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it’s a moving sale…

by Buddy on April 22, 2014

Help us clean out our warehouse

cat carries boxes

The news is…
We’re moving out of the Anne Made Warehouse in downtown Barre.

We’re moving to a  smaller, neater, warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer location closer to home… actually it’s literally ‘at home’. You should see our basement. It looks great. Shelves upon shelves filled neatly with inventory. Anne, Joe and Ben worked their butts off. It was big job but Anne is an organizational genius. At least that’s what I heard her telling Joe.
I’m calling it the Anne Made Annex

It’s a streamlining of our operation.  So before we move out of the good old warehouse on Merchant Street in downtown Barre, Vermont, Anne is going to have a big blow-out sale.

LOTS of CARDS, of course.

But also shelving, desks, folding tables, office chairs.
Also an oddball assortment of stuff that has just piled up.
Like a motor cycle helmet, an electric snow sweeper, and a laminator.
Fascinating, huh?
Come be surprised and help us clean up.
Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26. 10AM to 3PM.
16 Merchant Street (behind Central Market).

 

My Vacay…

by Buddy on February 17, 2014

Greetings and salutations to you who are reading this blog,

A fine time was had by all in Florida…

The wild life was amazing… I saw, with my own two eyes, gators chatting by the side of the road. They were giving me the stink-eye. I paid them no mind. The manatees were like big slow moving torpedos, or giant enchiladas. The orange groves were ubiquitous. And the palm trees. Whoa, also ubiquitous. So many birds. Don’t worry… I don’t hunt birds anymore so I left them alone. The egrets and the ibises and the pelicans and the herons and the little brown birds and the gulls. I like Florida.

Sofie enjoyed the beach scene.

beach scene w/dog and cat

 

from the desk of Buddy Mueller…

by Buddy on February 5, 2014

bud at computer

Greetings young and  old,

It’s cold here. Damn cold. So cold the squirrels are wearing mittens. Not really but I’m sure they could use some nice little sweaters. Something like what I’m wearing here. Anne knit the sweater for me. And my jaunty beret. So I’m toasty. I am a bit of a geezer cat I admit. The frigid climes in which I live are bracing and bone chilling so I have persuaded Anne to accompany me to Florida. We’ve never been there but we have watched all  of Dexter, whatever that means. So attention shoppers, we won’t be shipping cards from Feb1- Feb16.

 

 

tick tock

by Buddy on December 4, 2013

Hello Stranger,
I know, I know… long time no blog. What can I say. I’m a lazy cat. Big time.

So here’s what I got for you… Clocks.
Anne did a series of clocks way back in time and now she’s fixing up the last of them and is going to sell them on ETSY.
Take a look and stay tuned to ETSY if you have interest in the purchase of certain vintage Anne Made Clocks.

the lineup
The Lineup

noodle clock

The Noodle Clock
I'm lookin' at you clock

The I’m looking at you clock

the calendar

by Buddy on October 28, 2013

Hey, we have a calendar for you. And in a relatively timely fashion. In years past Anne has labored over  the ‘in house’ production of the annual calendar. Some years it just didn’t happen. Different formats and papers and binding and the printer isn’t working and it’s November and where the heck is the calender and all that. Before that there was the beautiful professionally farmed out version that looked great but was expensive to produce. So the discovery of Zazzle is  freakin’ fabulous as far as Anne is concerned. Really. Not familiar with Zazzle? It’s cool. They produce on demand calendars that we have designed. Anne loves it. We hope you do too.

Here’s what it looks like…

dog plays flute

here’s the back…

dogs and cats with hats

Ignore all the stuff about ‘personalization’ if you go to shop. It doesn’t apply to our calendar.

And here’s the link to ZAZZLE

 

 

 

painting people

by Anne on August 4, 2013

Time to paint a portrait of Daphne…

paintings underway

I’m liking this first stage …
but I wasn’t happy with the seated figure on the left…

So I stood her up and gave her a tasteful and cool outfit. I’m into gray. And I like painting women.

 

girl in gray

Portrait in Gray / Acrylic on panel 16×24″

 

portrait red skirt

‘Red Skirt’  acrylic on panel 16×24″

 

I love drawing and painting people. I like that I can include an animal but it’s not the focus. Kind of a relief.

woman seated

by Buddy on February 28, 2013

Here’s another painting of a woman and it’s kind of a composite of two of Anne’s friends. They both happen to be artists.
It’s about 5 x 5″, acrylic on water color paper. I like it okay but notice how there aren’t any cats in the picture. What up with that?

painting seated woman

 

 

family portrait

by Buddy on February 27, 2013

Anne painted this for Elaine, for her birthday. Here she is with Lance and of course Sparkle. Lance is the distinguished gentleman on the right and Sparkle is the dog on the left. Elaine is holding one of her little Shakespeare books. Lance is standing in front of one of his baseball paintings. Sparkle just wants a treat.

Anne likes doing this kind of painting. People at home… family portraits… a little slice of life.

family portrait with dog

 

love your neighbor

by Buddy on January 31, 2013

Hey Everybody,

I know, I know… I’m a lazy blogger. But I’ve been busy in the Anne Made Workshop helping out with the latest Anne creation. We’re making ‘BookKards’. We sold some last summer at the farmer’s market… maybe you saw them. Now we’re getting ready to put them on our ETSY page. Valentine’s day is coming so to we’re starting with the Valentine BookKard. What do you think of the name? I think it’s kinda catchy.

Ten pages,  5 x 3 1/2″. Room to write your own thing or just sign your name.
It’s not a card. It’s not a book…It’s a Bookkard. It’s kinda Gifty as well (hint hint).
Each page has a great little picture of some handsome animal and a few choice words to charm your pants off. What’s not to love. We all think they are very smart.

cat figure with book

It’s the first in a series. Next up is a Birthday BookKard. Anne’s idea is to do a whole bunch. In the works is a New Baby, Sympathy, Get Well, Mother’s Day, and the list could go on. But one thing at a time.

It’s the inauguration of the Anne Made Miniature Library.

little books

It’s small, but not too small to fit in a little envelope and pop in the mail and send to all your darlings.

card envelope pen

mini cat sculpture etc

So if you’re curious and want to check them out go to our ETSY page to place your order. That’s the only place you can buy one. They are $9.00 and worth every penny. They are hand-made and believe me I slaved over these little suckers. All that cutting and stapling and pasting. So it’s kept me busy and gives me an excuse not to go outside. I like being warm inside. Sofie ventures out, into the cold, wet, icy, slushy, windy winter. But she wears boots…

dog w/booties

What a gal

Buddy’s back

by Buddy on September 2, 2012

Hello again… sorry for the long absence. I’ve been up to my whiskers in all the duties of running Anne’s business while she works on some new cards. Like some sympathy cards. And they can be tough… because they can’t be humorous and we don’t want sappy either. So I’m posting some new paintings Anne did. I think she did an excellent job. The hardest part is what to say on the inside of the card. Anne has stuck pretty much with the ‘We are so very sorry’ sentiment. It’s okay, I mean of course you’re sorry.

But here’s what you want to say…

“It totally sucks that your beloved dog/cat died. It stinks, it stinks. it stinks.
I know your heart is breaking and all I can do is send you a card, and a little piece of my heart.”

Anyway… here’s what Anne has come up with.

dog cat watch sailboat depart w friend

‘Unforgettable’

dog boat sunset

‘Sail Away’

dog and cat noses w flowers

The Sweet Farewell

Well, I guess I’ll be blogging off now. There’s much more to report so you’ll be hearing from me.