Cute Custom Pet Portrait Giveaway

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If you’re a pet owner like me you’ve probably come to terms with the fact that your pet – dog or cat, perhaps hamster or snake – is lovingly adored and a thousand times more spoiled than you’d like to admit. But that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with being the awesome pet owners that we are. So what to do? Well, I certainly think we should embrace the fact.
Custom Cartoon Family Portrait from Cute Cartoon Portraits
In order to help you remain a bona fide addict and hapless slave to your pet, I suggest immortalizing your furry – or perhaps scaled – darling with a custom pet portrait from Cute Cartoon Portraits. Cute Cartoon Portraits is a shop devoted to custom commissioned portraits of your beloved pets, family, and friends. Each illustration is created especially for you using your very own pictures! Additionally, you’ll also find a wide selection of pre-made cartoons that have been placed on greeting cards and wall art prints.
Custom Pet Portraits from Cute Cartoon Portraits
Joanna, the artist behind Cute Cartoon Portraits, has been drawing ever since she could hold a pencil. She has training in classical animation as well as Motion Design and loves drawing. And, because she finds such great inspiration from custom drawings, she’s sponsoring a giveaway and offering up one of her Custom Pet Portraits to one lucky winner! This is a personal custom digital portrait created from YOUR photos. The winner will receive a digital copy in any size that he or she chooses which can then be taken to his or her local printer. This prize is valued at $60.

In addition to custom portraits of pets and families, Joanna also serves up super cute baby shower invites, wedding and save the date invites, pins and pendants. If you just can’t wait to see if you’ll be lucky enough to win, you can order from Cute Cartoon Portraits through September 1, 2012 and save 25% off your purchase when you enter coupon code: LOVEANIMALS at checkout. Shop online at or on etsy!

But don’t let that stop you from entering! Everyone has a chance to win as long as you’re 18 or older. Simply enter via Rafflecopter below by a minute after midnight Eastern Time on August 10th, 2012.

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Sewing made simple. A diy travel sewing kit for non-sewers to sew. Or something like that.

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My friend Ben is a crafty seamstress – seamster? – who is on his way to becoming a sewist – “someone who creates sewn works of art, which can include clothing or other items made with sewn elements.” Currently he stitches backpacks together with a craftsmanship I doubt I could master with my current lack of patience. Recently, however, he informed me that he’s decided to make his own clothing. And how could I expect any less from a fine arts major and alumni of my own Alma mater? However, not only will he be making his own clothing, he has also offered to sew together my dresses that have been sitting stalemate for over year at my grandmother’s house. I have several dresses from vintage patterns that I’d bought fabric, thread and notions for and even went so far as to cut out not only the patterns but the fabric. as well. They simply need stitching.
So when I ran across this diy project for making a diy felt travel kitty sewing kit, I thought it’d make an awesome gift for him with his birthday less than a week away. Unfortunately, I’d probably have to man it up a bit. Perhaps with a Peter Rabbit character wearing a bow tie. I’m not sure kitties are his thing.
Anyhow, you can find this fun diy sewing project over at Sew4Home. It’s a super simple project that makes sewing easy and would be great for kids just learning the craft or thread and needle challenged grown ups kind of like me. So swing into your favorite craft store, grab some needle and thread and a collection of colorful felt and get started!

Excercising my pencil.

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I’ve been in the need of a little creativity lately to keep me occupied. So when I found the book Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series) by Carla Sonheim, it was like fate. It has a year’s worth of awesome, mostly non-traditional drawing exercises to inspire creativity and make drawing fun. Here are a few of the exercises I’ve done so far.

  Draw 30 cats. Take it further and paint your favorite. Media: Watercolor pencils.

Sad kitty. Media: Watercolor pencils.

Alley cat. Media: Watercolor pencils.

(Left) Blind contour giraffe. Draw a giraffe without looking at the page you are drawing it on. Media: Marker, Watercolor pencils. (Right) Imaginary creature. Turn paint splotches into an animal shape. Media: Watercolor pencils.

Draw with India Ink straight from the dropper. Blot then color. Media: India Ink, Marker.

Draw a dog. Media: Watercolor pencils.