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Saucer magnolias, aka “tulip trees”, are among my absolute favorite flowers.  While the scent may not be as strong as that of the southern magnolia, the color more than makes up for it.  Every spring, the bare trees seem to suddenly burst with pink and white petals, which last for a few magical days before raining down, to be replaced by fresh spring leaves.  As a child, the tulip tree in my grandfather’s yard was my favorite to climb.  The view in the midst of all those flowers is amazing.

To share some of that feeling, I’ve added some new goodies to the soulbearing zazzle store— fabulous merchandise printed with fabulous floral photos created by yours truly.  The selection shown here is just a small example of a wide range of images, products, and gifts available.  You can even personalize them.

 

 

Saucer Magnolia Tree Pink White Flowers Floral
Saucer Magnolia Tree Pink White Flowers Floral by soulbearing
Find more Saucer magnolia Toothbrush Holder and Soap Dispenser Set at Zazzle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 


I was planning to do updates on the main soulbearing.com site tonight, but spaced and forgot the thumb drive with the clover photos on it!  I am still kicking myself!  I can’t believe I did that!  So, it will be at least another day  or 2.  I’m sorry.  I know I said they’d be posted days ago.  But there is more good news!  There will be a few of the 4 leaf clover key chains, in addition to the framed clovers.

And, I have the new photos for the zazzle store with me, so I will be working on those tonight, and the newest ones will be there as soon as Zazzle updates it all.  That can take up to 48 hours, but they’re usually speedier than that, and it’s usually within the first 24 hours… usually.

Thank you all for being so patient!  I will try not to keep you waiting much longer!

 


I awoke early one winter morning just before sunrise to find it had snowed.  So, I grabbed my camera, bundled up, and rushed out to find a good spot to wait for sunrise. I’m definitely not a morning person, but this was worth being out unusually early… in the dark and freezing cold… shivering… and did I mention how early it was??

But the pink sunrise reflecting on the snow was so amazing, I soon forgot the cold, and hurried to take photos before the moment was lost. Now some of those photos are available in the zazzle shop, printed on wrapped canvas.

And, these photos are available printed on all sorts of other goodies, so have a look.  And, while you’re browsing, check out the original art paintings for sale at soulbearing.com.
Happy shopping!!

Winters here are usually too mild for snow; typically, winter is just cold and wet. But, it does snow sometimes, and since these are rare opportunities, I’m quick to grab a camera and snap photos of the snow-covered landscapes.  I am not a fan of “cold and wet”, but there is something magical about snow.

Here are a few of my fave winter snow photos from the past few years.  These images and more are available on all sorts of merchandise in the Soulbearing zazzle shop, or for original art and real 4 leaf clovers, visit soulbearing.com:


My floral photography and art images have been very popular.  Because of the abstract quality of the lines, textures, and colours of flowers, they are among my favorite things to photograph– and hundreds of new products printed with my flower photos and paintings have been added to the Soulbearing zazzle shop. Here are just a few of my faves.   As difficult as it was, I managed to narrow my original choices (my original selection was “all of them”)  down to… a bunch:


While a substantial portion of my art is more abstract, every so often I have a fit of nostalgia and am compelled to paint scenes from the rural area which I remember so fondly from my youth.  These haven’t been posted on soulbearing.com yet, but will be in the next few days, with still more on the way.  And if you like these, be sure to check out my rural photography on zazzle.com.

Etta's House, Signed Original Fine Art Painting

Etta’s House, Signed Original Fine Art Painting

Etta's Landscape, Signed Original Fine Art Painting

Etta’s Landscape, Signed Original Fine Art Painting

The View is Worth the Climb (Silo Ladder)


I may not be whole-heartedly a minimalist in lifestyle, but my special fondness of minimalism often shows in my art and photography.  In an increasingly complex world, sometimes it is preferable to get away from the distractions.  Minimalism is the avoidance or elimination of peripheral “noise”, to create a refined work that is lacking not in details, but in distractions.  The result is a moment distilled to its essence.


I find it difficult to paint in the art studio this time of year, with so many flowers in bloom.  So, while I was stopping to smell the roses (and irises, and lilies, and…), I also snapped some photos.

Some of the best floral photos are already available on all sorts of great merchandise in the soulbearing store on zazzle.com, and there is always more new work on the way.

To show appreciation for my customers, the reduced prices in the zazzle store will continue until June 20.  Happy shopping!! 🙂


It isn’t just the sunshine, warm weather, hummingbirds, and songbirds (which sometimes have to be rescued)…

Green Blur Hummingbird iPhone Case by S.Lynnette

Green Blur Hummingbird iPhone Case by S.Lynnette

Rescued Robin Postcard by S.Lynnette

Rescued Robin Postcard by S.Lynnette

It’s also because I’m a big fan of color, and spring has so much of it.

The green clover…

4 Leaf Clover Poster by S.Lynnette

4 Leaf Clover Poster by S.Lynnette

The bright, cheerful yellow daffodils and forsythia…

Yellow Daffodils Poster Print by S.Lynnette

Yellow Daffodils Poster Print by S.Lynnette

Yellow Daffodil Poster Print by S.Lynnette

Yellow Daffodil Poster Print by S.Lynnette

Forsythia Flowers Poster Print by S.Lynnette

Forsythia Flowers Poster Print by S.Lynnette

The pink and white tulip trees and cherry blossoms…

Pink Tulip Tree iPad Case by S.Lynnette

Pink Tulip Tree iPad Case by S.Lynnette

Pink Magnolias Post Card by S.Lynnette

Pink Magnolias Post Card by S.Lynnette

Cherry Blossoms Post Card by S.Lynnette

Cherry Blossoms Post Card by S.Lynnette

The lavender wisteria and deep purple irises…

Wisteria iPad Case by S.Lynnette

Wisteria iPad Case by S.Lynnette

Wisteria iPad Case by S.Lynnette

Wisteria iPad Case by S.Lynnette

Purple Iris Flower Poster Print by S.Lynnette

Purple Iris Flower Poster Print by S.Lynnette

 

Standing under a canopy of wisteria is a magical experience, even with the constant buzzing of the many bees its sweet fragrance attracts.

Bee and Wisteria iPhone Case by S.Lynnette

Bee and Wisteria iPhone Case by S.Lynnette

With my allergy to bee stings, it was a little risky getting some of these pics, but totally worth it. If you like my images, you can have them printed in high resolution on all sorts of great stuff; just click here.

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