Why A Personalized Map Is A Great Wedding Gift*

Everyone has a handful of places in this world that are meaningful to them, and newlyweds are no exception. It may be a shared hometown or home state, a place where the couple first met (aka “where it all began”), the town where they purchase their first home, or the location where they celebrate their wedding. A personalized map painted especially for the couple is a unique and thoughtful wedding gift idea.

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How the Bullet Journal Helps Me Stay Organized

I started keeping a Bullet Journal 18 months ago, and it has made a big difference in my ability to stay organized, both personally and professionally. I’m not an effortlessly organized, planner-keeping type of person, but this Bullet Journal system works well for me. I don’t use it to manage my everyday life, but I do use it to keep an ongoing list of tasks that need to be done… No more partially completed to-do lists on scraps of paper – it’s all in my journal! I keep notes on various aspects of my Blue Jay Bay business development, and add the topics and page numbers to my index at the front of the journal.

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Arizona Map – Custom Map Art

This watercolor map of Arizona recalls the Painted Desert landscape, with a range of warm reds, oranges, burnt siennas, and yellows. As with all of my made-to-order paintings, this map can be personalized with your choice of color schemes. A heart, dot, or star symbol can be hand painted onto the map at special locations, and I will hand-letter your customized map title. This type of artwork makes for a meaningful gift!

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Claddagh Ring Family Name Sign

This modern style Claddagh ring watercolor design symbolizes LOVE, LOYALTY, and FRIENDSHIP. The HANDS represent friendship; the HEART represents love; and the CROWN represents loyalty. It is a centuries old design that was first produced in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, outside of Galway.

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Brooklyn Map Watercolor

No Sleep Till Brooklyn! I have designed a new map watercolor of this awesome NYC borough. This is the perfect gift for your Brooklyn hipster friends – personalize the map with a meaningful title and your choice of colors. Special places can be marked with a heart, star, or dot symbol.

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Love Your Mother… Mother Earth World Map

Are you looking for a unique gift for someone who loves to travel? If so, my original, made-to-order heart shaped map of the Earth is an uncommon and beautiful choice! I have been excited about this cordate (aka heart shaped) map projection for years. I decided to try...

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Personalized Map of Guam

My personalized watercolor map of Guam is a unique piece of art, perfect for someone who was born in Guam or lived here for a time.  It can be customized with your choice of color schemes, and you can specify special places to be marked on the map. In addition, you...

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San Francisco Bay Area, Alameda & Oakland

I recently designed this artsy watercolor map of the San Francisco Bay area, with Alameda Island as a focal point and Oakland visible to the east.  I've had the opportunity to personalize this map for two different customers, and am pleased with how it has turned out...

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Richmond Virginia Art Map

I present to you my new map of Richmond, Virginia! This map features the James River at center, and major roadways and bridges are visible within this abstract map design.  In the example pictured, the star represents the home address of the map's recipient.  This map...

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Love for Idaho

Idaho is a recent addition to my Places You Love series of abstract watercolor maps.  My husband and I had the pleasure to visit this gorgeous state 10 years ago, to spend a week with good friends who had relocated from Virginia to Moscow, ID.  The scenery was like...

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Watercolor Map of Florida

There is great artistic potential in my newly created Florida watercolor map!  The sunshine state is a perfect candidate to be painted in many of my vibrant color schemes.  Order one for your favorite Floridian, with their special location(s) marked with a heart,...

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A Really BIG Year in Birding

There is a new record to beat in a USA-based birding big year!  One of the contenders for surpassing the previous ABA record of 749 bird species is written up in a recent article on a Cape Cod based NPR website. It's an interesting summary of Christian Hagenlocher's...

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Oregon Art Map

Oregon is now in my ever expanding catalog of artistic watercolor maps!  This Pacific wonderland state map can be ordered in your choice of color schemes, and with special places marked.  In addition, you can specify a custom map title!  These really do make lovely,...

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My Craft Show Debut!

Tomorrow I will be a vendor at the South County HS 2016 Craft Show in Lorton, VA.  I have everything all packed up and ready to go... See the below image for details and a coupon!  I will have a variety of paintings for sale, with a special discount for in-stock...

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Pineapple Welcome Sign

This Pineapple Welcome Sign watercolor painting is a pretty and unique piece of art to hang in your foyer. It also makes a great hostess gift or present for housewarming parties! The pineapple has been considered a sign of welcoming in Europe and Colonial North...

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Love & Light Watercolor Art

After a divisive presidential election season, the United States could use some positivity.  This Love & Light inspired painting features my popular art deco style sun with a new inspirational phrase.  I have painted it in two different color schemes - Red-Orange...

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Personalized Watercolor Map of California

Are you looking for a unique gift for California residents or people with love for their Californian home town? Or for families or couples celebrating special occasions within the Golden State?  If so, check out my new watercolor map of California! This California...

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