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 

January

January

Happy New Year Everyone!

2015 brings some nice changes to Freehand Cards I think.  With the help of my good friend and wonderful musican Nancy Beaudette, my web site is now offically open for business.  Yes, Nancy is also a teacher, coach, web site developer and did I mention awesome songwriter!!

So thanks to Nancy, you can access my full catalogue of cards on this site and order through “Pay Pal”.  It’s easy, the cards will be sent free of shipping costs as well.

I will be adding other products occasionally, for now I have the “have a hoot” coffee mugs and I’ve just added “Owl Totes“.  They will be free shipping as well.  Eventually I will add some matted prints of the popular bird designs.

As always I’m working an new cards, another Valentine, (two are already out), there’s a “New Baby” card available and the 2nd in seasonal Thank You’s is in stores now.  I have a new “Woof Wisdom” on the drawing board, the “Pet Sympathy” is coming (soon Laurie!), and this month I expect a new birdie to fly in, maybe a Nuthatch?

Meanwhile I am ending this year with record sales..well over 5000 cards sold, I find that hard to believe, but it’s true!!  And I owe all my sucess to my loyal customers, so thank you for your support and know that I am vey grateful.  I wish you all the best 2015 has to offer, Bets

December

Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year, we are in December and the spirit of the season is well in gear!  Like everyone else I’m trying to get my shopping done and relax to enjoy what the season is really about..all that joy!

Card News

On the racks you will find a new Christmas card staring my cute kitty, Juju.  A new Catattitude birthday card and the next in my line of seasonal Thank you cards.  On the drawing board, more birds, dogs, baby cards, all coming soon!

Hello!

A warm welcome to Sandy Hurd and her new Wild Birds Unlimited store in Westford.  They now carry most of my best selling bird cards.  Thank you to Sandy for giving me a presence in Westford MA, they are located on 175 Littleton Rd.

 Hummingbird Ornaments

The hummingbirds will be available to order from my web site, at the moment I’m updating everything and by January I should have a whole new look a well as the ability to accept credit cards for all sales.  More on that later.  I did visti the Concord Museum today, the Family Tree Show is wonderful this year, I hope you have time to check it out.  The Concord Museum is located on Cambridge Turnpike in Concord .

 Music

 I have a few gigs though, both at the Java Room in Chelmsford.  Christmas Carols on Dec 13th, with Tag Vennard and Trude Witham for 5-7pm and Songs in the Round with Jon Swenson and John Ferullo on Dec 20th, 8pm!  Both gigs are free, I’d love to see you if your in the neighborhood!

Thanks

For reading my updates, purchasing cards and supporting my music!  I hope you and your families enjoy this season of generosity and kindness, and don’t forget..Santa Claws is coming to town!!

Merry, Merry!

Betsi

October News

What a beautiful fall season it has been here in Concord, I’m always reminding myself how lucky we are to live in the Northeast!

This posting is a bit late, my web site was down but, it’s up and running again!!

Card News

There is a new Halloween card on the racks along with an anniversary card and the first in a line of Thank you cards, hope you like them.  Next will be some Thanksgiving images and I’m not sure what else.

Summer Accounts

A big “thank you and see you next year’ for Marshall Farms and Cucurbit Farm, both pretty much shut down for the winter, except for holiday trees.  Thank you for getting cards there, they were very nice to host racks for me.

Music

Just two concerts in the near future, both in December and both at the Java Room in Chelmsford.  The 13th I will be singing Christmas carols with Tag Vennard (on piano)and Trude Witham (on sax), this will be our 3rd year as a trio, and I think 7th or so for carols.  This year the show is on a Saturday early, 5-7pm, please join us for some holiday spirit!  And then the following Sturday I’ll be joining my buddies John Ferullo and Jon Swenson for our usual song swap, it’s always a fun evening if you are free.

That’s all for now, thanks so much for your support and I wish a happy and healthy holiday season!

September

The Land of my Grands

I am late posting this month as I’ve been on the trip of a lifetime, Ireland with 24 wonderful friends organized by Kate Campbell and Inishfree Tours.  What a fantastic way to see the “Land of my Grands”, the tour was a rich mix of private lectures, concerts and guided tours of historical and scenic wonders..I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to get a deeper appreciation of the culture and history of Ireland.  I also connected with many relatives and it was great fun getting to know them!

New Account 

I’m very pleased to report that I have a new account, actually 2 stores, Beacon Hill Wine and Gourmet in Boston and Melrose.  Thanks to Margaret Hammill from “To Dive For” dips and spreads for the introduction and to Rebecca Beraldi, the owner, for hosting 2 racks of my cards.  Installation is not until mid-September.

Cards on the drawing board  

I’m still working on a pet sympathy card, and will also add another Catattitude birthday and a new Halloween card.  I’m not sure what will be the card of the month, perhaps another story card or something completely different! 

Music

This saturday I’m be at the annual Farm Fair in Chelmsford at the Bryant Farm, with John Ferullo, Bob Morse, Kathleen Larkin and Brad Meyer.  It a very fun old fashioned fair, with hay rides and farm animals, and it’s free so stop by if you’re looking for something to do the 20th.

Thank you

As always I and very grateful for the support of all of you and as they say in Ireland..Go Raibh Maith Agat (thank you in Gaelic)

August!!

The final month of the summer is here, I’m ready for the fall, my favorite time of year!  I hope eveyone is having a great summer though, don’t want to rush through that.

New Accounts

I’ve been talking to new stores to host my racks, and I can’t confirm anything yet I should have some news soon.

Card News

There is a new Cat Birthday card out on the racks, the kitty is “Mittens” who belongs to one of the residents at Newbury Court.  I couldn’t resist drawing him, he is such a sweet gentle feline.  The card of the month will be out next week and it’s another in the “Inspiration” line, called Rainbow Crow.  The story comes from American Indian Ledgend, one of sacrafice and  inner beauty.  I will post the link for the story when I finish the drawing.  There is also a new sympathy card, a sun flower, I will aslo offer this one as a blank flower card.

Scultpure Classes

I had the great pleasure of teaching a sculpting class to 6 teenagers this month, thanks to Susan Liebich and her Girl Power program.  That is how I stumbled on the “Rainbow Crow story”, we made six adorable crows, so it’s feels right to make a card as well, everything happens for a reason, right?

Music

 I’m performing with my buddy John Ferullo at the Acton Farmer’s Market on August 10th.  Stop by if you are in the area, there is pleanty of fresh  produce and goodies to shop for and I’d love to see you!

Thank you for all the support and interest in my cards, I’m very grateful for your business.

All the best, Betsi

July

The summer is in full swing here, kids are out of school finally, and the day are longer..nights are wamer..

 

Card News

I’ve a new account to report, the gift shop at Concord park in West Concord is now hosting a rack of my cards.  Thank you to Cheryl Young and the residents for making that happen.

New Cards

The third of my “inspiration series” an Eastern Dragon is now available on all racks and I’ve added a new sympathy card.  Look for a  cat-themed get well card, birthday card for your dog and pet sympathy card in the near future.  And perhaps a shore bird for the beach lovers out there!

Verrill Farm

I’ll be meeting customers and handing out goodies at Verrill Farm on Saturday the 12th of July..11-1p, stop by if you are in the area, I’d love to meet you!

Music

This month I’ll be playing at the Old Manse again, Sunday the 20th-2pm-4pm, with my buddies, John Ferullo and Bob Morse.     And featuring at EllenSchmidts open mike at the Colonial Inn on July 28th, around 830pm, with John and Bob again!!  We do have fun playing together!

I hope you all have a wonderful smmer, enjoy this sun and glorious weather!  Thank you very much for buying my cards, you are the reason I can draw pictures for a living!