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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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Filoli Gardens

Many people have told me about Filoli Gardens since I moved to the Bay Area.  I was not disappointed when I visited this past Wednesday!  It is a magnificent Estate and Gardens that have been preserved through a National Historic Trust.  To quote from their home page at www.filoli.org:  “Located 30 miles south of San […]

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post SF Gift Show musings

My oh My, it’s been a busy few weeks.  I knew time was going to fly prior to taking off for the Vegas Gift Show the last week of January but I’m surprised at how fast it really went. Today is Saturday, February 23rd already?!? The SF Gift Show has come and gone.  It ended […]

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winging way west

I’m on a plane winging my way westbound back to San Francisco after spending a busy few days in (cold and windy) Indiana.  Mom celebrated her 95th birthday surrounded by her extended family on Saturday night.  It was lots of fun to reconnect with siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews.  Yesterday, as my daughter and I […]

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what a week

It’s Friday, February 1 and I’m seated at Gate D51 at the Vegas airport waiting for my flight home to San Francisco.  It’s been a long week.  I really wish they would consolidate these 5 day shows into 3!  That might help the traffic be more consistent.  As it is, there seems to be traffic […]

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headin to Vegas….

The Vegas Gift Show starts on Monday, January 28th and runs through Friday, February 1st.  A long show, no doubt.  I’m hoping the  buyers are plenty, the hours speed by,  incredible contacts are made and orders overwhelm me!! I’m a bit ambivalent about attending.   I was ambivalent as well about the NYC Stationery show […]

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a Breakthrough for a Breakout YEAR!

2013 is going to be a HUGE year for Words and Watercolors.  I’ve had “A Breakthrough” of sorts.  Stay with me as I tell the story of Mark and I reading a book called “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks.  It’s good.  Get it if you want to move forward into your “zone of genius”. […]

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Wrapping Paper!!

I am so excited to be introducing yet another product in the Words and Watercolor line up…..(drum roll)….wrapping paper!!  And not just any wrapping paper but wrapping paper that could also be a poster!!  I’ve been looking at wrapping paper for a long time.  Initially thought of doing this in the typical fashion, small images […]

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Words & Watercolors Online Store

Our cards are 5” x 7” (A7) and come with a white envelope. Cards are printed on FSC certified paper that complies with standards specified by the Forest Stewardship Council. $3.50 each if you order up to 9 cards in one order. $3.00 each if you order 10 or more cards.

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challenges and a New Year!

I just completed another challenge.  I did a 1/2 hour watercolor sketch of my St. Francis statue.  I wouldn’t say it’s my best work nor will it be a greeting card someday but it is something on paper that I completed!  It’s practice.  It’s discipline.  It’s a New Year and a time for new habits […]

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Focused Sales!!

So happy to report that I’m stepping into a NEW YEAR with Lots of FOCUS and plans for tons of SALES!!  How is this possible you ask??  I’ve just joined the Focused Sales family!  It was official on Monday, December 3rd as I did a Powerpoint Presentation on a WebX Conference call to all their […]

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creativity challenges

creativity challenges

“How can I differentiate myself?”  The question I wrote in my notebook on my flight home to Indiana last month.  I was flying home for my nephew’s wedding but also, always one to make the most out of a trip, had been able to talk myself into an appt with a calendar publisher in Indianapolis. […]

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Together…We’re Giant!

I had no idea when I started using some baseball analogy in this blog that our San Francisco Giants would go all the way this season…not only clinching the West early but then winning the National League Pennant and then easily sweeping the Detroit Tigers for the 2nd World Series Championship in 3 years.  It […]

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World Series!!

It’s emotional, for me at least, as I read the SF Chronicle the past 2 mornings my eyes almost brim with tears.  There is SO much emotions in the stories…from the fans, the history of baseball in the city, the past championships, the reminder of Buster Posey proclaiming 2 years ago at the World Series […]

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A toast to the Giants!

A toast to the Giants!

I had intended to write last week after the Giants managed to do the unthinkable and win the last 3 games of their Series with the Reds.  That improbable win streak allowed them to head off to the Pennant race…trying to win the National League Championship.  Alas, I didn’t write and what was such a […]

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Here we go…game 5

In keeping with my Baseball analogy…the Giants just advanced to Game 5 in the series with the Cincinnati Reds and I’m advancing with production of New Cards as well as Reprinting cards that are running low.  I was doing Press Checks this afternoon for reprints while the proofs for 8 new cards were waiting for […]

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clinching the division

This isn’t quite timely as I intended to write this Sunday after the SF Giants clinched the Western Division title on Saturday night.  Of course, my baseball loving husband was estatic that we made it to the playoffs, again…hoping for another miracle October and play in the World Series. I, however, thought of the metaphor […]

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all a twitter!

On Monday night I attended a meeting of the BALA (Bay Area Licensing Artists) and Surface Pattern Design Guild.  The topic was on using Social Media for expanding your business.  There was a panel discussion with 3 women, all who had lots of experience with various forms of social media.  I learned that twitter wasn’t […]

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workshop, new product ideas and computer challenges

It was a busy week starting with a Watercolor Workshop I did at Prospector’s Nursery last week (September 8th).  I had SO much fun as did the 25 women who signed up, many who hadn’t “played” with watercolors ever nor let their inner artist out since 3rd grade!!   I began by asking everyone to […]

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summer begins!

It’s Labor Day, September 3rd.  I suggested to Mark that we have a cook-out as summer begins now in the city!  The rest of the country shows signs of fall and yet our best months, September and October, are coming to San Francisco!  The fog, wind and chill of August receding, thank God! Hopefully Words […]

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growing organically!

Funny, the other day I began to say to myself, “I’m growing organically!”…and yesterday I got an order from Green Earth Natural Food, an organic grocery store!! Two days prior I had a phone message from Stacia, a woman in Opelika, Alabama, a small town outside of Auburn.  She said she was interested in purchasing […]

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home run

In keeping with the SF Giants, who beat the Rockies today 9-3 with a Buster Posey Home Run (yes, I’m married to a guy who loves the Giants and I’ve come to learn more about baseball as a result!), Sarah and I hit a Home Run with our Memo List Pads!! The SF Gift Show […]

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Lists to Live By! (new product)

I can’t wait to show you my NEW product!  Don’t have a photo yet but I should soon as these go to press tomorrow. This happened waaaay faster than I anticipated.  Sarah and I were batting around ideas for new product that we could introduce for the January shows.  We were thinking Journals.  Then I […]

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adding reps

One of my goals this year was to have representation in every state by June.  I didn’t make it.  It was a lot more difficult than I would have thought to find reps that want to take on a new line.  I’ve been learning ALOT about this crazy gift industry since starting my company 2 […]

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creating space

I was back from Dallas for a little over a week before jumping on another plane for another trip.  This time Mark joined me and we took a red eye home to Indiana on the 3rd of July.  Arriving on the morning of the 4th in Indianapolis (after a 4 hour layover in Detroit which […]

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back from Dallas!

Once again I’ve allowed the busyness of business (and a bit of Facebook wasting time) to prevent me from posting a blog about my Dallas adventure last week.  So here goes.  I flew down to Dallas on Weds the 20th of June.  Blessed to have so much family around!  My brother Dennis and wife Leslie […]

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gearing up for Dallas!

Just when I saw JR Ewing on the front page of the Datebook section of the San Francisco Chronicle today, I was thinking that I’m headed for Dallas in a week. JR, Bobby and Sue Ellen are back on TV! Now my Mom was a HUGE fan of Dallas but I was out partying and […]

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Happy Birthday to my Toddler, W&W!!

Not sure when I could pin the actual “Birth…Day” for Words and Watercolors.  I officially launched in June of 2010 at the Denver New Age Trade Show.  That is why I’m thinking W&W is 2 years old this month.  In anticipation of June 1st, I thought, Words and Watercolors is a toddler!  Using the analogy […]

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NYC wrap up

It’s Memorial Day, Monday the 28th of May Well over a week since the last entry.  Happy to report that the Stationery Show restored my confidence (it was lagging) in what I’m doing.  I wrote orders, talked to lots of people, received great feedback on the boxed cards, and made some great contacts for both […]

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best day in a long time!!

I’m so happy to report that I’ve had the best day I’ve had in a Long Time!!!!  So thankful since tomorrow is the 1st day of the Stationery Show and I’d much rather go into it feeling JOY in my heart rather than worry/anxiety. My sister, Mary Alice, and my cousin, Geri, and I all […]

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New Boxed Notecards!!!!

I’m thrilled to be introducing my NEW Boxed Notecards next week at the NYC Stationery Show.  It’s been quite the challenge getting ready for this show.  Doing a show in NYC is different from elsewhere.  I admit to being in a bit of overwhelm but hoping this show proves successful.  I’m in a 1/2 booth. […]

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full moon energy, focus and commitment

The brilliance of the full moon shone through my bedroom window last night…as much as I love full moon energy, it often keeps me awake bathed in it’s brilliance. Last night was no exception as I tossed and turned, considering the mysteries of the goddess energy shining brightly.   In my sleeplessness, I asked the […]

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importance of blogging

I was listening to a Success CD (each month Success magazine comes with an audio CD inside) today as I drove and heard the suggestion from a marketing guru that one should blog daily.  I was a bit taken a back by that frequency.  Especially when I realized that my blogging efforts have been waylaid […]

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