Sunday, November 30, 2008

A very busy week-end!

What a busy week-end I've had.
I did a bunch of the Glass Tile Pendants
for Pendants Plus..and, I've got to
retake quite a few pictures
that just didn't come out.
I'm not the best photographer in the world...
I managed to get 5 new paintings finished...
the other 4 for CMZ Art.
It's been, at least a year, since I last painted
a Tuscan landscape...I now have a new
one to list later today or tomorrow.
It's done in much the same way as the one
I've shown here...
I still have to take the photographs
for the listing.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

New Pieces for Pendants Plus

Over the next couple of days,

I will be listing all of the new

Bamboo Tile


Glass Tile


that we have ready in the

If you haven't already checked them out

we have

HANDPAINTED bamboo tile pendants

for ONLY $8.oo--with Free shipping...

that's a bargain

(if I do say so myself)

We're going to offer them for that price

until the end of the year.

The glass tile pendants

are $7.50--with free shipping.

Check them out .

Friday, November 28, 2008

Nintendo Wii

I hope everyone had as good a Thanksgiving Day
as my family did.
We had a wonderful 'feast'...everyone was
responsible to bring certain items
so it didn't all fall on one person...(me).
I didn't even do the Turkey this year
We have always...always played family games
on Holidays...but, as the grandbabies get
older, they don't really like being
relegated to 'kid games'...and it usually creates
something of a fuss.
So, this year, my oldest daughter
decided to bring over her
Nintendo Wii...
I am 'hooked on golf'... and it's okay
that I couldn't figure out the controller
and came in last every time...
I don't play with these I didn't expect
to do well.
But...I really did enjoy it!

And...oh my gosh....
I see that they have
'Mini-Golf' for Wii...
oh...I am going to have
to get that game for
our Christmas get togethers!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

For this we give Thanks

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
I thought I'd share this vintage photo and lovely celebration of everything
we have
for which we give Thanks.
And...just a quick note...
I'll be taking this long Thanksgiving week-end,
hopefully, to use those
gifts I am so thankful for.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New Pendants...

We have some new...Bamboo Tile...pendants now
Part of the Bamboo Tiles are hand painted
and others have a mini print on them.
We also have some new
Glass tile pendants in the shop...
and more Bamboo and Glass Tile pendants
ready to be listed.
We'll be listing these throughout the week.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Beware e-card Greetings...Virus Alert!

I'm not usually an 'alarmist'
but after seeing what happened when my
daughter's computer "went down"
and all of the information she lost because she
didn't save it on a disc...
I thought I'd pass along some information
I received in an email today.
"You should be alert during the next few days.
Do not open any message with an attachment entitled 'POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK,' regardless of who sent it to you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, which 'burns' the whole hard disc C of your computer.
This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list. This is the reason why you need to send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.
If you receive a mail called 'POSTCARD,' even though sent to you by a friend, do NOT open it! Shut down your computer immediately.
It has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept."
There you have it...beware e-card greetings this year...even from family and friends.
Better to be safe...than sorry!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Some new paintings

I was able to finish three
new paintings this week-end.
I will start listing in my shop
beginning on Sunday...
and on Monday.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Now on Imagekind

I now have a CMZ Art shop on Imagekind.
It wasn't that I was looking
to see how much more work I was
wanting to take on...
it was more about what they
offer there.
You can get my art on various
fine art papers
on a gallery wrapped canvas.
It was the canvas that did it for me.
I can't offer a gallery wrapped canvas of
giclees of my art through my Etsy Shop,
so I went out to find someplace that could.
I don't have many pieces listed yet,
but I am working on it.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A word about shipping.

Since we are getting closer to "that time of the year", when packages seem to take FOREVER to get from point A to point B, I thought I'd write a quick note about shipping.
I have used FedEx, UPS and USPS all, as my primary carriers, in the five years I have been selling my art online.
My preference...

UPS for large packages. You can print a UPS shipping label through PayPal and then just drop the package at a drop site. It tracks the package from check in through to delivery...very good, especially at this time of year.

For smaller packages, I use USPS. Again, you can pay and print through PayPal and just;
1. drop off at any Post Office
2. schedule a Pick have to have a Priority, Express, International or Return package to schedule a free Pick Up...but then, you can include all kinds of ground packages - up to 70 including just one upgraded package.
3. For the smallest of ground packages, I can just put them in the mailbox and raise the red flag.
Pay and print shipping includes Delivery Confirmation, so...while you can't actually 'track' the package, you can see when it is finally delivered.
The only 'drawback' to pay and print shipping, through PayPal or the USPS...
you can't print First Class International Labels, those need to be taken
directly to the Post Office, paid for and sent out from there.
Soooo...I only send International packages once a week...usually on Wednesdays.
With my schedule, I just can't handle long lines at the post office any more often than that.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Christmas Cards

I already have these...and others...Christmas Cards

listed for sale in my

Since I orginally designed them to
include in my
I will be listing them there, later today
or tomorrow as packets.
I will also be listing a few of my card
designs as prints.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I am featured on this blog....

I did an interview
Fresh Peaches
who (in her words) is an Aries who likes to live vicariously through others.
her blog is...
Such Cool Stuff!
Coupons, Sales, Artists, Crafts, and other cool stuff I find as I meander through this crazy internet thing.
It is in her blog today,
please visit her and see what you
It would be great
if you would leave a comment
for her!
Thanks so much!

How many backlinks do you have?

This really isn't me 'crying''s me...exhausted!
I've been doing soooo much 'online studying' the past couple
of days, my eyes are beginning to droop...and yes, there is
a tear or two that escapes from time to time.
When I was much, much younger...I really wanted to write...
so I wrote and wrote...every spare moment I got.
I won't go into why I went into art instead...
Anyway...I have my online studying (about writing)
I've run
across a lot of information that was me..
the information I learned today was...
how to check for 'backlinks' on my different sites.
In short...
go to Yahoo search...
and you get
all of the sites that are linked to your site.
I found it very interesting...
it gave me several sites that I had no idea
had included links to this blog
on their sites.

Friday, November 14, 2008

2008 Art by Me...Music by Moby

I have been wanting to put together some new You Tube videos of my art. Here is the latest!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Some more new prints...

'Winter Thoughts'

'The Storm Has Passed'

'In The Spirit'

I listed these three new digital prints in my
CMZ Art Etsy Shop

I've got a few more new landscape
prints that I will be listing
later this week.

In the meantime...I am hoping to be able
to get a couple of new acrylic paintings

The week is shaping up to be quite busy..
and I've got a 'list' going..
we'll see how it works out!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Few Of My Favorite Things...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Keep Calm and Carry On - Green

I just listed a new 'Keep Calm and Carry On'

poster print

That brings the total of these posters to

nine different colors.

I want to do three more colors

for a nice variety of color selections.

I've got a couple new prints

listed in my

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I need to bring back the 'list'.

Years ago I had a list for 'everything'...
well..almost everything.
And, my lists kept me punctual,
organized and 'on top' of everything!
I had all of the condiments and spices
I needed, on hand, all of the time.
I never ran of out kleenex, charmin,
toothpaste or deodorant. chores..
they were always done timely and efficiently! house was clean...
my workspace, organized...
my time...well I actually had more of it
to enjoy!
Then...someone made jest of all of the notes
and lists I had all over the place...
and I quit!
I haven't had a clean house or an organized workspace
I think the time has come...
to bring back the lists.
I just hope my house isn't too cluttered....
I'm afraid they might get 'lost'.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

What to do..what to do?

I have so much I need to do in the next few weeks.
I decided to do a new version of
'Rosa Sat'
This one is a print that I put into the
I'm selling so many of this buttons from my
that I decided to offer prints in Pendants Plus.
We'll see how that goes.
Of my three Zazzle Shops
my CMZ Art shop is getting the most
visitors and selling the most merchandise.
So...I need to spend a few days and get as many items
put together as possible, so that it is still in time
for the Christmas Shopping Season.
In the meantime...I really need to get
some new paintings, prints and 'tiny treasures'
ready to put into my CMZ Art Etsy Shop.
I plan to post all of the new items,
from all of the CMZ Art 'outlets',
in my CMZ Art Squidoo lens, as well as here in this blog.
So, please visit often. I'll be listing items
and I'll post the updates, as I list the items.

Friday, November 7, 2008

I made the Front Page!

I am honored to be a part of

this truly wonderful Front Page Treasury!

It was put together by the sweet Pam

aka 'PussDaddy' on Etsy.

This is the picture of the

beautiful items that were in the Treasury.

It made the front page

overnight...including my piece

'Ode To Joy'

Thanks so much to Pam!

I really do appreciate how much she

went out of her way.
She sent me a link to a bigger
my first pic was very hard to see.

My Button is HOT!

I ran across this saying
a couple of days ago.
I simply HAD to put it on one of my
Obama Buttons in my Zazzle Shop.
It has made it
to the HOT Buttons page!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tuscan Prints

I now have prints of a few of my
Tuscan Paintings
in my Etsy Shop

If the prints do well
I am thinking about doing
some new Tuscan Paintings
in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It's Official!!!

We have a new president!
I've had these buttons in my Zazzle Shop for over a month now...
some with different designs...
all with the same message.
I've sold quite a few of them, since I
listed them...I sold a couple yesterday...
election day!
I'm happy with the result!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A New Painting...Finally!

I finally got a new painting finished
and listed!
I put it in the Shop
at sale price.
I'm extremely pleased with the finished
results...and I hope that I am finally
over this darned 'artists block'!
It is titled
'From The Heart'
because I really do love this new painting!

Monday, November 3, 2008

It's Been One Year

I've had my CMZ Art Etsy Shop
opened for one year now!
My anniversary date was November 2nd.
In 'celebration'
of the one year anniversary
I am having a sale!
Everything is marked down
with one exception...
the mirrors.
I had a sale a while back
and marked them down 25%
and just never marked them back to
the original they're the only items
that don't have a sale tag on them!
I've decided to leave those at the 'sale price'
until they're gone.
Do drop in and see what I have
to offer!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

It's November....Already!!!

It's hard to believe that it is already
I think I say that every month. But, I really can't
believe how fast time flies.
We set our clocks back tonight...hopefully that will help
me get to bed at an earlier hour...maybe...
I haven't spent much time creating new pieces for the
because, well...truth be told...I've been having a little
'artist's block'.
I was all set to do some painting or some digital creating
this week-end....guess what....I'm not over it yet!
In the meantime...
I have been having some fun on Squidoo...
I've written a lens on
it still needs some work
and it's a fun page to I will be adding some new
quizzes every so often.
Pop on over and see what you think...
I need to try to figure out how
to put on an interactive quiz...
that sounds like fun!
I've also written a lens on
and one on
This has been
just what I need to just
kick back and relax!
Maybe it will loosen up those
creative juices that are
temporarily stuck!