January 4, 2016

Pretty Yellow Red Ribbon Pattern Design

Here’s another one of my favorite designs – a Pretty Yellow and Red Ribbon Pattern Design. It has a touch of blue in it too. The background is somewhat blueish white.
I like this one because it is almost two designs in one. Up close it is colorful and ornate, with a distressed grungy look to the graphic. A very time worn antique look, while still being colorful.
But if it is tiled in a pattern, it looks very pretty and elegant, like colorful pretty dainty ribbons.

1. Red Bubble: Check the design out on Red Bubble

Click Here: The Pretty Yellow Red Ribbon Pattern Fashion Skirt on Red Bubble

Also available on a Travel Mug: Yellow Red Ribbon Travel Mug

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Here is a link to my RedRubble Shop: http://www.redbubble.com/people/donnagrayson/shop

2. Art of Where:

See it on a Yellow Red Ribbon Samsung Galaxy Phone Case

Available on a Pencil Case, click here Yellow Red Ribbon Pattern Pencil Case

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My Art of Wear Store store is here: https://artofwhere.com/artists/bright-vibes-design

3. Print All Over Me :

Pretty Yellow Ribbons Pattern Yellow Red Ribbon Pattern Sweathsirt

Pretty Yellow Red Ribbon Pattern Yellow Red Ribbon Pattern Womens Fashion Jumpsuit

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My Print All Over Me Store Profile is here: https://paom.com/profile/brightvibes/#/profile-designs

4. Cafepress:
Yellow Red Ribbon Pattern License Plate Holder. Makes a great unique gift.

Pretty Yellow Red Ribbon Pattern Heart Necklace Jewelry. Is a popular design.

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My Cafe Press Profile is here: http://www.cafepress.com/profile/brightvibesdesign

5. Zazzle : The Yellow Red Ribbons collection – accessories, flip flops, ties, wallets. And Home Decor – pillows, clocks, plates, table cloths and shower curtains.
Also on some electronic device cases, and greeting cards and invitations. You can view all in one place

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Thank you for visiting my website and checking out my designs ! Keep checking back, I am always working on something new.

January 3, 2016

The Best Things I Did For Myself in 2015

Before looking forward and making my New Years Resolutions for 2016, I wanted to take a peak back into 2015 and share some of the better changes that I made in the last year. I don’t think these were technically “New Years 2015 Resolutions” – but they were promises that I made to myself as 2015 went along.

1. Getting more sleep – This was a hard one because I am more of a night person, and not a morning person at all.
So to remind myself to go to sleep earlier, I did what I do in the morning – I set an alarm to go to bed. Just like I set an alarm to wake up.

So at 9:30 pm, by cell phone starts ringing. I am usually in the middle of something – doing dishes, watching a tv show, creating my artwork projects, there lots of stuff to do. But that 9:30 pm alarm tells me to “slow down”. Its time to make sure I am in my pajamas with my teeth brushed. Its time for the electronic devices to get turned off. Its time to mellow out and relax. I can sit and watch a little more tv, but the lights need to be dimmed.

Sometimes I do stay up a while longer, but its at a very slow relaxed pace. Usually sipping decaf tea or wine curled up on the sofa with a tv show on low. If I am not sleeping, I am resting.

I don’t set an alarm on Friday or Saturday night because I don’t have to get up early the next day. But I am noticing that my bedtime on Friday or Saturday is a bit earlier than normal just naturally, due to my schedule on other days of the week.

2. Waking Up Earlier – See above. Setting an alarm at 9:30 pm to tell myself to go to bed, has given me a ton more energy. I am not up earlier all the time. But there have been many days that I just naturally wake up a half hour before the morning alarm clock goes off. And I feel well rested.

3. Getting Ready for the Week – this is an organization skill that I picked up from a friend. The friend told me that they couldn’t go out on a Sunday night because they spend that time “Getting ready for the week”. With a hectic job schedule, social life, church, hobbies and other things going on, it made sense.

On Sunday after church, I usually stop off at the grocery store so I have everything that I need for the week. On Sunday evenings I make a point to cook both my breakfast and my lunch for the next few days. They go into the fridge in glass containers ready to microwave at the office. Organic Oatmeal with different fruits, and hard boiled eggs for breakfast. Usually some type of low sodium chicken dish with roasted vegetables and rice or potatoes for lunch. I make sure I have my fruit, nuts, snacks, yogurt, whatever, in a bag and ready to go to the office in the morning.

I also pull out a couple of outfits from the closet, so they are hanging right where I can see them. The office is casual so I can easily mix tops with jeans or black slacks. But I also take into consideration any after work plans for the week so I have those clothes out where I can see them. This eliminates a morning of not knowing what to wear.

So these are the changes in that I made during the year 2015. They made me more rested. I am eating healthier. I have more energy. And have helped me eliminate some stress.

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January 1, 2016

New Years Black Eyed Peas and Rotisserie Chicken Soup Recipe

BlackEyedPeaSoupEating Black Eyes Peas on New Years Day is supposed to bring you good luck and prosperity in the coming year. I am not one to believe much in superstitions, but when I saw Freida’s Speedy Pre-soaked Black Eyed Peas being sold in the produce section of the grocery store, I decided that I had to cook something with it. I don’t often eat Black Eyed peas, so I figured today was probably the best day to do it.
And with the weather in California getting cold, I have really been into making soups and stews. So I just kind of “winged it” with this one and threw it together. You can adjust the ingredients to fit your tastes.

Then, as I was driving home, I realized that I had forgotten to buy Chicken Stock. So you might want to exchange the water in my receipe for chicken stock. And if you do that, you can probably leave out the chicken skin. Chicken skin is total fat, and I only used it this time to give the soup more flavor. And I will probably pick it out as I eat it.
And you might want to add some chopped spinach or kale to the recipe too. I think I will do that if I make this again.I don’t have exact ingredient amounts on this, like I said I winged it.

Black Eyed Peas and Rotisserie Chicken Soup Recipe

Chopped No-Salt rotisserie cooked chicken from the grocery store – 2 legs, 2 wings, and 1 thigh, skin included.
Olive Oil
Half an Onion chopped
Half tablesoon of chopped garlic
Several stalks of celery chopped
1 box of chopped mushrooms
1 Italian squash (or yellow or pattypan) chopped
Water
1 Container of Freida’s Speedy Pre-soaked Black Eyed Peas
Oregano and Basil and Black Pepper

1. In a pot, sautee the half onion and garlic in some chicken skin and olive oil
2. Slowly add to the pot, and sautee, one by one: the Chopped Celery, mushrooms and Italian squash
3. Add water
4. Add Black Eyed Peas
5. Add the chopped chicken and rest of skin
6. Add more water if necessary to cover ingredients
7. Add oregano and basil and Black pepper to taste
8. Stir together. Cook over a low heat, for about 20 minutes, or until boiling. Stir often.

Enjoy ! Happy New Year !

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December 30, 2015

Romanesco Broccoli Recipes and Cooking

RomanescoBroccoliHave you ever been in a grocery store, and you saw a vegetable that was so pretty and unusual that you just had to take a photo of it ? That was me a few days ago at Whole Foods Market. They had a big display of Romanesco Broccoli – which is actually a cauliflower. Hmmm, I don’t know how you can get those two mixed up.
Some places a more common name is Roman Cauliflower. Either way, the ones in front of me were organic, and so unusual that I just had to take it home and try it.
It tasted like a slightly sweeter version of cauliflower. It did not taste like broccoli at all.
I made two dishes with my Roman Cauliflower.

Romaneso Broccoli Side Dish:
The first dish was a vegetable side dish that was served with steak and baby potatoes.
I mixed half of the chopped Roman Cauliflower with multi-colored chopped carrots, yellow and orange bell peppers, and chopped zucchini. Then tossed them all together with Olive Oil and an all purpose Italian seasoning blend. Put them on a large baking sheet, and roasted them in the oven until they were done.
I ended up sprinkling them with some shredded Asiago Cheese when I served them on the table.

Usually when I have left over vegetables, I end up making a big soup/stew with them. I don’t like to spend time chopping a lot, so my soups really become stews !

Chicken Romanesco Broccoli Veggetable Stew:
1. I started out cooking chicken breasts, sprinkled with all purpose seasoning, in the oven. I never put raw chicken or meat directly in a soup.
2. I lightly steamed the rest of my Romanesco Broccoli, then once it cooled I pureed it in my blender with a litte water, to make the base of the soup.
3. Olive Oil in the pot, sauteed the chopped onions, carrots and orange and yellow bell peppers, chopped baby potatoes, and a few small pieces of the broccoli.
4. I sprinkled in a spicier multi purpose spice mix made for chicken.
5. Once the vegetables were done being sauteed, I added the pureed Romaneso Broccoli, a box of Chicken Stock, and brought to a boil. Then lowered to a simmer.
6. Then I added chopped dark Kale to the mix that was cooking.
7. After the chicken was done in the oven, I removed it, and let it cool slightly so I could cut it. I chopped up the cooked chicken and added it to the pot.
8. I let the whole thing simmer on the stove for about a half hour.
9. When serving, you can top the soup/stew with more Asiago Cheese – and serve the whole thing with a hearty multi grain bread.

With the potatoes and chicken and all the broccoli, this ended up being a very hardy soup. I like having a pureed vegetable as the base of a soup, because that makes the vegetable easier to digest. After I ate this, I could just feel in my body that I had just received a ton of nutrients !

The only other vegetable I had left over after this was some zucchini, which I did not add to the second dish. Zucchini is great to have on hand, and makes great low carb snacks, especially for the evening if you want a quick healthy bite.
I just slice the Zucchini, use it to dip into hummus. Or have some slices along with some chopped cheese and salami.
Zucchini is also great is you sprinkle the slices with cheese and roast them lightly in the oven.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos of my two Romanesco Recipes ! I have to remember to do this in the future, just in case I post the recipe on the blog.
I hope you enjoy these recipes.

More links about Romaneso Broccoli:
Wikipedia Romanesco Broccoli Page
and
Check out this page on Pinterest : Pinterest Romanesco Broccoli

Click here for Vegetable Gifts:
Zazzle Broccoli Gifts
and
Zazzle Cauliflower

December 28, 2015

Bright Blue Yellow ZigZag Abstract Fashion and Gifts

Lately I have been adding my designs on some other websites, and experimenting with some different Print on Demand Sites. I’ve gone back to some of the earlier designs that I personally like, and have been tweeking them and trying them out on different products.

One of the first ones I have added is the Bright Colorful Wild Waves ZigZag Abstract. This is digital art where I copied and pasted pieces of abstract photography together, with a bright blue filled background. Its got a wave look to it with different textures and colors filling the wave. Its a seamless tile abstract that works well with products that need a pattern to them – like clothing, scarves, accessories, bedding, etc…

I have the Bright Blue ZigZag Abstract on many different products, on several different Print On Demand (POD) websites. You can check them out below:

1. Red Bubble: Check the Bright Blue abstract design out on Red Bubble – Bright Blue Yellow Zig Zag Waves on Red Bubble. Its on a tshirt, skirt, leggings, scarf, phone cases, home decor like pillows, duvet cover, and mugs, and some cool bags, stationery and notebooks.
Red Bubble has a cool Pencil Skirt : Blue Zig Zag Pencil Skirt And also Leggings : Blue Zig Zag Leggings and several other items.

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Here is a link to my RedRubble Shop: http://www.redbubble.com/people/donnagrayson/shop

2. Art of Where: Check out the Bright Blue Abstract on this short Flare skirt Bright Blue Short Flare Skirt
And this cool Bright Blue Short Tank Dress
Theres also a cap, a scarf, and a fitted skirt

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My Art of Wear Store store is here: https://artofwhere.com/artists/bright-vibes-design

3. Print All Over Me : The Bright Blue Abstract is tiled on print all over shirts, dresses and clothing. The pattern seems smaller because it is tiled as a seamless tile print.
My favorite is the long skirt on PAOM : Bright Blue Abstract Long Skirt
and the Long Wrap scarf: Brigt Blue Abstract Wrap Around Scard
There is also a beautiful slip Dress:
Bright Blue Abstract Slip Dress

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My Print All Over Me Store Profile is here: https://paom.com/profile/brightvibes/#/profile-designs

4. Cafepress: You can find the Bright Blue Abstract on 66 products on Cafepress at: Bright Blue Abstract Art Gifts Page 1  Its on several different kinds of jewelry. Check out the Bright Blue Abstract Art Necklace
and it also on Bright Blue Abstract Earrings/ Or you can find the bright blue abstract on another 44 designs, which include Duvet covers Bright Blue Abstract Art Gifts Page 2 and even more Bright Blue Products here: Bright Blue Abstract Art Gifts Page 3

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My Cafe Press Profile is here: http://www.cafepress.com/profile/brightvibesdesign

5. Zazzle : I first put the original graphic of the Bright Blue Abstract artwork up on Zazzle way back in 2009. I’ve recently tweeked it, and made it a seamless tile so I could use it on more items. Zazzle has great high-top sneakers, all over print tank tops, flip-flops, and lot of home decor items like lamps, pillows, clocks, shower curtains and more.

Click on the link below to check out the Bright Blue Abstract Collection from across my many Zazzle stores.

My full Zazzle profile with all my artwork can be found at: Bright Vibes Design – Donna Grayson

I hope you enjoy the Bright Blue Abstract art design on my fashions, gifts, and home decor. I like making fun colorful and unique designs. If you like the design, look around on both Zazzle and Cafepress, because it is available on those two sites only, in Red and also in Green. Eventually I hope to add those colors to the other sites, and when I do I will post about it.

Thanks for viewing my Bright Blue Yellow ZigZag Abstract Design Fashion, Gifts, Home Decor and more !

August 18, 2015

Pillows and Sleeping

If you are looking to rest, relax or meditate – don’t forget a comfortable Pillow.
The right pillow will make a big difference in how you sleep.
Also, if you have knee problems try sleeping with a pillow under your knees.
Or if your feet swell during the day, try propping up your feel with a pillow.

Zazzle has a big selection of pillows on their site. Most pillows can be customized, and you can choose from six different styles and shapes – square, round, lumbar, polyester or cotton.
Since I am a designer at Zazzle, I like to put my bright patterns and abstracts on their pillows.

Click here to check them out, Bright Colorful Pillows on Zazzle

Here are a few of the styles, but you can see all of them on the link above.

August 17, 2015

How to Get Better Sleep

I have been trying to get more restful and deep sleep. Its really been a challenge for me, but I am getting better.
Some nights, I sit up and the computer working on my artwork nodding off and trying to fight the need for sleep. Some nights I sit on the couch, watching tv, trying to catch a show and then I am out like a light and have missed what I wanted to watch. Then there are nights that I fall asleep perfectly fine, only to wake up at 4 am completely wide awake and ready for the day — the only problem is that I don’t need to start my day until 7:30, so that makes me minus 3 good hours that I had planned to sleep.

I have discovered that planning for a good nights sleep that night, starts in the afternoon.

1. Starting about 1 or 2 in the afternoon, stop the caffeine. I find that if I have a cup of coffee about 4 in the afternoon – I almost for sure will wake up at 3 am and toss and turn and not be able to go back to sleep.
If you need a pick-me-up in the middle of the afternoon try fruit and protein. A small apple with some cheese. Or some berries with some nuts. These will actually give your body some fuel, without the caffeine high.

2. Drink lots of water during the day – but about an hour before bedtime start to limit your liquids. Only sip at some water. You don’t want to have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. The same can be said for food – obviously no big meals right before bed. Some people find they benefit from something light, like
half a banana. Limit alcohol too, it will keep you from sleeping deeply.

3. Also, sometime during the day, try to get some light exercise. At least 30 minutes of light walking. Or you can break it up into segments of 10 or 15 minutes each. Getting exercise will help your body rest easier.

4. About 2 hours before bedtime, I have a pleasant melodic alarm that goes off on my phone. This tells me it is time to start to mellow out. If I am doing something like washing the dishes, or cleaning, or working on the computer – the 2 hour alarm is my signal to “wrap it up”, finish what I am doing, and start to get ready for bed and mellow out. Sometimes I look at it and go “What? Its time already?” – because the evening has just flown by. Having an alarm go off has been a good tool for getting me to bed on time.

5. “They” say – whoever they are – to stop all electronic devices an hour before bedtime. No bright lights shining into your eyeballs. This is the time to lower all lights, and read a regular old-fashioned paper book. No TV either.
I have a rough time on this one, because I like to read books on my Kindle, and watching TV helps to lull me off to dreamland. But if I feel like relaxing, this can be a good time to flip throught fashion magazines and catalogues. Something light, and not too strenuous. I wish I could take this time to read something spiritual but that seems to get my brain working again.

5. Treat yourself to some comfy pillows and blankets. Don’t forget your mattress wears out after a 10 years. Have some nice photos on your night stand, or posters by your bed. Anything that will make your sleeping area a pleasant place for you to be. What temperature do you sleep better in ? I always sleep better with the window cracked open a bit, having air flowing around the room seems to make it easier for me to sleep.

6. And … take a trip to the Dentist. The Dentist ? Yup. I grind my teeth when I sleep. The dentist told me I needed a Night Guard. Its just a little plastic piece that fits over the bottom teeth. You will be saving your teeth, and your jaw muscles wont be all sore and stiff the next morning. The actual night guard will take a few nights getting used to, but believe me your jaw will feel so much better when you wake up the next morning.

Well, I hope some of these ideas lead you to a good restful nights sleep.

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Books on Amazon

Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes

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No More Sleepless Nights

Health Journeys: A Meditation to Help You with Healthful Sleep

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More Sleep Items

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August 16, 2015

Summer Flip Flop Sandals

Its still summer. I refuse to believe fall is around the corner. I am still in the mood for warm weather.
Check out my colorful fun Flip Flops designs on Zazzle :

Summer Colorful Flip Flops Sandals on Zazzle

Here are a few of my designs, but theres lots more patterns, colors and styles on the link above.

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Bright Pink Yellow Design Flip Flops
Bright Pink Yellow Design Flip Flops by BrightVibesFashion
View other Design Pairs of Flip Flops at Zazzle.com
August 15, 2015

Art and Gift Collections

Zazzle has started a new feature for its designers called “Collections”. I can now group similar designs together, so that it is easier to view from one link. I really like this feature because it makes it easier to share on the blog, on twitter, and in other places. Especially since many of my shops on Zazzle are topic specific – I have one for home decor, one for fashion, one for electronics, one for invitations, etc… Now I can share similar items from many shops all under one link.

Check out these links for some of my designs, just click below:

Orange Black Halloween Designs on clothing invitations postage bags letterhead and more Donna’s Halloween Designs – click here

Over 80 Unique Pattern Pillow Designs for your home decor Unique Pillow Designs – click here

Over 170 Bright Colorful Pillow Designs for your home decor Colorful Pillow Designs – click Here

Yellow Crisscross pattern on over 80 gift items fashion electronics home decor more Yellow Crisscross Design – click here

Bright Pink yellow design on Over 50 items gifts electronics, home decor, fashion, and more
Bright Pink Yellow Design – Click Here

Colorful Turquoise Blue design on Over 70 gifts electronics, home decor, fashion and more
Turquoise Blue Abstract Design – click here

I will be adding more collections soon.

August 14, 2015

Attitudes Over Oatmeal

After a long day at the office, I stopped by my local health food store. The place is very packed in, lots of people and it is hard to navigate through the funky aisles overstocked with the latest health food fad.

As I stroll up to the breakfast cereal aisle, I see a woman standing on the far side of the aisle appearing not to be doing much. I just glance at her and I figure she must be on her cell phone but to be frank I don’t really notice.
So I go right up to the oatmeal, and I start to read the labels, trying to see what is on sale.
And with my reading glasses on, I need to get as close to the packages as I can.
Yes, I know its only oatmeal – but I haven’t really decided what I want. And these are all smaller, less familiar organic brands.

All of a sudden behind me I hear the woman in a very angry tone “Well, excuse me !”
And I jolt and spin around to see her.
And she appears to be seething in anger at the fact that I blocked her view of the oatmeal.
I say “Oh, I’m sorry – I didn’t realize you were looking over here.”
“Yes, I was looking over there !” she snaps.
And I just mutter “I’m sorry, I’m sorry” and I move out of the way.

A vision flashes through my mind of me ending my evening by getting beaten up in the cereal aisle of the health food store. I just stand by the side of the cereal, away from the lady, somewhat freaked out.
At first I feel really stupid and inconsiderate that I walked right in front of the woman. Of course, thats something I would never do.
And then I am telling myself “What kind of person reads the cereal boxes from all the way across the other side of the aisle?”
For the rest of my grocery shopping, I look for the lady at every turn to make sure I don’t cross her path again.

On the way home, I start to get philosophical about the whole thing. Here were live in a country where we have Abundance and Wealth. We have our choice of 20 different types of oatmeal in a fancy health food grocery store. Yet, its still impossible for people to not get on eachothers nerves. Bumping into eachother, blocking eachothers
way, snapping at eachother over the smallest most innocent misunderstanding.
Why can’t we just let it go, or approach it with humor – or even turn the situation into a chance to chat with a new person. Welcome the opportunity to bump into a new person.
We have all that we need, we are surrounded by it – yet having abundance doesn’t automatically make us better people. We still have to work at it and be aware of our actions.

Of course now that the situation is over, I had a little bit of a more realistic view on my drive home.
I had a hard day at work and was tired. So I wasn’t watching where I was going, and I accidentally stood in front of her.
This lady probably had a hard day at work as well, and was tired also, and so she snipped at me.

And then there is a humorous view of the situation too.
There I was, wearing my reading glasses so I can see the labels – and I have to get as close to the boxes as I can to read them.
She was standing on the other side of the aisle looking at the boxes across the aisle- she probably needs reading glasses, and can only see the labels from far away.
Its too bad we didn’t both calm down, and take a moment to joke about this possibility. Two people both trying to figure out the Oatmeal boxes, with similar yet opposite eye problems.
In this situation, I am really amazed how both of us are very similar.

So since the lady left the store before I did, all I could think to do was ask God to bless her and take care of her. Sending a person blessings will have an amazing effect on them and their life. When you bump into a person, and the situation does not have the best outcome, all you can do it to ask God to bless them.
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Books on Amazon

Oatmeal Cookbooks
Attitude Is Everything: Change Your Attitude… Change Your Life!
The Difference Maker: Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset
The Be Happy Attitudes


Gift Items

I Love Oatmeal T Shirts
I Love Oatmeal T Shirts by definingyou
Browse more Pink T-Shirts at Zazzle

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Too Cute Crab Basic Round Button Keychain
Too Cute Crab Basic Round Button Keychain by pinkinkart
Look at Baby crab Keychains online at Zazzle.com

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