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hearts for charity!

a few months back, i was invited by a friend to participate in a charity event, “HeArts of Clark County“, which is raising money for an improved life saving heart room of sorts at PeaceHealth Medical Center. we were asked to paint on fiberglass hearts to be auctioned off at a gala in the fall. above are the humble beginning…

make your desktop pretty! may desktop wallpaper

today IS going to be SUBLIME! i hope you enjoy this month’s free desktop wallpaper. our Allen Designs wiggles clock can be found here. i like the idea of making that statement as i wake to encounter each day. my days ARE better when i begin with that kind of attitude. sometimes it’s fiercely hard. there are people & things that are…

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 &…

Holiday hostess & sweet gift ideas

some gift ideas for your holiday hostess this year… for the hostess who loves to bake- Bakers Cupcake Necklace dress up any appetizers or desserts you bring to a party with these Custom Mini Pom Food Picks Christmas Ornament Kit – a kid friendly activity for the crafty hostess or holiday party Wine Time Clock – perfect for the hostess who appreciates…

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…

Cozy Up

i love the word cozy and everything it implies, don’t you? makes me think of comfy clothes, crafting and hot drinks. Society 6’s Patterned Plumes Print Best Made Co.’s Shears Best Made Co.’s Precision Folding Ruler Rifle Paper Co.’s 2013 Garden Calendar Curly Girl Design’s Pencil Sets Bombata’s Laptop Briefcase Wantful’s Skinny Wood Bangle Set Allen Designs’ Snow Owl Clock…

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…

in all her glory

she is finally completed. ©2012 Michelle Allen, Bookworm. Acrylic, pencil and ink on wrapped canvas, 30″ x 40″ x 2.75″. there are many layers involved in this painting. more than i would have preferred to be quite honest. there are many emotions involved. also more than i would have preferred! but in the end, i am pleased…

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…

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