Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Auction to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey

We've all been watching the news about Hurricane Harvey and the devastation in Texas and surrounding states.

Here's a chance to help -- and become an owner of one of my license plate map originals (actual map up for bid seen below) at the same time. See the listing here, and place a bid!

A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the victims of this tremendous natural disaster. See here for details, and please share with others to spread the word.

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Even though I have amassed large and loyal followings on all social media outlets, less and less of my posts and photos are being seen due to changing algorithms and monetization. Sign up to my free monthly email list here to make sure you don't miss a thing!

Plus, I'm giving away license plate art and map prints like the one seen below to lucky winners every month. See you there!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Memorial Day American Flag Canvas Print Sale

Here's a unique opportunity to get an oversize canvas print at a big discount, like this American Flag recycled license plate art flag canvas print for the promo price of just $199. Right in time for Memorial Day! Click here to learn more. Limited time and quantities available.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Recent License Plate Art Project Spotlight

Hello all! It's been quite a busy start to 2017. See below for some of the projects that have kept me busty for the past month! And remember, order a large size or above handmade original in the next week and receive a free canvas print of your choice from my extensive design collection on FineArtAmerica!

XL License Plate American Flag

I made this custom flag piece for client Jessica in Tennessee! Lots of cool plates in red, white and blue comprised this original design.

36 x 36 Michigan Counties Map

All 83 counties of the Great Lake State make an appearance, each one recreated using a different chunk of Michigan license plates. This colorful piece headed over to the West side of the Mitten State when complete for client Dale.

Arsenal Football (or, soccer!) Team Logo

A huge fan of the team commissioned this intricate and challenging piece celebrating their favorite club. Plates from various states combined to form the iconic emblem with a brand new twist.

Let me make something for you as well! Contact me here to get started.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Friday, August 19, 2016

The 8 Best State Flag Designs - Made With License Plates to Make It More Interesting

Most people know that each of the 50 states in the USA has its own special state flag. Not everyone really knows what their own state flag looks like, however; and even fewer know all the other states' unique, eclectic and creative designs.

I've taken what I think are the 8 coolest state flag designs - and recreated them using vintage license plates belonging to each one. Enjoy! 

#8: Michigan

I simply have to include The Great Lakes State for a couple reasons: I was born and raised here, and the rich blues and browns really make for a handsome, rustic design.

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#7: New Mexico

The memorable flag of New Mexico consists of a red sun symbol of the Zia on a field of yellow, and was officially introduced in 1925. It was designed in 1920, to highlight the state's Native American Pueblo and Nuevo México Hispano roots. The colors evoke the flags of Habsburg Spain and the Crown of Aragon, brought by the conquistadors. Free Tidbit: It is one of four U.S. state flags not to contain the color blue.

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#6: Maryland

The slightly-confusing official flag of the state of Maryland consists of the heraldic banner of George Calvert, Lord Baltimore. It is the only US state flag to be directly based on English heraldry. You won’t be mistaking it for any other state’s flag, that’s for sure!

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#5: South Carolina

The flag of South Carolina has existed in some form since 1775, being based on one of the first Revolutionary War flags. The palmetto is a reference to the defense of Sullivan's Island, the fortress which survived largely because the palmettos, laid over sand walls, were able to withstand British cannons. Pretty cool!

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#4: Texas

The Texas flag is known as the Lone Star Flag. The current design of the flag was introduced to the Congress of the Republic of Texas on December 28, 1838. The flag, flown at homes and businesses statewide, is highly popular among Texans and is treated with a great degree of reverence and esteem within Texas. Don’t mess with Texas! Or this flag.

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#3: Arizona

The flag of Arizona consists of 13 rays of red and weld-yellow on the top half, the colors of the flag of Spain, representing the 13 original states. The red and yellow also symbolize Arizona's picturesque sunsets. The copper star represents the copper mining industry in Arizona. The rest of the flag is colored blue, representing the Colorado River. Full of symbolism, and pretty to look at!

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#2: Colorado

The flag of the state of Colorado consists of three horizontal stripes of equal width; the top and bottom stripes are blue, and the middle stripe white. On top of these stripes sits a circular red "C", filled with a golden disk. The blue is meant to represent the skies, the gold stands for the sunshine enjoyed by the state, the white represents the snowcapped mountains, and the red represents the ruddy colored earth. Another gorgeous flag full of symbolism. Second place ain’t bad, Coloradans!

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#1: California

The Bear Flag is the official flag of the state of California. There is a red star in the upper left corner and a grizzly bear facing left in the center, walking on a patch of green grass. The five-point star is taken from the California Lone Star Flag of 1836. The bear on the current flag of California is claimed to have been modeled on the last Californian grizzly bear in captivity. The bear, named "Monarch", was captured in 1889 by newspaper reporter Allen Kelley, at the behest of William Randolph Hearst and is preserved at the Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park. An iconic flag notably different than all the others - worthy of our first place state flag ranking!

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

7 Ways to Make Your Michigan Home or Cottage Extra-Awesomely Vintage This Summer

In addition to making hundreds of pieces using actual physical license plates, I am proud to offer an expanding line of home and decor products. Here is a sampling of 7 cool ideas that will spruce up and personalize any Great Lake State lover's spaces!

1) Michigan Counties License Plate Map Doormat

Home is not a house, it's a feeling. Help create the perfect feeling even before you enter the door with a Great Lakes State themed doormat. Non-slip rubber that won't crack or buckle, this mat resists fading, mold, and mildew and can be easily cleaned with a hose. This beautiful floor mat is an excellent addition to any home or cabin.

2) Detroit The Motor City Skyline License Plate Art On Gray Wood Boards Framed Print

Bring your Motor City print to life with hundreds of different frame and mat combinations. Our frame prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered "ready to hang" with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.

Take your Michigan LOVE everywhere you go! Nothing says you love your home state more than displaying it on your phone. Galaxy models available as well.

Show up to the lakeshore in style with this round beach towel bearing a recycled version of Michigan's flag. These towels are 60" in diameter and made from ultra plush microfiber and a 100% cotton backing. Perfect for a day at the beach, an Upper Peninsula picnic or simply unique home decor.

Six versatile sizes of these eclectic pillows are available, perfect for any Michigander's home or cottage. Celebrate the iconic road that all true Michigan folks are so fond of.

Finish off your Great Lakes State bathroom in a fascinating way with this unique design of Old Glory, made using all vintage Michigan license plates from the 1960s. These shower curtains are made from 100% polyester fabric and include 12 holes at the top for ease hanging. 

Mighty Mac will go everywhere you do when you leave the house or cabin for a relaxing day at the beach or shipping in Traverse City. Each bag includes a 1" black strap for easy carrying and are machine washable.

Dozens of more cool ideas and products are available to make your home and lifestyle Michigan-centric! Click here to visit the entire collection.