Posts Tagged ‘BreezeArt’

A Sneak Peek at Early Buy’s Best Sellers

April 10, 2017

There’s only about a month left to get those Early Buy orders in! If you’re wondering which designs are this season’s must-haves, you’ve come to the right place. We pulled together a list of Fall/Winter 2017 Early Buy best sellers and we’re giving you a sneak peek! Don’t miss out on all the great opportunities that this once-a-season sale offers, like free freight & extended dating, and the chance to improve cash flow and easily transition through the seasons.

Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the best-selling designs so far this Early Buy season!

Our new State of the Heart Localization Program has been very popular! Featuring all 50 states, this special program allows you to choose flags and mats in 22 different colorways. Garden flags can be customized with the name of your city or state! Learn more here.

“Pumpkin Wagon” by Susan Winget [30111]

“Autumn Bike Ride” by Tina Ledbetter [30101]

“Fall Mason Jars” by Susan Winget [30112]

“Winter Snacktime” by Susan Bourdet [30118]

“Christmas on the Farm” by Susan Winget [30122]

“Ready for Fall” by Sally Eckman Roberts [30113]

“Religious Christmas” by Susan Winget [30130]

“Thankful Turkey” by Travis Spencer [30101]

“Nose to Nose” by Susan Winget [30132]

 

“Bringing Home the Tree” by Susan Winget [31010]

Don’t let Early Buy slip away! If you’re a registered retailer, login to our website or contact your Territory Manager to place an order before time runs out. Early Buy ends May 15th!

Early Buy Best-Sellers Spring/Summer 2017

October 24, 2016

Early Buy is almost over! If you’re a registered retailer, login to our website or contact your Territory manager to place an order before time runs out!

With free freight and extended dating, Early Buy is too good to pass up… and it ends on November 15th! If you’re not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find 20 of the best-selling designs so far (in no particular order). I hope this helps you get your order going, and that you and your customers enjoy all of our new products for spring and summer!

 

“Morning Ride” by Susan Winget
[31476]

“Fancy Floral” by Jennifer Brinley
[11485]

“Splash of Color” by Gail Flores
[01479]

“Bunny Delight” by Lori McDonough
[71470]

“Patriotic Watering Can” by Susan Winget
[91503]

“Patriotic Tractor” by Susan Winget
[11504]

“Baseball Season” by Susan Winget
[01505]

“Hummingbird Delight” by Susan Bourdet
[71455]

“St. Pat’s Shamrocks” by Bethany Shackelford
[31507]

“Potted Geraniums” by Jennifer Brinley
[91487]

“Easter Babies” by Susan Winget
[01469]

“Garden Bouquet” by Sally Eckman Roberts
[71481]

“Field of Butterflies” by Sally Eckman Roberts
[31491]

“Hydrangeas” by Gail Flores
[11480]

“Cardinal Beauty” by Susan Bourdet
[93402]

“Pretty Pansies” by Jennifer Brinley
[31486]

“Vintage Watering Can” by Sally Eckman Roberts
[01489]

“Bluebonnet Dream” by Martha Collins
[11478]

“Easter Beauty” by Gail Flores
[71471]

“Planting Time” by Susan Winget
[91484]

Like what you see? Let us know your favorite designs in the comments! If you’re registered on our website, click here to login and order Early Buy online! Happy shopping!

Early Buy Sneak Peek – Spring & Summer 2017

August 30, 2016

Can you believe it’s almost time for Spring and Summer Early Buy?! 2017 may seem far away, but with free freight and extended dating, Early Buy is the best time to buy flag collections for this upcoming Spring and Summer. Our Early Buy program is the best deal of the season, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity to save big! The official kickoff is coming up on September 6th, so make sure you make an appointment with your Territory Manager and get those orders in before Early Buy ends on November 15th!

Without further ado, here is a sneak peek of what you’ll see when you receive your Early Buy catalog in the next few weeks! We hope you and your customers enjoy these beautiful designs as much as we do.

BreezeArt™ Garden Flag Product Template

“Fancy Floral” by Jennifer Brinley
[31485]

Yard DeSigns® Product Template

“Hummingbird Delight” by Susan Bourdet
[71455]

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“Mermaid” by Susan Winget
[11456]

 

BreezeArt™ Standard Flag Product Template“Fresh Picked” by Sally Eckman Roberts
[91477]

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“Bunny Delight” by Lori McDonough
[01470]

BreezeArt™ Garden Flag Product Template

“Preppy Pineapple” by Suzanne Nicoll
[31473]

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“Herb Garden” by Stephanie Burgess
[11495]

Yard DeSigns® Product Template

“Potted Geraniums” by Jennifer Brinley
[71487]

BreezeArt™ Standard Flag Product Template

“Topiary Gate” by Mary Engelbreit
[91474]

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“Sweet Magnolias” by Patti Gay
[01483]

BreezeArt™ Garden Flag Product Template

“Hydrangeas” by Gail Flores
[31480]

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“”Big Boats” by Lori McDonough
[11458]

Yard DeSigns® Product Template

“Dublin Fisted” by Sydney Wright
[71508]

BreezeArt™ Standard Flag Product Template

“Spirit of Freedom” by Al Agnew
[31502]

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“Patriotic Tractor” by Susan Winget
[31504]

Thanks for checking out some of our new Spring and Summer designs for 2017. Let us know in the comments if you have any favorites so far! 

Fall/Winter 2016 Early Buy Bestsellers

May 6, 2016

Quick! Get those Early Buy orders in before time runs out!

With free freight and extended dating, our Early Buy program is the best deal of the season, and it ends on May 15th! If you’re not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Below are 20 of this season’s best-selling designs to help you get your order going. I hope you and your customers enjoy all of our new products for fall and winter!

Holy Family by Susan Winget (31393)

1-31393-Holy Family-Susan Winget

 

Woodland Santa by Susan Winget (71394)

5-71394-Woodland Santa-Susan Winget

 

Denim Sunflowers by Jennifer Brinley (31440)

16-31440-Denim Sunflowers-Jennifer Brinley

 

Red Barn Snowman by Susan Winget (11434)

2-11434-Red Barn Snowman-Susan Winget

 

Winter Gathering by Susan Winget (91388)

3-91388-Winter Gathering-Susan Winget

 

Cardinal Christmas by Diane Kater (71439)

9-71439-Cardinal Christmas-Diane Kater

 

Snowman Birdfeeder by Jane Shasky (91374)

8-91374-Snowman Birdfeeder-Jane Shasky

 

Welcome Neighbors by Susan Winget (01423)

6-01423-Welcome Neighbors-Susan Winget

 

Time to Rake by Jennifer Brinley (31401)

4-31401-Time to Rake-Jennifer Brinley

 

Autumn Gate by Sally Eckman Roberts (01414)

10-01414-Autumn Gate-Sally Eckman Roberts

 

Lantern Festival by Sally Eckman Roberts (11411)

12-11411-Lantern Festival-Sally Eckman Roberts

 

Cardinal in Snow by Hautman Brothers (71385)

13-71385-Cardinal in Snow-Hautman Brothers

 

Mum’s the Word by Sally Eckman Roberts (91415)

14-91415-Mum's the Word-Sally Eckman Roberts

 

Autumn Porch by Susan Winget (31412)

7-31412-Autumn Porch-Susan Winget

 

Santa Wishes by Diane Kater (11390)

15-11390-Santa Wishes-Diane Kater

 

Harvest Pumpkins by Martha Collins (71416)

17-71416-Harvest Pumpkins-Martha Collins

 

Santa’s Porch by Susan Winget (91392)

18-91392-Santa's Porch-Susan Winget

 

Winter Wreath by Sally Eckman Roberts (31433)

19-31433-Winter Wreath-Sally Eckman Roberts

 

Meeting Place by Two Can Art (11387)

20-11387-Meeting Place-Two Can Art

 

Old Glory Barn by Susan Winget (31420)

11-31420-Old Glory Barn-Susan Winget

 

Like what you see? Let us know your favorite designs in the comments! Registered retailers can login and order Early Buy online now! Click here. Happy shopping!

Fall Winter 2016 Early Buy Sneak Peek

February 18, 2016

Early Buy is going to start earlier than ever before and it’s approaching fast. This year, Early Buy will start on March 1st and end on May 15th. With free freight and extended dating, it’s the best deal of the season. But don’t take our word for it – read a few testimonials from retailers across the country:

“Early Buy keeps me from procrastinating. I sell more because I get my product in early, and reorder more. Win-win for all of us.”
-Pam L., A Home-Garden Shop

BreezeArt™ Garden Flag Product Template

“Meeting Place” by Two Can Art [31387]

“I love the Early Buy program – it is always exciting to see the new designs. Plus, the ability to have multiple ship dates, dating, and free freight also secures my success with the product. As a business owner, I often get wrapped up in the day-to-day responsibilities and forget to order things we need. This program makes my job easier because I can financially and logistically preplan for the seasonal/holiday-specific inventory. And it always arrives right on time, just when I need it!”
-Pamela S., Cattail Cottage

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“Santa Wishes” by Diane Kater [31390]

“I love to take advantage of the Studio M Early Buy promotion. I appreciate the opportunity to get additional terms. Doing this early in the season helps me manage my time better. I can take my time, get my order done, and then not have to rush when my other vendors’ deadlines come due. It also gives me an opportunity to see trends and designs that I might be incorporating in themes for my stores. Thanks Studio M!” -Claire D., Lynn’s Hallmark

 

Now that you’ve heard what’s so great about Early Buy, let’s check out some of the new designs! We’ve picked out some of our favorites for you to see.

 

Actual size template for product layout. "M-logo" can be repositioned but NOT resized. Document size includes bleed on all sides—a bleed mask layer simulates trim size.

“Santa Says” by Victoria Hutto [31395]

Actual size template for product layout. "M-logo" can be repositioned but NOT resized. Document size includes bleed on all sides—a bleed mask layer simulates trim size.

“Time to Rake” by Jennifer Brinley [31401]

Actual size template for product layout. "M-logo" can be repositioned but NOT resized. Document size includes bleed on all sides—a bleed mask layer simulates trim size.

“Thankful” by Two Can Art [31404]

Actual size template for product layout. "M-logo" can be repositioned but NOT resized. Document size includes bleed on all sides—a bleed mask layer simulates trim size.

“Autumn Gate” by Sally Eckman Roberts [31414]

Actual size template for product layout. "M-logo" can be repositioned but NOT resized. Document size includes bleed on all sides—a bleed mask layer simulates trim size.

“Touchdown” by Lori McDonough [31417]

Actual size template for product layout. "M-logo" can be repositioned but NOT resized. Document size includes bleed on all sides—a bleed mask layer simulates trim size.

“Old Glory Barn” by Susan Winget [31420]

Actual size template for product layout. "M-logo" can be repositioned but NOT resized. Document size includes bleed on all sides—a bleed mask layer simulates trim size.

“Proud Turkey” by Gail Flores [31419]

Actual size template for product layout. "M-logo" can be repositioned but NOT resized. Document size includes bleed on all sides—a bleed mask layer simulates trim size.

“Baby It’s Cold” by Lori McDonough [31422]

Actual size template for product layout. "M-logo" can be repositioned but NOT resized. Document size includes bleed on all sides—a bleed mask layer simulates trim size.

“Snowman Whimsy” by Denise Urban [31435]

Actual size template for product layout. "M-logo" can be repositioned but NOT resized. Document size includes bleed on all sides—a bleed mask layer simulates trim size.

“Think Pink” by Lori McDonough [31437]
All proceeds benefit Siteman Cancer Center.

Actual size template for product layout. "M-logo" can be repositioned but NOT resized. Document size includes bleed on all sides—a bleed mask layer simulates trim size.

“Cardinal Christmas” by Diane Kater [31439]

Actual size template for product layout. "M-logo" can be repositioned but NOT resized. Document size includes bleed on all sides—a bleed mask layer simulates trim size.

“Jolly Santa” by Mary Engelbreit [31441]

Thanks for taking some time to preview this special sample of our new flag collection designs for Fall & Winter 2016! We hope you’re as excited for Early Buy as we are :) Let us know what your favorite designs are in the comments!

 

Atlanta Market January 2015 Displays

March 2, 2015

One of my favorite parts about market is getting to see all of the amazing displays. It’s so much fun to come up with creative ways to show our products. Hopefully we were able to give those who saw our showroom a few helpful merchandising ideas. For all of those who didn’t see our displays – this post is for you!

We Didn’t Reinvent the Wheel, We Just Painted It.

Frolic is our brand new collection designed by artist Lynn Morris. We are thrilled with the way this display turned out, and so were all of our showroom visitors! It got quite a bit of attention, and many people wondered how they could recreate this display in their own store. So, I included some tips below from our merchandising experts!

Frolic Display

The thing about this display that really turned heads was the creative, unexpected use of tires. The bold colors and festive polka dots were definitely a hit. If you want to create a tire display in your own store, ask around at local garage or tire center – often they have old tires they’re trying to get rid of, so you can offer to take some off their hands. Most likely they’ll be happy to give you the tires for free – otherwise the garage has to pay a fee to dispose of them.

Do It Yourself…

First, coat the tires with Kilz primer/sealer/stainblocker spray – you can find it at your local hardware store. This will prevent the road oil from leaching out of the tires, giving you more clean, even base to work with. After the Kilz dries, choose some colors and paint your tires. You can use spray paint or a can & brush – either way will work. Once your paint dries you can add polka dots, stripes, zig-zags… get creative! Fill the tires with a thick base of craft styrofoam so that you have something to poke your yard stakes into. For a finished look, you’ll want to hot-glue moss to the foam to cover it up. Add in some plants (live or fake) and voila!

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You could also make a fun display by hanging your painted tires on a wall. We created a peace-themed display and then planted mini gardens inside the tires we hung. It was a great way to make a big statement and call attention to our smaller items.

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Seeing Double

One of the most fun ways to create a display is to base it off of a particular product. We chose one of our best-selling designs (Geraniums by the Dozen) and brought it to life in our showroom. It was such a great attention grabber for shoppers – it’s fun and unexpected to see a flat piece of artwork become a 3-dimensional display.

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Wood, White, & Blue

Our homemade American flag was definitely a hit. Some old wooden fencing, paint, and wooden stars made this the perfect centerpiece for our patriotic-themed display. Americana/patriotic displays are a must for summer. It’s so easy to pull these items together, and the celebratory red, white, and blue make it a display shoppers can’t pass up!

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An Absorbing Display

Art Coasters are one of the most fun things to play with for displays. They’re versatile, colorful, and sometimes witty! We built a bar and lined its edges with coasters so that visitors could get a sense of all the different themes we have to offer. By breaking some of the coasters out of their packaging, we were able to create an eye-catching display that showed off the product well and really drew people in.

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Pots You Can’t Pass Up

Our Art Pots are brand new this year, and we couldn’t be more excited about them! This display was perfect for showing off each of the 41 different designs we have. The tiers were great for creating an interesting display that drew the eye all the way from floor to ceiling.

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We merchandised some of the pots with plants, but wanted to show that they can also be used as containers or little gift baskets for occasions like Mother’s Day, housewarming, a “get well” gift, a present for a teacher, etc. These Art Pots are the perfect price point for a unique and thoughtful gift-to-go!

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The standing round display and the hanging display that we built for our showroom in The Gardens were perfect for shopping these pots. Customers could easily walk all the way around and see every pot at a glance, and the natural wood didn’t compete with the bright colors of the Art Pots. If you want to create these displays in your own store, get some old lumber or pallet wood, trim it into the shape you’d like, and put the boards together using screws, nails, or wood glue. We ran a pipe up the middle of the round display and used pipefittings to keep each shelf in place. The hanging display was suspended from the ceiling with rope.

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A Few Not-So-Mini Gardens

Last, but certainly not least, I wanted to show a few pictures of the Gypsy Garden displays. Our display & merchandising team did an absolutely amazing job with these gardens. The life-size slide (below) definitely caught a lot of attention. It was bright, colorful, and, most importantly, it was unique. Displays that have this kind of “wow” factor can generate a lot of traffic for your store, so always be thinking of ways you can implement unique merchandising ideas!

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For our coastal-themed mini garden items, we used color to make an attractive, cohesive display. We incorporated a lot of bright oranges and blues by bringing in some of our Art Planters, Art Pots, and Art Poles, and by painting the bases of the display.

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Another popular display was our farm garden – complete with a wheelbarrow, seed packets, and hay bales. These Gypsy Garden items in particular speak to both the farm-to-table and buy local movements, which have been gaining a lot of momentum in recent years, so we really wanted to highlight this theme. Pulling in related products like the Buy Local Yard DeSign and Earth to Table Art Pole Garden by Stephanie Burgess really helped to complete the story.

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If you’re looking for a great way to display our Gypsy Garden products in your store, check out our new Gypsy Caravan display. It’s a simple way to make a big statement, and with everything all in one place, it’s really easy for customers to shop. The gift bags offer an easy way for shoppers to create a special gift-to-go for a birthday, get well wish, mother’s day, or “just because.” The display also comes with the 15″ Bloom Burst Art Planter, which is perfect for showing an example of a planted mini garden. Putting the items into a real mini garden will help tell the story of mini gardening to customers who may be unfamiliar with the concept.

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That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed getting a peek at our showroom and that you are inspired to create unique displays in your own store! For more pictures of creative displays, Like us on Facebook and check out our photo albums in the “Photos” tab!

Spring-Summer 2015 Early Buy Sneak Peek

September 30, 2014

Believe it or not, Early Buy season is right around the corner! Our Spring and Summer designs for 2015 are bursting with bright, bold colors. Here’s what’s new:

  • 57 new classic collections
  • A new “Pink Ribbon” design to benefit Siteman Cancer Center
  • A new “Shop Local” design with the option of customizing the garden flag and MatMate
  • Our brand new “Pet Personalities” line
  • 3 new Yard DeSign collections
  • and 3 new monogram designs!

Scroll through our Spring-Summer 2015 sneak preview and let us know which items you’re most excited about!

"Garden Boots" by Susan Winget SKU: 11104

“Garden Boots” by Susan Winget SKU: 11104

"Blue Hydrangea" by Gail Flores SKU: 91078

“Blue Hydrangea” by Gail Flores SKU: 91078

"Geraniums and Checks" by Sally Eckman Roberts SKU: 71191

“Geraniums and Checks” by Sally Eckman Roberts SKU: 71191

"Plant Happiness" by Stephanie Burgess SKU: 31121

“Plant Happiness” by Stephanie Burgess SKU: 31121

"Cardinal Perch" by Susan Bourdet SKU: 91127

“Cardinal Perch” by Susan Bourdet SKU: 91127

"Be Mine Birds" by Sydney Wright SKU: 01122

“Be Mine Birds” by Sydney Wright SKU: 01122

"Get Your Irish On" by Ellen Krans SKU: 31081

“Get Your Irish On” by Ellen Krans SKU: 31081

"Bunny and Chick" by Victoria Hutto SKU: 11082

“Bunny and Chick” by Victoria Hutto SKU: 11082

"Easter Blessings" by Susan Winget SKU: 91098

“Easter Blessings” by Susan Winget SKU: 91098

"Watermelon Welcome" by Patty Finnigan SKU: 31091

“Watermelon Welcome” by Patty Finnigan SKU: 31091

"God Bless America" by Lorilynn Simms SKU: 71075

“God Bless America” by Lorilynn Simms SKU: 71075

"Bird Homestead" by Bernadette Deming SKU: 01113

“Bird Homestead” by Bernadette Deming SKU: 01113

 

All net profits from the sale of our new “Pink Ribbon” collection will go directly to Siteman Cancer Center to support breast health outreach programs for under-served women, including screening, mammography, and other life-saving breast diagnostic services. Help us give back and aid these breast cancer prevention efforts! Read more about our Give Back Program here: www.magnetworks.com/GiveBack.

"Pink Ribbon" by Tara Reed SKU: 91133

“Pink Ribbon” by Tara Reed SKU: 91133

 

Encourage people in your community to join the “Shop Local” movement with this new collection by artist Holli Conger! You may choose to customize the garden flag and/or MatMate of this design with the name of your city or state. Check out some examples below!

 

Next up is a preview of a few items from our new Pet Personalities line! Artist Ursula Dodge perfectly captures each animal’s personality both in her artwork and in the characteristics she includes with each breed’s portrait. There are 17 dog designs and one cat design in this adorable new collection!

 

This season, Yard DeSigns became much more than just decorative address signs. We created three special collections of Yard DeSigns and coordinating welcome MatMates that offer creative ways to make a statement. Shown below is the Geo Greeting collection by artist Ana Davis!

 

That’s all we can show you for now, but Early Buy catalogs will be arriving soon so get ready to save big on spring and summer products for 2015! Let us know which new designs are your favorites in the comments below! Thanks for reading :)

Introducing New Designs for Fall/Winter 2014!

April 3, 2014

Alright early birds, it’s time to take a peek at what’s new for Fall & Winter 2014! Our Early Buy program runs from now until June 5th, so start making your shopping lists… you won’t want to miss out on free freight & extended dating!

Check out what’s new:

  • 51 seasonal collections
  • 18 Yard DeSigns
  • 2 seasonal monogram designs
  • 21 oversize MailWraps
  • 12 Print On Demand MatMates
  • 1 cause-related flag
  • and 3 special collections just for retailers!

We are so excited to offer three new designs that were created with our specialty retailers in mind. These 3-piece collections offer a unique, eye-catching way to invite customers into your store. Each design is available in a standard flag, garden flag, and MatMate.

One of this season’s new flags hits very close to home for a lot of us here at Magnet Works, and surely for many around the world. Our “Cure Them All” flag was designed as a symbol of hope, encouragement, and support for all those affected by cancer. All proceeds from the sale of this flag will be donated to the Discovery Fund at Siteman Cancer Center. To find out more visit magnetworks.com/GiveBack.

"Cure Them All" SKU: 31060

“Cure Them All” by Chrissie Grace SKU: 31060

In this catalog you’ll also see a lot of designs with traditional holiday themes. These beautiful, tried-and-true classics are sure to be among your customers’ favorites! Check out some of our new Fall & Winter designs below.

"If the Shoe Fits" by Sally Eckman Roberts SKU: 71055

“If the Shoe Fits” by Sally Eckman Roberts SKU: 71055

"Vintage Harvest" by Jennifer Brinley SKU: 31053

“Vintage Harvest” by Jennifer Brinley SKU: 31053

"Autumn Bouquet" by Gail Flores SKU: 71036

“Autumn Bouquet” by Gail Flores SKU: 71036

"Give Thanks Turkey" by Elena Vladykina SKU: 91026

“Give Thanks Turkey” by Elena Vladykina SKU: 91026

"Holly Birds" by Lisa Hilliker SKU: 01007

“Holly Birds” by Lisa Hilliker SKU: 01007

"Sleigh Stop" by Martha Collins SKU: 11018

“Sleigh Stop” by Martha Collins SKU: 11018

"Christmas Poinsettias" by Gail Flores SKU: 71043

“Christmas Poinsettias” by Gail Flores SKU: 71043

"Christmas Cards" by Susan Winget SKU: 91041

“Christmas Cards” by Susan Winget SKU: 91041

"Fa La La" by Lee Calderon SKU: 11062D

“Fa La La” by Lee Calderon SKU: 11062D

"Bearing Gifts" by Susan Winget SKU: 31048

“Bearing Gifts” by Susan Winget SKU: 31048

"Home for the Holidays" by Sally Eckman Roberts SKU: 71032

“Home for the Holidays” by Sally Eckman Roberts SKU: 71032

Don’t forget to stock up on our new seasonal monogram designs! Our “Letters from Santa” garden flags by Maria Garbagnati feature an adorable Santa Claus in a different pose for each letter, and our “Fall Follies” collection by Lynn Morris is the perfect design for autumn with its warm hues and playful polka dots!

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of our new designs and that this blog post will help you start planning for your Early Buy orders! Printed catalogs are on their way, but retailers can login now to shop the new Fall/Winter designs online. While you’re flipping through the book, keep an eye out for retail tips and merchandising ideas :)

Let us know in the comments below which designs you think will be your customers’ favorites! (And which ones you like best, too!) Thanks for reading!

Top 15 Early Buy Best Sellers

November 25, 2013

Having trouble deciding which Spring & Summer items to stock up on during this year’s Early Buy? We’ve put together a list of our 15 best-selling designs so far to help you out! The holiday rush is fast approaching, so take some time (while you have it!) to login to our website, browse the eCatalog, and place your order. Remember, Early Buy ends December 6th!

Hummingbird Heaven BreezeArt Garden Flag by Susan Bourdet

“Hummingbird Heaven” by Susan Bourdet
SKU: 32012

Easter Bunnies MailWrap by Susan Winget

“Easter Bunnies” by Susan Winget
SKU: 02041

Patriotic Pail BreezeArt Standard Flag by Susan Winget

“Patriotic Pail” by Susan Winget
SKU: 92039

Blossom Buckets MatMate by Sally Eckman Roberts

“Blossom Buckets” by Sally Eckman Roberts
SKU: 11752

Garden Welcome MailWrap by Stephanie Burgess

“Garden Welcome” by Stephanie Burgess
SKU: 02008

Valentine Hearts MatMate by Victoria Hutto

“Valentine Hearts” by Victoria Hutto
SKU: 12023

Bunny Wanna Be BreezeArt Garden Flag by Victoria Hutto

“Bunny Wanna Be” by Victoria Hutto
SKU: 32005

Easter Lily BreezeArt Standard Flag by Gail Flores

“Easter Lily” by Gail Flores
SKU: 92042

Who Loves You? MailWrap by Scott Church

“Who Loves You?” by Scott Church
SKU: 02022

Get Lucky MatMate by Scott Church

“Get Lucky” by Scott Church
SKU: 12010

Irish Jig BreezeArt Garden Flag by Lorilynn Simms

“Irish Jig” by Lorilynn Simms
SKU: 32013

Scoops of Summer BreezeArt Standard Flag by Jennifer Brinley

“Scoops of Summer” by Jennifer Brinley
SKU: 92040

Making Friends MailWrap by Robbin Rawlings

“Making Friends” by Robbin Rawlings
SKU: 02017

Rose Cottage Wrens BreezeArt Garden Flag by Susan Bourdet

“Rose Cottage Wrens” by Susan Bourdet
SKU: 32018

Gypsy Garden MatMate by Genevieve Gail

“Gypsy Garden” by Genevieve Gail
SKU: 12101

There are so many fantastic designs to choose from! I hope this Top 15 list makes your shopping just a little bit easier :) If you’re one of our retailers and you’d like to place an order, click here to login and shop! Happy Early Buy, everyone! Let us know in the comments which designs are your favorites, or ones you think will be your customers’ favorites!

Artist Feature: Robin Pickens

October 29, 2013

Robin_Outside Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to connect with one of Magnet Works’ & Studio M’s newest artists, Robin Pickens. It was so fun to get to know the woman behind some of the beautiful new Localization designs we have.

As you read through the interview you’ll get a peek at some of Robin’s work that will start shipping in January 2014! Enjoy :)

 

-Tell me a little bit about your background. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Michigan. My dad was an automotive designer for Chrysler Motors for over 25 years and my mom was originally a teacher and then later became a paralegal but she was also very creative. She did lots of silk screening, drawings, paintings, sewing, contemporary quilting, and crafting. Both of my parents were very artistic and creative. When I grew up we went to a lot of art museums and art was something that was always really encouraged in our house. That was a really huge influence on me.

Pelican Cove

“Pelican Cove” (Shown Localized)

Did you study art in college?

I went to the University of Michigan School of Art where I got a Bachelor’s in Fine Art, concentrating in graphic design and industrial design. When I was in college I did an internship at a television station. I never really intended to get into television work, but after graduation I moved to Chicago, and since I already had some experience in the broadcast industry, I was able to get a job right away at one of the television stations. I did graphics for the news for local stations, for ABC, CBS, and then Fox in Chicago. Later, I moved to Los Angeles to be the Art Director at KCBS, and then I ran the graphics department at TelePictures Productions, a division of Warner Bros. My department worked on the Rosie O’Donnell Show, Extra, Jenny Jones, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, among other shows. My years doing design and animation in television taught me to do lots of creative brainstorming on tight time deadlines. Also, we needed to create designs with great impact that would be noticed in a short amount of consumer attention time. There was a lot of variety and many good projects, but I wanted to be doing something that was more personal to me, more about connections with others, creating a beautiful home, and adding beauty to people’s lives.

Patriot

“Patriot” (Shown Localized)

-Was it hard to take the leap from the corporate world to a more personal career as an artist?

There’s certainly a whole element of starting over. That part is kind of tough, but I really felt like I was ready to be branching into other things. I had done television work for so many years. Now, when I’m working on projects – let’s say for licensing – it’s just more personal. I’m designing for something I would want to have in my home or something I would design for a friend or family member. I never have problems getting started each day on my work because I really want to sit down and do what I’m doing. I have a high desire to do this. It is definitely a passion for me so that is worth the effort required to make the change.

-What advice would you give to artists who are new to the licensing industry?

Really work on developing your own style. Sometimes people see something out in the marketplace and they’re quick to try and adopt that style. I think it’s really important for people to have their own style that really distinguishes themselves. Sometimes it’s a little bit hard to follow your own path when it seems like everyone else is doing something different. And I think, too, that it’s important to not get discouraged by a rejection. A lot of times it’s not that people didn’t like your work, it just might not have been what they needed at that particular time. So really just to have a lot of perseverance – to just keep going and not get discouraged. I think it’s also important to continue to keep learning new things and to try to have some fun with your work. Look for the opportunities where you can be a little bit looser with things, experiment, and try out something new. Sometimes experiments flop, but sometimes they work! You just have to keep doing it. Every time I work with a manufacturer in a different industry there are more things to learn. I think as I’ve been working, I’ve been getting smarter about how I create artwork so that I can work with different industries. So I would tell other artists to try not to be too locked into a particular format or size. Try to work a little differently and don’t put too many boundaries on it.

Woodland Deer

“Woodland Deer” (Shown Localized)

-What is your biggest challenge as an artist?

Probably having enough hours in the day to really do all the things I want to do. I have a lot more ideas in my head than what I actually have time to do. And I think the other challenge for me is keeping up with wearing all the different hats that I have to. There’s a learning curve with social media, a learning curve with your website, and a learning curve with new software that comes out. It seems like technology changes so rapidly that probably the biggest challenge I face is how to fit enough creative time in while learning all this new technology so that I’m staying current and relevant. It’s just a practical consideration. You’ve got to keep learning. If Adobe comes out with new software in Photoshop, you need to learn it. I just have to keep in mind that everyone who has done great things has all had the same number of hours in the day as I have.

-Tell me about your typical day.

I have kids, so it starts early, at 5:45 when my alarm goes off. After getting the kids to school, I usually get right to work. I have two studios – one that’s in my home and one that’s in a neighboring town. I work in both locations depending on what I am working on. I do different things at different locations – I might do more computer work at one and more drawing at the other. I try to maximize the time in the early part of the day because once I get my kids later in the day the work becomes very scattered. I’m sure there are other moms that juggle the same things I do, like helping with homework and activities like band practice, ballet, Girl Scouts, and music lessons. I have a laptop that goes with me most afternoons and evenings. So I pretty much utilize all my time. When I’m waiting for the kids while they have lessons or are doing some other activities I’m usually drawing or working on the laptop or something.

"Fishing" (Shown Without Localization)

“Fishing”

-What type of music do you listen to while you create?

I actually don’t listen to very much music while I create. Sometimes I’ll catch up on some TV on my iPad while I’m creating, but I find that it actually kind of distracts me. I used to listen to music while I worked but I think because life is so full… with the kids and all the other things going on… I actually just really like the quietness of being in my office without a lot of sound around. That might be so vanilla and bland of an answer but there’s something so beautiful about the quiet.

-What is your studio like? What do you surround yourself with?

In my studio I have samples of things that I’ve worked on and I have lots of books and magazines. I love getting home décor magazines. They’re always really inspiring to me. I especially like to get some of the European ones like Elle Décor or Livingetc. Sometimes I’ll frame some of the images I find. The paint color in here is sort of a light, warm gray on three walls and then a really pale blue on the fourth. That way all the colors of my work and other things I have on the walls have a neutral backdrop to stand out against. I have some white magnet boards where I might put up whatever’s inspiring at the time. I’ve got some color charts from Spoonflower and my Pantone books. There’s a lot of counter space in my studio because I tend to pile things up. I can never have enough table space. And I have an eclectic mixture of dog crates for my wonderful dogs, and my son’s drum set in my studio, so I guess that would be the music that I listen to… I do have a number of pairs of earplugs! But it’s definitely a pleasure to hear him practice.

-Do you have a favorite place to work other than your studio?

I did just recently start working at a Starbucks that’s near where I take my daughter to some of her scouting meetings. It’s really nice because it’s this lovely environment – you can get a cup of coffee and get to work. There’s nothing else to distract me. I used to always go into Starbucks and I’d see people working on their laptops and now I guess I’m one of them! It’s very calm and serene.

"Flip Flops Forever" (Shown Localized)

“Flip Flops Forever” (Shown Localized)

-What is your favorite vacation spot/place you’ve traveled?

We went to Portland about a year and a half ago and we loved it. It was beautiful. The kids had a great time there. We do go to Florida a lot because we have family there, but we try to do extra little trips so that we see something different every time; this last time we went to Hilton Head, Savannah and Atlanta. I also have family in the Chicago area and in Washington, D.C. A lot of our trips have really been about going to see family but we also try to do a little more sight-seeing while we’re in those places because we’re from the west coast. The kids get really excited if they get to go when it’s wintertime and see some snow. We like to see all the regional differences when we travel; even with the beaches and the coasts it’s a different feeling on the east than it is on the west.

-What is your biggest inspiration?

I get really inspired by my travels. Usually on vacations I will try to make a point of seeing things that are really native to the area or aspects of nature that I don’t necessarily get to see in California. I also like to look for the differences in the architecture. We might go to Santa Barbara and I really want to check out the different Mexican ceramic tile and the Spanish-style buildings. I really enjoyed visiting Savannah, GA because the architecture there was really different. There was a lot of wrought iron everywhere, and the brick streets were beautiful; the buildings there just have so much history. And even the differences in the trees – the Spanish moss hanging from huge oak trees. That’s so much different than anything I’d see in California. And those differences in nature and architecture usually do become part of my work. A lot of the things I do for calendars will reflect some of the different places that we’ve been.

"Enjoy the Ride" (Shown Localized)

“Enjoy the Ride” (Shown Localized)

-Do you have a favorite piece that you’ve done?

I don’t think I have a favorite. I’ll really like something for a while – I’ll be sort of in love with it and I’ll put it up in my studio – but then I get tired of it and I need to see something new. If I had to pick a favorite, it might be the illustrations I did for a children’s book when I first started to change direction on my work. I loved the illustrations because they were a significant part of developing my own style and in following my heart for work.

-Who is your favorite artist?

When I was a kid growing up my mom was really a big fan of Charles Harper and I’ve always really enjoyed his work. He’s done a lot of graphic representations of animals in nature – really modern, beautiful forms and striking color combinations. I think he was really influential because my mom always had a number of his posters and prints around the house.

-How would you describe your style?

I think it’s kind of tough because I have multiple styles. I would say the thing that’s probably most consistent in my work is that it’s really colorful. I really like a lot of color. We have kind of a 1963 modern style house that we’ve done a lot of renovation on, and my parents had a modern style in furniture and decorating when I was growing up. So I have a very graphic design, clean, modern style, but then I also have a little bit more illustrative and colorful style. I wouldn’t necessarily call it traditional I would call it transitional. And then sometimes I’ll do things that are a little bit looser and sketchier, and might feel a little more retro. Mostly it is colorful and is frequently nature-inspired.

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more Artist Features!


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