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Saturday, January 28, 2012

My Animals Have Personality

When you saw my title I bet you thought I was going to talk about my cat or my dog. When I said ‘my animals have personality’ I was talking about the animals that I create. By know I’m sure you know that I love to come up with cute and unique animal creations. I have drawn many types of animals from the common ones like cats and dogs to all kinds of zoo animals and birds too! I love how just by changing the features or the pose of an animal they take on a certain personality. Like the little tiger I drew I called her ‘Trina’, she just has the sweetest look on her face, although we all know that real tigers are not exactly sweet! There is my funny rooster, though I didn’t name him, he is sitting down with chicken legs outstretched and his head is slightly cocked forward, he looks so tired.  He makes me smile. Then there is my silly monkeys, I’ve drawn a few different ones but all slightly different they have curious expressions and all look like trouble to me! If you’re an artist I’m sure you known how much fun and enjoyment creating can bring. The more time you spend at it the better you get. I’ve sold many products with my cartoon animals on them and hope to continue to sell many more. Come by my store to see lots of others. Designs by Shell Here is a sampling below.

If you have a minute let me know which of the animals I’ve created below is your favourite one. Thanks so much!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Helping Others Increases the Feel Good Hormone

Did you know that helping others increases the hormone oxytocin. This is the hormone that allows our brain to release those feel good endorphins. When you do something to nurture, help or benefit another person.  Also known as the ‘cuddle hormone’. It can be triggered by things as simple as a hug, holding open a door for another person, taking a meal to a sick friend or neighbour, carrying a bag of groceries for a senior, or volunteering for a charity. It has been said that the more oxytocin released the better we are able to cope with the stress that creeps into our lives. So today I thought I would share with you some of my ‘friends’ designs from their stores. I have come to know some very talented and amazing people through Zazzle.  Time to showcase some of their work. I wish I could share them all but here are a few artists and work I have come to really appreciate.

Created by MindDesignGrahpx

Created by elenaind

Created by TheInspiredEdge

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Caught in the Whirlwind of Technology

Ever feel like you’re being pulled in a million different directions? As a society we are being saturated more and more with new technology everyday. It’s perfectly normal for individuals to be feeling a little overwhelmed at times. It can be a challenge to keep up with all of the new technology like social networks, e-mail, blogging and business networks. Then add in all of the latest tech gadgets like smartphones, e-readers, ipads, music devices and other handheld technology. It seems almost every week some ‘newer’ form of technology is being thrown into the mix. It’s no wonder individuals feel pulled in every direction. Overall technology is a positive thing but we definitely need to control how we use it.  I guess over all we have to put things into perspective and try to maintain balance in our lives, after all technology isn’t going to be going away, it will be constantly changing and pushing us forward.  Most business’ now will grow and thrive because of the new technology. 

Zazzle is one of those business’ that is thriving because of the advances in technology. They are the only on-demand platform for consumers offering high quality products. Recently they added another bunch of great products to design on. To name a few, classy messenger bags, planner/organizers, macbook sleeves, and ipad covers. Here I’ll share a few of my latest designs. For more stop by my store Designs by Shell.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Pinterest - Are You On Board?

Recently I was introduced to this exciting social media platform called Pinterest. Interesting name you say, well the name literally means pinning things that interest you to virtual boards. This is a fabulous site for organizing and displaying images all in one place. Think of it as a giant photo album completely organized by individual titles that you give to each board. One can create categories like home decor, travel, food and recipes, style and fashion, marketing, and so forth. I believe this social networking site will be powerful for subtle marketing of business’ as well. Keep in mind as you create your pin boards that people are viewing your images and many will repin those images to there own boards. It’s a great way to share ideas and find new products you may not have otherwise heard of.  People using this site are generally looking for and wanting to share inspiration and unique ideas.  Come and check it out… you can follow my pin boards here  ShellsDesigns2 

Well I have also been busy creating new designs for my store Designs by Shell. Working on everything from cartoon animals to wedding designs. Here are a few of the latest ones…