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at Ocean Beach in SF

cha cha cha changes….

It’s been a little over 3 months since I last posted on this blog.  Lots of CHANGES for me to adjust to… in addition it has taken me awhile to accept that what I put in motion, with my thoughts, actually transpired (thoughts become things as Mike Dooley and his TUT website teaches: http://www.tut.com). Given all […]

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Sweet Baby Ian!

new way emerging

New Way Emerging….. I’m grateful to report that, once again, I’m going to flap my butterfly wings and fly into a new way of living. What does that mean? Today I updated my LinkedIn profile, http://linkd.in/1yfhRm5. It reflects my new position as Territory Manager for Global Industries. “Whaaaaat”….I hear many of you say….that’s right….I’ve returned […]

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Ian Matthew Bergstrom, born 6.22.15 at 9lbs 1 oz and 20" long

Life is filled with Wonder!

A baby is brought into the world and everything changes…actually many things began to change way before the baby arrives in this world as decisions are made to accommodate the impending changes. I’m thrilled to say that my first grandchild entered this world at 8:50am on June 22, 2015! He weighed in at 9lbs, 1oz, […]

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Social Media importance

My husband bought Gary Vaynerchuk’s book Crush It probably 3-4 years ago when I was beginning Words and Watercolors.  At the time, he encouraged me to get involved in social media.  I was not comfortable with social media and couldn’t see myself doing all that the book suggested.  I choose to continue doing my business the […]

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Happy Birthday Dad and W&W

I realize that it’s been nearly 2 months since I last had a blog entry.  Granted I’ve been in a bit of overwhelm as I’ve been focused, focused, focused on making phone calls to reps and retailers in an attempt to blast sales off the charts for 2015.  It is working in that we’ve had […]

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Vegas recap

It was a week ago, Thursday January 22nd, that we were packing up the booth in Vegas after a very successful gift show.  I was pleased with results and contribute the fact that we were in a very good location (like real estate….it’s all about location, location, location) to being able to engage with people […]

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ATL gift show

The Atlanta show is over.  I’ve got a few days in between shows as I head out to Vegas tomorrow morning.  As always, I enJOY spending time with my good friend and booth mate susan schmitt art.  We were in the temps in bldg 3 in the Write On section.  I love to hear the positive […]

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2015!

I’m thrilled that we are now into the energy of a NEW YEAR!  The old one behind us.  Like most New Years, this one starts out fresh with an optimism to it that radiates out towards all aspects of life.  I had the pleasure of performing a New Year’s Eve ritual from years passed, creating […]

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visiting Myress

It’s Friday, December 5th, 2014 as Mark and I travel back to San Francisco. When we came through ATL airport on Thanksgiving afternoon it was a very quiet place. This afternoon it’s back to normal. People rushing here, there and everywhere, off the airplanes, down the concourses and on to next flights. We are among […]

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Book readings

Winging my way back to San Francisco after spending an entire week in Seattle. It was a homecoming of sorts. I left Seattle nearly 6 years ago. At that time I wasn’t quite sure where I was headed with my career. All I knew then was I had made the commitment to my marriage and […]

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my sweet little mama, a pixie, who taught me everything I know.

Mom’s passing

Sitting amidst a cluttered apartment, having yet grieved the loss of my sweet, fiercely independent, strong Irish Catholic, faith filled, Mom. It’s been a whirlwind of a week. Just before stepping on the plane last Weds morning for a flight home to Indiana, I got the call from my sister that Mom had passed in […]

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my book!!

What a FUN day it has been….I did my first radio interview with On Purpose Radio this morning.  I wrote a book last year that is being published November 11th.  The title:  Imagine the Life You’d Love to Live, Then Live It.  Based on my own experiences of leaving Seattle, moving to San Francisco, getting […]

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business and birthday

It’s September…my favorite month as I celebrate my birthday, September 28th, for each and every one of the 30 days in the month!  For my birthday challenge this year, I decided to do the same challenge I’ve done in years past, which is draw and/or paint each day.  Sometimes that means a quick 15 minute […]

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Sporting my new scarf from dear friend Laurie.

summer show recap

Thanks to the Labor Day weekend I’m, FINALLY, getting the time to write a blog post!  How can 6 weeks have passed since my last entry I wonder?  Answer:  10 days between ATL and Vegas shows, then only 2 weeks between Vegas show and when I flew home (to Indiana) for the Chicago (IGC/Independent Garden […]

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new product introductions

It’s summer time!  The Summer Show Season starts and W&W will be there along with new product.  11 New EDC (everyday) Cards, Wall Art and Paper Placemats!  Both Wall Art and Paper Placemats are new categories.  They came to be as I have had requests for my images as poster sizes at shows when people […]

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Quilt Market

I’m here in Pittsburgh for Quilt Market.  I absolutely love this quilting world.  Everyone is so friendly!  As I was headed to baggage claim on the tram, I look to my left and see a woman who looks like she’s a Quilt Market attendee also (thousands of both quilt retailers as well as mfgs/vendors attend). […]

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Gamble Garden Tour

Spent Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday (April 24th, 25th and 26th) as a vendor at the Gamble Garden Tour.  As always, I love my time spent sitting amongst my product and selling my wares.  This was a great venue.  The Gamble Garden is located in Palo Alto.  It’s a charming old home built in the […]

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promotion

It’s all about promotion.  I was reading MORE magazine last night and saw a contest so I entered!  It was a beauty, style, substance contest.  I figure I could have lots of exposure if I could win something like this! You had to upload an image and write a 350 word essay (that took a […]

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computer issues result in “upgrade”

What a week it’s been! We got home Monday night from a trip to Florida and our key wouldn’t work in our front door.  A very old lock that finally, stubbornly refused to let us in.  It was 11:30pm, west coast time and we’d been adjusted to  east coast time so were not happy campers […]

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Words and Watercolors goes to the de Young!

My heart literally skipped a beat as I walked into the de Young, the San Francisco Art Museum, and saw a colorful display of my boxed notes and list pads!  I could hardly talk as I tried to explain to my cousin and her husband, who were visiting from Seattle, how I had met with […]

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Mom and Em playing Vanna's to the new W&W product!

Vegas Gift Show January 26th-30th

Like the Atlanta gift show held earlier in January, that also last 5 days, it was a loooong 5 days in Vegas the end of January.  The first 3 days passed quickly as many folks were walking the aisles.  I shared a 20′ x 10′ booth with two other artists/card mfgs. Susan Schmitt has a […]

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importance of writing

I was reminded of the importance of writing in my blog when I talked to a new friend this morning.  I met Rosetta through Facebook last year.  We share quite a bit in common besides our love of art/watercolors.  She’s currently evaluating how to get her art out to the world.  Self-publish or license?  There’s […]

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Atlanta Gift Show-January ’14

What a way to start the year…joining the tens of thousands of people who descend on Atlanta for the Gift Show.   The temps opened January 9th.  I flew in on the 7th, set up the booth with Cheryl Karpen of Gently Spoken (we shared a booth) on the 8th and on the 9th we […]

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enchanting, enthralling, enthusiastic Holidays!

We celebrated the Winters Solstice with our annual party on the Eve, Friday night the 21st.  So much fun, as always, to share food and drink with friends and then go outside to do our ritual of releasing and embracing! Michaela, a very powerful Reiki Master and Shaman, led us in the ceremony.  Anyone can […]

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Technology Challenged

OMG, I posted an entry on Saturday, December 7th with the same title.  It got lost in the transfer of hosting sites.  The entry was all about my frustration with technology.  I do not “get” technology.  I do not feel comfortable with having to learn new things that have to do with technology.  And I’m […]

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Impromptu hopscotch, so much JOY!

grateful, joyful, thankful…and blessed!

Lately I’ve had problems sleeping through the night.  A common issue with women of a certain age (menopause).  Sometimes, like now, I get up and do things using the quiet early morning hours to be productive (if reading Facebook could be called productive!) other times I toss and turn, try to meditate, count backwards from […]

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New images on their way

I can’t wait for the January Gift Shows!  I’ll be leaving here on the 7th to fly to Atlanta.  The Gift Show starts on the 9th. Been a busy little bee creating new images for cards, boxed notes and list pads.  Now they are headed to the printers so I can have them ready to […]

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back to basics

Words and Watercolors started out as greeting cards and I’ve been lucky enough to grow into other product (my boxed notes, list pads, wrapping paper) as well as license my art for coasters and quilting fabric.  I’m getting back to basics right now as I work on designing NEW cards.  My discipline of doing a […]

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Nature's Glory bound!

Fun with Fabric

Just completed my first Quilt Market in Houston.  A great experience.  Made new friends, met lots of people and sold not only my product but directed lots of quilters to the Clothworks booth, which was located in the aisle behind mine, where they ordered my fabric!  Both from the “Nature’s Glory” collection which was released […]

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Book Submitted!

I have to say, I’m so pea-picken proud of myself…just returned from picking up collated copies of my book with the title of: Imagine the Life you want to Live, then Live It! (It’s that Simple). Subtitle is: 52 inspired ideas to open up your imagination, tap into your creativity and unlock your inner genius. […]

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Diablo Valley Quilt Show!

Thrilled beyond belief to have the actual fabric to show from “Nature’s Glory”…my first quilting fabric collection!!  The Diablo Valley Quilt show is this weekend.  I had just received the fabric needed to make the quilt that Clothworks, mfg of the quilt fabric, put together for promotion piece.  I relished each and every one of […]

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successful trip

Last Saturday I was spending the night in Roseberg, OR.  My last night out on the road.  I couldn’t wait to return home to my husband, cats and routine.  I had a wonderful trip to the NW but I was gone for 10 days, which was a few days too long!  Highlights of the trip […]

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All packed and ready to go + seeing through the fog!

I’m heading up to the NW tomorrow.  Can’t wait to get up to summer weather, not to mention hanging with Emily (I’m staying with my daughter in Seattle) and visiting many friends plus kids.  Tomorrow will be a looooong day of driving.  All the way to Portland (10-11 hours).  I’ve never done that all in […]

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SF Summer Gift show complete

The SF Summer Gift Show ended on Tuesday.   As I noted after the February show, I can tell that I’ve been in this industry for awhile now as I look forward to meeting up with people I see at the show, vendors, reps and buyers.  As far as shows go, this was a slow […]

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"The Heartland!"

I am waaaaay behind in writing posts.  I think about it but the thinking doesn’t correspond with actually clicking on the login to website and add new post…instead I think and then move on to some other task forgetting about posting a blog…the cycle continues till I’m almost embarrassed to finally write…it’s been too long. […]

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Coasters!

A little over a year ago I had a little sit down with myself…some brainstorming was in order as I was working through the direction of  Words and Watercolors.  I pulled out a big Newsprint pad, my colored makers and started scribbling, both words and drawings on the pages.  I wrote down goals and envisioned, […]

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New Website and New York!

New Website: Wow!  I can’t believe it…after months and months, literally, my revised website is up and running…it looks alot like the old site but it has been enhanced in many ways that you can’t see.  The check out process should be easier.  You can now, finally, purchase all the new product that I’ve introduced […]

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growing with new reps in midwest!

Friday was a GREAT day.  I received an email from my new rep in Michigan.  She was thrilled because of a HUGE order she had just entered for me in Brandwise (a software solution for reps/vendors and orders).  A store called Hollander’s.  Here is a copy of the email. Happy Friday, Peg! I opened up […]

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it’s been too long

It’s been too long since my last post.   Many days I’ve had “post blog” on my to do list but obviously the blog didn’t get written/posted.  I’ll start again, with this one, trying to be more timely about posting. One of the things I wanted to write about was the fact that I’ve been […]

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