Sunday, January 16, 2011

Time for a give-away...

Hello There:

As most of you know, I have a large collection of vintage photos.  I was having a look through my photos this weekend and came across this lovely, sepia tone folder photo of a handsome young man playing violin.  I would guess it was snapped somewhere around 1910.  I have several original copies of this photo.  So...I thought I would share some of this vintage, violin goodness with my blog friends by hosting a give-away.

The brown photo folder measures approximately 10-1/2" x 8-1/4" when closed. 

Included in the give-away is also a 5" x 7" print of my watercolor/collage piece entitled: "June Plays", from the "Eyes of June" series.  If you'd like to read more about June and her Hollywood story, please click HERE.

"June Plays"

All you have to do is leave a comment.  On Monday, January 31 I will call upon my trusy "randomizer" to pick a winning number from the comments column.  I will contact the winner after the selection has been made.

I am hopeful that this give-away will run smoothly.  The last give-away I hosted was glitchy, as none of my typepad pals were able to leave comments.

Thank you ever so much for playing along. 

Until January 23rd:
Gerushia's New World

Friday, January 14, 2011

...and through it all, she danced ~

May I introduce you to "Dancing Fiona"?
She is ever so strong and always willing to dance.
Even when times are difficult and tragedy has struck, Fiona keeps her heart soft and her feet moving.

"Dancing Fiona" can be found in a 4" x 6" print version in Gerushia's Big Cartel.

Thank you so much for having a look.  As always, if you have any questions, feel free to either email me or leave a question in the comments section below.

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A New Year, A Big (Cartel) Change...

Well...the new year has brought around an unexpected change.  It's a good change, I think.  It's something that needed to be done....I have parted ways with Etsy.  I had been with them since 2006 and they were a good place to be.  I love Etsy.  But, it was time I found my way outside of the security and familiarity that Etsy blanketed me with.  After alot of thought and heartfelt contemplating, I have decided to open a new shop with Big Cartel.  It will take alot more marketing on my part, but I am very happy with my new shop. of a few days ago, Gerushia's New World can be found HERE.  I am still loading new inventory daily and am in the process of making several new pieces as well.  My two newest prints...

"An Opossum's Blessing" ~

and "The Reader" ~

are both already in the shop, along with alot of prints and some originals as well.  If you've never had a look at Big Cartel...give it a whirl.  It's a fun marketplace with a huge variety of goodies to look at.

To celebrate the opening of Gerushia's new shop, I am offering a coupon code.  When you purchase, be sure you include the code "HeartTinyArt" when checking out.  You will receive an automatic 20% off your entire purchase.

Thank you so much for all the support you've given me through the years.  It never goes unappreciated. 

So...if you have a chance to stop by the new place, let me know what you think. 

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Little Blossoms of Hope

For those of you who have been following my blog from the beginning...way back to my old Garden Painter Art days, you know that I have had a series of challenges in my life.  In 2003 my dad passed away here at my home, on hospice.  Soon after, my mom fell ill with a rare disease.  Her sickness was a long and drawn out "process" which ended in her passing away at a Board and Care in June of 2009.  During the time that my mom was sick, my family fell into terribe financial troubles due to her medical costs.  I fell into a terrible depression that lasted several years.  I felt dead.  I had no desire or hope and I found myself, basically, waiting around to die.  I stopped creating, I stopped laughing and I stopped gardening.  I found that without hope, you can die inside. 

Over the course of the last few years, I've had alot of time to think and put things in perspective.  Even now, things are sometimes difficult, we're still struggling to get our finances in some sort of order.  Some days are better than others...BUT, I do have better days now. 

Little blossoms of hope ~

You see, where my beautiful garden once lived ~ 

and gave a colorful treat to the eye ~

and a pitter-patter to my heart ~

Is now home to an abandoned ~

tangled ~

webby mess ~

It's coming up on three years now since I turned my back on my garden.  Now, I'm finding that my garden refuses to turn her back on me.  She is much more loyal to me than I have been to her.

A couple of weeks ago, I was looking outside my window. In all the abandoned, tangled and webby chaos, I saw just the tiniest hint of pink.  On closer inspection, I found that there were several fresh beginnings of Pink Salvia coming up.  What???  My Salvia died out in the Autumn of 2007, along with everything else.  Now, three years later, these little pops of pink hope are making their way out of long dormant seeds. 

My loyal and strong Nasturtiums refused to give up...even when I wanted to give up ~

Secrets sparks of red here and there ~

I've discovered something incredible...I want to live again ~

I want life in  my garden again ~

I want to laugh with Shell and "Dippy" ~

and eat Firecracker Chocolate ~

So...I made a promise to my garden and a promise to my family ~ I will live again.  

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World