29 October 2020

Life of Art #558 [60% Off Holiday Cards, 31% Off Everything Else Sale!]

Get 60% Off Custom Photo Holiday Cards with code SPOOKYTREATZ
until Nov. 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST.

Custom Photo Calendar Magnetic Cards and everything else in my store are 31% Off with the same code.




Cool Custom Photography Calendars make great gifts. Easily add your own photos and name. Or choose a calendar featuring my photographs.

Save 31% Off Calendars with code SPOOKYTREATZ
until Nov. 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST.


The new products I created this week are also 31% Off right now.

Created a couple Custom Company Logo and Business Website OtterBox iPhone 12 Pro Cases (also available on other models):



Created several Bold Monogram Gingham Pattern Shower Curtains in two styles and several colors:







Created some Modern To Do Lists with Custom Name Post-it Notes in different colors with more to come! These make great stocking stuffers:





Created a Monogrammed Black White Buffalo Check Pattern Bath Towel Set:
Shot 77 photographs. Culled 28, rated rest.

How was your week? Have you voted yet if you're in the United States? Get it done and make sure everyone you know who would vote blue does! Read below for more info.

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Vote Now!

Always remember polls do not decide elections, VOTERS do. 

So, 
1. Go vote! Early in person if you can. 
Or drop off your mail in ballot yourself ASAP. (It may not get there in time if you mail it.)

2. Vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and Vote Blue (for democrats) all the way down your ballot!


Need to find out where to vote or where to return your ballot? This site is easy to navigate: https://iwillvote.com/


If you're voting by mail, fill it out and drop it off yourself as soon as you get it. Follow every instruction to make sure your vote will count.

If you decide to vote in person, vote early if you can. Know your voting rights (e.g. your right to stay in line if polls close, what to do if machines are down, your right to a provisional ballot, etc.).

Vote like your rights depend on it because they do.


VOTE NOW!

24 October 2020

Vote Early and Vote Blue

To be perfectly clear, when I write #VoteBlue, Vote Blue top to bottom, and #VoteBlueDownBallot, I mean:

Vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Vote for the Democrat running to be Senator in the Senate.

Vote for the Democrat running to be Representative in the House of Representatives.

Vote for the Democrats running for state offices (e.g. governor, attorney general, state senator, state representative...).

Vote for the Democrats running for local offices (e.g. district attorney, mayor, selectmen...).

Simply put, Vote for the Democrat(s) wherever possible on your ballot.


If you're saying, "But, Claire, isn't deciding who to vote for more nuanced than that?"

For now (and likely many years to come), no. 

Republicans accept (and some promote) racism, police brutality, abuse of immigrants, family separation, violence against women, and misogyny. They use their power to deny health care, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and make it harder for people who disagree with them to vote. 

They misuse their power: they refused to hold hearings on Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court saying it was too close to the 2016 election (it was 11 months before) but are now rushing through the process to get their extreme right-wing nominee Amy Coney Barrett appointed to the Supreme Court before the election when people are already voting. She will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, limit voting rights, and most importantly, will vote in favor of Trump if election result disputes make it to the Supreme Court.

Republicans have shown they are bullies and hypocrites. If you say, "Not all Republicans...," well, most of the time they fall in with the party line so they won't be targeted themselves which amounts to complicity.

For me, civil rights (excluding our egregious gun violence problem stemming in part from the 2nd amendment) and human rights are non-negotiable. Until the GOP thinks likewise, Republicans are off the menu.


So:

Vote for Democrats!


1. Register to vote or double-check your voter registration. 

2. Plan how you will vote in person. Early in person is better. Or request your mail in ballot now (time is running out for the mail option).

3. Vote Blue!

Always remember polls do not decide elections, VOTERS do. 


Need to register to vote, check your registration, request a mail in ballot, find out where to vote? This site is easy to navigate: https://iwillvote.com/

Vote in person and vote early if you can. Know your voting rights (e.g. your right to stay in line if polls close, what to do if machines are down, your right to a provisional ballot, etc.).

If you're voting by mail, fill it out and send it back immediately (better yet, drop it off yourself). Follow every instruction to make sure your vote will count.

Vote like your rights depend on it because they do.


VOTE BLUE NOW!


23 October 2020

Life of Art #557 [Snowflake Pattern Tissue Paper, Ties, and Fabric; Logo Ties]

Created Snowflake Pattern tissue paper in two styles and several colors and added them to a Snowflake Pattern Wrapping Supplies collection along with gift wrap and ribbon:


Created a Snowflake Pattern Holiday Fabric collection:



And also several festive snowflake pattern ties:


Click through to see more color options on a product page's sidebar.

Also created single and double-sided logo ties on teal and burgundy:


Pinned to boards at Rocklawn Arts on Pinterest.

Watched several sessions of the Adobe Max conference.

How was your week?

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Plan Your Vote!


1. Register to vote or double-check your voter registration. 

2. Request your mail in ballot now or plan how you will vote in person. Early is better. 

3. Vote Blue!

Always remember polls do not decide elections, VOTERS do. 


Need to register to vote, check your registration, request a mail in ballot, find out where to vote? This site is easy to navigate: https://iwillvote.com/


If you're voting by mail, fill it out and send it back (or drop it off yourself) as soon as you get it. Follow every instruction to make sure your vote will count.

If you decide to vote in person, vote early if you can. Know your voting rights (e.g. your right to stay in line if polls close, what to do if machines are down, your right to a provisional ballot, etc.).

Vote like your rights depend on it because they do.


VOTE NOW!

17 October 2020

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art32. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting, but not a tactical guide for breathing better. If that's what you're looking for, skip to the epilogue which gives a condensed version of the book and the appendix which describes some breathing techniques. And check out his website https://www.mrjamesnestor.com/breath for video demos of breathing techniques and expert talks.

If you're looking for the "new science," that's mostly in the end notes.

The meat of the book is a mix of memoir style writing of his experiences with different breathing techniques and stories about past breathing techniques with benefits that never went mainstream. It gives more context to the techniques.

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Plan Your Vote!

1. Register to vote or double-check your voter registration. 

2. Request your mail in ballot now or plan how you will vote in person. Early is better. 

3. Vote Blue!

Always remember polls do not decide elections, VOTERS do. 


Need to register to vote, check your registration, request a mail in ballot, find out where to vote? This site is easy to navigate: https://iwillvote.com/


If you're voting by mail, fill it out and send it back (or drop it off yourself) as soon as you get it. Follow every instruction to make sure your vote will count.

If you decide to vote in person, vote early if you can. Know your voting rights (e.g. your right to stay in line if polls close, what to do if machines are down, your right to a provisional ballot, etc.).

Vote like your rights depend on it because they do.


VOTE NOW!

16 October 2020

Life of Art #556 [Latte Lover Gifts, Snowflake Wrapping Paper and Ribbon]

Created a new Enjoy the Latte Things typography design because latte lovers know it's not just the "little things" but the "latte things" that need to be savored. Check out the collection of mugs, coasters, a trivet, and t-shirt:


Created an original snowflake design and created some different patterns in various colors with it on wrapping paper and ribbons. Each design is available in teal, red, burgundy, blue, and light blue.









Pinned to boards at Rocklawn Arts on Pinterest. Created 3 new video pins:

Made monthly backups. Have you backed up lately?


And on another note:

Register to Vote and then VOTE!

If you're in the United States and you're not registered to vote yet, do it now.

If you're registered to vote, have you double-checked that you still are or updated it if you've moved? Now is the time.

Once you're registered, request your mail in ballot. Commit to filling it out and sending it back (or dropping it off yourself) as soon as you get it. Follow every instruction to make sure your vote will count.

If you decide to vote in person, vote early if you can. Find your polling place. Plan how and when you will go. Check your state's policies so you'll know if you need to bring an ID and know your voting rights (e.g. your right to stay in line if polls close, what to do if machines are down, your right to a provisional ballot, etc.).

Do it now and Vote Blue from top to bottom, friends. Your vote matters and it's crucial we all vote in this upcoming election to oust Trump and as many of the GOP as possible.

Need to register to vote, check your registration, update it, learn about age requirements? More info here:

14 October 2020

Your Vote Matters

If voting didn't matter, Republicans would not spend so much time making it harder for you to vote.

Ways they suppress voting turnout:

Voter ID laws (often too expensive for poor people to get)

Closing polling places where Black and Brown people live. All those long lines you see of people waiting to vote? That's voter suppression. Not everyone can spend 8 hours in line and no one should have to.

Removing drop boxes for ballots. This is really bad considering it's the safest way for most people to deliver their ballot during a pandemic.

Sending less voting machines &/or broken machines to places with voters they don't want

Disenfranchising voters who have served time and rigging the justice system so more Black and Brown people are imprisoned (so they won't be able to vote).
Floridians actually voted to pass a law to return the right to vote to many returning citizens in 2018 but then politicians passed a measure that all their fines and fees must be paid before they can vote. That's a poll tax and it's illegal. Learn more, donate, or get help with registering & fines at https://floridarrc.com

There's more I'm not thinking of right now, but you get the idea.

Voter Suppression in Unpatriotic!


So make sure you vote them out. Vote for Democrats to replace as many Republicans as possible. Vote like your rights depend on it because they do.

Register to Vote and Make a Plan to Vote!

If you're in the United States and you're not registered to vote yet, do it now.

If you're registered to vote, have you double-checked that you still are or updated it if you've moved? Now is the time.

Once you're registered, request your mail in ballot. Commit to filling it out and sending it back (or dropping it off yourself) as soon as you get it. Follow every instruction to make sure your vote will count.

If you decide to vote in person, vote early if you can. Find your polling place. Plan how and when you will go. Check your state's policies so you'll know if you need to bring an ID and know your voting rights (e.g. your right to stay in line if polls close, what to do if machines are down, your right to a provisional ballot, etc.).

Do it now and Vote Blue from top to bottom, friends. Your vote matters and it's crucial we all vote in this upcoming election to oust Trump and as many of the GOP as possible.

Need to register to vote, check your registration, update it, learn about age requirements? More info here:

09 October 2020

Life of Art #555 [Custom Photo Ornaments and Jigsaw Puzzles]

Created a variety of custom photo template ceramic ornaments. Some have monograms, others have custom name and year templates. Several color options are available. They make great personalized gifts for Christmas.

To see more color options, click through to an ornament's product page and then tap the colored dots below "Design Theme" in the sidebar.

Created a Mountain Goats Photo Template Custom Name Jigsaw Puzzle and a Desert Landscape Blue Mesa Badlands Photo Jigsaw Puzzle. The badlands photograph is an original I took when traveling cross country.




Also created a Modern Green White Christmas Tree Pattern Custom Name Christmas Stocking: 


Pinned to boards at Rocklawn Arts on Pinterest.

How was your week?

On another note, you're running out of time in some states, so don't wait:

Register to Vote!

If you're in the United States and you're not registered to vote yet, do it now.

If you're registered to vote, have you double-checked that you still are or updated it if you've moved? Now is the time.

Once you're registered, request your mail in ballot. Commit to filling it out and sending it back (or dropping it off yourself) as soon as you get it. Follow every instruction to make sure your vote will count.

If you decide to vote in person, vote early if you can. Find your polling place. Plan how and when you will go. Check your state's policies so you'll know if you need to bring an ID and know your voting rights (e.g. your right to stay in line if polls close, what to do if machines are down, your right to a provisional ballot, etc.).

Do it now and Vote Blue from top to bottom, friends. Your vote matters and it's crucial we all vote in this upcoming election to oust Trump and as many of the GOP as possible.

Need to register to vote, check your registration, update it, learn about age requirements? More info here: