to new visitors and old friends alike
For the 3rd annual "GROW YOUR BLOG" party!!
So glad to have you stop by as you go through the massive list of bloggers that Vicki at 2 Bags Full has generously compiled! Hope you can stay a while and have a look around, and then enter my
at the end of this post!
|I love to make soldered jewelry...here is one of my signature shadow boxes
Let me introduce myself:
My name is Maggie, from beautiful Portland, Oregon. I've been a professional illustrator and designer, mostly in the textile and home-sewing industry for many years. I devote much of my free time to my love of crafting and painting. I enjoy blogging because it has introduced me to a great many kindred souls out there who share many of my passions. I like to use my blog as a journal of sorts, to share the projects I'm working on. It also serves as a doorway to my Etsy shop, which is woefully bare right now, but should be stocked again soon with the soldered jewelry and angel paintings that I love to create.
|Painting folk art angels is a passion of mine, and sometimes I use miniature prints in my jewelry
|more of my soldered mixed-media jewelry
I love to do paper crafting and this blog has also been a wonderful way to participate in various crafty swaps and challenges, and get to know the other participants through the sharing of our little creations:
|It's fun to swap Artist Trading Cards at ArtJoyStuff (I love the wonderful swap themes that Kimberly comes up with!)...
|...or to participate in the weekly challenges over at the Tag Tuesday blog...
|...or to trade crafty projects at BlissfulArtSwaps
Sometimes I share tidbits about my family. My only child is far away for her sophomore year at college (and I'm still adjusting to the empty nest!), and I share news about her, my husband, or my friends and family.
|Here's where I do much of my graphic design work, but I've recently gotten a new bigger Mac
The work that I do professionally includes illustration and graphic design. I have my own company, Raguse Creative Services, and do artwork for a variety of clients. Lately, I've been developing surface designs for a tote bag company, which is a lot of fun. I'm really into vintage, collage-y images right now.
|I recently found one of my new designs at our local Kroger affiliate, Fred Meyer...always a thrill to see it on the racks!
|Here's what the final art looked like. I created it in Photoshop...which I really just started learning when I did this design about 9 months ago. I'm still a 'newbie' and learning as I go!
Here's a sneak preview of three new tote bags I designed. Not on the market yet, but soon...You all get to see them here first!!
(in the last blog post I did, below, you'll see the various hand-lettering projects I've worked on recently)
And now, for my GIVEAWAY!Actually, I'm doing TWO GIVEAWAYS, so you have two chances to win! To enter, please LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW on this post to let me know you've stopped by (make sure there's a way to contact you if your name is chosen). Anyone can enter, and on February 15, 2015, I will randomly select two lucky winners. Here are the giveaways:
GIVEAWAY #1 -- The first name drawn from 'the hat' will receive one textured soldered heart necklace (I have hearts on my mind for Valentine's Day!) similar to these pictured. Molten solder is impressed with a random swirly texture and given an antiqued patina, for a one-of-a-kind keepsake:
Good luck to you and THANK YOU so much for stopping by! Consider becoming a follower if you'd like, come back often and we'll get better acquainted! And thanks again, Vicki, for hosting the party!