This is a wonderful time of the year here in Oregon, listening to the birds singing through the open windows, and watching the swallows return to the birdhouse hung on the front porch. Featured this month at kimberlyshawgraphics.com are five Teacup Greeting cards each illustrated with birds.
Thankful Birds is adorned with a pair of Parakeets to sing a song of "Thank You." The sentiment continues on the inside with, "...so very much". An Earl Grey tea from Harney & Sons is tucked into the rim of the teacup for your recipient to further enjoy your thoughtfulness.
With a tropical theme, my Bird of Paradise Teacup Card is Blank inside for a personal note or greeting. It comes with Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea, a spicy black tea with cinnamon, orange peal, and cloves from Harney & Sons
When you want to tell someone, "I hope you know how much I miss you" my Missing You Teacup Card has a Swallow to swiftly send your message. Tea inside is Orange Pekoe, a classic Assam laced with Ceylon from Harney & Sons.
My Red Toile Teacup Card was designed with a mother bird tending her nest in the home she created on a lovely floral branch. Another bird adorns the small pitcher behind. This classic design comes with a traditional English Breakfast tea from Harney & Sons.
When comfort is needed, this American Goldfinch brings a note to say, "May you find comfort in knowing you are not alone at this difficult time." The male Goldfinch with it's black cap and wings was selected for my To Comfort You card because of his willingness to brings the female food while she incubates the eggs. This card comes with a fragrant Jasmine green tea from Harney & Sons.
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 businesswoman. 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 advice you were expecting? Not sure if this is the approach you would take, or if putting God first changes anything, or that an all powerful and all knowing God can make your way prosperous? I challenge you to try it, to put God first, not like rubbing a Genie’s bottle, but in genuine practice seeking to know who He is and how vast His love is for you. How do I know this is true? This has been my business model since the day I stepped out on a hunch with only change in a jar, trusted God, and prayed.
During the Easter message, Pastor Bob had each of us take a small stone from a basket that was passed through the rows. He encouraged us to live a resurrected life in the light and love of Christ, to let Jesus roll away the stones that cover our eyes and hearts. Not intending for us to keep our stones, he asked us to thank the Lord that He's moved the rocks out of our way, and then he asked us to lay our stones down at the cross, giving our stones to the One who carries our burdens, who makes them light, and gives us life.
Funny thing: I was waiting for my friend sitting next to me to take her rock up. I had other plans for mine. We glanced at each other once without a word. Then she leaned over and whispered, "I'm going to keep mine to remind me of the things that stand in my way." Delighted I wasn't alone in my thought I told her, "I'm keeping mine too." But my plans were different. The rock I ended up with seemed perfect for an illustration that came to mind.
Mixed media, Watercolor and rock.
Watercolor: Kimberly Shaw 2015
Rock: God in the beginning
It's a few days till Easter, a powerful event where God demonstrated His great love for us.
I have been overwhelmed this year, this season, at this moment, by God's deep love.
It is endless, powerful, and immeasurable.
I was blessed with a Godly family heritage.
This is my childhood Bible given by my Grandmother. She typed and glued her testimony inside. May it be a source of encouragement to lead you to an understanding of God's deep love for you and His great plan for your life.
Appreciation of the Mystery
"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."
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14 different Celestial Seasonings teas are used in a variety of Teacup cards.
Teas are coordinated with each card based on tea flavor and bag color.
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In honor of Saint Patrick, on March 17th many will celebrate his blessings initially made to the Irish and now to us. May your heart be drawn to the original source of Patrick's devotion to the Irish in this sweet poem and Irish Blessing:
You’ve blessed me with friends and laughter and fun,
With rain that’s as soft as the light from the sun,
You’ve blessed me with stars to brighten each night,
You’ve given me help to know wrong from right,
You’ve given me much, please Lord give me too,
A heart that is always Grateful to You.
My "Good Luck" Teacup greeting card was created to use as an encouragement year 'round as it does not mention St. Patrick's Day, though it's obviously perfect to use to send a bit 'o Irish cheer to your favorite Leprechaun.
The outside reads, "Good Luck and Best Wishes" continuing the sentiment inside with, "For Today & Always." Tucked in the rim of a floral green teacup, is a full bodied Irish Breakfast tea from Harney & Sons for your recipient to enjoy. Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
"Field" acrylic on 8x10 canvas copyright Kimberly Shaw 2014
I quickly painted this last Spring as a background, planning to add more to it, but I think I knew it was finished at this stage. It reminds me of a time when my son could barely see out the back window from his car seat. He and I were on our way to NE Oceanside. Having passed the main part of town we came to a clearing. Brad raised his little arm, pointed out the car window, and exclaimed, "A field, mommy! A field!" I'll never forget that moment. Brad's name means, "a broad clearing." It was then God revealed He had a hand in influencing Brad's name which describes the character God gave him. Brad has always loved open spaces, and I love that about him. I don't have the heart to add more to this painting. It represents a memory I never want to forget, of Brad when he was little, and of God when He was big.
Receiving a hand written note has recently become a treasure, as most notes are emailed, text, or typed (as this one is). What do you love most about receiving a hand written note, or hand writing a note to someone else? For me it becomes a work of art where someone took the time to think of me, a kept treasure. But no pressure from me, any way you choose to write to another, is just a tool, however it's written.
My choice for handwriting and sending a note is the Chintz Teacup Greeting card which is blank inside and comes with Irish Breakfast tea.
"To My Valentine" Teacup Greeting card was one of my favorite cards to illustrated, using pen and ink over a watercolor wash to create a pastoral red toile setting on the tea pot. "To My Valentine" has the simple, yet timeless words, "I Love You," printed on the inside.
It comes with a classic English Breakfast tea from Harney and Sons Fine Teas.
"To My Sweetheart" Teacup Greeting Card is now on SALE for only $1.67. It was inspired by Sir Walter Scott's quote, which is printed on the inside, and reads:
"True love's the gift which God hath given, to man alone beneath the heaven. The silver link, the silver tie, which heart to heart, and mind to mind, in body and in soul can bind." ~Sir Walter Scott.
I comes with a delicious Raspberry Herbal tea bag from Harney and Sons Fine Teas.
May you know how much you are loved this Valentine's Day! See John 3:16
This year I started a new tradition. Based on the song and the story of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" I made Partridge ornaments for my kids made from vintage hankies I've collected. The Partridge in a Pear Tree represents Christ. For the next 11 years, I'll create ornaments from the rest of the songs charactors. So you're thinking, wow, that's a long time to plan. But why not, how often do we repeat other traditions? And how often are those traditions repeated for a lot longer? So I say, go for it!
The sticks were found while on a walk with my neighbor. As the wind picked up the sticks were blown from the trees. So, you may be thinking, who can cut up a charming vintage hanky. I admit, it was hard cutting the first one, but I think the outcome is better than leaving the hankie folded on a shelf. Besides, who doesn't love their kids more than an old hankie?
Because it's Christmas, a time for starting new traditions, I'm reposting this wonderful story because I've decided to start a new tradion this year based on the song (to be posted next...). In the mean time, enjoy reading the meaning of this charming song.
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 refers to 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.
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.
Five golden rings represents the first five books of the Bible, also called the Jewish Torah: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
Six geese a-laying is the six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
Eight maids a-milking reminded children of the eight beatitudes listed in the Sermon on the Mount.
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.
Ten lords a-leaping represents the Ten Commandments.
Eleven pipers piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles.
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.
My Twelve Days of Christmas Teacup Greeting card is available for purchase at kimberlyshawgraphics.com and comes with a delicious Holiday tea, from Harney and Sons, tucked in the rim of the tea pot for your recipient to savor the warmth of Christmas.
Is so beautiful outside my window. I have three giant old Maple trees with leaves turning yellow and red at the same time, with some green leaves still holding their color. The lady who owned the house before me planted the trees when she moved into this old craftsman home. When I first moved here a neighbor was moving out. He gave me his wide rake when he learned which house was mine. "You're going to need it," he said.
I know this isn't what happens, but the spectacular color of the Fall leaves makes me imagine the roots of the trees sucking up all the color of the Summer flowers left behind to display them overhead. Silly, I know.
This card was fun to paint with a jar of seasonal Apple Butter, my dad's favorite, in the forground and a display of colorful leaves in the background. I left it blank inside to allow for a personal greeting or to be used as an invitation to an Autumn Tea.
I love this time of year. The garden is completely filled in from the Sring planting, with tall Sunflowers ready to open. Butterflies and bees are making their rounds to all the opened blooms.
Who wouldn't be cheered by receiving a card with a delicious Jasmine Green tea tucked in the rim of a teapot depicting sunflowers and butterflies, especially when the inside reads: "You make my world brighter!"
I caught this Swallowtail hopping across the Mums, stopping long enough to pose for a photo.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly. ~Richard Bach
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.
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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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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!