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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

previously scheduled for Jan. 17th
at Tusten-Cochecton Library – Narrowsburg

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


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




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!

Pine Bark original photo section by Debra Cortese Designs
Pine Bark Pattern on Duffle Bags by Debra Cortese Designs
Pine Bark pattern pillow shams by Debra Cortese Designs
Allover print women's T-shirt in Pine Bark Pattern by Debra Cortese
Pine Bark pattern leggings by Debra Cortese Designs
sample section of Debra Cortese's Pine Bark Pattern

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

Oak Tree vertical bark pattern on Duffle Bags by Debra Cortese
Oak Tree vertical bark pattern on Wall Clocks by Debra Cortese
Oak Tree Blue Portal greeting cards by Debra Cortese
Oak Tree bark with blue portals pattern duffle bag by Debra Cortese
Oak Tree bark vertical pattern floor pillow by Debra Cortese
Oak Tree Blue Portal iphone skins by Debra Cortese
Oak Tree Bark Horizontal Pattern Duffle Bag by Debra Cortese Designs
Oak Tree Bark vertical pattern wall tapestry by Debra Cortese Designs
Oak Tree Blue Portal rectangular pillow by Debra Cortese Designs

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.


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/



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


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


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.



TAURUS Astrology Design amplified with the power of the ancient Flower of Life


Flower of Life Astrology Design TAURUS phone cases by Debra Cortese Designs
Flower of Life Astrology Design TAURUS floor pillows by Debra Cortese Designs
Flower of Life Astrology Design TAURUS Tote Bags by Debra Cortese Designs
Flower of Life Astrology Design TAURUS T-Shirt by Debra Cortese Designs
Flower of Life Astrology Design TAURUS Metal Travel Mug by Debra Cortese Designs
Flower of Life Astrology Design TAURUS Pattern Leggings by Debra Cortese Designs
Flower of Life Astrology Design TAURUS Comforter by Debra Cortese Designs
Flower of Life Astrology Design TAURUS design by Debra Cortese Designs

“Every astrology design in my Flower of Life Sacred Geometry collection has been created as a meditation on that particular sign. I set an intention to create images that would share the highest and most inspirational vibration of each sign’s planetary aspects, known characteristics and the essence of its element (earth, fire, air or water). The colors and patterns of each sign developed organically as I tuned into the energy that flowed through my muse. My eyes, hands and photoshop were merely tools expressing and translating the vibratory meanings that downloaded as the images you can see on this page. I also intended that these images could be used as visual meditation tools to amplify the positive aspects of astrological alignments and in particular, to set specific, personal intentions that will activate the energy of the desired outcome every time you touch, or acknowledges, your intention through visual and emotional alignment with these powerful designs.”

~ Debra Cortese

To see all of Debra’s Flower of Life Astrology designs & products
visit her shop at:


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