Debi Payne Designs https://www.debipaynedesigns.com Where Positivity Meets Creativity Wed, 11 Mar 2020 16:41:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://media.debipaynedesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/25163508/cropped-site-icon-debi-payne-designs-32x32.png Debi Payne Designs https://www.debipaynedesigns.com 32 32 Are You Feeling Unimportant? https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/are-you-feeling-unimportant/ https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/are-you-feeling-unimportant/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 16:41:30 +0000 https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=2049 How many times do you find yourself feeling like you are unimportant?  Perhaps it is at work where you are feeling that the things you do don’t really matter.  Or maybe …

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Are you Feeling Unimportant?  "You are more important than you think" featuring the artwork of Debi Payne Designs.

How many times do you find yourself feeling like you are unimportant?  Perhaps it is at work where you are feeling that the things you do don’t really matter.  Or maybe when you are around your friends you feel more like a tag-a-long.  For some, they may feel unimportant when they are at home.  I know that many people say that they don’t vote in elections because their vote really doesn’t matter.

Well guess what?  You ARE important and you REALLY do matter!

At work you are important!  For starters if you weren’t important, you wouldn’t be getting a paycheck.  Aside from that, the work that you are doing may not seem insignificant and not important to you, but if you weren’t there, someone else would have to do what you are doing making their job even more difficult.

You may feel like a tag-a-long when you are with your friends, but if they didn’t want you around, chances are you wouldn’t be there.  So, you do matter and your friendship is important to them.

At home, every person matters!  If you feel like you are not feeling important at home, you really need to stop and re-think your value.

As for voting, why do you think politicians spend so much time, money and effort trying to get every SINGLE vote they can?  Because every vote – including yours – really does matter!

Are you feeling unimportant?  "You Matter" mixed media artwork created by Debi Payne Designs.

You Matter

Now for the good news!  Feeling unimportant or feeling like you don’t matter all boils down to just one simple thing – it is just a feeling!  And what is the one thing that you are in total control of?  Your feelings!

You don’t like feeling unimportant?  Of course, you don’t!  Nobody likes feeling unimportant.  So, why not change the way you feel!  You think that the task you do at work feels menial and unimportant?  Start thinking of yourself as the best doer of that task your employer has ever had.  If you can’t feel that way right now, make it goal to become the best doer of that task.  In your mind, make it a really big deal and be proud of the work you are doing.

You Are What You Think

If you are “thinking” that you are unimportant then of course you are going to “feel” unimportant!  So, it only stands to reason that you are going to need to change your thinking in order to change the way you feel.

There have been many times in my life that I have felt unimportant.  I don’t think there is anybody that hasn’t felt that way at one time or another.  Thankfully those times happen for me less now than in the past.

For a really long time I thought that I needed my circumstances to change, or that I needed someone else to change in order for me to feel important.  Eventually I learned that circumstances and other people changing wasn’t at all what I needed.  I finally learned that the only thing that I needed to change was my thinking!  Then once I changed the way that I was thinking, the way I felt automatically changed as well.

Once I started seeing myself and the things that I did as really important, I too felt really important.  I didn’t wait for my circumstances to change and I certainly didn’t wait for somebody else to tell me that I was important.  I did it all myself and you can do it too!

Use Positive Thinking Affirmations

Are you feeling unimportant?  "I am important and I really do matter!" Positive thinking affirmation created by Debi Payne Designs.

To find products using this design, click here.

Here are other motivational articles you might enjoy reading:

Has Life Got You Feeling Overwhelmed?

Nurture What Is Good For You.

Hold On To The Good

Spend Time Feeding Your Soul

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Little Reminders Mini Scrapbook Album https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/little-reminders-mini-scrapbook-album/ https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/little-reminders-mini-scrapbook-album/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:12:33 +0000 https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=2022 The past several months I have been designing and creating Mini Scrapbook Albums.  This month I have a sweet little niece, Ava, that is turning 9 years old.  I made her …

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Front cover and box of Ava's Little Reminders mini scrapbook album by Debi Payne Designs.

The past several months I have been designing and creating Mini Scrapbook Albums.  This month I have a sweet little niece, Ava, that is turning 9 years old.  I made her a special mini album, not so much for photos, but more for a book of positive sayings that she can read when she needs a little boost of positivity, (as we all need from time to time.)

In this book I created all the papers and designs using my colorful, whimsical doodle flowers and hand-lettered sayings. Here is a video flip-through of the album:

This turned out to be a really fun inter-active album complete with a special keepsake box to keep it in.

Reminders for a Life Time

I am always coming up with and writing little reminders to myself to help me stay positive.  Over the years my collection of reminders has grown larger and larger.  I designed this book to help Ava grow her own collection of reminders for herself.

On the back of each of the ephemera cards I have added a mixed media lined paper so that she can write her own reminders.

Image of Debi Payne Designs Ephemera Cards from the Little Reminders Collection.

Page Inserts

Each page has a large insert which I designed for even more reminders to be added.

Insert page from the Little Reminders Mini Scrapbook Album by Debi Payne Designs.

On the front side of the insert there are color blocks in various sizes for both long and short reminders.  The back side is one large sheet of lined paper where she can write a long story of something special that she wants to remember.

Pockets

Throughout the book I have added a lot of pockets (including the inside front and back covers of the album).

Inside cover image and first page from Little Remindeds Mini Scrapbook Album by Debi Payne Designs.
Inside Page 1 - full open from the Little Reminders Mini Scrapbook Album by Debi Payne Designs.
Full open page 2 of the Little Reminders Mini Scrapbook Album by Debi Payne Designs.
Fully open Page 3 from the Little Reminders Mini Scrapbook Album by Debi Payne Designs.

In these pockets Ava will be able to add any other memories or reminders that she wants to add.

My hope is that Ava will continue to add to this book throughout her entire life.  Although she is turning 9 right now, I think it would be wonderful for her to add to it throughout her life and see what it looks like when she is 90.  What a treasure it will be for her children and grandchildren.

Create Your Own Little Reminders Album

After I finished making Ava’s album, I collected all the papers that I used and I created Ephemera Cards so that others can make their own album.  I am making all these papers available as downloads in my Etsy Store.

I have broken it down into three downloads.  The first is the “Little Reminders Main Papers”.  These papers are all the main accent design papers found throughout the book.

Little Reminders Main Papers Etsy Image

The second is the “Little Reminders Mixed Media and Pattern Papers.”  This collection consists of all the mixed media papers along with the color coordinating patter papers.

Little Reminders Mixed Media and Patterns downloadable paper collection by Debi Payne Designs on Etsy.

The third download is the “Ephemera Cards” Collection.  In this collection there are 24 cards featuring a Debi Payne Designs Doodle Flower with a hand-lettered saying.

Ephemera Cards from the Little Reminders Collection downloadable from Etsy by Debi Payne Designs.

For those that want the entire Little Reminders set, I have made it simple and put all three into oneundle.  With the bundle you will receive a total of 24 – 8”x 8” downloadable papers and 24 – 4”x 6” Ephemera Cards.

Little Reminders Bundle Etsy image by Debi Payne Designs.

To see the papers and cards in my Etsy store, clickhere.

I hope you have enjoyed look at Ava’s Little Reminders and I hope it has inspired you to create a Little Reminder album for yourself!

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What’s Your Word for the Year? https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/whats-your-word-for-the-year/ https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/whats-your-word-for-the-year/#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2019 15:35:22 +0000 https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=2012 The other night Tim asked me if I had made any New Year’s Resolutions?  I told him “no”, that I usually don’t make resolutions, however I do choose a Word for …

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The other night Tim asked me if I had made any New Year’s Resolutions?  I told him “no”, that I usually don’t make resolutions, however I do choose a Word for the Year that I focus on all year long.  As I explained what my Word of the Year is, he became very interested.

In looking back over all my previous Words for the Year I can see a very clear path and journey that I and my art has been on.

I started doing this in 2014.  My first word of the year was “Better”.  That year I was just wanting to do everything better.  I wanted my art to just be better.  I wasn’t looking for a specific degree of improvement, I just wanted it to be better.

2014 Word of the Year for Debi Payne Designs - Better.

By the end of the year, my art was better.  I felt better about myself and I also felt better about the direction that I was headed.

In 2015 my word for the year was “Clarity”.  At the beginning of this year was wondering what direction I wanted to go with my art.  Did I want to go back into my gallery work?  Did I want to try the art show circuit or did I want to continue with my licensing?  This is the year that I want to try to figure out my path.

2015 Word of the Year for Debi Payne Designs - Clarity

By the end of 2015 I did indeed have “Clarity” for the direction that I wanted my art to go in and I began working hard to go in that direction.

In 2016 my work for the year was “Magic”.  I’m not really sure what I was looking for when I choose the word Magic.  I do remember being really tired from working so hard on my art and perhaps I was just looking for something that would just magically happen so that I wouldn’t have to work so hard.

2016 Word of the Year for Debi Payne Designs - Magic.

By the end of the year I realized that I already had “Magic” in my life.  All the blessings in my life were Magic and every piece of art I created was filled with Magic.  Everything that I didn’t understand or couldn’t explain… that was [and still is] Magic.

In 2017 my Word of the Year was “Style”.  Actually, this word could have just as easily been “Brand” because this was the year that I wanted to truly define the Debi Payne Designs style.  This was the year that I want to discover what Debi Payne Designs was all about and what I wanted everyone to associate Debi Payne Designs with.

2017 Word of the Year for Debi Payne Designs - Style.

By the end of this year I had clearly defined Debi Payne Designs and I knew that from this point forward my art would be more that just art.  It would a message of positivity.

In 2018 I choose the word “Abundance”.  I think that as this year began and I choose the “Abundance” I was looking for more money from my art but I was never really specific when I would think about the word “Abundance”.

2018 Word of the Year for Debi Payne Designs - Abundance

This year turned out to be my biggest surprise of all.  In this year I started receiving more licensing contracts than ever before.  But I also found myself doing an abundance more work. Ironically, it was actually a very abundant year in many, many ways.

Last year, 2019 my Word of the Year was “Results”.  My choice to use the word “Results” was a direct result from my 2018 work “Abundance”.  I found myself doing an abundance of work and yet I was seeing very little results from the work that I was doing.  So, in this year I wanted to see more results from the work that I was doing.

2019 Word of the Year for Debi Payne Designs - Results.

Like all the years before, by the end of the year I was indeed seeing “Results” I was looking for, yet again in order for me to see those results I had added even more work onto my already heavy work load.

Now as we are preparing to welcome 2020, once again I have selected my Word for the Year.  This year the word I have chosen is “Simplify”.  Actually, I think that 2020 is going to a ‘clean-up’ year from 2018 and 2019.  I have been trying new things and with each new thing that I tried I have added it into the already over-flowering work schedule that I have.

One day I sat down and thought about everything that I am doing in my business.  Then I started looking at the possibility of hiring people, wondering how many people I would need to hire in order to fully and completely keep up with everything that I am doing.  I was rather shocked to discover that for me to fully maintain and keep doing everything that I am doing I would need to hire five full-time employees.  That was quit an eye-opener for me!

That was when I realized that things needed to change and thus my word for 2020 has become “Simplify”.

2020 Word of the Year for Debi Payne Designs - Simplify.

This means that there will be some changes made this year.  Although I don’t know exactly what those changes are going to be, I do know that some things that I am doing (or at least trying to do) will have to go away.  There will be some things that I will continue to do, but will hopefully figure out a better way of doing them.  Yet there are still new things that I am wanting to do and I will have to figure out a way to squeeze them in.

2019 was a great year for me and I am super excited about 2020! 

Throughout the years of using and focusing on my Word of the Year, that is what I have gotten.

I think it is a great practice for everyone to have. 

What is your word for 2020?

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Inspirational Machine Embroidery https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/inspirational-machine-embroidery/ https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/inspirational-machine-embroidery/#comments Tue, 12 Nov 2019 17:23:12 +0000 https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=2001 If you are into Machine Embroidery, you are going to love this blog post!  The other day I received a wonderful surprise in my inbox.  The fabulous Marsha Creter had sent …

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If you are into Machine Embroidery, you are going to love this blog post!  The other day I received a wonderful surprise in my inbox.  The fabulous Marsha Creter had sent me an email of an amazing quilt that she had made.

Image of the inspirational quilt that Marsha Creter made from Debi Payne Designs inspirational machine embroidered patterns

Marsha had made this quilt for her daughter to hang in her office.  Marsha’s daughter is a school counselor and it would give the students some motivation and inspiration.

Image of the inspirational quilt that Marsha Creter made from Debi Payne Designs inspirational machine embroidered patterns

Each panel in the quilt is machine embroidered from patterns made from my designs.  For the surrounding blue borders Marsha used the Small Tossed Flowers with Blue Background for the Carnivale collection that I designed and produced by QT Fabrics.

Image of Marsha Creter with her inspirational quilt that she made from Debi Payne Designs inspirational machine embroidered patterns

I want to thank Marsha for sharing this beautiful treasure that she created!

To find the machine embroidery patterns you can click on the links below:

Inspirational Page 1

Inspirational Page 2

Inspirational Page 3

So see where Marsha purchased her patterns from, click here.

To see the Small Tossed Flowers from the Carnivale Collection you can click here.

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2020 Calendars https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/2020-calendars/ https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/2020-calendars/#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:00:18 +0000 https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=1990 A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I was going to have any new calendars for 2020.  I am happy to say – YES – I now two new …

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A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I was going to have any new calendars for 2020.  I am happy to say – YES – I now two new calendars out and ready for 2020.

The first calendar that I have is “A Year Filled with Gratitude”

Calendar cover for "A Year filled with Gratitude" by Debi Payne Designs.

In this calendar each month is one of my doodle flowers over a colorful mixed media background surround by a black and white check border.  Each month will have a saying about gratitude.

I know that many people are now seeing the amazing things that are happening for them in their lives through the simple daily practice of gratitude.  I created this calendar to help serve as a daily reminder to keep our minds in a state of constant gratitude.

These are the monthly pages that you will find in the gratitude calendar:

Each of the monthly pages found the Gratitude calendar.

The second calendar that I have created is “Positive Thoughts for a Positive Year”.

The cover of the "Positive Thoughts for a Positive Year" by Debi Payne Designs.

The monthly pages in this calendar all feature the artwork from my “Borders Collection” and included a hand-lettered positive saying.

We all need reminders to help us stay positive.  With this calendar you will have a different positive saying each month.

Here are the monthly pages in this calendar:

You can find these calendars along with all my other calendars on Zazzle through my “Calendars Collection” by clicking here

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Be Kind to One Another https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/be-kind/ https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/be-kind/#respond Sat, 05 Oct 2019 15:29:49 +0000 https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=1985 Why is it so difficult for people to just be kind to one another?  As I sat down to write this blog post I immediately found myself becoming irritated and upset.  …

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"Complete" doodle flowers over a mixed media background with hand lettered saying that reads "Be kind to everyone" by Debi Payne Designs.

Why is it so difficult for people to just be kind to one another?  As I sat down to write this blog post I immediately found myself becoming irritated and upset.  It seemed like all I could think about was all the fussing, complaining and arguing that I am seeing among so many these days.  I knew that was the last thing that I wanted to write about, but that is all I could think of.

Our world seems to filled with so much hatred these days and it is really making me so sad.  Why are we fighting so much?  Why are so many saying such mean things about one another? 

It seems like so many people are picking and choosing who they are kind to based on how much they like the person.  How can we turn this around?

Simple pink doodle flower by Debi Payne Designs.

We all know what kindness is.  We recognize it when someone shows us kindness and we know what it feels like when we express kindness to someone else.  So, this isn’t some strange concept that we aren’t familiar with, yet here we are in a world filled with so much hate, arguing and fighting.

What can we do to turn all this hatred into kindness?  One way we turn this hatred into kindness would be to stop judging one another.  I am seeing a lot of judgement going on these days.  It is like, ‘if you don’t believe the way I do and you don’t agree with what I am saying, I am going to withhold my kindness from you.’  At what point did that become not only acceptable but the norm?

Being kind really isn’t a difficult thing to do.  I believe that the kinder a person is, the happier they are.  Some may say it is easy to be kind when you are happy, but I believe that one’s happiness comes from their kindness.

Today, let your goal be to spread kindness in as many ways and to as many people as you can.

"Complete" doodle flowers over a blue and purple alcohol ink background with the saying "Kindness is the key to happiness" by Debi Payne Designs.

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Creating An Art Legacy https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/your-art-legacy/ https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/your-art-legacy/#respond Sun, 25 Aug 2019 22:47:18 +0000 https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=1977 As an artist I have often wonder what my art legacy would look like.  Would my art continue to live on long after I die, or would it die right along …

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As an artist I have often wonder what my art legacy would look like.  Would my art continue to live on long after I die, or would it die right along with me?  Not really knowing the answer, since I am unable to predict the future, I decided to take matter into my own hands and see if I could create the legacy that I wanted to leave behind.

For an artist, creating art is in a small way like a woman giving birth to a baby.  Some births are definitely easier than others, but each is just as precious as the others.  The same is true with creating art.  Yet, with our babies we take care of them and nurture them as they grow in hopes of giving them a long, happy and prosperous life long after we are gone.  It is that point that makes our babies and our art very different. 

With our art, (unlike with our babies), when we finish a piece of art, we often toss it to the side placing it in a place of storage to never been seen again.  Or it is put up for sale and sold for the artist to never see again.

Over the past several months I have been looking at my own art and trying to figure out a way that I could remedy this situation and prepare my art to live long after I am gone.  I have been working to figure out exactly what I want my art legacy to look like.

What is an art legacy?

The thought of legacy in our minds may be related to death, however it really isn’t about death at all.  In fact, legacy is about life and living.  For the artist, their legacy is about the art they created as well as the life they were living at the time the art was created.  It’s about learning from the past, living in the present and building for the future.  For artist it is about growing as an artist, improving our skills and creativity while building an asset to be passed down to future generations.  Building a legacy is basic to what it is to be human.  Without a sense of working to leave something behind seems to make our lives somehow less important.  As artist we are able to create an amazing legacy if we just take the time to do so.

Why is it important for an artist to archive their art?

As part of creating a viable art legacy, it is important for the artist to first start by archiving their art.  By properly archiving their art, the artist is not only preserving their artwork but they are also properly and accurately documenting their artwork.  It is through this preserving and documenting of the artwork that the artist is creating authenticity and value for future transactions to take place once the artist is gone.

What happens if the artist doesn’t archive their art?

As part of creating a viable art legacy, it is important for the artist to first start by archiving their art.  By properly archiving their art, the artist is not only preserving their artwork but they are also properly and accurately documenting their artwork.  It is through this preserving and documenting of the artwork that the artist is creating authenticity and value for future transactions to take place once the artist is gone.

What happens if the artist doesn’t archive their art?

Granted there are some artist that create art for the simple and sole pleasure of creating art.  However, there are many more artist that create art with the desire of selling their art in order to create a viable income for which they can comfortably live on.  These artists spend years and countless dollars on educating themselves in the ways of selling their art.  Yet, I wonder how many ever stop to think about what will happen to their art, much less do anything about it. 

For the artist that chooses not to archive their art, that task will then go to the person that inherits the art.  At that point the task of archiving the artist art becomes an almost impossible task because there is so much information that only the artist himself/herself knows such as when the piece was created, the story behind creating the piece and in some cases just accurately figuring out the medium in which the piece was created may be impossible for someone else to do.

To put it simply, nobody knows more about a piece of art than the artist that created it.  With that known fact does it not only make sense that each artist should archive their art themselves?

When should an artist start working on their legacy?

As I quickly discovered when I was archiving my art, it is never too early for an artist to start archiving their art.  As a matter of fact, the longer an artist waits to create their art legacy the more arduous the task will be.  Thankfully, but starting the process of archiving all my past art, I now have a system where I can easily add any new future works as soon as they are completed which will enable me to keep my archives consistently current and up to date.

Learn how to create your own art legacy

Upon the completion of archiving my art, I put together a course that I wanted to pass on to other artist that would help them archive their art. 

To learn more about the course, click here.

Recently I was interview by Ronnie Walter where I had the opportunity to talk about my journey as an artist as well as the importance of every artist archiving their art.  To see this interview, click here.

I hope that every artist will take the time to archive their art in order to create their own art legacy.  I know that future generations will thank you for sure!

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Jubilee Fabric Collection https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/jubilee-fabric-collection/ https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/jubilee-fabric-collection/#respond Wed, 03 Jul 2019 16:37:47 +0000 http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=1966 After creating Carnivale, I am constantly being asked when my next fabric collection is going to be coming out.  Well here it is! I am super excited!  I have another fabric …

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Fabric blocks from the Jubilee Fabric Collection by Debi Payne Designs and produced by QT Fabrics.

After creating Carnivale, I am constantly being asked when my next fabric collection is going to be coming out.  Well here it is!

I am super excited!  I have another fabric collection coming out and it is wonderfully named “Jubilee”.  QT Fabrics will be shipping the fabric to stores the middle of July.

I am always amazed to see a finished collection of fabric.  What starts out as just a simple design or painting turns into to so many different fabrics that all beautifully work together.

Jubilee Fabric Collection line border by Debi Payne Designs, produced by QT Fabrics.

However, that is just the beginning of what is to come, because I know that once these fabrics get into the hands of quilters that is when the fabrics come to life.  Quilters amaze me every day!  The pattern combinations they come up with and the layouts they use always mesmerize me to no end.

Quilters are artist and like artist every quilting design is so totally different.  I can’t wait to see what comes out of the Jubilee Collection!

To help you get started, QT Fabrics has even given us an inspiration sheet:

Jubilee Fabric Collection inspiration page by QT Fabrics.

You can download the PDF from their website by clicking here.

As you finish your projects, (as always), I would so love to see what you created.  If you will send me photos of your finished project, I would love to put them all together in a showcase blog post.  Please remember if you are using a pattern from someone else, please let me know who the pattern is from so that I can give them credit.

I hope you enjoy working with the Jubilee Collection as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Happy Creating!

Debi

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Studio On The Go… Again! https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/studio-on-the-go-again/ https://www.debipaynedesigns.com/studio-on-the-go-again/#comments Thu, 28 Mar 2019 13:57:47 +0000 http://www.debipaynedesigns.com/?p=1952 On The Go Again! For those that don’t already know, my husband – Tim – and I live a very unique lifestyle.  Tim is a construction superintendent and he builds apartment …

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"Clever" doodle flower over mixed media background with the hand letter motivational saying "Trust Your Journey" by Debi Payne Designs.

On The Go Again!

For those that don’t already know, my husband – Tim – and I live a very unique lifestyle.  Tim is a construction superintendent and he builds apartment complexes.  In order for him to do that we are required to travel a lot.  By “a lot” I mean “A LOT”!  At one point we actually moved 26 times over a period of 7 years… including furniture.   (It closely resembles military life.)  I have seen my fair share of hotel rooms and short term apartments.  At one point during that seven year span my oldest son said, “What are y’all really doing?  I know you say you’re doing construction, but it looks more like you’re running from the law!”  We all had a good laugh with that one.  And NO, we are NOT running from the law!

We have our home base where all our belongs live.  We also have our ‘away’ home which is where we live when Tim is working on a project.  The kids are grown, so when we are away they man the home base and take care of things there for us.   For our away home we have basic furniture and dishes and things we need to get by.  It is our minimalistic life style.

Debi Payne Designs studio is on the go again!  This is just how we roll.

This is typically how we travel.  We have three trunks and three folding tables.  The tables are for my work space.  Inside the trunks we have (1) for clothes, (2) for kitchen dishes and household supplies and (3) art supplies.  We can do without trunks 1 & 2 (we can get that stuff anywhere), but the #3 trunk is a must-have!

Right now we are in a hotel – my least favorite part of the journey.  Hopefully next week we be in an apartment and things will be a little more settled.  Granted, this isn’t a lifestyle that most people would choose and I will have to admit that sometimes it gets a little old for us too (especially when we are moving 26 times in 7 years).  But all in all we love the adventure.  We have traveled and worked from Nevada to Louisiana and many points in-between.   We have seen places and done things that we never would have seen or done otherwise.  And through it all, I have been able to continue to follow this crazy dream of mine and continue creating art that feeds my soul.

Generally in these types of situations the husband goes and does the job while the wife stays at home.  There is absolutely no way that would work for me and Tim.  Our rule is, we stay  together… no matter what!  Sometimes that is a little uncomfortable, but we do what it takes to make it the best situation possible.  It is a great life that I wouldn’t trade for anything.  I am with the man that I love, doing the work that I have always dreamed of while filling my days with adventure and exploring new things, people and places. Not a bad life at all!

What does your journey look like?  We are all on our own journey through this amazing thing that we call life.  Do you trust your journey and are you making the most of it?  The journey for each of us may look different, but that doesn’t mean that each journey can’t be amazing and fulfilling.  I hope your journey is as amazing for you as mine is for me!

Positive affirmation that reads "Fear is only a feeling, it can't hold me back."  Accented by the doodle flower "Clever" and surrounded by a whimsical black and white border by Debi Payne Designs.

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Well here it is… 2019!  2018 was a great year and I’m a little sad to see it go away, however, I am super excited to see 2019 and all it has in store and waiting for me!

Every year, I love making calendars.  For me personally I have three calendars that I work from all year long.  First, I have my birthday calendar.  This is a small calendar that I hang on the wall by my computer monitor.  In this calendar I write all the birthdays of family and friends that I need to remember throughout the year.  This is that calendar that I can quickly glance at to just simply see what day it is.

The second calendar that I have is my work calendar.  This is the Mother of all calendars!  It sits in a 8-1/2 x 11 –  2-inch binder and stays open on a part of my desk at all times.  This calendar tells me everything that I have to do in my business all year long.  It gives me posting schedules, to-do list, special projects and new product creation schedules.  In case of a fire, this would be one of the three things that I would grab!

The third calendar that I have is my art journal calendar.  This is in a mixed media book where each month I can draw and paint just for myself.  Each day I write something that happened that day.  There are also pages where I can illustrate special occasions or milestones that happened that month.  This is where I go to play and at the end of the year, it is so much fun to go through this journal and see what all happened.

Calendars are special for me and I love making them.  Along with my personal calendars I have made new calendars for 2019 and here they are!

Gentle Reminders

This year I have three new calendars in my Zazzle store.  The first one is Gentle Reminders.

"Gentle Reminders" 2019 calendar featuring the artwork of Debi Payne Designs with hand lettered saying to keep you motivated all year long.

In the “Gentle Reminders” calendar is a doodle flower over watercolor wash background accented by a hand lettered saying reminder to help you stay positive.  To see all the pages in the “Gentle Reminders” calendar, click here.

Colorful Motivations

If you love the Carnivale Fabric line that was produced in 2018, you will love this next calendar called “Colorful Motivations”:

Created from designs used in the Carnivale Fabric Collection, by Debi Payne Designs, "Colorful Motivations" is a calendar where each month features a bold, colorful design accented by a positive, motivational saying.

Each month of the “Colorful Motivations” features one of the designs that was included in the Carnivale Fabric Collection.  Along with the design is a positive saying that will help you to stay positive and motivated all year long.  To see all the pages in the “Colorful Motivations” calendar, click here.

Be Your Best Self

And finally, for those that enjoy my mixed media art, I have created the “Be Your Best Self” calendar.

Cover image of "Be Your Best Self" calendar featuring the mixed media art by Debi Payne Designs accented by hand lettered positive sayings.

In the “Be Your Best Self” calendar, each month has a doodle flower over a colorful mixed media background and it is accented with an encouraging positive saying to help keep you motivated to be your best self.  To see all the pages in the “Be Your Best Self” calendar, click here.

I am really looking forward to 2019!  I would like to wish everyone a very happy, blessed and prosperous New Year!

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