Showing posts with label #zazzledesignstory. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #zazzledesignstory. Show all posts

Friday, April 16, 2021

And Then . . ,

 geared up and ready to start a brand new year! I planned to write more blog posts. I signed up for #MAE and #100dayproject, reviewed designs on #SpoonFlower thinking about revising and developing them into collections and explored ideas for new #Zazzle designs.  And, to make this even better, my daughters gave me a new iPadPro for Christmas. I downloaded ProCreate and I was ready to make this a creative year.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Winged Skeleton

The Winged Skeleton jumped out at me (pun intended). The American tourist that I am, I immediately thought of Halloween!

The skeleton is a Monument to Cardinal Cinzio Aldobrandini and is located in San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains), a church and minor basilica located in Rome.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

My 100 Day Project - Part II


For me, it seems that the more I create the more creative ideas I have. That is what happened as I created the Pillow Collection using the floral designs from my #100dayproject.

Stylized Pink Confederate Rose

After cleaning up the sketches and enhancing the colors in Photoshop, I decided they needed to be tweaked to reflect my style. And, what is my style? Having done needlework since the early age of about 5, I tend to see designs stitched. So, I accented the designs with a marker and inked stitches.

Friday, August 21, 2020

My 100 Day Project - Part I

How many of you participate in daily art projects? Do you consider them practice? Meditative? Brainstorming new ideas? In a way, these daily practices seem to stem from social media -- the need to share?   

#100dayproject flower sketches

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Wonderful Wacky Holidays

I discovered the Wiggle Your Toes holiday when I was doing research for The Complete Idiot's Guide to Backyard Adventures which was published in 2008. (Unfortunately, the book is no longer published. However, I do have a few copies available in my eBay shop.) While my Wacky Holiday chapter did not make it into the book, there is an appendix of A Year of Holidays to Celebrate. Of all the wild and wacky holidays I found, this has got to be my favorite. This might be the crazy year to seriously celebrate --

Wiggle Your Toes!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Lovely Gardenia

White gardenia photo
The Lovely Gardenia Collection in my Zazzle shop is based on this photo. Last spring I added new bushes to my side yard which included two gardenias. What a wonderful surprise to have blooms the first season.
For the collection, I used Photoshop to make the photo somewhat transparent and gave it a more painterly look. I printed the photo and added pen/ink markings to accent the edges of the petals.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Funky Pink Pastels

Zazzle suggests telling a story about each design collection. Most of my designs have stories that would be more than a couple sentences long. So I'm reposting here the story behind my Funky Pink Pastels Collection.

Looking for Inspiration

It's a new year! I've spent some time the last few days looking for inspiration -- trying to figure out just what it is that I want to do. Before I retired I had ideas for all kinds of wonderful projects. Well, it's been nearly three years and I haven't really completed one project -- except maybe some household things that needed attention.

Thursday, November 14, 2019


Photo of orange cosmos flowers

Several years ago, I wanted some color in my slow-growing and mostly green bed of lilies and iris. I decided on pretty, bright orange cosmos. The ones I remembered grew easily and were about twenty-four inches tall. I bought a couple seed packets and spread them generously around the bulbs in my flower garden. And they grew, and they grew some more and more! I had plants six feet tall. What a glorious sight when they all began to bloom. Thus, the basis for the branding of my design sites. They just seem to work well for banners, site headers favicons, and sales materials. I've also used these photos for my Zazzle Cosmos Charm | Bath and Beauty and Kitchen Collections. The orange makes me smile! I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

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