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Pine and oak trees overlooking the Delaware River inspire nature patterns for clothing, home decor and tech products

Original photo of the pine and oak trees that inspired Debra’s new bark patterns

My studio view overlooks these magnificent trees and the Delaware River in Narrowsburg NY. The visiting buck was a big photo bonus! - ©2013 Debra Cortese photo

Both the pine and oak bark patterns that are featured on clothing and home decor products were inspired by my love and curiosity for the variety of textures and colors of my surroundings. The models for this new design were actually the mature pine tree, the tall one behind the canoe in the landscape photo, and the hand-holding couple of oak trees that stand like guardians on the bank of the Delaware River just outside my studio window.

The trees and the surrounding plants (along with my gardens) serve as hosts to many creatures depending upon the time of year. In spring and summer, this particular pine tree is often inhabited by a hive of honeybees. They return each year to a long, narrow crevasse in the tree’s west side. I haven’t yet tasted their honey but am quite certain a visiting bear delights in his visits to this tree!

The colors and textures of the bark on this glorious pine tree were best captured with macro photography which I intently reviewed to select a most appealing detail section for the pine bark pattern. I’ve added images of several of the most popular ‘Pine Bark” products that are available from my Society6 shop. 

I hope you enjoy the texture and colors of my tree bark designs. I certainly enjoyed creating them!

3 Oak Tree Bark Patterns by Debra Cortese
now available on clothing, accessories, tech and home decor products

click on images for product descriptions, options and pricing

LIBRA – powerful, ancient Flower of Life design

LIBRA September 22 – October 22
Week of October 8 – 15 LIBRA reading from Lorna Bevan – Hare in the Moon Astrology

“After so many months of plate spinning and juggling several balls at once trying to keep it together, it’s crunch time. With the Sun and Mercury in Libra at odds with karmic Pluto and Venus and Mars embroiled with restrictive Saturn, the chips are down. Before you hide your head in the sand, frame it as a blast of fresh air removing whatever and whoever has no place in your life so you can move on ,lighter and freer. Old structures, deadening routines and unsatisfactory relationships have to…”
continued at: http://www.hareinthemoonastrology.co.uk/astrologer/18/libra.html

“Each astrology design in Debra’s Flower of Life, Sacred Geometry collection resonates with the power of the ancient Flower of Life and the inherent sacred geometry and is intended to be used as a personal meditation mandala to attract what is wanted in your life. Focus and clarify exactly what you DO want to manifest and then, energetically align/embed this intention with your favorite product from the LIBRA collection.”
To learn more about setting your intention, click here.

Sammy cat ‘models’ for Taurus Giveaways

Cat models for Taurus Giveaways by Debra CorteseMy cats are great when it comes to posing for product photos and they are always eager to pose if treats are involved. Pretty sure Sammy Cat had just consumed his first round of treats and is looking for more in this photo.
I realize his ability to focus and stay in one place is limited to at most, 2 minutes, so have to shoot quickly and be content with the best photo out of the 3 or 4 good ones. This is definitely a fun part of my work and the cats usually love the extra attention.

ABOUT THE GIVEAWAYS

This is the second month that I’ll be giving away two of the new Flower of Life Astrology Design products and this month the giveaways are again, the popular Tote Bag and Metal Travel Mug. Each one features the bold, earthy, TAURUS design which represents the current alignment of planetary influences during the April 21 through May 20 time period.

The actual drawing will happen on Friday, May 12th at 9 am EST and two names will be randomly selected. Next, I’ll notify each person – ideally through email, but if necessary due to the preference and popularity of social media, I’ll contact you through your Facebook or Instagram account.
Once you respond and I have your confirmed shipping address, I’ll announce the winners and get your Totebag or Travel Mug in the mail!

You can ENTER HERE by email, or if you prefer using your social media accounts you can find the TAURUS GIVEAWAY instructions on:

INSTAGRAM:  https://www.instagram.com/debracortese/


FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/debracortesedesigns/

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NEW TAURUS PATTERN

Flower of Life Taurus Pattern is now available on dozens of products!

New TAURUS pattern based on Flower of Life and Debra Cortese's Taurus Astrology Design

TAURUS PATTERN SWATCH

Getting ready to launch my May 12th TAURUS Giveaway but first, I’d like to share the new TAURUS pattern!

This is an all-over repeat design that was created from elements of the main Flower of Life TAURUS Astrology design.

Flower of Life TAURUS Astrology Design by Debra Cortese

TAURUS ASTRO DESIGN

The new pattern features a field of golden sacred geometry disks plus waves of spring greens and ocean blues and it coordinates with any of the Taurus Astrology Design products so you can easily mix and match to create your own outfit or room decor!

I especially like the bold combos of the Astro Design on a T-shirt with matching pattern leggings and, the patterned Comforter with the main Astro Design on Pillow Shams. You could even use the patterned window curtains for a coordinated TAURUS themed bedroom!

I’d love to see the combinations you come up with! Please do share your photos and notes in the comments section below.

To see all of the Taurus products CLICK HERE for my Society6 shop.

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Last day to enter the ARIES GIVEWAYS!

Today, April 11th, is the last day to enter my ARIES GIVEAWAY. The response has been great and I’m thrilled that so many people are enjoying my Flower of Life Astrology Designs!

You can ENTER by email at: debracortese.com/blog/enter
or, you can LIKE and Share my ARIES GIVEAWAY posts on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

The ARIES Tote Bag and the Metal Travel Mug are ready to ship as soon as the winners are confirmed.

I’ll be notifying the winners first thing tomorrow morning and then…

I’m taking the day off to celebrate my Aries birthday

You can also see all twelve Flower of Life Astrology Designs and products in my Society 6 Shop

New Spring Design Gift Cards for Cortese Design Bags & Art

Custom Gift Card - Debra Cortese Designs

Just updated my Gift Certificate page with three new spring design custom gift cards. Each one features a detail image from my mini abstract acrylic paintings.
You can choose the amount you want to gift, choose your favorite card design and then either send it instantly via email, or choose the print your own option and download a high resolution pdf card that you can print, trim and write your own message on.

Custom Gift Card - Debra Cortese Designs

The printed cards trim and fold to baronial or invitation card size which is 5.5 inches wide by 4.25 inches in height and opens to 5.5 x 8.5 inches.

If you have any questions about these, send me an email at: debra at debracortese.com or call: 845-684-4206 between 9 am and noon monday through friday.

Please share this with any friends that love handbags – especially Bags that Share the Beauty, Power and Magic of Nature 😉

Custom Gift Card - Debra Cortese Designs

SPRING SALE on New Orchid Bags

My Spring Sale starts today, March 11, 2014 and ends on Thursday, April 10th at 8 pm Eastern Standard Time. ONLY 200 sets (Hipster Bag with matching Wristlet) are available in each design. Order your favorite design today, get the matching leather wrist wallet/phone case FREE,  and save $75.00!
Click HERE or on the image for the official SALE page for both new designs.

Vanda Orchid Cross Body Hipster Bag heralds Spring in Green, Orc

New Spring Bags feature Orchid Pinks and Flower of Life  by Debr

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees…”

I wonder if the snow loves the trees DCD LewisCarroll quote Dela

I’ve wanted to create images combined with nature quotes for many months and today, I just completed the first one.

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees” is an image of Oreo, one of my 5 rescue cats looking out over the Delaware River during the recent snow storm, Nika (NEE-ka), from Greek mythology; the goddess who personified winning or victory. To see all of the winter storm names and their meanings, click the linked type to open the list on the Weather Channel’s page.

This beautiful Nature Quote is from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll:

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
You can find more nature quotes online of course, but Goodreads.com has already compiled a terrific collection!

If you are interested in having a print of this new image, please visit my Etsy Shop here. If you would prefer a different size print, or perhaps a framed version, send an email to me at debra@debracortese.com and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

I’m anxious to work on #02 now…

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