Wednesday, November 3

Introducing: Madison Avenue South Designs

I first 'met' my blog buddy Athena about a year ago through her blog. What first got me hooked was her amazing photography and witty prose. In the weeks and months that followed I learned more about her and discovered that not only does she create amazing mixed media artwork, she also fashions these wonderfully scurrile polymer clay art dolls, as well as make sweet dollhouse miniature cakes and on top of that she wrote and illustrated a book! I bought her book when it was first published and every so often I go back to it just to admire her detailed black-and-white drawings. Athena is, as I'm sure you'll agree, an amazingly multi-talented artist. I frequently asked myself how she manages to creat art, raise two lovely daughters, take care of her household and garden AND assist her husband with his business - creating websites, photography, logo & business card design, social media...hours and hours.

I was quite upset when I recently found out that Athena's husband ran off, leaving her high and dry plus having to look for a new place to live (after building a home for twenty years). As all of us independent artists and crafters know we either need the support of a spouse to carry on our business or we have a day job and become a 'weekend artist' only. Now that would be a real shame in Athena's case. However, instead of these unforeseen circumstances getting her down, Athena was obviously thinking on her feet, and with her wealth of experience building websites she has now set up her own company: Madison Avenue South Designs

Her new company specializes in web design and marketing, logo & business card design as well as social media utilization and optimization. She also helps bloggers-to-be set up and customize blogs. All at reasonable prices! What I'm saying is - should you or anyone you know require any of the above services PLEASE help out a fellow blogger who is currently going through what many of us (women) consider our worst nightmare.

You can get in touch with Athena at


  1. Wow...I am familiar with her and her work. That's so sad!!! How brave she must be to do something so bold like that. What a strong woman.

  2. Great write-up, Duni. She is incredibly talented and I hope to see more great things come from her (beyond this current mess).

  3. I have to say that I'm crying now- I seem to burst into tears every time someone says or does something nice for me now. Thank you, Duni, for being a friend and for doing this for me. I appreciate it more than I can say.

    I certainly hope to feel strong again one day.

  4. How very generous of you to be putting out the word. You're a good friend indeed.

  5. What a wonderful thing to do for Athena! She's been on my mind constantly after hearing what her husband did to their family. Athena is so talented and I wish her much success with her new business!

  6. I don't know her but I'll certainly pop over and check out the links. So sorry to hear about her husband running off. Been there and know how it feels. I wish her the best of luck with her new company

  7. Yes...Cowgirl up! Sending her a giant Texas sized hug ♥

    I am so glad that you posted this Duni, I have been wanting my blog to have a professional touch to it. I will definitely visit her and see what she might be able to do with my blog.

    Deanna :D

  8. What a horrible story and I hope Athena sees brighter days. To every dark cloud, there is a silver lining, and with friends like you, it shouldn't take her long to see that lining :)

  9. Ugg that really stinks for Athena but it is definitely a case of taking a lemon situation and making lemonade. I'm off to check out her new site!

  10. Duni you so sweet and definitely a true friend. I will definitely keep Athena in mind. She sounds like a tough cookie and a true survivor :)


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