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Updated our Studio page

On my studio page that features all of my dog and cat rescue stuff and my artwork that supports those passions, attempting to change it from “just a blog with links to my stuff” into an actual e-commerce platform has been over four months of consternation trying to make one platform connect to another, plugins sync, blah blah blah. Yeah, well. Bottom line is: Nevermind. I removed the e-comm connections that never worked right and reformatted it back to my trusty blog with links to my stuff!

Great Gift Ideas!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Cat and Dog Lovers Planners, journals and notebooks, or any of our design merch goin up on our Zazzle storefront, please do pop over and check out the new Merch display.

All of my pet-centric designs help support several local animal rescue groups, so please, please, please go take a look-see! I’ve got Pins and IG posts as well as Facebook posts I would greatly appreciate ya’ll sharing! Veterinary bills for rescue animals can be extreme. Every purchase y’all make of my stuff helps save, heal and re-home pets in need.

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Coloring Planners for Cat Lovers

Because Phoofie.

Way before I was a Crazy Dog Lady, I was a Crazy Cat Lady. In honor of the lives of my coolest cats over the years – Philphil, Shermie and Phoofie – our 2020 Weekly Planners with Coloring Pages for Cat Lovers are now available on Amazon.

Did a full FLIPBOOK video to allow ya’ll to thumb through the entire interior as though you were standing in the bookstore looking at it in person (especially since one cannot always trust Amazon to show the number of pages to viewers that we’d like).

Check them out here:

GET THEM HERE on Amazon today:

Meeowza cover: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1712204521

Cat Fur on My Clothes , Pawprints on My Heart cover: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1712204408

Happiness is a Purring Cat on My Lap cover: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1712204785

Because Cat cover: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1712203711

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Getting the paws wet

In order for my artwork to raise enough money to be of any help to the animal rescue groups I support, I have to get my stuff “out there” for folks to see it. Self-promotion is not my strong suit. I am helpful for a living, but not in a look-at-me kind of way. It’s always been me encouraging my groups to shine and I stand back against the wall to give them the spotlight like a proud mama. As a musician, I’m not the Diva; I’m the accompanist who makes the Diva look really good when she performs.

So learning how to promote my art has probably more emotional and mental reprogramming hurdles to get past than learning curves on the tech.

Still, my brain is going full-tilt learning how to use ads and boosts and other such marketing jargon for the various platforms my artwork is “out there” on. I boosted my first ever studio post on Facebook this week and am running my first ever ad campaign on Amazon. I have put up posts on Pinterest and Instagram, which means now those platforms are trying to get me to spend more money I haven’t made yet on ads on their platforms. Seriously, dudes. I have to see how the first attempt goes before expanding and I also have to make sales.

Since the whole point of the venture is to learn how to do this properly so that I can then transition to creating products specifically for the nonprofits I work with as fundraisers where the funds go directly into their own accounts and all they have to do is promote what was gifted to them, I need to know how this works. Most likely, I will have to do the whole thing just to get the rescues and churches up to speed and then train someone how to monitor it and keep it going.

I am asking my Caffeinated Music followers, fans and fellow nonprofit folks who “get” what I’m trying to do for their assistance.

If I don’t have a good showing, how in the world will I convince the places I serve that this is a viable idea for fundraising? Churches and animal rescues run purely on donations and the work of many hands of passionate people. I can only donate so many hours in a day, but what I can do is to create something replicable that can be sold with little to no effort on the part of the agency themselves, yet stands to potentially be very successful as a sustaining operation.

I want to keep designing things like the planners, journals and coloring books and am definitely NOT using crappy PLR stuff like the garbage that I see multiplied everywhere. Honestly, lack of originality offends my creative ethic. I design my things from scratch.

What I need is for folks who also have passions for pets and their favourite nonprofit groups to help me make this all work by sharing my Facebook post, my Instagram posts, my Pins, and my BigBlackDogStudio information.

The animal rescue 2020 Dog Lover Planners are out on Amazon at this point. The Cat Lover one with its own set of original artwork is nearly done and hopefully will be up by next week. After that, I am going to do one for Church Music Directors and Ensembles. Not a catchy title, I know, so I have to work on that. I am also compiling the best of my Miss Ryan’s Guides for another whole line for students.

Please will y’all give me a hand up with this major undertaking?

LIKE my studio’s Facebook page and share the posts with your friends, please?

FOLLOW and LIKE my Instagram posts and share them?

PIN my Pinterest thingees?

Maybe even subscribe to my Furday News weekly mailing list where subscribers get freebie design pages for coloring. Pet-centric, of course!

Maybe even BUY a planner or two? They are under $10 and will make quick and easy gifts for all the dog lovers on your lists. GET THEM on Amazon:

I don’t run ads on my Caffeinated Music domains because I think it looks way more trashy and disruptive than it would ever make a few random dollars. Thank you to anyone to feels my heart’s wish to make this a success for the fur babies and helps out! Mu-wah!!!!!

Next up will be the CAT LOVER PLANNERS!

Four cover options are available on our 2020 Dog Lover Planners!

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2020 Dog Lover Weekly Planners are here!

You can’t see me over here, but I’m all spazzy jumping up and down right now. Why? Because …

They’re here! My Nemo-inspired 2020 Weekly Planners with Coloring Pages for Dog Lovers are out on Amazon now! [cue: crowd roaring]

Totally dog-centric holidays along with the “usual” human ones are included in this combination weekly planner and adult coloring book. On each weekday page is a quarter-page size dog paw mini mandala, plus there are 14 full page coloring pages as well.

Here’s the mini promo video!

For those who may not be very familiar with me as an artist and Varsity Upcycler, the design of these planners is so OCD (which, if you know me, you know), at the end of the year, every design can be cut out and used for gift tags or ornaments by gluing them onto card stock. How is that for the ultimate in recycling and repurposing? 😉

Because no one wants to carry around a heavy tome, this is pretty lightweight at 8.5 inches square and around a quarter-inch or third of an inch thick on standard paper. A monthly goals page, seasonal planning pages and a lot of dog paw mandalas featuring Nemo’s pawprint, the provenance about which is described here.

The origin of My Nemo's pawprint graphic

The origin of My Nemo’s pawprint graphic

A practical note from yours truly who amuses myself by creating all kinds of coloring page designs like these for my own enjoyment: colored pencils are the medium of choice unless you put something behind the page to keep wetter inks from bleeding through. If you want to watercolor or paint the design, my suggestion is to photocopy the small design to blow it up to the size you want it to be, then with tracing paper behind it, lightly trace the design onto your canvas and you can use any medium you like! Kind of like those Paint N Sip parties where you bring your own booze.

Perfect gift idea under $10 for all your dog lover friends and family, which btw is what inspired me to create a combo fun and useful product like this in the first place. Now, not only my friends can have their own copies of my artwork, all of yours can, too!!!

This is my first foray into “putting my stuff out there” and there will be more planners coming (including the Phoofie-inspired Cat Lovers version), but I do want to know what y’all think. I decided to sweeten the pot by offering weekly coloring page freebies to those who pop over to my Studio page and:

I don’t have the patience to wait for Amazon to get around to adding the “Look inside” feature, so here is My FlipBook version of a the full Look Inside!

Here’s what’s on the back cover:

All Crazy Dog Ladies and Crazy Dog Guys believe that they have the Best Dog Ever, and every single one of them is correct. Quirky, silly, goofy, with ‘tude or always obliging, a dog’s unconditional love heals us in more ways than we ever know.

Our Nemo’s dog pawprint is featured in our 2020 Planner on every page giving you a year’s worth of designs to add to and color.

Nemo’s legacy of dog love lives on through our mission to help animal rescue groups save, heal and re-home pets.

This 2020 Weekly Planner with Coloring Pages for Dog Lovers features:

  • 1 week per page, each with a quarter-page mini paw mandala
  • monthly calendar & note pages
  • birthday, gotcha day & anniversary page
  • seasonal planning pages
  • dog-centric holidays plus standard human ones
  • our dog lover community weekday hashtags to tag your dog photos with each day

Plus our original pawprint meditation medallion designs to color:

  • 14 full-page designs and 53 quarter-page designs
  • Designs are placed with care on each page so you can cut out every design to save at year’s end! They make great ornaments or personalized gift tags glued to card stock.

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SouthParked myself

Had to do it because it was there! #sorrynotsorry #southparksuzy

South Park Suzy

Oh, go on now. You know you want to do one, too! SP-Studio.de is pretty boss with his coolness doing this and he supports his site by user tips. Go on! LOL

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Pawz to Reflect Merch is here!

They’re here! We are super excited to share our first promo video featuring the first “litter” of Pawz to Reflect Journals for Animal Lovers:

“Pawprints On My Heart.”

Each journal is 6×9, 164 pages with light grey lined interiors. Each of the 30 glossy covers features beautiful photography that wraps around the front and back covers of the book. Since every pet has unique markings, the focus is mainly on texture and colouring of fur to remind you of your favourite fur baby.

Collect the entire litter of journals or just the pick of the litter that reminds you of your special fur baby!

Click the Pawz to Reflect Merch tab above to see the covers and where to purchase!

Don’t see a cover yet that reminds you of your pet in this first litter? Not to worry, because more litters are on their way!

Comment below or reach out to us on our studio’s Facebook fan page and let us know what breed of pet you’ve got that you’d like us to feature in our next litter of fundraising journals.

And please be sure to share our posts with your friends to get the word out!

The more journals in our fundraising line we can sell, the more animals we can help.

By choosing to purchase a Pawz to Reflect Journal, you are helping the ongoing rescue efforts of groups Nemo loved.

THANK YOU for “adopting” a Pawz to Reflect Journal!

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Boxer Trio at home

I finished Hoot and Pete – the balance of the Boxer trio – this past week and got them off to their new home. See more pictures here:

http://bigblackdogstudio.com/2013/07/24/boxer-trio-at-home/

07-24-13 Hoot and Pete go home to Jay (2)

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