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hurrah for fall!

Ahh, this is my absolute favorite time of year. The crisp leaves, the colors, the smells–I never feel more inspired than when I’m enjoying an autumn walk. Warm scarves and stews make it easy to cozy up to a favorite book and read the afternoon away–my pick is Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, a ghostly tale perfect for the season.

Now is a great time to spruce up your shop with a seasonal banner if you haven’t already. Here are two I finished recently:

two girls laughing too - fall banner

Paper Treats - Autumn Banner

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new doodles

Hello all! I haven’t had as many chances to work on custom orders as I would have liked this summer, and I apologize if I had to turn some people down–there are just not enough hours in the day. The good news is, I am now taking a limited number of custom orders at the shop–just convo me!

Here are a few of my favorites from recent weeks:

cute potato - blog banner

A fellow Maine blogger needed a banner for her Web site, Cute Potato, and I was happy to oblige. She finds all sorts of fun activities, toys, and other child-friendly entertainment in my home state.

two girls laughing kids - shop banner
Speaking of kids, I also had the pleasure of designing yet another banner for Nancy & co of Two Girls Laughing–this time for a new shop full of sewn and knitted children’s goodies! I especially like the fun font I found for this banner–it’s called tweed.

alexandra roberts photography - logo

And finally, I had the chance to work with a former college classmate, Alex Roberts, who is now an up-and-coming photographer in the Boston area. She needed a logo for her new business, and I was especially flattered that she asked me–there is nothing like having the support of your peers.

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new in the shop!

calobee doodles buttons & magnets!

If you visit the shop at Etsy you may see some new additions… look for 1-inch buttons and magnets featuring Calobee Doodles original designs!

These cuties would love to adorn your backpack or shoulder bag or help you hold notes on your fridge or locker. You can choose from four different sets – cupcake kids, doodle girls, sea friends, and ice cream heads.

Enjoy!

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on printing

I fully admit it–I may sell prints, but I’m not a print artist. For me, the artistic process ends when I close Illustrator. But I still want beautiful prints for my customers, of course! So what’s a digital artist to do?

Enter iPrintFromHome.com. They do some seriously good work for people like myself, who need prints but don’t have the skills or equipment to do the job. They’re fast, efficient, and offer a wide variety of print types and papers of excellent quality. But what I really have to brag about is their customer service–it’s top notch. When I have a question, I usually receive a response within minutes. When the occasional order comes back with defects (our post office is not the most *ahem* gentle with my packages) they are quick to replace the prints at no charge, and rush ship them so they’ll get to my customers on time. I’ve dealt with several printers over the last few years, and iPfH is by far the most responsive and they do quality work.

They also have a Twitter account, where each Tuesday you’ll find a new “Tweet Treat” special offer. Sometimes it’s a discount on a certain type of print, or even a free print or two. This is a great way to try out their service. So if you’re an artist who’s interested in printing your work and you’re not sure where to start (or you’re looking to switch printers), I highly recommend giving iPrintFromHome a try.