Hope you’re doing great and staying warm wherever you are! Baby it’s cold outside is an understatement for most of the USA right now. Here, in lovely semi-warm central Florida, I even have a couple of sweaters on!
What a great time to stay inside and do some darling digital projects. Like a VALENTINE MAILBOX!!
Remember how much fun that was as a kid to make one and receive all the cards at school? It’s easy, fun and ohh-so-cute! And FONTASTIC 3 is on sale this week too (hooray!!). If you haven’t got this set of fonts…trust me on this one. They’re ‘just right’ for personalizing your projects. You’ll love them.
Hearts have always been (and forever will be!) my favorite thing to doodle. I started a sketchbook of ‘just hearts’ many years ago…and those sketches of hearts of all sorts, sizes and shapes is one of my treasures. So you can imagine how much I love Valentine’s Day. So we’re going to be celebrating ‘hearts’ all month. Check our website out often so you can see designs and projects we will be adding to help and create with you.
Much love, hearts and SMILES to you!
Ever have one of ‘those weeks’…where no matter how hard you try and plan for the best and happiest of days or weeks…they just don’t go that way? Of course we all do. We’re human and can try all we possibly can to force ‘only good’ and difficult things happen anyway. Last week was riddled with one crappy thing after another. Car crashes (everyone is physically fine), flooded basements, broken pipes, my honey gone out of town for work, strangers in desperate need of help, and weird family drama. Oh! And did I mention the flu?? To top it all off.
With each ‘crappy thing’ that happened, I closed my eyes and said a ‘thank you’ prayer. My operative word was ’gratitude’. It all could have been so much worse. I know that. It didn’t take long before I talked to friends and family and heard stories that made my week look like a carnival ride. So I say thank you again. Perspective is everything.
Because I spend so much time at my computer and look at my ‘desktop background’ often… I wanted to share it with you. I made it with the new DJ January Snippets and DJ Delightful Days Calendar. Easy and cute. Simple to put together and personalize. And it made me smile during all the yucky calls. As you can see ‘crap’ is not scheduled anywhere on the calendar! But it happens. And the best thing I can do is SMILE and be grateful for my problems.
May this week be a beautiful and GOOD one for all of us!
Make a desktop background for yourself (or buy already completed DJ Desktop Smiles Vol. 1) reminding you to smile (at least a little bit!).
Big HEART and THANKS!
Happy happy NEW YEAR!
I know…we’re already well into the swing of 2013. But I feel like I’m in post-holiday ‘slap back to reality’ stage. Don’t you?? After seeming like I just barely got everything up and sparkly and looking festive, it was time to take it all down this week. And the house feels and smells ‘normal’ again (instead of pine-scented and red and green)!
The real truth of the matter is I’ve been working on Valentine’s designs for a couple of months now. An artist’s life is SO mixed up. But I do love it. Even if the Christmas cards still haven’t been sent (but dang they’re cute!). And looming on top of the ‘MUST do it TODAY’ list (for the past week) has been ‘scrapbooking’ the Christmas family pictures taken this year. I have to tell you…I have the most amazing family. In that area, I am wildly blessed. They’re fun, crazy, great, interesting people in every way and I adore them all. So putting the pictures together should be a joy rather than a drudgery. But I just don’t have a lot of time right now. SO!! I downloaded (yes…I have to do that too!) the Winter Wonder Album , added the photos, wrote the date and a little blurb and TA DAAAA was finished in under 30 minutes. It couldn’t have been easier and more darling. I’m saving the entire ‘album’ as a PDF file and sending it to all my family. And posting it on Facebook
Need to get your winter/holiday photos put together without spending a ton of hours and time and money? Then check the albums and DJ Digital Scrapbook section out. I would love to see what YOU do with the sets and hear what you would like to see more of in digital scrapbooking from DJ Inkers. This week…a page from the Winter Wonder Album is a FREEBIE! So you can at least get one page done and see what I mean.
Heart, love and blessings for the BEST new year!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
I love a fresh start…for anything! And especially a new year. It feels like a ‘do-over’. Another chance to get it all ‘straight’ and good again. I’m much better at looking forward instead of looking back and trying to make amends with all the crazy things that happen. I’ve been accused of being Pollyanna more than I can tell you. lol! But I’m ok with that. I hope your holiday week has been blessed with love and heart and shared smiles. As I woke up this morning I thought again how fortunate I am today…to be here right now. A favorite poet, Walt Whitman put it best…“Happiness, knowledge, not in another place, not for another hour…but for this hour”.
Much love and many smile to you today!
Take some time for YOU today.
Happy Holidays to YOU! I hope the season is merry and bright wherever you are.
I’m sitting around piles of wrapping paper, the tree not decorated, the shopping not even close to done, the family party not quite planned, listening to my Kenny G Christmas music, going over the huge list of all the things I haven’t quite yet accomplished this holiday week. I…like I know so many of you, try to do way too much. Against all the good advice of keeping it simple, it seems like I just keep cramming more stuff ‘to do’ on the list. So for a few minutes I‘m going to stop and do the most IMPORTANT thing on my list…write a note to you, and thank you for the support and heart you’ve shown to DJ Inker’s through our Holly Daze craze. We tried very hard to have fabulous sales and great freebies to make your projects smile and fun this year. And also send big congratulations to the winners of our daily prizes. The give-aways were SO much fun! I appreciate my co-workers Alixess and Dee for making it all work smooth and sweet. They are the very, very best. I am one lucky lady to have these girls with me.
On a more tender note…my heart and head can’t even begin to wrap around the events and feelings for the teachers and students at Sandy Hook Elementary and all schools everywhere. It’s beyond tragic and sad. Myself, like most, am still in shock that something this horrible could happen at a school. All I know to do is light a candle and send heart-felt, sincere prayers that they’re wrapped in love. Real love. The kind that heals and helps us move on.
Much love and huge heart to all of you!
Millions of wishes for a beautiful week…and a trillion smiles.
Happy Holly Daze My Darling DJ Friends!
Wheeew!! It’s been a crazy few weeks moving across the country (again) to Florida. If anyone would have ever told this Utah-born-and-raised girl ten years ago that I would be living in Florida I would have rolled my eyes and laughed. But my family is here and I love and adore the crazy, fabulous people in my family. So Florida is now ’home’ for a while.
Coming from a region of the country with snow, mountains, skiing, freezing cold temperatures in the winter and electric blankets on my bed, to a place where the low temperatures are 60’, flowers in bloom everywhere, and people are tan and running around in shorts and tee shirts, (I could go on and on about how ’pale’ I am in comparison to everyone in Florida!) is quite the shock to my ‘sense of seasons‘. It’s always fun to see the different ways that the Holidays are celebrated from there to here. We just went to a Christmas ‘town lighting’ where palms trees are wrapped in lights and Santa walking around in Bermuda shorts handing out free orange juice along with the ‘boiled peanuts‘ stand. So much fun! But so different that what I’ve grown up with and around.
So it’s for sentimental reasons that I loved working on the NEW DJ ChrisMoose Mountain collection this year. Some of my very favorite designs and colors in cozy, snuggle-up-and-smile style. I hope you love them too. I’ve been making a bunch of samples and doing some digital scrapbook pages for my family that have turned out darling. Buy the whole collection (for the best deal) to mix and match the designs and put together your family newsletter, a card for a friend, or a page of personalized tags for gift-wrapping.
Wherever YOU are right now…I hope the spirit of this magical season is filling your heart with smiles.
Heart, Love and Smiles!
Happy Thanksgiving Day to you! I truly hope this holiday is a beautiful one for you and your families. Believe me…I know how hugely stressful they can be. It’s amazing how just putting dinner together (or whatever ‘event’ you choose to do on Thanksgiving) can be riddled with so much stress. But take a breath. Know you’re appreciate and loved. I’m sending you a thankful smile and heartfelt gratitude right this minute. I never forget…because of you, I’m able to do what I love and share my art. Together, we’re changing the world one smile at a time.
Our big huge wonderful SALE is going on storewide at DJ Inkers. Yeahooo! So grab the goodies, downloads, fonts and smiles that you’ve been wanting A huge sale is a beautiful thing!
Gratitude, love and much heart to you!
Well. It happened.
NO! Not the election…although I personally am happy that I won’t have to hear one more ad, see one more sign and hear about elections incessantly in the media. What happened was WINTER showed up on my door this morning. You know the morning you need an extra quilt on the bed, hand gloves, a thicker coat and need to keep re-heating your coffee? It was THAT morning for me. The leaves are almost off the trees and the lawn is definitely brown. And if that wasn’t enough to prove winter is unofficially here, every store I’ve walked into since the middle of October has at least an isle, if not an entire section, devoted to Christmas Holidays.
How do YOU feel about this?
We have been talking a lot about it at DJ Inker’s (we do every year!). Are you ready for winter? Does it seem like the Christmas Holidays get more attention, earlier and earlier each year? Honestly, I’m a little ‘bugged’ by that. I really love the Fall (Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc.) and it doesn’t seem like it gets a whole lot of love. Maybe I’m just a seasonal kinda gal. And enjoy each season as it’s happening.
Do you think we should skip right to Christmas/Holiday sales and designs or do you like to create things for Fall as well? We have SO many darling downloads and designs in our Thanksgiving Smiles section. But the most important thing for us at DJ Inker’s to share with you what YOU need and want.
I would love to hear from you. And in my quest to continue learning all these darn buttons on the blog stuff, I have learned how to do a ‘blog poll’ if that makes it easier to give a response to the question here. Hooray!!
Welcome winter! So long Fall. It was a beautiful one.
Warm hands and hearts…
The great thing about this blogging action is there are no ‘rules’ to when, how and what I should write. It’s also the ‘bad thing’. It’s the same feeling I have with being an artist. I think about what to create, how to create and when to create something new and darling for DJ Inkers ALL the time. And there are times I just come up with a complete blank. As mothers, teachers, crafters, scrapbookers, and human beings, we are creating or ‘planning’ on creating something all the time. It’s difficult to trust the process that inspiration will pop up and we’ll just suddenly KNOW what to do . It rarely works that way for me. I get to the funky place in my head where I can’t think of one more thing to draw, or write or say. Do you know what I mean? (Please say you do!!)
So I’m asking you to help me today. What do you do for inspiration? What can I draw or create that will help you smile wherever you are in your creations? What are you working on right now that would be easier and better if you had something from DJ Inkers? I would love hearing from you on what DJ designs, fonts and downloads help you and create a smile.
Your comments and support inspire me! As does a walk in the orange and yellow crunchy leaves with my dog Kirby…which I’m going to do as soon as I hit ‘publish’.
Have a beautiful day full of smiles and heart. (And if you’re in the terrible storms going on along the east coast…know my prayers and thoughts are with you. Be safe!)