Monthly Archives: November 2008

Two New Sets to Introduce to the Mini Greeting Card Line

Beautiful Florals… no.1

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Beautiful Florals… no.2

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Photographing these itsy bitsy greeting cards was no easy task. If I breathed to hard, looked at them the wrong way or simply touched them they fell over like dominoes.

Each Greeting card set includes:
•8 cards (2 of each flower card)
•8 white envelopes
•8 seals (colours may vary)

Greeting card size – 1 3/8″ x 7/8″ (35mm by 22mm)
Envelope size – 1 1/2″ x 1″ (38mm by 25mm)
Seals size – 5/16″ (8mm)

You can get them here in the mini goods section of my shop.

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Use them for gift tags, scrapbooking, dollhouse miniatures or anything else your heart fancy’s.

I created a makeshift work table to photograph from using the wall, portfolios, cardboard and a large pad of cartridge paper which you can see in this post (last photo). Two nights ago I purchased two navy blue folding metal saw horses. I will be buying plywood and having it cut to size with the help of Dad to create a proper work table to stand at this weekend!

The first two sets can be seen here.

It arrived! New printer, the Epson R2880

And it is so pretty just sitting in the box.

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Me – It arrived!
Missy the grey cat – MEOW!
McGandy the orange Cat – Meow!

Me – Isn’t it cool! (Trying to hold back tears and jumping up and down while the delivery guy is still there waiting for my signature at the front door)
Missy – Meow. Can I get in the box now?
McGandy – Feed me.

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Needless to say, I can’t wait to test it out. I’ll be able to print on canvas, heavy card stock, watercolour paper and best of all be able to offer hand coloured reproductions of my ink drawings in limited editions. It prints using UltraChrome K3 pigment based inks which are waterproof and will last for up to 300 years under glass. I am currently using an HP Photosmart printer that prints with dye based inks which are not waterproof, will last for 70-100 years and am limited to letter sized heavy paper stock which isn’t bad… but this is better!

Last night I wrote to Epson with a pretty big question after reading through the documentation that accompanied the printer.

I may not be able to plug it into my computer! Uh…oh.

    My computer – Titanium Powerbook G4, OS 10.3.9, 1GHZ, 512MB ram
    Minimum requirements for Epson R2880 – G5, OS 10.3.9, 1.67GHZ or Intel, 1G ram (2G ram recommended)

Once I hear back from them and get the go ahead to plug in, I will. And, if they say don’t do it your PowerBook will blow up! I’ll simply purchase a new Macbook.

I can increase RAM and update my operating system, yet, I can’t go to G5 or Intel from G4 and can’t increase to 1.67GHZ from 1GHZ as that.is.impossible.

So, I have my cake and I need to wait to eat it.

…but it’s worth it!

I’ll post a review as soon as I am technologically capable to.

Note to self – either use the flash or don’t use the flash when taking photos

Orange cat always wants food. She’s 18, so I usually give in and give it to her.

Grey cat is 11 and always wants into every box I open.

My art is featured in Canada’s Style at Home magazine

If you live in Canada or have access to Canadian magazines go and pick up the December issue of Style at Home magazine and flip to page 59. My art is featured within the Shopping Etc section under the Sites We Love Column.

Best of All, Style at Home tried Etsy’s shop local feature and found my shop along with AlbertaCountryPrim’s Etsy shop which is located here.

What they say,

The premise of Etsy is simple; items are mostly handmade, and the shopping experience is like Ebay minus the bidding aspect. Artisans craft everything from paintings to ceramics to ornaments, and sell them on this site, handling the shipping themselves…”

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They placed an image of the Sassy Sea Urchin within the article writing,

…entrancing sea- and floral-inspired art prints (left), from $5, by JessicaDoyle in New Brunswick, and AlbertaCountryPrimitives’ old-fashioned painted signs, from $18 each.

Back in September writer, Helen Racanelli contacted me, and at first I thought “this isn’t real”. After some research and writing back and forth a few times I realized pretty fast that it was indeed real.

Thank you Helen. I am humbled to be mentioned in such a beautiful magazine.

Holiday Shipping Deadlines – for real and they are approaching fast!

*Domestic (Canada): December 15th, 2008
*United Sates: December 1st, 2008
*International: November 28th, 2008

Hi all!

Just a note to say that the above are the shipping deadlines for ordering art from my shop if you want your order to arrive in time for Christmas. And sadly, postal delays that are beyond my control do happen even when I get the packages to the post office on time. About 3% of orders that I ship out arrive much later than anticipated due to being held up in customs or other undetermined reasons. BUT all orders I’ve shipped out DO arrive to their final destination. :)

I can ship XpressPost or PriorityPost via CanadaPost if you miss these deadlines. You can contact me for the applicable rates on Etsy or by the email located in the sidebar on this blog. And conversely, I can upgrade you to XpressPost or PriorityPost if you want your order faster than the following times taken from my shop policies page on Etsy:

Canada – 3 days to 2 weeks
USA – 3 to 6 weeks (have yet to figure out why it is slow)
Europe – 2 to 4 weeks
Asia – 2 to 6 weeks
Australia – 2 to 6 weeks
All other international destinations – 2 to 6 weeks

(Average to everywhere other than Canada is about 9 days to 3 weeks. And there is that 3% that arrive in 5 to 6 weeks for some unknown reason. Please keep in mind that if your order is late that it will arrive. OK?)

All orders are shipped First Class Regular mail for flat items and Expedited or Small Parcel for larger 3 dimensional objects from New Brunswick, Canada. Shipping this way keeps costs lower for the both of us. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you.

Studio Expansion Photos

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Recently, the family and I decided it would be a good idea to move my bedroom out of the studio. For a whole evening we laboured moving furniture around on the second floor of the house. The result is that both my bedroom and studio have their own separate rooms.

Studio Space Shot 7

The disorganization of my brain is evident in these photos.

Studio Space Shot 5

There is a god and it’s name is order!

Studio Space Shot 3

Logically one would think that nothing could be created in here and truth be told nothing is being created in here for I am missing one all to important feature; that of work table that is high enough to stand at, for working; namely to get the packaging, photography and cutting area off of my creation table which all to often becomes cluttered with everything but art.

For now cardboard is serving two purposes, that of a table a for shooting product photos and that of packaging. Pictured below is the newest edition to my shop; mini greeting cards!

Studio Space Shot 1

I’ll be commissioning my brother, the carpenter to build a table very shortly. Until then, I’ll make do with what I have.

And how could you not love that red vintage swivel rocking chair! I bought that close to 8 years ago from an office worker whose office was closing before leaving for Vancouver. They wanted $150 for it. After frantic negotiation he settled for $75. Then the arms and legs were removed, refinished and put back on hence restoring it to it’s original luster! Yes, I know how to sand and refinish vintage furniture.

Studio Space Shot 2

Happy!

Happy!

Note to self: I must figure out where to put the new printer I am expecting tomorrow in the mail! The Epson paper and ink arrived today.