Issue 3 - June/July 2003
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S& S "Playground" is now getting settled into our wonderful,
new-for-us, home in Southeast Florida. We've been here for 6 months.
It's unbelievable how quickly time passes!
Sam and Sheila Finkelstein
Please note an improvement. In this issue,
clicking on links will now keep you within the newsletter
Having been surrounded by green and flowers all winter,we had not
missed our home in NJ. Then suddenly it was Spring/Summer and we
started missing the bird songs, our goldfinch and hummingbirds,
and the varied annuals and perennials of the Northeast. "OK,"
I remembered and, now, remind myself that I can always visit the
page on naturesplayground.com.
In fact, in the past, several people have written to tell us
that they find surfing naturesplayground.com energizing and refreshing,
that they often spend 5 or 10 minutes whenever they need a time-out
at work. I, of course, have the added opportunity of going back
to my own huge photo collection to do new flower photo/drawings
from the NE. Thus keep a watch out for FLOWERS 2.
On the other hand, though seemingly not the variety that we had
in the North, I am constantly amazed at the lushness of our tropical
flowers and the periodic surprises that occur on the plants on our
property. The best is the gardenia bush (6 feet tall) outside our
kitchen window that is blooming for the second time since we're
here. They were my favorite flower for years and we had over 200
blooms in March!
This Issue's Question:
For those of you who are new to NATURE'S INTERPRETATIONS,
we have been asking a question in each issue. To check out past questions
and stories, see our NEWSLETTER
link and follow the links to prior issues.
As always, this
issue's question again results from personal experience. How many
times have you said "No" to something, because you've "already
done it/seen it?" Can you recall a time when you decided to say
"Yes" and you had a pleasant or unexpected result? ANTHURIUMS
at the American Orchid Society provided such an experience for me
If you would like to share an experience you've had, for a page of
Readers' Stories, please e-mail Sheila.
NEW - Custom Photo/Drawings
Expands - 2 new categories:
PERSONAL AND FAMILY MEMORABILIA
- An inquiry for working with old photos, came out of a discussion
on creating custom truck photo/drawings. Client Sondra Nash comes
from a family of truckers. On hearing "yes" to old photos,
she e-mailed us a page with 5 small ones. She is now ecstatic with
the results in both the TILES,
"I got my tiles today and they are absolutely
fantastic!!!", and the prints and note cards. (See SERVICES
- Lisa Augustine wrote that she was "jumping out of her socks"
when she received the horse tiles and calendar, we did, as "Featured
Artist", for the Grey Ladies Andalusians' table at the "Fiesta
of the Spanish Horse" , Los Angeles Equestrian Center.
"This stuff is SOOOOO cool and SOOO
beautiful -- the quality is SUPERB! " See
HORSES on Cafe press, for the tiles and mugs, and then the
HORSES page on our site for other images.
Special thanks to Joan Sheldon, for her wonderful
horse photos,that she e-mailed from California, so I could do
sample photo/drawings and create flyers. The horses, from color
photos, that you see on CUSTOM
HORSES belong to her and her husband. On receiving note cards
with her own photo of Coca, enhanced with my photo/drawing, Joan
writes, "You did such a good job of
making him look beautiful on the cards. Love them. Everyone admires
it ...on a bookshelf next to my kids' pictures."
For more information on how we can bring your photos to life,
This Issue's Featured Photographers
You'll note 2 different PHOTOS pages in the side
bar. One is of photos taken by Kaitlyn, our 11 year old granddaughter.
We were so impressed with the digital photos she took with our
camera, we wanted to share them with the world.
The other is a page of photos by Jeff Shulman, photographer. One
of our favorite places to walk is Wakodahatchee
Wetlands, (link for an article I wrote for our Community Newsletter).
During our first months here, we especially enjoyed the nesting/birthing
experience of the Great Blue Herons. Thinking we were going to
be getting this issue out in March we asked Jeff if we could share
some of his wonderful photos with you. See JEFF'S
1. Voice messages
on 4 of the pages
FLASH is required to hear these.
2. Note cards in sets
- For your convenience,
we have grouped note cards in sets of five. For easy purchase, go
to the CARDS
link on the ORDER
form link, on all pages.
in our Gift Shop
4. BUY-IT buttons have been removed from all the pop-up windows.
Individual Note Cards, Prints of varying sizes and Plaques are still
available. Write to email@example.com with your requests.
5. Daily Coaching and Empowerment Calls
- In my experience, two of the important avenues toward achieving
one's goals are getting coaching and associating with people who
also have a drive and a vision. My good friend Julie Jordan Scott,
www.5passions.com, one of the most creative, multitalented visionaries
I know, is bringing both together, while introducing amazing programs.
Her most recent, MILLIONAIRES
ONE-BY-ONE, is perfect for the work-at-home, sole-practitioner,
entrepreneur. I have been particularly appreciating this empowering,
exciting ongoing daily, Mastermind Group teleconference program,
designed to aid in achieving all of our goals.
In response to a demand, Julie has also created 12-week teleconference,
writing workshops, which have gotten very favorable reviews from
participants. One is currently in progress and the next one will
be starting up in September. See
If, as a result of seeing information here, you should choose
to enroll in any of the upcoming 5Passion.com programs, please
mention Naturesplayground.com. You can also check our LINKS
page from time-to-time. Julie has started creating Affiliate Programs,
wherein the referring individuals and companies also benefit.
LOW PRICES ON TILES GUARANTEED
through July 31 only.
We remain especially excited with the 4.25" X 4.25" coaster
tiles, which we have been enjoying using as coasters and mini-hot
plates, as well as table art. People
who see them buy them and love them! Since we are moving toward
more wholesaling of our products, our web site and Cafe Press shop
will need to be listing retail prices, possibly up to double what
they are now.
At $6.50/each, thru 7/31, we suggest you stock
up on TILES,
NOW, for holiday gifts and for "gifting" yourselves.
All ordering and fulfillment is done directly through Cafe Press.
See Information, which is on our pages at Nature
Art at Cafe Press Shops. CafePress guarantees product
satisfaction for 30 days and we're adding our own personal image
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