Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years...

...a time for thinking up new dreams and goals and making resolutions to kick bad habits.
And I suppose that there is no better time to getting your goals and resolutions in order than on the night of a "Blue Moon".
As for me, I like to envision the coming year and decide what could happen to make it better than the one that came before it and in so doing decide how best to make that vision possible.

Here is what I have...
I do love my work, almost every part of it.
But mostly I love to paint and 2009 was not a year of painting but rather printing.
So I envision myself painting daily, the feeling of creative release, the smell of paint on canvas and the sound of brush strokes. But how do I manage, with family that wants for my attention and prints that need printing and orders that need filling and communications that need attending, with networking, listing, relisting, and renewing.
Well, I have decided to set aside an hour each day for this little indulgence and the rest must wait for the hour to end. This is of course tricky, for an hour can fly by when you are doing what you love and then two and three and before you know it a day is lost. Perhaps an alarm clock or buzzer... we'll have to see.

Secondly I will only be having a couple of print sale in 2010 and they will only last for 24 to 48 hours each time. I realize my folly in having them so often and for the duration to be so long, for they bury me each time in work up to my ears.

So, if you would like to get a print while it is on sale I would check out our Holiday Sale as it is over tomorrow and will not be back for a few months.

I will be offering a larger verity of products that require a smaller amount of work for me in 2010 as well. These will include...
Pocket mirrors (I will be offering a larger verity in greater numbers)
Jewelry and Wearable Art (Rings, Bracelets, Pendants and Earrings)
Bookmarks (I have finally found a professional laminater, that does a fantastic job)
Pin Back Buttons
and I am toying with the notion of Zipper Pulls (feedback on Zipper Pulls would be great).

I have also been investigating sites like TweetDeck and HootSuite to help with social networking. And sites like EtsyHacks to help with the multitudes of work on I have on Etsy.

I have also decided to take weekends off altogether. This will be the time I have to give my full and undivided attention to the ones who love and support me.

So here's to hoping for more Original Painting by Jaime in 2010.

"My Star is Fading"

If you haven't gotten enough reading about "New Years Resolutions" or "Blue Moons" yet, check these out...

My art was featured in this bloggers New Years Resolution Blog Post.
and in this bloggers "Blue Moon" post.

My mothers ideas on keeping your "New Years Resolution" was featured in the Wall Street Journal today. Be sure to check that out...
Oh and Congrats on being featured in the Wall Street Journal mom:)

Happy New Year Everybody,

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Gift Certificates now available...

We are now offering Gift Certificates...
They are available from $25.00 - $200.00

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Shipping Upgrade

Free Shipping Upgrade...

All US packages shipped between the 15th - 21st will be upgraded from USPS First Class and UPS Ground to USPS Priority Mail at no extra charge.
Sorry but I can not upgrade international packages (However, most Canvas Paintings already ship Internation Priority).

Monday, December 14, 2009

Featured in EBSQ Must Have Monday

"Frost Bitten III" was featured today in the EBSQ blog, check it out...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Featured on FoundHandmade

My print "Frost Bitten II"

...was featured today on

Christmas Logo

Christmas is my favorite time of year.
There is just something magical about the holiday.

Mike and I decorate our Christmas tree, put up our stockings and hang the Christmas cards our friends and family send us in the doorways, but that's all the decorating we do to celebrate. It is normally enough but this year I decided to decorate our shop and blog as well. So I created this wonderful little logo...

Just click on the image for a larger view so you can catch some of the detail.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Handmade Christmas!

I have been having such a great time making my Christmas Cards and Gift Tags this year. Normally I would buy both but I'm glad I made them this year (maybe I'll figure out how to make wrapping paper by next year).

Here are the Christmas cards, they fold in half and...

have a cute little insert done on some fancy paper.

(The paw prints are my dogs signatures.)

and here are the gift tags, done in both red and green!

Thanks to for the Christmas Lights I used for the tags!