Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Today Only!


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Black Friday!

Want to get a head start on Black Friday deals over at Zazzle?  Sign up here (and get 10% off your order) for previews and updates on all the savings happening tomorrow!  Happy shopping!

Print, Cup of Cheer print

Happy Thanksgiving!

A Nice Place To Nest postcard
A Nice Place To Nest by tiffjamaica


Thanksgiving Postage Sale!
$8.80 off each sheet of real US postage
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Changes...

Time to try out this new blogger!  I'm not so sure about it, but I'll give it a trial run... I really miss my old banner, though.  I'm sure there's some way to customize this, but I haven't the know-how or the time to figure it out!

I'm slowly but surely getting more minutes to myself each day while Leo is getting more on a schedule, so my hope is to get back to painting! Hopefully I'll have something to show for it soon.

For now, check out the new tiles that zazzle has added... I made a couple over the weekend, and I think they are too cute!
An Apple A Day tileCupcakes tile
And the new gift boxes... just in time for the holidays!


Poinsettia Gift Box giftboxJust Married Gift Box planetjillgiftbox
And here's Leo! 


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Creative Tuesdays: Cupcakes!



I love the theme this week for Creative Tuesdays - Cupcakes!  Since my days are full of taking care of baby Leo, I don't have time to get in the kitchen and bake any (although now I really want a cupcake!) or paint a new cupcake picture. So I'll post this design instead... if only cupcakes actually grew on trees! 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Illustration Friday: Hibernate

Sleepover print


Oh, sweet sleep... I'm not seeing as much of that these days with baby Leo's arrival, but these months will make it even more amazing whenever I finally do get to sleep through the night uninterrupted!     


Card Sale!

Autumn Welcome postcard
All cards are on sale at zazzle!   Get half off all cards, invitations, postcards, and photocards!  Take advantage of this and order your holiday cards early!  With the Zazzle Black shipping deal, you can save a ton!
Use code:  ALLCARDSSALE
Good through October 5, 2011
Harvest card
Pumpkin Party, Halloween Party Invitation invitation
An Apple A Day card
Home Sweet Home postcard
A Nice Place To Nest - Thanksgiving Card card

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Baby Leo is Here!

Leo Thomas Joseph Duffy
Born 9/9/11, 8lbs 13 oz, 21.25"

Baby Leo is here, finally! He was supposed to arrive on the 8th, but he decided he liked the 9th better and held out until 1:04 am instead.  We had a long labor and ended up with a c-section, but it was all worth it in the end.  He's pretty perfect and darn cute, too.  So I'll be taking a break from the blog for a while until I can get this newborn stuff under control. Of course, once I figure out what I'm doing, he'll change it all up on me and I'll have to start all over... but hopefully one day in the near future I can get back to blogging and painting! Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Any Day Now... is Today!

Any Day Now print
Any Day Now


It's baby delivery day!  Next time I blog, it will be full of non-art, all baby related things!  Hope to see you all again when I regain the time and energy to get back to work! :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sketches...

Ok, I haven't posted much this week... mostly because I haven't painted anything this week!  But I've been sketching lots of new ideas and they are in the works.  But it will take a while for the finished work to get up and running, because I found out today I'm getting induced tomorrow morning!  Finally! The baby will be here! SO, my energy for this blog and art may be on the down-slope for a while!
So I'll go ahead and post some sketches of things to come... hopefully to remind me what I was doing before my entire life changed. :) 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

September Sales

Sales have been good so far this month!  Always nice to get off to a good start. :)  Here are some of the latest sellers...
Cupcakes profilecard
Cat Paws Address Labels sticker
See more of what's selling after the jump (I just figured out how to do this!)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Music on Mondays



My music for Monday! I didn't really like this song until I saw Kings of Leon live and it was fantastic, so I'm putting up the live version to get my Monday going... so far it's a slow one.

Friday, September 2, 2011

New Design & Paint Party Friday: Candy Canes

I was in the holiday spirit, so why not add another design to get ready for the holiday rush!  This one's called Candy Canes -  Two cardinals enjoying a festive tree with lights, a nest on top, and decorated with candy canes (which kind of reminds me of the Cat in the Hat. I may need to rethink using red and white stripes again...)!  

This is also my entry for Paint Party Friday - stop by and check out all the other wonderful designs posted on  the blog!















Candy Canes card
Candy Canes

Labor Day Weekend Sale

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Month, New Deals!

All the new deals I could find are now posted under my promotions tab - you can also find them here! Several good ones that don't expire until the end of the year - gear up for the holidays and get your cards and labels (and gifts!) on sale!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Creative Tuesdays: Ideal Coffee/Tea Break

Confession - I don't drink coffee or tea on a regular basis.  But I can certainly appreciate their greatness, especially on a brisk, early, Autumn morning, or a cold, winter snow-day.  I guess you could say I'm more of a seasonal drinker...  :)  But, in an effort to enjoy more coffee at home, we did just buy our first coffee maker last December... right before I found out I was pregnant. So that effort has been on hold for 9 months.  I'm sure, soon enough (baby should be here soon!), I will be downing the coffee with the best of 'em.


Anyway, as I thought about the perfect coffee/tea break, what kept coming to mind is the one time of year that I always look forward to having a cup - Christmas morning.  I'm a Christmas fanatic - that's downplaying it, but there are no words to convey my insane excitement for this holiday.  Usually on Christmas morning, I'm at my grandparent's house, and a cup of coffee, which always tastes better when brewed by my Grandma, is the perfect way to start off the best day of the year.


This design is called "Cup of Cheer", and I'm now officially ready to pull out the Christmas music... (Oh, who am I kidding? They never get put away) and my ideal coffee is enjoyed in the quiet, too-early hours of Christmas morning, surrounded by the colors of gift wrap, the smell of pine, the glow of twinkling lights, the warmth of a wood stove, and a happy family. 

So thanks, Creative Tuesdays, for a great theme this week!  And readers, go check out all of the other fantastic ideas for coffee/tea breaks! 

Monday, August 29, 2011

More Critters



A few more critters today!

I posted the beginnings of these stuffed animals in my Sunday Sketches, and these are some of the more refined ones. I got some more baby things posted up on zazzle, too...



Critters doodle
Stuffed Cow labelStuffed White Bunny Birth Ornament ornament

Music on Mondays


I don't have any challenge blogs right now for Mondays, so why not make my own? 
Away We Go stampI'm thinking I'll start off Mondays with a song that's on my mind... and possibly (if I can swing it) a sketch or painting inspired by the music later that day!

I'll start it off with Paolo Nutini's Pencil Full of Lead... it's an older song, but I can't get enough of that trumpet and the fun that they seem to be having playing the song.  I usually listen to it twice... or more...

This is a live version, but definitely go check out the album version as well. It's just a happy way to start off a Monday - nothing's gonna bring me down! :)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday Sketches

Some sketchy stuffed toys for today's Sunday Sketches...

I must have baby on the brain. :)

I'm having fun doodling things other than my trees and birds, but definitely need to get back to that this week!  But first, some sketchy-stuffed-animal baby announcements, just for the fun of it.

Please visit the Sunday Sketches site for more fantastic, sketchy designs!
Stuffed Dragon photocard
Stuffed Blue Bear photocard
Stuffed Lion photocard

IF: Disguise

I like to think of these critters on the left as teddy bears in disguise. :)

Busy Week... Doctors, Earthquakes, and Hurricanes - oh my!

Well, I'd been doing good with all the new challenge/weekly inspiration blogs up until this week!  It's been busy getting ready for the baby, and I guess I've hit the exhaustion phase.  I'm super tired all the time, and of course can't sleep comfortably enough to get any good sleep. I guess that's just preparing me for when baby arrives!  But it didn't leave me with much energy to create!   I also had a disappointing doctor's appointment that I was told would end with a plan, but instead ended with a wait-til-next-week, and anyone who's been pregnant knows the last few weeks seem like a lifetime!

Scaredy Cat
We also had a earthquake! Some people make fun of a little 5.9, but when your house is shaking and you are home alone, ready to go into labor anytime - that's a pretty big deal! Luckily there wasn't any damage unless you count a few pictures falling and one of my cats now having PTSD!  Poor thing wouldn't come upstairs for the rest of the day. When she finally got up the courage, she took one step at a time, sitting on the second step for over 2 hours before she finally made it - treats and food didn't even help her!  She was so cute, I had to take a picture. :)

And now, a hurricane! I haven't checked around yet for a wet basement or on my newly planted flowers in the backyard.  It's a little too early in the morning for bad news...so we'll see later today how everything held up.  But the point of all this is, I've missed all the inspiration this week!  But today's Sunday, and I'm determined to get up a Sunday Sketch later today! And to do better this week about updating. So stay tuned!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Zazzle Promotion

I noticed this today over at zazzle - a new promotion for back-to-school. I can't believe summer's over already. It went quick this year! Anyway, if you're ordering from zazzle this week, be sure and take advantage - ends Thursday!


Back to School Savings - 15% OFF ALL PRODUCTS!     Use Code: STUDYINSTYLE
Offer is valid through August 25, 2011 at 11:59pm PT.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday Sketches: Something Different

I don't stray much from my birds and trees style, but sometimes something like this comes out in my sketch pad.  I like him... maybe I will paint him soon and see if I like doing something different.

Hop over to Heather's blog this week to see all of the other Sunday Sketches!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

New Design: Pumpkin Party


Pumpkin Party postcard
Postcard
In case you missed it in Friday's post, here's my latest - "Pumpkin Party".  I think this will satisfy my urge to paint all things Fall and Halloween for a little while...  It's not so productive to paint Halloween designs because compared to others, they hardly ever sell, but it's just too much fun.  You can't beat the color combinations of Autumn - hands down my favorite.  So enjoy the new products!


Red RibbonOooh, and I just got an email from Zazzle... this design won a Featured Product award  for a binder! 

Sweet Saturdays

"Bird Watching"
 My cat is convinced that all of the newly moved in baby gear is for her.  I can't blame her... she fits in it all nicely.

Her favorite was the changing table, which I had next to the nursery window on the top floor of the house... the perfect place for bird watching- her favorite past-time.  She got so bad about being up there, I actually had to rearrange the room and keep the door closed.

I thought that might solve the problem, but now she's laid claim to the cradle, the bassinet, the glider, and the nursery in general... she loves it in there.

I try to scold her, but she's just so cute, I usually just end up taking pictures of her instead.  I'm assuming a screaming baby will quickly take care of the issue, but for now, I think she's sweet enough for this week's Sweet Saturdays post!

Stop by and see all the sweet posts on Diana's blog!

Bird Watching stampBird Watching mousepadBird Watching, Blank card