Jan 29 2013

doodles & more

we’ve been busy around here-
busy scheming what our 2013 adventures will be.
i think this is going to be a big year for allen designs/close2myart as well as for myself.
lots of exciting things brewing!

doodles and sketchingand art is a very big part of it.
yay for me!
how about you, do you take time to list out your goals & dreams?
i’ve had times when i don’t and, honestly i can tell a difference in how i live each day.


Screen Shot 2013-01-22 at 9.41.26 AMreceived this beautiful gift from my sweet friend Janne and i just LOVE it!
isn’t she so talented,

books i’m still reading…
and will probably be reading till my next trip to China!
some things just don’t make the priority list unfortunately.

Jan 26 2013

white westie dog

hello & happy saturday!
i’m super jazzed to be home from the gift shows and back to a schedule.
it’s to no one in our studio’s surprise that,
our most popular new allen designs clock this winter show season has been the westie dog. 

we added a few other lovely dog items we’ve found around the web for a little ‘doggie collage’.

1 Allen Designs Westin Clock  |  2 DIY Modern Dog House (use Google Translate)  |  3 Nautical Red Dog Leash

4 West Highland Terrier Print from local Illustrator  |  5 Healthy Dog Biscuits Recipe  |  6 Westie Photo by Bonnie Tsang

Jan 24 2013

letter love

i’m seriously loving letters these days!
is anyone else having this obsession?

t letter collection art handmade
letter r collection art monogram
letter k collection monogram artletter canvas art originals

collecting letters monogram j art handmade
letter E monogram art collecting

check out lisa congdon’s excellent blog post today on “making use of studio time“.

Jan 6 2013

happy new year & art monograms!

happy new year to you!

we spent our holidays up at mt. hood and were blessed with tons of fresh snow!
it was awesome!

 these were my pieces of art i made for my family exchange and also an exchange i do with a group of other artists.
i’m thinking i might do more of these they were so much fun.

well, i’m off to georgia tomorrow for the atlanta gift show.
not my favorite thing to do.
i’m totally a home-body.
but necessary in my line of work.
the upside… i get to see awesome friends like these- april, leigh & kelly rae!