Back from some downtime

January 16, 2013

Hello everyone!  It’s been a while since I’ve been active with my blog and Etsy shop.  As many may understand, the disruptions of life, including a couple of hurricanes and several serious family illnesses, make keeping up-to-date a huge challenge.   In fact, I’ve tried  keeping in touch through my iPod and it’s ITSY-BITSY keypad among its other limitations.  Ugh.  I’m sure I’ve almost faded away to some but am resolved now that my own health is improving to  re-establish those contacts.

Fripp Island House2012 ended on a very strange note, with the Newtown incident being so close to home (literally 30 miles away), and the horrible and long-lasting effects of the monster named Sandy (also so close to home).  My future mother-in-law went into a coma while the storm raged outside the hospital, and then my mother was surprised to be laid-off on New Year‘s Eve.  Meanwhile, I’m suffering that nasty flu that has been in the headlines on the local news channels.  Just before Hurricane Sandy I had a terrifying automobile accident that resulted from a stuck accelerator with a loss of brakes and steering.

Except for the larger picture of the Newtown and Sandy aftermath, all of my personal crisis’ have worked out for the best with everyone’s health returned to  normal and everyday life on an even keel.  Even my own car accident resulted in only minimal damage and no injuries, so I am thankful that we are all well and together and safe.Fripp deer

The picture you see here is from one of my trips south for a wedding on Fripp Island, S.C.  It’s a lovely and exclusive location where the deer walk up to you and alligators bask in the sun while you golf.  In fact the only way to really experience the island is by golf cart.  I was lucky to have been on the invitation list, or this would probably never have been a place I would ever have seen.

2012 had its great moments for me and my family – and this was one of them.


This week’s Pinterest Theme- Summer’s Bounty

August 8, 2012

Fruits and Vegetables Collage

To all Pinterest fans!  Some of you may be aware that I have recently put myself up to the challenge of creating pictorial/color themes on my page https://pinterest.com/janepurcell/.  This is my 2nd official challenge- although I had created several beforehand.  The goal is to follow a color palette and current theme throughout the top 4-5 (if not more) lines of my boards.  If I do not have pictures to match the theme, I try to get at least as close a match with the colorsI have chosen.  The end result should be a cohesive and appealing first impression of my page- sort of like coordinating an outfit and accessories.

Fruits and vegetables canes

Last week’s challenge was based on the recent color trend orange and the height of the season’s pick- melons.  My goal here was to use the colors of the wide range in melons- particularly the pale oranges, greens, and pinks.

This week continues with a seasonal theme- summer’s bounty.  My intentions here are to include the deeper greens of the height of summertime, with the deeper richer colors of the flowers, fruits, and vegetables.  Picture a table overflowing with these things…

Earlier I had dabbled with other colors like the pink/purple/blue hues of early summer sunsets.  After that, I had a pastel page, and then the idea started to form of doing this weekly.  I tested the waters with an aqua/beach theme.

Fruit popsicles

I welcome any ideas and feedback as always.  If you have your own Pinterest page and personal challenge I’d love to share it with you!


These Girls Know Their Stuff!

June 5, 2012

Butterfly Perfume Bottle

I’ve just been introduced to a new blog that I think is going to blossom into something big-   OhSoGirly.com  I’ll quote them (Julia and Lior) directly from their own about page because they say it best-  “Oh So Girly is our corner of the internet where we embrace pink, flowers, kawaii stuff and everything girly, in a celebration of cute and pretty things!  Stay tuned for posts on girly gifts, beautiful home decor, beauty, fashion and everything in between.”

Pretty pink shoes

Actually they found me, and I’m glad they did.  They posted an article on my shop UnderTheNumNumTree  that was both flattering and informative.  The blog is relatively new but packed with all things that girls could want.  Every time I enter their site I find new things to enjoy and indulge in.  Oh, and of course there is their zazzle and cafepress shops- you have to check them out- they are gorgeous!  I’ll continue following them for sure- they’ve got the ideas, the talent, and the drive.  Here are some more links to check into:

http://www.ohsogirly.com/

http://www.zazzle.com/inspirationzstore?rf=238418629569684551

http://www.cafepress.com/inspirationzstore?aid=49789583

http://www.zazzle.com/girlytemplate/home

Trendy Girly Bling


A Little Help From My Friends

June 5, 2012

Hi folks!  It has been a while since I have written anything here and I feel that a great way to start would be to talk about the circle of people, sites, and their shops that have influenced me and been friends as well.

Aunt Bean Artworks

Image by Christine Smith

A fellow artist on Twitter has been a fan and a friend, and I think her artwork is dreamy and lovely. You can see how she follows her heart.  Her name is Christine Smith and I highly recommend that you follow her blog  www.auntbeanartworks.blogspot.com/ and on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristineCantow

Early on I discovered an artist whose miniature artwork just blew me away- not only because it was beautiful, but because the work was so painstaking and meticulous that I doubt few can accomplish what she does.  Her name is Evelina Pastilati, and I have featured her in earlier posts of my blog.  When we met she was beginning to make gorgeous jewelry.  I consider her a friend and am pleased by her success.  These are just a couple of ways to find her on the web:

Jewelry by Evelina Pastilati

https://www.twitter.com/JewelsByEvelina
http://www.etsy.com/shop/JEWELRYANDMINIATURES

Evelina Pastilati

Evelina guided me to this site:  A Little Etsy Love  www.etsyfix.com/  They help Etsy shops with promotions through giveaways, coupons and ads.  The giveaways are in article form and are short but empathetic to the atmosphere and feeling of the shops they feature.

My ad on “A little etsy love”

I’ve done both and feel good each time I get that little ding on my iPod that says I’ve been mentioned by their site.  I personally worked with Nancy Fallon- one of their contributors and I felt the goodwill of friendship instantly.  I’ve also linked to the site with a button on the sidebar and wrote a post about a little etsy love previous to this one.

Nancy Fallon NFallon Design Studio

Nancy Fallon also has her own Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/nfallondesignstudio.  You can find wonderfully beautiful knits, cards, purses, jewelry and art prints in here- my favorite being The Animal -a sweet watercolor reproduction of a giraffe.  You can follow Nancy on Twitter at:     https://www.twitter.com/NFallonDesigns

Another Etsy friend has provided me with some of the tools I need to sell my work and has happily answered my questions.  She provides me with mat kits and I had not realized what a difference they would make to showcase my art.  I purchased black double mats, and later on white double mats.  Both look stunning, but when I saw how sweet the white mats looked with my art,  I realized that I should be focusing on marketing for babies and children.  it was just that one extra click of the dial in the right direction.  I recommend to anyone who loves art that you visit her site- she has been quick and efficient in helping me get the right tools.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/framergirl

For even more supplies such as: kits, acrylic, and some frames, try www.documounts.com    They also specialize in custom mats.  Framergirl can answer any of the questions you may have.

Artist’s supplies by framergirl on etsy.com

I could list so many more people who have influenced and supported me in this great big world wide web, and I will share them with you.  For those of you who have not seen any of my works or sites here are the links to my favorites:

I played with an art program on this one of black-eyed susans

My Shop       www.etsy.com/shop/underthenumnumtree

Pinterest       www.pinterest.com/janepurcell    You can see more of the works from the people above here as well

Twitter     www.twitter.com/mjanepurcell

Facebook   www.facebook.com/underthenumnumtree

Jane Purcell “Chocolate Milk Cow”


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