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Spring Things

I’m early I know,  but it’s starting to feel like spring and I’ve given up on winter, my crocuses are coming up!

New cards 

There are quite a few new additions since I last wrote, a new Catattitude, 3 new Birthdays, a new Sympathy, 2 new Easter cards, a new St Patty’s Day card and I’ve made a card for Ostara if you celebrate, that card is not on the racks, but available from me directly, free shipping.

St Patty’s Day card

This year my St Patrick’s Day card prompted this response from my brother 

FoundmyIrish..inIreland

Good one Dude!

On the Drawing Board

Let’s see, I’m bring back a new version of  an old card, more Mother’s day and Father’s day of course, new Anniversary and Wedding, more Birthday, a new Baby card and  maybe a new Inspiration..oh boy I’ve got work to do!!

Craft Fairs

This year, to increase my sales, I’ll be selling at a few craft fairs and farmer’s markets.  If anyone has any suggestions for good fairs, I’d love to hear from you, I’m not quite sure where to begin.  I plan on selling cards, matted prints, mugs, bags and some small bird sculpture.

Music

I have just one gig in the Spring at the Java Room in Chelmsford,  May 7th, with the usual suspects, John Ferullo, Jon Swenson, and special guests, I would love to see you there, it’s free and the food and drinks are really good.

Happy  Spring

I turned 60 this year and I’m so grateful to actually be a senior citizen, crone and eligible for so many discounts!!  But it just made me more thankful for the support I have from all my loyal customers, I’d be working at some uninspiring job if not for you!  Thank you so much!  Enjoy the Greening! Betsi

 

Winter

Where does the time go?  Every year December seems to get shorter and shorter..So at long last my Christmas tree for the Concord museum is done.  I chose the book, The Cat and the Fiddle, by Jackie Morris because of her beautiful illustrations and her unique perspective.  The show is fantastic this year, I highly recommend it, fun for any age.  If you are interested in going it’s up until the 3rd of January, the museum is located on Cambridge Turnpike in Concord MA..enjoy..

here is a photo of my tree

From the book The Cat and The Fiddle by Jackie Morris

From the book The Cat and The Fiddle by Jackie Morris

Card News

So far just one new Christmas card, I may get another birthday card out, but I’m so busy this month, that’s not a promise.

Invitations

I’m selling packages of party invitations now, they are only available at Crosby’s, in Concord and Donelans in Acton.

Music

December 19th I will be singing lots of Christmas carols at the Java Room in Chelmsford, with Tag Vennard on piano and Trude Witham on sax, 5p-7p

Then from 8p-10p I’ll be swaping songs in the round with Jon Swenson and John Ferullo.  My buddy Kathleen Larkin will be a guest performer at both sets.  The Java Rom, located in Chelmsford, MA, is an excellent place to enjoy home-grown music, they serve sweet treats, coffee and  have a full bar.  I’d love to see you there!

Thank you

A quick calculation tells me that I will have another banner year of card sales, I’m always humbled and grateful to have so many folks supporting me.  So thank you , thank you, thank you, I’m lucky to be able to work creatively and generate some income.  All the best to everyone in 2016!

Enjoy your holidays!

Betsi   

 

Fall

Fall is in full swing here in New England, I remind myself daily to keep my eyes open and watch our famous leaves turning..there is nothing like it!!

Card News

new on the racks, two Halloween options, a new Thank You card, a new Sympathy and finally the new Woof Wisdom Birthday card.  Expect to see a Thanksgiving card (or two) in the future as well as some more Birthday, then it will be all about Christmas..OMG..it’s just around the corner now!

Thank you, for your patronage and support, without you, there would be no Freehand Cards.

Enjoy this colorful season….

 

August, goodbye summer!

Labor Day is just a few weeks away and we have turned the corner towards the end of summer.  I hope you all have some time off to enjoy this season.

Card News

New on the racks this month you will find a Woof Wisdom card and a summer Thank You is on the drawing board, as well as a new sympathy card and a Catattitude Birthday card.

Music

I’m playing quite a bit this month, the Java Room, the Old Manse, Farmer’s Markets in Acton and Shirley, (details on my schedule page)should be fun if you are in the area, and free!

Thank you

My wee little card company held it’s own this summer and I have you to thank for that!  I know that I am blessed to have so many folks supporting me, thank you!!  And enjoy these last days of fun in the summer sun!!  Betsi

 

July

It’s July here in New England and I know that because all my buddies have gone to SAMW music camp for a week, I hope they score some nice weather, although historically camp has been HOT!!  Just like here!

   Card News

New on the rack is an inspiration card and on the drawing board, to be finished this week, is a Woof Wisdom card to be followed by a Catattiude card.  Then I’m off to Nashville for a few days, it should be fun!!

Summer Accounts

I’ve got a rack back at Cucurbit Farm in Acton, for the summer/fall season.  If you have never visited this wonderful family-owned farm it’s a real treat, located on Parker Street in Acton, they sell their own tomatoes, flowers, berries, fruit and corn..worth checking out!!

Music

I have a few gigs in August, 2 farmer’s markets and a Java Room song swap with my usual partners, Jon Swenson and John Ferullo..more on that next month.

I hope you are all soaking up the sun and vitamin D at the beach, this is the season!!

Thank you for your support, all the best, Betsi

June!

We are in June, enjoying the warm weather, cookouts and beach days!!  I’m a bit late with my “news” this month, I wonder if anyone notices?

Card News

New on the rack is a fun Birthday card, a Columbine blossom, Father’s Day cards and another surprise, cause I’m not sure myself which way to go..could be Inspiration, could be Catattitude…

Thank you!

I’m holding my own as a wee little card company and every week I’m shocked and grateful that I sell as many cards as I do.  So to my loyal following, many thanks, you are what keeps the pencil to paper, without you I couldn’t do this.

Enjoy your summers, I hope you have lots of time to relax with friends and family…

All the best, Betsi

The Merry Month of May

Yea! It’s May!

My flowers are blooming, the gardens will never look this good again, all cleaned up!  The birds are back, even the hummers!! It’s an exciting time, lots of great energy in the world, I hope you have time to soak it up and get your fair share of some sun!!

Card News

New in the racks, two Mother’s Day cards, a “May Apple” thank you and a new “Religious” Celtic cross.  Father’s Day cards will be in after next week as well as a Wedding card.  After that I have so much on my drawing board I’m not sure what’s next, it may be another “Inspiration Card” or a “Birdie” or a new “Woof Wisdom Birthday”.  All I need is lots of time!

Thank You!    

No new accounts to report, but my business is holding it own.  I am blessed to have such a loyal following and I an very grateful!  I wish you all the best of the Merry month of May!!  Betsi

April Showers and SNOW!!

Is it really April, there is still snow on the ground and a new dusting from last night!  Patio Chippy is not happy!  let’s hope we can see spring flowers very soon!

New Account

I would like to welcome Revolutionary Concord, at 32 Main Street, Concord, MA, to my list of accounts in the area.  This is a wonderful shop owned and operated by Marie Foley, you may recognize her name as owner of Concord Hand Designs, her previous long-standing business, which she closed 2 years ago.  Her new shop is filled with the same fun and whimsical inventory, with a focus on “Concord”.  My cards are in good company with lots of other Concord artists’ work, it’s a great place to find a unique gift, look for the life size cut out of Marie on the sidewalk on Main street, then walk down the stairs to her store.  She is also runing Albright Art in the adjacent room, both well worth a tour!

Card News

New on the racks is a “get well” pocket with two fun options to cheer anyone up!  Mother’s Day cards will be out soon and Graduation is already out.  A new seasonal “Thank You” is on the drawing board, as well as a new inspriation and more birds, perhaps with a Concord theme!!

Thank You!

To everyone who supports my wee little card business..(I can’t stop saying “wee” cause I’m reading Outlander) My sincere thanks and appreciation!  Without your business, I wouldn’t have a business!

 Woods Hill Table

Pete and I had an excellent meal at Woods Hill Table, that’s the new reasaurant in the West Concord Supermarket building, I highly recommend it, but you do need reservations!

All the best, Betsi

  

March

I don’t think I’m alone in saying we are HAPPY to welcome in the month of March!!  Although, today is the 15th..it’s still snowing!!  What a year!  I just hope all this snow means a lush and beautiful spring is in our future!

Card News

As usual, I have more ideas than time, there is always something on the drawing board!  This month new in the rack you will find, a quirky St Partick’s Day card and a new Easter card.  I’m working on a new Inspriation and  Sympathy card.  In the future more birds, birthday, Cat & Dog themes and the Spring Thank You!

New Account

I’d like to welcome Concord Teacakes as a new account.  They will be carrying my cards at their bakery on Commonwealth Ave in West Concord.   Remember, I also work part-time there, please stop in to say hi, and trust me, their baked goods are DELICIOUS..and they also make unbelieveable custom cakes.  Check out concordteacakes.com

Thank You

Happy Spring everyone, and a sincere thank you for your support.   I would not have any place to sell my art without people like you to buy it!   All the best, Betsi

February

What a winter we have had this year..the snow god has blessed us, again and again..please save the rest for next year!!  We shovel on though, looking forward to Valentines day and then March..so close to spring you can start to feel it!

On the rack

The Valentines are up, I’ve finally finished the Pet Sympathy card and there is a new birdie, the Tufted Titmouse. I’ve also added a “New Baby” card.

On the drawingboard

I’m thinking of new ideas, card catagories like “Doggie Do’s” and “Feline Fouls” both playing on the natures of our favorite pets!  There will be a new “Sympathy Card” and a “Feel Better” line and I’ve got new “Birthday Cards” in mind,  I never seem to have enough time to draw all my ideas.

New Job 

 I’m now working part-time at Concord Teacakes, come by and visit, I’d love to meet you!

 Thank You

I hope this winter hasn’t been too difficult for everyone, have faith, there will be a spring!  Thank you so much for all your support most of the time I can’t believe that I have sold any cards at all, I really appreciate the loyality of my customers!

All the best, Betsi