for sale in my shop. I’ve aimed my goal at listing a new item every day, M-F. Not too hard. I can photograph a bunch over the weekend and then adjust the pictures and write up a description daily.

So far so good. This week I’ve uploaded a little leather handbound book, a paper stratum ring made from abstract paintings I did, a recycled cardboard book, a leaf ring and a paper stratum ring made from security envelopes. Click on the images above to view their listing page.

Earlier today I looked down at the necklace I am wearing. I posted a picture of it to instagram (btw, I will have similar styled pieces listed eventually, see above paragraphs, or you could make your own following my DIY here). I was looking at the black and white striped bead and thinking to myself “hehehe, it’s obvious which bead in this necklace would be my favorite” but I began really looking at it and thinking to myself how perfect it was. So perfect in fact, it looked like someone else made it. I stopped and realized that kind of thinking has some real deep rooted psychological negativity. But it’s not an uncommon thought process for me. That’s how I measure my success. Does anyone else feel that way? You think that something you did is so good that you couldn’t have possibly made it yourself. I think that is how I think about all the things I make. If it looks like Robyn made it then it must be junk. A lot of people feel like if they can make something themselves than the fruits of their labor are that much sweeter, but not me.


Security Envelope Jewelry

I’m finally back with that post I promised about my idea for using the security envelopes. I’ve been in major production mode preparing for the Na-Da Farm sale and finally finished these pieces to share here.

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I used them to make my paper spiral stratum jewelry pieces. Some rings and some pendants that will be turned into necklaces. I made a variety so I will be able to add some to my etsy shop soon.
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I made some using manilla envelopes as a contrasting color.
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Fun eh? They would be fun for anyone, just to explain that the paper is actually the inside of security envelopes, but I kind of like to picture that book-keepers, accountants, and postal workers would really love them.
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I hope to be back with another post in a day or two. Hopefully more about some of the other projects I’ve got going on for the sale. I have all these posts in the works, but just no time to actually publish them. It’s that pesky 9-5 job that always gets in the way. Right now I’m off to a hopefully productive work session with Courtney and Ann.

New product – Vintage Photograph Garlands

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It has been way-way too long since I’ve added a brand new product to my online shop. If you follow me on instagram or flickr you may have seen some sneak peeks of this new product, vintage photograph circle-cut garlands.

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I’ve had this idea in my head for so long and I’m so thrilled with how they came out. I went into my studio earlier this week with the intentions of working on something else, but next thing I know I’m whipping up these pretty babies. These garlands (color, or black and white) are made from actual, real vintage photographs. I know, gasp! Rosa ;) The pictures in these garlands came from a HUGE bag of pictures I scored at a flea market a couple of years ago. As beautiful as these pieces are though, I do believe future garlands will be made from prints made from the collection, rather than actual vintage pictures.

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Reaching into the bag while I worked, I kept pulling out pictures that I just couldn’t bring myself to cut up. Here are a few, and you will see what I am talking about.

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That girl in the middle saved this picture with her adorable hat alone!

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I couldn’t cut apart this grade school picture, but it did inspire me to make future garlands from vintage year books, which I have a good collection of as well.

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That face. Really? Heart melting.

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And last but not least, this bathing beauty. A stunner, right? There are actually A LOT of pictures of her in the bag so I wasn’t so protective of each. Good news, that means she’s featured in some of the garlands.

These garlands are now available in my etsy shop. Please stop by to see them and many other pages of my handmade products. Thank you!

Breaking the Ice

I haven’t posted in so long, I have that feeling like “where do I even begin?” Not that soooo much has happened, quite the opposite in fact (at least in the studio). I feel like I might be stuck in this rut where I have all sorts of things I want to do, but I can’t get myself to do anything.

I know I just need to get the ball rolling again. This is my attempt at that. Just get the ball rolling.

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I actually have been adding plenty of jewelry to my etsy store. I think I’ve added over 16 pieces, and still have a dozen or two MORE to add! Now, if I can just find the daylight hours to photograph all the pieces.

Since I’ve been gone I got a treadmill, and have been using it daily. It’s something I’ve wanted for years and years. With the cash gifts I’ve received over the year, along with a very generous house warming gift from my sister, we were able to find a machine we liked in a great price range. Fortunately because we were dilly dallying so long, we were able to even score an amazing black Friday deal on the machine we already wanted, and that saved us around $300! Tuesday I will be doing week 3, day 1, of the Couch To 5K workout. Cool Running’s C25K is something I was first introduced to back in 2007. I’ve even had it as a link on my sidebar that long, but as long as I’ve attempted it, I’ve never completed it. I think the furthest I got was the 20 minute brick wall. I’m hoping with the treadmill I’ll finally finish it and actually run in a real 5K this upcoming spring.

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Right after Thanksgiving I also held my 7th annual Gingerbread House Making Party. This was the winning entry, a mushroom house by Sister-in-law’s sister, Alyssa. Adorable, right?

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There were a lot of really amazing pieces this year including the white house and Disney Castle!

Okay, so this is all I have for now. It always seems like feast or famine here. When I get in the zone I have to fight the urge to post multiple times in one day, and then other times I won’t post for weeks. Hopefully the inspiration to post will strike again very soon. Oh yeah, and speaking of posting, my blog was down for a couple days with problems on the backend of the website. When I got it back up I did a wordpress update (which hadn’t been done in years) and now things are all new and different. For example it took me a minute or two to figure out how to add pictures to my posts.


Framed Yoyo Pieces

I have finally been adding some framed yoyo pieces to my shop. It took me this long because the act of photographing, editing and listing is a daunting task, but I have had about 17 framed pieces to add for quite a while. I’ve added 12 and still have 5 more to go. If you are interested, feel free to take a look at what’s available.

Framed yoyo pieces were some of the first pieces I created and that sold well in my etsy shop since back in 2006! I’ve been making yoyos since I was in high school, creating them with scraps my mom had handed me down from her own quilting. Now I use a variety of new and vintage fabrics. I’ve also recently created a small handful using secondhand/vintage sheets AND frames. They’ve been featured on Etsy front page, on Decor8 and many other blogs.

Alphabet Poster with Moss

This poster idea has been in my brain for years and I am sooo glad to have finally executed it and now offer it in my etsy shop.


The idea began back in 2009 when I started my ongoing series of polaroid pogo prints, which you can read about here.

Do you know how hard it is to find good moss, let alone a large enough area that is consistent? Well, it took me since 2009 to find it. I’m glad that I kept hunting though. I think this poster would be a great piece for a nature themed child’s bedroom, or even the classroom. That being said, I also think it would go great in a living room, as that is where mine has been, not that I’m prejudiced or anything.

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This poster is 16″x20″ which is a standard poster size, so frames this size are readily available. I bought the wooden frame in the photo above for only $12. The poster itself is professionally printed on matte photo paper. Please check out the listing on Etsy for more information.

I hope you like it. I’ve had poster design on the brain for a couple of years now and this is my very first, with hopefully more to come.