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As I sit brainstorming and working in this so-labelled dreary “polar-vortex” weather, I have TEDTalks running in the background.  This one in particular by Stefan Sagmeister steadily gained all of my attention.  Very interesting how he runs his business, and I also enjoy/agree with his view on integrating retirement years into working years.  Click the image below to watch, or listen, and perhaps gain some inspiration as I did.

Stefan Sagmeister

Melrod Designs

Now OPEN for business:

So my good friend Melanie does this really awesome thing with her art.  She first began doodling around with some images and has most recently mushroomed into her very own card business on  Now alongside her job, she is doing something she really enjoys : )  Very excited for her, and it couldn’t have happened to a better person!  I got one of her very first originals in the mail for my birthday, and loved it.. then was randomly surprised with another when she created the official ones!   I would love to share her talent with everyone:We have such fun when we hang out, as evidenced by the image of us in this post (this was us celebrating her birthday, 8o’s style!), and I’m very fortunate to be able to call her a good friend.  If you need a card, I encourage you to visit her store on – she has great cards for any occasion, you can also contact her if you may have a special request, they ship quickly and are packaged quite handsomely.  Thank you for your support, and feel free to share with friends! : )

Here she is on

and you can also

her on Facebook.

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