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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…

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,…

My Home Art Studio Tour

in case you didn’t make it out to the Clark County Open Studios this past weekend i thought i’d give you a little “virtual tour” of my home art studio. i will admit, i like organization and places for everything to go. hence, the abundance of dressers and containers. this is where i spend most of my time… unfortunately. i’m thankful to have…

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…

March Desktop Wallpaper

we wanted to share a little gift with you this month- just click on the image below to open the file, then right click to save. happy March!!! spring is in the air and we’re so excited. don’t forget this weekend to set your clocks forward. yay for longer days! ˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚ i like this.

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…

holiday mornings

cozy slippers, hot chocolate, a jar of treats, pajamas and a sock monkey clock to keep track of happy times by… Close2MyArt’s Snowman Fish Dangling Doodling Rifle Paper Co.’s Garland Gift Tags William Sonoma’s Classic Hot Chocolate Allen Design’s Sock it to Me Clock Anthropologie’s Cozy Collage Christmas Garland Curly Girl’s Simple Wish Doodad Jar JCrew’s Lodge Moccasins JCrew’s Nightshirt JCrew’s…

CLOSE2myart whimsical art giveaway!

to celebrate the oncoming of the holiday season & to possibly ease the burden for a few, we figured it was time to do a giveaway! thanks for playing and good luck! 🙂 we are giving away 3 shopping sprees! $100.00, $75.00 and $50.00 there are different 3 ways you can enter (pick any or all!) 1. leave a comment on this post: tell me your “go…

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 &…

hello from china

i made it here to shenzhen, china safe & sound. i’m looking forward to a productive week in the factory developing our 2013 allen designs winter line. as usual the travel time was long and tedious. about 16 hours total flight time + a little over an hour by bus. penguin heads for soap spitters coming here a few times…

i almost feel famous!

funny that i’ve pretty much fallen off the face of the blogging world and i get featured in artful blogging.  i’ve loved this publication since it started and am crazy-excited & honored to appear in it’s delicious pages. if you’ve never picked yourself up a copy… you must! every issue is just jammed full of inspiration, from decorating to cooking to…

stag art doll – the survivor

one art doll completed! salvaged, envisioned, sculpted, painted, clothed and assembled. someone recently gave me a few vintage mini dictionary pages.. when i was scanning them for meaningful words to put around the neck (sorry there is no close up picture)- the words survivor, survival, survive and survived jumped out at me. i knew they were perfect for this piece. i’m really…

art dolls in the making

i’ve been hanging onto these candlestick bases for a long time, with the idea i was going to make something out of them. in the spirit of spring cleaning- i decided, i either do it now… or in the giveaway pile they must go! so i took some clay and molded heads on the tops of them. (around the actual candle…

and the winners are…

my newest art doll $50 shopping spree goes to Jen R. $100 shopping spree goes to Melanie. thank you all so much for celebrating with me and your kind words. it was really fun reading through each one of your summer plans. as of yet, i really don’t know what my summer plans are… besides soccer games, work & maybe…

my new loves…

instagram! which is a fun photo sharing app for the iphone & just recently, the droid. you can find me on instagram under close2myart just in case you’re interested. 😉 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • and my new phone!!! yes, i finally did it. i ditched my droid for an iphone!!!…

weekend in a nutshell

we had sushi (seaweed salad) jess decided to make us lunch one day… her masterpiece: honey & pnut butter sandwiches, pnut butter & plantain smoothie and apple/plantain sticks. pretty cute presentation. best part? -she cleaned up the mess! lex got lot’s of homework done, including this chemistry project. i finished labeling & organizing some studio baskets. you’d laugh if you…

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