A needed Smirk to make you Smile

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Get a SMIRKY CAT PILLOW OR JUST THE COVER!!!! Links to my ETSY shop below!

In this day and age, we need something to smile about!!!

 

BUY A SMIRKY CAT ART PILLOW HERE!

PILLOW COVER ONLY

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One week away!!!

animals, art, cats, creative, Design, dogs, open studios, paint, papillon, pets, Santa Cruz

What did you say?!! Open Studio North County Art Tour starts in one week!

I am artist #228 in the

Find Guide book and Open Studio App! Here

I am doing 2 weekends.

North County Oct 13th and 14th 11am to 5pm

And All County weekend

October 20th and 21st 11am to 5pm

Come by if you can!

Artwork takeover!

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Whew! Getting busy! 

My small house is being taken over by portraits! Started 4 more and was contacted for a few more!

If you are interested in a custom portrait for the holidays, I still can take on a few more! 

Or you can always buy a gift certificate for someone!

Contact me at 831 325-3905 or shoot me an email!

mackerilla@gmail.com 

Less than 2 weeks!!!

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Open Studios in Santa Cruz is coming up!!!

The welcoming committee is ready to great you!!

You can download the app for your phone to locate all the artist’s you want to visit (Art Council Santa Cruz) 


Come visit me!!! North County Artist #47 

October 7th and 8th 11am til 5pm




The importance of a good photo and pose

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It makes the world of difference in my paintings when a client gets me some good quality closeups with a great expression.
Makes the artwork more captivating to look at!

Here is an example.
I am now painting Frank the Papillon and you can see how with his head tilt and looking directly at the camera it captures his spirit! 🙂

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Make a Pet bed!

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20121005-174004.jpgMake a pet bed out of scrap fabric and an old comforter. I measured out 32″ long by 18″ wide two pieces of ultra suede. Then measured out 4″ wide strips of some upholstery fabric for the sides. Sewed it all up leaving a wide opening in one long end. Then laid it on top of an old comforter and kept cutting out pieces to the thickness desired. Or until you run out of comforter!

Then I stacked all the comforter pieces and carefully placed them inside the sewn cover. Then stitch up the opening. Then with a big monster sewing needle I put the pompoms on with buttons on the bottom side of the cushion. It took me an hour! Easy peasy!

Make one for your pet today! 🙂

Loving and caring for disabled pets!

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I have 3 disabled pets out of our 6. Well 5 and one foster dog! 2 cats and 4 dogs.

I started a site called Gimpy Pets over a year ago to promote the positive light in caring for disabled pets. Too many animals are overlooked due to either physical or emotional conditions. Time and love can do wonders for these broken little animals.

Please LIKE my other Facebook Gimpy Pets or follow my Gimpy Pet blog!  We would love more fans! Spread the word please if you are an animal lover like me! 🙂

My crew is super happy and thriving very well.  Here’s some of their stories!

We adopted a cat named Harper who was dumped in the streets and found very ill. He was in intensive care for quite a while. He ended up getting cancer from one of his vaccines and had to have his rear leg amputated. This was over a year ago and he is doing very well!

 

 

 

Candy our wee little gal Papillon was dumped in the streets and left for dead. She was found with a very bad upper respiratory infection. She has 3 working legs. One of her front legs was damaged when she was a pup. Probably got stepped on. She was very afraid of men and would run from them at first. She is doing fantastic now, loving life and loving us and her brothers and sisters. It took about a year and half for her to totally accept my husband. Now she is his snuggle buddy and will give him loads of kisses!! Time heals all wounds for sure!

 

 

 

 

And then there is Oonagh! She was a puppy mill dog used for breeding. With a rough start she is now a happy gal in our home! She is missing her right eye but that does not take away from how beautiful she is. She probably is the sweetest dog on the planet. Not a mean bone in her body!

 

 

 

 

 

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” – Anatole France

PLEASE HELP AND VOTE!!!!

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PLEASE, PLEASE, Please help me get at least 1000 votes to get a write up in Bark magazine for Gimpy pets and win food for shelter animals by going to this link and voting for “My Gimpy Pets” on page 1 or page 2. Let’s get me to the top of page 1 and win!

https://www.facebook.com/FetchCorporate?sk=app_314221608593606.

PLEASE VOTE EVERY DAY! AND SHARE THIS WITH ALL YOUR FRIENDS! THANK YOU!!!!

My other ETSY page……………..

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Many of you know that I have another ETSY page for my screen printed T-shirts. I have updated this ETSY page to be for pet business Gimpy Pets. I have added in my dog leash designs to sell. I have placed a big order for more leashes, harnesses and collars.

10% of all my Gimpy Pet sales goes to help senior and disabled pets in need. Either by my donating money to the 5 animal rescues I have chosen to help, and/or to help out individuals who are making the choice to not take their beloved pet to a Veternarian because they can’t afford it. I would help pay that bill.

I have also set up a Paypal Donation button on my Gimpy Pets site. Please donate to help these needy animals. Even if it’s as little as $5. Every dime helps!!!

 

New Bag samples in my fabric designs!

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While photographing a few bags in fabrics I had designed, Finn and Una felt like they needed to get involved! Both of these fabrics and a few other designs are available on my Spoonflower page (links are below). I used the linen canvas blend.

Finn inspecting my Project bag Style in my fabric Rozzelberry

Una doing what she does best! Fabric is called Detective Tinkerton