Celebrate The Small Things – Las Vegas Edition

 

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I am happy to back blogging, and to be joining you all in this weeks “Celebrate The Small Things” Blog Hop, hosted by the wonderful Lexa Cain.

We finally completed  our move to Las Vegas, which was not just relocating ourselves but our entire business, and as you can expect that took some time, especially considering that we are also in the midst of expanding. So I am grateful to be sitting in my apartment (albeit small) typing this post and connecting with you all. Thank you for all of the encouraging words and well wishes we received since we announced our move, and throughout it. This meant a lot to all of us.

I am also grateful that the pets (two dogs and the cat) did well on the trip from Tampa to Las Vegas. We drove, so this took a while, but they all adjusted fine to the trip, and are now comfortably resting in our new place.

The people in our neighborhood are very friendly, so that is also wonderful. I am grateful for everyone greeting each other, as well as for the some short conversations I had with fellow dog owners. Our place has a special pet court yard which has grass (a luxury in the middle of the desert), and there is a dog park within two minutes walking distance (thank you to the neighbor who pointed that out to me)

It’s almost fall time, and I am so grateful that I can switch my attention from summer decor to fall decorations. I am launching my home decor and lifestyle blog within the next few days, and I am looking forward to sharing some of the beautiful finds, I have already run across (and of course I had to purchase some of them, I just can not help myself).

Hopefully all of you also had a great week! It will be fun reading what you guys wrote, and if you have not joined in with this group of wonderful bloggers, but would like to, just follow this link and add your blog to the list!

Till next week!

Claudia

Customizable Invitations – The Fall Collection

Invitations, may they be for your Wedding, Bridal Shower, or Birthday, require a personal touch.

Designing them yourself can be a hassle, and purchasing them simply from a card store makes them impersonal. Thankfully the dedicated and talented artists at Zazzle have created a wide variety of customizable templates in the most stunning settings, which makes creating them a snap, without breaking your budget.

The following collection showcases Fall Invitations, however, there are many different non-seasonal styles available as well.
I hope you have as much fun customizing them, as I had fun collecting them especially for you.

Brightest Blessings
  – Claudia

End Of Summer – Are You Ready For Holiday Sales?

Print On Demand Artists Holiday Guide
Dear Print On Demand Artists, it is time to get ready for the upcoming holiday season! And I do not mean just Fall, Veterans Day,  Halloween, and Thanksgiving, but also Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Years!
Revisit all of your seasonal products from last year, and see where you can make an improvement. How about adding new designs, just make sure that you place them on a variety of products in order to cover the various needs of your customers.
Fall and Winter are a perfect opportunity to create and sell stamps that reflect the colors that correspond to the upcoming holidays. While most people rely on electronic messaging, those are traditionally the times of the year where snail mail is still in use, so take advantage of that!
Here is a quick calendar to remind you of the exact dates you need to be ready for (remember to place your products a few weeks ahead of each holiday)
Holiday Date
Halloween/Samhain 10/31/2015
Veteran’s Day 11/11/2015
Thanksgiving Day 11/26/2015
Hanukkah 12/6/2015 – 12/14/2015
Christmas Day/Day After Christmas 12/25/2015 – 12/26/2015
Kwanzaa 12/16/2015 – 1/1/2015
New Year’s Eve
12/31/2015
Also, keep in mind the lesser known Holiday of Yule/Winter Solstice, which occurs this year on Dec. 22nd.
Happy Creating!

Battlefield – A Haiku

Battlefield

Gone long before us,

their silent tears covered fields

patchy blood-soaked grass

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Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

available here 

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Claudia Blanton is a published Author, Novelist, Graphic Designer, Social Media Expert and Poet. Her work has appeared and is forthcoming on numerous publications and venues, including Yahoo, and Chubacabra Magazine. Her art and designs are available via RedBubble and Zazzle on various applications, featured as art prints, home décor, cell phone cases and more. When she is not writing or creating practical art, she runs various successful entrepreneurial collaborations with her husband, educates her children, and tends to their ever-growing flock of rescued pets.
Her book “Mixing Spices – A Flavorful Guide to Creating Awesome Herb And Spice Mixes” is available via Amazon and Kindle Unlimited, and her Flash Fiction Collection “Flashes Of Light”, will be available mid-August, also via Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. She is currently working on her debut romance novel and an Urban Fantasy Series.

Leonid Afremov – An Artist With A Unique Technique

Leonid Afremov struck my interest due to his unique technique, utilizing solely a palette knife to create his warm oil paintings. Vividly stunning images of people and settings, this artist was born, raised and trained in Vitebsk, Belarus. .
He now lives in Israel. Watch a video at the end of this blog post, featuring the Mr. Afremov in action!

The following images are examples of his work, with a link to where you can purchase them.

Spirit Of The Lake
Spirit Of The Lake

“Spirit Of The Lake” is available here.

Seated Dancer
Seated Dancer

“Seated Dancer” is available here

Misty Moods
Misty Moods

Misty Moods is available here

The artist is very active on youtube, often sharing a video of himself painting, a perfect time to appreciate his unique style and technique

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