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Dare To Share – Lisa Marie Platske UPSIDE THINKING

Aqua Affair custom design bags by Debra Cortese

Transitions - the newest custom Cortese design for The Aqua Foundation

 

Finishing up my preparations and packing for tonight’s Dare To Share event in Coral Gables, Florida where I’m not only participating in this high energy business networking event, I’m also exhibiting my line of Cortese Design Bags. I’m hoping to meet fellow  entrepreneurs who would benefit from a custom design for their business and, potential business partners who are interested in taking advantage of all kinds of joint ventures!

Dare To Share is just one of Lisa Marie Platske’s leading-edge business events. You can learn more about her work at UPSIDE THINKING.

If I don’t get to see you at tonight’s event, visit www.cortesedesignbags.com and let’s talk about a custom design for your business or special event!

Call me at 305-298-2023 or email:  debra (at) cortesedesignsbags.com

 

Custom Designed Cortese Bags to be auctioned March 26th during “A Night In Bollywood”, the annual fundraising event for Sunil’s Home Orphanage

I’m thoroughly into the vortex/aligned with my muse/in the flow when I’m creating
custom designs that will ultimately benefit children, animals and our environment.
That said, shown here are my newest designs for Sunil’s Home Orphanage.

Nature’s Energy ‘Lilac, Lotus, Lilies’ design in spring greens and lavenders and
‘The Children’ are both exclusively designed for Coral Gables’ most exotic,
over-the-top, fundraising event of the year – “A Night In Bollywood”!

The hosts of this annual event, Matthew Meehan and Rod Hildebrant go all out
to present a fabulous night of glamour,  fine dining, and spectacular entertainment!
Last year’s Bollywood featured exotic animals, a colorful variety of talented dancers,
acrobats, silent and live auctions with everything from handbags (shameless plug here)
to private dinner parties to a vacation villa in Tuscany .

Tickets for the March 26th BOLLYWOOD event are available at this link and,
I can guarantee… you will be delightfully entertained!

Article on Gables Home Page:
Coral Gables business woman pursues a
labor of love for orphans.
Lynn Bauer devotes countless hours to helping
youngsters in southern India.

UPDATE:  The Custom Design Bags for Sunil’s Home Orphanage of India are
available online and a portion of all sales will be donated to Sunil’s Home Orphanage.
Here’s the page:
http://www.cortesedesignbags.com/sunilshomeorphanage.html

 

Contact me to discuss a custom designed bag for your business, organization
or fundraising event. I’m especially fond of creating designs that benefit children,
animals and our environment 🙂

FOCUS: art licensing and Surtex 2011

Nature's Energy Wildlife Ornaments, Parrotfish, Angelfish and Red Cardinal

I’ve set myself some solid goals and even created an action calender for the next 6 months – all based on my commitment to exhibit at Surtex in May 2011! I’ve had the art  licensing dream for over 25 years and have dabbled in it intermittently over that time period. I’ve created a lot of art for hire – logos, t-hirts, custom designs for client products and events; have a respectable presence on Cafe Press where I share my art on calendars, mugs, shirts, hats, magnets, cards, ornaments and more… and of course there are the Cortese Design Bags, but I ultimately want to create art that gets seen every day!

Many artists I know cringe at the thought of having their art reproduced on ‘God forbid – a shower curtain!’ and I do understand where they are coming from. I have many paintings and images that I am very emotionally invested in for all kinds of reasons and would not want these reproduced on placemats or paperplates! However, because of my experiences when observing the nature elements that I photograph for my art, I know that the energy of the forest, trees, fields, plants, flowers, and wildlife is not only palpable, but the vibrations that they emit can profoundly affect our physiology. Have you noticed how much better you feel after even a short walk in nature? Granted, the physical movement of your body is a major aspect of this experience, but a walk along a mountain stream is infinitely more refreshing and energizing than a jog down the cement sidewalks of most city neighborhoods.

I’ve been hiking, gardening, and walking in nature and enJOYing this for as long as I can remember. I have delightful childhood memories of helping Nana in her huge vegetable garden along the Delaware River; of playing along the banks of the pond my father carved out of stream beside our home in Narrowsburg, NY and picking wildflowers along the country road walk home from our neighbor’s farm where I’d visit as often as possible to see the animals and help weed the gardens 🙂

Every day I visualize my work on thousands of home, garden and personal items. A huge part of this vision is to share the magic, the powerful energy that I feel when I’m working with the nature images. I know many, many people are avid gardeners, flower enthusiasts, nature lovers and I’m pretty sure they will all agree that there is no better feeling than being ‘in’ nature, whether tending a garden or hiking a new mountain trail. It is so much more than it appears on the surface. The vibrations of our physical bodies align with the vibrations of the plants and we literally ‘feel’ better, happier, healthier. I believe that the images and designs created from nature’s palette of vibrant colors and shapes produce similar vibrations and when people use a product that features a Nature’s Energy design they will be able to experience some of the magic and power of nature.

For fellow artists or anyone who is interested in getting or staying focused on something you are passionate about, I’d like to recommend listening to, or reading any of the work by Esther and Jerry Hicks and Abraham. They are releasing a new CD this week – Getting Into The Vortex: Guided Meditations CD and User Guide – and I can’t wait for mine to arrive!

Affiliate Note: I only recommend products or services that I personally use and believe in and I may earn a commission on products that you purchase from following a link on this page. This is another way an artist/entrepreneur is able to earn money and continue doing the kinds of work we love.

Artists Unite For Breast Cancer Awareness

Macarena Zilveti, a graphic artist, and founder of Badges of Courage Foundation and I have co-created the “Healing Pinks Badge”, an exclusive and limited edition design for the “Badges of Courage Foundation”. Each hand-sewn ‘Healing Pink Badge’ is adorned with delicate beads that outline and magnify the vibrational lines of the healing energy of the sensuous, pink mussaenda leaves which are the basis for this custom design.

Our limited edition, “Healing Pink Badge” will debut during the 2010 Fashion Designer’s Expo, “PINK Hits The Runway” on Thursday the 21st and Friday, the 22nd of October at the Newport Beachside Resort in Sunny Isles, Florida. The show begins each night at 8 pm and my new, Healing Pink Classic Tote Bags will also debut on Friday night when The Teen Board presents “PINK Hits the Runway”!

All “Badges of Courage” are mini, palm-sized pillows designed to resemble the female breast. Each one is created with loving care and includes an inspirational message on the back.

Badges of Courage Foundation, a non-profit organization, was founded by Macarena Zilveti to pay tribute to her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother, all breast cancer survivors. The foundation raises funds to provide financial assistance for cancer patients.

The fabric design for the “Healing Pink Badge” is a pattern I created that is based on photos I took of the “Queen Sirikit”, a mussaenda that grows in a friend’s garden in Miami, Florida.
This plant emanates with the beauty and energy of nature’s sensuous pink tones. I specifically chose this design because of the powerful, joyful and compassionate vibrations that I sensed while taking the original photos. All Cortese Designs are created with a conscious intention to share the positive vibrations of nature’s energy.

Purchase tickets for Fashion Designers Expo Florida now!

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE HERE!

For more information about TICKETS please contact Gisselle Glaser
Couture Soiree, Inc. | info@couturesoireeinc.com | (954) 533-4318

Complimentary entry for STANDING ROOM ONLY “with a donation at the door”
by RSVP only to fdersvp@live.com

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