Monday, November 26, 2007

"Wish Upon a Little Star"

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you
If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do
Fate is kind
She brings to those to love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing
Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true.

“Wish Upon A Little Star” is a giclee fine art print that I created specifically to raise funds for a project called Swallows Nest.

”Wish Upon a Little Star” has been founded by Jiinkinkids and Wild Butterfly Soap in order to lend a helping hand to Chinese orphans. We believe every child is a bright “little star”. Our goal is to raise money for an organization that strives to improve the lives of children growing up in orphanages. The organization that we are supporting is called Swallow’s Nest. They are currently working with children who are in need of surgeries. They bring orphans into a foster care setting who have higher needs than the orphanages can meet. Here’s how it works: Specific items will be sold at Jiinkinkids and Wild Butterfly Soap and 75% of the profits will go to the Swallow’s Nest project and will be directed to the current need. You can check out the organization at the below website:

Swallows Nest Project Website

You can buy this print to support the Swallows Nest Project at my website:

Some of the beautiful children of Swallows Nest

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Introducing "Time for Tea"

"Time for Tea" is available at Jiinkinkids now. It was inspired by my continual vision of my daughter playing tea with her stuffed animals surrounding her! This image has been stuck in my head for months and it finally worked its way out onto paper! :) I feel liberated!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Christmas Ornaments are Here!

Jiinkinkids has many ornament designs available now on our website! The ornaments are all handcrafted by me, and are 3.5 x 3.5 inches. Customization is available on several of the ornaments!

I designed ornaments that can hang on any family tree...and close to my heart as always, are the adoptive ornaments.

I hope that the ornaments I designed for the adoptive community bring a smile to the faces of those waiting and hope for the future...

For the adoptive families with children home this Christmas, I have created a couple ornaments just for you! I can only imagine the joy your families must be experiencing this Christmas!



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Little Light by
S. Wise is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

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Forever Family by S. Wise is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Simple Pleasures

Introducing "Simple Pleasures" ! This was a late night creation and I can't wait to see what you think of it! :)

Friday, August 31, 2007

Jiinkinkids "Little Stitches" Have arrived!

"Little Stitches" Embroidery designs have arrived at Jiinkinkids along with a new look for the store! I've added one new piece of art and 9 embroidery patterns! I hope you enjoy these patterns... I truly can not wait to see what you make! Please send pictures so I can post your beautiful creations!!

For those of you who would like to make a quilt, like the one in the previous post, just look at the links section of this blog and you can download a Free Pattern! It is truly the easiest quilt pattern ever AND it turns out looking beautiful!

Come on over for a visit and check out the new stuff! There will be more coming to the store in the next few months.... so stay tuned! :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Coming to Jiinkinkids!

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Coming to Jiinkinkids! A special line of 9 Redwork Embroidery Patterns!

These patterns are for those of you who do not have a crafty bone in your body AND for those of you who are sewing divas! I just made a redwork baby quilt using all nine designs and it is adorable! It only took one week to make and I only worked on it in the evenings!

The patterns will be making their debut at Jiinkinkids in the next two weeks, so check back!! I can't wait to see what you make!


For those of you who are interested, here's a little history about Redwork:

Redwork is the technique of using red embroidery floss and stitching on muslin squares using the outline embroidery stitch. The squares can be sewn together to make quilts, pillow or any other imaginative project.

It originated in 17th century Europe when red-colored floss was all that was available for fine stitchery. Eventually, other colors were adapted and became known as "redwork in black" or bluework.

Colors vary, but "turkey red" was the most popular and widely used. It is guessed that the color originated in Turkey, and was the first commercially dyed thread that didn't run or bleed. Today, the DMC floss colors #304, #498, and #666 are often chosen as the most authentic redwork colors, although blue, black and sepia brown are also used.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Sugar & Spice

"Sugar & Spice" is back! By request, I brought this print back to Jiinkinkids! It is available in the Kids Art section of the website! It is an 8x10 on Fine Art Paper!

Friday, July 27, 2007

The Store is Open!

We are done servicing Jiinkinkids and are happy to announce the shop is once again open for business!


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Down for Maintenance!

Jiinkinkids went down for Maintenance on Sunday and will be down all week and possibly next week. I know this is not convenient for those of you wanting to place an order! We apologize for the inconvenience.

We hope to be up and running again very soon!

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to go ahead and place an order while the website is down.


Saturday, June 16, 2007

Holding Up Half the Sky

Holding up Half the Sky

One day an elephant saw a hummingbird lying on its back with its tiny feet up in the air. "What are you doing?" asked the elephant.

The hummingbird replied, "I heard that the sky might fall today, and so I am ready to help hold it up, should it fall."

The elephant laughed cruelly. "Do you really think," he said, "that those tiny feet could help hold up the sky?"

The hummingbird kept his feet up in the air, intent on his purpose, as he replied, "Not alone. But each must do what he can. And this is what I can do."

~A Chinese Folktale

I want to introduce to many of you a wonderful organization called Half the Sky. After adopting their daughter in 1997, Jenny and Richard Bowen saw first hand the effects of institutionalization on their child and many others. Their daughter suffered from both physical and cognitive developmental delays. But after one year of individual attention, love and nurture, their daughter was transformed!
From this amazing experience, the following was born:

"How easy it was to make a tremendous difference in the life of one young child! What if you could do the same for the many children in China who languish waiting for families — or those who will never be adopted? That's how Half the Sky Foundation — named for the Chinese adage, "Women hold up half the sky" — was born in 1998." - The Bowens

Half the Sky's mission is to provide family-like nurturing care in the lives of orphaned children.

Since Half the Sky first launched its determined effort to help “hold up the sky”, thousands of children living in Chinese institutions have received the gift of love and nurture. And that number grows each year. Half the Sky centers now dot the map of China, each one a sign of hope and care for orphaned children.

Half the Sky has accomplished so much because so many have joined in to help. Today Half the Sky’s global community is made up of tens of thousands of generous individuals, corporations, and foundations, each doing their part to hold up the sky.

It is a community of doggedly optimistic hummingbirds who believe that coming together as a community can eventually bring a family’s loving care to all of China’s orphaned children.

To find out more visit their website! Half the Sky

Here are a few of their outstanding programs:

Baby Sisters infant Nurture Centers
Big Sisters Program
Family Villages
For the Children

"All the children who are held and loved will know how to love others.... Spread these virtues in the world. Nothing more need be done." ~Meng Zi c.300bc

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Lotus Child

I just added my newest print "Lotus Child" to Jiinkinkids today! The size is 12x12 and is a Mounted Canvas Giclee print. This is one of my favorites so far!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Lazy Days of Summer

"Lazy Days of Summer" is my featured art of the week. I just added the print to jiinkinkids today! The images on blogger aren't so great. If you want to see quality images, head on over to jiinkinkids! :)

Indian Summer by Emily Dickinson
These are the days when birds come back,
A very few, a bird or two,
To take a backward look.

These are the days when skies put on
The old, old sophistries of June, -
A blue and gold mistake.

Oh, fraud that cannot cheat the bee,
Almost thy plausibility
Induces my belief,

Till ranks of seeds their witness bear,
And softly through the altered air
Hurries a timid leaf!

Oh, sacrament of summer days,
Oh, last communion in the haze,
Permit a child to join,

Thy sacred emblems to partake,
Thy consecrated bread to break,
Taste thine immortal wine!

A Delayed Welcome!

Welcome to my little corner of the world! I am Stephanie Wise, illustrator and owner of! Please be patient with me as I work to update and construct this blog! It is a work in progress! I will be posting all my new art here as well as any other fun tidbits that I find! :)

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope to see you again soon!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

As Seen on Cool Mom Picks!

As Seen at Cool Mom Picks

Jiinkinkids was recently featured on Cool Mom Picks and here's what they had to say:

A is for Anhui, B is for Beijing

As a writer I've always subscribed to the adage, "write what you know." And I assume the same goes for other art forms as well. (Paper maché what you know!) So it's not surprising that prolific illustrator and photographer Stephanie Wise began creating a spectacular series of modern adoption art in 2005 after setting off on her own adoption journey.

Lucky for us, Stephanie's not just stockpiling it for her own daughter when she finally arrives from China; she's turned her designs into giclee fine art prints, now available through her site, Jiinkin Kids.

Some of the pieces are very specifically inspired by Chinese adoptions, like the colorful ABCs of China's Provinces (shown here) or the serene personalized Qui Pao print. Then some, like Jumping Rope or Red Mary Janes would suit any little girl's room--whether she hails from Wuhan or Wichita.

Stephanie's daughter is going to be one lucky girl indeed. On many counts. - Liz

WIN IT! Your own "Pile Up" 8x10 giclee print from Stephanie Wise's collection. Just email by midnight tonight with JIINKIN in the subject and the answer to the question: What does jiinkins mean anyway? I'll draw one winner at random.


Double Happiness on Jiinkinkids!

Here is the latest piece of art that has been added to Jiinkinkids!

You can customize your child’s name on this piece of art!

4 Colors Available: Green, Blue, Pink, Lavender
Click on Image/Image numbers to the right to see color variations and a detailed view

Stephanie L. Wise / Jiinkinkids

STRETCHED MATTE CANVAS: (bright white, cotton canvas (20 mil)) over wooden stretcher bars with Protective Finish specially formulated for giclee prints.