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Ocean Blues pattern makes it to Spoonflower Daily Favs list

I am delighted to have my ”Ocean Blues” pattern featured on one of Spoonflowers Daily Favs page! This nature-inspired, repeat design was created from a detail section of a photo of a Man-o’-War that I encountered on South Beach during my Miami days. The colors of this venomous sea creature reflect the ocean blue-greens, frothy white waves and sunset coral pinks.
Ocean Blues is available as fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap in addition to the home decor products from Roostery.
See all of the options from my Spoonflower shop at:
https://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/557663-ocean-blues-pattern-debra-cortese-designs-by-debracortesedesigns

Curious about a “Man-o’-War – check out NOAA’s info on this venomous sea creature at:
https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/portuguese-man-o-war.html

The upside of watering a friend’s garden…

click images above for larger views

I’ve been watering my friend Jane’s flowers in between rains and am thoroughly enjoying this opportunity to get away from the techie side of my day and bask in a different locale of nature’s energy.  These red berries were practically shouting (via their sunkissed glowing) to be photographed! They are large bushes or trees (I haven’t properly identified them yet) that don’t need watering, but they were definitely ready to be photographed!
The three images above are detail sections of the large, full image which you can see below.

~ Sunkissed Red Berries – from the new, “Jane’s Garden” collection by Debra Cortese Designs ~

Links to art prints, home decor, tech products, fabrics, gift wrap, and more are on the bottom of the
Red Berries Page – click here

You can follow Debra Cortese Designs on Facebook and Instagram

After the storm…

After the storm…
On Tuesday, May 15th, my beloved Pine, a summer hive for wild honeybees, and one of the two majestic Oak trees that I photograph almost daily, were snapped and hurled into the air and through my living room window and roof, terrifying me and my four precious cats. The broken trees came through the window in a matter of seconds and thankfully, I had already made it to the kitchen and out of their deadly path. Very happy to be alive and sharing these images. Now.. the cleanup and rebuilding begins. I’m guessing it will be at the least two months before I will be able to be living and working again in my very powerful and beautiful place along the banks of the Delaware River.

the view as it was before May 15 storm

Repurposing art & designs for print-on-demand markets

NEW PATTERNS & ART
created from detail sections of a 4 foot tall painted gnome*

Below are just a few of the new print on demand products in my ‘Garden Guardians’ collection.
All of the patterns and configurations were created from elements of the original 2004 hurricane plywood GNOME painting which you can see in the photo below the designs. It has taken a few days to create the patterns and print files and more time to create the promotional images which will be used on social media to reach people who are searching for a green garden gnome image on a pillow or a phone case!

It is often a lengthy and involved process and I mess up quite often, but I’ve been doing this type of work for years (many, many years) and I still enjoy all of the processes. I really only get frustrated when there are technical issues like the site is slow and the print files seem to take forever to load, or I’ve mis-calculated the size for a particular product and have to start over. All just part of the process.

To see the full Garden Guardians collection, click HERE.

*The mystical Green Garden Gnome in the photo that accompanies this post has become a mascot for much of my personal story. This character, along with over a dozen very unique ‘hurricane plywood’ gnomes allowed me to connect with the Miami art and business communities in ways I would not have expected. It was a delightful project involving about 17 artists, the Neighbors for Neighbors organization, television stations, the Miami Herald, Miami Arts & Business Council, Pinecrest Gardens, the Coral Gables Annual Christmas event and much more.

To see the original Gnomes click this link and, to read the front page article by Patti Roth click HERE.

 

PHOTO 2004: the original 4′ tall hurricane plywood (Hurricane Wilma 2004, Miami) Garden Gnome with a tiny garden Fairy holding a violet light star tetrahedron.

Dandelion designs – creating art is an excellent remedy for cabin fever

Dandelion with oil textures

Dandelion with energy effects

Dandelion with paint daubs texture

After my short bout with Cabin Fever, I got myself right back to work on a few designs for Spring and chose a dandelion photo to work with. I created three different effects from the same photo. Each one a variation of “Dandelion Seeds Ready To Fly Away!
One with an oil paint filter, one with an ‘energy’ effect, and one in paint daubs which is a favorite photoshop filter for me.
Each version is now available as an open edition fine art print on paper or canvas and each design is also available
on totebags, journals, pillows, phone cases and more from my Society 6 shop.

And, if you’d would like to see something other than Dandelions, CLICK HERE to see all of my print-on-demand designs.

Spiraling into the murky abyss of ‘cabin fever’

I woke up feeling ok, but as soon as I check the cat room, the spiral begins. Someone pooped on the floor again and right in front of the boxes; I clean this up before anything else and then, I feed them (yes I know, what goes in comes out), Squeeky cat throws up almost as soon as he’s finished gulping his breakfast. What is it with cats? Every day, the same nasty bodily dumps.

And, while I’m complaining, for several days my coffee has not had the taste I most enjoy. Did Starbucks change their roasting process? wtf? I love their French Roast, especially whole beans so I can grind my own and really get the full flavor. Lately it tastes flat and stale. Maybe it’s just me?

So… by the time I get to making the stale coffee, I’m already stressed and feeling like a bitch for being angry with the cats who no doubt are also feeling trapped. When it isn’t 12 degrees out with a four inch blanket of paw-cutting, crusty snow, they always head out their cat door for a morning walkabout after breakfast. The reality however is that it is the peak of winter here in the Catskills along the banks of the Delaware River. Even the birds and squirrels are reluctant to go on their daily foraging jaunts. I have also been secluded in my living room/studio for too many days in a row.

Sobbing with tears running down my cheeks

So, I finish the clean up and put my new Willow & Everett kettle on in hopes that today’s coffee** will again have the taste I crave, but first, I pour some of the hot water for Sammy cat’s thyroid meds and a bit for my essiac tea and, as I do every day, I prepare to invoke a daily wellbeing blessing.* However, I instantly break into a sobbing, tearful mess! I could not even get through the first line. So, when I finally calmed down a bit, I just pleaded for guidance to get me out of this depressing spiral.

With the tears wiped away and my mediocre, but hot, coffee in hand, I headed to my usual routine and opened emails. I choose to read the inspirational ones first, so clicked on Mike Dooley’s Thoughts from the Universe message that included the TEDx talk by Dewitt Jones.

And I knew this was a response to my plea for guidance!

Perhaps today is the day that you can also appreciate the information that Dewitt Jones has shared in his uplifting, TEDx talk, “Celebrate What’s Right With The World!”

*My daily request: Divine Diamond Golden Source Light, energize all of today’s fluids, solids, thoughts, beliefs, emotions and actions to align with the energy of total wellbeing and love across all dimensions, known and yet to be known, across time and space for complete physical, mental, emotional balance and harmony.

** I don’t use a coffee maker. Prefer to boil filtered water and pour through a paper filter. Always make it fresh, by the cup.

Seeds of Intention Workshop Rescheduled to 1/31/18



THE SEEDS OF INTENTION WORKSHOP
previously scheduled for Jan. 17th
at Tusten-Cochecton Library – Narrowsburg

HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED
new date is:
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 1 pm

MORE INFO HERE

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Happy to say we have a full house!

 

 

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