Surprise Me!

Read Books Apples & Pens Print Tee ShirtsI’ve had some great sales lately, so I thought I’d share two of them with you, so you could rejoice with me! The neatest thing about each of these sales is that, even though I’ve made only a few dollars off them in royalties, the designs bought were new designs, so I know I’m on the right track to making art that my customers really want to buy!

Colorful Sail Boats & Suns on Aquamarine Soup Bowl With Handle The other really neat thing about these sales, especially the sale of this soup mug (with handle) is that I made this design with a particular friend in mind. She was excited enough to buy one of my mugs just after I posted it for sale. Now, that other people like “her” mug too, she’s pretty thrilled. She’s got great taste…

What design/item will sell next? I don’t know…but I can’t wait to see!

Surprise me!

Another School Year Begins

Read Books Apples & Pencils Print Pencil/Pen HolderIt’s that time of year, when thoughts of parents and teachers turn toward school, and students say, “Aw, do you really have to mention that ‘s’ word?” I’ve been hearing similar refrains lately from my daughter as we get her ready for another year of school.

Vacation time is almost-but-not-quite over; we’re considering squeezing in a last-minute trip just for fun before the school year begins.

I’ve also been talking to my son about where he plans to take his college studies from here.

He is considering taking a semester off. With mounting school debt and doubts that he would be able to provide for a family on what he would be making if he finished his intended program of study, he is reluctant to continue in that program.

I sympathize with the dilemma he finds himself in. I’m considering going back to school for some classes within the next year or two, and trying to decide which classes to take. My previous efforts at further education were for a degree that it has become quite clear I will never finish, because my capabilities and interests have led me in other directions.

Whether you’re a student longing for more summer, a teacher trying to motivate your students, or an employer or employee sprucing up a cubicle or office, today there’s a great sale on Zazzle! 25% OFF all office products! There’s quite a list:

25% OFF the following: 

And so many more! I’d love to have you save on some of my great designs! To get the 25% discount, enter BACK2WORKNOW at Checkout.

This sale ends the August 9th, at 11:59 PM PST.

For more information, please click on the Details button at the top of any of my Zazzle pages.



Flip Flops & Faith

Click to view products made with this design.

Click to view products made with this design.

I’ve lately been working on some new artwork over at Zazzle. It gets a bit bewildering at times, trying to remember where all I’ve got to share it, and I realized that one of the places I wasn’t sharing it often enough was here! So, I’m trying to rectify that.

Lately, I’ve been playing around with a flip flops theme. The image at left is one of the designs I wound up making gifts with first, but it isn’t the first design I created.

Flipflops low-resThis is the first design I created. When I shared it with my friends, a number of them wondered why I would create flip flops  with dirty footprints on them. They expressed a preference for clean flip flops, thank you! And so, in deference to their preferences, I created a clean flip flops design.

But I had other friends who liked the dirty flip flops design. Like the Velveteen Rabbit, they thought this design seemed more real; that these flip flops had clearly been loved, and the design spoke to them.

I understood. It speaks to me, too. I reminds me that it is important to put feet to my faith; that life is lived to the fullest when I get my shoes dirty, not when I keep them clean. The more I walk in my faith shoes and get them dirty, the stronger my faith in God grows, and the less I am tossed about by the storms of this life.

What about you? Are you putting feet to your faith? Or are your faith-shoes tucked away in a closet somewhere, staying clean?

Click to view products made with this design.

Click to view products made with this design.

Regretfully, although some of my grungy flip flops gifts have posted for sale, they aren’t yet searchable on the front end of the website. Please scroll to the bottom of this post to see individual examples of the grungy flip flops design on a variety of products.

Grungy Flip Flops on Apple Green Extra Large Mugs Grungy Flip Flops on Apple Green Door Hangers Grungy Flipflops on Apple Green Charm Bracelet

I’ve begun adding designs to Society 6 now, too! Check them out!