Creating a New Website

It's true!  I'm taking the plunge and actually creating a website that will encompass my blog, my etsy store, my work, and my life in general.  This is a HUGE undertaking. I never dreamed it would be so hard pulling all the elements together into a cohesive product.

I've realized one thing while creating my site. I need to simplify my vision, so it can cross over to many different venues.  That means you'll be seeing another change here very soon. Not to worry, just a little redecorating. That's all.

Since I don't want let too much out of the bag, and since I still have a LOT of work to do. I'm going to just leave you with this piece of art that is now available in my shop.

French Farm Market, 8x10 watercolor
"French Farm Market" watercolor by Loribeth Clark

It's an 8"x10" watercolor called "French Farm Market."  Perfect for spring, don't you think?  If you're interested in it, you can get it here Moments of Art.

Okay. Back to work on that website of mine!!!

Getting Ready to Open Shop!

In anticipation of my grand opening, I decided to give my Small Moments blog a make-over to coordinate with my Etsy shop, Moments of Art!

The back of my business card.
I just have a few more things to do, and hopefully will be opening Moments of Art tomorrow!!!

Etsy Shop Banner
The banner for my Etsy Shop

As you can see, I incorporated some elements from my Etsy shop's banner into my blog banner.

Created by Loribeth
One of the prints that will soon be available on my Etsy shop. 

Please tell me what you think.  Feel free to make any suggestions!  I need all the help I can get!!!

City Bikes on Moments of Art

I just uploaded some new prints to my shop.  They are part of a four part series calle "City Bikes."   These prints are available for purchase. You can find them by clicking on caption for each print.

Garden Bike II Paris
Garden Bike II Paris

Garden Bike III London
Garden Bike III London

Garden Bike I Rome
Garden Bike I Rome

Garden Bike IV New York
Garden Bike IV NewYork

While Jim was Away

Last week, Jim was out of town on business, so I had the whole house to myself.  Do you know what I decided to do while he was away?

I repainted the living room!

Yep!  I did the whole thing all by myself.

I didn't even let on to Jim that I was thinking about doing it when he was gone. I didn't mention it for a couple reasons... One, I wanted to surprise him and have it all done when he got home.  And, two, I was afraid he'd tell me to wait until he got home, which would mean waiting months, because he's extremely busy right now between his new job and school.

I think I've told you that since we got our new green sofa last April, that I've been unhappy with the wall color in our living room. The old color looked great with the black leather and mahogany furniture, but not so great with the green sofa. It just had too much of a pink undertone, which wasn't as evident before the new sofa was put in the room.

So, do you want to see some before and afters?  I know you do.  We bloggers LOVE before and afters!!!
Black Leather furniture and orange table
A long time ago... This is a really old before picture.
 You can see from the photo above, the living room has come a long way.  The furniture placement is still the same, but that's because there really isn't another way to arrange the furniture in such a small room...that is without moving the tv.

Look at how dark everything is... Dark sofa, dark side chair, dark recliner, dark art, dark paint...even the lamp shades were black! Everything was just dark. I think that's what happens when you move from an apartment that you can't paint. You choose dark colors to make up for not being allowed to do so before.  The dark furniture was a matter of combining households. Jim's black leather sofa was already there, so my sofa was given to my parents.

In defense of all the dark, it was very cozy and Jim loved the dark walls when watching tv.

They just don't go together!
After the new sofa... See how pink the wall looks?
 Here's the living room after we got the new sofa and a new chair and ottoman. The room looked a light lighter and was so much nicer. New, lighter artwork, new lampshades.  It was step in the right direction, but the paint color just did not work.  Jim said I couldn't change it though, because we had just painted the living room only three years earlier.  He didn't understand how hard it was for an artist to live with colors that aren't right!!

Painted the living room, now it looks better
After painting the walls
I'll admit that I was not entirely thrilled with the color at first when I was finished. And I even did a test sample.  But this color looks so different in different lights.  However, I did not dislike it as much as I did the original brown with the pink undertone, so I decided to live with it for a while. Now that it's been on the walls for more than a week, I'm happy with it.

Another view of living room

How it looks with the other colors in the house
 One of the things that I didn't like about the old color is it didn't look good with the kitchen color. That's why paying attention to the undertones in color is soooo important. When I chose the color for the living room, there weren't any other colors in the house.  The furniture was black, the table was oak, the cabinets were oak with white countertops.  The woodwork was either white or an orange color that was going to be changed to white.

See how much better the colors coordinate?
The kitchen color was chosen after the living room was painted, but I didn't worry about the living room color when I chose it, because I knew I wanted to change that anyway. Especially when I saw how pink the original color was compared to the new colors I was looking at.

Now don't get me wrong. I still love the color pink, it just doesn't work very well very often as an undertone in other colors.

Close up of how the sofa looks with the wall color.
Here you can see the color with the sofa a little better.  It's still not the very best color to go with it, but it isn't horrible.

With the armoire.
Getting a good picture of the armoire is proving to be very difficult.  The sun always puts a glare on the picture. I'll try doing it again later.  I have something to show you later having to do with the armoire anyway.

With the tv..
I'm not exactly sure whether Jim likes the color or not.  I think he was glad the color was still dark, although, it doesn't feel as dark during the day.  By the way, I'm ignoring the carpet for now, because that is going away eventually to be replace with the hardwood that is under it.

So let's take one last look...
Oh! One more thing...  Jim has agreed to let me get rid of the mini blinds and vertical blinds.  I'll be getting roman shades and curtains for this room very soon!!

New Listing on Moments of Art!

I've listed four more prints on my shop Moments of Art!  I'm hoping to list something new every few days, so I hope you'll follow my shop and come back often!!

Here are the prints I've listed today. Its a series of four prints that I've name "Fleura".  I took the name from the ephemera that I also used in the prints.

Moments of Art Etsy Listing
Fleura Lily
Moments of Art Etsy Shop listing
Fleura Lilac

Moments of Art Etsy Listing
Fleura Magnolia

Moments of Art Etsy listing
Fleura Rose
I'm so excited about this series of prints. They're just the style that I would love to have hanging in my home. So I hope you love them as much as I do.

I'm completely loving being able to be creative artistically again. It's something that I've really missed, and I want to find even more ways to express myself artistically.  

Please take a look at my shop and give me any suggestions that you can.  I'm getting a lot of views, but I need to figure out how to turn those views into sales!!!

I've also set up a Facebook page.  You can visit it at www.facebook.com/MomentsOfArt4.  Leave a comment! I'd love to hear from you!

Grand Opening!

I finished up the things I needed to finish sooner than I anticipated!

Soooooooooooo.......

I opened my shop a day early!!!!

Shop at Moments of Art!
Shop at Moments of Art!

Please check out my Etsy Shop!
You can click on the link below or you can click on the Shop tab above.


In celebration of my Grand Opening, I'm offering the $2 off any purchase of $40 or more.
Use the coupon cod  grandopening03 when you check out!

Don't forget to follow my shop to get updates, because I'll be adding new items every week.