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Monica is a freelance writer who loves art. As I was searching to find out more about her I found her website blog,  which was light hearted filled with humor and wit.

She writes “I have busy hands and an art habit.  If something I make grabs people’s eyes, it might get added to my product line!”

In 2014 Monica launched a series of designs on fabric. It started with a single bleach-stenciled sword fern shirt that she made as an experiment. She then went riding with her friends, and they said “Ooh, cool, I want one.” So she made a few more, experimented with different designs, and before you know it, Monica was a tee shirt vendor.

aarene_shirt_piano-triangle-ranch“It wasn’t just about selling shirts – it was a way of celebrating the wild side of the Pacific Northwest that she loves so much – not just the landscape, but the people who inhabit it”.

 Monica does not make any guarantees that the shirts will make you look thinner (though the Cedar design is indeed slimming) but it will most likely become a conversation starter. Each shirt is unique, made with real foliage from the forest. These are high-quality shirts, slightly fitted and with a touch of lycra, not your average cheap cotton tee. The bleach is neutralized shortly after being applied, so it does not deteriorate the fabric. Monica has extensively product-tested them herself with at least thirty washings and they really do hold up well over time.

Monica has worked as a freelance writer, designer & publisher since 2005, following a career in business communications. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1991 from the State University of New York at Purchase, cum laude.  Her blog, Horsebytes, has been hosted at the Seattle PI since 2008, and she has written articles and taken photographs for equestrian publications including Endurance News and the Washington Thoroughbred.

 Monica Bretherton lives in Arlington, Washington, where she continues to pursue professional and personal creative work. Visit her website, be sure to “like her” on FB and if you like what you see, send her an email at or even better give her a call 360-8620-3999, she’ll be waiting.




Snohomish Holiday Market – Nov. 19th & 20th

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Washington on the Rocks at the Everett Yacht Club

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Washington on the Rocks welcomes you to the Everett Yacht Club. What could be better than the ambiance of the Everett waterfront, beautiful views and the best distillers in the Northwest. Ticket includes 8 tastings, appetizers and the opportunity to buy your favorites directly from the Distiller!  Must be at least 21 years old to […]

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Idea to Launch – Business Education

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Turn your Dream of Self-employment into a Reality with the Entrepreneurial Edge Series. Idea to Launch – Business Education Aug 10, 17, 24, 31 from 6-8pm at the Sultan Store 923 Main St., Sultan 4 week class at $150.00 includes a 6 month Business Education membership to GroWashington, giving you access to any business classes at […]

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Hard Hat Happy Hour

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April 25, 2016

Simple Selling Strategies This class is for people who want to: build rapport quickly with customers recognize buying signals ask for the sale without being pushy or aggressive maintain the relationship even when things don’t go as planned learn simple, yet powerful skills to move clients into action Reserved your spot today click here

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Business 101

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1st Tuesday of the Month at 4pm.  RSVP to

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The Bowl Show – Saturday March 19 in Everett

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Business 101 – GroWashington Education

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                March 9th … This is for new vendors or anyone who has not attended this class as yet.- Do make this a priority if you have yet to attend the Business 101 with Carolyn or Jean. GroWashington in Everett 3013 Colby Ave, Everett 98201 Starts at 6pm […]

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