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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sliced Bread doesn't stand a chance!

Are you sitting securely, both feet firmly on the floor, back straight, elbows resting at your side?
Are you holding a steaming beverage, perhaps a perfectly frothed cappuccino or a maté latté?
I suggest you set it down.

Because I have one of the biggest announcements in the history of UmberDove and I'm ready to crack that egg of knowledge all over this blog (confession: I watch more "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" than is good for anyone).

But first, in the name of delayed gratification (which I am most certainly not a fan of, but occasionally enjoy teasing others with it), I want to introduce to you a newcomer to the flock:

"Unexpected Enlightenment" 4"x 4"

I really can't help it. The avian population here plays a very different game that those of the city. Here, good looks don't go as far. To survive these woods one must be terrible clever, surprising innovative, endlessly resourceful, genuinely gracious, and most of all, unshakably faithful. And these birds do it all with song on their black-tipped beaks. Every time I walk these fields I feel I take a chapter in their story, tuck it inside my 27 layers (good Lord it's cold here!), and read it over and over until I begin to understand.

How I love my birds.

That's right!

With great flourish and enthusiasm (drumrolls, snowball-rolls, popcorn ball-rolls), I'd like to introduce to you my brand new Etsy shop:

After much thought, debate, research and preparations, I've decided to open shop WHOOT! offering select prints of my work, original paintings and (as soon as they arrive via stork) collections of postcards. ZING! I couldn't be more excited YIPPADOO! about it (and just in time for the holidays I might add...) as you may be picking up. I'll be spending much of the day today listing up a storm BUT if there is a particular print you'd like to see, just let me know!

To celebrate the grand opening, to thank all of you who have commented in the past, who have emailed words of encouragement and advice, who have supported me in all my ventures, I'd like to offer a contest. All you need to to is leave a comment on this post between now and Sunday December 13th, letting me know that you were here, and I'll drop your name into my fuzzy felted bowl for a random drawing. The lucky little bird whose name is drawn...
will receive
one print
of their choice
from my el shoppo!

I'll be drawing a name on Monday December 14th, so be sure to check back then!

Additionally, for all orders placed this week (Monday December 7th through Friday December 11th), I'd like to offer free shipping! Just leave me a note in the "messages to seller" box that you are a bloggy friend and I'll cheerfully refund you the shipping costs!

What a morning!


The Noisy Plume: said...


You know I'm proud of you, my C.S.
Secondly, I can't wait to support you at your new venue.
Thirdly, I wish I could come in February.
Fourthly, chickadee-dee-dee!
Fifthly, my plum tree is full of starling as I type this...wishing I could join them on the wing...

UmberDove said...

... sixthly, I slathered some plum jam only just this morning and remembered how good Pokey tastes.

she said...

kntbc! i'm excited beyond words for you. it's great to see this expansion in your life --- and those prints hanging on a clothesline against the side of your shed (house? barn? lean-to?) are just gorgeous! love you!

lulu said...

Yippee, such exciting news! Adore the display.


emmy d said...

Oh wow I'm so excited! (For you - what a great new venture. For me - I get to support you in your work!)

Stay as warm and fluffed up as those chickadees!

Melissa said...

Oh my gosh! I already know which 2 I need for a certain wall!!

MrsLittleJeans said...

I know it may seem that I am #7 but I was here first, really! And I do love the birds, especially when they have a tuft on their little heads. Congrats big time!


Zorah said...

I was here! And I am really excited that your mesmerizing art is now affordable to even a poor college student!

Shell (aka Songsmith) said...

I am so abundantly happy for you!

Don't you love how art is something that only grows and grows?! That creation inspires the artist, because of course it's the creator who first delighted in the Earth, and in his delight, He created the artist.

Blessin' on you!

jordan said...

i'm here yo!! and SO excited for this new shoppito. on my way to check-er le right now (said 'check-ay le)!

ps you ain't experienced cold till you've been in stoon on the first cold day of the was -40 this morning with wind. -31C without. VERY chilly indeedy! in fact i took some change out of the change compartment in the car to pay for parking and got some mild frostbite on my fingies. not fun.

Michele said...

Postcards?! Postcards! Omigosh ... we may need another month of mail!

I'm off to peek now in the shop to nab a few.

(Hi Jordan! I'm freezing my toesies off in Saskatoon, too!)

Elly said...

Woo! Congratulations on opening a store :) The world won't know what hit it

inaluxe said...

Hi Kelly, how awesome! that's totally cool you've opened a new shop, and your bird painting is crackers! (as in fabulous!). I'm going to heck your shop out now, and of course, i'd love to win, so consider this my entry. he he. xoxo Kristina

Changing with Time said...

Oh how fantastic. I just got offered a job today so this came at wonderful time. You will be one of my guilty shopping pleasures. I can not wait!
I love It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. They are freaken nuts. I still manage to be completely shocked at some things they do.

Kim said...

How exciting!I Gosh, I was going to post anyway before I even saw there was a giveaway. Congrats on your new venture. :)

Heading to your shop right this minute!

UmberDove said...

Good Grief! Hello! Thank You! I'm so happy to see you all here! It's been MORE than fun to come back and read all your comments!

p.s. My dear ladies of SK: Please keep all those phalanges covered up! I want to see ten toes and ten fingers from each of you next Spring!

thewindhover said...

Oh lordy those prints look good! I love what you create. And that backdrop is so lovely; does that timber construction belong to you? I am wishing the days were getting cooler (rather than warmer) here too... All my blessings to you dear Dove!

kerin rose said...

oh, I think they shall be clambering on each other to see who can collect these lovelies first!

jordan said...

oh worry not, those of us who've lived here for years are well adept at layering and sporting down items to keep warm (and in one piece). i busted out the ski goggles for my run this morning ;)

Good Girls Studio said...

Hooray for prints! Rushing off to check out your new shopling!

Rekoj said...

Congratulations!! All those lovely prints strung on a line against the barn wood look fantastic!
Off to go check out the shop shop!

Nancy*McKay said...

...ONE of EACH...please...& the barn as well...CHEERs... oh~so talented~one...ENJOY it...

mme. bookling said...

You did it! I don't know HOW you have the time to do anything with your December agenda, but you never cease to amaze me with your productivity AND artistry. It's an uncommon combination.


Consider that my official comment.

Michaela Dawn said...

Ha! I want, I want, I want!!!!

I am so happy you decided to open and Etsy venue for your stellar art, now I can have a bit of Umber Dove hanging on my walls and not have to worry to bad that the whole home will be a flock of your work!

Loves it all!

UmberDove said...


Jennifer said...

I just stumbled upon you and am so glad I did!
i heart your aviaoscity and blogoscity.
I will be checking in frequently and shopping for friends and family at your new venue!
Thanks for the inspiration!

Elaine said...

I'm one of your frequent readers, but rare posters (I think this might be my first comment here?). Anyway, with or without the contest, I would have had to let you know that your songbird makes me very happy!

Abigail Jasmine said...

Hello Umber!
I stumbled upon your blog awhile ago & have enjoyed it so..

So happy you are creating lots and sharing with us your passion.

Your paintings are beautiful!


UmberDove said...

Jennifer, Elaine, Abigail: Ladies, I'm so thrilled to see you ALL here! It makes me feel all warm inside (although that could also be due a kitty boy positively glued to my lap!).

lindsay michele said...

Another shop to "favorite" in etsy! (I come by way of She)

resolute twig said...

i LOVE your shop. in fact i have already purchased one print but would be quiet pleased to win another one! :)
Congrats on opening!!

Willows said...

love love love the birds!

Julz said...

Prints. Very nice

Trista Anodei said...

Found my way here via your etsy shop via she's blog. Your work is beautiful, and your blog a sanctuary. Thank you.

Suzy ~ lorenzstudio said...

LOVE the new shop!

oh pangaea said...

I'm thrilled you opened this shop! I have admired your paintings for awhile now and am excited to have a way of acquiring some of your work!

Excited for the drawing!

suzannah said...

from the looks of things here, you should sell your photo prints as well. so pretty.

Sunny Rising Leather said...

I was here!!!! What an exciting time!!