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gardenwhimsies' Shop Announcement

~~FOLLOW ME to see newly painted items for both Spring & Mom's Day!
~~My Show Schedule is now posted for May through June! My first local show is at the Clackamas County Master Gardeners' Spring Garden Fair (not to be missed show!), scroll down for details...

I know stock is limited right now. I am painting new pieces in preparation for Spring shows while also setting up my greenhouse plants, etc., etc. (crazy time for me). Check back to see new items or Follow me as that'll show you new items in your Etsy Feed. Every piece is one of a kind (unless you want me to create one a-l-m-o-s-t identical), so if you see a leaf you like, grab it now!

**** If you are buying a Mother's Day gift and want to hold off on shipping it to Mom until the beginning of May, let me know! That is easy to do, it'll be boxed and ready to ship on the date you wish!

4/19 update - In the works right now a bunch of metallic pieces (3 hostas, 2 callas, 1 darmera, 2 lotuses, 2 rhubarbs and I forgot the rest), right behind those are a dozen natural pieces. It takes a lot of time to paint veins, figure out color combos, etc. I'll get them painted and an initial layer of sealer on them to get listings up by Sunday night and into Monday... I know I'm WAY behind on painting. I'm trying to mix up items so I'm not painting all the same sizes or types of leaves. Almost done with majority of my custom orders so I'm freeing up time to do more towards Mother's Day and early Spring stuff. If you're local, check out the May 3rd and 4th garden show below - GREAT sale (great prices, excellent selection and oh yeah, I'm there, too :-))! I'll be listing items pre-seal just so you can see items in the pipeline (since sealing can take a couple days with rain going off and on again). Check back regularly... sorry I'm running behind.

If you have a favorite leaf, coloration, etc. please ask. I have lots of leaves (granted, inventory isn't in an orderly fashion) and may have the leaf size you want, you tell me the colors (or pick an old favorite from my Pinterest page) and we'll get it listed.

Otherwise, you have to wait for me to pick out different sized leaves, figure out what colors to paint them and then finally list them... Larger leaf listings are almost always due to custom order requests so if you want one especially for Mom's day, a birthday, anniversary or housewarming gift - contact me please.

~ LOCAL DELIVERIES: Because I do not have an actual "studio," I meet clients around town or deliver them instead. I will refund the shipping costs (I can reverse the charge back onto your credit card - or, in cash) minus the delivery fee. Contact me for details.

~ Please do NOT purchase RESERVED items. These are being created for select clients or awaiting shipment with custom orders already placed. I will have to cancel/refund any sales on reserved items and don't want to leave anyone in a lurch scrambling for a last minute gift. Consider buying a Gift Card instead as I'll work with your recipient to create something perfect for their particular garden instead.

***SPRING 2014 SHOWS & AVAILABILITY (Exact dates still to be announced, one of my farmers markets have not yet set early May dates):
Please note that I will be scaling back the number of markets I do from two a week down to one and focus more on showing pieces online (rather than lots of heavy lifting).

Combined Farmers Markets, Art Shows and Garden Shows:

APRIL
Cancelled - 4/12/2014 Vancouver Farmers Market
Cancelled - 4/20/2014 Vancouver Farmers Market

MAY
5/3 Sat 9-5 ($3 admission) Clackamas Cty Master Gardener's Spring Garden Fair, Canby Fairgrounds (Best Garden show around with 150+ vendors)
5/4 Sun 9-4 ($3 admission) Clackamas Spring Garden Fair
5/10, Sat, 8-1:30 Hillsboro Downtown Farmers Mkt, 2nd Ave & Main St.
5/11 {MOTHER'S DAY}, Sun., 9:30 - 2, Milwaukie Farmers Mkt, Harrison St & SE McLoughlin Blvd.
5/17, SAT TENTATIVE - Check back!!
-MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
5/24, SAT TENTATIVE - Check back!!
5/25 Sun., 10 - 3, Vancouver Farmers Market, 6th & Esther Street
5/31, SAT TENTATIVE - Check back!!

JUNE
6/7 SAT TENTATIVE - Check back!!
6/8 Sun., 9:30 - 2, Milwaukie Farmers Mkt, Harrison St & SE McLoughlin Blvd.
-FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND
6/14, Sat, 8-1:30 Hillsboro Downtown Farmers Mkt, 2nd Ave & Main St.
6/15 Sun., TENTATIVE - Check back!!
6/20, 10-9, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, 368 South State Street, Lake Oswego
6/21, 10-9, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, 368 South State Street, Lake Oswego
6/22, 10-6, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, 368 South State Street, Lake Oswego
6/29, Sun., 9:30 - 2, Milwaukie Farmers Mkt, Harrison St & SE McLoughlin Blvd.

***Later season dates will be posted as the season progresses.
For my regular shoppers, I will not be attending the Multnomah Village Parade this year so catch me at another local show!

~Local folks - check back for this year's various Farmers Markets and art shows!
~Online folks - As I paint pieces preparing for Spring I will list random pieces on my Etsy site so early garden planners will have a variety of finishes to choose from.

CUSTOM ORDERS -- WHAT TO CONSIDER:

Please note that custom orders start at $75 or more. While I try to price my finished pieces in all price ranges, the amount of correspondence needed to create a custom piece can take a bit of time. While I don't mind coming up with the perfect combination for your garden, I need to charge appropriately. The pieces in my shop are priced on several factors including but not limited to size, availability of leaf, complexity of paint finish, etc. I can sit down and paint several pieces to list much more quickly than the time needed to find out what leaf you like, the colors you prefer, pull out the sizes of leaves you are asking about within your budget, send photos so you can choose YOUR leaf and then proceed onto finishing it - just for you. Just before I seal your piece, I will send photos for any last minute changes and then proceed onto sealing. For this reason, I'll try to ask all the right questions to isolate precisely what will work in YOUR garden. Once you've decided on your leaf I can often times complete your custom order within 5 days or so and get them shipped off. I look forward to helping you with your custom piece(s)!

~ COLORS / STYLES: Need some ideas for a custom piece or what colors you like best? See more of my previous pieces at this link (I've combined previously sold Etsy pieces as well as some locally sold items onto my Pinterest site here). If you still don't see exactly what you're looking for, contact me. I've made thousands of leaves and have photographed the majority:
--> http://www.pinterest.com/jackieandmax/cast-leaf-birdbaths-feeders-by-gardenwhimsiesetsyc/
Please note that all available leaves listed on my site are already made and one-of-a-kind - this is why every leaf is numbered (it's the only way I can keep track). I keep notes on almost every leaf so I can replicate paint finishes as closely as possible. If you have a finish in mind, let me know the number of the leaf so I can pull up my notes.

~ GIFT CARDS now available (in-store or custom items) - Every gardener's dream! Emailable PDFs, or hard copy certificates that can be mailed out. This is the best way to get your favorite gardener's color, leaf type and size for their garden - LET THEM PICK IT OUT! I do custom work usually at no additional charge so I'll work with them to get the perfect item for their garden. I have hundreds of leaves waiting to be painted between now and Spring. Let me make one for your favorite person!

SHIPPING INFO / TURNAROUND:

When ordered all leaves are shipped out Monday, Wednesday and Friday for all items ordered by 1PM, PST those days. This turnaround applies to all instock items both postal and Fedex shipping.

ALASKA, HAWAII & U.S. Territories - Please contact me for custom shipping quotes. Shipping an $18 package to the U.S. can cost up to $55 to Alaska. I will happily customize the shipping to your area!

~~SMALLER leaves are shipped Postal Priority mail and arrive within 2-3 days anywhere in the U.S. (Mon. through Sat.) Once your item is shipped, I will email you with a USPS.com Tracking number.
**USPS link for determining delivery: https://www.usps.com/priority-mail/map/
(use my shipping zip code of 97212)
~~LARGER leaves are shipped Fedex and will arrive 1-5 days anywhere in the U.S. (One day for many West coast destinations and 5 days for all East coast destinations - Mon. through Sat.) You will receive emails directly from Fedex with a tracking info once it arrived at their office as well as when it is delivered.

~~Upon receipt, please confirm with me as soon as possible that your item has arrived in great condition. All of my items are packed VERY carefully and are insured. Having shipped hundreds of leaves over the years, a few leaves have broken and knowing that many of these items are gifts - I want to ensure your piece is completely ready for gifting. Since some of these leaves are difficult to come by I often hold my breath until I know they've arrived safe.

FEEDBACK / REVIEWS:

I consider feedback (or reviews) on each purchase to be VERY important. I take a lot of time creating these pieces, packing carefully and shipping them fast, please take the time to provide a review on your purchase. I pride myself in keeping a high ratio of reviews on my transactions so others can see from your experience that my artwork, photography and packing is above and beyond what is expected. For more information on how to leave an Etsy Review go to this link: https://www.etsy.com/help/article/102?ref=help_search_result. Reviews can only be left for 60 days after purchase, after that the ability to do so is closed.

MORE INFO ON CUSTOM ITEMS:

** I have hundreds of leaves in stock ready for painting but each one takes time. I do take custom orders, normally costing no more than the pre-produced ones and can often create a piece within 1-4 days depending on available leaves/sizes, finish details and current workload. I don't mind experimenting with different colors (if you have a preference) and I have a library of over 1,000+ different leaves I've created already so I can give you examples of colors, finishes and leaf types, if needed. Leaf types (quantities and sizes) always vary based on what I had available when I was casting over the last 6 months - I may have what you are interested in so please ask me.

You can look at some of my previously sold pieces at this link (I've combined previously sold Etsy pieces as well as some locally sold items onto my Pinterest site here):
http://www.pinterest.com/jackieandmax/cast-leaf-birdbaths-feeders-by-gardenwhimsiesetsyc/

If you are looking for a matching set of leaves contact me ASAP so I can pull out similar or properly scaled pieces to be finished in sets for you.

2013/2014 AVAILABLE LEAVES:

Sunflowers, water lilies, mayapples, hostas, ligularias, darmeras, Japanese windflowers (aka anemone), gunnera, japanese butterbur, australian water lilies, farfugiums, acanthus (aka bears breeches) and more. New leaf for this year: Big Leaf Magnolias - lots of them and big ones, too!

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

Every piece is one of a kind and numbered. My available leaves and finishes constantly change. Few leaves EVER look the same (shape, size, depth, colors, etc.). Because of this I began numbering each individual leaf a couple years ago (I've been casting since 2007).

Every week I change up the colors, leaf types and sizes of items that I'm painting so you can find the perfect item for your garden or gift.

If you are local to Portland (Oregon), come to one of my shows as these pieces are even prettier in person!. I normally bring 40-50+ pieces to every show so you have lots of choices! After the weekend shows, I then photograph and list the remaining items on Etsy. Many weekends that I am attending local shows, my shop may go into VACATION MODE.

If you see something that you adore don't wait before purchasing it. Although I keep notes on every leaf I paint, it can be difficult to create an identical leaf.

ALTERNATE PAYMENT OPTIONS

Please convo me. I will gladly accept checks (given time for clearance and will mark your item RESERVED while your check is processing).

AVAILABLE "GIANT" PIECES

I have multiple extra-large, unpainted pieces (averaging 4 feet or wider) which are not brought to local shows (due to size/weight): gunnera, tetrapanax, japanese butterbur and others... Contact me if you are interested in these for water features, garden focal pieces or alters, etc.

PLEASE NOTE I do reserve the right to sell, or not sell to, various persons. I have invested a lot of time and money isolating the products and processes to make my items and in some cases I may choose not to share with competing interests and will promptly refund your money.

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PAST GIVEAWAYS & ONLINE SPECIALS:

-->GIVEAWAY till 9/26/13 Sun. Favorite/Heart 3 items, or include one of my items in a Treasury list, THEN Convo me with your choices (or treasury link) to be included. The winner will receive $35 towards a leaf of their choice. You must Convo me as it is impossible to keep track of everyone's Faves (this also tells me what colors folks like most as I need to start painting more pieces soon)!

OK, GIVEAWAY TIME! Two ways to enter for $35 towards a leaf of your choice!
1) Favorite 3 items and send me a CONVO with your choices (leaf numbers). The convo makes it easier to track who's participating in the giveaway.
2) Create a treasury that includes one of my leaves and send me the Treasury link.
DETAILS: Giveaway ends on July 4th, midnight PST. One winner chosen on Friday (7/5/13) AM will win $40 towards a leaf of their choice! (BTW, this also helps me see what colors folks seem to like most so it's helpful info!!)

This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards.