Happy Bird-Day: Owl-a-Day Turns 5

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Five?!! Can you believe it?! Five years ago, I accepted a friend’s challenge to “do something” with my owl doodles. That “something” ended up being a 365-day challenge that resulted in 385 illustrations and over 400 owls (several posts had an extra or two as part of the story). I used that challenge to help me beat burnout and escape what had become a soul-crushing day job and to move on to my next big career adventure—what I thought was my dream job: working full-time for the nonprofit I had helped to found.

Short Story: I left graphic design for 4.5 years to run a nonprofit out of my home, only to be fired at a Panera without warning or cause, replaced by a friend of a board member, and left with no chance of a full-time job (thank you “confidential conversations” among friends) and no unemployment (small nonprofits are not liable in Ohio). While I’m hurt by how this was handled, I’m not angry or looking to place blame. It’s simply time for me to learn and to move on.

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Valentine’s Day Printable

It took me forever to find a home for some of the Beagles that I designed during Illustration Friday 2016, but I finally figured it out.

So, here they are…printable Valentine’s Day cards featuring 2 of the beagles and some old friends (the lion & the owls were recycled for this project). I hope you enjoy them!

Printable Valentine’s Day Cards on RunderellaDesigns.com.

Owl Print 11 of 13: Owl Be In Pieces

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Owl Print 11 of 13: Owl Be in Pieces was the first of 7 designs (yes, 7!) that came out of this morning’s design session. The ideas just kept hitting me–I was under creative attack, and I loved it!

Since so many owl designs came out of this session, this series will continue beyond the original 13. I’m debating how I want to handle the remaining designs, so keep an eye out here for a special announcement.

For now, you can order print 11 through my Etsy shop, if it happens to tickle your retro fancy.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/173090871/owl-print-11-of-13-owl-be-in-pieces

Owl Print 10 of 13: Owl Top That Tree

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After seeing a post by a local vintage shop, I decided to play with odd vintage Christmas Tree Toppers for print 10.

It’s now available for purchase on Atomic Owls. I’ve extended the 30% off a $20 purchase through tomorrow. Enter CYBER13 at checkout to receive your discount.

My prints are now shipping to Canada and the UK, too!

 

And now back to OWLS: Owl Print 9: Who’s Pining?

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The latest print in the 13 owl print series is ready for preorder! https://www.etsy.com/shop/AtomicOwls

Get all 12 of the 8.5×11″ prints now through Atomic Owls. Prints 1 through 8 will ship immediately, and prints 8 through 12 will ship no later than January 3, 2014.

AND (Yikes I sound like an infomercial!!), get 30% off any purchase of two or more prints (even the non-owl prints and the full series) with code CYBER13. The coupon is valid through Friday, December 6.

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Owl Print 7: Owl Burst

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I love starbursts, so I figured I’d do a print dedicated to them. So here it is: Owl Burst. It’s available for purchase at my Etsy Shop: Atomic Owls.

Use code 13FOR13IN13 for a discount on this print and all others in the series.

Gratitude for you

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Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I thought I’d show you some thanks this month with a few fun freebies. They’ll be random, of course, because that’s just the way I roll. So here’s your first thank you gift. Some printable gift tags! I hope you enjoy them! Click here to download a PDF: OwlGiftTags