Whatever Camp Create – part 1

i don’t know if you remember, but a few years back i went down to Newton, KS to Meg Duerksen’s  Whatever Craft Weekend? it was a blast! so, when Meg asked me if i wanted to come down and teach at her newest endeavor  Camp Create, i was ALL OVER IT!

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i mean really, who wouldn’t want to go to a place stocked so beautifully & creatively with arts & crafts supplies?


and where beds with vintage quilts like this welcomed you!

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like last time, i had to get my hands on her giant chalkboard!

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pretty sure this took me half the day. at some point i would love to take a hand-lettering workshop to learn tricks to make it look better and go quicker. i’m thinking i’ll give this one by mary kate mcdevitt  a go. many people have said great things about it. and she is crazy good!

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we had mini devotional/thought provoking times working on our “god sized dream“,  led by the lovely, wise & oh-so-kind author holley gerth.

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we went to a gigantic sunflower field. it was B E A U T I F U L !!! #duh (as stephanie ackerman would say)

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sunflowers for days!

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the sweet lady herself. her heart is so big. her intentions pure.

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many special moments. friendships made. dreams shared.

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and lots and LOTS of laughter!!! and i’m talking gut-hurting, face-cramping, eyes-watering laughter!

really, all this to say… i didn’t have much fun. ;)

 

 

July Desktop Calendar!

I’m back!!! Did you miss me?
It’s been as hectic as ever around here lately. Lots of family stuff & business stuff. All good… just lots of it!
But I did find a sliver of time to make this little beauty up for you! Hope you like it! xo-m

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Click here to enjoy this month’s free desktop calendar. :)

Artful Owl Cup

Allen Designs Owl Cup
Check out one of our newest items- artful CUPS!!!
I don’t know about you but I really love drinking my tea or coffee out of unique & fun cups. It just makes everything taste better.

Available on our website & in stores soon!

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. 

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