Friday, February 27, 2015

Dark Fashion Ties for Men

These fashion ties also offer a bit of artistic flare, giving the wearer some other colors to highlight the print.

This first design features an abstract design of blacks, grays, and white. The pattern almost looks like a wave that blends in and out of each other. It looks to form contrasting layers that are layered horizontally. It will look nice with a variety of dark suits.


For more of a traditional look with a bit of a modern flare, is the polka dot pattern of white on brown. The polka dots are in various sizes, and gives a pop of contrast on the dark tie.


For more of an abstract and rustic look, is the tile shapes in various dark shades, that look like they are outlined with mortar. The tiles are painted in shades of tans and browns. If's a great look for someone who is in construction, and still wants to wear a tie.


All of these ties measure 55 inches in length, and are four inches wide at their wides point. They are made of a silky 100% polyester fabric. There is no minimum order.

View more Ties by CherylsArt at Zazzle.com.

Cheryl Paton

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Custom Lined Shamrock Stationery

Do ya have a bit uh Irish in ya, eh? Well if you do or even if you don't, you can still find some custom shamrock stationery to share your notes and letters on.

This first design features two shamrocks that are trimmed in gold dots, for a touch of elegance.


The address at the top is easily customized by typing in your information on the template form that is provided.

For a bit more green and less personalization, you can go for the border of this same shamrock, that is printed around the page.


This third design features a painting of a collage of shamrocks, in various shades of green. The design borders both the top and the bottom of the stationery.


All three designs are lined for easy writing, and keeping things straight. I don't know about you, but I usually write on a slant when the lines aren't provided.

Here's to you, and lots of good cheery thoughts throughout the year.

Cheryl Paton

Honey Bee Pillows and Matching Fabric

If you love honey bees and would like to add them to your decor, then you may like to choose this matching pillow and fabric.

The honey bee design is printed on both sides of throw pillows.


The pillows come in a choice of square and lumbar shapes. The square shapes come in a choice of 16 by 16 inches, and 20 by 20 inches. The lumbar shaped pillow measures 13 by 21 inches. All shapes and sizes come in a choice of Polyester and Grade A Cotton.

They have a hidden zipper enclosure and a synthetic filled insert. This way, the cover can be removed for cleaning.

The fabric can be purchased by the yard, and/or by fat quarters. It can be printed on 10 continuous yards, should you want to make curtains. It is printed with non-toxic inks.


You can find more matching honey bee items by CherylsArt at Zazzle.com.

Cheryl Paton






Monday, February 23, 2015

Irish Dinner Party Ideas and Invitations

Welcome to my Irish Dinner Party Ideas. Here you will find ideas from start to finish for an Irish dinner, including the invites. These ideas will be both vegetarian and non-alcoholic.

For an appetizer and or as a side, you can have broccoli sticks (the outer layer of the stalks removed), celery sticks, and or asparagus spears. You can also use the broccoli florets or save them for the stew. A nice dill dip will go very well with these.

As a side, you can have boiled potatoes with cabbage. The cabbage will help to flavor the potatoes nicely. If you want some extra flavor, you can toss in some diced mushrooms and your preferred seasonings. The cows get to stay home on this one. This would go very well with vegetarian chicken patties which can be the main course.

For another main course option, you could make a vegetable stew. Be sure to add some green such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, green onion, peas, etc. Portabella mushrooms work great to amp up the flavoring for a more hearty vegetarian stew. If you like bread, you can make some Irish soda bread to go with the stew.

For dessert, I recommend a yellow or butter cake, with a bit of green food coloring, and flavored with mint. Yumm.

For the beverage, you could have green tea (without it being green.) Choose decaf or regular, depending on your preference.

That should be enough for a healthy meal where everyone can have enough to eat and still feel healthy afterwards.

The invites are easily customized online, with your specific details.


The RSVP on these shamrock stamps will let your guests know that you'd like a response. If so, be sure to include the how to contact on the invites. If not, just click on Customize It, and then backspace through the RSVP in the text field.



If you want paper plates for easy clean up, you can choose from seven and nine inch sizes.


See more shamrock designs by CherylsArt at Zazzle.com.

May you have a wonderful time having an Irish dinner with your family, friends, and/or neighbors.

Cheryl Paton

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Honey Bees Live Organically


I had been reading reports about the honey bee not being as prevalent as it once was. Some people have eluded to the idea that this would also mean the demise of our produce. But I beg to differ. We are a resilient bunch. One thing that I have noticed throughout history, is that when a problem has presented itself, for the most part, people have come up with a way to overcome it.

I'm not saying that anyone shouldn't be concerned, but what I am saying, is that we should be asking ourselves what can we do.

The honey bee's role in the garden

The honey bee helps our gardens to flourish by pollinating the various blooms. The honey bee flies from flower to flower, and pollen sticks to its fuzzy body, which then gets relocated to another flower, causing the pollination to take place.

Your role as a pollinator

One thing that people can do, is to foster this process along themselves. On small scale gardens, the end of a Q-tip works fine. When the blooms have started, go take a Q-tip and smudge it the blooms, going from one to another. You will have pollinated your flowers. I have used this method myself.

One a larger scale, you could perhaps use a feather duster to cover a larger amount of blooms at one time. Or if you're really ingenious, you could invent a larger scale method that is both economical and eco-friendly for the masses to use.

Our roll in helping the bees

The other thing that we can do as a people, is to plant organically. Our little insect friends live better organically and our own bodies will also benefit from the more wholesome foods.

If you would like to spread any organic ideas about helping out the honey bees, I have created this honey bee design on postcards, to help you out with your goal.


If you are or would like to become a bee keeper, you can let people know about your bee keeping with a custom yard sign. A suggestion, if you don't already do this, is to visualize seeing there being enough honey for both the bees and people to enjoy.


Thank you for stopping by. Your comments are welcome.

Find additional honey bee products at zazzle.com.

Cheryl Paton

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thinking of You Cards and Postcards

It's nice to know that others are thinking about you, as long as it's good thoughts. Here are some nice cards and postcards to show that you are thinking of someone.

In this first card, a cute teddy bear is sitting alone in the chair, as if to say, wish you were here with me. It would be perfect to send to someone that you would like to be with, to let them know that you have saved a special spot just for them.


This postcard showcases a portrait that I did of our tuxedo cat. She is looking up with those big welcoming and loving eyes, letting you know that she's there for you. It's a purr-fect choice for cat lovers and for anyone that wants to show some love.


If you like sharing flowers and/or butterflies, and perhaps also thoughts of spring, this card can work for you. A single butterfly is enjoying a pink flower; it looks like there is room to share.


You can view more thinking of you cards and also find matching postage stamps, by CherylsArt, at Zazzle.com.

Cheryl Paton

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Custom Baby Announcement Pens

Yes, you can give out custom baby announcement pens to announce the new arrival.

You can choose from a variety of colors, just have the announcement, and/or include baby's name, birth date, weight, etc. It's up to you how much you want to personalize them.

This stylish pen features an alternating pink stripe pattern, with, It's a girl.


It also comes in blue.

This white barrel pen features a decorative circle of blue polka dots, with, It's a boy.


This design features a cloud like look in pink.


It also comes in blue.

It also comes in pink.

This design features baby owls trimmed in blue. It has a placeholder for the name and baby's weight.


This one features a little baby and has placeholders for name and date and time of birth.


You can customize the text to say what you want. You can also pick the trim color of the pen and also the ink color. The trim color choices are black, blue, pink, green, and red. The ink color choices are black, blue, and red.

It is so nice to be able to give out pens. They make nice little functional gifts and keepsakes.

They can also be fun favors to give out at parties where participants guess the baby's sex.

You can browse more baby pens at Zazzle.com.

Cheryl Paton





Monday, February 16, 2015

Peace Day and Peace Stamps

It's official. September 21 has been declared a Day of Peace. It is not connected to any religion or religious holiday.


You can check out the video here.


I had also heard about a movement in the United States for Peace to get part of the budgetary pie. I agree that Peace should definitely be part of the budget. Perhaps if we sent Congress members some Peace Pies, more of them would get in board.

Do you think they'd like chocolate pie with a whipped cream peace sign?


Or perhaps they would like meringue and/or cherry.

Or perhaps they would prefer flowers.


We can also send peace signs to one another. The more images that we have of peace, the more that peace will be in our minds.


Perhaps one day, the United States will decide to re-arrange the fifty stars on the U.S. flag into a sign of peace.


Perhaps we'll all join in and sing Peace Train, by the man who used to be known as Cat Stevens.





Whichever is your preference for sharing and spreading thoughts of peace doesn't matter, as long as at the heart of the matter, is that we all remember these wise words: Peace begins with me.


Browse more Peace Stamps by various artists at Zazzle.com.

Cheryl Paton






Friday, February 13, 2015

Graduation Stamps for the Class of

Graduation rolls around a couple of times a year. The most common time is the one in the spring, but some college students may also graduate in the fall semester, and also possibly over the summer.

No matter when they graduate, or what year, you can find custom postage stamps here that can be easily customized to correspond to the year that they are graduating.

This nice basic design features a painting of a cap with tassel, and a placeholder for you to add the year. The year can also be replaced with a short name.


Click here to find more color choices for this cap and tassel stamp.

This lively design also features a diploma that is tied with a red ribbon. The graduates sometimes get very lively once they have reached this milestone.


For graduates that are either young and/or more playful, the Mickey Mouse design might be more to their liking.


On these thank you stamps, the graduate can share their photo as part of the stamp design. That would make a special keepsake.


Look at more Graduation Stamps at zazzle, where most designs can be easily personalized.

Cheryl Paton

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A new star design is unfolding

The image came to me while I was doing a meditation. It will be a dark navy blue with silver stars. I think the stars may be outlines as opposed to colored in. We shall see how that unfolds.

I already had a white canvas pre painted with white. Since the blue that I selected is on the transparent side, I based coated the background with a lighter shade of blue. I put on two coats to make it more solid.

It was pretty with the highlights showing through, but that wasn't what I was going for; at least not this time.

So my second coat is drying, and I shall add the top coat of navy once that is dry.

As the design unfolds, I will update this particular blog and show you how it turns out.

Update 1: The first two base coats have dried and I've just added the darker blue.


You can see the difference in the two colors. I did a brushstroke of the darker blue, down at the bottom, below the tape, to show you what it would look like directly on the white. You can tell that it's more transparent there.

I will probably add a second coat of the darker blue before I start adding the stars.

Update 2: I did add another coat of the darker blue. I decided to make the stars be more of a border design so that text can easily be showcased and read.


I went with smaller stars towards the center and increased their size as they moved outward.

I was planning on the white just being a base coat for silver, so that the silver would show up better and brighter. Now I have to decide if I want to stay with white stars or make them silver.

I painted a test area of blue on which I'll paint both a white and silver star, to help me decide.

Update 3: I decided to keep the stars white, and added pearlizing medium to them for a little gloss and sparkle. I also added an extra star to give the center opening more of a heart shape. That was something that just unfolded. I love those kind of surprises.


View more white stars on navy blue products by CherylsArt at Zazzle.

Hope you enjoyed reading about my process and progress.

Cheryl Paton

Monday, February 9, 2015

That's a bright idea Yellow Light Bulb Stickers

Encouraging creative thinking and bright ideas can be done with these simple stickers.

A painting of a yellow light bulb is printed on white stickers. The orange text reads, That's a bright idea.

The text is customizable though, if you'd like it to say something else, or to have it without any text.


The stickers are round and come in a choice of two sizes. There are twenty 1-1/2 inch stickers to a sheet, and six of the 3 inch stickers to a sheet.

The front of the stickers are scratch resistant, and they are peel and stick.

Another option is - I like your idea light bulb stickers.


A plain blank light bulb is also printed on stationery, in case you would like to post ideas on a wall. This could be done in both the classroom and/or in the workplace.

Check out more Light bulb Stickers at Zazzle.

Cheryl Paton

Friday, February 6, 2015

Add Photo Tote Bags

If you're looking for a cool way to add a photo to canvas tote bags, then do check out these frame options that are printed on canvas bags.

The frames are printed on the tote bag to showcase your photo.

The most simple ones are the circle frames; they come in blue and also pink. They're a fun way to showcase baby.


If you want something that is more decorative, then the paisley frame is a cute choice. It comes in a choice of red and blue. Although the red may look a bit more like pink once it's printed.


For a bit of fun, you can crown someone as a princess.


For a more basic look, you can go with a black and white square frame.


Choose the design you like first, then you can choose the bag style and/or color that you like.

The budget tote is made of a lighter weight fabric than the larger totes.

Still looking? Check out more add photo bags by CherylsArt at Zazzle.com. If you would like a frame made in a different color, you can let me know in the comment section below, or email me at creative-brushstrokes@comcast.net.

Cheryl Paton