Sunday, October 22, 2017

Funny Cat and Goldfish Bowl Clocks

I haven't posted here for awhile. I'm stopping in to show off this clock I made on Zazzle. It's my favorite design so far, of a mischievous cat looking into a goldfish bowl:

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to post more leading up to the Christmas season.


All designs © MK Hess Creative

Monday, June 19, 2017

Funny 4th of July T-Shirts on Amazon and Zazzle


4th of July is coming up in a couple of weeks! I can't wait for fireworks, watermelon, drinks and relaxing with family and friends. It's my 2nd favorite holiday - because it happens in the summer and you're under no obligation to buy gifts, so it's not as stressful as Christmas. The only holiday I like better is Halloween because of all the candy and creative costumes. 

I decided it was about time I showed off some of my 4th of July work here - particularly t-shirts. I've already shown off the party invitations in a post here.

If you're looking for some party shirts, koozies, buttons and more things, check out this collection I made on Zazzle:

I've also expanded to Amazon this year! Don't forget to check out these 4th of July shirts I have for sale there. Here's the latest one - I think it turned out pretty well!

Fireworks Expert Drink Booze Light Fuse Funny July 4 Beer T-Shirt

 And here are a couple more different versions of this design (that are also available in the Zazzle collection above with your personalized name):

Fireworks Expert on Light Shirts
Fireworks Expert on Dark Shirts

Thanks for stopping in for a look. Have a happy Independence Day!


All designs © MK Hess Creative

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great American Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Supplies


In case you didn't know yet, most of the United States is in for a treat on August 21st when a total solar eclipse is visible across America. It's being called the "Great American Eclipse" and everyone is eager to travel to a good viewing spot. I can't imagine a more fun time to gather your friends and family together for a party. I usually try to steer clear of designing for occasions that will quickly pass; I prefer designs with more staying power. But I simply couldn't resist making a party collection for the eclipse because it's too exciting. Besides, another eclipse is right around the corner in 2024. So, this set will be relevant again in 7 short years. :)  

Without further adieu, here is the collection. It was inspired by pop music. The woman in the design rides the moon as if it's a wrecking ball, as it blocks the Sun from Earth's view. The text says, "It came in like a blocking ball. We couldn't see the Sun at all." I've been obsessed with mid-century modern design lately - particularly Saul Bass's Hitchcock movie posters - so I gave it a fun retro look.

Here is the invitation. It has easy templates for all your party details: 

Here are a few more highlights:

Everyone needs a souvenir t-shirt and button

How about a fun poster or banner to welcome your guests

The collection also contains matching products with the retro star pattern, such as leggings and neckties, so you can look spiffy at your party:

There's plenty more! I made paper napkins, plates, cups, hats, magnets, and even a sheet of temporary tattoos. See the whole solar eclipse party collection here.

And if there's a product type you want designed for your party that you don't see in the collection, let me know so I can make it for you. In addition to Zazzle, I can also do custom work for you on Redbubble, Society6 and CafePress.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have fun seeing the eclipse.


All designs © MK Hess Creative

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Cool, Creative Father's Day Gift Ideas 2017


Father's Day is coming up fast - on June 18th. I realized I hadn't put together a list of products from my Zazzle stores that make great gifts for dads. So, I organized this collection of 58 ideas:

As it says on the collection page, this list includes unique gifts for all kinds of dads. Themes include sailing, beer, classy monograms, travel, history, fishing, outer space, man caves, photo templates, and a variety of cool phone cases.

These designs are offered on a wider selection of products than the collection shows, too. If you see something you like but want it on a different product or need help customizing, "contact the designer" on one of the product pages - or let me know here - and I'd be happy to help.

You can also check out this list I made last year.
Or this list of gift ideas for men.

Don't forget to check out these Father's Day cards, too.

Have a happy Father's Day!


All designs © MK Hess Creative

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

4th of July Party Invitations with Easy Templates


I don't know about you, but I had a fun Memorial Day weekend full of family time, grilled food and sunshine. I was thinking, "How could this be any better?" And the answer was, "It could include fireworks and watermelon." Which is why I'm so excited that the 4th of July is right around the corner. Last year, I made my very first party invitations for Independence Day. Since I had a long list of ideas, I decided to design more this year.

And since you can get these 50% off through Friday, June 2nd 2017 with coupon code ZAZZLEGIFT50 , I thought now was the perfect time to show them here:

These are the ones that I made last year. I did a funny typography design and made it available in a template for a general party and a BBQ:


There are easy templates to help you add all your party details to the back.

2. Here is the other version:

3. This year, I decided to add more humor, since the Fourth of July is a happy holiday. I knew I wanted to make an invite with an eagle. I decided to go kitschy with this one and overdo all the stereotypes about the holiday. So, here you have a bald eagle holding a beer and a sparkler while riding a bottle rocket and wearing a patriotic headband and legwarmers with a matching "USA" tank top. This eagle is ready to celebrate!

4. I decided to have some fun with George Washington, too. Some George Washing-FUN:

Here is the bash version of this one:

5. Don't Knock It 'Til You Rocket! This one is colorful with lots of fireworks:

6. I knew I wanted to make a retro invitation. It's fun to imagine going to a party during the Mad Men era. I designed this one to look like an invite you might receive in the 50s or early 60s. And yes, the guy is smiling while he holds a lit firework in his hand. People just didn't know the danger back then!

7. Finally, since I love anything associated with the beach, I made this pretty one for a seaside 4th of July party. It can also be for a pool party (you can change the words). I love how the colors turned out on this:

I'm also adding matching party decor, such as paper plates, napkins, cups, coasters and more. You can find those in the "collections" section on the invite product pages. If you still can't find what you're looking for, you can either "contact the designer" on the product pages and let me know what you need or contact me here.

See all my 4th of July and summer party invitations here.

And don't forget to use code ZAZZLEGIFT50 to save 50% through Friday June 2nd 2017.

Have a happy 4th of July! 


All designs © MK Hess

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Unique Table Lamps and Shades with Beautiful Patterns


Since Zazzle is running a 40% off sale on table lamps and shades right now (through the 14th of December 2016), I decided it was the perfect time to post about them here. Of all the products an artist can design on, I find the table lamps to be one of the coolest. It's so neat to have my art printed on a lampshade, where it will glow with light.

In the past, I've bought two of these lamps - both gifts. They're very sturdy, desk-sized lamps. The printing is beautiful and crisp, showing even the smallest details in the designs. That's another reason I love these lamps; I don't think the printing could be better!

On each product page, you have your choice of table lamps, tripod lamps, just the lampshade or a pendant variety. You can also choose your own trim color.


But I want to show some of my favorites (here they're shown on tripod and table lamp styles):

1. This one is my favorite beach one. I had fun drawing this elegant, minimalist coral reef pattern. The aqua blue color can even be "customized" to any color you like. This is the tripod lamp style:

2. I think the mid-century modern look is really cool. I love the color palettes of the 1950s and 60s, and the use of geometric shapes. I have this original lamp design in three different color schemes. I picture it in Don Draper's office on Mad Men:

3. I'm really, really thinking about ordering this one. As someone who loves nothing better than spending all day exploring books, this one fits my personal taste. This intricate pattern was fun to make. It took some brainstorming to come up with all the titles on the books' spines.

4. Here's one I have displayed on the table lamp style. It's an original design that also has that retro look I love, with eyeglass frames in a variety of colorful shapes:

5. I love to read interior design books and watch shows that feature beautiful home interiors, and one thing I always notice is a touch of black-and-white zebra stripe. It seems to match everything and draw in the eye.

6. Continuing with the minimalist theme, here's a pretty beach lamp I just added. This serene watercolor is definitely for a room where you plan on doing a lot of relaxing.

7. This tribal one with a country western feel is new, too. The pattern actually came from a very old book I found on It had a small, grainy black-and-white sample of this Peruvian textile design in it. It was a real challenge turning the zigzags into a repeating pattern. But it ended up looking pretty cool in shades of brown and turquoise:

8. Here's another that started out as an old pattern. This one came from Victorian-era stained glass, and the original was much different from my final result. I loved the basic knotwork, but I gave it more of a modern Celtic look. I just bought this design on a bathmat for a relative, and it looks intricate yet subtle at the same time. There are a few color variations in the lamp collection.

9. This flamingo design is one of my favorites. I just bought it for a relative in black on a tote and pillow. Here it is with a light tropical green color scheme, but I also have the black version and a blue version on lamps. This design is my original work, but I made it to have an Art Deco look with geometric shapes. When I made it, I was reading a book about Art Deco textile motifs and wanted to make one of my own.

10. Last but not least: the perfect lamp for your game room. This one has an original playing card suit pattern. It's been awhile since I made this design, but I remember that it was a challenge getting the suits to fit together - like solving a puzzle. I didn't want them to go in a straight line, but look like they'd been tossed around:

Those are 10 of my favorites! Check out THE WHOLE COLLECTION to see them all. 

There's a wide variety, and I'll probably be adding more. Don't forget to use promo code ZCUSTOMGIFTS to get 40% off through December 14th.

And if you see a design you like but want a different color scheme, let me know.

Thanks for stopping by!


All designs © MK Hess

Monday, November 28, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

65% Off Flasks November 22nd 2016 Black Friday Week Promo Deal


This is the best deal you'll find on personalized hip flasks. Today only (November 22nd 2016), until midnight Pacific Standard Time, all flasks on Zazzle are 65% off. These cool, unique personalized flasks make great Christmas presents. I bought this vintage cure-all / snake oil one for a relative last year, and he loved it.

See all the ones I have available in this collection

When you go to check out, just enter the promo coupon code READY4BLKFRI .

I just added this new moonshine design, and it comes in four color varieties, and both the 6 oz and 8 oz sizes:

Here it is in the dark vintage brown color on a 6 oz flask:

And here is one of the 8 oz ones with a vintage, aged look:

There is a wide variety to pick from. I hope you find the right one for your relatives (and yourself).

Don't forget the promo code READY4BLKFRI to get this good deal today.

Thanks for stopping by!


All designs © MK Hess

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Inexpensive Unique Christmas Gift Ideas Under $10


The 2016 holiday shopping season is here, and I've been gathering together lots of funny, cute and personalized gift ideas on Zazzle - all of them $10 and under. It's always a fun challenge to collect the best gifts that fall into this inexpensive price range. While these gift ideas are cheap price-wise, they are still totally unique and custom, making them perfect for a stocking stuffer or an office secret santa / white elephant gift exchange. They are also perfect for anyone who wants to give a thoughtful gift while on a budget.

I blogged about last year's list here, if you want to check out even more gift ideas!

The 2016 list is full of over 200 gift ideas. You can check out the entire list here. I'm going to show you some of my favorites:

1. This custom moonshine design is brand-new, and it looks great on the can coolers and drink coasters. Make your own moonshine by adding your photo and text. You can even change "Tennessee" to your own state or country. This would make a great gift for your husband or dad.

I'm still adding this design to a wider range of products and in more color options. You can check out the whole selection here. Let me know if you don't see the design or color on the product you want. 

2. Calendar magnets. These are practical and personal at the same time. On these two, you can add your photo behind the calendar. The top one works best for darker photos, and the bottom one for lighter photos. Check out all our 2017 calendars in this collection here.

3. There are plenty of funny, silly magnets, buttons and bottle openers in the collection. The top magnet here is for any older person in your family with a sense of humor. It's a great gift for a birthday. You can customize the year:

Run your own coffee shop with this magnet:

This magnetic bottle opener with a bottle cap look lets you own a brewery and pub:

This button with a personalized anchor is fit for a boat captain:

4. The collection has more post-it notes this year. These simply elegant zebra striped ones are for the stylish person in your life:

5. These custom air fresheners are for the RVers in your family. The design also comes in a different color option here.

6. Out of all the jelly bean / mint tin options, I'm partial to this Art Deco one. I gave it to a relative for Christmas last year, and she loved it. It's a small tin that fits in your pocket. There are a few more in the collection:

I hope you enjoy the entire collection!

Thanks for stopping by!


All designs © MK Hess

Sunday, November 6, 2016

New Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Your Holiday Party 2016


My absolute favorite thing about the Christmas season is designing new, ridiculous "Ugly Christmas Sweater" shirts. Each year, I try to see if I can come up with ideas that are even funnier and odder than last year. So, I thought I would show you some of my Ugly Sweater designs that are new - and my favorites through the years.

Here they are, all new and shiny and incredibly tacky:

1. How could Christmas not be influenced by politics this year? I made a couple different versions of this one where Vixen the reindeer looks like Nixon.

2. Kitty cats always make great Ugly Sweater themes. I have a couple Christmas kitties right now, and will probably make even more in the future. Here's one I made last year:

This year, I went all dark and made an evil demon cat who wants nothing more than to destroy your holiday festivities. Meet Krampuss:

3. I also got inspired by weightlifting. Who doesn't want to look all tough while wearing an Ugly Sweater? I figured Santa Claus had been working out a lot this year:

And maybe you've been working out a lot, too:

4. Then I decided that nothing is better for an Ugly Holiday Sweater than something that might shock your grandma. So I made these. How about Santa flashing through the snow with a strategically-placed Christmas package?

Or the shocking realization that you, somehow, know what Blitzen the Reindeer tastes like:

I made this one last year. You've been naughty! Santa will have to take down your stocking!

5. Here's another one I made for women. I love how big the bow ended up being. Nice and cheesy!

6. Of course, you can't have Ugly Christmas Sweaters without some drinking themes. I made the first two last year, one for women and one for men:

Then there's the classic, Santa Claus holding a beer:

This is just a small sample of the tackiness!

GO HERE to explore the whole collection.
If you're looking for a Christmas t-shirt or all-over-print tank top, I also have those COLLECTED HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

All designs © MK Hess