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First Sunday in July

We have several things to tell you about weather, art and fun!  

1.   If you have never lived in the Desert you may have not experienced a 'HABOOB', no it's not a snarky preteen comment.   This occurs when a dust storm rages across the desert obliterating all in it's path.   We are seeing more and more of them due to the drought over the past ten years.    It makes a real mess to clean up and is dangerous if you are driving, as visibility often goes to zero.   We do not suffer from floods or tornadoes or hurricanes, but we have our haboobs!    This was last Thursday enveloping PHX  Sky Harbor Airport.  We live where the dust is covering! Our fireworks were cancelled and we hope will be rescheduled!



Now for some good news.  We had a winner for June's Blog Comments - Jackie Hedlund who just happens to comment everyday among a few others!   

We have our Portable Art Kits back in stock, they were so popular we sold out! Get one before they are gone again!  

AND our Box'O' Rubber is getting rave reviews from those who received theirs.  It is one heck of a deal! Includes shipping and is crammed with new rubber!   Some are mounted some are unmounted with all sorts of images.  This came from one of our valued customers...My Box of Rubber - they are the best - it is like you read MY MIND ON MY PREFERENCES, I LOVE THEM......


We have the July Blog Gift to show you.   We think you will want this one for sure!    


You can WIN - 
Kaisercraft Paper Pad 6x6 Forget Me Not, 
Package of beautifully coordinating Petaloo flowers, 
25 ATC blanks,
3 silly sticks, 
Bottle of stickles, 
3 gorgeous Leaky Shed chipboard items AND 
A wonderful AlteredPages large, sturdy, high quality canvas, tote. 



Go NOW and Comment!   
For your daily comment your name gets thrown in the hat for the random drawing at the end of July.   (one comment per post gets counted).  Share us on Facebook too!

Then make sure to visit the Leaky Shed Blog too, share some love with both teams!   All of the artists work to produce amazing art for your enjoyment.






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