Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Happy Holidays!


It's been an incredibly busy 6 months and now the snow is flying! A huge "thanks" to all who have laughed with me, supported me, befriended me and helped me through this last year. I promise to start posting again to the blog, at least, that's my New Year's resolution and you know how those go, but I am going to try.
Hope your holiday is filled with laughter, good tidings and peace!
See you in 2008!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Whirled Peas

It's hot, really hot. Especially, standing next to a 325 degree oven! But regardless of the heat, this month I have been experiencing lots of creative ideas and this is just one that I was able to execute. What better use for this than on an apron? My Mom loves it! I bet yours will, too. Natural colored bib apron with deep pockets, silkscreened in green ink, of course. They are really affordable, and also would be great for Dads, as well. $15.00 + shipping.
Eat your vegetables!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Rainy Day Blues


Time flies when you procrastinate. But I do have an excuse for not posting to my blog for a while. It's Spring, I've been busy and plenty o' things on my plate these days. The Liberal Store is coming along. We will be getting more inventory in this week in preparation for the upcoming First Friday Art Opening in the building. It will also be an extra long weekend, as the Blues Under the Bridge concert will be the following night and I plan to be open for both evenings. Yahoo!
I'll post a link when the server is back up and running. Meanwhile, you can check things out by going to www.bluesunderthebridge.com.
The incredible Robert Belfour will be playing that evening. Along with John Black and local favorites John-Alex Mason and The Jake Loggins Band, it promises to be a fun evening and a great kick off for The Liberal Store, too.


On this rainy day, my e-mail server has been down yet, once again. I would change companies in a heart beat, but everyone in the world has this e-mail address. I do have another one set up on Yahoo if anyone has trouble contacting me. It is diann80907@yahoo.com and it has yet to have a problem.....EVER!
Just have to remember to check it once in awhile.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

"....a bug in amber"

One of the most influential authors in my limited universe has died...
I credit him with dipping my toes into the realm of free thought, much of my quirky sense of humor and liberal leanings in politics.
My college years were sprinkled with Kurt Vonnegut's words and their effect was longer lasting than I could have ever imagined.
Someone said in memorium....."a library burned today". But I say, his pirate's sensibility and fearless writing will live on.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Tanned and ready!

Back from my Yucatan vacation! Great snorkeling, much needed relaxation and lots of fun! But the flights, customs, security checks and the long waits in lines made it almost not worth the trouble of traveling there. We were most disappointed at the building and sale of lots in the biosphere, Sian Kahn, which is supposed to be a protected area. It was pretty obvious that the influx of American and European dollars has finally taken it's toll. Can't blame the Mexicans for wanting to cash in on the tourists, but as one returning vacationer we spoke with on the plane put it....."well, they will just sink with the rest of us!" Hundreds of taxis traveling up and down the peninsula spoke to the lack of public transportation and the latest job opportunity in the area. We saw Office Depot and Sam's Club in Playa del Carmen, along with a 7-11. Oh my gosh.
The days of secluded, relaxing adventure vacations down there have been replaced by Disneyland-like lagoons and crowded vans of people going to "jungle adventure" theme parks.
Prices were astronomical and we paid $7.00 for a frappacino at a Baskin-Robbins in the airport. Not your typical cheap Mexican vacation anymore! I still loved the beaches, the snorkeling and waking up to sounds of waves and birds. Tread lightly if you want to still go there. The only thing that can save the area is responsible tourism.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Vacation Reminder!

March 23rd will find us on the plane headed to the beach. I will be back in the studio on April 2nd with a tan and renewed spirit! This was a tough call since things are pretty busy around here right now, but gosh, those untransferable, non-refundable tickets and paid for accommodations, makes it unrealistic to not go! Being the first real vacation I've taken (not counting down time with my parents) in the four years I've had this business........I think I'm due. Talk to you soon!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

March Evening Sky Map


For anyone who is interested and can't preview this wonderful Sky Map for March, I can send you the website (and you can click on the heading above) so you can get it for your own latitude. Star gazing is my own personal way of keeping in touch with my place in the universe. Concerning outdoor activities of all kinds, being in touch with nature and our outside environment.....studies say that the average person only spends 10% of their time outdoors now. Shocking, isn't it? But I have to say, I'm not too surprised by that figure. It's my own theory that it is unnatural, unhealthy, physically and mentally, for a person to spend that much time indoors. I always feel a sense of renewal when I've been outdoors doing something. With Spring just around the proverbial corner, I find myself anxiously looking forward to being outdoors more, Sky Map in hand, learning more about the stars and feeling my place among them, riding my bike to work, gardening, taking monster walks with Rosie the beagle or just laying in the grass in the sun. ummmmm. I can hardly wait. First, Mexico!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Marshall Islands Scuba Diving Design


The requests to get all of my scuba designs up on the site keep coming in. I'll do so, as I have the time. Remember, all of the designs are meant to be flexible and I can change the type to reflect wherever you might be going if it's applicable. Just click on the Dive Designs Label below to view all that I have on the site so far.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Spring T-shirt Time!

You can always pinpoint the day each year around here when people's minds suddenly awaken to the fact that Spring is just around the corner. Phone calls, estimates, inquiries, drop-ins suddenly start happening all at once. I can tell it's going to get busy around here really soon. Like now!
Over the last week, having discovered the CafePress.com site once again, I decided to experiment with setting up a store on it with a few of my designs. It's at http://cafepress.com/rainydaysstudio. With hundreds of thousands of products on it, not sure mine will stand out, but I hope so. Started with just 4 designs that I think others might like. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Happy Spring!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Ruff!

This is too perfect not to post. It expresses exactly how I am feeling after participating in some local "news" blogs. Heh heh

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Love Day


It's all there is. Give some today.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Retro T-shirt, "Northern Exposure" style

copyright 2007


I love that old television show and I'm so glad it's running on PBS right now. My favorite pasttime is looking at all the old great t-shirts the cast is wearing. Of course, Ruth Ann, the storekeeper has some of the best. I decided to recreate this one of hers.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Get ready for Spring!

Come on now.....I'm trying to think positively while my feet become blocks of ice on this cold, concrete studio floor. The boyfriend and I are going to Mexico the last week of March and it won't be too soon! He's a native Colorado Springsian and claims that this is the most unusual Winter he has experienced here in quite some time. My parents would agree, I'm sure, as they "hunker down" in their RV, stranded in the Hill Country in Texas. Their getaway trip after the holidays turned into an icy retreat, complete with icicles precariously hanging from the roof of their traveling home to the ground. Last call from them yesterday was a comforting one, letting me know they were going to stay put until this third storm goes on through. Funny, I've become the worried parent in a complete role reversal. Running out to get more reading material, getting plenty of naps, along with lively games of dominoes to fend off boredom have now become their daily routine. Personally, it's been heck for business here. Who wants to think about screening 6.1 oz., short-sleeve t-shirts when it's 0 degrees outside? Things are picking up now, with the sale going on, but sure am looking forward to the busy Spring season.
I'm not ready to start playing dominoes quite yet.

Friday, January 5, 2007

Time for the January Sale!

Through the month of January, Rainy Days is pleased to offer all new customers free screen setups for their projects. I haven't tried this offer before, so we'll see how it goes. You could save a little or a lot, depending on the artwork. Don't wait. Wearable prices will be going up soon. January is the right time!

Oh no! More snow!


Tuesday, January 2, 2007

2007!

I'm back from Christmas vacation! I was a lucky woman and was able to fly out of Denver International on the second plane leaving from DIA after the first big storm on it's original schedule. I felt a bit guilty walking by all the people who had been stranded and sleeping in that airport for two days. Yes, I was lucky. I've paid for it though in the amount of snow shoveling I've had to do at home and at the studio. Two blizzards, back to back....pretty uncommon here, especially this time of year. But the sun is back out, the temperature is rising, streets are clearing and I'm back to work!
Thanks to all my customers who were so patient during that rushed week. A happy new year to you!