Be A Butterfly

Hello my lovelies!

I have been quite busy this past week – I took a leap of faith and decided to go for the Etsy shop thing – sooner than I had originally thought I might.  This decision was in no small way brought about due to the ongoing encouragement and support from my blogging pals – none of whom I personally know, but all of whom I feel I really know!

I cannot say enough about those of you who consistently visit and leave comments and words of encouragement.  I work mostly in isolation and your feedback has been pivotal in keeping me on task and determined to grow as an artist [chuckle – it still makes me smile…]

So to those loving, caring, loyal, helpful, beautiful gals – big, big hugs, tons of love and an unspeakable amount of gratitude zipping out from here to you!!

To celebrate the opening of said shop ‘The Contented Crafter’ – of course, what else – I painted a small mixed media canvas featuring a faery girl and butterflies.  She will be the first original mixed media canvas in the shop:


This is a smallish exhibition canvas – just under 20 cm square x 3.5 cm deep [8 x 8 x 11/2″]  Worked in acrylics with water and ink pens, stamps and glitter. [You’ve gotta have some bling!]

There will also be larger limited edition prints and blank all purpose greeting cards of this faery girl in my Etsy shop.

To celebrate the opening of my new creative venture I am giving away the first numbered and signed limited edition print of this canvas to a randomly chosen commentor on this post.  You have until the 13th to comment.

The draw will take place on the 14th November, which is also the same day The Contented Crafter Etsy shop will go live   🙂   [Ooooh, exciting!]

All commenters names will be written on slips of paper and placed in a randomly selected kitchen container and the winner’s name will then be selected by someone who is not me.

So dear readers, I hope you like her and want to take a punt.  🙂

40 thoughts on “Be A Butterfly

  1. Pauline, you’re an artist. I’m sure you will succeed! The painting is fantastic and the words are too. “Be the butterfly..” I think you just did 😉 Pawkiss fo Good Luck 🙂


  2. Congratulations – this is awesome! I love the picture and those amazing words so much I’m going to try and pin it on Pinterest. I’ll definitely be ordering some of your cards!! : ))))xxx


  3. Well, I just discovered your blog by way of a couple of blogger friends and am enchanted! i’d be happy to have my name in the jar, but honestly, I hope one of your long-time followerss wins . . .
    Love your work and we seem to have some things in common. I have been building an Etsy store for some time, but can’t see having time to stock it any day soon. I lost my job a year and a half ago, but am now happily providing support for my Mum and Aunty, both in their 90s.One day, though . . . I’m looking forward to browsing in your shop in the meantime. Congratulations on your opening! ~ Linne


    • Hi Linne, thank you for dropping by! Your name will most definitely go into the jar – though it might be a pot – who knows 🙂 Whatever the receptacle your name will go in it! then it’s all up to the gods of random choice 🙂 I am a fan of blog hopping – especially when I find someone I feel some connection with – so I visited your place and saw some old and new friends there 🙂 I hope you will come by for another visit soon, have a great day!


  4. “If you could say it in words, there’d be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper

    I’m just Loving the spirit that comes thru your fab creations Pauline. Your wide eye’d beauty, blissfully greeting us in a sea of aqua will make some lucky visitor so happy, I hope it’s me 😀 (oops that’s not very gracious of me..hehe). OK, good luck to everyone (oops, my fingers were crossed).

    I just joined Etsy and will absolutely look forward to your site. Great idea to make cards and prints too. Best Wishes for your newest endeavour, you’re going to knock our socks off ! xoK


  5. Butterflies are flowers set free…I just love these word, Pauline. I am delighted that you are opening your shop. I know that you will be successful. I feel it in my heart. Best wishes!


  6. Yippeee! I love your work and words and am very excited about having my name in the jar. Your paintings make me smile, as do your ongoing comments on my blog. so I know what you mean about blogging friends who help keep you going. 🙂 xxoo Cheers to the Contented Crafter etsy shop.


  7. Congrats , Pauline. It felt great to read about the venture. I wish you all the best .Your crafts are beautiful and the world has to see them. 🙂


  8. Pauline, this is stunning! As a butterfly lover I love the wee saying 🙂 Best of luck in your endeavours with your Etsy shop, I really do wish you well with that. It’s hard sometimes to have that confidence in ourselves but you should have total faith in your talents here!


  9. Congratulations Pauline! That is sooooo cool, and I’m beaming proudly for you like I opened my own store 😀 wish you all the best with lots of sales and a growing repertoire of art. Cant wait to check it out myself 🙂


  10. Pauline, this is so exciting! This are great new! I am sure you’ll do great with your etsy shop. Remember to include a link or widget to make it easier to find you. I wish you much success. Your painting is beautiful! I am very glad you took that leap. : D xoxox


    • I can always rely on You Patricia to point me in the right direction – I would never have thought of connecting the two – well I would have eventually I’m sure – but I read your comment and rushed off to make a link – I did the ‘Countdown’ widget that shows the days to go as I couldn’t find an Etsy shop link – 🙂 Thank you for your visits and words of support xoxo


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