Novelty Coffee Cup Art For the Gardener

funny wildflower mug
Cartoon Art by Swisstoons

Coffee cups with funny cartoons, made to please a gardener.

During the years I’ve worked at Zazzle I have met a number of “online friends”.  It’s still so odd to me that I can communicate so well with people I have never seen.  I’m of the old school generation who grew up without all this technology, and I doubt I will ever get used to it.  That is not to say that I don’t appreciate being online.  I work online, and wouldn’t be making a living without having the computer.  I love the ease of finding a local restaurant, finding the hours of the farmer’s market, and using mapquest (I’m still not a big GPS user!).

Along the way, my online journey has made it necessary to find colleagues to talk shop with.  Working online has it’s disadvantages.  I can’t turn to my co-worker if I have a question.  I don’t even have a boss to go to.  (Good and bad.)  So those of us who do the same type of work, must stick together and help each other.  In the process we come to know their specialties.

Quite a number of years ago I discovered Tom of Swisstoons.  We “talk” nearly every day.  He is a cartoon artist and has some really cute and funny works in his Zazzle Swisstoons store.  One of my favorites is the “wildflowers” scene with a crazy flower who is imprisoned because of his wild nature.  Two little potted flowers look on with worried expressions.  This is the kind of stuff he does.  Vegetables, flowers and critters, talk and act like people in his art.

I thought I would link to his gardening toons here.  The same drawings are on items like t-shirts, aprons, and bumper stickers.  I have some of his magnets and have enjoyed his art all year long on one of his calendars.  Now I am thinking I may need a coffee mug!

 

A Personalized Clock For the Hydrangea Loving Gardener

Round wall clock with blue hydrangea flowers
A Personalized Gift

When Zazzle began introducing their new home decor products (like this round wall clock), I immediately thought about making gifts with hydrangea flower images on them. Then I got side-tracked, as so often happens, and I forgot about my plans.

Just last week I came across some round images I had made by playing with the kaleidoscope effects in my graphics program, and I thought – make some clocks! I had already made a bunch of kaleidoscope dartboards with the images, and the same colorful designs would make interesting backgrounds for the clock products.

From there, I gravitated to the flower section of my images and the clock pictured here was born!  I added a template for easy personalization, just in case.  Spring is the time to think of gifts for gardeners and especially if it’s in time for her birthday!

More of my clocks.