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Anne gets all jammed up

by Buddy on July 16, 2015

Here’s Anne looking pensive in the studio…

studio in the

she got a new phone/camera/device and is having adjustment problems. Gone is the iphone and say hello to an LG. Why did she do it. Seemed like a good idea. She’ll get used to it.

Here is some more stuff from the sketch/journal/idea book…

a tiny drawing…
(looks like she’s not getting much done).

cartoon w lady and dog

Sometimes she gets stuck…
convo/cat and lady
I’ve been counseling Anne…
bud gives anne some good advice

I think I’m helping .

more portraits?

by Buddy on July 2, 2015

lady holding her petsAnne’s self-portrait with pets.

I sat down with Anne the other day to ask her some questions about her deal with portraiture. Seems she got a bit burned out on it a while ago but now she’s back. Over a cup of coffee we talked about her process and some of her new work.

Bud: So tell me, why does the portrait painting get you all jammed up? I don’t get it. You do such a very nice job.

Anne: Well, Buddy, when I take on a commission to paint the most beloved creature in someone’s life it carries a bit of weight. I want to truly immortalize this dog or cat who is so beloved. I want to capture the essence without going overboard trying to make a spitting image.

Bud: Which let’s face it, spitting images aren’t in your skill set, if you don’t mind my saying so.

Anne: No, it’s fine. it’s a fact. I render with license.

Bud: Yes, you do ‘render with license’. An apt turn of phrase I would say.

Anne: Yeah, right.

Bud: So what got you going again?

Anne: Well it started with Cuthbert… the great and revered blind as a bat cat…

blind cat

Anne: I liked the way it turned out and the recipient of said portrait was very happy with the results.

Bud: Well of course they were, why wouldn’t they be?

Anne: In the past when I’ve done portraits I get all bogged down trying too hard to please, to capture, to do a fabulous painting and I loose my spontaneity which is key to my process.

Bud: Fascinating… sort of… anyway… will you do more?

Anne: Yes, with conditions. Here’s my plan. Take on a commission asking for a 50% deposit and on completion if the customer is not happy with the painting and doesn’t want it then they don’t have to pay the rest. But this way they have to commit.

Bud: And do they get the deposit back if they don’t like it?

Anne: Hmmm. I’m thinking I’ll give them half of their deposit back. What do you think?

Bud: Nah, I say keep the whole thing. But you’re the boss. So what are you going to charge?

Anne: I’m working on a price sheet and a simple contract which I’ll post in the next few weeks.

Bud: Good, that gives you plenty of time to procrastinate. But I’m looking forward to what you come up with. It’s been grand chatting. Now, let’s get back to work.

 skinny lady with big catSam and Louise, one of Anne’s first commissioned portraits



cocker spaniel week

by Buddy on April 17, 2015

Did you know it was cocker spaniel week?

Here’s a true story for you…






more to come, stay tuned.

road trip etc

by Buddy on April 7, 2015

Thought I’d show you some photos from the road trip.

Sofie loved the motel experience…


she loved her staircase…


It didn’t take her long to get the hang of it…


The gang went to the DALI Museum in St Petersburg…


more from Anne’s sketchbook…




sketch book

by Buddy on February 5, 2015

Anne really digs having sketchbooks. They come in all shapes and sizes. She’s also into the wonderful world of pens, markers, brush pens, nibs… don’t get her started on nibs.

I personally think it’s fun to look at other people’s
sketchbooks/journals/diaries/personal notation documents…
or whatever you want to call them.

So here’s a selection of pages for your entertainment…



food smells





And here’s another shot of my new roomie, Ben/Benny/Benjamin/Mr.Benny.
Freakin’ adorable I must say.

shy guy




oh the cold…

by Buddy on November 28, 2014

Not my favorite time of year… a little dark for my tastes. But don’t get me wrong. I love it here. LOVE IT. We have a pellet stove for warmth and I practically live inside of it all winter. And this place has plenty of couches. Anne likes a good couch, or sofa, if you prefer. Sofie has her own sofa of course. Made from cushions from the old sofa and covered with a nice fleece. Benny is alive and well and still does not trust Sofie. Benny is a hybrid of some sort. He’s very well mannered. I’ve been showing him some moves on how to punch Sofie in the nose if she’s bothering him. He says, he’s not a fighter, doesn’t have that ‘pissed off cat persona’ that I have mastered.

This is Benny


what a relief

by Buddy on May 23, 2014

PHEW. Okay, so we’re done with the move and all settled in.

We’re all greatly relieved.

basement shopcards in boxes

Yes, the basement has been magically transformed into greeting card central.

No more long commutes in the winter. What a relief. And Anne has always loved the basement. She’s ridiculously enthusiastic about the new space.

And the new space is just a stairway away.

basement stairs

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.