Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Well Color Me Surprised!

I got a message from a friend of mine last week, and the end result was so exciting that I just couldn't wait to share. I know Amy Perotti through her blog, where she gives glimpses at her gorgeous illustrations and describes the inspiration behind them. I've also provided a home for some of the prints she sells in her Etsy shop. She has all kinds of adorable illustrations, but one recurring theme you'll see is Matryoshkas. This print, for example, now belongs to me:

Since I admire Amy's work so much, I was really receptive to her ideas when she contacted me about a Holly-inspired Matryoshka illustration. And then, she completely amazed me.

She decided to draw me wearing this dress.



You know, the one I wore for this winter wedding.



And since Amy's the type of girl who pays attention to detail, she even included the same jewelry I wore on my wedding day.



What she came up with pretty much astonished me when I first looked at it.

It is INSANE how closely her illustration resembles me, especially considering the fact that the artist has never actually seen me in person.



Here's the description, taken from the etsy listing for this item:

"'Holly 21st Century' is the first in my new series of American Women Matryoshka! Holly is a beautiful, bright, American woman who embodies the handmade movement of today. I was inspired by the real Holly Embry of HollyRocks.etsy.com (also HollyRocksJewelry.blogspot.com). We have become friends though Etsy and our blogs. She has a generous and kind spirit that resonates through everything she does and all her interactions. With a degree in education, she shares her entrepreneurial knowledge with others by teaching a class about how to start an Etsy shop at a local community college. Holly was kind enough to allow me to draw her portrait as my 21st Century American Woman. Thank you Holly and bravo!"

I seriously think I started blushing when I read that! Thank YOU, Amy!! I'm honored to know someone as kind and talented as yourself. ♥

25 comments:

SheezKrafty said...

That is SO cool!!!

Rose said...

wow, thats amazing! it really looks like you!
The description she wrote about you is really spot on :)

Rose

Amby said...

I love it!! That's so cool.

Pili said...

That's so amazing! You make one gorgeous matryoska! And both the drawing & the description are so 100% you!

I must check her shop!

Christie Cottage said...

AWESOME!!! Woohoo!!! The "new" Barbie!



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reneek said...

I love the artwork.

I BLEED PINK said...

Wow, she did a wondeful job of capturing your cuteness!!

Renee said...

That is very neat! You are one hot Matryoshka doll!

claudiasburningink said...

Wow Holly what a way for one creative soul to honor another one. :)

Amy Perrotti said...

Thank you Holly and thank you to all your kind readers! You deserve the attention Holly, because you really do ROCK! Thank you for the inspiration. :)

Robin Thomas said...

OMG!!!! I love that!!!!!!!

Audrey said...

WOW! That is amazing!! She couldn't have picked a more deserving person!

Margie said...

Very cool indeed! Very Pretty :)

Margie

Cindy said...

Really, really, really cool. (and cute!)

kiddo said...

Wow! That's awesome!

Megan said...

That is too cool :)

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I have a message for the webmaster/admin here at hollyrocksjewelry.blogspot.com.

Can I use part of the information from your blog post above if I give a link back to this site?

Thanks,
Mark

Erin Bradley said...

OMG. That is AMAZING!! What a beautiful illustration! I love it!! :)

Jennifer Juniper said...

This is amazing and really does look like you! How lucky that you now have a custom work of art memorializing your beautiful wedding dress!

KristiMcMurry said...

Fantastic collaboration! The illustration looks absolutely wonderful.

DancingMooney ♥ said...

Oh my gosh Holly, that's so cute! She did such a great job, yay!! ♥

PaperPumpkin said...

I LOVE Matryoshkas and this one of you is gorgeous! (Thank you for your yoga advice on my Blog. I really appreciate it! I'll look Rodney up...) ♥Kathy

Thom said...

How cool is that Holly?

Holly said...

Thanks for sharing my excitement about this, everybody! Even my Grandma was blown away by what a good job she did.

ArtistGirl said...

The illustration of you in your wedding dress is beautiful!