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Come Visit Me at the Home Grown Holiday Fair in McHenry, IL

What are your plans this weekend? Have you started your holiday shopping yet? I hope whatever you do, you have a chance to stop by the Home Grown Holiday Fair in beautiful downtown McHenry, IL. I will be there selling my brand new 2019 calendars, matted art prints, original paintings, and fun and functional canvas tote bags.

Home Grown Holiday Fair McHenry IL

Home Grown Holiday Makers Fair
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mixin Mingle
1118 N. Green St. 

Home Grown makers fair is an exciting way to get to know and support me and many other local makers. You’ll also enjoy live music and makers demos, meet-the-maker opportunities, amazing shopping, makers basket raffles, food and beverage tastings and much more.

Here are a sampling of who’s going to be there this Sunday:

M. Leigh Rose POTTERY
Just-Joshin Custom Creations HAND-SEWN GIFTS  
Little Lady Impressions BABY/CHILDREN'S CLOTHING 
Beauty Wellness Pharm WHIPPED BUTTERS, SOAPS, ETC.
Cuginos Gourmet Foods, Inc. SOUP 
Two Fat Guys Gourmet Sauces BBQ SAUCES

Guy Meets Girl

Fat Tomato Inc.

I can’t wait to see you!



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New 2019 5x7 Desk Calendars Now Available

I can’t believe it’s November already! This year has zoomed by so quickly and 2019 will be here before you know it. Now is the perfect time to pick up my new 2019 desk calendars for your office, for your kitchen, your coworkers, or for stocking stuffers. These calendars will certainly make you smile and make your work or home space a little bit brighter.

My favorite new calendar this year is my super cute garden gnomes calendar.

This 5”x7” 2019 desk calendar features 13 original photos of my mischievous and adventurous garden gnomes.

13 loose 5”x7" pages (1 for each month and a cover) that feature a 5”x5” photo that you can trim and frame after the month is over. The images are professionally printed on premium quality Fujicolor Crystal Archive photograph paper which provides excellent resistance to light fade.

You can display this calendar in a 5x7 frame, on your desk at work, hang on your refrigerator, pin to your inspiration board, use as a bookmark, or hang from a clipboard-- the possibilities are really endless!

Once the month is over, you can trim off the bottom calendar portion and hang or frame each remaining 5”x5” photo. This is a super affordable way to get 13 mini prints!

In addition to the adorable gnome calendar, I have three more new 2019 desk calendars:

2019 5x7 Desk Calendar Collection

Each of these calendars will certainly bring a bit of nature and calming beauty into your space and life.


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10 super easy DIY photo gifts you can totally make

We all have tons of photos living on our hard drives and on our phones. I happen to have terabytes of photos sitting on multiple hard drives. I'm always looking for easy DIYs to print out and display my photos. I've found a few that I think are easy and would make great gifts for your friends and loved ones this year.

10 Super Easy DIY Photo Gifts You Can Make
10 DIY ideas for Photo Gifts

5. Photo Gift Box

6. Make Your Own Canvas Portrait

7. DIY Photo Transfer Coasters

8. DIY Photo Ornament

9. Personal Photo Clock

10. Personalized Photo Map (I love this one!)


If you're looking for another super easy DIY photo gift project, I recommend my 2016 DIY Calendar templates (shameless plug!) They are a super quick and easy way to print out a calendar with your own custom photos for your family and friends to cherish!

If you want to check out how easy they are, I posted a quick tutorial here: How to use my DIY Calendar Template.

If you find any other awesome DIY photo gift ideas, or if you have tried any of these, be sure to let me know in the comment section below! I'd love to hear how your project turned out and what your friends/family thought of it!


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How to use my 2016 Calendar Templates

Hey friends, it's that time of year to get your calendars updated, or to start thinking about making gifts for your friends and family. I thought I'd show you one of my calendar templates that I'm using to make a gift for my friend that features photos from her daughter's princess photo session (shhh!!!! don't tell her I'm making this for her-- it's a surprise!!! )

2016 Calendar Template- How to add photos

How to add photos to your DIY calendar template:

1. Open the calendar page template in your preferred photo editing software. These templates will work in Photoshop (CC and earlier versions) as well as Photoshop Elements. 

2. Locate the photo you would like to use and open it or drag it onto the window with the template that is already open. 

3. Position your photo on the top half of the template where it says "Add your photo here!" Also, in the layers palette, make sure that your image is layered above the layer that says "Be sure your photo doesn’t extend beyond this line!"

2016 Calendar Template Tutorial


4. Right click on your photo in the layers palette and select "create clipping mask" from the options. This makes sure your photo will fit perfectly within the template.


5. Ta-da!!! Your photo fits perfectly in the allotted space. Simply move your photo around or resize it if necessary to position the photo in the space correctly. When your photo is in the right location, hit the enter key.

6. Save your calendar page! Be sure to "Save As" and save your brand new photo calendar page!

7. Print it!! The templates are all created as 300 dpi files and will print out beautifully. Your calendar page is now ready to print at home on photo paper or to be sent to a print lab of your choice. If you print the calendar pages out at home and you don't use 5"x7" photo paper, be sure to go to the print menu, scroll down to "Printing Marks" and select "Corner Crop Marks." This will add little crop marks that will aid you when you trim the calendar page.

You can find all of my 2016 calendar templates in my art shop here: 2016 Calendar Templates

The templates are available as an instant download so you can start creating right away. They are available in 5"x7" or 4"x6" sizes are are 300 dpi so they will look amazing when printed. The templates ARE compatible with Photoshop and PS Elements.

You can display these calendars in a frame, on your desk at work,  on your refrigerator, pin to your inspiration board, use as a bookmark, hang from a clipboard or from a clothesline with clothespins-- the possibilities are really endless! All you need are your beautiful photos.


**EDIT** 2017 Calendar Templates are now available and can be found here: 2017 5x7 Desk Calendar Templates


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