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300 Days of Creating – Progress Report

This 300 Days of Creating project has been unbelievably motivating for me! I’m realizing that every day I have a goal to be creative. Even if it doesn’t end up happening, it’s on my mind and something that is present. I’m also realizing how much I love looking back to see what I’ve already accomplished and the progress that’s been made. And…

300 Days of Creating Progress Report

Well, I have to say, this has been a REALLY GOOD challenge for me. I’m already more intentional to be creative knowing that I can’t get behind. And, along with it, I’m FEELING more creative! Below are a sampling of a few of the days so far… 7/300  Thinking a lot about the lack of snow up in our poor…

new goal: 300 days of creativity

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but everyone seems to be doing these wonderful and inspiring 365 day art challenges. Everyone that is, like these amazing artists- Pam Garrison, Jennifer Orkin Lewis, and Sonya Penn. Through much thought, I’ve decided to “KIND OF” jump on the bandwagon! I really try to set goals that I think I can achieve. With travel and life,…

hello China!

yes, i’m here in China again. at least twice a year. i can’t believe this is my 10th year of coming here. am i really getting that old?! i’m working on lots of new designs. pretty darned excited about them! after 10 yrs., i still get completely blissed out in the development process. seeing two dimensional art become three dimensional…

hand lettering & artist’s open studio tour

this year clark county, washington will be having it’s first annual artist’s open studios tour! not sure of the dates, but it will be happening some time this fall. here’s a little logo hand lettering artwork thingy that i’ve been working on. not positive if it will be used or not but it’s been fun nonetheless.     and how…

in the meantime

today was a busy day, full of lots of interruptions & deadlines of sorts. i was determined to get my exciting adventure post done, but it didn’t happen. so… in the meantime i’ll show you a peek at what i’ve been working on. more letters! a couple questions for you, if you don’t mind. do you collect any letters or…

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! and art is a very big part of it. yay for me! how about you, do you take time to list out your goals &…

elephants, cowboys, sewing machines, teacups, caterpillars and bears- oh my!

we are SO very excited here at allen designs / close2myart about all of our new designs! i think this elephant clock is my absolute fave. indie elle the elephant although, this  sewing machine clock is a close second. sunny cup wiggles mustache amigo and billy bear! check out our website for more of our fun new pieces. we also…

recycled vintage ornament wreath DIY

i made this vintage & recycled ornament wreath probably 5 years ago. it is my very favorite christmas decoration to pull out every year. although, not the easiest to store away.  angel is by renowned american folk artist debbee thibault. for this project you will need: a good 3-4 hours! glue gun & plenty of glue sticks styrofoam wreath (i…

whatsup?

life has been B.U.S.Y. around here! a good busy. i hosted a baby shower for sweet Katy in our studio. can’t wait till her precious one arrives. i LOVE having a chalkboard wall!!! makes for fun and inexpensive party decor. had our first of two studio sale weekends. AWESOME to see so many of your faces. many thanks to all…

china- hiking, sculpting, eating and art-ing

hiking in china is a new experience for me! i absolutely LOVE doing things i haven’t done before. on occasion, pushing through that edge of fear that tempts you to hold back and play it safe. those are the times i feel so completely alive. this hiking was a little different than i’m used to. it involved a concrete &…

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