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Jun 2, 2016
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Newsletter

Posted: June 2, 2016

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Morning Star Foundation is committed to educating and creating public awareness for the protection and preservation of Native/Indigenous Nations. Our service is supporting the needs of Native/Indigenous Traditional Elders, Women & Youth. Our responsibility is protecting our Sacred Traditions, Ceremony, Songs/Language, Sacred Sites, Burial Grounds and Environment. MSF’s vision is working towards Unity, Peace & Balance with all Nations living on Mother Earth.. Website

November 2016 Newsletter

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Nov 1, 2015
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Yogi Ga-Ga Website

Posted: November 1, 2015

When the radio and television frequencies from Earth reached the multi-verse of ninth heaven, a baby swami called Yogi Ga Ga developed a curiosity about the condition of the humans on this distant planet. His mission is to aid and abet the lost and searching humans who have been caught up in the ups and downs of existence. He sees that we are having some difficulty in dealing with problems and perceived problems. Website

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Sep 2, 2015
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Angel Farms

Posted: September 2, 2015

Angel Farms addresses the body, mind, and spirit during their 10 day colon cleanses held at their rejuvenation center in Hawaii. Cindy Sellers has written an amazing book that will educate you and inspire you to heal yourself and LOVE yourself.  Website

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Feb 12, 2015
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soul secret service

Posted: February 12, 2015

Soul Secret Service is dedicated to assisting you in getting your creation, project, music, business or idea out in the world.

Over 15 years experience in Website Design, Graphic Design and PR.

 

WEBSITE, BLOG DESIGN and SITE MAINTENANCE

I create and maintain WordPress based sites.
WordPress based sites can be created so you can add content yourself.
Standard html sites require myself or someone else to make changes to the website.

Basic SEO (search engine optimization) is done on all sites including adding Google Analytics, submitting a sitemap and verifying your site with Google. Individual SEO is done on each page and post on your site to encourage more traffic. I can optimize for other browsers as well.

*More about the difference between WordPress and a standard HTML website
View my Portfolio to see some of my work.


GRAPHIC DESIGN | PRINT DESIGN

Full service graphic design and print production.
View my Portfolio to see some of my work.


PR and MARKETING

Social Media Marketing (Facebook, Twitter, blogging), Support and Consultation.


EMAIL NEWSLETTER MARKETING

Print and Email Newsletters using services like: Mail Chimp, Constant Contact and others.


PRINTING YOUR BOOK, MAGAZINE OR BROCHURE

Books, Magazines, Printed Materials of all kinds and Merchandise can be created and sold on your site at no cost except for the base cost of the product. I can assist you in getting your images, logo etc. formatted for these services, creating a store and embedding this on your site.

• CreateSpace
LuLu
CD Baby


eCOMMERCE

Integration with Paypal, Amazon, Create Space, Lulu, CD Baby and others.


HD VIDEO PRODUCTION & EDITING

Music Videos, Conferences, Commercials, YouTube Videos, Educational/Instructional Videos.
I work with Brian D. Hardin on video projects http://www.briandhardin.com

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Feb 1, 2015
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Artist Network

Posted: February 1, 2015

Soul Secret Service is happy to provide this list of other experienced artists to assist you with your project.

These are talented people.

*Note – All of these artists are independent freelance artists and are not employees of soul secret service. Check out their websites and contact them directly for more information about their services and rates.

GRAPHIC  ARTISTS

Jud Kramer
www.judsonkramer.com/

Deborah Gordon
www.dinkydragon.com/design/illus.html 

Jacob Devaney
www.designofthetimes.biz/ 

Danny Hamilton
www.dantuccinardi.com

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WEB  DESIGNERS

Ellie Zenhari
www.elliezenhari.com/

Jud Kramer
www.judsonkramer.com/

Jacob Devaney
www.designofthetimes.biz/

Deborah Gordon
www.dinkydragon.com

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ILLUSTRATION

Deborah Gordon
www.dinkydragon.com

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VIDEOGRAPHERS  &  EDITORS

Brian David Hardin
www.knewways.com/services-2/

Alison Fast
https://vimeo.com/fastonfilm

Kiff Kilpatrick
www.euphorianproductions.com

Cassidy Rast
http://cassidyrast.com/
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PHOTOGRAPHERS

Susan Weingartner
www.susanweingartner.com

Ellie Zenhari
www.elliezenhari.com/

Brian David Hardin
www.knewways.com/?page_id=735

 

 

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Jan 1, 2015
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WordPress is Better

Posted: January 1, 2015

 The Difference Between WordPress and Static HTML Websites

Why is WordPress better than a static html site?

• Once your site is setup, it’s easy to add content yourself. You are not reliant on someone else getting your last minute content up there . You can add updates yourself.

• Google sees the site better out of the box (98% of all searches are done on Google), you have more control of your site and it simply offers interactive elements that a regular html site does not always have. Not that they can’t be added in some way, but with WordPress they are integrated directly within its blog infrastructure. This blogging infrastructure or platform can be used for websites.

WordPress is the number one content management system.

 Basic SEO plugins can be added along with social networking (standard in WordPress Themes now) to make it easy to get connected.

 Many WordPress “Themes” (the basic design and infrastructure) are what is called “Responsive” which means they adapt to devices such as phones, iPads and other hand held devices; sizing down to be compatible. Regular HTML sites do not do that unless they are specifically coded for that.

WordPress allows for Comments on Posts if you like, creating an integration with site visitors that is not easily done with a regular HTML site.

There are multiple authors/access levels/logins possible.

• Allows for a website feed off the site that people can subscribe to. You can also add subscription plugins to your site or integrate with newsletter services such as MailChimp, AWeber, Constant Contact etc.
That’s your mailing list!

 Content is easy to share.

 Every Page and Post can have its own Title, Description and key words (tags) for SEO. Search engines are interested.

• About Hosting: Make sure the hosting you get has automatic installation for WordPress on your server. This just makes it easy! Also check and make sure they are wordpress friendly and knowledgeable. One hosting company I really like is Siteground. They have 24/7 chat and unlike most hosting companies, they keep an eye out for any malicious files appearing on your shared server and let you know to remove them. Other hosting companies I’ve worked with are Godaddy.com, Wpengine.com .

 As time goes on you you may want to change the basic design or theme of your site.  Making a theme change is relatively painless (make sure to backup your site files and database beforehand). Once the new theme is loaded, the design changes across the board on every page and post.
*Note you may have to spend some time getting it all looking right once you change the theme as sometimes there are differences in setup and look.


Maintenance of WordPress Sites

Things to keep in mind.

The WordPress infrastructure updates several times a year and it is suggested you keep your site updated. Also plugins must be updated monthly. These updates are necessary to keep your site as free from hacking as it can be.

• Sometimes your Theme will need to be updated too. Make sure you save any custom CSS you have added to your site before hand if you are not using a Child Theme or the Simple CSS plugin. I like to have a text document with any custom CSS handy as well just in case.

• There are security plugins you may want to use like: Bulletproof Security, Brute Protect and Sucuri-Scanner. There are many out there see what works best for your site and theme.

If your site is hacked
I recommend getting the people at Sucuri to clean it up. Hacks are pretty insidious these days and removing the hacked code is tricky. Eventhough you think you got it all, there can still be a script that re-initiates the hack later.

• It is necessary to backup your site and database whenever you update your WordPress so you have a solid backup that you can always revert to. Doing this can be a bit of a hassle but believe me if it ever happens that you need it, you will be so glad to have those backups. Backup of the files themselves can be done through your FTP. Normally you backup the database either through your hosting account (SQL database) directly or you can install a plugin to assist you. Check the WordPress Plugin Directory.


Theme Resources

Themeforest
They check out their Theme designers. I usually try to go for themes that have had a good amount of sales. If someone has only one theme they’ve created and only a few sales, just know you will be the guinea pig for that theme. So I always try to buy themes from long established theme creators who have a good amount of sales. You can easily see that information on the site.

Audio Themes
Great selection of themes for musicians.

Organic Themes

Woo Themes

 


Basic Training and more

http://videos.wpbeginner.com/

https://www.wp101.com/tutorials/

http://wordpress.tv/

Lynda.com has many free tutorials

http://wpapprentice.com/courses/free-wordpress-tutorials/

http://chrislema.com/category/elearning/


WordPress Expert Advice from Coders

http://chrislema.com/


WordPress Community

WordCamp
Meet other WordPress creators, admins and gurus!


Additional Resources

http://wordpress.meetup.com/

WordPress Plugin Directory

http://herenextyear.com/35-reasons-why-wordpress-website-is-better-than-traditional-web-site-for-your-business.php

http://repcapitalmedia.com/wordpress-vs-everything-else-why-wordpress-its-usually-your-best-bet/

http://marketingartfully.com/2010/05/18/difference-between-small-business-websites-versus-wordpress-blogs/

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Dec 30, 2014
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The Creative Process

Posted: December 30, 2014

The creative process is collaborative. My goal is to create your project where your likes and sensibilities are taken into account coupled with my experience. Here’s a basic overview of how we can work together.

Step ONE

DISCOVERY & QUOTE

In this first phase I will get an understanding of what your needs are and provide a quote of the time required to complete your project. Quotes are provided as a range of hours I estimate your project to take. A deposit will be required to begin your project.

 

Step TWO

DESIGN

Here I create preliminary designs and fine tune the direction we are going with your project.

 

Step THREE

PRODUCTION

In this phase the ideas will be presented to you. Here we will fine tune everything including color, photos, fonts etc. Once you sign off on the final comps we move to the “mechanical” or completion phase.

 

Step FOUR

FINAL/MECHANICAL FILES

Final printable files are created for your printer or final website files are uploaded to your FTP. This phase involves giving everything a final check to make sure all the files are in the right format and color space, all alignments are correct, and everything is to spec. etc. This is giving the whole project a basic once over before finishing. For websites this involves testing the site to make sure everything is working properly and backing up the site and database.

 

*At every stage of the process you are kept up to date on how much time has accrued.

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Dec 21, 2014
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Road To NowHERE

Posted: December 21, 2014

This is the story of award-winning musician Jonathan Fleig at the lowest point in his life, working through struggles with career, marriage, friends and the unexpected death of his father, all at the same time. The film is reflective of the universal questions and soul searching we all go through.

In cooperation with nature, the album was recorded live and outside in 8 beautiful locations all over Kansas. The music and inspired story telling give an inside look at the creative process of an artist shifting from nowhere to now here.

http://roadtonowherefilm.com

 

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Dec 3, 2014
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Women of Spirit and Faith

Posted: December 3, 2014

As a woman of spirit and faith, you know something important about this moment in history. You know it from your rich experiences in the world, and you know it from a place of deep wisdom within. Your unique pattern of knowing is part of a larger pattern of feminine wisdom being called forth at this time in service of this Earth and of humanity.  Website

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Mar 30, 2014
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Postcard: Flat Foot

Posted: March 30, 2014

Postcard Card Design
for flat footer Rebecca Stout.

Los Angeles-based Appalachian flatfoot dance instructor Rebecca Stout began clogging as a child in Cordele, Georgia, as part of the precision dance team The Dixieland Cloggers. She went on to spend the next three decades developing and fine-tuning her unique “Tennessee Shuffle” style of free-form flatfoot and buck dance, inspired by friends, relations, masters and mentors throughout Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. She teaches and performs traditional Appalachian dance with a focus on dance as a percussive instrument.
Website

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Dec 17, 2013
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Dennis Jones

Posted: December 17, 2013

CD Design and Production
4 panel insert
tray card
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Sizzling hot guitar solos. Smooth and soulful vocals. High-energy stage performance. Backed by a rhythm section that is second to none, this IS Dennis Jones. Check out a live show, and you’ll instantly agree, Dennis Jones’s band ROCKS the blues like NO other! Website

Photography: Ana Gibert http://anagibert.com/

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Dec 3, 2013
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Personality Predictors

Posted: December 3, 2013

Character Analysis can empower you. It is more accurate than Astrology or other methods of determining who you are. There are only so many variations and combinations of faces and body types and they span the globe and I have narrowed them down to 7 basic types. Most people are a combination of types. The determination of where one falls is based on educated observation. All this is not a science but an art.  Website

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Dec 3, 2013
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Angel Farms Book

Posted: December 3, 2013

Angel Farms addresses the body, mind, and spirit during their 10 day colon cleanses held at their rejuvenation center in Hawaii. Cindy Sellers has written an amazing book that will educate you and inspire you to heal yourself and LOVE yourself.  Website

Book Design 
380 page book with illustrations

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Nov 2, 2013
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Animals and Their Humans

Posted: November 2, 2013

From her very earliest memories, Susan Weingartner has always felt a deep and profound connection with animals. She often donates her time, resources, and photographic skills to help raise awareness about animal welfare and animal rights issues. Visit her site to see all her animal photography. Website

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Aug 28, 2013
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Angel Farms Ads

Posted: August 28, 2013

Ads for Cindy Sellers and Angel Farms addresses the body, mind, and spirit during their 10 day colon cleanses held at their rejuvenation center in Hawaii. Cindy Sellers has written an amazing book that will educate you and inspire you to heal yourself and LOVE yourself.  Website

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Aug 2, 2013
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Kathe Schaaf

Posted: August 2, 2013

Kathe Schaaf weaves together her years of experience as a teacher and writer, as a non-profit director and a psychotherapist, as a mother and a community organizer, with her passion about the value of women to the world. Website

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Mar 3, 2013
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Animals and Their Humans

Posted: March 3, 2013

From her very earliest memories, Susan Weingartner has always felt a deep and profound connection with animals. She often donates her time, resources, and photographic skills to help raise awareness about animal welfare and animal rights issues. Visit her site to see all her animal photography. Website

Ad Design 

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Mar 3, 2013
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Ross Davis

Posted: March 3, 2013

The music of Indianapolis-based songwriter & musician Ross Davis incorporates a wide continuum of adult-oriented blue-blooded strains, meshing influences of rock and folk rock with a vintage sensibility.   Website

CD Design

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Mar 3, 2013
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Susan Weingartner

Posted: March 3, 2013

Susan is a great photographer (bands, weddings, events, animals).

Photography is all about special moments — seeing and capturing those moments, and sharing them so they live on.” —Susan Weingartner

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Mar 3, 2013
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Eko-Habitat

Posted: March 3, 2013

Eko-Habitat provides a creative space where youth, children and indigenous communities can network and explore attainable solutions for a sustainable future, share common goals and practices as well as be exposed to the most effective environmental and social solutions available from around the globe.

They support youth-run projects by mentoring their particular vision and providing the skills required to achieve their goals. They train trainers in practical sustainable solutions that are replicable, scalable and sustainable, and then we show them how to link their projects with networks worldwide.

They also produce special events and non-formal education projects that support children in developing their vision of a balanced and socially ethical future. We open a window to a world of possibilities and provide them with basic skills to develop a course of action and sustain their projects. We do workshops on “The Culture of Well Being”.  Website

 

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Mar 3, 2013
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Heart and Soul Ceremonies

Posted: March 3, 2013

Make your wedding memorable with vows that reflect what is most intimate and meaningful to you as you join your lives in marriage. Nancy Southern can create a ceremony that supports and honors your individuality and reflects your personal faith, love and commitment to one another.

 

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Mar 3, 2013
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Journey with a Modern Mystic

Posted: March 3, 2013

Journey with a Modern Mystic is an interactive journal; it is a tool for your spiritual journey. Ultimately this is always about your experiences and your spiritual unfolding. The way you want to approach the material is you want to look for the word in the Index of your book, or the title of the video that is drawing you in and you would spend time with that video or page in your book. You do not return until you come up against something else. It is perfectly okay if parts of the journey do not ring true for you.  Website

 

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Mar 2, 2013
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Stacy Olexy

Posted: March 2, 2013

An amazing Art Teacher, Stacy Olexy has been teaching for 16 years.
“To be a great teacher, you have to be a lifelong learner.  Not only in reference to your subject, but towards people.  When you make connections with people, they are more willing to learn from you. Education is about evolution. Knowing that we must look at the world around us and respond accordingly to nurture their minds and allow them to move us forward toward greater things.” — Stacy Olexy

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Mar 2, 2013
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Veterans For Peace Ventura County

Posted: March 2, 2013

Veterans for Peace is an educational and humanitarian non-profit organization dedicated to the abolishment of war.

Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary. We know the consequences of American foreign policy because once, at a time in our lives, so many of us carried it out. We find it sad that war seems so delightful, so often, to those that have no knowledge of it. We will proudly, and patriotically, continue to denounce war despite whatever misguided sense of euphoria supports it.

Therefore, we, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serving the cause of world peace.  Website

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Mar 2, 2013
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Anna Homler

Posted: March 2, 2013

Anna Homler, is a vocal, visual and performance artist living and working in Los Angeles. She has performed and exhibited her work in venues around the world. With a sensibility that is both ancient and post-modern, Homler’s work explores alternative means of communication and is sourced from the realms of myth, dreams, and alchemy.  Website

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Mar 2, 2013
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TH Website

Posted: March 2, 2013

We Are All Artists

We spend our lives discovering ourselves — momentarily touching our full capacity, moving in and out, between awake and sleep. One moment we are our more direct being, the us that is a full and balanced expression, and the next we haven fallen into a robotical copy of someone or something. Maybe it was television, maybe it was an ad that got us, maybe we are trying to fit in and don’t even know it. To get to being ourselves more as it were, we become Artists. Artists of our lives. We dedicate ourselves to a work, a focus, that can be used as a teacher to show us. Website

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Mar 2, 2013
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soul secret service Presents

Posted: March 2, 2013

A Great Night of Music and More.

We produce, organize and create live music shows. More than that we aim to create an experience for the audience. A memorable one. We are connected to a great network of songwriters, bands, comedians, and poets. There is a lot of great talent out there just waiting to match up with the perfect audience.

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Mar 2, 2013
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Flat Foot Flyer

Posted: March 2, 2013

Los Angeles-based Appalachian flatfoot dance instructor Rebecca Stout began clogging as a child in Cordele, Georgia. She teaches and performs traditional Appalachian dance with a focus on dance as a percussive instrument. She encourages students to develop their own personal style built on a firm foundation of precision clogging basics. Website

Flyer Design

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Mar 1, 2013
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Morning Star Foundation Poster

Posted: March 1, 2013

Morning Star Foundation is committed to educating and creating public awareness for the protection and preservation of Native/Indigenous Nations. Our service is supporting the needs of Native/Indigenous Traditional Elders, Women & Youth. Our responsibility is protecting our Sacred Traditions, Ceremony, Songs/Language, Sacred Sites, Burial Grounds and Environment. MSF’s vision is working towards Unity, Peace & Balance with all Nations living on Mother Earth.. Website

Poster Design

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Mar 1, 2013
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The Sunday Party

Posted: March 1, 2013

Let’s face it we could all use more good vibes. Coming together with great music, art, poetry, comedy, and video is just that. A cool… feel good … space for everyone. A free community event. Website

 

Poster Design

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Mar 1, 2013
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Perfect Summer Dress Banner

Posted: March 1, 2013

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Owner Corrine Champigny, discovered the Perfect Summer Dress while traveling through India in 2007. Being cut on the bias makes the dress flattering for curvy bodies and hides what you want hidden The fabric is 100% Indian cotton.  The colors are vibrant and each dress is also handmade with love.

 

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Mar 1, 2013
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Morning Star Foundation Tickets

Posted: March 1, 2013

Morning Star Foundation is committed to educating and creating public awareness for the protection and preservation of Native/Indigenous Nations. Our service is supporting the needs of Native/Indigenous Traditional Elders, Women & Youth. Our responsibility is protecting our Sacred Traditions, Ceremony, Songs/Language, Sacred Sites, Burial Grounds and Environment. MSF’s vision is working towards Unity, Peace & Balance with all Nations living on Mother Earth.. Website

Ticket Design

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Mar 1, 2013
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DNH Industries

Posted: March 1, 2013

Since 1974 DNH has provided equipment for exploration and production (oil and gas industries), pumping applications (water and wastewater industry), pumping and ventilation motor controls (mining industry), motion controller systems (concert tour/staging companies in entertainment industry) and lighting controls (poultry/farming industry). Website

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Mar 1, 2013
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South Side Hero

Posted: March 1, 2013

South Side Hero wields a sound reminiscent of Dave Matthews on steroids! South Side Hero recreates universal moments of drunken nights, summer days, and battles won and lost. Website

CD Design

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Feb 27, 2013
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Morning Star Foundation Postcard

Posted: February 27, 2013

Morning Star Foundation is committed to educating and creating public awareness for the protection and preservation of Native/Indigenous Nations. Our service is supporting the needs of Native/Indigenous Traditional Elders, Women & Youth. Our responsibility is protecting our Sacred Traditions, Ceremony, Songs/Language, Sacred Sites, Burial Grounds and Environment. MSF’s vision is working towards Unity, Peace & Balance with all Nations living on Mother Earth.. Website

Postcard Design

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Feb 27, 2013
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Morning Star Foundation Newsletter

Posted: February 27, 2013

Morning Star Foundation is committed to educating and creating public awareness for the protection and preservation of Native/Indigenous Nations. Our service is supporting the needs of Native/Indigenous Traditional Elders, Women & Youth. Our responsibility is protecting our Sacred Traditions, Ceremony, Songs/Language, Sacred Sites, Burial Grounds and Environment. MSF’s vision is working towards Unity, Peace & Balance with all Nations living on Mother Earth.. Website

Email Newsletter Design
Created with Mail Chimp

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Feb 22, 2013
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Pop Music Consultants

Posted: February 22, 2013

Designed to offer artists and others associated with the music biz, a way to directly interact with professionals regarding advice, referrals and more. Now you can get real-time professional guidance and consultation when it comes to the important information and feedback you need. Website

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Feb 17, 2013
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Icky’s Ego

Posted: February 17, 2013

David Crocco and Cela Scott make up the unique LA-based alternative duo. This was their first CD. They are now called Automatik Eden. Check out their music. Website

CD Design 

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Feb 16, 2013
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Shanghai International Film Exchange DVD

Posted: February 16, 2013

DVD Packaging Design
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Shanghai International Film Exchange is a California company founded by anthropologist Clarissa Dong,(Ph.D., 1994, UCLA). The goal of the company is to introduce outstanding Chinese documentary films to an English speaking audience, in order to increase the westerners’awareness of what is happening in 21st century China.

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