Wednesday, November 23, 2011

John's Book Launched !

I am very excited to announce that my husband John's first novel, “The Ropewalk,” is now available at the bookstore in softcover or Kindle digital format. The story has universal appeal and takes place at Christmas time, so if you’re interested in a good read, pick one up. Then, while you’re at it, pick up a second copy as a gift.  :)  Be sure to click on the "Super Saver" button so that you get FREE SHIPPING from Amazon. (The cover graphic hasn't been uploaded yet) Here's the link...

PS: I designed the cover. You likey?

Monday, November 21, 2011

NEW: Vintage Postcard Section In The Shop !

I am just getting started! More digital download cards coming...
Click here to see what is available so far...

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: Get a complimentary Christmas Angel Postcard to get you started crafting for Christmas! Your high resolution 300dpi copy won't have the watermark, of course! Click on the link below to download her.
PS:  I would love some pix of the things you make with her to inspire us all!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Here Is My Nomination Submission Story For Martha Stewart's "Doer of the Week"

I would really like to get recognized on Martha Stewart's "Dreamers Into Doers" website. I hope you will keep your fingers crossed for me. Here is the personal story that I submitted...
" One thing I have FINALLY learned about life is to just "go for it!" The worst that can happen is that someone tells you, "no," in which case, you just go to the next person. I started out getting a teaching degree, but there were no jobs. I went back to school and got a graphic design degree. Things were slow there, and I was always looking for work.

Then I switched over to designing home dec. projects for national magazines. (This is where the "just do it" idea kicked in.) For about 9 years I designed projects in folk art painting, poly clay, general crafts, and sewing. I freaked when I saw my designs on the covers of magazines. "Was that really me?" It didn't seem real! Then in 2003 (actually, I think it was 2005!) I was astounded when I won the first prize award for my 7 foot long digitized suede mural. It was a "by invitation only" contest. I was shocked that I had been offered the chance to participate, let alone win the top prize. I had never even sewn on suede before...and it was a huge challenge! My winning design was featured on HGTV's Carol Duvall Show...another shocker.

I recently opened a shop on etsy. The internet has been life changing for me. I can now sell my digital downloads directly to customers all over the world! I feel so blessed. All of the struggles and disappointments of the past are now being replaced with a strong sense of purpose and a big leap in confidence in my abilities as a designer.

My new dream is to license my paper doll designs so they can be offered as die cuts, so that crafters can punch out the parts and assemble the dolls quickly. You can see the digital download versions that I am selling now at   Thank you, Rhonda!"

If you scroll down the left sidebar here, you can see some of my magazine covers and part of the digitized mural/pillow I am referring to.

Keep The Kids Busy On Thanksgiving Day....

Keep the kids busy while the turkey is roasting on Thanksgiving Day...have them make up these cool Christmas stand-up dolls. Get the color printouts ready now!

Pay me with Paypal and I will email you the digital downloads! Full instructions included. Save 25% when you buy the set! (Also sold individually.)


Thursday, November 3, 2011

My Shop Is Open Again !

After 9 days of no power or internet, the shop is finally open again! 

I spotted a rose on my archway when the storm first started here
in Connecticut on October 29th ...

It stayed fresh while the snow was on it...

and when the snow melted,
it still was unharmed!
The delicate petals
were still intact!