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The holidays are coming!  And I have reduced prices on most of the items in my Zazzle store, just in time!

 

And, those art auctions I mentioned several days ago are on the way.  I’ve finished a few new sketches, and will be listing them for auction on eBay with low starting bids.  Those will be posted in the next couple of days, and of course I will post a blog update when I list them!  It’s my way of saying “thank you” to the clients and customers who have supported me, and it’s how I pay for website maintenance, too, so don’t be bashful about bidding high! 😀

And, since most of us can always use a little luck, I will also be listing a few lucky clovers for auction at reduced prices, even though they are already very affordable and available on the main website at soulbearing.com.  Happy shopping!

framed 4 leaf clovers

framed 4 leaf clovers

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Ok, maybe “bulk” isn’t exactly the right word, since I tend to think of “bulk” orders as being in the thousands, or at the very least, hundreds.

But, due to several recent requests, I’ve updated the site and added pricing for larger quantities, so now you can order quantities of 25 and 50 individually framed 4 leaf clovers, and receive a lower price for it!

It’s great for events, but please plan ahead.  I ask that customers allow 30 days for a large order to ship, though orders may arrive earlier.  Though they are not color-treated, if you receive them in advance, they will stay green for a very long time (months or even years), as long as they are kept in a cool, dark place.

 

 


It still says “SALE” on the web page because I haven’t updated it yet, but I recently obtained a low enough price on the newest frame style to keep the sales price permanently.  Isn’t that fabulous??

The framed four leaf clovers offered are found growing wild, and are not cultivated or genetically modified or dyed or otherwise artificially tampered with.   I find them, I pick them, I press them, I frame them, I ship them.  No weird chemicals, dyes, preservatives, fertilizers, pesticides, etc.  They are as close to the natural state as a dried plant can be, and artfully framed.

Excellent gift items for housewarming, wedding, job, school, graduation, and pretty much anything for which someone might want a little more luck!

 

 


I almost never do markdowns directly on the main website— promotional prices usually are listed on ebay or as clearance, and even those are rare– but this weekend is special.

Not only is it Friday the 13th, but there is also a full moon!  It’s so rare that it will not happen again until 2049!  I don’t know if it’s good luck or bad luck, but one can’t be too careful!

So, to mark the occasion, the newest style of framed 4 leaf clovers is marked down by about 20%.  Get them individually, or in groups of 3 to save more.

And, good luck this weekend!!

framed clovers

framed clovers for Friday 13

 


In response to the many requests I receive for information regarding large orders of the framed lucky clovers, I will be adding that as an option on the website soon.  Until then, please use the contact form or email for inquiries about pricing and availability.

Typically, I have enough 4 leaf clovers available to fill orders of 100+ pieces.  However, I do not always have enough frames for bulk orders, and usually have to purchase or reorder them for orders of more than a couple of dozen.  This means it can take up to 2 weeks for me to receive the frames needed to assemble a large order.  So, if ordering a large quantity, please keep this in mind, and allow approximately 30 days to receive your order.

Currently, individual framed clovers are available for 19.00, while lots of 3 are available for a discount.  By ordering 3 pieces, you save over 10%.

The current plan is to add 12-lots for a larger discount, and perhaps 50-lots for an even larger discount.

 

framed lucky clovers

framed lucky clovers

 

 


Since I get a few questions about these, I thought I would help solve the mystery of their sporadic appearances, disappearances, and reappearances.

When I originally started making the clover necklace pendants several years ago, I used resin.  That worked great for a short while, but then there was a batch that seemed fine at first, and then somehow “melted” in transit, becoming a total mess by the time the customers received the packages, or within a short time after receipt.  Naturally, I issued refunds for all who reported the problem.  And, that was the end of the resin pendants.  I would not risk having a repeat, and having unhappy buyers.  Plus, the resin is messy, time consuming, and requires chemicals I don’t like using.

So, then I switched to the glass pendants– and those are brilliant.  They’re easy to clean, they’re affordable, they’re unique.  As importantly, they don’t melt or require me to use weird chemical concoctions.

They are actually very durable.  I (unintentionally) bounced my own pendant on a brick walkway one day, and not a chip or scratch on either the pendant or the walkway.  Pretty lucky, eh?

The trick is getting the adhesive just right, and eliminating air bubbles.  Also, the clovers have to be coated with a protective sealant prior to setting in the pendant under the glass, to reduce the amount of adhesive they soak up, because that can alter the color.  And, even with all the care in the world, they don’t always turn out quite right, so I have to scrap a few from every batch.  In short, it’s not as easy as it might look, and it isn’t something I can make in large quantities, especially at the low price at which I generally offer them.

Also, (and this applies also to the key chains) a certain size is required.  For the key chains, a clover measuring less than 3/4-inch must be used.  If you think it’s difficult finding a four leaf clover at all, just imagine trying to find one about the size of your thumbnail in a pasture full of clovers!  So, I just don’t find enough of them to make large quantities.

I am looking at possibilities to overcome some of these challenges, but for now, the frames are the most attractive, efficient way to preserve and present these lovelies.

And if it’s lucky clovers you’re after, I have lots of those!  Photos of them too, printed on all sorts of fabulous products, printed to order, just for you.

Even on necklaces and playing cards.

 

 


If you missed the original tangent about student loans and my mother recently taking up photography, here’s that entry.

But you don’t need the explanation to appreciate the images.

The new photos are finally posted, and the new framed 4 leaf clovers are still on the way.

The latest images are by *Mom* (yes, that’s my mother! and I’m so glad she’s creating again!).  She wants to use the money from the proceeds of her images to help with my student loans.  I have some mixed feelings about it because she shouldn’t have to worry about this stuff, but I am glad she is motivated to be creative again.   Photography is a fairly new medium for her.  She worked as an illustrator and did silk screening for a long time, but stopped creating years ago.  If some of the subject matter in the photos seems familiar, it should!  The photos were taken in the same area as many of mine, and some which haven’t been posted yet are even of some of the same buildings.

These images are already available on a wide range of items (the squirrel is a personal fave):

 

Pink Red Tulips, Photos by *Mom* Apron
Pink Red Tulips, Photos by *Mom* Apron by soulbearing
Check out Tulips Aprons online at zazzle

The framed real 4 leaf clovers and the 4-leaf clover necklaces and keychains on the main soulbearing.com site have been very popular!

Right before the holidays, they were so popular that I was having trouble keeping up with the demand, especially since they are all found growing wild and are not genetically engineered and cultivated en masse.  So, many customers have noticed that when trying to purchase directly from the website, there is an “out of stock” message.  I haven’t actually run out of clovers– I just couldn’t get them in frames fast enough!

That’s about to change.

The new frame styles are just a little different, and there are a few one-of-a-kind framed designs, as well.  Since I am still getting back in the swing of things and have a lot of catching up to do, it will be a couple of days before I can photograph them and post them on the website, but they are on the way!  They’ll be available in plenty of time for St. Patrick’s Day.

It will be a while longer before there are more keychains and necklaces featuring the real lucky clovers, but in the meantime, you can find a variety of items for sale and printed with photos of 4 leaf clovers here.  I know, I know.  They’re prints and not the actual clovers.  But the photos of the clovers still unpicked are lovely, and also very popular.  And, they’ll ship in plenty of time for St. Patrick’s Day, too.


Some of my readers and zazzle followers may have noticed that the prices in the soulbearing zazzle shop did not increase at the end of December as planned.

This is because, as a gift of appreciation for my promoters and customers, I have decided to leave the current merchandise at its current price. Newer merchandise will be introduced at the normal prices, but previous listings will remain at the reduced price. Thank you all for your support, and have a great 2013!! 🙂


Have a peek at the new look in the Soulbearing zazzle shop!!

It’s received a makeover to coordinate with soulbearing.com and this blog.  While soulbearing.com offers fab original fine art and abstract paintings and real 4 leaf clover gifts, the zazzle shop offers hundreds of photos and images artfully printed on dozens of products, from phone cases and necklaces, to posters and canvas prints, for a total of almost 9,000 image/product combinations.  Happy shopping!!  🙂

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