I’m selling off excess product in my store. 50+% off many items and, for my lovely readers on social media and the blog, you can buy 5 cards for $5, which is, really $1 a card. Just contact me on Etsy and we’ll figure it all out together.

Tomorrow I’m going to be talking about why I’m putting everything on sale and explain some of the changes that are going to be happening around here.

I have added some new items to my Etsy shop. There are three hand paint plant pots on the site. If you use the code ‘HPPTLH15’ you can receive 15% off any purchase in store. The code is valid until Sunday, 5th October 2014.

What do you think of these pretty little things?

A while ago, I posted a picture of a hand painted planter to my Instagram/Facebook and the feedback I received was amazing. I had been thinking about trying something new, doing new things and moving away from card making. One day, The Canadian came in from the shed declaring that he was throwing out some plant pots because they were too grungy, knowing that I am of a ‘waste not want not’ mentality, he asked if I had any ideas for them before they found their way to bin. Not one to turn down an opportunity to think outside the box, I grabbed them and got to work.

People have always commented on and ‘liked’ my work when I’ve shared it but this was different. All of a sudden, people who had previously been ambivalent about purchasing my art were now expressing interest in purchasing it.

I enjoyed the painting I had done on the large pot but it was a 10 hour investment and, at that moment, it wasn’t a viable option for selling.

I took some time, purchased little plant pots to paint, researched how to seal the paint on the pot and got to work.

I absolutely love the finished planters and I wasn’t sure about selling them because I adored them. The Canadian eventually persuaded me to sell them, so out came the camera and on came the click-click-click.

A few people have said that they’d love these plant pots but they’re not really into the idea of ‘planting’ things. These pots would be great for little succulents but they’re also good for:

  • hair slides, ties and clips
  • loose change and coins (thank you @dnam for that!)
  • nail polish, nail files, orange sticks
  • pens, crayons, colouring pencils (if, like me, you like having little pots of pens around the house)
  • little cat toys
  • jewellery
  • all manner of things!

Do you have any other ideas?

All these pots are available on sale now at The Lemon Hive Etsy Shop.

 I recently bought some Micron pens and I am in love! I didn’t think they would be as exciting as they actually are. I went ahead and bought the multi-pack of Micron pens. I love that I now have super fine and super thick pens that are waterproof and make my handwriting the best it will ever be. It’s like expensive, luxury make up. It does the same thing as other make ups, it’s still about having the right technique but somehow it all just looks better in the end.

What do you think of these cards? What colours would you use? Recently my line drawings stop at just line drawings, I seem to have developed and aversion to colour.  Sometimes less is more, right?

Emeli Sande lyrics on hand drawn patterned wedding card by the lemon hive

Weddings are one of my favourite things to celebrate. I love that wedding cards are one of the most intimate and special items that can be given at a wedding. Most people keep their wedding cards to review time and again and it provides the perfect opportunity for me to really invest time and effort into the card and leave a lasting impression.

I loved spending the time on this detail and, for many months, it was blank. Then a friend in Edmonton told me that she was getting married and incorporating an old, vintage theme into her decor. This card took about 2 hours to complete and, I knew instantly, that I wanted her and her, now husband, to get this card. After listening to various love songs and came across this one by Emeli Sande. Her song seemed to fit their relationship perfectly.

Her album later came to inspire a whole host of art projects for the remainder of the autumn. I love it when a plan comes together.

I think this style would make a brilliant congratulations on your engagement, job promotion, graduation. I just love the potential that white on black offers.

Is it just me that keeps special and memorable cards, or do you too?

It’s been a while since I’ve updated the Etsy shop but it’s not from a lack of hard work.  I have updated the listings in the Etsy shop. There are new cards, many of them hand painted.

original hand painted greetings cards

This time around, I’ve focused on the things that make me happy. There are still many cards for special occasions and events, but I made a special effort to ensure that I included greetings cards for every occasion. I thoroughly enjoy receiving cards from friends ‘just because…’, it’s the best feeling and they usually have the most sentiment, so I introduced some to my collection.

original hand painted greetings cards

Self doubt and not feeling as though I ‘fit in’ is often something that plagues me. This is why these two cards below were really important to me.

original hand painted greetings cards

original hand painted greetings cards

original hand painted greetings cards

And, just because you came here, I am offering a special discount code. LH3FOR2 will allow you to buy 3 cards for the price of 2.

original hand painted greetings cards

What other types of cards would you like to see in The Lemon Hive Etsy shop?