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Do you ever wonder about the person behind a beautiful graphic.. I sure do. I recently had the pleasure of talking with Barry of I wanted to showcase his great site and graphics. . It's easy to see he has a deep passion for what he does. Here is his story:

My name is Barry and I’m 43 years old,singe and live on the East Coast of South Africa in a sub-tropical climate in Scottburgh.

My absolute passion is my web site,, where I create digital art in the form of Transparent PNG clipart, PSPTubes, Frames in PNG and PSPFrame format, Seamless Tiles, Photoshop Brushes & Layer Styles, Swirl Designs, Gradients, Photos and a few more things!! I provide as much content as I possibly can for the graphics market.

I spend anywhere from 12 to 20 hours in front of my PC at a time! Running such a large site is fairly demanding, but as I said it’s my passion. So, I’m happy to be here creating art in my room!! :-) My web site is my only source of income, so I have to make sure I keep adding new content and update it as often as I can. I provide major updates with new content for every major holiday.

I started out years ago with a similar website; but it was "taken" from me by my “so called friends” due to the fact I had nothing in writing. So I decided to just let it go and thought, “Well, I’ve done it once before so I can do it again!” So I started my new web site and it has been open for about 4 years now. It took me an entire year to design it, because everything I know on the PC has been self taught from tips and the few tutorials I could find on the net. So, from that and a lot of hard work, I developed my own style of shading.

It has taken me 12 years to get to a stage where I am happy with what I do with my graphics. But my goal is to always improve and better my knowledge and skills, as I’m always in the process of adding bigger, better and nicer graphics to my site as often as I can!

NOTE: Be sure to visit his site, he has a membership club that is very reasonably priced and you always have graphics on hand for any occasion.

Family Crests Mugs and Steins

These are mugs from from The Scottish Tartans Shop which features designs and creative family crests for Scottish Surnames. They have Unique Steins with Family Names such as Brown, Campbell, and Johnson and much more. The shop is not limited to drink ware but has a variety of T shirts and Gifts for the whole family. There have a lot of names and they are consistently adding more. Click on the steins to see a larger view or to purchase This Husband and Wife Design Team have numerous shops with truly unique designs. Mark has a Degree in Commercial Illustrations , and he and his wife work hard to perfect each shop. They love what they do and it shows in the designs. They have plans to open more shops in the future, and I can't wait to see what is next. Be sure to visit their Stargazer Designs Shop. You are sure to find something you love.
To Request A Name Email Mark at

Professional Cake Designer and Recipes

Professional Spotlight will showcase the careers of men and women in the business world. You will find helpful tips from each person who is featured.

Debbie's Story:
Many years ago, on my parent's 25th wedding anniversary, I TRIED to make a tiered wedding cake. Don't get me wrong, it was delicious, it just looked like something out of a horror movie. It took me 15 more years to finally get up enough nerve to take
a cake decorating class.
One session and I was "hooked". Here is a picture of one of my first cakes, a groom's cake, for an avid fisherman (also my new brother in law). Since that time, I've baked over 150 wedding, grooms, birthday, divorce, graduation, funeral (yes funeral), etc. cakes in my part time cake designing business, Debbie Cakes.

 In the process of transferring all of my pictures to a new computer, I lost them all, so this is really the only picture I can share. I thought cake designing was my passion, and it is, but I also started planning, shopping for and doing all the cooking and baking for a monthly luncheon for the "Over 50's" of our church family and found such great satisfaction in that!!! We started out feeding around 25 people, and now 3 years later, we have almost tripled that number during a normal month. Last week I fed 70 people. At Christmas and Mother's Day, I actually cook for about 125 people. The money you make on cake designing pales in comparison to the hugs, thank you notes and requests for seconds I get each month from my senior friends . Here are 2 of the recipes that I used this past month, chicken salad and key lime trifle (one of my creations). I am also sharing a recipe for their favorite dessert,
Peanut Butter Pie. I live in Evans, Georgia, and can be reached at
if you'd like to get more information on cake designing or my luncheon "tips".


(this recipe will feed 8 -10 people, I had to make it 8 times to be sure everyone had a nice serving)
  • 1 baked angel food cake (I bought mine at the grocery store, saves time and electricity)
  • 1 6 oz. can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 1 14 oz. can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups Cool Whip
  • Optional: few drops of green food coloring
Cut the cake into cubes and place half the cubes into the bottom of a nice big bowl or punchbowl.
Mix all other ingredients together and pour half over the cake cubes.
Place the remainder of the cake cubes on top of the key lime mixture.
Cover with the remaining key lime mixture.
Garnish with lime slices and/or Cool Whip dollops. 


(this recipe will feed 6-8 normal people, but my folks always ask for more, so plan accordingly)
  • Prepared Graham Cracker Pie Crust (8 inch)
  • 1 3 oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup 10x sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups Cool Whip
Beat the cream cheese with the powdered sugar until it is light and
fluffy. Add the peanut butter and the evaporated milk. Mix it WELL.
Add the Cool Whip. Pour into the prepared pie shell.
Garnish with chopped peanuts, Cool Whip or even drizzle some chocolate syrup on top. This is also good in a chocolate pie shell.

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