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Something Brand New

April 11, 2022

I’ve always got a project going on, you know. Whether it’s fashion illustration prints, holiday note cards, graphic t-shirts or writing books. And of course there’s WINONA, INC. Creating things is what I do and when I get excited about a project, I want to share it with the people who I think might like it too. If you’re reading this, I guess that’s you.😀

My mother worked puzzles on top of other puzzles. 2-D and 3-D. She was the Queen of puzzles.

I started doing jigsaw puzzles while we were in the throes of the pandemic. Fall of 2020. I hadn’t worked on one since spending time with my mother, the jigsaw puzzle queen. She always had a puzzle going on the dining room table and when I’d visit we’d sit, talk, smoke cigarettes and work on it. That’s been over twenty years ago now.

The first jigsaw puzzle I put together on my own

So one afternoon in the midst of the lockdown I ran out for more tp and Lysol spray and spotted a stack of puzzles while in line at the CVS. I bought one and just like that, I fell in love with them all over again. It’s like every time you find a piece of the puzzle that fits, it’s a tiny victory. You’ve got a 500 piece puzzle? That’s 500 tiny victories! And it feels good.

I’m sure I contributed to the sales of this one. When I posted it on FB, everybody went wild!

Working on puzzles in between creating WINONA, INC. episodes gave me the time and space to clear my head out completely. It fit so well into my work/play routine and after putting together my third or fourth one, I started envisioning my own illustrations as potential puzzles. And that’s when I felt my mother smile down on me.

My absolute favorite puzzle by one of my absolute favorite artists, Charley Harper

I selected three pieces of art I’d done for other projects, did a little tweaking, and sent them to a puzzle manufacturer. And guess what? She loved them! Within days we were signing a contract to license two of the three artworks as puzzles for her company SUNSOUT. And finally they’re here! My small contributions to the world of jigsaw puzzles are finally available to order. I will reveal them, and where to purchase, tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Dahlia’s Got A Problem

March 22, 2022

The Ringo Effect is an ePub exclusive on the Smashwords platform for only 3.99. It’s a short and sweet novella, the perfect read while on vacation, an airplane flight, or just spending a quiet evening at home. Click the link and enter the stylish world of Dahlia Ringo and The Ringo Effect.

An ePub Exclusive

March 17, 2022
Hello Friends!

Now that Winona, Inc. is in development with WarnerMedia, I’m no longer creating new content for it. My jigsaw puzzle project (we’ll talk more about that later) is currently in production and completely out of my hands too. So I needed a new creative outlet. And here’s where I landed—

May I present The Ringo Effect, my first novella. It’s the story of Dahlia Ringo, a well-to-do widow in Chicago’s exclusive Jefferson Park neighborhood who uncovers ugly secrets about Richard, her husband, after he dies. They’re the kind of secrets that can destroy the life that she has so carefully created for herself and her family. A life of elegance and distinction. A life she has no intentions of letting go.

It’s available on the Smashwords platform for only 3.99.  Short and sweet, it’s the perfect read while on vacation, on an airplane flight, or just spending a quiet evening at home. Click the link and enter the stylish world of Dahlia Ringo and The Ringo Effect. Thank you.

FASHION + ART 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

November 14, 2021

It seems that I just can’t resist the holiday season. No sooner did I tell my bestie that I wasn’t producing any new products this year, out of nowhere the idea for a brand new line of exclusive holiday greeting cards came to me. But it wasn’t illustration I saw in that moment. It was photography.

Now, I’ve never considered myself a “for real” photographer. But I do take a lot of pictures. And as an art director, I know what makes a pretty shot.

These are a few of my favorite holiday photographs. I hope you like them, too. They make me happy when I see them so—perfect holiday note cards, right? Some even have little stories that I’ve included on the back. You know me. There’s always a story. 😁

A beautiful gift by itself (especially with a little cash or a gift card stuffed inside) or attached as a companion to gift boxes and bags, each card is 4.75 x 4.75-inch square and comes with a beautiful metallic gold envelope and protective cellophane sleeve. It’s that extra something that’ll make your gift feel all the more special!

Holiday Note Cards with Envelopes are 4.00 ea. A full set of six (or any combination) for 20.00. Free shipping. Happy Holidays!

Ready to order your 2021 Holiday Note Cards? Here’s how—

We take orders through PAYPAL only.

1. Select the cards you like, how many, and send an email with your selections to eoelliott@eoefashionandart.com.

2. You will receive an invoice created specifically for your order.

3. Once you receive your invoice, you will log onto the PAYPAL website and follow the easy instructions to pay for your order with your credit card. Please include your mailing address. Once your order is complete, it will arrive in 7-14 days. How simple is that?

Final Copies of WINONA, INC. Book 1 Available

I’ve got only a few copies of WINONA, INC. left. And this is the final printing. All focus in 2022 will be on developing WINONA, INC. the animated series with WarnerMedia 150 so this, my divas, is your last chance. If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, or you’d like to purchase a few as gifts, hop on over to the WINONA, INC. site to order. SMOOCHES!

No Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner…

November 11, 2021

Well, HEATWAVE didn’t win the JIGGY Jigsaw Puzzle Contest. She didn’t place in the Final 6. But something tells me that this isn’t the last we’ve heard of her. The Jiggy people liked HEATWAVE. A lot. And even though she didn’t garner enough votes to place, she may still be produced as a puzzle sometime in 2022.

I’ll keep you posted. And for all of you who took the time to cast a vote for HEATWAVE, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. ❤️❤️❤️

Final Round!

October 24, 2021

Wow! After almost 50,000 votes in round 1 (!!) and the jury selections of round 2, we made the FINALS! One of the Top 25! So this is it. Only the final 6 with the most votes win, so click on the art above and cast your vote for HEATWAVE. Do it once a day until Wednesday and let’s bring this girl on home. SMOOCHES!

We’ve Moved To Round 2!

October 19, 2021

What’s wrong with people??? The JIGGY Puzzle contest is a fun little event with the potential, if you’re a winner, to make a few dollars from the sales of your jigsaw puzzle. No big money is involved. No one’s gotten rich selling a jigsaw puzzle yet, I don’t think. But several people actually cheated to win and once they were discovered and disqualified, HEATWAVE, which originally came in at #68, was suddenly pushed into the Top 50! Yay!!!

Now the JIGGY judges will determine, from the remaining 50, which will make up the Top 25 entries. And then we’re trotted out for one more public voting. So stay tuned and get ready. I might need another big push from you to put her in the winning Top 6, becoming one of JIGGY’s Spring 2022 Collection. Wouldn’t that be cool? Let’s do it!!!

I’m in a Contest!

October 12, 2021

Guess what? I’ve entered a contest sponsored by Jiggy Puzzles to select their new 2022 line. I’ll love you forever and ever if you click the link and cast a vote for my entry, HEATWAVE. The six pieces of art with the most votes win so spread it around and share the link with your friends. Let’s get HEATWAVE in the running! Thank you. SMOOCHES! https://lnkd.in/dbVVZG86

Build Your 5-Card Set of Summer 2021 Greeting Cards

July 6, 2021

Our greeting cards are $4 each or $18 for a set of 5.

Do you want AfroPuff only for your 5-card set? Or perhaps you’d like to mix it up? Two AfroPuffs, one Deep, Dark Chocolate and two Hot Summer Tans? Well guess what? You can do that! You can customize your 5-card set. Just indicate in your email order the combination of cards you want for yourself. Or maybe to present as gifts? (you know how much your girls are gonna love them!) We’re more than happy to oblige.

Ready to order? Here’s how—

We take orders through PAYPAL only.

1. Select the cards you would like, how many, and send an email with your selections to eoelliott@eoefashionandart.com.

2. You will receive an invoice created specifically for your order.

3. Once you receive your invoice, you will log onto the PAYPAL website and follow the easy instructions to pay for your order with your credit card. Please include your mailing address. Once your order is complete, it will arrive in 7-14 days. How simple is that?

The Shameless Hustle

June 30, 2021

When I spotted Trinity and her mom, Travia, at the Adams Park Community Yard Sale last Saturday, I made a big play for them. You see, I had only size Small in the PuffTank t-shirts and Trinity was the first potential customer to arrive who could actually fit one. Both she and her mom really liked the artwork and made the purchase, along with a copy of my book WINONA, INC., and several Summer 2021 greeting cards. Yay! When I handed my beautiful, young customer the bag with her PuffTank, I asked if she would take a picture while wearing it and send it to me. And she did! What a doll, huh? Geez. Remember being this young?

Of course, we’re prepared to order whatever size shirt you need, from S – XL, so shoot me a line, using the email address below, and get it in. We’re waiting…

Our PuffTank is available for $15. The PuffTee is $20.

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Ready to order? Here’s how—

We take orders through PAYPAL only.

1. Select your t-shirt and cards and send an email, including the name of the shirt, desired size, and/or name and number of greeting cards to eoelliott@eoefashionandart.com.

2. You will receive an invoice created specifically for your order.

3. Once you receive your invoice, you will log onto the PAYPAL website and follow the easy instructions to pay for your order with your credit card. Please include your mailing address. Once your order is complete, it will arrive in 7-14 days. How simple is that?