an alien ate my website (and how you can help)
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an alien ate my website (and how you can help)

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I’ve received several emails voicing concern over my sudden halt of blogging. I appreciate the concerns but all is well with my health and life in general. The gap is due to my own stupidity.

While I’d like to say that an alien took over my website and smacked it into uselessness, I can’t. More like one of the plug-ins I was using. And the fault was entirely my own. Apparently if you continuously ignore update after update notice? Nothing good comes of it.

My site got to the point that I couldn’t update anything and in lie of doing something reasonable like attempting to retrieve an older version and overwrite the mess I had created, I went the other route and just started over. It’s been an odd compulsion ever since my illness last year – the overwhelming to just start anew on things. So I just went with it.

One of the things you may notice is that I changed the name of my site (again) from Smudged Design Studio to Lynn K Design Studio. The reason has to do with some big projects I’m toying with but also because it just feels like it’s time to do so. For so long I’ve used a “pen” name for my art business and I think a lot of it was that it offered some kind of buffer, a tiny blanket fort for my introvert to hide behind.

I’ve also never really wanted to use my name because let’s face it, it’s not the easies thing in the world to spell. Never occured to me to just use the “K” part of it, especially since that’s the way I sign my artwork. But now the change is made – on the website, facebook page, instagram and pinterest – and Art Brain is pleased. (You know that saying, “Happy wife, happy life”? Also applies to us creatives, “Happy Art Brain, happy artist.”)

I’m still adding to the site but what I really truly wanted was the blog up and running. I have to several pages up and running yet but they are there and that’s half the battle. But I’d love your help. Here’s what I’m looking for.

I’m setting up a new shop. I’ve chosen to leave Etsy for a bunch of reasons, none that are super interesting to re-hash. But in the spirit of my Tasmanian devil like behavior for beginning anew, I’m looking for suggestions on what you would like to purchase from me. Not in the physical product sense but in the digital product arena. You see, my brain is stuffed full with tons of ideas yet if someone asks me to teach something, I freeze and turn into a deer in headlights. I’m so close to the ideas I have that I can’t separate them out easily. I’d like to put together articles or tutorials that you can purchase and download and do with what you want. (I’d also like to do some free ones too.) So…what would you like to learn from me? What would be the most valuable thing you can think of? Any topic – art, life, plants. I want to hear them all.

And anyone interested in guest blogging? I want a more community center focus on my site and I can’t do that all on my own. You are all fabulous and I’d love to have some of you write on the site it you’re interested. Just send me an email at if you’d like to give it a go.

So that’s where I’m at right now. Still trying to fill in the many gaps on the new site but I’m going to go ahead and start blogging again anyway. Sometimes you just have to let “mostly done” be good enough and keep going.

  • Sally Maxwell
    Posted at 19:25h, 10 September Reply

    I would love to submit a guest blog for you, but…about what? My problem with blogging is that you need to assume you know more than the reader, which in my case is usually not true. On the other hand, I can blog about my newness. I’m a pro at being inexperienced!

  • Kathi Everett
    Posted at 19:35h, 10 September Reply

    Love collage and what your doing.
    Plants. Impart knowledge.
    Printing & stitching on fabric.

  • Donna H
    Posted at 12:22h, 11 September Reply

    Hi Lynn, I enjoy following your blog and feeling like I know you as you share so much of your life along with your wonderful Art Brain meanderings and fun art pieces. I’d love to see some tutorials on Printing on Fabric without having to have Thermofax screens. I just don’t feel like investing in them, and even if I did, there are so many to choose from, I wouldn’t be able to choose which one or two to start out with. Don’t want to have to start a whole new expensive obsession. Rather use readily available stuff to print with. Glad you are well. Love your new website format. But this section for posting comments… it’s such a light grey print, I can hardly see what I’m typing. Any way to darken the print in this field?? Happy Designing!

    • Lynn
      Posted at 14:44h, 19 September Reply

      Thanks for the feedback on the grey print, I will see if it’s a setting I can adjust! 🙂

  • Beth Schnellenberger
    Posted at 14:38h, 11 September Reply

    Glad to hear you are blogging again. I know what you mean about starting things anew. That is where I am too. Good luck to you. Happy blogging!

  • Libby Williamson
    Posted at 16:33h, 11 September Reply

    Wonderful news, Lynn!!

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