Pessimism Is Entirely Subjective

Looking back at another steampunk Swankety Swank fashion moment…

Pessimism only describes an attitude, and not facts, and hence is entirely subjective.~Francis Parker Yockey

…musing on previous forays into fashion with love and fondness for what was, and excitement for what is coming… Click on the cover to view the showcase from December 7, 2011 by Christine Donley.


Holisay Catalog cover

Destroyer and Creator: The Queen of Wands Finds Her Sun


My favorite tarot card is the queen of wands and I love this Cosmic Tribe depiction of her by artist Stevee Postman, on my life planning book cover that was collaged by Storm Arcana. I like to live my life as The Queen of Wands, who possesses enormous creative power and energy, with the ability to destroy what does not work, making room for the creation of what does. My numerology life lesson is the sun card and I know that depicting life in full optimism is my constant mission. Sometimes this comes easier than others, as controlling my circumstances is impossible. Continue reading

Bold Bright Blooms

The shows coming up this Spring for my work, have me in super busy bee mode, and I will announce the details soon. Before that, I have several floral oil paintings in the shop available now at my best price offer until mid April.

While this framed watercolor, “Musing in Layers” is sold, I can do commissions like it, just message me.

musing in layers framed
“Musing in Layers” watercolor 18×24″ by Yabette

But I have beautiful blooming oil paintings available right now on stretched canvas, ready-to-hang in your home or office. I have never offered my original oil paintings at these prices, so take advantage of this limited time offer.

The Miracle Happens 18" square oil by Yabette
The Miracle Happens 18″ square oil by Yabette

White butterflies are my personal symbol of well being and they show up in my world as confirmation of that quite frequently. I love this bright reminder that joy is a choice! Get it in the shop today! Continue reading

Easy Spring Refresher with Art

Spring Decorating on a budget is fun with these black and white sketches.

For the month of April I will include a free matte with any original (unframed) sketch purchase. Buy them here.

Put a grouping of these in sleek frames and you have a sophisticated spruce-up that will feel abundant and look much pricier than you paid!

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Here are a few great examples of small art in a grouping that makes a large impact. Continue reading

Happy Hemp Day

Smooth Sailing Ahead
Smooth Sailing Ahead

I’ve been talking about a new clothing line for over 6 months, but I am finally on the home stretch of my 20 pages of business plan. I can see the finish line for that and the beginnings of a new Swankety Swank venture! I am excited for the future as any version of this plan will be outstanding. (There are tiers of output depending on the funding.)

I’ve been dreaming and sketching. The first collection will be inspired by The White Place in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is earthy and magical, with white light rock castles and topaz skies.

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I can already feel the yards of luxurious hemp silk in my hands for creating! Continue reading

fashion and art for kids on friday

So here’s a bit of interesting synchronicity….

FacePaint by Yabette (15)

I ran across this Benefit Event for Creative Arts Charter- which happens to be where one of my son’s best friends attends school and it’s hosted by a fantastic eco minded brand retail shop! I’ll be there this Friday for facepainting! Continue reading

Last Night I Had a Fashion Dream

My conscious mind has been busy with garment production plans lately. So this dream was no surprise. In it, I was getting my outfit and makeup on for a fashion shoot. The outfit looked like this and was all about that purple hat.

Fahion Dream
“Fashion Dream” watercolor/Ink

While this doesn’t readily translate into something I should mass produce, it made for a fun painting. Continue reading