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  • Annie's Zazzle store

    It has been a while, but I have opened a new Zazzle store: Annie Mason Design . This store features new artwork on products ranging from Accessories (bags and wallets, scarves) to Wall Decor (Canvas, Wood Art, Metal). As we enter the gift-giving season, many products make great gifts: Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Graduations. Don't forget the friends you are visiting after the pandemic kept you away. There are also Baby Showers and Weddings that might be in the coming months. The distinction is that the product designs are my artwork so the recipient won't find them anywhere else. (At least, I hope not). Please visit my store after you view some of my favorite items here. For baby room: Giraffe and Her Calf poster Sea Turtle poster Count on Me baby blanket For baby: Roses baby bodysuit/one-piece Buttons! baby bib personalized with a name Pick of the Orchard baby bib personalized with a name Too Sweet for Words bodysuit personalized Mom didn't expect a night owl bodysuit Kids: Cat and Mouse T-shirt Sea Turtle T-shirt Graduation: Be a Pineapple poster Follow your Inner Compass T-shirt Mother's Day: Day Lily wood wall art Wild Wildflowers crossbody bag Please visit this new store: Annie_Mason_Designs Pin it.

  • Roots, trees, and family

    You know me as an artist. You've seen my subjects and my techniques. Between managing my artist blog, working in my home art studio, editing a website (actually two because I admin for a local non-profit's webpages), painting almost daily, producing a line of greeting cards, and marketing, I admit my plate is full. However, now and again, I shift gears and tackle the ubiquitous task of researching the family roots. I have done this throughout the years. My family traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, on vacation, and a block of time was scheduled to stop at the famous Family History Library . This was in the early 1990s, and this was still the best way to get information. I recall the 3 hours that I sat at a microfiche reader , scrolling through a rather large screen on a massive machine until my eyes glazed over. Yet, I did find smidgens of info on my grandparents' arrivals in the United States. Years later, here we are. The 2022 research is from my living room with a click of a name; add any other information I might have, and BOOM! up comes something or nothing...and you start again. It's a far cry from taking hand notes. My primary websites are Ancestry.com and familysearch.com . Both offer wonderful search features, certainly more pleasant to use than the tedious methods of the past. I favor Ancestry.com because my subscription gives me many options to dig deeper to find those "roots." How can I tie my art to my foray into Genealogy ? It begins with memorabilia and photographs. Among my mother's items is a passport issued by the War Department, Washington D. C. This is Stella . We called her "Babka" (grandmother). Grandma was a " Gold Star Mother ." She lost a son in WW1, and in 1933, she and a group of other Gold Star mothers were able to travel by ship to the areas in France to visit the gravesites of their lost ones. Julius Wozenski (my mother's stepbrother) lies in Oise Aisne American Military Cemetery in northern France. The Pilgrimage was the last of the Gold Star groups to visit the hallowed ground upon which their loved ones were buried. Records show that 81,155 members of the American Expeditionary Forces gave their lives during World War I. Another relative noted that Julius Wozenski also has a memorial in my hometown of Westfield, Massachusetts. On my next trip back, I will visit the site and pay my homage to his memory. In amazingly good shape are pressed flowers, more than likely taken from the site, lovingly kept in the booklet, and more than likely laminated at a later date. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission on product links in this post but have no extra cost to you. My grandmother emigrated to the U.S. in 1913 at the age of 22 with two stepchildren in tow, and then married and added two more children: my mother, Helen on the left (age 3), and her brother, my "uncle Steve." on the right (age 2) My grandmother's home smelled like laundry because she bleached, washed, and steam-ironed local businessmen's shirts. She also knew a few words in English, but my mother would mostly have to translate most conversations about her grandkids into her native Polish. You have met my maternal grandmother, Stella Wozenski, who later married a Gutowski. My paternal grandmother was Wolozemski, who married a Chrzanowski (my maiden name). You get the picture. My AncestorDNA is 69% Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland & Lithuania, 37% Baltics, and 4% Germanic Europe. I married a Mason. My husband's family tree is so much easier. His mother's line is Pugh, and a total volume of genealogical publications makes things easier. We have a charcoal drawing of my husband's maternal grandfather, Charles Newton Pugh (1862 - 1936). Does one wonder what prompted this formal portrait? I don't have a date, but it's in relatively good shape, and the mat is almost pristine behind the glass. The picture above was taken on the family farm in West Virginia. Russell (far left) was 16 years older than Martha, my husband's mother. Families were bigger and brought up to be hardworking, proper, and resilient. It's amazing how much I feel connected to my ancestors, or even my husband's ancestors, because of the resemblance or stories passed on to others. Ancestry now has "hints" when their database finds something that will give you a possible match. These are cleverly in the shape of a leaf. (family trees, get it?) The hints allow you to click each one and compare existing information or verify those you have input and check the veracity. Genealogy is time-consuming, and I can't do it for any length without taking a break. There is a lot of checking and re-checking. Have I found the right "Jonathan Martin" Mason? It is fun but takes patience and perseverance. I love to feel a connection with my ancestors. The Mormons trace their family trees to relatives who can be baptized by proxy in the temple. It does give me great pleasure to learn a new fact about my mom, grandmother, or great-uncle that I didn't know. Technology has very much improved the process of finding information. Ancestry.com is amazing. Links to the census years, newspapers, high school yearbooks, marriage and death certificates, Social Security, and City Directories are common. The microfiche of years ago is a click to a hint from other users or searches you haven't considered. Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource, with more than 2.7 million paying subscribers. Ancestry users have created over 47 million family trees containing approximately 5 billion profiles. Clicking links in this post may generate an affiliate commission at no extra cost. BABY REGISTRY AT AMAZON Pin it, please. Or comment below this post.

  • Gift your crafter | artist MOM

    My mom loved crafts. She was a professional cake decorator by trade but also loved floral crafts, knitting, crochet, wreath making, and anything she saw that looked FUN to make. Our basement area shelves were stacked full of boxes of yarn, candle wax, needles, and ribbon; you get the picture. I know, I know...it's hard to buy for someone else's wish list, especially if they have tools that they love. That's when a few questions to the artist/crafter in your life might be helpful. The products below are some of my favorites and I think universal in the art field. *As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from links to products with no extra cost to you, the buyer. Most of the items are similar to those that I use or that I am familiar with as quality suggestions. Thank you. Simbans PicassoTab 10 Inch Drawing Tablet and Stylus Pen XP-PEN Artist12 11.6 Inch FHD Graphic Monitor (must be connected to a computer) Active Stylus Pen Compatible for iOS &Android Touch Screens Make Great Art on Your iPad: Tools, tips, and tricks - Paperback Epson Perfection V600 Color Photo, Image, Film, Negative & Document Scanner ⬆️ My scanner, and it's a terrific product! Prismacolor 92808HT Scholar Colored Pencils, 60-Count Zebra Black Micro-Pen Fineliner Ink Pens Professional Charcoal Pencils Drawing Set Drawing Kit Set,Charcoal Sketch Art Pencils 12 PCS Blending Stumps and Tortillions Paint Brushes Set, 2Pack 20 Pcs Strathmore Paper 300 Series Watercolor Sakura Studio Set Koi Watercolor Kit Caliart Acrylic Paint Set 24 Classic Colors CENTSTAR 15 Pcs Round Paint Tray Palettes Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started Studio Series Watercolor Brush Marker Pens (Set of 24 pens) Lettering and Modern Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide Classic Black Fountain Pen Modern Calligraphy for Kids Bonsai Starter Kit - Gardening Gifts Candle Making Kit for Adults WHAT ON EARTH Sleepy Sheep Ceramic Yarn Bowl Knitting Bowl Nanxson Adjustable Women Bib Apron Multi Function Embroidery Starters Kit for Beginners, Adults Active Algae Lightweight Moisturizer Pin it, Please! or scroll down and comment.

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  • About | Annie Mason

    Hi, I'm Annie. I have spent my whole life involved in anything "art," whether teaching, taking art classes, or getting dirty with paint. I taught at the elementary level which was my dream job, and I was lucky enough to do it early in my career. Children love to "create" and enjoy expressing their thoughts as they draw or paint. They love the tactile feel of clay, the smell of crayons (you remember that, don't you?), and the finished product to share with others. Good memories. I also love looking at art. That means looking at everything around me. When I decided to pursue a master's degree at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, I chose to look to the past by studying the works and thoughts of art throughout the ages. See: My Museums, cataloged In my retirement years, I draw and paint to my heart's delight. I create art for pleasure. See: CREATE. Why? I am proud to be an artisan in a local business, Heather Boutique, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. My drawing portfolio contains many works. You can find my SUBSCRIBE button below and keep up with what is new in my shops. o Please find my Print on Demand (POD) stores: SHOP ​ ​ ​​ Redbubble Wall Art, Home, Kids and Babies, Accessories, Stationery, Gifts. Zazzle Apparel, Bags, Invitations, Stationery, Mugs, Paper Products, Phones (some customized) ​ ​ Come back often and explore. ​ ​ SUBSCRIBE ...and NEVER MISS AN UPDATE! Annie Mason "It's picking and choosing each day. It's experimenting with new techniques. It's navigating in a digital world that I didn't grow up in. It's exciting and challenging. Learn something new every day." ~ Annie Mason

  • Redbubble | Annie Mason

    CAFE ROSES Art Print VIOLIN AND FLOWERS Stickers GOLDEN RIBBONS Sleeveless Top SEASHELLS PATTERN Tote Bag HEAVENLY BLUES Canvas Print BUTTERFLY TANGO Drawstring Bag WILD WILDFLOWERS Shower Curtain FLORAL FUSION Throw Pillow SHADES OF WINTER Scarf INCH BY INCH, ROW BY ROW Coffee Mug APPLE AND A HALF Jigsaw Puzzle OREGON Desk Mat TOUT SWEET Coasters ROSA CENTIFOLIA FOLIACEA Throw Blanket BURST Spiral Notebook GIRAFFE AND HER CALF Baby One-Piece STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW Scarf GRANDMA'S DOILY Pin SEASHELL BY THE SEASHORE IPhone Case A BETTER WORLD Sleeveless Top WILD WILDFLOWERS Pet Mat SHATTERED DREAMS Zipper Pouch VIRGINIA iPad Case or Skin LEAFY TREEZY Graphic T-Shirt Dress

  • Shop | Annie Mason

    Shop! ​Vermont bird and flower- spiral notebook Inch by Inch, Row by Ro w laptop sleeve Pa nsies Bouquet - scarf The Less He Spoke - sticker Dahlia Seed Packet - poster Inch by Inch, row by row - A-line Dress Featured Pins A Sliding Gallery of Featured Store Pins click to Redbubble RB spring in your step Products from Redbubble. You will LOVE these products Products on Redbubble to browse and purchase. Mandala Floribunda Mandala Florimunda design on all Redbubble products RB spring in your step Products from Redbubble. 1/5 Find Your Thing! Clothing Phone Cases Stickers Wall Art Stationery Accessories Home & Living SUBSCRIBE

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