Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hats, scarves and more for the holidays!

Looking for colorful, handmade gifts for the holidays? Check out my new designs on my Teal Designs home page,

Adult and children/infant hats available!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Help an Artist in Need

I received this heartbreaking letter this morning from one of my oldest friends. Her friend is struggling with cancer and horrible medical bills (thanks again America for providing your citizens with affordable healthcare.) He is selling his artwork at a very discounted rate to help pay his medical bills. I hope you'll have a look and consider making a purchase...

Hi there to all friends and family,

Many of you know about my cancer situation but not all of you know about the latest development.  My cancer has decided to revisit me and found a home in my liver. Actually, it’s only an apartment and I plan to evict it ASAP. !!
We have been struggling with the enormous burden of past medical bills related to my surgery in January, but now I am faced with yet another treatment regimen  ( an expensive one).  Drs at Stanford University have had some success using this protocol and I plan on sharing in that success.  
My other plan is to help to defray these costs by offering original Mixed Media Artwork to any one who would be interesting in helping. You may find this artwork at    <>  < 
I am offering these original pieces of artwork for a donation of $35 each. They are approximately 6” x 6” and are constructed to “float” on your wall, not needing a frame.  I have titled this series : The Dreamscape Series  and I hope you will take some time when you get the chance and visit the site to view these pieces.  The site is PayPal ready and you may purchase items that way or just email me with your choice and I will provide info on how to get the piece shipped to you. More info on the website.  Free shipping is included.  
Hope you like the series and please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think might be interested in purchasing a piece. 
Thank you all for your continuing support through all of this. If there is anything that I could do for any of you, you know that I would consider that a privilege. 
Don Desmarais <>  <>


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Inflatable Street Art in NYC

Now THIS is amazing and so cool! Wish i had come across this on one of my walks through the city. This kind of creativity and ingenuity is why I love my fellow artists so much.

Bravo Joshua Allen Harris!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Kosmic purple needle felted hat- for sale soon!

My latest needle felted hat is almost ready for sale!...stay tuned...

Click the picture below to see a larger photo.

Kosmic purple needle felted hat almost ready for sale! on Twitpic

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mary Jo's Cloth Store in Gastonia, NC



Mary Jo's Cloth Store
is seriously
some sort of
or Mecca
or something!
Even if you don't sew.

I don't sew, and yet
everytime i walk through the door
I almost stroke out.

(It's just down the street from my house...)


It rocks.

Go now.

I don't know why I am trying to write
like this.
Been reading too much
of Matt's Blog I guess...


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Art Therapy and Children with Cancer

Below is a terrific article on the way MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas is using art to help children with cancer express their feelings and cope with their illnesses. The Children's Art Project is an inspirational program full of amazing young artists. You can even purchase some of their gorgeous art as cards and gifts.

Expressing ourselves through art is a primal force and I have witnessed its ability to transform even the most dark and negative emotions into creative expression and light, in my own life, and in the lives of the many children I used to teach.

If you, or someone you love is struggling with cancer, another illness or just with life in general seek out a program in your area that uses Art as Therapy and transform your feelings into a new beginning.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Murals for Kids Rooms from Teal Designs

Along with graphic design, fine art, and jewelry I occasionally do murals for children's rooms.
Contact me if you would like an awesome mural for your child's room or some other area of your home or business.

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Web banners CHEAP!

Teal Designs is running a special in the month of February!

(and $5 will be donated to the Liz Logelin Foundation)

see samples of Teal's web banners here.


you get wicked cool web banner from Teal Designs

and you do something good for widows and widowers who need your support



share the love


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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Win this beautiful amethyst and Czech glass necklace made by me!

Win this beautiful amethyst and Czech glass necklace made by me!
This necklace was handmade by me and contains beautiful chunks of amethyst (which symbolizes the spirit), Indian crow beads, and Czech glass. The center pendant is a pewter Celtic cross. The necklace is 15.5 inches long and has a safety clasp. Jewelry making is a meditation for me and I infuse all the pieces I make with good energy and light for those who wear them.

How do I win?
If you have already downloaded one of the classes - AWESOME- and thank you! Simply go to the site and leave a review for either or both meditations. You will be entered once for each review you leave.

If you haven't downloaded a meditation yet, do so and leave a review between now and March 6 and you will be entered to win!

At only $2.95 per downloadable class (less then a cup of coffee!) you can give the gift of bliss to yourself, or a friend.

Two meditations are currently available:

Progressive Relaxation #1 will take you to a place of complete and utter serenity. "Teal's warm and meditative voice is ideal to help you get deep into a state of calm and tranquility. In this meditation Teal has you visualize a white light as it moves through you body and rids it of any and all stress and tension. Ahhhhhh!"

Click here to download your copy today.

Sivasana Relaxation #1. Sivasana is a posture often practiced at the end of a yoga class, but you can do this relaxing Sivasana meditation any time you need to take a break and rest. Sivasana helps the body, mind and spirit to relax, integrate, and restore. This Sivasana Relaxation meditation will take you into a deep state of calm and is also great as a cure for insomnia.

Click here to download your copy today.

I can not express my gratitude to all the people who downloaded my guided meditations over the last 3 months. It was wonderful to see such a positive response and it makes me happy to know they are helping to bring stress relief and relaxation into so many lives. There will be many more to come, so stay tuned...

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Releasing Your Creativity Through Yoga and Art

Those of you who know me, know I am both a yogini and an artist. So, I am always interested to see how other yogi/artists are bringing my two favourite things together.

I found a GORGEOUS site today, from a Kundalini yogini (yogini, is a female yogi, if you didn't know already:-) and artist Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa.
Her site is an amazing portal into her artwork, teaching as a Kundalini yoga teacher, and her workshops that combine art and yoga. She has workshops coming up at the Kripalu Center, in Lexox, MA (where I did my yoga certification training, and one of my favorite places on earth), and many other venues.

Check out her site for details, and find a new way to increase your creativity by taping into the focus, stillness and opening of inner intuition that yoga provides.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Recieve great offers from Teal Designs

The lastest issue of the Teal Designs Newsletter is out!

If you haven't already subscribed, please do so by submitting your information in the subscribe box at the top of the right-hand column.

Teal Designs will be offering many, terrific, cost-saving offers over the next few months, so don't miss out.

You can view the current newsletter, here.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Featured Artist: Jeani Musselman, j. musselman photography


Jeani Musselman, j. musselman photography

Name: Jeani Musselman
Name of Business: j. musselman photography
Type of Business: portrait photography
Web Site(s):
Email: info @

Who are you?
In my personal life, I’m a mother of two [almost grown] boys, a wife, and one of those eternally optimistic, “cup half-full” kind of gals. I adore children, love to read, and enjoy being outside. I have a degree in computer technology, so the blending of art and science [in the digital world] is a natural fit. Professionally, I’m a portrait artist with a desire to capture the essence of my subjects.

What do you create?
Contemporary portrait photography; specializing in maternity, infants, kids, and high school seniors.

Where do you make your creations?
Typically, I shoot in the studio, but will also travel to a client’s home or a favorite outdoor location.

What makes your creations special or unique?
Rather than just document how a person looks, I want my images to inspire a feeling. I approach each session with the mindset of, ‘wow, we’re creating a legacy for future generations of this family’ - it’s a powerful thought.

What inspired you to become an artist?
As a youngster, I remember being mesmerized with photographs, especially those from generations past. It was an epiphany to realize that photographs are the link to our memories, our history. When you look at [one of your own] photographs, you’re transported back to that moment in time. Regardless of what’s happening in the world, your children will continue to grow and change. And even though you can buy “things”, you can’t buy a memory, or turn back the clock. That’s why it’s so important to keep recording those precious moments – whether you’re capturing images with a point-and-shoot camera at home, or having portraits professionally made.

One of our goals for 2009 will be setting up incentives and monthly specials to help our clients save some of their hard-earned moolah while enjoying the benefits of studio photography.

What really gets you in the mood to be creative?
I look at what the music industry is doing with music videos (the cinematography can be amazing!); I love to check out the album cover work on new releases. I’m a magazine junkie, and love to spend a few hours [at least once a week] checking out fashion spreads and advertising layouts.

What do you do to unclog a creative block?
Since most of my ‘work’ is done on a computer, I basically have to unplug for a while, and step away from the keyboard. Doing something outside helps tremendously: taking a walk, tending my flowers, raking leaves [or gasp – shoveling snow].

What is your favorite time to work?
Mornings – after a cup of coffee!

What else are you into?
I’m currently working on a line of holiday cards and announcements that will be launched in ‘09. I’m also planning to roll out a new look for my website (including the new logo which is included as a sneak peek here!).

What is a challenge you’ve had to overcome as an artist?
Managing the ‘business’ side of running a business; its definitely more fun to create!

What are you most grateful for?
My amazing children, …and everything they’ve taught me.

What is something very few people know about your art?
My style of photography is strongly influenced by the rules of ‘formal’ portraiture; so while I’m creating a contemporary portrait, there are key elements that I try to incorporate into the shot. Seemingly little things, like hand placement or the angle of a person’s face can make a huge difference.

What would you do if you had all the money in the world?
Well, after ending world hunger and bringing peace and prosperity to all mankind, I’d relocate my studio to a warmer climate! My “dream” studio would be located in an old warehouse located in the historic district of a charming community near the water (where architecture and scenery meet in a fusion of visual splendor).

Click the logo below to visit the j. musselman photography studio today!


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Thursday, December 4, 2008

FEATURED ARTIST: Michelle Sinofsky Eshbaugh and Creative Curves Jewelry and Lampwork Glass Beads


Michelle Sinofsky Eshbaugh
Artist and owner at Creative Curves Jewelry & Lampwork Glass Beads

Artists Name: Michelle Sinofsky Eshbaugh
Name of Business: Creative Curves Jewelry & Lampwork Glass Beads
Type of Business: jewelry design and glass work
Web Site(s): and

Retail and Wholesale orders welcome!

First of all, do you have any special offers for your customers this holiday season?
Yes, click the image below for a FREE Lampwork Glass Bead Picture Frame Keychain with purchase! I am also offering customers the chance to win a $25 dollar gift certificate, so make sure you sign up too!


Current shows, exhibitions, or places selling your work:
This was my first full year of fine arts and craft shows. I have one more show in December in Northampton Massachusetts and hopefully a full 2009 season with many new additions. At this time I don’t have my work in many stores but would be interested in some accounts. I mostly sell my work through craft shows and on my websites.

What do you create?
I create one of kind pieces of jewelry using my own lampwork glass beads for the individualistic person.

Where do you make your creations?
In the comfort of my own home where I have a glass studio in my garage and an office where I put all my materials together to create works of art.

What makes your creations special or unique?
I pride myself on making pieces that are unique and different that catch people’s eye and often generate people to take a closer look. I put my heart and soul into my creations so with each piece the buyer gets my passion and love of creating it.

What inspired you to become an artist?
I have been creating since I was a little girl. Art has been in my family on both sides and it has always caught my attention. I would have to say my families support has become my biggest inspiration to become an artist.

What really gets you in the mood to be creative?
So much of the world around me gets me in the mood to create. I often look to nature and fashion to get me in the mood.

What do you do to unclog a creative block?
Creative blocks …they do happen on occasion. I usually put aside what I am doing and often refresh my mind by standing in my backyard and looking at the world around me. Sometimes I start a different project in a different medium for fun and it often spurs another creative venture in the glass and jewelry medium.

What is your favorite time to work?
Anytime I get to work is my favorite time.

Do you have a “day job”?
I used to teach school full-time and was pursuing my hobby making jewelry part time. I had a life changing moment and realized as much as I loved teaching school that it was not my calling or my dream. So here I am and I couldn't be happier. Besides running my business I am also a full time stay at home mom.

What is a challenge you have had to overcome as an artist?
Being an artist is wonderful but defiantly has its challenges. There are a lot of talented people out there and the competition can be steep. My biggest challenge was finding the right path to my dream and the right time to pursue it. Even though I pursued my educational path not in the art field I found my way back to what runs in my soul.

Who/what inspired you to become an artist?
I would have to say my family has inspired me to become an artist. My mother and grandmother have been very supportive to my venture and my father was the one who used to encourage my growth by always surprising me with educational sources and positive encouragement.

What are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful to have a wonderful and supportive family who sticks by me through the good and bad times. I owe great thanks to their encouragement to keep creating and fulfilling my dream.

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