Happenings - Issue
2 - September/October 2002
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Sam and Sheila Finkelstein
Many exciting things continue to happen in the S& S "Playground."
In October we set up a "shop" with Cafe Press (see story
below) and our biggest news, as many of you know, is that we will
be moving to Boynton Beach in December. This will put us much closer
to our children and grandchildren who live in Florida and Georgia.
In addition to the joy of family, we are looking forward to many
new business opportunities with connections that our son Rob is
setting up for me with associates of his in southeast Florida.
After 37 years in our beautiful, spacious home that is backed by
woods, this is a major leap. It is, of course, providing great opportunities
for clearing and completions. An ironic twist has been the required
replacement of the glass in doors leading out onto our deck from
our kitchen. For several years now, I had been sitting at the kitchen
table looking out onto our beautiful woods through fogged up glass.
Somewhere along the line the seal had broken and moisture had gotten
between the panes. Despite that, I would enjoy observing the flowers
in our window boxes and watching goldfinch and other small birds
feeding in our special feeders.
It never seriously occurred to us to change the glass, but it now
became necessary as part of getting a Certificate of Occupancy to
sell our house. Wow! What a world of clarity and beauty has opened
up to us. The views are magical and crystal clear. What visual joy
and enrichment we have available during the next two months.
Of course, this now has us wondering, where else in our lives are
we viewing situations and scenes through "fogged windows?"
What could we replace? What would open up? How about you?
In our last issue we asked you to share about the images in your environment
that you most appreciate. Thank all of you who
did write to us.
A response we especially enjoyed, was sent to
us from Helene Mazur..."some of my favorite images are on the
canal when the air is cold and the water is warm and fog steams out
of the water." Don't you wish you could simply run down and walk
with her. Helene did send me some photos? Check them out for yourself,
Helene's Photos on our site.
This issue's question
results from another recent experience of ours. - Can you recall
a time when you acknowledged someone for the difference he or she
made for you and the "magic" that resulted? If you would
like to share it with us on a page of Readers' Stories, please e-mail
About a month ago, I realized it would be a "nice
idea" to send, in appreciation, a set of our popular Garden
Chair note cards to Edith Chevalier in whose garden I had
taken the photo a year and a half ago. July 4, 2001 was the one
an only time we had met. In the interim, we've sold the Garden
Chair image in note cards, plaques (large and small), as well
as in large and small prints.
Edith was ecstatic when she received the cards
and called us immediately. Since last summer the chair had mysteriously
disappeared from her garden. It had been, given to her by a dear
friend, who is no longer alive. Coincidentally, the cards came
just about the time of the friend's birth date.
During our phone conversation, I invited Sam and me over to take
more garden pictures and wound up with this month's featured "New
and updated Site links" - a new page of Vegetable
pictures, mostly from the Chevalier's Summer Kitchen and Garden.
Edith and Bob visited us yesterday and got some gifts with the
As Edith looked and named all the vegetables in the different images,
she also told us she had made the basket, in the above picture,
from Wisteria branches. A warm and loving person, graced by her
husband Bob, Edith has many other talents. She's a quilter, "baker"
of natural breads and cakes, avid gardener, great historian and,
obviously, a wonderful friend.
She left here yesterday with a huge bag filled with my clothes and
under garments, some of which are over 40 years old, including my
wedding gown. What fun, clearing out old clothes became, partnering
with Edith. We saved a couple of "retro" dresses for my
granddaughter, including a wool suit I made 45 years ago that's
still in perfect condition! Fabric from most of what Edith took
will somehow be preserved in her wonderful quilts.
How further enriched our lives have become out of initiating a
simple, "Thank you. This is how you've impacted our lives and
business." It's also a great lesson for
us in the power of "giving and receiving."
So back to the original question - Is there
a story you have to tell of a time you've acknowledged someone?
Or, perhaps there is someone you would like to acknowledge now,
simply for the pleasure of it.
New Products - T-shirts, Mugs, Mouse Pads,
Tiles and lots more-
Once again, I acknowledge Rebecca Collins, my designer/friend,
take note) who set up our first web pages. She remains an ongoing
support for me and is always introducing new ideas. "You
have to think out of the box, Sheila," she says regularly.
For months she'd been "encouraging me" to open up a
with Cafe Press. I finally "gave in" and am
thrilled. Isn't that always the way?
We have already ordered at least
one each of the above, so we could preview the products before
passing on opportunities for purchase to you. We're very pleased
with the quality and I am especially excited with the 4.25"
X 4.25" coaster tiles. We're enjoying using them for mini-hot
plates, as well as table art. Our October/November
SPECIAL incentive is set for you to experience them also.
Save $2 on each tile, through November 30th. Tiles = $
All ordering and fulfillment is done directly through Cafe Press.
Information is on our pages at Nature
Art at Cafe Press Shops. We would very much appreciate
your e-mailing us with a list of the images you would like to
see and in which products. There is NO OBLIGATION for you to purchase.
We want to see what our market wants.
Ordering for note cards, prints and plaques is still done by
using the Order Form or clicking on individual images at www.naturesplayground.com.
Please e-mail us,
EXTENDED - Early Summer Special, into late Fall.
(Please use Summer Special order forms.)
Because we are focussing on our move, we are not spending time
right now wholesaling our art. We are therefore continuing to
offer you, our valued friends and customers, special prices on
plaques and note cards - $10 to $15 off the retail prices of our
photo/drawing images, mounted on 3/8 inch lightweight fibreboard.
Color-protected, coated, washable and water resistant, they are
perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, and playrooms. All photo/drawings
can be ordered in this format. For children's rooms, check out
Zoo Animals on the
Special Prices: 5 X 7 plaques =
$25 $15 and
7.5 X 10 inch plaques = - $40 $25
Stock up Now for special occasion gifts
and holiday shopping. For Online credit card orders go to Plaque
Summer Special - Credit Card or to the BUY IT buttons.
To order by mail, go to Summer
Special - Mail Order.
Note, these are the only links for this special, so bookmark
the pages or save this newsletter. We're offering a money-back,
satisfaction guarantee on the plaques. To return, you simply
pay the shipping costs.
Extra Special on Note Cards so that you can
experience our fast-expanding line of images. On orders through
November 30th, we will give all readers of this newsletter our special
customers' prices of $3 each, for 6 or more cards, with an
added bonus for everyone - $2.50 each for 25 or more cards.
The normal break point for this price is 50 or more cards. To order
go to Summer
Special - Mail or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please let us know if there are any Northern Images you would like
to have us capture before we leave New Jersey.
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