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Dog Daze GIVEAWAY on Instagram!
Follow us at @close2myart (http://instagram.com/close2myart) to get the details on how to enter!
Winner will be drawn on Sunday, April 20th.
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April Desktop Calendar

okay so i skipped a month.
i’ve decided to put guilt aside and am, once again going to try to get back at it.
may i present April’s Desktop Calendar with a seahorse theme…

Wallpaper Calendars April

can you tell that i’m dying to go on vacation somewhere warm???

click here for your copy of this month’s FREE calendar.
hope you enjoy!
xoxo- m

(for personal use only)

Letter A and my dad

looky at what my FABULOUS dad made me!!! (and mom, she did the painting!)
as most of you probably already know, i collect the letter A.
i’ve wanted one of these large marquee types for a long time!!! *squeal*

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and isn’t my dad cute!

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still haven’t quite found the perfect spot for it.
i’ll show you it all ‘lit up’ when i do.

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realized i never posted this picture from the Atlanta Gift Show…
love the bag display with the porcelain hands that my friend Mark put together for me.

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this was another treat from the show… i had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Lotta Jansdotter!
she’s as darling & sweet in person as she seems on her blog.
(don’t mind me… i just look cray cray in this pic!)

hope you’re all doing well… staying warm, healthy and creative?

biz cards and how useful facebook is

i know that there are all kinds of frustrating things about facebook and how they’re going about monetizing their site.
i share in much of that frustration, as it’s getting harder and harder to reach the people who have already chosen to “like/follow” my page.
there are some great reads & perspectives on this issue flitting around on the www.
hopefully with all the chatter they will figure out a way that works for all parties involved.

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that aside, facebook did work for me this time!
i had 88 people give me feedback on my card options, totally helping me make a final choice and some small changes to the design.
and IT WAS FUN!
thank you to everyone who took the time!

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as you can see i went with rounded corners and a satin matte finish which i think visually add a lot.
i had them printed through overnightprints.com, i’m pleased with the printing quality, pricing and turn-around time.
but not so much with the cutting on the corners.
if you look closely you can see that there is a bit of choppiness going on.
i’ve emailed them to ask if this is common & acceptable but i have not heard back as of yet. 

February Desktop Calendar

hello?
anyone still there?

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i totally don’t blame you if you’ve all given up on me.
please take this February Desktop Calendar as a token of appreciation for those of you who still check in on me!
click here for your copy of this month’s calendar.

i can’t even begin to go into all the things that have kept me from this blog.
in short- living life.
and a little longer- working a LOT, family, soccer and getting involved in the arts community locally.

Free 2014 Owl Calendar!

looking for a new 2014 calendar to inspire your year?
once again, My Owl Barn has compiled a group of artists (myself included) and has one for you- FREE!
below are some of my favorites…

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by artist- Christine Pym

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by artist- Mina Braun

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your truly :)

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artists- Deanna Maree, Anna Walker, Patti Backer and Ola Liola

enjoy! xoxo-m

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