Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday Sale


     I'm sorry for the lack of updates on this blog. In all honesty, not much has been happening in my life: good or bad. As they say, no news is good news!

     I have been primarily focusing on my art career these last few months and it has certainly been helping! To celebrate that and the holiday season, I currently have a sale going on in my etsy shop. Everything in my store is 20% off (including custom art) when you use the code TURKEY20 during checkout.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Only Two Thyroid Strong Journals!

The block I used to print the Thyroid Strong journals has been damaged and thrown away. That means the two journals in my etsy shop that remain are the last two! If you have been thinking about getting this design, now is the time to act!

You can view the listing here: Etsy Store

Friday, August 1, 2014

August Discounts and Giveaways

Hi Everyone

     I have some great news : August is full of discounts and giveaways!! Why you may ask? I recently decided to give my Etsy shop a face lift and in the process rebrand the store from Maddy Hatter Merchandise to Stray Cloud Studio. The shop will still focus on Linoprints and Illustrations but I plan to add stationary cards, discounts for returning customers and better (more appealing) packaging for my products that incorporate a logo. 

     The new address is


Enough business, now here is the fun stuff:

     - For the first weekend in August there is a sale where EVERYTHING in the store is 30% off with this coupon code: AugustWeekend30


     - Every order during the month of August comes with a  free 4x6’’ print (flyer attached) and a closed envelope with a mystery coupon inside. Codes will run from 10%-25% off any item. 

     I plan to also do a giveaway this month so keep an eye out on my various social media pages:


Sunday, July 13, 2014

A little special is happening over on my shop

  Over on my Etsy shop I have a special attached to my Thyroid Strong Journals. Every Thyroid Strong Journal purchased comes with a free 5x7'' print with the same design.

You can view this deal by clicking here.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Thyroid Strong

Hi Everyone,
This is a design close to my heart that I made last years. Due to prior commitments and the general craziness of life, however, I didn't have a time to do anything with it until now. 

Hand pressed with a linocut designed and carved by myself. This journal is to remind yourself, or a loved one, to stay strong. Remember, you are not alone.

 I currently have two of these journals up for sale over on in my Etsy store. You can access this listing by clicking here. If this item becomes popular, I will for sure make more. Let me know your thoughts on the design.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Kickstarter #2

My updates have been few and far between because I was getting ready with my second Kickstarter project that has launched today! :D
Details provided in the link below:


Thursday, January 23, 2014

When did I suddenly need external valadation?

Warning: A Pity Party follows this message. Continue at your own risk and avoid excessive eye rolling when possible.

     This, inevitably, has become my life since my hypothyroidism kicked in. While an introvert at heart, I still enjoyed going out with people with the occasional late night drinking that didn't see an end till 2a.m. The spontaneous road trips. Blind dates. Getting lost in the mountains...The early 20's can make you feel invincible.

     So at first, I was pretty bummed that I just didn't have the energy for anything past a Netflix marathon. Than, as the months went by, I grew into my new lifestyle. I accepted that Friday nights were no different than any other night and I become comfortable with my new routine. I enjoyed my own company and didn't see a need to change.

     It was only when I moved back to Colorado that I realized how much I missed my friends, and how I was sliding into spinsterhood. Almost two years later, its finally dawning on me that its way to early in the game to settle down and let life pass me by.

     Let me tell you a quick story my dear readers. Before I had let my thyroid get the better of me  and I packed up my life, I was infatuated with a co-worker. He hadn't worked there very long and I was about two weeks from the inevitable downward spiral. (Wow, melodramatic much?) Nothing really happened, but before I left he asked me out to coffee, which I couldn't make to, but the gesture was sweet all the same. It was a nice little token to take with me. That was the end of it really. Months go by, we chit-chat now and than, but nothing serious, and nothing that was making me hold my breath.

     When I moved back to Colorado, it took a few months, but eventually we did  hang out (no coffee, and nothing scandalous for those that want to jump to conclusions). I had a great time and I felt comfortable in my own skin. It was quite easy to tell thou, that I was no longer the same girl that left a year ago. I no longer had interesting things to say. My life was a rut and nothing new was happening. I.e. There was no job or hilarious story to relay. My life had become nothing to brag about. More so, my physique was gone. Stress eating and general weight gain associated with hypothyroidism had has taken its toll. I went out thinking I could pick up right where I had left off when I ran away, and came back that night feeling like a failure.

     For the first time in so long, I wanted external validation for the way I was living my life.

     Chronic health issues can feel very isolating. My energy, pain tolerance, and anxiety levels varies from day to day. So how do you stay reliable for work, friends, lovers, or anything really with a set schedule? Do you find it discouraging at times?

How do you cope?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Thyroid Related Merchandise

Hello Readers :)

     Since the successful campaign of my recent kickstarter,  I have put alot more focus into pursing my dream as an artist. A self-sustaining artist would be ideal, but I'm okay with taking baby steps for now.

     So what does this have to do with hypothyroidism? It has come to my attention that there isn't much plublicity for a condition so many people are afflicted with. As someone with thryoidism, I don't want to feel shamed. While "proud" isn't the right word. I feel many people do not take this hormone imbalance/ auto immune disease fairly serious and have been told that I am overplaying my hand.

     I never want to feel that way and want to have a small reminder that yes, I have a lifelong condition, but I am managing it to the best of my ability and I will not be discouraged. 

     Yea yea yea, but you still haven't mentioned WHERE this post is going...

     With my recent love of block printing I would like to make small bags to hold my prescription bottles (when I need more than a weeks worth) that have a design handprinted on the front.  I have already created a mock up design that measures a little under 4''x5''inches. It is probably not the most adorable of images, but it showcases the thyroid around the trachea with a banner underneath that simply reads "strong."

     If enough people show interest, I would like to make a small production run of these bags. So where does your opinion lie? Do you like the idea? Does it seem a bit extreme? Is there another image you would prefer printed on the outside of a small prescription bag?

     Let me know in the comments below :)