Sunday, August 31, 2008

I broke my toe...

This is pretty much how I've looked
for almost a month now.
I'm much...much better
but..still doing a lot of hacking
and coughing.
So then, early Saturday morning..
I was busy working on my laptop
and had to 'shift my self in my chair'
I honestly do not know how it happened
one of my feet kind of shot out from under me
and my second toe on my left foot
rammed up again the wood part of my recliner's foot rest.
And..I broke my toe!
How many people
can break a toe
while sitting in a chair??!!!
I know!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Busy on other sites!

I have been quite busy this week...even though I did
try to take a bit of a break on my
it didn't exactly work out that way.
We spent much of the afternoon
putting together the new printer.
We decided to print a couple
large prints (since one of us have already sold one) and
it took us a good long bit to get it all figured out.
We did...and the prints came out so close to the
actual paintings... we were thrilled!
So, I took the rest of the day to start revamping
some of my other sites... they were so far overdue!
I'll have some NEW pieces ready to list
by Monday night!
New note---on this subject!
I was quite surprised to find
that my 'work on some of my different sites'
actually provided some lovely results.
Friday I sold 200 magnets
on my CMZ Art Zazzle site!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Our NEW Printer...

Our New Printer arrived yesterday...
I printed out a custom ACEO Limited Edition prints
order and the quality of the prints is
wonderful. I am very...very pleased with this purchase.
We couldn't really afford it just yet...but, I'm
glad we decided to go ahead and get it anyway!
I have already updated all of the current prints
I have in the shop...with the various sizes with
more new pieces coming this week-end.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

It's My Birthday...

I may try to take the day off...
or most of it!
It depends...our printer is supposed
to be here sometime today...
we'll see!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Pendants Plus Is Up...

Pendants Plus is up....well, sort of!
We have listed a few pendants...although we have
many more finished and ready
to be listed!
There's just sooooo much work in
taking pictures..
uploading pictures..
cropping pictures..
correcting pictures..
getting the listings...
and on..and on..and on
I discovered
rather 'painfully' I might add...
that it isn't a real good idea to take
226 pictures with a camera
that uploads each picture
3000 x 2700 pixels..
it really does take a very long time!
So I AM working
very hard mind you...
just not on my CMZ Art Shop
at the moment!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Pendants Plus Update...

We were 'originally' going to wait until
we had 100 finished pendants
before listing them in our new shop
we're going with fifty
because we have a few more than that already done.
Most of our first pendants will be
glass tiles
with our original art mini prints.
So today or tomorrow
we'll get those first fifty listed
with more to come,
every day!

Monday, August 25, 2008

I 'Googled' myself today!

I 'Googled' Myself today...
to find out where my art is being sold.
I do this every so often
and every time I do it, I find myself in
new places.
I guess, some sites have many..many sites
all with different names.
It must be...since most of the art being
offered started on one site in particular, several years ago,
and is still being offered there.
It also alerts me to sites
offering my art...that shouldn't be!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

A new shop...

I know there are quite a few Etsy Shops that
feature the little tile pendants..
now..there's soon to be another!
A couple of my children and I
decided to do some
simple art pendants and
open a new
It's one of the things that have kept us
so very busy this past week,
while not really adding much to our
current shops.
In this shop we will offer..
Scrabble Tile Pendants
Glass Tile Pendants
Bamboo Pendants
Clay Tile Pendants
...we may add a few other types as well.
We have some of all of these pendants, with the exception of the bamboo.
We just got it in today.
The ornate style art pendant pieces, that I have been
offering in my CMZ Art Etsy Shop, will not be
included in the Pendants Plus shop.
I will continue to list those types of pendants in my CMZ Art Shop.
Note--We had hoped to have the first pendants in the new shop on Sunday (the 25th) didn't happen!
We're still not quite finished with them...
(so we've moved the 'grand opening' back a week!)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

End of summer

It does seem that summer is nearing it's end
almost as quickly as it arrived.
I've got a lot of new things in the works...
I just wished I could work faster than I am.
Soon....I hope....I'll be able
to preview a few of these new pieces here!

Friday, August 22, 2008

A few of my other sites.

is my primary
I do have a few other
shops that
I think worthy of mention.
I feel kind of bad that they haven't received
more attention than they have.

I've been here for
almost a year.
I have recently decided that I will offer
ALL of my ACEO/ATC originals and prints
on this site,
beginning September 1st, 2008.

I don't offer anything for sale on this site
but, I've been a member for about
four's a really great little website
with some really wonderful art and artists.

An art auction site, with 'Buy Now' options on
certain listings.
I've had a 'shop' here since 2005.

This is a relatively new shop for me.
I am currently in the process of
creating some pieces,
(or offering prints of some of my paintings not offered elsewhere)
especially for this shop.
I have a couple of shops on Zazzle
and one on CafePress
that I will feature in the next week or two.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Some new things in the works...

Here are a few
images that will be used
on some brand new
~now in progress~

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Shawn finally won her gold!

Shawn Johnson

Team USA...

She won her gold medal on the Balance Beam.. it really was an excellent routine!

We're all just so happy for her!

We also couldn't help but cheer for

Anton Volkin of Uzbekistan

who won the bronze medal on the Men's Parallel Bars.

It's the first medal ever, for his country, in the sport of Gymnastics.

We're happy for him too!!


And we feel really bad for Lolo....those hurdles really can't be all that easy anyway!


So, I'm watching..watching..watching

the Olympics...

but, I'm still working on some new

and really nice pieces!

I'm not sure when they'll be ready...SOON I hope!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

In spite of the usual controversy...

In spite of the scoring and the usual
controversy that happen every Olympics...
I have watched all of the prime time far..
and find myself watching a lot of the recaps
of events I've already seen.
I don't watch gymnastics,
beach volleyball,
track and field..
or any of the other sports
at any other time..
just the Olympics.
I always root for the best athlete
irregardless of country,
but, I tend to 'root' a little louder for team USA.
I suspect the residents of other countries
are rooting their athletes
in much the same way!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Only a couple of ACEOs left.

I only have a couple of
original ACEO paintings
left in my shop
I'm not sure when I will do more
or even, IF, I will do them.
With this thought in mind
I've lowered the
prices of the remaining ACEOs
by one third....for the
rest of the time I have them in
the shop.
I will pull any that are left
at some point in the near future.
I have been 'under the weather' for
two weeks now and I'm beginning to lose sleep.
That really sucks!
I think I've taken just about every herb tea
and every over the counter relief
that I can think of...
I really do wished I'd feel better soon!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Never On A Sunday

'Never On A Sunday'
I don't know why I chose that title
for this piece..
but, I did.
I remember watching that movie
but it's been so long ago
that I'm not sure what it was all about.
Maybe I'll have to look at it again
one of these days.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

It's 6 A.M.

I always try to write a post
right before I go to bed.
Here it is
6 A.M.
and I'm just finishing up,
so that I can go to bed.
Wishing everyone
"a most 'excellent' week-end!"

Friday, August 15, 2008


It's Friday....Thank Goodness!
I'm glad to have my week coming to an's been a
grueling one!
Wishing everyone
a really GREAT week-end!

Thursday, August 14, 2008


All of my shipping has been done

and everything is on it's way!
And...I'm done in...
I've reached my 'stress overload' point!!
So, Jaime is going to be 'manning' the shop
for a bit...
maybe just a few days...maybe longer!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Shipping issues...

My week hasn't gotten off to a very good start...
I've been sick for about a week now
and still managed to get most everything done.
Then we had a bit of a family 'emergency'
a bit of a set back.
But, the real 'kicker' has been my
internet connectivity issues...I haven't been able
to get all of my shipping done
and it is 'driving me crazy'.
I am very prompt at my shipping.
My policy is 3 to 4 days after receiving cleared payment...
I have often had my packages finished and ready
to go the SAME day of the purchase...
but usually it is more like 1 to 2 days...
with everything that has happened...
I'm looking at close to a week for some of the items..
I am really NOT liking that.
I will have everything out by 8/14
one way or the other!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Everybody but on vacation!

It seems everybody...but on vacation!
Some of my favorite blogs haven't been
updated in almost a week, I've got to wait to
place several orders for supplies..the shops are closed..on vacation.
It would be nice to be
able to take a vacation
that didn't require working!
I really need to try it

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

A Quick Note

I'm still soooo very busy! It's amazing what a few cool days can do for the energy level....
I wished I had the same energy I had a few years any rate, though...I'm hoping to have a 'shop update' tomorrow!

Friday, August 8, 2008

A busy..busy...week-end ahead!

I have 'stuff' everywhere!!
My table is covered
with jewelry 'fixings'...
paintings are all over the place...
you name it
it's here somewhere!
I am taking the entire week-end
(my wonderful son-in-law..John.. fixed my air-condition unit)
to catch up what I couldn't get done last week-end!
it's finally cool in my house
so I can work again!
I'll work all week-end...
and I am leaving the computer
as much as possible anyway!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

What I'm 'Up' To....

I've been working on quite a few new
digital pieces that I will be listing in a few weeks.
I think I need to sketch out a bunch of ideas first though...
maybe I'll be able to work a bit faster if I do that.
The new pendants we're putting together are
coming right along
and I am soooo pleased with how
they're looking.
I am hoping to have several to list
over the week-end,
but I don't know if we'll have
them ready by then.
Simon 'informed' us yesterday that...
"you never do anything with me and Ava anymore"
I confess...we haven't!
We've been so busy with work
that we haven't done as many 'projects' with
the grandbabies as we usually do.
we are going to make
'Thomas and Friends'
'Dora The Explorer'
This means that the pendants
will have to wait!
It is what it is!
I've certainly learned the
value of time spent with loved ones...
they really MUST come first!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Getting ready for the fall season.

This will be my first 'fall' on I can't be 100% sure of what to expect... but my previous four years of selling art online...every fall season has been the same...busy, busy, busy!

So, I'm going into this season...with this same mindset. I would much prefer to have more than I need, than to continually try to play 'catch-up'......that just never seems to work out well for me.

I've got a lot..lot..lot of new pendants in the works.

I'm working on some new original digital pieces....a few of which will be, 'one-of-a-kind' digital original paintings...meaning...only one print will be made and sold.

And...there's much, much more in the works.

(I think we may be having a bit of a 'cool' spell --- meaning it's not 95 degrees in my house at the I mean to make the most of this time. I'm staying busy..busy.)

Monday, August 4, 2008

I meant to update the was just too hot to do ANYTHING!

I really meant to update the Shop
at least add SOMETHING new
it was just really really tooooo hot to do anything
but sit in front of the fan
and try to stay as cool as possible.
We did put a small window air conditioner
in the living room window..
hopefully it will cool things off enough
to make it bearable
in the house.
Even the air unit in the studio is working
overtime..and all for naught!
It's just toooo hot!
I didn't want to
list the little 4x6 'Trees' paintings
until I've had a chance to
varnish them first.
When I'm able to do that
I'll get them on:)
Today is my oldest daughter's (Wendy) birthday!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Coming the Shop!

I've got some wonderful new pieces almost ready to list in the shop.
Some 4x6" thick and chunky canvas paintings..."Just Trees"...series!

They are very reminiscent of Jaime's trees, but with my own 'take'.

I did some of these a few years ago...on much bigger canvas...and just didn't like having to bend over for such long periods of canvas just seemed to solve that problem.

I'm also working on some 'primitive'-folk pieces....I really haven't done any of these in such a long time...I thought I'd give it another go.

And...mirrors....they're all finally listed! I only did four designs for my CMZ Art shop...and six designs for Rustic Goth!

We're waiting for some more jewelry findings to come we can get more pendants finished and listed...hopefully by the end of next week!