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Deadlines, photos, a new holiday pattern?

Day 3 of #SMCSFBlogOff challenge…

I’ve been so absorbed in work today I just realized after 10 pm that I hadn’t even thought about today’s post until now!
So, after reading yesterday’s post, where I proclaimed that I would have the product pages up by today… I’m realizing that I’m often not in control of my day! Time to improvise and feature photos for today’s post.

These are two nature photos that I’d like to work into new designs for fabric and wrapping papers.

Which photo would you like to see turned into holiday designs, the little pine tree on the left or the lignum vitae seed pods, bottom right?

I’ll document the step by step process for a future post, but I’m not committing to a date just yet 😉

Lignum Vitae Seed Pods

 

30 Day Blogging Challenge with Social Media Club South Florida starts today!

slides of emerging Zebra Longwing Butterfly and the males in waiting

 

Raindrops were glimmering through the morning fog and an odd looking creature was hanging from the bamboo leaves next to my driveway. As my family and friends know, I can never resist a closer look at something that moves, makes a sound or has an unusual shadow, shape, or smell.

The “creature” turned out to be three Zebra Long Wing Butterflies. Two males, sexually aroused and not so patiently, waiting for the young female to emerge from her cocoon. I originally thought they were either dining on some other unknown creature or assisting the young lady in unfurling her wings, but further research* suggested that mating with a newly emerged female is part of the dance of life for these butterflies. The female releases a pheromone as she is unfurling her virgin wings and the males have excellent pheromone sensors. This also made sense as to why so many other males were fluttering around the same branch practically knocking the perched males off the bamboo branch.

Of course, since today was the first day of Social Media Club South Florida’s 30 day blog challenge…
this would be my topic – with images and oh yes, even a new design based on the Zebra butterflies. Well, about 7 hours later (I did accomplish other things in this time and realize it is essential to pare this way down for future posts, but as often happens, the project took on a life of its own) I’m finally putting all of the pieces together and getting this on my blog!

I invite you to share the beauty, power and magic of your garden or neighborhood in a comment with a photo on this post, or by email to debra (at) debracortese.com

Enjoy the beauty, power and magic of nature every day!
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*Susan Leach Snyder has provided a great resource on Zebra Long Wing Butterflies (the official Florida state butterfly) on the Conservancy of Southwest Florida website.

New Leather Wrist Clutch Collection from Debra Cortese Designs

The new collection of Leather Wrist Clutches is now available online!

The wrist clutch is one of my favorite new products because it is perfect for stylishly carrying your basic essentials – license, credit card, cash and your cel phone! Plus, it makes a great wallet when you want to carry a bigger bag (hopefully a matching Debra Cortese Design 😉

Check out all 15 new designs HERE.

Design is on front only. Full zipper closure, supple full grain leather and 4 interior pockets.

 

3 DAY SUPER SALE on Cortese Hipster Bags

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Starting on Friday, June 1st, my top 4 hipster bag designs will be on sale for 38% off the regular retail price. This is a customer and fan appreciation sale because I’m really impressed at the responses to voting for favorite designs and liking the Cortese Design Bags Facebook page. So, to celebrate and of course, sell a few more bags we’ve set up a really great 3 Day Sale. The sale page goes live at 12:01 am on Friday June 1 and it comes down on Sunday, June 3rd at midnight. If this sale is as successful as planned, there will be more….

“The $100 Startup” author event packs room at Books & Books

Author Chris Guillebeau talks to a packed room at Books & Books about The $100 Startup

“Imagine a life where all your time is spent on the things you want to do.”

Author/entrepreneur, Chris Guillebeau discussed his latest book, The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
with a packed room at Books & Books in Coral Gables last night.

Lucky for me, I had read about it on Alyson Stanfield’s post and got myself over to Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL in time to hear Chris Guillebeau talk about “The $100 Startup”!
Perfect timing. Already working on my re-Startup. Thanks Alyson and Chris and Books & Books :-)

 

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