Monthly Archives: November 2010

Pondering the meaning of our existence and Happy Cyber Monday!

white wine metaphyscial

The original ACEO sized illustration is listed on HandmadeCloud.

I created a larger 5×7 print of this illustration. It is matted to an 8×10 inch size and ready to pop into your favorite frame and hang on your kitchen or dining room walls.

UPDATE – the sale in now over. Thank you! Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY during checkout and you’ll receive 25% OFF your entire purchase. This coupon code works on both HandmadeCloud and Etsy. This code is good until tonight at midnight. Happy Cyber Monday!

The 2011 Printable Fine Art PDF Calendar is Here!

It’s been a long time in the making but here it is! Each page features a beautiful full colour illustration for each month of the year. The calendar is 14 pages and includes both a front cover page and back cover page.

This calendar is in printable PDF format and optimized to print onto 8.5 by 11 inch sheets of your favorite card stock or fine art paper. After printing simply cut the page in half to create the finished calendar pages that measure 4.25 by 11 inches, punch a hole and loop through with a ribbon to hang. Or use your favorite clip for hanging.

Easy to follow instructions are included on the first page of the PDF.

Have fun making calendars for your friends, family and co-workers!

UPDATE – the sale in now over. You can buy it on HandamdeCloud and on Etsy. It will automatically download to you from HandmadeCloud while I’ll email you the file if you purchase it on Etsy. And do use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY and you’ll get 25% OFF your entire order.

This digital PDF calendar is licensed for personal use only and not intended for commercial use.
(Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada License)

And PS… The completely handmade by me and ready to hang on your wall sea life inspired wall calendars and mandala and floral inspired desk calendars are in stock and ready to ship too.

Harbour Station booth photos and how your health plays a huge part in one’s sales

Sadly, I was sick all of last weekend and couldn’t talk or interact with people as much as I would have liked to when they were in my booth. After one minute of talking to someone I would start incessantly coughing and then have to leave the booth for water or my head was pounding so badly that I could barely manage a smile. I barely shook people’s hands and this really affected my overall sales. I made out OK, but in hindsight, being only 50% healthy at a very large and public sale is not a good thing.
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Everyone likes 25% OFF coupon codes right?

Black Friday Sale, Cyber Monday Sale, http://etsy.com/shop/jessicadoyle

UPDATE – the sale in now over.

From today until Cyber Monday, enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY during check-out and you will receive 25% off your entire purchase excluding shipping costs. This is my biggest customer appreciation event of the year! And all products listed in my shop are in stock and ready to ship.

This sale is running in both my Etsy Art Shop and also on my special personal site, HandmadeCloud. The coupon code BLACKFRIDAY works in both shops. (Sale begins today and ends on Monday the 29th at the stroke of midnight EST)

HandmadeCloud Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale! artist Jessica Doyle

If I have entertained you, enlightened you, taught you something you didn’t know or even just made you smile with my art and writing over this past year, please do consider sharing the link to this blog post with your friends and family on your Facebook, Twitter or via email.

Thank you from both me and Missy the cat! Happy Holidays! :)

Wonderful Wine – remember that label I designed for Red Gate Run?

red gate run - custom wine bottle floral illustrations for red wine by illustrator jessica doyle

After a painfully long wait I’m finally able to see with my own two eyes what the wine label that I illustrated back in April of this year for Red Gate Run looks like printed and adhered to the wine bottles.

Christopher Plante, the Californian wine producer, bottled the wine this summer. But, due to strict export/import international duties on all alcoholic beverages that are traveling from the United States and into Canada we had to figure out another way for me to get these filled bottles of wine! A good friend, Cara was traveling to the State of Maine this month. She picked the wine up for me at her PO Box so that I wouldn’t have to pay the exorbitant duty, the small shipment would have accrued while be shipped across the border into the province of New Brunswick. Continue reading

On taking responsibility as a customer

Very recently, I began experiencing very slow load times, latency and hundreds of downtimes and on this blog and on HandmadeCloud both of which run on WordPress and are hosted with MediaTemple. The problems reached critical mass when I received an email from MediaTemple stating that:

Subject – Your Databases Have Been Auto-Scaled

Dear Jessica,
(mt) Media Temple’s automated MySQL monitoring systems have detected an increase in database activity for your Grid-Service (jessicadoyle.com). Your databases are now being served from a MySQL Burst Container to help your web applications scale during this surge in activity. These containers are a component of our MySQL SmartPool v.2 that allows your websites to instantly handle intense, temporary bursts of database activity.

And the email goes on to explain in further detail and ends with a short Q&A.

About an hour before receiving this email I noticed my uptime on Pingdom was awful for HandmadeCloud and then the site wasn’t loading at all. Then the auto-scale email came. I panicked and began frantically watching a customary search that I perform on Twitter to see if other MT customers were being effected with this, began contacting alternative hosts, posted in the MT support forums and opened a support request.

Things hit critical mass when MT suspended my account moments after giving my sites the extra juice they needed to keep going. I was dumbfounded and couldn’t understand how my sites were using so much *GPU when I was only receiving an average 500 to 900 visitors per day to both sites combined and was not bursted back in April 2010 when this blog was featured in an Etsy Finds email on the Etsy blog. During that six day period this blog received a whopping 20,000 visitors and it was not bursted into a container. Continue reading

Jessica the Inquisitive Owl – ACEO

illustration, art, owl perched on tree original aceo by artist jessica doyle

  • Size – 2.5 by 3.5 inches
  • Medium – ink, watercolour and coloured pencil on acid free thick card stock.

The original ACEO illustration and limited edition mini prints are both listed for sale on HandmadeCloud while limited edition mini prints are available on Etsy.

I sell in Canadian dollars on HandmadeCloud and in American dollars on Etsy.

Do you remember those cute Three Wise Men? They are now available in miniature print format too! xo