Tag: Art online

The Little Ol’ Clock Maker — You!

An online clock maker has a real challenge:  how do you take that iconic circle and create something that is truly wonderful?  I know this is an issue because I’ve tried a number of time to find really interesting clocks, and it has been a challenge. Even finding an image for this post was challenging.  But that wonderful cat chasing the gold fish is exactly what a creative clock maker is looking for:  a creative almost-circle. Look around you right now.  How many creative clocks do you see?  How many creative almost-circles do you see? mmmmm.  Probably not very...

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Polka Dots and Moonbeams = Wow!

I love polka dots, especially the ones that scamper all over.  I love everything about polka dots.  They come in every color, every size, every style … something to suit just about everyone. In college I once took a waitress job just because their uniforms were polka dots.  OK, that’s not the greatest reason to take a job, but the polka dots made me happy … and that’s a very good reason to take a job. Just now my favorite piece of clothing is a yellow and white polka dot jacket, or maybe the mint green polka dot scarf,...

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A Perfume Bottle Blog For M’Lady

Go ahead … just try to choose one exquisite perfume bottle for your blog image.  It can’t be done.  There are thousands and thousands of totally amazing perfume bottles to choose from. My Aunt Francy had a boudoir table filled with glorious perfume bottles, each hand crafted and each containing a different fragrance.  I remember as a child sneaking into her bedroom just to get a peek at the treasures she kept there.  They were so glorious — butterflies, exotic flowers, dancing ladies, swirling designs, and some that look like cloud puffs. And once in a while Aunt Francy...

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African Prints Blog

An African prints blog is just one option.  No matter what your ethnic background or knowledge, this applies to you as well. Simply put, Ethnic is BIG.  Very BIG.  HUGE.  IMMENSE. A wise friend once told me that in troubled times we reach out to embrace our own.  I believe that is true. And in joyful times we also reach out to embrace our own, along with everyone else. Taking pride in who we are as individuals is celebrated in our culture.  It shows in our artwork, in our attire, in our home decor, even in our gardens. For...

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Baby Quilts Blog

Round up your creative gene and toss it into baby quilts!  There are so many design and color options that you should stay busy for a loooooong time to come. And there is a great market for these quilts. Not only are baby quilts used many times in one home, but they are often passed down to relatives or to future generations.  A well-made baby quilt will last nearly forever. There are some huuuuge advantages to committing to a baby quilt business. Just Look at the Marketing Potential: Your primary client is pretty easy to tie down:  Grandparents.  Parents...

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Fantasy Puppets Blog

I had a wretched time choosing an image for this puppets blog post.  There are just so many inspiring, incredible ideas for puppets of all kinds, like Shadow puppets String puppets Hand puppets Finger puppets Chinese puppets Mexican puppets Indian puppets Eskimo puppets Storybook puppets Clown puppets French puppets Animal puppets Paper bag puppets Spoon puppets Bali puppets Japanese puppets Sock puppets … Well, you see my problem.  The pink costumed ones above are actually string puppets created in India.  Aren’t they gorgeous! There are so many kinds of puppets that creating a blog just on “puppets” may be...

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The Mystery and Romance 0f A Russian Porcelain Blog

When I was very young my mother gifted me several Russian porcelain ballerinas, much like in the picture.  How I wish I had kept those treasures! A few years ago a dear friend gifted me a collection of six blue and gold Russian porcelain teacups and saucers.  I still have those, and I thoroughly believe that tea tastes better when I use them. Alas, that is all I truly know of Russian porcelain. If you should happen to know more, or have a passion for learning more, this would be such a beautiful blog business to pursue. No matter...

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To Write, or Not To Write – Journaling Online

My love affair with journaling started with a blank journal that Oprah sent me.  I think it was for an online meditation series, but the journal arrived long after the meditation series was over. “Mmmmm,” I recall thinking. “Whatever shall I do with this?”  It was a nice journal, much too nice for my modest thoughts, and I was much too busy to do that journaling thing-y anyhow.  So it sat on my bookshelf for many months.  Then one day I took it with me when I went for a walk in the woods, and my poetry life came...

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I’m Singing In The Rain — Umbrellas, Galoshes, etc.

As with many lovely things in life, umbrellas came to me rather serendipitously.  A few years ago I was wandering through the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, truly one of the great small shop meccas of the country, when I chanced upon a whole store of umbrellas.  Not so much as a single rain coat, but hundreds of umbrellas. I was in awe. I owned several umbrellas of course — a couple of black ones, and a red one.  But I had never owned one with Monet’s “Water Lilies” or white clouds skipping over a rich blue sky.  I...

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Fly Away With Butterfly Caftans

For those with true sewing skills, caftans are not difficult to create, and one size pretty much fits all.  I once had a dream of opening a “butterfly caftan shop” in Pacific Grove, California, where the monarchs come to rest each year. I had the business all planned out.  Each caftan I created would be named after a particular butterfly, and there are thousands of butterflies to choose from.  Each tag would have a picture of the real butterfly, with a bit of information about it.  What a wonderful caftan collection it was going to be!  Blues and golds...

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