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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Close2myART giveaway!

to celebrate our new blog and thank you for making the move with me- 🙂 i’m giving away a…  on our website Close2myArt! ………………………… there are different 3 ways you can enter (pick any or all!) 1. leave a comment on this post telling me what/if you have any summer plans. 2. share us with your friends on Facebook or Twitter and leave…

colorful spring air

thank you for all the feedback on my last painting! i love hearing your thoughts & opinions. a colorful and cheerful girl emerged from this next painting. the beginnings. i was a little unsure what i was doing at this point so i just kept adding paint. …that fixes everything. right? coming together. finally. and done. i’m sure some of…

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