Saturday, December 31, 2011

Australia, Here We Come!

In 2012, a fantastic new gallery will be opening is Melbourne, the Karen White Gallery. And our amigurumi will be sold in the gallery when it opens!

The Gallery is being opened by Karen White of Kewzoo Designs. Karen is a fellow member of The IndiExhibit, a big supporter of the arts, & an extraordinary artist herself. I received one of her cards in the American Music Awards swag bag from The Owls Of Kewzoo graphics line. It combines nature & whimsical art in a perfect blend!

Be sure to like her gallery's page for all the latest updates, including her opening date: Ler her know Brianne's Basics sent you!


Just added a few new pages to our website! Check them out :-)

* Amigurumi: Added information/links on ordering & a slideshow
* Dolls: Added information/links on ordering & a slideshow
* Jewelry: Added information/links on ordering & a slideshow

We also added new pages to our Online Store, including the Jewelry Ordering page and the Add-Ons page.

Also, be sure to check out our Flickr & Tumblr pages for brand new photos, with more being added today!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Our brand new online store!

We took the plunge & created a brand new online store:

Why did we create a separate online store? Well, it all comes down to money (seems like most things do!) By having a store on "other" websites, we were being charged ridiculous fees. We are a charity store, and those fees were cutting into the amount we were able to donate. So we figured, why not try to cut out the middle man, that way we have less fees & more to donate!

Go to the site & take a look around! The site is easy to navigate & use. To the left you'll see the pages for each amigurumi price level. To order, you simply choose which amigurumi you want & then click "Add To Cart". You can also leave a "note to seller" letting us know your color preferences.

We hope you enjoy the site, and as always, thank you for your continued support!

We're Now On Tumblr!

We now have a Tumblr: We'll be updating our tumblr with pictures of works in progress, pictures of our products, events, quotes, anything that we love! So follow us & spread the word :-)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Miss California Pageant, Here We Come!

The IndiExhibit has been given the opportunity to do the swag bags for the Miss California pageant in January! We're honored to providing gift certificates for the Miss California and Miss California Teen contestants! Good luck to the contestants!

American Music Awards Gifting Suite!

On November 19, I had the honor of once again representing The IndiExhibit, this time at the American Music Awards Gifting Suite. As always, it was a blast! I got to meet lots of celebs, including Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Chaka Khan, Zach Woodlee (lead choreographer on Glee), & many more. To see all my pictures from the event, go to

Monday, December 19, 2011

And The Winner Is...

And the winners of our Amigurumi Opportunity Drawing is...
Congrats! She wins a OOAK Rachel doll amigurumi, as seen at the American Music Awards Gifting Suite!

2nd place: Lynne R. (AMAs Gift Pack)
3rd place: Joanna L. (mini AMAs Gift Pack)

All who entered will receive a coupon for our online store!

Thank you all for supporting the Ronald McDonald House!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight: Carol Creech Studios

I was first introduced to Carol Creech Studio at the 2011 Primetime Emmys Gifting Suite. We had been fellow members of The IndiExhibit for some time, but it was the first time I got to see her artwork in person.

I instantly fell in love.

Carol's artwork perfectly blends reality with whimsy. Her drawing are true to life, as close to a photograph as you can get. Yet the strokes and shading are so blended and soft that you feel as though you're looking at your dream house, not a drawing of your actual house.

About Carol: "I am an artist based in Ann Arbor, MI, and I love to draw! Although a librarian by profession, I have been an artist all of my life. Whether in pencil or pen, I enjoy rendering subjects from the natural world as well as the built environment and have a very detailed style.

In addition to drawing commissioned home and pet portraits for nearly 15 years, I discovered the fascinating world of botanical and natural science illustration and have had the opportunity to take courses through the School of Botanical Art & Illustration at Brookside Gardens in Maryland. Pen and ink, graphite pencil, and colored pencil are my favorite media with my most recent botanical works being a combination of ink and colored pencil. I feel that the crisp, delicate lines of fine ink work really help to define a plant or blossom without overpowering it.

Memberships: American Society of Botanical Artists, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators."

Not only does Carol create amazing portraits and nature drawings, she also sells her designs on Zazzle and sells fabrics on Spoonflower. With such a wide variety of merchandise and designs, there truly is something for everyone. Choose an item for the doglover in your life, the crafter, the botanical enthusiast, or even the historian in your family. Commission a home portrait for your grandparents of their childhood home.

Carol's artwork is beyond amazing, and truly appeals to everyone of all ages.

Be sure to visit Carol Creech Studio on Facebook and Twitter, and let her know Brianne's Basics sent you!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Call For Sponsors!

Brianne's Basics is now taking sponsors for our blog! We have 3 very affordable options for advertising.

The IndiExhibit shows have been crucial in the success of our business, and in turn crucial to our charity work. We are hoping to generate enough funds to continue doing these amazing shows. Not only are we building our business, but we're helping others build theirs as well.

We have participated in the 2011 Sundance, Golden Globes, Primetime Emmys, and American Music Awards Gifting Suites. In addition, the founder Heather Nelson has repped at the MTV Movie Awards, Primetime Emmys, and American Music Awards Gifting Suites. Our website traffic has spiked more and more every time we participate in these events. As The IndiExhibit gets more well known, so has Brianne's Basics.

So we're putting out a call to our friends, customers, fellow business owners, and charity organizations. Our very affordable sponsorship prices start at $10, and runs for two months. All packages include a blog post highlighting and thanking sponsors immediately following each celebrity gifting suite.

Our business would be NOTHING without the support of YOU. Now we're asking for just a bit more. Thank you for your continued support!

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