Let me tell you a story...

This little blog is about me, Hailey and my pursuit of happiness. I've decided to move on from modeling and to a new chapter of my life, artisry. I paint, I take pictures and I enjoy junking for vintage goods. All of this is done with lots of day dreaming in between.

I have a shop on Etsy that I just opened up in Feb 2009 and I am excited to see where it goes from there.

Thank you for your love and support.


Monday, June 22, 2009

Vintage is Home

I love all the new home decor designs that continue to come out, but...my heart is in vintage items. I love to look, hold, own an item that has a long past. It doesn't matter if I actually "know" the story but to think this precious item has been around for 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, 100 years, 150 years and to think of each era, where it may have been in someone's home makes for great day dreaming.

Here are some fantastic finds that I have available in my Etsy Shop. I'm fine if they stay in my home, but they are available to add or begin your collection of vintage.

Hailey Rose

Thursday, June 18, 2009

What is "Upcycle?"

"Upcycle" (for those of you who do not know wikipedia says) Upcyclingis a component of sustainability in which waste materials are used to provide new products
. It is generally a reinvestment in the environment. "Upcycling is the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value."[citation needed] This process allows for the reduction of waste and virgin material use.

The term upcycling was coined by William McDonough andMichael Braungart, authors ofCradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.

I enjoy upcycling. I love to take something that someone else no longer wants and put my bit of artistic twist on it. Here's something that I recently put my "twist" on:

I picked up this frame, it was ugly, but I could see through the ugly dark red and black tones to something of beauty. I pulled off the old yucky tape, took out the lame poem, sanded it a bit, painted it white, added some flexible points on the back to keep the picture in, added a couple sawtooth hangers, cleaned it up real pretty and then I put one of my original paintings in it.

This darling upcycled wall art is available in my Etsy store as of right now.

Come see my other upcycled items as well as my photographs, paintings and other items.

Thanks for reading.

Hailey Rose


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Etsy Front Page and new items

Last night another one of my items made Front Page. The Forsaken Tulip in 5" x 7" was the lucky winner. I received about 150 views from it's time on Front Page. That's twice this June I have hit front page. It made my night.

Thanks for reading.

Hailey Rose

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Cottage Collection

I love shabby little cottages. I fancy mine as one. Cottages have charm, clutter, yet organized. You usually find things with chippy white paint, scrolly letters, old things, dark woods here and there, lots of white, flowers, gardens, and feeling of quiet serenity. Here are some of my pieces of art that I have made and/or painted that I consider to be part of my "Cottage Collection"
Each coaster is a slice of Siberian Elm tree. The wood was then lightly sanded, varnished, painted and varnished again for protection.

Hailey's Cottage Clothespins
These clothespins are great for pinning up artwork, pictures, clothes, curtains, etc. I use them in my house all the time. I pin up my jewelry with them too. It's surprising how much I use them. Each clothespin is painted a nice base coat color and then I paint little roses on each of them. These one's pictured above have vinery as well. Something that I don't always add. These and other colors available in my Etsy Store. Custom orders welcome.

The Cottage Sign
The Cottage sign brings all the parts of Cottage Style to you. You can see the pink paint peeking out underneath the chippy cream paint, the words "the Cottage" have been carefully painted, followed by a couple of cottage rose decals then topped with a protective varnish. All of this loveliness done on a piece of antique barn wood.

Every Cottage needs birdhouses. Come see my For the Birds birdhouse and my Chic Cottage birdhouse. Both hand painted by me.

There's more cottage collection items in my Etsy Store. Please come visit my shop.

Thanks for reading.

Hailey Rose

Thursday, June 11, 2009

So how did it go?

As many of you know, I got to experience my first ever art show this past weekend (June 4, 5 and 6).  And many of you have asked, "How did it go?"  In a word.....good.  Not great, not amazing, not horrible, just good.  I did not come home with wads of cash, I did not sell everything I took with me, and there was no way 20,000 people there (as had been advertised).  It was an emotional roller coaster and I learned I'd put way too much stress on myself before the show.  

The good:  I sold some stuff, met lots of nice people.  Got to see lots of other peoples art and enjoyed some delicious homemade donuts.  One of my neighbors turned out to be really awesome.  Her name is Kim and she makes stuff out of clay.  Here's her shop: ClaybyKim

Turned out...Kim and I had a couple interesting things in common.  1-  Artist ..gets more interesting, keep reading.. 2- her daughters name is Bailey (i'm Hailey) ... 3- her daughters middle name is Rose and so is mine.  So we had Hailey Rose and Bailey Rose working right in side by side tents.  and last but not least... 4- This one was the best...her husbands name is Darren, and my fiance's name is....you guessed it.  Darren.  How crazy huh?  I wondered to myself if they were a reflection of Darren and I in 15 years.  Anyway, they were super nice and very encouraging and motivating.  So go say hi to Kim and the fam.  

The bad:  The weather was HORRIBLE.  I quickly learned that my pieces of work were very aerodynamic and flew well.  (Thank you Kim's Darren for pointing that out)  I had all these lovely little easels I had painted to hold pictures and those just enhanced the aerodynamic abilities of my photos.  The wind was just awful, knocking everything over, coming in breezes and sudden gusts just killing my display every time.  At first I wanted to just cry but by the end of it all it was more entertaining to see what sort of manner it all flew about each time.  

Then, the rain came...not just a drizzle, but pouring, sheeting, bucket fulls of rain plus thunder and lightening.  I learned that standing water leaks through my tent...and it's important to use something to push the roof up to get it off.  

Hope you enjoy the pictures.  And thank you for all of your support and thank you to those of you who could and did come to see me.  xxxx

Hailey Rose

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Making Etsy Front Page

It's a great feeling when you get to be on the front page of Etsy.  You work so hard on all your items, you put them together with thought and love and there are two great compliments.  1- someone actually buys your stuff to have in their home or give as a gift and 2- to make front page.  

And guess what.... Saturday I was on front page.  It was very exciting.  The item that made front page was His Hand.  Within a matter of under an hour, His Hand got over 700 views.  I received some kind emails from other Etsians that I've never known or talked to, lots of item and page hearts and even heard from some of my existing Etsy friends that were lucky enough to be on Etsy for that block of time to see His Hand on there.  

Thank you to those who have been so supportive.  I love you all.  

Hailey Rose

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Festival Schedule

Hi Friends,

I'm already tired and it's only 3:36 in the afternoon.  Cait and I set our tent all up at the Riverton Arts Festival this afternoon.  My tent is towards the South East of it all, one tent block east from the performance stage.  I'm back home taking a break now though.  We are right close to the stage, so we should have a great view of all the talented dancing, bands and orchestras that will be playing.

Here is a pretty good idea of the schedule:

June 4th - 7:30 p.m. Free Concert by the Riverton Metropolitan Orchestra
I will be there from 6 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

June 5th - Performances begin at 9 a.m. and go past 9:30 p.m.  
I will be there from 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

June 6th - 5k run begins at 7:30 a.m. and performances begin at 10 a.m.  
I will be there from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

There are 50+ vendors there and some yummy looking food.  Other vendors may have different times that they come in.  So far I have spotted a couple jewelry artists, some sparkly kids flip flop sandal artist and the cutest birdhouses.  

See you there!  I'll take lots of pictures so if you can't make it...you can at least see some of it.  :) 

Hailey Rose

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


New creation alert!  The "Life" and "911" necklaces.  Handmade pendants, made out of the ancient Siberian Elm trees that surround my little 1860's house have fun little letters nailed onto them.  "L.I.F.E" and "9.1.1"  I have a previous version of "H.O.P.E" that I made a couple months ago.  I got a brain cramp with it and so Hope is a very basic design.  Then, last night it suddenly hit me and I sat down and made these two new designs.  The new designs feature ribbon, a couple beads and Organic Flax Seed Oil lightly brushed wood.  In the new designs I've also set the letter tags more permanently so they don't move around as they do on the HOPE necklace.    

The necklaces measure 16" and 17" and are complete with toggles to keep them around your neck.  

I am able to custom create these for you too.  Choose up to four letters to go on your pendant.  How fun is that?  

Come see more photos in my Etsy web shop.  www.HaileysImpulseArt.com

And one more thing!  I have my art festival this weekend.  I plan to take everything (but the vintage) to my booth to sell.  If you see something you want in my online shop, then you'd best get it now as it may be gone after this weekend.  

Thanks for reading.

Hailey Rose