Monday, March 20, 2017

DIY :: Personalized Doggie Bag

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This is Chili.
He is the center of our world in my home and is my daughter's best friend. In all of my years of having dogs be a part of my family, this one, he, is THE best.

He has the BEST personality and just as sweet as can be. He truly is the perfect dog and we spoil him. Boy do we spoil him rotten but he doesn't mind and neither do we. ;)  He goes everywhere with us and truth be told, he loves going for a ride or going 'bye bye' especially to memaw's house. We try to go as often as we can and when we do I feel like we take everything but the kitchen sink with us because 'he's spoiled'. lol

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I mean seriously? LOOK at that face. That face is the sweetest ever! So it goes without saying that this little guy gets anything he wants and I try to always give him the BEST of the things he needs to sustain a good lifestyle here with us. I mean we want him to live to be 102 years old so ya know, we take good care of him! lol

Since we are always taking him with us somewhere, I decided to make him his very own hand lettered personalized doggie bag! I mean every dog needs one right? Of course

Chili of course, was only interested in what was going IN this doggie bag of his, as he knows when we are getting ready to go somewhere, since I start gathering up his favorite things to take with us. So I thought I would share a fun little game of "what's in Chili's bag"? 

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Let's take a look shall we . . . 

Anytime we take a trip to meemaw's house, we always bring all of the necessities to make Chili feel right at home. We pack his favorite squeeky toys, a chew bone, his collar, leash, his zip pouch that houses his poo pick-up bags and his treats for going poo, his favorite blanky so he can snuggle up on the furniture and then of course his bowls and his Purina One® Smartblend® Chicken and Rice Formula Adult Premium Dog Food (his fave).

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As his momma, it was important to find a food that had real chicken in it blended with other proteins to keep his heart healthy & muscles strong, Omega-6 for healthy skin, highly digestible and I needed it to be something he actually LIKED to eat! I love knowing that the dog food I feed him is one that he looks forward to eating every day. And although he is not even four years old yet, this food has been a staple every day of his life.

I am so grateful that Chili likes a dog food that I can pick up on my weekly Target run as it makes it so much easier to pick up a bag for him when I am there shopping. I mean I practically live at that store as it is, doesn't everyone? I look forward to heading to Target every week to peruse the aisles, with my red cup in hand looking for the deals! I am constantly using the Target Cartwheel app to find additional savings as well on my fave things and guess what? This week you can actually save an additional 20% off all ONE dry dog food from Purina,  3/19- 3/25 - YAY! I love when that happens! No matter what dog food is your pup's fave, Target has an amazing variety of Purina dry dog food products available. 

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Now that we know what goes IN the doggie tote bag, let's check out how easy it is to make your own!
STEPS for creating a personalized tote bag for your pup:

1. First, grab a few supplies for your project. 

I am using a blank tote bag (available at most craft stores), a white pencil, DecoArt paint in black and white and a couple paint brushes.

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2. Before you start, grab a notebook and pencil to sketch out a few designs to figure out HOW you want your design to look.

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3. Next grab a white colored pencil and draw out your design on your blank tote bag. I love this trick as you CAN erase it if you make a mistake but yet it's light enough to not really see either, once painted over.

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4. Take your black paint and begin going over your white pencil line to create the name that you sketched out. It does take a few times to get the edges nice and crisp but it will get there eventually . . . just be patient. ;)
Also I love using the DecoArt paint, because it drys super fast! BONUS!

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5. After I was finished with his name, I decided to add a lil something to the top edge of the tote bag. Little black dash lines to resemble top stitching - I love the look it gave the tote!

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6. The next thing I decided to do, is add a little white dashed shadow to some of the parts of the letters to coordinate with the black dashes I just made.

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Look at that! Your beloved pup now has their own personalized tote bag. The only thing that is next to do, is to decide what to put in it!

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So is this not a fun and easy way to create a fun and functional tote for our beloved fur babies? Do you like the way it turned out? I love it and can't wait to put it to use -hopefully you will give it a try as well! Remember you can pick up the supplies for this craft as well as your bag of Purina One dog food, the next time you are doing a Target run! Maybe I'll see ya there, chances are GOOD! ;)

What special item have you created lately, to spoil your dog? I would love to hear about what you have made for that special pet in your life. Please let me know below . . .


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

DESIGN :: Hand Lettered LOGOS

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Logos anyone? I just wanted to drop in with a quick update and to share some new logos I have designed recently with you. Are you, by chance looking for a new logo for your business? Perhaps you would just like it updated. I would love to help you design one. It is my passion - creating and designing, so I would love to hear your ideas and see how I could help you come up with the perfect look for your brand.
I have now included hand lettering and hand drawn artwork in my pricing for logos so you get all of my graphic design experience paired up with my hand lettering and drawing skills now too. This ensures that you will receive a logo that is unique to you and not one that has been sold multiple times to lots of different business owners. 
Here are a few of my recent ones I have had the pleasure of designing . . .
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Like I mentioned I LOVE designing logos, which is probably one of my favorite things to do since it is the first step in your branding . . .ya know, your overall "packaging" of YOU, so I think it's important to have one you LOVE! That's what makes it so exciting! 
If you are wondering if I can design any additional collateral, the answer is YES! After we get you the perfect logo, I can help design business cards, FB covers, Etsy shop headers, art prints, posters with it & more, just ASK! ;)
Feel free to contact me at for additional info/pricing and to reserve your space on my design schedule! ♥
Plus you can always check out my Etsy shop to see what I items I have designed there, ready to go.
I am currently working on a NEW look for my own business here, so stay tuned for all of that . . . it's coming SOON! ;)
Enjoy your day & thanks for being a FAN of me & my work! xoxo

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Monday, February 6, 2017

FREEBIE - HELLO Watercolor Art Print

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Why HELLO there my friends!

Today I am bringing you my latest freebie and this is one that you will want to print out right away as you can use it ALL-YEAR-LONG!!! YAY . . .  bonus for you right?!!!

That's right, I busted out some watercolors for this one and put a little color down and then I hand lettered the word 'hello' over the top to make you this gorgeous art print. What is so great about this, is you can incorporate this into your decor at any time of the year as it will match just about everyone's decor somewhere in their home! Maybe add it to your entry, display in a kids room, bathroom, your office or on a mantle during certain holidays throughout the year.

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When I designed this, I had no intentional of using it with my Valentines decor but that is EXACTLY what I ended up doing when I decorated my mantle this year as it just married up so well with the existing decor that I had planned to use for this. Plus when Valentines is over, I already know where it's going . . . I'm adding it to my main gallery wall in my living room with all of my family photos. It will look so great there and I am sure I will come back and share that with you all. ;)

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As you can see, this print looks great in a frame or you could even attach it to a clipboard to display. So many great ways to incorporate this HELLO art print into your current decor. ;) I hope you enjoy this 'eye candy' and find the PERFECT place to enjoy it your home. Here's your FREE: 'HELLO Art Print'!

This FREE digital wallpaper design is for personal use ONLY and can NOT be sold or claimed as your own design. By downloading and using this design, you are agreeing to these terms. 

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I would love to know if you are going to be printing this out to use in your decor at your home? ;)

So what do YOU think??!!

[This print was originally featured first for Craftaholics Anonymous, where I am a monthly contributor.]

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Friday, January 27, 2017

FREEBIE :: Start Where You Are Cell Phone Wallpaper

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Hello all of my friends!

Today I wanted to bring you something full of happy . . . a new FREEBIE! I mean, we are already looking at the end of the first month of the year and I'm all like 'say whaaaaat'????? . . . someone make time stand still already - just for a moment! ;)

I don't know about you but at the beginning of every new year, I try to forge ahead with some new plans for my business and some family goals. BUT I tend to get sooooo caught up in the "everythinghastobeperfecttogetgoingphase" that it ends up taking me forever! Can anyone else relate? 

So when I sat down to come up with something that would keep us ALL motivated to just 'get on with it already', I decided on a new FREEBIE for our cell phones because y'all know how I love changing them out and often! ;) So I busted out some watercolors and grabbed my lettering pens and this happened!

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This design was meant to inspire us all . . . keep us going. A reminder to take what we are doing and NOT wait for life to be the perfect time. To just work with what we have and figure it out as we go. There is nothing wrong with that. So just START my friends. Just "start where you are" and see what happens. This daily reminder will help us all just START! ;)

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How many of you like to change your backgrounds often? It's so easy to change them out to and if you forget, just follow these simple directions here, you can't go wrong and it will look amazing, I promise! ;)

To change your background, on your cell phone is easy, takes about a minute and I will be glad to walk you through it now:

From your cell phone, save this digital wallpaper design (below) by pressing down on the photo of the design, and a window will pop up so you can (save image) and it should save it right into your photo album on your cell phone.

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Next, go under settings, click on wallpaper and then ‘choose a new wallpaper’. Find the ‘start where you are’ art on your camera roll, select by clicking on it, adjust to your liking and then hit the ‘set’ button. It will then ask if you want to ‘set lock screen’ or ‘set home screen’ or perhaps you’d like to do both. Personally I just do my ‘lock screen’ as you can see what it will look like here and I’m actually able to read it every time I get on my phone. If I were to choose the ‘home screen’, it would be behind my icon buttons on my phone, therefore not being very legible. It is THAT simple! 

Hopefully it worked for you and just so you know, I have an I-phone and this is what my settings are called, so if you have a different phone, the names on what things are called in these steps may vary a little but you should hopefully still be able to get it done.

This FREE digital wallpaper design is for personal use ONLY and can NOT be sold or claimed as your own design. By downloading and using this design, you are agreeing to these terms. 

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I would love to know if you have been using my cell phone backgrounds from time to time - do you love them or what? I am sure I will design one for the fall season, so stay tuned for that! Feel free to share a pic of your phone sporting this 'fabYOUlous' design (just tag me) so we all can see it along the social media highways . . . how about that? ;)

So what do YOU think??!!

[This print was originally featured first for Craftaholics Anonymous, where I am a monthly contributor.]

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