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

Allen Designs/Close2myArt Studio Sale!!!

Done with our first weekend of the 13th Annual Studio Sale!
And now we’re onto our 2nd starting the morning of Black Friday.
If you’re local, we’d love for you to join us.
If you’re not, we’ll be sending out some specials via our newsletter (bottom left of this page) so be sure to sign up!

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Every year I paint the windows to announce the Studio Sale.
Some day I would love to learn how to really paint windows.

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The studio looks the best it ever has!
Thanks mainly to Deb, who is new to our studio crew and has an eye for decorating. :)

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Google Map directions here.
Hope to see you soon!

 

Artist Open Studios Tour!

this coming weekend is Clark County’s 1st Annual Open Studio Tour
featuring 50 local artists and their studios!!!

saturday, november 9th & sunday november 10th
10AM-5PM
(click the link above for more information and to download your map)

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i will be showing my HOME STUDIO for this event.
come see art in process… the place i work late into the night… where the magic happens. :)

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hope to see you here!!!

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