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One of several things I have been working on this week is making a series of  products with my photo, Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53:
Looking up a steep snow covered hill in Rainier, Oregon the crystal clear early morning sky is seen through a break in the trees.

Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 photocard
Use this custom photo card as a Christmas or New Years card with your own photo and text.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 stationery
There are matching postage and stickers to go with this beautiful stationery. You could also create a custom gift set of stationery by ordering several different kinds of my forest stationery, with matching postage and stickers.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 keychain
Feel free to add your own favorite quote or poem to this key-chain.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 sticker
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 by dlmtleArt
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Below are several of many options for a great custom shirt.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 card
Leave this card blank for that special note, or add your own custom greeting for Christmas or New Years.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 mousepad
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 by dlmtleArt
Browse more custom mousepads available from zazzle
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Last week I used this photo to make some new products on zazzle. This is one of my favorite photos –I love how as the early morning sun bursts through the trees, illuminating the forest with its heavenly glow, silhouettes of branches and leaves create a semblance of a stained glass window. It also reminded me this last week a bit of the Christmas star, so I thought it would make a nice photo card for Christmas.

Add your own custom text and event details to the other side.
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Add your own photo to the red frame, customize the text, color, or both for your own unique Christmas card!
Design your own photo greeting card at zazzle
These are two of many shirt options available, choose form a variety of colors and styles.
This is a blank note card, add your own custom text if you wish.
Make a unique note card online with Zazzle
Early Morning Sun Rays #18 postcard
Early Morning Sun Rays #18 by dlmtleArt
Make your own Post cards on zazzle
Early Morning Sun Rays #18 mousepad
Early Morning Sun Rays #18 by dlmtleArt
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Using a picture I took while on  hike in the woods last winter, I recently created a series of  items for Christmas. This macro photo of holly with red holly berries covered in snow and sparkling in the sun is fun and festive for Christmas. Show your holiday spirit!

Snow Covered Holly mug
This  ringer mug with red handle and trim sets off the colors of  the red berries and green holly nicely. Snow covered leaves and red berries stand out in sharp detail from the softly focused forest background.
Snow Covered Holly invitation
I love how the sunlight shines luminously through the snow in this photo. Just add your own text to the back and you have a beautiful invitation for your Christmas party or other holiday event.
Snow Covered Holly photocard
With a place to insert your family photo, and your family name and the year, as well as the ability to customize with your own holiday greeting, this is a fun and memorable card to send out to your family and friends this year.
Snow Covered Holly rackcard
Advertise your seasonal Christmas business or services with this rack card. Just add your own photo and text.
Snow Covered Holly stationery
On a green background, this is a fun, festive  and beautiful Christmas stationery.
Snow Covered Holly keychain
Snow Covered Holly by dlmtleArt
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Snow Covered Holly sticker
A fun sticker for that extra festive touch to all your holiday mailings…
Two of several shirt options available
Snow Covered Holly shirt
Snow Covered Holly by dlmtleArt
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Snow Covered Holly card
Blank Christmas card, add your own personal message…
Snow Covered Holly by dlmtleArt
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Snow Covered Holly bag
This is a fun reusable bag fo making those special holiday purchases, as a reusable gift bag, or just to tote your stuff with you (such as christmas gifts you are working on) with you during the holiday season…
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Dawna’s art on FineArtAmerica

Dawna’s art on Amazon

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see Dawna’s art & photography with the poetry of Glennis Roper
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A few days ago I used my photo, Misty Moon Over the Columbia River, to create some items on zazzle.

In this picture the moon lights up misty clouds with translucent white light in a stormy looking purplish sky above Longview, Washington. Surrounded by mountain ranges which disappearing into distant haze, the city lights blaze like dots of fire along the banks of the Columbia River. Seen through the forest on the hills of Rainier, Oregon the river flows thought the Columbia River Gorge towards the sea as the dusk begins to deepen into night…

Misty Moon Over the Columbia River tie
Misty Moon Over the Columbia River by dlmtleArt
Make ties online at zazzle.com
Misty Moon Over the Columbia River shirt
This is just one of many shirt options available.
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Dawna’s art on FineArtAmerica

Dawna’s art on Amazon

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see Dawna’s art & photography with the poetry of Glennis Roper
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Stargazer Lilies #20 print

Stargazer Lilies #20 by dlmtleArt Browse the poster Designs at Zazzle.com

A bouquet of stargazer lilies glows in the afternoon sun, with translucent petals and leaves, while the  background disappears into the shadows in this softly focused photograph.

stargazer lilies #23, print

Focused black and white photo of an arrangement of pink and white speckled stargazer lilies. One unopened bud stands tall above the rest which bloom radiantly in an ethereal glow of afternoon sunlight.

stargazer lilies #31 print

Softly focused photograph of a vase of pink and white speckled stargazer lilies glowing gloriously radiant in the afternoon sun. These beautiful blooms stand out gorgeously against the dark background.

The soft focus in this photo of a vase of pink and white speckled stargazer lilies glowing brilliantly in the afternoon sun conveys a feeling of old fashioned romance and memories full of love and joy.

stargazer lilies #32 postcardstargazer lilies #32 by dlmtleArt

post card printing Using Zazzle

More Major Holidays Postcards

stargazer lilies #32 cardstargazer lilies #32 by dlmtleArt

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View other Multi-Region Cardsstargazer lilies #32 stamp

stargazer lilies #32 by dlmtleArt
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stargazer lilies #32 sticker
stargazer lilies #32 by dlmtleArt
Make a personalized sticker on zazzle.com
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stargazer lilies #32 shirt
stargazer lilies #32 by dlmtleArt
Design Custom TShirt At www.Zazzle.com
Browse more Major Holidays T-Shirts

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see Dawna’s art & photography with the poetry of Glennis Roper
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I always used to think I was no good at setting and achieving goals. I have come to the realization that I just did not know how to get from the goal setting stage to actually achieving the goal. It never occurred to me when I was younger that what was stopping me from attaining my goals was not having a plan of action, or in other words not breaking it down into smaller steps that would eventually get me there.

For a long time I have wanted to be an artist, but did not think it was possible to make any money on it in the near future. About six months ago I decided to quit listening to my own negative self talk and start believing that it is possible for me to be a real honest to goodness getting paid for it artist. I quit listening to my own excuses. I had told myself that I did not “have time” to paint, or I didn’t deserve to paint ( because the house was a mess), or it won’t sell anyway, so why bother?

What led to this drastic change in my attitude?

Well, first of all, a catastrophe of sorts happened in our family. Things had been going great, we had just bought our first house and a brand new car. Life was good. We even had a dog. Then the proverbial “stuff’ hit the proverbial fan. My wonderful hardworking husband got news that his employer was closing their doors and he would be out of a job. He looked really hard for work, but there just wasn’t anything in our area in his area of expertise that paid anywhere near what he had been making before. After a few months of that, I quit being a stay at home mom and and got a job through a temp agency locally so we could afford to send him to a vocational school. The original plan was to have me work for just a month or two until he could get us back on our feet financially. A few months turned into almost a year.

The first temp agency looked at my application and nearly laughed me out of their office. I was humiliated. I am a hard worker, really. but I have put a high value on raising my own kids, so the few “real” jobs I have had were temporary and few and far between. I went to a second agency and in shear desperation took a swing shift job that required repetitive lifting of up to 50 lbs by myself and up to 100 lbs with help. I have a mild case of scoliosis, so many of my family were very concerned that I might injure my back doing that kind of lifting. With lots of daily stretching before work ( and a lot of prayer) I managed to make it without throwing out my back. Anyway long story short, I figured if I was capable of doing that, I was capable of making my way as an artist–no matter how impossible it might seem. I also was highly motivated to find a way to help support our family without all the hassle of finding and keeping a reliable babysitter. Being out in the workforce had also taken a big toll on the kids and their performance in school.

During the year I spent working I would spend my free time –what little of it there was– brushing up my art skills through reading books on drawing and composition. Sometimes I visited online art forums and got advice from others about what steps to take when starting an art business. When I got off work early enough, and wasn’t too tired, I would work on a painting.

I had recently learned that I was capable of setting and achieving goals instead of just setting the goal and beating myself up emotionally when nothing happened. I had set a goal to lose 50lbs in 1 year. I got about halfway there in the course of a year on my own, and then I found a place called Sparkpeople.com which helped me learn more about achieving my goals and got me the rest of the way to my goal weight plus a little more. I also had a goal to improve the cleanliness of my home. I’m still working on that through a program called flylady.net, but I am seeing visible progress–which is a wonderful thing.

So, I started baby stepping into it. I bought some face paint and got some business cards (an investment of about 35.00 in all), then I borrowed a gazebo from a friend and set up shop at the local farmers market. I didn’t make very much money off of it, but it was a good chance to pass out business cards and do some networking. I also signed up for a place called Imagekind.com in order to sell some prints of my work. I added a link to my Imagekind gallery in my email signature. It was surprising to find how many of my friends and family members did not know I was an artist. A few months later I set up an account with Zazzle.com to put some of my art on things like greeting cards, tee shirts, and mugs.

One of the pieces of advice I had been getting pretty consistently from other artists was to get a blog. I have to admit I was really dragging my feet on this one. It sounded like a LOT of work to figure out how to do one, and then a lot of work to keep it going. Finally I decided to take the plunge and spent several days looking into different sites and comparing options. I really needed something free -or at least pretty close to it — for now. I was hoping to find something in that price range that would allow me to both have a web site and a blog all together, because I felt like that would be less work for me to keep up and make things simpler as far a the number of web links for people to check out. I also wanted to either have no advertising on it or be able to have control over which ads were there (and then get paid for them). Oh, and it had to be easy to use (might as well dream big while I’m dreaming, right?).

I spent enough time with all the comparisons that I’m surprised I didn’t go cross eyed, but I finally decided to go with wordpress.com. Although I had heard quite a few people say they really like blogger.com because it was fairly easy to do, I had also heard from many others that they got lots of spam on it. I’m not too keen on getting spam myself. I had asked around on the forum at Imagekind and one of the people, who is also a respected author, said he uses wordpress and then hosts it on his own server, so he can write his own html and have adds that he gets paid for. I decided against hosting my blog on a separate server because of the cost for now, but I figure this using wordpress’s free blog will help me take that step when I am ready because I will already be familiar with their programming. Then I can go after my own advertisers if I want to, which I wouldn’t mind as long as I have complete control over what ads are on my blog.

It’s taken me 2 weeks to get my gallery and my bio page up and running, but I now officially have my own blog. My advice is if you have a dream, Go get it! Woo hoo! Now on to the next step in my quest to achieve my dreams…

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Dawna’s art on Amazon

Visit Dawna’s fan page and become a fan on facebook!

see Dawna’s art & photography with the poetry of Glennis Roper
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