Author Archive | Peg

New Wrapping Paper for W&W!!!

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: Given all […]

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My beautiful daughter Emily, holding her newborn

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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Yes, I've written a book too!

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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Old suitcase repurposed

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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New Year


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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A glorious morning!...God as creator painting such a sight!

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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Up in Seattle at East/West Bookshop

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 son Bob!

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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One of my favorite NEW accounts...Merryman...that

ATL gift show recap

Winging my way west after a week in Atlanta, I must say I’m quite pleased with the results of 5 days of sitting in Bldg 3, Floor 4, Booth 404 at America’s Mart in ATL.  Sharing the booth with Susan Schmitt of was wonderful.  Our lines compliment each other.  As do our personalities.  It’s so […]

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Atlanta Summer Show begins!!

It’s the eve before Atlanta Gift show and I’m excited about exhibiting this summer.   Setting up the booth today, I reflect on the fact that 3 years ago was my first time to participate in the show.  Set up was much faster then as I only had cards in my line.  Emily, my daughter, flew […]

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Sunflowers abound!

getting to goals and rhythm this summer

First off, I just want to express my gratitude to the Universe for all the good in my life…I thought of that as I was out  on my morning walk today.  Walking in the morning sun (in 6 months it will be dark), the fresh air smells good…I stop and take pics of flora and […]

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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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growing pains

That’s what my rep, Carolyn, told me I had when I went into this lengthy explanation of all I was trying to accomplish last week.  Really too much has been on my plate, I feel, for some time.  The good news is my business continues to grow at about a 33% pace.  That’s held true […]

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Thrilled to be able to have pictures to post with a new entry.    My iCloud pictures, I just discovered, have downloaded so I can now post pics of my vibrant quilt!   I love the bold colors!  Thanks to Clothworks, fabric mfg in Seattle, who licensed my art for this lovely collection titled “Cultivate […]

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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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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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Artists Dates

I’ve been a fan of Julia Cameron’s work for a long time.  She wrote the seminal book on creativity in the 90’s, The Artist’s Way followed by The Vein of Gold.  In both she advocated the importance of “morning pages” and taking “artist’s dates” with oneself.  So though I no longer do “morning pages”, which […]

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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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Rondi and her amazing dogs!

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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People love the color

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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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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waiting for my signature at Leewood Press

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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paper/boxed notes/print

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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