April in Paris; Solar Eclipse in the USA…!

Happy Spring! April is bursting with blooms and fun. For one thing, it’s National Poetry Month! And, it’s Solar Eclipse Time! Feel free to peruse a few new French-themed items in my shop (April in Paris & all), as well as a new bookmark with a celestial theme.

And, all month long, use Coupon Code POETRYMONTH24 for 10 percent off in my Etsy shop. Bon Printemps!



Holiday Puproar!

Woof! Happy December! My hands are a little extra-full this year with a five-month-old Keeshond puppy. But I’m still making and sending Etsy orders…. please place Christmas orders by December 14 if possible to accommodate USPS projected schedules.
(I’ll do my best, but delivery times are beyond my control.)

A World of Thanks – to You!


Happy November!

Many thanks to all who have supported artsyletters over the years! Looking forward to another busy holiday season. I’ll be posting new items in these next few weeks; perhaps they’ll be bound for stockings or family gatherings. I’m beyond grateful to be able to create for a living. Wishing you and yours a lovely November!

Getting There… a few peeks around the new studio

© Robyn Hood Black

Greetings! I’ve been out of touch but busy, what with moving across the state and all. My new studio is slowly coming together, and I do love it. I will share a proper tour and pictures soon. In the meantime, here are a couple of clean-slate/new space/before-I-moved-in pics, and several pics of some fast-filling nooks, crannies, and curiosities. Enjoy!

What am I NOT showing you? Um, the remaining boxes and all the little pieces-parts that I’m still walking around and organizing. It seems I’ve accumulated quite the collection of vintage and art supply ‘treasures’ in the past ten years…. (Insert shoulder shrug emoji here.)  

More soon! :0)

© Robyn Hood Black

© Robyn Hood Black

© Robyn Hood Black

© Robyn Hood Black

© Robyn Hood Black

Thanks for popping in!

Here’s to Vowels!

From a 19th-Century copy of CROWN JEWELS (or Gems of Literature, Art, and Music …) compiled by Henry Davenport Northrop and published by Pennsylvania Publishing Company in 1887, I plucked this wee riddle poem by Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), then gave it the artsyletters mini collage treatment.
On the Vowels
by Jonathan Swift
  We are little airy creatures,
  All of different voice and features:
One of us in glass is set,
  One of us you’ll find in jet;
  T’other you may see in tin,
  And the fourth a box within;
  If the fifth you should pursue,
  It can never fly from you.
I thought those “little airy creatures” would pair well with some old lace! Though the blocky midcentury brass letters are anything but airy, I suppose – so here’s to a little contrast! You can find this 4X6 mini shadowbox collage here.