Friday, December 30, 2011

Wedding Gift Idea from BetweenTheWeeds

Are you looking for that just right wedding gift? Have you seen my beautifully crafted hand painted large Keepsake Boxes? I will customize the flowers to fit whatever season the wedding is being held in and at no extra charge.

Maybe it is a woodland themed wedding, I can paint birds, nests, vines of berries, ferns and ivy with flowers found in the woodlands or it is a beautiful English garden themed with peonies roses larkspur ivy and ranunculas. Can you just imagine how thrilling it would be to see the bride unwrap such a beautiful thoughtful gift? These boxes are wonderful to stash the memento, the whispers from a magical day.

This is just one of many I have available in my online shop at Between The Weeds. Interested in something custom just ask me. I create Keepsake Boxes so you can store your memories of special days.

Garden Themed Keepsake Painted Box by BetweenTheWeeds at Etsy

Painted Furniture Contemporary Painted Keepsake Box Wood with detailed Flowers Illustration
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Handcrafted painted keepsake box to add to your Contemporary Farmhouse Furniture Collection beautifully painted with detailed illustration of garden flowers. A functional piece of art can easily fit any contemporary decor. The flowers are fresh and bright on a soft creamy white background. I chose a collection of garden and wild flowers with a few blades of grass and added a few bees buzzing about.

The design is sketched on my own hand crafted wood keepsake box. I hand paint and add my signature line work. Each box is a one of a kind work. I do not use stencils transfers or prints and they are always my original work.
Every piece is signed and dated.
Ready to ship.

Box measures: 12" x 9.25" x 7.33"
Box is hinged.
Box is sealed with lacquer and waxed.

Please be kind and do not copy. My designs are copyrighted.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Merry Christmas Blessing to All.

In a time when it has become politically incorrect to even utter these words which I can not fathom even why, Merry Christmas. I wish the world joy and friendship and understanding and forgiveness and above all wisdom to find the answers that serve the greater good. Maybe if we try to stop proving how right we are and start to live life according to the laws of our God, the Creator of all there is including the different religions we can finally see how ridiculous we really are. Find a common ground. Believe all our thoughts and energy make up our world good and bad.

Thoughts are energy so make them good ones.

Blessing and peace from Between The Weeds.
Laurie

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Custom hand painted wood trays you can order today.

Why not have a beautiful painted functional work of art custom-made for you today? Maybe there is a wedding in the future and you want something that commemorates the day. Why not have a tray painted with the brides flowers strewn across the surface. These trays are sturdy and durable. Whether you buy a tray already available in the shop or custom design your own the cost is the same. These trays are unique one of a kind custom-built exclusively for you in mind. If you like bees and flowers I am offering a slightly different version of these wooden painted trays in my Etsy Shop Between The Weeds
Custom and hand painted
Custom wildflowers and garden themed wood trays

Painted Wood Trays custom and hand painted.

Above are garden flowers and wildflowers with bees buzzing about. You can tie a bouquet up with a cord or an elegant bow as seen below. Custom painted wood trays are painted creamy white or soft white with wildflowers bees and raspberries.
Each wood tray is painted with different flowers and are slightly different in sizes lending them to have a hand crafted one of a kind uniqueness which is what Between The Weeds is all about. If you would like a tray with a design you see below or certain flowers I can custom build your own tray or maybe you would like a nicely sized Keepsake Box instead. I can even paint something of yours just ship it to me and I will ship it back painted with your own pretty design.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Are you a serious business person?

At Etsy there is a thread about can I make enough only on Etsy? It caught my eye and I read the post. What stood out were the remarks mostly saying you need to do other things to attract buyers to your shop. This I really agree with and if you are not creating you are marketing.

Painted Wood Keepsake Box
Underlying the remarks was a sentiment that crafters (I dislike this description) can never make enough to support themselves unless there is a husband supporting the family or you. One, these statements were obviously made by women probably mothers and married. Making this generalized observation about crafts is simplifying the real business of creating handmade quality product and the average crafters is not serious about their work and this is why it is a craft. The creative artist is extremely serious and looks at their work as a business. Their quality highly different work overlooked because Etsy and other sites are being overrun by the I like to craft people. Not everyone at Etsy are in this category and many are serious artists and serious business people. It is impossible for Etsy to filter the not serious crafters from the serious artist.

Maybe it is up to the person to ask themselves if you are not serious than move aside and allow the serious artist show their work. There are church fairs and local outlets for those who just dabble. For some of us it is our livelihood and there is no one else picking up the tab and we could not be happier. This is our chosen profession and we work every day at our jobs. Having your own business is not for those that look at it as being part-time. Art is serious business and artist are serious business people.

So I ask you are you serious about being a creative artist or are you a part-time crafter?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Anyone can be bullied.

How old were you when you experienced bullying? How long ago? Bullying can happen to any person at any age and when it happens to you it can be shattering, physically emotionally and spiritually. Growing up I never experienced bullying, yes the usual make fun of someone. Never with contempt and never with such negative energy yet just a few days ago for the first time I understand what bullying is.
As an artistic personality I was always told not to be too sensitive so artists learn to adapt. It is necessary to be sensitive for your art. To grow as an artist you must overcome criticism so you can learn and grow. Most artists develop a thick skinned sensibility. We balance our lives between the two worlds so I have never understood why someone would feel so abused and beaten to end their precious life. Until now.

My story started a few months back after being contacted by owners of a house I had sold them. They wanted to see if I wanted to buy the house. I loved the old place and said yes I was interested give me an asking price. I remembered them as a nice young couple, he was a lawyer and she now a mom. Weeks went on with him emailing me about how the house was poorly painted that he had to replace some painted light switch with great expense and so on and so on. Get the point and really a light switch. Remember I sold them the house so in fact he is criticizing my work as a designer and painter. All this he knew since I disclosed this when he bought the house. I had painted the entire inside of the house with Benjamin Moore paints and meticulously painted walls and woodwork. With every email he would chop away at the work I had done in the house knowing I had done it. I had left him the left over paints because they liked the work. Hum. Finally he sends me his ball bark price not firm or asking price along with what he thought were improvements. Did I mention he is a lawyer whose firm deals with real estate. I thought it was inflated and not close to being realistic. I told him my views about his improvements and hazy price as you would in any business email. Now the email's become insulting and venomous with strong hateful wording. Remember they approached me to buy the house. Interesting selling technique. I, no matter how much I loved the house, knew this was not a good purchase, not during this real estate market. I politely declined and felt bad about pulling away from the possible deal. Being the artist and person I am I offered a little advise. A critique if you wish about if they would like to sell their home at that price point they would be wise not to focus on paint and focus on upgrading kitchen counters and baths from the 80's. I wished him well and left it at that. Within hours he blasts back attacking my character my work my reputation with so much intensity it scared me. His words went on to  attacked old neighbors. Unfortunately my ego attacked back with a few carefully chosen words with the most intense calling him an insignificant lawyer. He countered again. I went silent.

I felt completely demoralized. My body ached. My spirit felt so heavy and dark. This is what happens when a dark energy attacks I am convinced now. I then thought, this is what a kid faces day after day? It is unimaginable and unacceptable. We as care givers of this world need to help and give those who are bullied a safe haven. I have years of learning under my wings supporting me and though extremely difficult I pulled myself out and into the light. Maybe you are a kid reading this or maybe an adult, a parent, living through an abusive situation, a bullying. What helped me was to see it for what it is, dark negative energy, it is not you. Whatever their words are is not you. You are a magnificent wonderful person created especially for one purpose and that is to live your life. Do your absolute best. Carry a light inside so the darkness can not enter. But more to the point tell someone and ask for help. Do not give up and let a bully a being of a lower energy win. I am here and there are many others also. Do not be embarrassed it is the bully who should be embarrassed. Shame on all who are abuser.   If you are being attacked by a bully and have no one email me. I can at least listen.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Farmhouse Tables are Adopted.


Custom painted tables

Old Tables Get a New Look
Recently acquired some tables which then received an overhaul. These lovely gems were once in pieces some with tops that were badly damaged and legs in desperate need of repair. To see they still had value was easy. The legs were tightened and repaired and the tops were either replaced or filled in. When finished these beauties now strong sturdy farmhouse tables were adopted. They stand in their forever homes as cherished loved tables ready to hold their new families glass book or whatever is needed.
It is gratifying to find a cast away and bring it back to stand tall in an honored place, a warm cozy farmhouse.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Subject: Warren Buffet Quote

This was sent to me today and though I am not a fan of Mr. Buffett I do think this idea has merit. Instead of sending it to friends via email I thought why not just post it and let anyone read it and judge for themselves. Please do not reply to me simply decide for yourself how you feel and open the discussion with those around you. I would add the President, Cabinet and Fed to the list.
 
Subject: Warren Buffet Quote
Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the
best quotes about the debt ceiling:
"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just
pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more
than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible
for re-election".

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds)
took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple!
The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail,
cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year
or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.
Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to
a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask
each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will
have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed
around.

_*Congressional Reform Act of 2011*_
 
1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no
pay when they're out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social
Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the
Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into
the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the
American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all
Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and
participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the
American people.
 
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void
effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this
contract with Congressmen/women.

Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in
Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers
envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their
term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will
only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive
the message. Don't you think it's time?

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete.
You are one of my 20+ - Please keep it going, and thanks.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Helping Fairies with Housing


With the weather changing my fairy friends are going to need some new housing so I am busy constructing some very sturdy log houses for the woodland fairies. Though you may not see them don't you think they could use a warm house on those dreary cold winter days. Maybe you could leave one by the hearth? I know the fairies will reward you with tiny and grand treasures.

Then in the spring help move your new fairy friend's home to a protected place outside. Interested in helping house a fairy visit my Etsy shop at LRStudio

Fairy House Woodland Ferns Custom Fairy Twig Furniture

Fairy House Woodland Ferns Custom Fairy Twig Furniture Fairy House Woodland Ferns Custom Fairy Twig Furniture Fairy House Woodland Ferns Custom Fairy Twig Furniture Fairy House Woodland Ferns Custom Fairy Twig Furniture Fairy House Woodland Ferns Custom Fairy Twig Furniture
A fairy bed sits in this woodland fern fairy house with window for gazing at the stars and a bunny to keep a fairy company. Made from branches wood and cedar is covered with moss acorns and faux ferns. Custom built with the fairies help.

Very sturdy and weighs about 4lbs.
Measures: 12"h x 12"w x 8"d

If you are ordering outside the USA:
I ship everywhere please before you order ask for international shipping actual charge to your location. The price for shipping everywhere is only an estimate.

More Fairy Houses: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LRStudio?section_id=7684784
Shop: http://www.LRStudio.etsy.com

Another one of my shops.
http://www.PaintedCottageHome.etsy.com

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wall Street Protesters in NYC

"You cannot get sick enough to help sick people get better. You cannot get poor enough to help poor people thrive. It is only in your thriving that you have anything to offer anyone. If you're wanting to be of an advantage to others, be as tapped in, turned in, turned on as you can possibly be."
- Esther Abraham-Hicks, is an inspirational speaker & author.

Reading this today sent my thoughts to all the angry people in NYC and throughout the country protesting. If you want to voice your opinion and protest bravo, it is what this country was all about in the 60's and 70's. By the way the same people and groups were behind that movement as this one. It is exciting to get behind a cause or movement but know what it is. What I see is a mass of people dirty and causing strife for those who are trying to go on with the business of living. People are you sheep being led to slaughter or are you the shepherd?

I also wonder why this did not happen when President Bush was in office? Why now before an election year? Who really is to gain from this movement? Who is the Fed? Educate yourself and then do what you must.

I like money. Is it wrong to work hard and enjoy making money? I use money to benefit others as many companies who trade on wall street do. Remember the USSR? Not a very pretty place. Can you not find a more empowering way to benefit all?

Finally I send a blessing to all even to the ones that do not agree.




Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pumpkin Time Treasury List on Etsy

Today I created a Treasury over at etsy.com titled Pumpkin Time. It is a great way to showcase other creative artist' work and makes you feel good at the same time. I have found some truly wonderful handmade items from all over. Things to decorate your home with and to wear. I even found a delicious cupcake. Whether it is in the shape of a pumpkin or the color of pumpkin or the fabulous flavor I am certain you will find something that peaks your interest.

Take a peak and I hope you find something to purchase made by a very special artist and not mass produced in China. Now doesn't that make you feel warm and pumpkiny inside.

PUMPKIN TIME by LRStudio



Monday, September 19, 2011

Paintings or Prints Part 2

Tail Feather Watercolor @LRStudio.etsy.com
Yesterday I told you about offering original art instead of printed. I also offer professional prints in my Etsy shop of certain paintings but the prints are of paintings which I sell for hundreds and some thousands of dollars. Not everyone wants or can afford this work and I feel offering prints is more than acceptable.
What I am referring to is illustrated art or art that artists create quickly and with ease. I know for my large detailed watercolors it takes me sometimes up to 3 weeks to complete because of the process I use. A watercolor an artist can simply and use just color splashes and with little detail added creating something special. It exudes emotion and is a wonderful purchase for the person it touches on an emotional level. Is that not why we buy art to begin with? I am not one who thought art should be bought to add affluence to someones life. Let's face it fellow artist, most art collectors can not tell an original from a fraud. Having said that I am determined to produce simple artwork for everyone. Why should a few get to have an original painting? Maybe more Etsy Shop owners will forget about the bottom line and start to follow my lead and offer original work and not prints.
Please visit my shop at LRStudio on Etsy CLICK HERE.

Original Watercolor Bright Pink Coneflowers on Quality Paper Not a Print.

From LRStudio
Original Watercolor Bright Pink Coneflowers on Quality Paper Not a Print.
Original Watercolor @ LRStudio.etsy.com
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Original Watercolor Bright Pink Coneflowers on Quality Paper Not a Print.Original Watercolor Bright Pink Coneflowers on Quality Paper Not a Print.Original Watercolor Bright Pink Coneflowers on Quality Paper Not a Print.
An original painting of bright pink coneflower dancing in the field is painted with high quality watercolors on 200lb cold press rag paper. Very colorful.
Amazing value.

It is unframed.
Measures:12" x 8.5".

If you are ordering outside the USA:
I ship everywhere please before you order ask for international shipping actual charge to your location. The price for shipping everywhere is only an estimate.

More Paintings and Prints: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LRStudio?section_id=8032541
My Shop: http://www.LRStudio.etsy.com
My Vintage Shop: http://www.PaintedCottageHome.etsy.com

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Original Watercolor Paintings, Not a Print.

AUTUMN STORM watercolor
Lately I have noticed many people offering prints in their Etsy Shops. Prints of what I would say are simple renderings of paintings either sold long ago or they were painted with the expressed purpose of creating prints. The artists have invested in high quality printers and are printing their rendering, signing them and reaping huge profits. Honestly I really do not mind and they are selling their work as prints. But what about the artists that offer original work? Is this affecting the price of orginal art work? Probably.
So instead I decided to offer my etsy customers an alternative. Simple original watercolors at reasonable prices. They are unframed, painted on high quality 200lb. watercolor rag paper and I use the finest watercolors. They are not magnificent works of art but they are small studies (renderings)of flowers, autumn landscapes, feathers and birds. Each painting is no bigger than 9" x 12" and can be framed in a standard 8x10 frame. These paintings range from $24 to $28 depending on the work entailed. Custom paintings are also welcomed. Now would you rather an original painting or a print? you decide.
Visit the shop and check out what is new at LRStudio.etsy.com


Friday, September 16, 2011

Have you tried to barter?

Grades of Vermont maple syrup. From left to ri...
Bartering has been around for eons but how many people today actually think about implementing bartering

I recently sold a print to a person in Vermont. She wanted it framed. I had just used up my last drop of Vermont maple syrup. If you have never had the real stuff from Vermont oh please try it. Any way I thought why not barter for some maple syrup. She was thrilled to do so and the deal was struck. She wanted a frame added to the print and felt I would be better equipped to know which frame would be best. So I took the print, matted it and added a beautiful black wooden frame wrapped it up and sent it on its way. Little did I know that my syrup was going to be delivered 1 hour later via FedEx. I could not be more delighted. You would think I just won the lottery. No money has changed hands yet the feeling I know she will get when she opens her package will be just as grand as it was for me today.
Being paid for your wares can come in so many different forms of payment. Staying open to what is being given to you in the moment. To remain so focused on the monetary value losing the true meaning of wealth. The universe always providing and always taking care of your needs. Maybe that is what it is all about? Not the money. The simple act of giving and receiving, is truly an awesome feeling. Give it a try, bartering the new way of buying.
Something's up @ LRStudio: Between the Weeds

Monday, September 5, 2011

New Woodland Fairy Settings for Fairy Houses

Imagination and the energy behind the thought is a marvel. To think this simple Woodland Fairy Setting started from a branch I found on the road. I dragged it home and I am sure my neighbors think I am quite mad. That is perfectly fine by me because my imagination has taken hold and I know something wonderful and magical is going to come forth. I wait for the wood to dry and then take care to cut off only what I need for the project or new creation to be born. I sliver and cut and shape the wood. As I work I see images and stories as I lose myself in my work. I feel my work is more meditative than physical. I feel charged with energy and that creative energy flows into my work. The fairies help by charging each piece with the positive energies of their natural world.

This is a Woodland Fairy Setting now available in LRStudio: Between the Weeds Shop at etsy.com and is a nice companion piece to my Fairy Houses.

Woodland Fairy Chair and Trinket Box

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A Woodland setting for a fairy with a trinket box sits upon a mound and just below is a perfect twig chair amidst the ferns and ivy. By the way any fairy will love this serene setting and you can use the trinket box for many things, earrings,rings, and baubles. Or a Tooth Fairy to come and collect your little ones tooth.
Everything is glued in place but the lid to the trinket box is removable. The bottom has cork buttons to protect furniture surfaces.

Place the tooth in the trinket box and the next morning find it gone and a gift in its place.

Measures:8"l x 4.5"d x 5"h. Weight: 9oz.

If you are ordering outside the USA:
I ship everywhere please before you order ask for international shipping actual charge to your location. The price for shipping everywhere is only an estimate.

More Fairy Houses: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LRStudio?section_id=7684784
Shop: http://www.LRStudio.etsy.com
 
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