LETTERS AND THE ALPHABET

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Hiya! This week blew by! I am still plugging along with the 36 days of type lettering Instagram challenge. I just finished the letter M. I would love to know which letter is your favorite so far. I think B & H are my faves. If you want to check out the project, search the hashtag #36daysoftype. It is pretty fun just to look at all the amazing creativity.

1. Just bought this boobie pin and I am loving it!

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2. Super cool Chart of the Evolution of the Latin alphabet. Thank you Matt Baker, UsefulCharts.com

3. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

36 DAYS OF TYPE AND WONDERFUL MOVIES

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Hiya! I had an amazing week! I hope you did as well. I started the 36 days of type lettering Instagram challenge. It is so much fun coming up with the ideas of what to creatively do with each letter and to execute it. It is also really fun to look through all the letters that other people create as well (#36daysoftype). Some people make each letter very different like I am doing and other people make a complete alphabet. Please let me know which letter is your favorite. 

1. I saw two absolutely wonderful movies this week that I highly recommend:
My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) is a French animated film about a little boy who is adjusting to life in the foster care system. It is done in a claymation style. The animation is so creative and the story is beautiful. Available on Netflix. 

Coco. This stunning film follows a little boy on the holiday Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). Gorgeous computer graphics and a story that will pull at your heart strings. 

It is so great to see movies that are so creative. Be prepared with a lot of tissues. I pretty much cried my eyes out of my head. 

2. Found a great Instagram account you should check out. The Sad Ghost Club. 

3. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

EASTER AND BROCCOLI

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Hiya! I hope you all had a great week! Clearly I had a great time! Sorry Am I was laughing so hard I wasn't holding the phone properly and your head got cut off. This is the annual Leyman Easter gathering, post egg hunt and high on sweets. I hope you had a great week.

1. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

2. The Broccoli Tree: A Parable

3. Yes!!! Monty Python is Coming to Netflix. 

4. I'm not sure I totally agree with this. What do you think? When your ideas get stolen. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

STICKERS AND A LOGO

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Hiya! I hope you all had a great week! It felt like this week zoomed by fast! Is it just me or does it seem like winter is never going to end? C'mon spring! I feel like I was winning at life this week. I accomplished a lot. I finished my taxes (yay!/ugh!). I added a bunch of stickers to my Etsy shop. I will be adding a couple more as well. Please stop by and check them out.

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1. I am designing a logo for Field Hockey Fanatix. That was super fun! These are the different options I showed Anne Marie. 

2. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section). I add a new freebie every month. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

STICKERS AND INTENSITY

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Hiya! I hope you had a great week! I just placed my sticker order so I am pretty excited. I will keep you updated. I will have a lot so lets hope people like stickers as much as I am anticipating. 

1. Come on over and check out my Freebies page (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section)

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2. I really want to make hamantaschen for Easter. I know it seems strange to want to make Jewish cookies for Easter but during college I worked at a Jewish Deli and I really loved a lot of the foods I tried while working there. They had the best bagels I have ever had in my life. Sadly, I recently found out they closed. 

3. Some awesome lettering. 

4. Intensity vs Consistency. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

THANK YOU FOR THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE

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Hiya! Lately I have been wanting to make stickers from my doodle designs. Actually a better way to describe this would be an obsession. I'm sure my husband could validate this. HA! I asked people to vote on which three designs they liked the most on Facebook and Instagram. I received an overwhelming amount of responses. Thank you so much everyone who voted. If you haven't voted yet and would like to please post me a comment. I was surprised, not surprised and disappointed by the data I recorded. It was an emotional roller coaster. HA! Here is my data: 

Orange Fox: 37
Cactus: 28
Jar of Hearts: 26
Grey Fox: 23
Rainbow: 22
Fat Bird: 20
Pineapple: 19
Keep Going: 17
Hi: 13
Cassette Tape: 10
Watermelon: 9
Heart Text Bubble: 8
Key: 8
Lightning Cloud: 5
Raspberry: 5
Eyes: 5
Album: 5
Diamond: 4
Cupcake: 3
XOXO: 3
Doughnut: 3
Strawberry: 2
Pie: 1
Lips: 1
IHeartU!: 1

I wasn't surprised that the fox was the winner and the cactus was a runner up. I was surprised that the jar of hearts got so many votes. I was a bit disappointed that the food ones didn't score better because they are some of my favorites to make.

A lot of people also commented that they loved them all and they couldn't possibly pick 3, that it was too difficult. That made me very happy! I create things I like and that I think are cool and I hope other people feel the same way but I don't usually hear so many responses on my work. I was overwhelmed with happiness. Hopefully people have the same enthusiasm about stickers LOL! I am working right now on making sticker sheets and individual stickers. So I will keep you updated. I think it is going to take me a few weeks. I am very excited and nervous at the same time!

Thank you for all your great comments, love and support. It means a lot! Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

DECO DIVIDERS AND A BAD ROOMMATE

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Hiya! Pretty doomy week, weather-wise, I am hoping spring is right around the corner. I am ready to move on to the next season. I am working on an art deco inspired text divider set. Stay tuned for more. How was your week? Here are some things to check out. 

1. I am addicted to Good Mythical Morning. If you don't know about this you tube channel, please check it out!

2.  I thought I had some bad roommates. Nothing like this! This is also a local story so it adds an additional creepiness. 

3. Adventures of a strange carrot. 

4. Guerrilla Girls are very inspiring. 

5. Freebie of the month: XOXO. Download it here. (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section)

Thank you for reading this. It means a lot! Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

A QUESTION AND TYPES OF PEOPLE

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Hiya! How did your week go? It went pretty well for me. I had an idea to ask you guys a question this week since asking questions is my thing. Maybe I missed my calling and I should have been a lawyer or a reporter. So here goes: What is the funniest movie you have ever seen? I can't wait to see your comments! 

1. Blacker than black.

2. I'm in love with this pin

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3. Found this quote. Fabulous!

5. Freebie of the month: XOXO. Download it here. (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section)

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

WEDDING INVITES AND A SELFIE STICK

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Hiya! What a fun week! Ok so we all know what happened last Sunday, unless you live in a hole and I guess if you live in a hole you probably wouldn't be reading this unless you have internet in your hole then well done. Anyways! We won!!!! Wooooo hooooooooo! Fly Eagles Fly, On the road to victory, Fight, Fight, Fight, Fight Eagles Fight, Score a touchdown 123, 123, Hit 'em low, Hit 'em high, And watch our Eagles fight, Fly Eagles Fly, On the road to victory, E-A-G-L-E-S!, Eagles!

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1. I designed a wedding invitation for Noel and Bill. I think it turned out quite well. A pretty fun project and Noel is like a dream client to work with. Let me know what you think. 

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2. I got a selfie stick to use for group shots at family gatherings. The funny thing was when I attached my phone to it everyone was so into it that I never actually got to take a photo. hahaha! It was still pretty fun and a very inexpensive piece of equipment too.

3. If you are into color and nature you will love this video. Why Is Blue So Rare In Nature?

4. If pink turns you on. This video will be your jam. 

5. Freebie of the month: XOXO. Download it here. (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section)

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

A FREEBIE AND AN INVISIBLE FISH

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Hiya! This week I have been working hard designing fun wedding invitations for Noel and Bill.

I have all my snacks ready for the Super Bowl. Can't wait!! We are having hoagies, fries and mozzarella sticks. What are you eating? I am excited for the Super Bowl commercials as well. I always enjoy how clever they are. 

It has been pretty cold here so I am trying not to turn into a popsicle. If only I could travel in a heated bubble that would be great. 

Every month I am going to have a free illustration for you starting with this week, download it below. This month the free download is love themed for Valentine's Day. I hope you enjoy it. 

I am patting myself on the back right now because I have reached 600 sales in my Etsy shop. WooooHoooooo! I have worked hard to get here. I have learned so much about marketing and hope to learn even more this year. 

1. Freebie of the month: XOXO. Download it here. (No Credit card required. Just skip the payment section)

2. What an interesting fish. 

3. Just in case you wanted to feel older, songs that turn 40 this year. 

4. Above illustration. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

FRAMES AND DESIGNER TIPS

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Hiya! I had a pretty good week. How did yours go? I am pretty excited about the super bowl. That seems very weird for me to say since I am not a sports person. I have watched the last few Eagles games and have been torturing my husband by asking him questions. He says he isn't annoyed but he also says I don't talk too much and I even think I talk too much. No more super bowl rings for you Tom Brady. Fly Eagles Fly! Here are some things to check out this week!

1. Working with a designer.

2. Awkward Covers. 

3. Thriller—1930's Jazz style 

4. Above Picture 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

LISTS AND TIPS

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Hiya! Here are some things to check out this week!

1. I don't know about you but I am always looking for new podcasts. Hopefully you will find something worthwhile in The 50 Best Podcasts of 2017. 

2. Wonderful life tips.

3. Phew! I have actually read a few of these. I need to read them all though. Mom your favorite made it to the number 1 slot. Dad yours is at number 5.  Time Magazine's All-Time 100 Novels.

4. Above Illustration.

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

GIVEAWAY AND THE DARK SIDE

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Hiya! Here are some things to check out this week!

1. I have a GIVEAWAY for you this week! Yay! Two lucky winners will get my Frames and Labels Bundle. To be entered for this giveaway you must subscribe to my email list and comment on this blog post. Winners will be chosen at random on January 6th. Only one entry per person please. Thank you!

2. Great things you can do with Amazon prime. 

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3. Another installment from Reed Artist Extraordinaire. How great is this? How cute is his writing? 

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4. Brand new in my Etsy shop

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

ZAGNUT AND SOME LOVINS

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Hiya! Here are some things to check out this week!

1. Just finished the book The Glass Castle. All I can say is WOW! Highly recommend! Thanks mom for recommending it to me.

2. This just happened. I am looking forward to my husbands comments on this one. HA!

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3. We were at Micheal's last night and saw this candy bar and couldn't resist buying it. I'm sorry Beetlejuice this wouldn't work to lure me into your coffin. Just saying. 

4. What a fun way to make art! Check out the video. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY AND CHRISTMAS TREES

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Hiya! I hope you all had a great week! Here are some things to check out.

1. I love the style of this app. Great illustrations/animations. 

2. I am reading 'Tis by Frank McCourt. This is his second book and it is just as wonderful as his first. I highly recommend it. If you haven't read Angela's Ashes please read that first you won't be disappointed I promise.

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3. I hit 500 sales in my Etsy shop this week. I am so pleased with myself. I have been working really hard on marketing efforts. I know it sounds silly but I get excited for every sale. 

4. It is officially Christmas time now that Thanksgiving is over. This Christmas tree looks like one I can handle. 

Please leave comments. I would love to read them! See ya next week!