OK, I admit, not a glamorous post. This is me standing on my soapbox holding a large sign over my head with a warning about online fraud. THE GOOD NEWS: BigCommerce, Authorize.net, and GeoTrust block them!
From IP Address 18.104.22.168 in Mumbai, India (latitude: 18.9750003815, longitude 72.8257980347) someone has attempted to place three fraudulent orders at kimberlyshawgraphics.com using fraudulent names, USA addresses, phone numbers, and emails.
Just so you know this is what it looks like.
Jason Parker, davenportsmith, 101 North StreetNew York, New York 10007, United States, 548-125-7845, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Marks, abcde, 5 Sherman Ave., Palo Alto, California 94306, United States, 919-252-2525, john141516@gmail
Jennifer Keith, davenportsmith, 2296 Retreat Avenue, Birmingham, Alabama 35209, United States, 205-309-9372, email@example.com
It really wasn't that log ago when we used to have to lick stamps. This adorable comic brought a flood of memories of when I first began my greeting card business, back when stamps needed to be licked. Family Circus has always been my favorite comic. Find more at familycircus.com.
Friday nights around my dining room table have become a special time of fellowship, creativity, and tea. Plenty of tea while waiting for the paper to dry before adding more color, which means staying up late and laughing more. The last two weeks we've been painting a blue and white teacup. First we painted the shadows and background.
The second week we painted the blue and white details with our tiniest brushes, and darken the table to create more contrast between the white rim of the saucer and the table.
My neighbor has a beautiful collection of blue and white china, so it wasn't hard finding a lovely subject to paint. This one caught our eye with a butterfly and bird among the flowers.
May your cup always be full of the memories you share.
"Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made." -Genesis 2:8. I like thinking of God as a gardener. Seeds are a marvel to me, and His word is filled with references to seeds. "Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.' -Hosea 10:12
"The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known.
They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world." Psalms 19:1-4
This was really fun to paint, and way out of my normal genre of artwork. First I added blobs of color right out of the paint tube, mixed them together with a wide wet brush, covered the wet surface with large salt granules, and let it dry over night. The next morning I scraped off the salt stuck to the surface, and added chinese white stars and clouds.
Copyright Kimberly Shaw 2014
Watercolor by Kimberly Shaw Dec 20, 2013
I enjoy the night sky immensely and I almost missed this event if God had answered my prayer. It was a silly prayer. I was tired and wanted to sleep. I went to bed early, about 8:30. I typically sleep very well, but on December 18th sleep escaped me. After an hour I shouted out loud, "God, I'm so tired I just want to sleep!"
A few minutes later a bright light from outside flooded my room. A closer look revealed the full moon overhead and a bright star next to it. A quick Google search told me it was Jupiter, which would be 2 degrees from the moon on Dec 18th at 9:30pm in the Pacific Northwest. Even more amazing to me, personally, it was a cloudless night where it had been overcast all week.
With my big coat over my PJ's, I stepped outside into the cold winter air to marvel at the wonder of God who, at the opportune time cleared the sky to show me His creation and kept me awake to see it.
I began teaching my neighbors to watercolor. I thought painting a white flower would be an easy first lesson, letting them play with the paint in the background while adding little color to the flower. Being self taught I'm learning that I think differently than others. Their flowers turned out gorgeous, though they struggled with NOT painting the flower. Next week: landscapes.
I hope you like the new website's look. I wanted to create a clean, easy to navigate site, with new features, like "Quick View" and "Wish List" (the little heart next to "Add to Cart" button). Plus the new site has extra tools in your personal account settings to view or manage each time you log in.
RETURNING CUSTOMERS: Because this is a brand NEW Website, you will need to create a new account on it. Your old account information and password did not transfer from the old website. Thank You!
To place an order email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-991-8260.
I'm unreachable at my old 800 number, my former fax, my the old email info@kimberlyshawstore,
& kimberly.shaw.graphics@juno email.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you. THANK YOU to all the customers and clients who have already reached me. I so appreciate your continued support!
Warmest regards, Kimberly Shaw
Thank you for finding me on my blog. I apologize if it's been difficult getting through at the old phone or fax number. To order feel free to call my new number at 503-991-8260 8am-4pm pst. Or email me anytime at email@example.com for an updated Wholesale Order Form. Warmest regards, Kimberly Shaw
It's inevitable when moving to a new location that glitches occure beyond our control. I was unable to retain my former phone, fax, and email. You can now reach me in Oregon at 503-991-8260 8am-4pm M-F, or email me anytome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With sincere gratitude, thank you for your patience and your loyalty. KimberlyShaw
Kimberly Shaw Graphpics new location is just outside of Salem in the small town of Mount Angel, where it is definately peaceful.
To contact me regarding my Teacup greeting cards feel free to call 8am-4pm m-f at 503-991-8260, or email me anytime at email@example.com.
It was a 1000 mile road trip in a 25 foot Penske truck with car in tow. I'm not a city girl. The hustle and bustle of the Southern California lifestyle just isn't me. I prefer to be surrounded by farms, rivers, and mountains. And no, the rain hasn't bothered me. In fact I have come to love the rain and all its bennifits.
To inquire about my greeting cards and stationery, you can reach me at 503-991-8260 8am-4pm pst, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like the comming of Spring when birds begin building their new nests, it's time for me to do the same. And while I am building, please forgive the delay of shipping product you may have anticipated ordering.
Your uplifting encouragement and support when my family went through a bit of an upset the begining of this year has been greatly appreciated. For that, I extend my heartiest THANK YOU!
God hath not promised sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
God hath not promised we shall not know, Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear, Many a burden, many a care.
God hath not promised smooth roads and wide, Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain, rocky and steep, Never a river, turbid and deep.
But god hath promised strength for the day, Rest for the laborer, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above, Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
“God Hath Not Promised" -Annie Johnson Flint
A Flickr pal posted several photos of her garden shed covered in snow. Someone commented it looked like a painting waiting to happen and Clair suggested it should be painted by someone (even though she is an artist herself) and said, "I'll wait to see it on flickr." So I took her challenge, choosing this photo with the fence color in the background.
I've never painted snow before, so this was a challenge. The majority of the painting was created using cobalt blue and burnt sienna. The green is a mix of what was left in my tray from the last painting.
At my local bookstore I was browsing the clearance section when my eyes caught a glimpse of a book about how to be a successful and prosperous business woman. Picking it up I was disappointed at the vagueness of its contents which explained why it was marked down. The truth is, God's word already tells us how to be prosperous and successful.
"This Book of the Law (the Bible) shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success." -Joshua 1:8.
Probably not the formula you were expecting? If you are wondering how I know this works, this has been my business model since day one where I stepped out on a hunch with only change in a jar, trusted God, and prayed.
Some of my greeting cards were revised, such as this "Tea Party" teacup greeting card. It is often used as Invitations to tea parties. I created the original design in 1996, using a Rapid- O-Graph pen to outline the watercolor. The new edition does not have the black pen outline, and the lattice artwork behind continues on the back of the card.
What does an artist's desk look like in the middle of a project? Well, that depends on the artist. For me chaos disrupts my creativity. I tend to get bogged down when there is too much piled on my desk and I can't find anything. I see a clean desk and a new sheet of white paper screaming for a new creation. So, please share, how do you keep your desk? Messy, clean, in between, or all of the above at different stages?
My son, at age 16, took a College English class. He came home urging me to read his assignment, Martin Luther King Jr's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" which was written to "Christian and Jewish brothers."
As a believer, it is one of the most powerful and moving letters I have ever read, especially in light of who it was writen to. If you are compelled to read it, the link above takes you to an printable pdf of his six page letter.
Can I share with you what my kids and I did one year for Valentine's Day in my neighborhood? Having just moved there, we didn't know many of our neighbors, which were a mix of seniors and young families. We made little hand-made cards, put them in a plastic bag with delicious Dove chocolates, and tied a ribbon. With the kids wagon loaded, we walked through the neighborhood secretly hanging a greeting on each door. Not sure what to expect, we made a wonderful discovery. There are several widows in my neighborhood who had not received a Valentine's card for some time. It was great fun!
A Teacup Greeting Card in the making inspired by a small vintage saucer. Unable to locate the matching teacup, I created my own. A wide green band on the teacup and saucer are accented with agold trim. Resting on a frilly doily the green is complimented with a warm burnt orange tabletop. The black details were created using an old-school Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph pen, the smallest 000/.25 size, and shaded with a light watercolor wash.
Artwork copyright Kimberly Shaw 2010
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” -Luke 2:8-14 Merry Christmas!
While there is some dispute over this translation of the song, tradition has it that in England, between 1558 and 1829, Catholics were prohibited by law to practice their faith in public or in private. Until Parliament emancipated Catholics in England in 1829, it was illegal to be Catholic. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was a coded message written in England as a memory aid to help young Catholics learn the basics of their faith. Since the song sounded like rhyming nonsense, authorities would not know that is was a religious song and young Catholics could sing it without fear of imprisonment. The song is, in a sense, an allegory with each of the gifts in the song representing something significant to the Bible.
The song begins, "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me..." The "true love" repeated in the song doesn't refer to an earthly suitor, but to God himself. The "me" who receives the presents refers to the believing Christian.
The "partridge in a pear tree" is Jesus Christ upon the Cross. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge because she would feign injury to decoy s predator away from her nestlings. She was even willing to die for them. The tree is the symbol of the fall of the human race through the sin of Adam and Eve. It is also the symbol of its redemption by Jesus Christ on the tree of the cross.
The "two turtle doves" refers to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.
The "three French hens" stand for faith, hope and love -- the three gifts of the Spirit that abide, mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13.
The "four calling birds" refer to the four evangelists who wrote the Gospels -- Matthew, Mark, Luke and John -- which sing the song of salvation through Jesus Christ.
The "five golden rings" represents the first five books of the Bible, also called the Jewish Torah: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
The "six geese a-laying" is the six days of creation.
The "seven swans a-swimming" refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
The "eight maids a-milking" reminded children of the eight beatitudes listed in the Sermon on the Mount.
The "nine ladies dancing" were the nine fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23: love joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
The "ten lords a-leaping" represents the Ten Commandments.
The "eleven pipers piping" refers to the eleven faithful apostles.
The "twelve drummers drumming" were the twelve points of belief expressed in the Apostle's Creed: belief in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, made man, crucified, died and arose on the third day, that he sits at the right hand of the father and will come again, the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting.