Friday, November 25, 2016

Blue Genie has arrived!

It's my favorite time of year. The holidays have arrived, which means we are now prepping for our biggest month, full of holiday shoppers on our website, sending out orders to our fabulous retailers (see our list here!) and we just finished setting up for our favorite holiday show, the Blue Genie Art Bazaar

This show is in it's 16th year and has become a staple in Austin, TX for holiday shopping. I actually find myself stocking up on gifts for birthdays and rarely find myself leaving the show without a little something special (which gets expensive because I stop by almost daily to check my own booth stock! 

As a member of the Austin Art Community, I feel like this show truly embodies the spirit of the Austin art scene. Over 200 local crafters and artists who have turned their hobbies into a true way of life join together to showcase our works. Literally thousands of unique items line the shelves and original artwork covers every inch of the walls. Each time I turn a corner, I find something new to fall in love with. 

If you are in the Austin area, I highly recommend taking some time this month to visit the show and offer some support to your local small business owners! 

The show runs 10am - 10pm through December 23rd, then from 10am - 10pm on Dec 24th. 
6100 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

Stephanie Conrad
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Mutt Monday: Meet Zeus

I was lucky enough to meet this handsome gentleman a few months ago at Puppy Mill Awareness Day Austin. Zeus is a 5 - 6 year old male pitbull mix rescued through the awesome organization, Don't Bully Me Rescue in Austin, TX. This handsome gentleman has been with the rescue since 2012, yes that's right, 4 years of living in a foster home. Of course, we love knowing that Zeus is safe, but we would love to hear that he has finally found his forever family!

Zeus was once a stray in San Antonio, TX, but luckily was found and brought into Don't Bully Me Rescue's program. He has blossomed in his foster home, he is house trained, eager to learn and knows sit, down and heels during walks. He walks beautifully on a leash and enjoys the company of other female dogs. Don't Bully Me Rescue would love to see Zeus join a family where he can have another dog buddy, but Zeus would prefer medium to large dogs and no cats. 

If you are interested in meeting Zeus or learning more about Don't Bully Me Rescue's program, visit their website here!

Stephanie Conrad
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Monday, November 14, 2016

Mutt Monday: Meet Ellie

Oh Ellie! How this sweet girl has not yet found her happy ending, I will never understand. I first met Ellie in April, when she was first brought into the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. This charming lady was a dream to photograph, not only gracing me with her happy smile, but stopping in the middle of our photo shoot for a pretty epic blooper (see below).

Ellie has an infectious smile, loves attention and ADORES belly rubs. Ellie plopped right over between photos for a quick rub and even fell asleep in the grass enjoying the sunshine while she was being lavished with attention. 

Ellie is  currently in a foster home with another WCRAS pup, Noah. She gets along with other dogs, I believe she enjoys the company of cats and of course people of all sizes are immediately her BFFs. 

At just under 2 years old, Ellie still has a lot of love to give and would love to find a wonderful home to share her sweet spirit with. Ellie is spayed and up to date on all of her vaccinations. If you are looking for a stunning Unicorn-Spirited pup to add to your faimly, Ellie is definitely worth meeting!

Stephanie Conrad
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Ellie and Noah, both available for adoption through

Ellie's amazing blooper, well, pooper. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Painting SALE!

Stella, one of the many pieces available at
Recently, I had the pleasure of hanging my artwork at a well known local restaurant, Kerbey Lane Cafe. The show lasted for 2 months and during that time, I was able to showcase my own paintings alongside photographs of our local adoptable animals from the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. 

The show was a huge success, not only did I sell a few paintings (a goal of course) but we were able to reach a new audience for the shelter animals and every animal that was featured in the show was adopted!! 

I want to send a big THANK YOU to Kerbey Lane for showcasing my works and of course, when the time comes for another show, I will absolutely be looking forward to another great showing. 

Of course, now, the 35+ paintings that were on display are back at my studio and ready to find homes of their own as well! So, this week, all paintings will be hugely discounted in hopes of sending them off to bring joy on someone else's walls! 

Click here to see all of the available works, each painting is 100% original on canvas. The canvas pieces are wrapped and painted along the edges, making them ready to hang when they arrive to you!

Video showcasing all of the works that were sent to Kerbey Lane Cafe! 

Stephanie Conrad
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Monday, November 7, 2016

Mutt Monday: Meet Bonnie Blue

Sometimes, you meet a rescue dog that just makes you melt, for me, Bonnie Blue was definitely one of those dogs! I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet lady at the annual Pittie Pride festival, hosted by one of my favorite local organizations, Love-A-Bull, inc just a couple of weeks ago! After spending a moment chatting with Steve, the founder of Stray Acres, who obviously has a huge heart for each of the rescue pets in his care, I took Bonnie out of her crate for a quick photo session.  This sweet girl immediately plopped over onto her back asking for a belly rub (apparently her favorite pastime) and refused to get up until she was satisfied. Happily, her handlers obliged and I was treated to a cute sight of this wiggly girl soaking up the attention. 

Bonnie Blue is currently available for adoption through Stray Acres Sanctuary, a small organization in Bertram, TX. If you are interested in learning more about adopting Bonnie or any of the beautiful dogs available through Stray Acres, visit their website or make a donation to help more pets like Bonnie Blue!

Stephanie Conrad
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cats and Coffee

Blue Cat Cafe in Austin, TX has quickly become a favorite spot of mine to enjoy an iced coffee while I work remotely. Not only is the cafe cat-themed, but they are home to several Austin Humane Society cats who are waiting for their forever homes! 

As I sit and drink my coffee with my laptop on the table and a kitty snoozing in the chair next to me, I can't help but think about how amazing this city truly is. We moved to Austin over a decade ago, as soon as I could get here, it felt meant to be. Maybe it's cheesy to feel in love with a city, but this town has really gotten me through some hard times as well as helping me grow as a person and a small business owner. 

Sadly, earlier this month, Blue Cat Cafe was vandalized by some locals who felt they were part of a gentrification problem in the East side of Austin. It was heartbreaking as a supporter of this cafe to see such a nasty attack happen, especially since this shop is not out to hurt anyone, in fact, it's just the opposite! Of course, every city sees change and naturally neighborhoods will evolve, but unfortunately some people aren't as on board or supportive of this sweet shop as I am. 

A few months ago, I showcased a video I took at the cafe, and I felt it was time to revisit Blue Cat to show my support after they were attacked. Violence and destruction are never the answer and we are wishing Blue Cat Cafe the absolute best as they move forward from here. I guarantee that I will be back in soon to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy some adoptable kitty love!

Blue Cat Cafe has adopted out nearly 200 cats since they opened in October of 2015! 

Stephanie Conrad
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Monday, October 31, 2016

Mutt Monday: Meet Billie

Talk about a fun dog! Billie is currently available for adoption through Austin Dog Rescue and is a ball of happy, cute energy. I had the pleasure of meeting Billie at Puppy Mill Awareness Day Austin and spent some time chatting with her fosters, who say she is just a wonderful dog waiting for that perfect family to scoop her up.

Billie is more than just a gorgeous redhead though, from her own bio online:

"Hi everyone! I am Billie and I am about one of the most fun pups I have ever met! I love running and jumping on everything, even when I don't all the way make it and fall! I have that 'must try' attitude that keeps everyone laughing. I give kisses, all the time, and am pretty darn strong for my size so I get a lot of kisses in!

I currently live with some big foster canines and I love to wrestle and play ALL the time!! I would love a home with a canine brother who can match my energy however I would be OK being the only child as well as long as I get lots and lots of play time. I cannot be in a home with cats though and I think the cats will agree they would prefer not to be in a home with me.
I am pretty active for a puppy so I would probably not do well in a home with littler kids because my excitement might get in the way of good judgement. I would really like a home where my family could spend lots of time with me teaching me manners, socialization, training and helping me find a task for my working breed background.
Because I am thought to be at least part Australian Cattle Dog a family that knows some about working breeds would be helpful to me as I learn who I am.
Do you sound like a fit for my lifestyle? If so submit an application today so we can meet!"
If you are interested in meeting Billie or learning more about the Austin Dog Rescue program, visit their website here!

Stephanie Conrad
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Furball Fun!

Sam I Am with his finished portrait.
The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter has been a huge part of my life over the past 5 years or so since I started giving my free time to their volunteer program. As an open-admission shelter, the staff and volunteers of this shelter set out to become a No Kill organization, and happily have achieved just that over the past 6 years, with 90% or more (usually more) of the animals in their care finding a forever family or being placed into a local, no kill rescue organization. 

Of course, saving these lives isn't free and while WCRAS does receive government funding for the basic care of these animals, it is imperative that additional funds are raised in order to continue as a No Kill shelter. The Wilco Furball is an annual fundraiser which brings in thousands of dollars to help animals like Sam I Am, pictured above!

Sam's painting up on stage
to be auctioned off. 
This year, my lovely friend Misty and Community Outreach Coordinator for WCRAS asked if I would join the furball team and showcase a live painting of Sam during the event. This painting was then auctioned off at the end of the night and every dime raised was given to the shelter. Sam was an amazing sport and loved all of the attention he received, including a special monogrammed cozy bed to snooze on during the event. 

In addition to the live painting, the shelter offered a silent auction as well as a live auction and included a wonderful video showcasing some of their amazing work. It has been an honor to be part of such a beautiful, life-saving organization and I am thrilled that Sam's painting was able to raise hundreds of dollars to help these wonderful shelter pets! 

Stephanie Conrad
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Monday, October 24, 2016

Mutt Monday: Roseanne

Today, I had the absolute pleasure of spending time with Roseanne, one of the cutest little Pugs in Austin! 

Roseanne is a 6 year old lady who is just full of pep and positive energy! As soon as I arrived at the park for our photo shoot, Roseanne bolted right to me and eagerly awaited a pumpkin treat (somehow all of my clients seem to know I have plenty of treats on hand). 

Roseanne was a dream during our photo shoot and listened intently for cues (sit, stay, etc) and was thrilled to show off her skills for a treat. This happy girl knows sit, down, roll over and stay. 

While Roseanne is a bundle of adorable dog, she is looking for a family that understands her medical needs. Sadly, this sweet girl does suffer from seizures and a breathing issue. While both are controllable with medication and proper care, it is important that Roseanne finds a family that is willing to offer her proper care for these issues. Pug Rescue of Austin will provide Roseanne's new family with all the information needed along with a Veterinary recommendation and her previous health records.

Mention Pug Rescue Austin with
any order at
and I will happily donate 20% to
help more dogs like Roseanne. 
Even with her medical issues, Roseanne is full of life and adores being the center of attention. She loves to snuggle and would prefer a family that can give her lots of TLC. Roseanne also enjoys spending her days with other dogs, so if you have another pup that could use a friend, Roseanne may be the perfect dog to add to your family!

To learn more about adopting Roseanne, visit Pug Rescue of Austin and submit an inquiry through their website! 

Stephanie Conrad
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Watch this beautiful reunion between a shelter dog and his person

For many families, it's hard to imagine losing everything you love. Going through a divorce, losing your home and living in your vehicle. Sadly, for Jose and Chaos, this was a reality. Jose, being a loving, responsible pet owner, realized that this was not a good life for Chaos and arranged for him to go live with a friend until he could get back on his feet. Three months later, as his situation turned, Jose was ready to bring Chaos back into his home and life, but the people caring for him would not give his dog back. Jose was heartbroken and thought he would never see his friend again. 

However, fast forward a year and a half, a Winnebago County Animal Services employee walked outside and found a dog in her driveway. Luckily, this pup had a microchip and one day after the surprising call that his friend was safe, Jose was able to make a trip to the shelter to pick up his friend. 

After a few moments of hesitation (what dog wouldn't be confused and scared with all these changes), Chaos recognized his best buddy and sprang into his arms! It's a beautiful moment to watch and a great reminder of how important microchips really are! 

Stephanie Conrad
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Mutt Monday: Mary Jane Seeks Forever Home

When starting the ever important search for a new forever family member, you will likely have a list of qualities you would like in your new furry friend. 

Dog friendly? Check. 
People Friendly? Check.  
Vaccinated and Spayed? Check. 
Adorable? Check. 
Charming? Check.
Small and cuddly?  Check.

... and by choosing adoption you are saving a life, which is the biggest 'check' of all when deciding to add a new pet to your family! 

Mary Jane is a 2 year old Boston Terrier mix (maybe a little Rat Terrier in the mix as well) who would love an active home of her own. She walks well on a leash, and gets along with other dogs, although she definitely prefers the company of less dominant dogs. Mary Jane is housebroken, loves toys and being pampered in the bath. Have a cozy bed? Mary Jane is a great snuggler and would truly enjoy curling up in your lap while you lounge on the couch or work at your desk. 

This beautiful lady is available for adoption through Forgotten Friends mixed Breed Rescue. You can show your support for the amazing work that this organization does by visiting their website or making a donation to help more dogs like Mary Jane. 

PUPDATE: Mary Jane now has an adoption pending, but would love for you to check out her fabulous friends available for adoption through Forgotten Friends Mixed Breed Rescue!

Stephanie Conrad

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Cat becomes friends with a window washer and it's adorable!

Our cats are so incredibly entertaining! They are sweet, silly and as you can see with this high-rise dwelling kitty, they love to make new friends! Not only does this cat enjoy playing with the squeegee, the window washer is equally entertained! 

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