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Bic Markers Giveaway Winner!

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Congratulations, Sandra Strait!  You won a set of Bic Mark-It Permanent markers!  Please contact me with your mailing address so I can send them off to you.

Thanks to all who entered.  I enjoyed reading your comments with your favorite colors, marker tips, and your feedback on my giveaways.

Speaking of giveaways, stay tuned – I’ll be announcing another giveaway later this week.  Back to back – woo hoo!

Warm and colorful regards,

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Bic Markers Giveaway!


It’s time for a giveaway, and this month I’m giving away a set of Bic Mark-It marker pens!

Markers are always good to have around the house for labeling boxes, addressing shipping envelopes, and so on. And if you’re an artsy or craftsy person, this set will be even more appealing.  It has 36 colors to choose from. Nice!  I decided to purchase a set for myself, and also bought a set for this giveaway since I love my readers.  :]

The package says they’re fine tip markers, but they can definitely mark with a thicker line if you hold the pen a bit more to the side.  Here are some of the product details for these markers:

  • Ultra comfy rubber grip for comfort and control
  • Fade resistant, acid free, vivid ink
  • Fine bullet nib, line width 1.1mm used for art and craft activities, labeling, classifying
  • Permanent alcohol-based ink, low-odor, quick-drying, plastic barrel
  • The range features: Original color collection, Paradise pastel collection, Earthly expressions collection

How To Enter

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this blog post with at least one of the following:

1. Your favorite color
2. A tip you may have for using markers in art/crafts, or around your home
3. Share which giveaways you’ve been most excited about here on my blog (gift cards, books, art/craft supplies, etc.)

The winner will be drawn at random, and will be announced this coming Tuesday, April 30th – so enter today!

Warm regards,


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An Altered Existence – Giveaway Winners!


Thanks to everyone who entered my book’s giveaway.  It was a treat to read your wonderful comments!
It is my pleasure to announce the lucky giveaway winners.  The following three people have each won a signed copy of my new book, An Altered Existence: Fictitious Stories About Faces from the Past.

1. Mayah
2. Debbie M.
3. Amie*

For those of you whose name I didn’t draw, please visit my books’s page and consider purchasing a copy – I’d really appreciate it.  Big thanks to those who’ve already ordered a copy!  :]


If you’re planning to buy  – or have already purchased – a copy of my book from, but would like it signed, I can provide a signed bookplate/label for you to put in your book.  Simply send me a SASE – I’d be happy to send a signed book plate your way!  Here’s my mailing address:

Melody M. Nuñez
P.O. Box 60030
Irvine, CA 92602

Happy reading, y’all!

Warm regards,

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Books & Bunnies!


Greetings from Book Central!

I received my first big shipment of books on Monday, which will be used to help promote the book, and I’m so excited!  Feedback on my book has been very positive thus far, and I’m a happy camper.  I’m looking forward to sharing my “baby” with more people in the coming months, so I also ordered some bookmarks and postcards to help with that.  They arrived last weekend and I think they look fab.  Hubby did such a great job on them!


In other book-related news, some (very) informal market research has been done, and two out of two bunnies surveyed find my new book delicious!  ;]



So, have you entered my giveaway yet?  I’m giving away 3 signed copies of An Altered Existence: Fictitious Stories About Faces from the Past, and will announce the winners this Tuesday, March 5, 2013.  Please enter now by commenting on this link’s post, if you haven’t already!  :]

I hope you have a great weekend, dear readers…

Warm regards,

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iTunes Gift Card Winners!


I’m pleased to announce the three winners of this month’s giveaway.  The following people have each won a $10 iTunes gift card:

1.  Linda
2.  DH Dobson
3.  Ellie

Congratulations to the lucky winners!
Please email me your mailing addresses through my contact form and I’ll get the gift cards mailed out.

Thanks to all who entered the giveaway!

Warm regards,

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An iTunes Gift Cards Giveaway with 3 Winners!


Hi there!  It’s been a while since my last giveaway (since I’ve been trying to keep things simple during my recovery), so I thought I’d pop in and offer a three-winner giveaway!  I’m giving away three $10 iTunes gift cards, just in time for the holidays.  Whether you choose to use the gift card yourself or give it as a gift is entirely up to you. :]

To enter please complete the following two steps:
1. Subscribe to my blog here, if you’re not already a subscriber.
2. Leave a comment on this post sharing something you’re thankful for.
The three winners will be announced on Thursday, November 29, 2012.  Good luck, everyone!
Warm regards,
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DIY: Cosmetic Bags Turned Pen & Pencil Cases!

I recently transformed some clearance cosmetic bags I found at Michaels into customized pen and pencil cases, and thought I’d share them with you.  The bags, a steal at 50 cents each, were pretty enough as is – but I wanted to make them at bit more artsy and more durable.  I was inspired to use them to hold pens, pencils, and other art supplies, and just knew I’d come up with some fun looks.  They’re easy to make, and can be customized a million different ways!

The cosmetic bags – BEFORE..


My customized Pen & Pencil Cases – AFTER!


Basic Instructions:

The first step on each bag was to tape along the two sides (where the bag was stitched) and the bottom. This laid a base for my other tape, and adds extra strength.  Next, I taped along the top edge, by the zipper, and worked my way down.  In most cases I worked horizontally, but you can tape vertically (up and down) as well like I did on the Washi Tape Case.  This project is very loose and flexible, so just play and find what works for you.


Washi Tape Case


I made this case by using three different patterns of washi tape and clear packing tape.  I used the packing tape as a base layer on the whole bag, applied the washi tape in a repeating vertical pattern, and then “sealed” the case with another layer of clear packing tape.  I’ve put colored pens inside this case.

Silver & Black Duct Tape Cases



I made these cases by taping along the sides and bottom, and then taping along the top and down the bag.  The black pen case also has another layer of tape along each of the sides, to cover some of the edges of the tape strips I applied horizontally.  The silver case holds my Caran d’Ache water-soluble crayons, and the black case holds my black pens.

Vintage Ledger Paper & Masking Tape Case


I made this case by attaching pieces of vintage ledger paper to both sides of the case using a very strong double stick tape.  I covered the entire case with clear packing tape, and then accented the sides and bottom edge of the case with pieces of masking tape cut to assorted sizes.  This case holds assorted art tools like small tapes, my XActo knife, pencils, and an eraser.


Now, rather than having bunches of things loose in my “art supplies on the go” case, I’ve got these fun, sturdy, and budget-friendly cases keeping things tidier and more organzied.  Woo hoo!  Oh, and if you missed my post on how to repurpose a vintage train case into a travel case for your art supplies, please click here.  I love the way the case turned out, and it’s really handy – whether I’m just creating here at home or am out and about.


I picked up some extra cosmetic bags, in case some of you would like to customize a bag for yourself or someone you know.  If you’d like me to mail you one of the unaltered cosmetic bags, please leave a comment indicating as much – and use the CONTACT feature to email me your mailing address.  The first FIVE people to comment and email me their addresses will get one of the bags.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments, dear readers. And Happy Fall!

Warm regards,

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July Giveaway Winner!


Congratulations, Jani N. Howe!  You’ve won the watercolor pencil set and art journal!  Please contact me with your mailing address and I’ll send out your goodies.

Thank you for all your entries, everyone!  I enjoyed hearing about your favorite artists, and look forward to using your comments as a reference to learn more about the artists I’m not familiar with.

Warm regards,

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July Giveaway: Watercolor Pencils & an Art Journal!


The summer is a great time to get out into nature and to create, so I’m offering up a set of Daler-Rowney watercolor pencils and an art journal.  And whether you use these items in the out of doors in the sunshine or burn the midnight oil and create in your home, they’re sure to help you express, create, and play!

The set of 12 watercolor pencils comes in a lovely metal tin with a hinged lid.  The journal is a white hard cover book with unlined white pages – my favorite!  It measures 6 1/4″ x 8″ and is actually the same type of book that I provide my at-risk art journaling students with.  It’s a wonderfully versatile and customizable book.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post sharing one of your favorite artists.  It can be anyone – from Van Gogh or Georgia O’Keefe (two of my favorites) to your child, a friend, or yourself!  The winner will be announced on Thursday, July 26, 2012.  Good luck!

Warm regards,

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Mod Podge Rocks! Giveaway Winners


It’s my pleasure to announce the two winners of my Mod Podge Rocks! Giveaway.

Sandy L. has won First Prize: A copy of Mod Podge Rocks!, a Mod Podge Sampler pack, Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium, Mat Antique Mod Podge, and Mod Podge Washout for Kids

Connie A. has won 2nd Prize: Glow-in-the Dark Mod Podge, Dimensional Magic Mod Podge in Gold, Mod Podge Jewel Glue, Mod Podge Repositionable Glue, and Mod Podge Craft Clue

Congrats, ladies!  Please email me your mailing addresses through my contact page, and I’ll send your prizes out.

Thanks to all who entered, and please keep an eye out for my July giveaway – I usually have a giveaway each month!  And thanks again to Amy Anderson, Plaid, and Lark Crafts!

Warm regards,

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