my summer plans




myjrnl 001a3

myjrnl 001a4 copy

myjrnl 002a5_edited-1

myjrnl 002a6 copy

myjrnl 003a7_edited-1

myjrnl 003a8copy

myjrnl 004a9_edited-1

myjrnl 004a10 copy

myjrnl 005a11_edited-1

myjrnl 005a12copy


full steam ahead


i am so grateful to be at home today.  my self care card today is GRATITUDE.  & so fitting because that is the mood that i am in today. i woke up this morning bursting with this incredible sense of joyful gratitude.  yesterday was a bit of a nightmare, but today is a new day.  i am so glad.  i can concentrate on more important business, like this & that. 🙂

the growth of the new site is exciting! can i just tell you?  i am humbly grateful to everyone who has joined the network. their support & enthusiasm overwhelms me, but in a wicked good way!  🙂

i am working on putting together a few fun giveaways in there as well as dreaming up more swaps. my plan is to offer an itty bitty book swap (or two) each month. i have so many swap themes bursting in my head that it only made sense to offer a ton of swaps in the new site.  didn’t a tell you that those itty bitty books were addicting, lol?  to learn more or join in on the fun, please go here. 

the zine project is coming along too.  in fact, much of my day will be spent working on the zine.  it is so nice to have uninterrupted time to work on this.  i’m reworking the covers & editing some more copy.  there’s plenty to do for sure.  & i am happy to do it! 🙂

to be grateful is to have a joyful heart.  that pretty much sums up how my day is going. & i hope yours is going that way too. 🙂

submissions deadline

 tomorrow is the last day to submit any last minute articles, pictures, artwork, poems & calling cards to my soon-to-be-released zine, follow your bliss

based on what i have so far, it’s going to be a challenge editing it all to fit nicely & in an aesthetically pleasing way.  i was planning for a half zine containing up to 42 pages due to budget constraints…but it may end up being more pages (50 or more!)…we’ll see how it all pans out. i will make it work…somehow.   i am uber excited with what i have so far & can’t wait to show you what’s in store for the premiere issue! 🙂

calling (ALL) cards

hope you are all having a good weekend.  been busy, but this time, in the studio.  i have been cutting, painting, gluing…cutting, painting, gluing….cutting, painting, gluing…{you get the picture, hehehe}.  i thought i’d come up for some air. 🙂

i came across a box of various biz cards that i have amassed over time & it reminded me to put another call out to folks in bloggyland>>> i’ve been working behind the scenes on my zine project (which, to refresh your memories, i’ve blogged here & here)…and working on layout ideas for the various sections.  the other day, chronicle books gave me the green light to write an article based on some info i found in one of their books.  i’ve got a cool interview lined up next week.  also, i’ve got quite the roster of lovely gals who have offered to contribute some articles too.  ooh, i am so excited, you don’t know!  women entreprenuers helping other women entrepreneurs…that is the BIG picture folks! 

anyway, sort of got a little off topic…back to the calling cards.  if you got ’em, why not flaunt ’em?  i am planning to devote a two page spread (maybe even a foldout page??! still figuring out if i can do that…)  on cards alone.   when i was going through my stash, i was amazed to see that i have quite the stash, hehehe.  there are some that are ok. some that are a bit blah. some that are adorable.  some that are unique.  some that are wicked clever.  some that are simply fab.  & some that are just plain WEIRD.  but it’s all good. 🙂

so, if you’d like your biz card, postcard, button, magnet (or any other related calling card-type item), etc., featured in my zine, pls. drop me a line at  deadline for all types of submissions is still AUGUST 30, 2008. 

thanks for  reading this zine-fomercial 🙂

have a great week ahead! xoxo mary ann