Bloom Where You Are Planted

Image:  Close Up from Bloom

I have spent the past full year dedicating my blog post to a different chapter from my book, “Don’t Give Up!” I hope you have been keeping up with the weekly post.

It has been wonderful having a year of blog post “in the can” and not really having to work at it. But now that the year is finished, I am back to trying to figure out what to post.

During this past year I have also started creating a new style of art – Mixed Media Collage.

Image:  Close Up from full image "Bloom"

I have been have so much fun learning how to create collage background that I can use my art with. I love the look of the multiple layers of papers and then even more layers of paint.

Image:  "Bloom"

Of course I am always going to take every opportunity possible to add a positive saying or phrase. I have been enjoying making mixed media collage paintings and I will be sharing more of them with you in the future.

 

 

 

 

Bazillion Chances

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How many times have you said, “if I just had a chance….”? Chances are, you have said it many times. We all have!

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Let’s say you decide you would like to have a cupcake. So you go to a bakery. You first look at all the beautiful cupcakes on display. The clerk ask you if they can help you. You tell the clerk that you would like to have a strawberry cupcake. The clerk tells you that they are out of strawberry cupcakes. Now, do you choose a different flavor or do you just leave without any cupcake?

"Bazillion Chances" by Debi Payne Designs

“Bazillion Chances” by Debi Payne Designs

Life is kind of like a bakery. Just because the life doesn’t offer you strawberry, it still have lots of other choices. All you have to do is pick a different flavor. Chances or it will be just as good. Sometimes you just might find that it is even better! The important thing is to choose! Which is also sometimes the most difficult thing to do.

 

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Color Your Year

"Color Your Year" Coloring Book and Calendar by Debi Payne Designs

“Color Your Year” Coloring Book and Calendar by Debi Payne Designs

I am so loving this new coloring book/calendar!!!! I am very excited about this latest product produced by Debi Payne Designs!!! It is a coloring book AND monthly calendar.

This is a monthly calendar where you can color each monthly page. After you have colored each page, you can hang it on the wall and each month you can enjoy the page that you have colored.

The book is wire spiral bound and printed on heavy weight glossy paper. (More about that in a minute.) The calendar is available in three different sizes: Small – 7″ x 11″ (with the coloring design 7″ x 5-1/2″) Standard – 11″ x 17″ (with the coloring design 11″ x 8-1/2″) and Huge – 14-1/4″ x 22″ (with the coloring design 14-1/2″ x 11″).

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Each month has its own design for you to color. The designs include doodle flowers, whimsical shapes and repeating patterns.

February

The paper is a heavy weight cardstock with a glossy finish. This paper is great! You can use markers and gel pens without any bleed through. Even using Sharpie pens, I did not have any bleed through.

The glossy finish give the markers a bright shiny finish! I am really loving that!

A word of caution: If you use gel pens you will need to allow for really long drying times! If you use gel pens, you have to allow for that long drying time because if you don’t the ink will easily smear, (ask me how I know) and if you touch it you get ink all over your hand and or fingers, (ask me how I know).

The medium that didn’t really work was coloring pencils. With the slick glossy surface, color pencils don’t have anything to grip and they don’t really work.

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The Sharpies had a smooth glide when coloring, but with some of the colors, when you stop and lift your pen it “puddles” leaving a darker dot. This can be easily avoided by keeping your pen moving and stopping the pen in a corner where the dot will not be noticed. However, the “puddling” doesn’t happen with all colors. (I don’t know why!)

This is a great calendar that you can enjoy all year! You will want to order you calendar as soon as possible so you can have your calendar finished by the end of year and ready to enjoy all next year!

To see the enlarged coloring pages or to order you calendar, click here.

 

 

 

Fight For Love

CloseUp#1There are things in life that you should fight for, and there are also things not really
worth fighting for.

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You should always choose these battles very carefully.

"Fight For Love" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Fight For Love” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

But above all, and without question or explanation… always fight for what you love!

 

 

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It’s About Progress

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I have to first confess that I am a “recovering perfectionist”!  For years I thought that I had to be perfect in everything that I did.  For some reason I thought that if I didn’t do everything perfectly, then it was wrong and I was a failure.  I’m not sure when or why I developed this thinking, but I finally realized that it was driving me crazy!

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My sons probably were the ones that helped me get over my obsession with perfection.  I would work so hard to make something just perfect for them.  I would carefully fret over every little detail of something to make it perfect for them.  Then I finally realized that not only did they not care about all those little details that I had fretted and worried over, but they didn’t even notice.  That is when I realized that not only did anybody other than myself care if everything was perfect, but they usually didn’t even notice the effort that I had put forth to make it perfect.

"It's About Progress" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“It’s About Progress” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

So many people spend so much time trying to make something perfect, with all their fussing, fretting and worrying to try to make it perfect, they are never able to make any progress.

Perhaps we should all stop worrying so much about how we are going to do something and just do it!!!!

 

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Savannah Collection

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This is the Savannah Collection.  This is probably one of my favorite fabric collections that I have created.

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Savannah is light and airy design of flowers, swirls and leave is bright shades of pink, orange, yellow and green.  The white background gives the design such a clean and fresh feel.

SavannahProducts

The products created from the Savannah Collection have such a delightful feeling of spring and summer!

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You Do What You Believe In

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One day I heard somebody say that we only do what we believe in.  When I heard that statement I had to stop and think about it for a minute.

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After thinking about it for a just a minute, I realized how true this statement really was.  Many people have dreams of what they want, yet they do nothing to move themselves closer to making that dream to come true.

"What You Believe In" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“What You Believe In” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

By their lack of action they really are saying that to don’t believe in their dream.

What is your dream?  What are doing to make that dream come true?  If you aren’t doing anything, then perhaps it is because you don’t believe in your dream.  If you believe in your dream, then get busy and make it happen.

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Isabelle Collection

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The second design in the fabric/repeat design is Isabelle.

"Isabelle Collection" by Debi Payne Designs

“Isabelle Collection” by Debi Payne Designs

Isabelle is a combination of doodle flowers, leaves and swirls in shades of purple, blue and green.

IsabelleProducts

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Carmine Collection

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Carmine is the second in the Debi Payne Designs repeat/fabric collection.

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With its Zentangle/doodle designs in deep rich colors of reds, purple and greens, Carmine is a beautiful design.

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“Carmine Collection” products by Debi Payne Designs

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