About artsyletters

Robyn Hood Black is a children's author, poet, and artist. She's happiest with ink underneath her fingernails.

FIRST FRIDAY! (& August Shop Hours)

August Greetings from artsyletters!

Join us for FIRST FRIDAY this Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Look for my sandwich-board sign on the sidewalk.)  We’re covered up in family for the next couple of weeks and I’m also covered up in a commission or two; Friday open studio/shop hours will resume after mid-August.  In the meantime, my Etsy shop is always open! :0)

Heads’ up – I’ll be offering another mixed media workshop at Coastal Art Supply on Sat., Oct. 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Details to come.

Happy End-of-Summer-ing!

artsyletters lands at The Beaufort Emporium!


While I will actually be closed this week (July 19-20) because our kids are visiting, I’m delighted to share that you can now find some artsyletters offerings at the BEAUTIFUL Beaufort Emporium & Dry Goods Company on Bay Street!

Check out my table on the left after you walk in, and be sure to peruse the variety of gifts, souvenirs, and special treasures all around.  Friendly folks and classy gifts!

I’m honored to have some items there, including some new local-themed goodies such as upcycled and handmade journals, magnets, key rings and bookmarks featuring hand-aged images from antique South Carolina maps. (Listing similar items in my Etsy shop in coming days!)

Enjoy Water Festival Week, whether you’re here in town or just here in spirit!


First Friday and June Calendar

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Happy JUNE! We are getting ready for FIRST FRIDAY AFTER 5,                              5:00 – 8:00 p.m. downtown on June 1.  Come on up for a howdy, and maybe a gift for letter-loving grads or literary gents for Father’s Day! :0)  Look for my little A-Frame sign on the 800 block of Bay Street.

The rest of the month we will be either gallivanting around soaking up literary inspirations on vacation, or I’ll be tucked behind the door madly making, making making.  We’ll be back with bells on in July.  My Etsy shop will be on holiday from    June 7-24.

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Hope your Summer starts out with plenty of art and poetry!

#RoyalWedding! Celebrate with some artsyletters Fun!


Feeling Royal?  Here are a few new offerings to celebrate British roots:

Click here to see on Etsy!

Click here to see on Etsy!

I came across these wonderful vintage brass stampings of the British Royal Coat of Arms (“Royal Arms”) and had to do something with them!  I’ve made three of these pins/bag tags.  The pin is an antique/vintage brass laundry pin, probably from the 1910s and military, according to vendor.  It’s heavy duty.  I’ve attached the stamping with a large brass ring from an old clock chain.  Cheers!

Click to see on Etsy!

Click to see on Etsy!

This “Royal” necklace makes a fun statement for typewriter fans.  The vintage Royal name plate has been attached to two black rope chains and flanked with vintage black Swarovski crystal drops and fun pewter quatrefoil links.

Click to see on Etsy!

Click to see on Etsy!

You don’t have to be at the very top of the nobility food chain to enjoy a family crest or coat of arms… I’m making up some Scottish coats of arms keychains/tags for the rest of us, too!  This one pictured happens to be for the family name, Scott.  The image was clipped from THE SCOTTISH CLANS – With the Badges, Arms, Slogans, etc. of the Clans (Circa 1930).

If you’re in the States and rising early like I am to enjoy the festivities (the bride is American, after all!), here’s a raised cup of Earl Grey to you!  And lovely wishes wherever you are in the world.


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Ready for the LITTLE WOMEN 2-part miniseries on PBS?  It starts Sunday, May 13 – Mother’s Day!  If you’re a fan or have one on your gift list, here’s just the thing to hold that reading list to the fridge or filing cabinet!

The vintage US Postage Stamp on this magnet features Louisa May Alcott’s beloved “little women” from the book, first published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The stamp is part of a series of Children’s Classics issued in October of 1993 (Scott #2785-88), four 29-cent stamps honoring classic books for young readers. Click here for more info or to order from my Etsy shop.  (Or click here for a gift set featuring this and three other classic children’s book magnets featuring stamps!)

Spring ArtWalk Recap and Community Poem-Story

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THANK YOU to all who came up the steep stairs to make artsyletters part of your Spring ArtWalk adventure in downtown Beaufort Friday night! (& Special Thanks to our visiting daughter, Morgan, for all the help and for putting up with the crazy schedule!)

Bay Street was lively with galleries and shops open til 8 p.m., a car show, nostalgic family-friendly games, music, wine and treats of course, and P-E-R-F-E-C-T weather.

Here’s a taste of our first-ever artsyletters “Community Story-Poem.” I set up a flip chart with an invitation to anyone to add a line. It’s National Poetry Month, after all.        (Morgan started us off.)

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The text reads:


The sun set slowly on the beach

As the egret swooped over the dolphin

A great blue heron sat upon a log …

And pondered what he would do with his life. 

Suddenly … a wave came

crashing down upon him!!

After gathering his thoughts,

he shook the water to lighten his body, and proceeded on

To soar above the waters reaching for the Heavens and his dreams ….


A nice way to celebrate Springtime in the Lowcountry!  Thanks to all the creative contributors.

We had lots of wonderful visitors, including some special time travelers. The lovely, lively,  incomparable Kim Poovey brought Victorian flair to the evening, and she also brought Anne of Austria, Queen of Spain from 1549 to 1580 (Lynn Bristow).  The first time I’ve had royalty in the shop! (Be sure to catch one of her royal visits to the Santa Elena History Center.)

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Also, thanks to our dear friends and bona fide artsyletters patrons, Jeff and Jill Weaver. Jill even left with a bit of new (& OLD!) bling… an antique endpapers necklace featuring a vintage optical lens, antique marbled papers from an 1855 book, and some fun vintage gold circles swirling around with the pattern.

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Glad to see that piece go to a good home!

New shop hours are MOST Thursdays and Fridays, 11:30 to 4:00, with some Saturdays by whim or appointment.  (I’ll post here and on Facebook if hours differ for a particular week because of travel.)  My Etsy shop is open 24/7, and thanks to everyone Friday night, I need to get busy and restock some art! :0)

Here’s to your own soaring dreams this Spring..