Reusing the Hamburger Helper box

September 16, 2014

Several years ago when I first started selling ACEO’s on eBay, I was afraid they’d get bent in the mail. So, I started making little cardboard protectors.

They were simple little things, made from boxes of things I bought at the store, like Hamburger Helper.

I collected cardboard box by box. Even more, I hated putting these protectors together. It wasn’t that it was hard or even took long, it just was boring. I don’t do well with boring.

Then one day, I came across Geninne’s Art Blog. She had all these cute envelopes that she would send out to people who were collecting her art. As much as I’d like to say the idea was mine, I really decided while looking at her website that I really needed to be more creative with my ACEO protectors. Even more, I dare say that I considered the idea of becoming a **GASP!** stamper.

I started making stamped ACEO protectors then and decided I really liked doing it. It’s amazing how something as simple as adding stamps can make a boring job creative and fun.

Here’s some of my protectors that will be going out to winners of my eBay auctions for original ACEO artwork this month. I hope they find the stamped creations as fun and delightful as I had in making them.

ACEO protectors


Here’s the backside of a couple of these:

ACEO protector back2

ACEO protector back


And occasionally it’s challenging to use the actual box:

Star Wars ACEO protector

My first ACEO painted in 2014

September 13, 2014
Space 2014-1 2.5 x 3.5 Acrylic on bristol board Dawn Blair ©2014

Space 2014-12.5 x 3.5 Acrylic on bristol board

Dawn Blair ©2014

Currently available on eBay. My next few posts will show a few fun things that I do when I ship out an ACEO. I certainly hope they delight the recipient.

Up for Auction 08/08/14

August 8, 2014
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Everyone got their fingers crossed? I’m trying something new. Please forgive me if this doesn’t work as well as I hope it does. Sometimes you have to take risks just to find out what will happen. Yes, I’m tinkering!

ACEO original acrylic painting tree landscape
ACEO original acrylic painting tree landscape
Current price: $4.99
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Check out this item


Fiction writers – take note!

July 22, 2014

If you thought getting that first draft out was hard, then try editing it.

No, I mean really editing it!

This doesn’t mean just reading through it making sure everything lines out okay. This means looking at the actual text and evaluating how to to do it better. Trust me on these two points: your every word is not golden and you can make it better.

I’ve filled my book, The Write Edit with lots of 1st draft examples and followed them with edited examples so you can see the process. Learn how to get rid of “was.” Learn how to control the pacing of your story. Most importantly, learn how to blend in information without stopping your story.

The paperback edition is available for $7.99 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Kindle and Nook editions are only $4.99. If you buy the paperback from Amazon, you can get the Kindle addition for an additional $0.99 (prices are all in US dollars). Consider this as part of your continuing education as a writer.

May we never stop improving! At least I know that’s one of my goals. How about you?

History of a Dead Man – now available

July 18, 2014

History of a Dead Man


Now available — exclusive to Amazon Kindle at the moment– for only $0.99.

If you can wait, it’ll be free on August 1-3, 2014 and September 20-21, 2014. That’s if you can wait. I mean, these are the years of Steigan’s life that he still has never spoken to me about. What could the man possibly have to hide? (yes, I know he’s just a character in my head, but the brain doesn’t know the difference between reality and imagination — that’s a blog for another time!)

Rockin’ Life page 5 has been posted

June 26, 2014

I sometimes feel like I might be being a little too blunt with Rockin’ Life. I know I’m assertive and I’ve had some people take that as aggression. I just can’t understand why anyone would want to be “normal” or “average.” What is that anyway? Who makes the benchmark on an ordinary, average life? Is keeping up with the Joneses normal?

Here’s a case in point: The Lego Movie. The hero just wants to fit in, to not be alone, to have friends. Everything he does is geared to being part of the crowd, which he isn’t. He’s following other people’s formula’s and trying to be one of the gang. As the movie progresses, we find out that his being just like everyone else and wanting a place in the world is what makes him special. Really, being a nobody who wants to be just like everybody else is a superpower? Being average is okay? According to that movie it is. I left the theater feeling depressed. My kids were saying how spectacular it was and were all excited — “When’s the second one coming out?” — and I just wanted to crawl inside my car and cry. School makes us all sheep, we struggle to find our place in the world, we want to be liked, we want to possess things and keep up with our friends, we get jealous when someone has something we don’t. I know. I’ve felt these things too. I remember being the outside, the ghost no one paid any attention too. I understand what the invisible girl in Buffy the Vampire Slayer went through as she faded away. But then I realized that I wanted more. I didn’t want to be average.

I want to be a ROCKSTAR!

To hell with average. Blah! Oh, and while we’re at it, I have no desire to save the world either. I believe we’re all here for our own lessons, whatever they might be. For a deeper understanding, go read Mike Dooley’s work — he’s got a great way of explaining it.

But what I do want to do is SAVOR the world. We have a truly beautiful world and we should enjoy it. In joy.

If we’d all wake up and realize that we are to be rockstars “in joying” ourselves while we learn how to be the creators we are, that’s when we’ll save the world and we can all savor together.

Rockin’ Life page 4 posted

June 19, 2014

I know you’re all excited. Rockin’ Life page 4 is now here.

I also forgot to mention that page 4 of Weblinks came out earlier this week — click the link for that page.

Hope you all are having a Rockin’ week!


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