Posted by: designoriginals | December 6, 2010

Happy HoliDAZE!!

Hello Everyone,
December is now here! Hopefully everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, or if you just really enjoy being by yourself, that is great too.

One daughter went to her boyfriend’s grandparents, one daughter, who has yet to introduce us to her current boyfriend, decided to go with Debra and I to a friend’s house.  Now when you are invited to a friend’s house and they have decided to grill out lamb for Thanksgiving, you just go with the flow and be polite, right?  Well, my very adventurous wife Debra, who keeps telling me to open my mind for new experiences, said it would be fine, but lamb?  You know what, the lamb was just wonderful, and of course my wife was right again, even though I did take a package of hot dogs along just in case.

Last month I mentioned Design Originals would be attending two trade shows, The NAEA show in Austin, Texas and the Art of the Carolinas show in North Carolina.
Well I am happy to report both shows went great!  In fact, our booths were so busy, that we could have used more people.  LOVE THAT!!  The teachers at the NAEA show basically bought every Zentangle® title we brought, and wanted more.  The consumers at the Art of Carolinas also bought all the Zentangle titles, along with our great art titles like Altered Surfaces, Mixed Media and Color, and Transfers & Altered Images.  Plus, Suzanne McNeill’s classes on Zentangle SOLD OUT! If you haven’t experienced Suzanne teaching Zentangle yet, please click on the video below and see for yourself.

Design Originals now has 32 YouTube videos include Quilting, General Crafts, and Beading. So, if you are not sure a specific title fits in your plan-o-gram, take a look at one of the videos, it is a quick way to experience the process and see all the products the book helps to sell.  You know, Inspiration Drives Sales! Also, sign up to receive Suzanne’s blog at

It seems like just yesterday I was working on the CHA Chicago booth, and now I am busy working on the CHA California booth.  Boy what a booth this is going to be!  We will be featuring quite a few NEW books, including Mark Montano’s “Pulp Fiction, Perfect Paper Projects”.  Mark will be in our booth demoing and signing his new book.  If you haven’t met Mark yet, now is your chance.  Then, our very own Suzanne McNeill will also be demoing and teaching Zentangle® in our booth.  Plus we will be giving away Zentangle books to anyone who does a Zentangle. So make a point on stopping by booth #2222, there will be lots of excitement.

The holidays will be here before we know it, along with the start of a new year.  So I want to wish you and yours a very blessed holiday season and a wonderful new year to come.  We are all fortunate to be working in this wonderful industry that we all love.

Till next time.



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