Last package shipped, last card mailed, time for a break.

I walked in the door after coming back from the post office with my last load of mailed orders. This is a busy time of year for people trying to make a living as a creative shop owner. This is the first year I feel business fell short. I decided to stop look at what I have done and maybe it is time to change things around.

Watercolor Nature Woodland Bird Original Painting Cedar Waxwingwatercolor mixed media by laurie rohnerBuy my original art at Between The Weeds Shop.

And so the changes are already happening as I take another look at some of my art. Above is this illustration finished while below shows its humble beginnings. I do like the way this original watercolor of a favorite bird transformed.

Before the transformation…change can be wonderful.Before I changed the painting.Before I changed the painting.

A watercolor original nature painting of a woodland bird titled Cedar Waxwing is an original artwork by Laurie Rohner.

I love these birds Cedar Waxwings, when they make their way through my area. They love to eat the red berries on my holly. A waxwing sits on the holly branch spying which berry to eat next. The holly and berries sit against a watery blue sky. This is a watercolor mixed media illustration.

Title: Cedar Waxwing
Paper Size: 8 x 10 inches
Paper: Arches 300lb hot pressed watercolor rag paper.

Taking the weekend off.

This is my time off weekend. I relax, reflect and enjoy the winter solstice and prepare for my Christmas. Tucker a large standard poodle likes this too, he gets some freshly backed homemade treats.

Tucker the cookie eating dog.
Tucker the cookie eating dog.

I am not positive what direction I will take but know as in all business I have to be willing to keep an open mind to all possibilities available. It is why I adore being my own boss. Taking time reflecting, imagining where I want to go and setting a plan mapping out my intentions is my weekend’s goal. Maybe it can be yours?

Happy winter solstice!

Fairies like to stay warm inside too.

An art studio for a woodland fairy to sit and create along side you, how magical is that? While the cold settles into the garden and the ground is covered with snow a fairy would be very grateful for this art studio. Think how the creative juices may flourish for you with a fairies magical energy.

Custom handcrafted woodland fairy house
Custom handcrafted woodland fairy house

Inside there is an easel set for a fairy creation with a stool and behind are rolled up canvases. On the other side is a fairy computer and tablet with a few old fashioned books in the corner set upon a drift wood table with chair. The floor has a natural woven rug and on the back wall are cedar panels. The roof is from branches and strewn across are pebbles, cones, sea glass, and raffia in a bow.

The spiral shape of pine cones around the window.
Details on the back and the other side.

The cones are separated and form shingles to help prevent the weather from coming in. The sides and back also have decorative cone shingles. I glue each piece you see in place by hand.

Easel stool desk with tablet and computer ready for any fairy to stay connected.

This is a custom handmade woodland fairy house sculpted from wood pine cones sea glass pebbles and natural finds.

Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 7 inches
Weight 5 lbs.

Note: All my houses are blessed by a fairy.
I also enclose the name of the fairy so keep your eyes out for the fairy only when you buy one at Between The Weeds here.

I wrap each house carefully with tissue on the inside of the houses and then the entire house is wrapped in brown paper. But be careful unwrapping these beautiful sculpted work of art. Take care in unwrapping.

Now that Christmas is almost here and gone I can create some new fairy houses for you. Have some extra holiday cash order a custom fairy house for a special fairy in your life. My sculpted fairy houses are not just for the young ones but really for the young at heart.

Subtle colors influenced my botanical watercolor.

I love color and color does not always have to be bold and bright. Sometimes subtle undertones of color are just what is needed. This is a new watercolor mixed media painting from Laurie Rohner Studio at Between The Weeds.

Mixed media watercolor by Laurie Rohner Studio
Garden Flower Illustration Botanical Watercolor

An original watercolor illustration of garden flowers, wildflowers, and herbs with bees is a botanical watercolor painted with subtle hues by nature artist Laurie Rohner for Between The Weeds.

Garden Flower Illustration Botanical Watercolor
close up of detailed watercolor

My watercolor painting garden flowers with bees buzzing is a whimsical original nature artwork and sure to bring joy to anyone in love with gardens.

Title: Garden Flower and Bees
Medium: Watercolor on Paper
Palette: red, purple,blue, yellow, cream, sage, leaf green
Paper: Arches 140 lb cold pressed Arches Special MBM
Paper size is 12 x 16 inches
Signature: Laurie Rohner on front, title signed dated on verso.
Unframed.

watercolor nature botanical art.
Unframed and ready to ship.

Comes professionally wrapped and ready to give as a gift. Ships USPS mail.

This is my final year of being pro Etsy.

Has this year been what you expected? If your answer is no then look at what made it not be and start from there. This year I expected so much to happen in my Etsy shop and selling my home so I could relocate to Vermont. Both of these areas did not come close to what I expected. What I discovered is simply this I put my faith in the wrong people. Now at the end of 2014 I have a great realtor working for me so I do not have to contend with selling a house on top of everything else. I also see the hard work and oodles of money going into Etsy is not working. Things changed and Etsy is not what it was.

Are you interested in setting up shop at Etsy? Be sure you do so knowing you are lining the pockets of a business marketing themselves as a handmade creative site. Not so anymore. You have to promote. By promoting your Etsy shop you funnel people into Etsy and not necessarily your shop. So why not promote and invest in your art, your products with your site? Keeping people interested in your work and product is challenging but all that hard work is for you. I chose Weebly because it is extremely easy to use and you can change your design at any time. They have top-notch help center ready with any answers to all your concerns. I had many when I first set up my four sites. The money I spent each month at Etsy with little sales to show for it now spent on these sites. Slowly my sales have increased and have doubled my Etsy best year sales.

Using my knowledge and crunching the numbers and facts it is crazy for me to keep working with Etsy. So as the products expire I will stop renewing. Only a few will remain to keep the shop alive. If you enjoy my work you will always be able to buy my work at Between The Weeds Store at Laurie Rohner Studio or at any of my web sites (see below for links).

I hate to see so many fine artists and creative entrepreneurs go down the rabbit hole at Etsy. I would love to hear your opinion.

watercolor mixed media painting
Available art at Between The Weeds
 Nature Art Watercolor Illustration Original Artwork by Laurie Rohner available in my store here.
I have three active web sites with weebly and would love if you could take a peek at them.
Hope you enjoy!

Ready to Ship Art for Holiday Gift.

Cottage Garden II Watercolor Original Botanical Art

original watercolor of garden flowers with bees
Comes professionally wrapped and ready to give as a gift. Ships USPS mail.

I painted Cottage Garden II to compliment my watercolor Cottage Garden I. Separate or together these original watercolor mixed media paintings are bright and spirit lifting.

 

Art by nature artist Laurie Rohner for Between The Weeds.
close up of Cottage Garden II

This is an original watercolor of garden flowers with bees is a botanical art painting. My watercolor is vibrant with colors of blue pink and purple and works well with Cottage Garden I. Art by nature artist Laurie Rohner for Between The Weeds.

I chose hollyhocks, coneflowers and butterfly bush for this painting of garden flowers with bees buzzing. Great way to keep the joy of a garden alive year long. Garden nature art is a whimsical original artwork and sure to bring joy to anyone in love with gardens.

Cottage Garden II Watercolor Original Botanical Art
Watercolor botanical garden illustration

Title: Cottage Garden II
Medium: Watercolor on Paper
Palette: red, purple,blue, leaf green
Paper: Arches 140 lb cold pressed Arches Special MBM
Paper size is 12 x 16 inches
Signature: Laurie Rohner on front, title signed dated on verso.
Unframed.

Comes professionally wrapped and ready to give as a gift. Ships USPS mail.

Last Days to Ship

 VIA USPS to the USA per USPS

December 20 – First-Class Mail® & Priority Mail® Mail-by Date

December 23 – Priority Mail Express® Mail-by Date

A gift that is unique distinctive bright colorful

Looking for a gift that is unique distinctive bright colorful and gives that person years of enjoyment? I have just what is needed with this original watercolor mixed media illustration of garden flowers and bees. Shop at Between The Weeds today.

Watercolor Mixed Media by Laurie Rohner
Cottage Garden I Watercolor Original Botanical Art Ready To Ship

This is an original watercolor of garden flowers with bees is a botanical art painting. My botanical watercolor is vibrant with colors of blue, pink, yellow, white, purple flowers and works well with Cottage Garden II. Art by nature artist Laurie Rohner for Between The Weeds.

I chose daisies, hollyhocks, Rudbeckia, Delphinium  for this painting of garden flowers with a few bees buzzing. Great way to keep the joy of a garden alive year long. Garden nature art is a whimsical original artwork and sure to bring joy to anyone in love with gardens.

Title: Cottage Garden I
Medium: Watercolor on Paper
Palette: red, purple,blue,yellow, leaf green
Paper: Arches 140 lb cold pressed Arches Special MBM
Paper size is 12 x 16 inches
Signature: Laurie Rohner on front, title signed dated on verso.
Unframed.

Comes professionally wrapped and ready to give as a gift. Ships USPS mail.

Last Days to Ship

 VIA USPS to the USA per USPS

December 20 – First-Class Mail® & Priority Mail® Mail-by Date

December 23 – Priority Mail Express® Mail-by Date

New Columbine Watercolor Miniature Original Painting Botanical Garden Flower Art

What a great gift for someone who loves their garden. This miniature watercolor original illustration of columbine monkshood and some mint, with a hint of blue sky, among the blades of grass is hand painted and ready to be framed. Ships fast.

Botanical Garden Flower Art by Laurie Rohner
Columbine Watercolor Miniature Nature Art Original Painting

Columbine Watercolor Miniature Nature Art Original Painting Botanical Garden Flower Art by Laurie Rohner

In this miniature nature art original watercolor painting I painted blue columbine purple monkshood and lavender flower mint. This is a lovely botanical garden watercolor with a bunch of detail for a small work of art.

Botanical Garden Flower Art
Columbine Watercolor Miniature Original Painting

This is a wonderful miniature artwork ready to fit any standard frame.

Title: Columbine
Medium: watercolor on paper
Paper: Arches 140lb hot pressed watercolor rag paper.
Paper size is 7x 5inch
Palette: Blue,light blue,green,purple,lavender.
Signature Laurie Rohner on front, signature title and date en verso.
Unframed.

I always have a bit of columbine growing in the garden. This is a cheerful whimsical original watercolor painting ready to framed.

All rights are not transferable with the purchase of this painting and remain with the artist.
The copyright is for photographing and does not appear on the original.

Red Poppies Garden Flowers New Nature Art Watercolor Illustration

New art is added to my studio and is ready for you to give as a gift this year. All my work ships to the USA 48 lower states Free! Canada for a wee bit more.

Red Poppies Wildflowers Garden Flowers
Red Poppies Wildflowers Garden Flowers close up.

Red Poppies Garden Flowers Nature Art Watercolor Illustration

Just in time for the holidays, my Red Poppies Wildflowers Garden Flowers Botanical Watercolor Illustration Nature Art is Here.
Original Art by Laurie Rohner
Red Poppies Garden Flowers Nature Art Watercolor Illustration

My watercolor painting is an original botanical garden nature art painting of red poppies, wildflowers and garden flowers in shades of red and pinks with a touch of purple and a few white daisies. The title of this whimsical painting is Red Poppies by Laurie Rohner. Each flower is painted by hand and then I apply ink. This is a delightful whimsical botanical illustration and is affordable.

Title: Red Poppies
Medium: Watercolor and Ink on Paper
Palette: green, pinks, soft green,lavender,sky blue,purple.
Paper: 140lb. rag paper.
Image/Paper size is 6 x 6 inches
Signature: Laurie Rohner on front, title signed dated on verso.
Unframed.

Shop for more original illustrations at Between The Weeds. Live in the 48 lower states and your work ships free. Every work is wrapped in brown paper and I enclose a special stamped tag ready to give this season or anytime of the year.

Wildflowers and Garden Flowers Watercolor Illustration is new in the studio.

Botanical watercolor original flower art.
Illustration Original Artwork by Laurie Rohner.

Wildflowers Garden Flowers Botanical Watercolor Illustration Nature Art

My watercolor painting is an original botanical garden nature art painting of wildflowers and garden flowers in vibrant cherry pink hollyhocks, blues and purples of larkspur or delphinium and a few white daisies. The title of this whimsical painting is Garden by Laurie Rohner. Each flower is painted by hand and then I apply ink. This is a delightful whimsical botanical illustration and is affordable.

Garden wildflower original art.
Clever idea – use a twine and clothes pin to hang watercolors.

Title: Garden
Medium: Watercolor and Ink on Paper
Palette: green, reds, pinks, lavender, sky blue, purple.
Paper: 140lb. rag paper.
Image/Paper size is 6 x 6 inches
Signature: Laurie Rohner on front, title signed dated on verso.
Unframed.

Your painting is safely packed and shipped via USPS Mail.

During this very unpredictable cold weather it is nice to be reminded that under the blanket of snow is a garden waiting to spring up and bring hope and cheer.

Special offer available at Between The Weeds Etsy Shop.

I am offering all 10% discount on any order over $50 (except original paintings over $175). I sell unique very original art, functional art, painted one of a kind distinctive home furnishings and painted furniture. Live in the area of Elkin NC please give me a call and you can pick up your order free. My studio is open by appointment any time.

Get 10% off thhis order.
Watercolor Botanical Painting Leaves and Berries Natural History Original Nature Art

Original botanical watercolor painting Leaves and Berries is an original nature art painted by hand in the studio of Laurie Rohner. My painting is a detailed botanical garden illustration of my whimsical look of natural history showing decorative leaves with berries in varying shades of misty earthy greens from moss to gold and soft sage to deep green blue and navy.

Title: Leaves and Berries
Medium: Watercolor on Paper.
Paper Type: Arches 300lb hot pressed watercolor rag paper.
Image size is 10″ x 13.5″
Paper size is 15″ x 11.25″
Signature: LR on the front, tile, signed, date, on verso.
Unframed.

Use offer TENOFFOVER50
Painted Furniture Woodland Nature Box Functional Art Botanical Garden Flowers Herbs

I custom made this keepsake box. The painted hinged box is designed using poplar wood painted a lovely shade of the softest creamy gray taupe white. The sides of this nature box are 1/2 stock poplar with mortised hinges. I love this base color. To compliment the color I decided to use a subtle simple design with greens and white flowers that cascade down the front. The botanical woodland flowers are from hydrangea to Queen Ann’s Lace and Lily of the Valley.

Palette: dark green, olive, leaf green, white, cream, light pewter gray.
Outside dimensions:14.75 x 11.5 x 8 inches
Inside dimensions: 12.75 x 9.75 x 6.5 inches
Every piece is signed and dated.
Hours to complete 7 1/2hrs
Ready to ship.
Box weighs 8lbs.

Twig Woodland Fairy House Handcrafted One of a Kind Custom Whimsical Fairy Furniture
Twig Woodland Fairy House Handcrafted One of a Kind Custom

Twig woodland fairy house handcrafted one of a kind magical whimsical nature art sculpture created for home and garden.

The fairy house is made from cedar and pine wood constructing the floor and walls with twigs from a downed dogwood tree for the roof. Bark and pine cone is broken up and glued by hand into place on the walls and polished pebbles frame the back window. On the top is a bench for sunbathing or nighttime star gazing with a table and two stools on the top platform for a dreamy dinner any two whimsical fairies would love. Inside there is a sofa or lounge bed table and chair with footrest. I love the pine wood pattern in this fairy furniture piece.

Now imagine this fairy house sitting up in the trees like a tree house? Notice the tree trunk going through the room and it aligns with the top platform.

Fairy house size: 11 x 6 x 9 inches.
Weight: 2.3lbs.
Fairy pictured NOT INCLUDED.

These are just a few of the unique custom work from Between The Weeds Etsy Shop and only till December 1 2014 can you get an extra 10% off. Remember all my work is one of a kind and there is only one of its kind so if you like something please order.