Feature Friday: Emizart

20150707_135721Happy Feature Friday! 

We could not stop adoring the Dragonlings created by Emizart and are so happy we get to share them with you today! We love how Emily created each of her majestic creatures with such distinct personalities showing through their faces. They also all have their own names, from Julep, Shmello, and Paisley to Kringle if you’re looking for a Dragonling with Christmas spirit! We think these would make such a fun desk companion, and they love to hold dice — so an added bonus!  If you’re a dragon lover or know someone who is, we found the perfect present for you right here. Keep reading to learn more about Emizart and her fantastical creations!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

emiz-logo: I’m 26. I like being outdoors, working out, reading, cooking, making art, and spending time with my dog and family. I read almost every day, and my work is definitely influenced by books.


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Feature Friday: Jenny Dale Designs

Happy Feature Friday!
Jennifer Stables
We are so excited about today’s feature with Jennifer Stables of Jenny Dale Designs. The characters she creates in her pieces are so adorable and each one has so much life and personality! We love that she takes the creativity to the next level by accompanying each piece with a poem that tells more about the character and makes for a unique addition to each purchase. Although her art is amazing for a child’s room we still think a lot of these would be great on any wall! They would totally add a quirky touch to your desk space or reading nook. You can tell how much of herself Jennifer puts into these pieces and the happiness that her characters bring to so many people. Keep reading to hear about how she got her start and inspiration.

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

JD logo: I am an artist, an educator, and a mother to two beautiful boys. I have a cat named Stretchy-Cat, I collect rocks, and I love Back to the Future. I grew up in a small prairie town called Bow Island, which has a population of about 1500 people. Currently I live in the town of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada (just south of Calgary, Alberta, Canada). I create artwork primarily for children’s rooms and nurseries and I write poetry to accompany each one. Art has always been a part of my life and I have been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2001 and my Bachelor of Education in 2005 from the University of Calgary. My artwork is sold worldwide through my business, Jenny Dale Designs, and through Oopsy Daisy Fine Art for Kids.


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Signs You’re Having Fantasy Football Withdrawal


Unfortunately for myself and the other fantasy players out there, Sundays are no longer the same. Yes, we still have football for a little while longer, but you’re without your fantasy team! Here are ten signs that you’re suffering from fantasy football withdrawal:

1) You try to find a new fantasy sport to play… and it doesn’t feel the same. If you like watching baseball or basketball you would think you’d like fantasy baseball or fantasy basketball too. Yeah, not always the case. I love baseball just as much as football and I tried playing fantasy baseball last year. Nope, not as fun.


2) You watch or re-watch episodes of FX’s The League. If you haven’t watched The League you need to watch all four seasons immediately. It’s basically a show about the league we all secretly wish we were in. With NFL guest stars, tons of trash talk, very inappropriate jokes, and relatable fantasy ups-and-downs, watching it will get you through the off-season just fine.

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You’re already thinking about team names for next year.
Of course once the season’s over you think of all of these great names. Where were the good puns when you needed them?

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4) You’re also prematurely thinking of who you want in next year’s draft. Or if you’re in a keeper league you’re currently psychoanalyzing who you should keep. Instead of just watching the playoffs to see who wins, you’re also simultaneously looking for next year’s fantasy prospects. Keenan Allen, anyone?


5) You’re already trying to decide who gets kicked out of the league, who stays, and if you want anyone new. You need a lot of time to figure out who gets the boot, so you’ve taken it upon yourself to start thinking now. Do you really still want those random people in your league that don’t really care?


6) You are still shouting at the TV for your fantasy players in the playoffs. Out of habit I caught myself screaming for Demaryius Thomas the other day and then shortly thereafter remembered fantasy is over and his touchdowns no longer give me any points. Ugh.


7) You can’t get yourself to delete your fantasy football app. I can’t do it and I don’t know why. I probably should though since it’s useless for another 7 months. Wait… SEVEN WHOLE MONTHS!?!? Yeah, that’s a long time. How will we all survive?


8) You look back at your previous week scores and reflect on some of the bad last minute tweaks you made. Yes, a lot of us have Kevin MacArthur syndrome where we keep changing our lineup and over-think everything. Sometimes you look back and just want to cry when you see that crucial week you lost. Especially when someone on your bench had a monster game and could’ve given you the W.


9) The trash talk isn’t over. If you won your league, you’re still gloating. If not, you keep saying “just wait and see next year,” “watch out for me next year,” or some form of that sentence. Gotta love those high hopes.


10) You still talk about fantasy to anyone who will listen. You find ways to bring up fantasy whether it’s on your Twitter or to your family who are SO annoyed you’re continuing to talk about it.


No matter if you won or miserably lost your league this year, you know you’ll always love it. It’s just the off-season all of us hate.

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