Gift From The Universe 2020 edition

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Anonymously gift a piece of art to a loved one! Choose the design, enter their address and I ship directly to them, no charge to you (limit of 1 free print per customer - shipping is free only in the US)

This year's Gift From The Universe project is a little different. Instead of a mystery piece of artwork, there are two design options, or there is an option for me to choose for you (because I know making a choice is sometimes difficult). All prints are 5 x 7, frame not included.

Each print will include the message card shown in the last photo. It says:

A Gift From The Universe - You have been anonymously gifted this artwork so that when you see it you will be reminded that you are loved beyond words.

  • Choose your design, or I can choose for you
  • Free option - 1 per customer
  • Pay option - choose as many as you want, add to cart separately 
  • Include recipient name and address as I will be shipping directly to them

If ordering more than 1, please make sure to include addresses for each of the recipients. Two (or more) could be sent to the same person with 1 being free and others paid - please clarify in the note to seller box if either of these apply to your order. Thanks!

 

Orders will be shipped within 1 week of ordering, tracking info will be sent to the email provided. The return address says Gift from the Universe and is my PO Box.

Free options will be available through Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, or while supplies last. There will be a minimum of 100 free prints available and potentially more if more donations are received.

Did you know you can make any item purchased in my shop a Gift From The Universe? Simply add this listing to any order. 

Want to help sponsor the project and just make a donation? That would be lovely and can be done through this listing.

 

Each print is hand signed by the artist. The gold metallic is added by hand after printing.

They are printed on archival, acid free paper- 100% cotton, cold press natural (no whiteners) - it matches the paper I use for most of my original drawings. And cotton is a more sustainable, eco friendly alternative to wood pulp.

Printed in my studio with an Epson SureColor p800 with UltraChrome HD ink

Need ideas of who to send one to - here are some specific examples from last year:

  • Estranged family member
  • An overworked healthcare worker
  • Child's teacher
  • Single mom doing it all
  • Friend going through a divorce or a just a rough time
  • Teenager struggling with depression
  • Someone who just needs to know they're loved

Background Story:

Background story of the Gift From The Universe project: It started last year when I wanted to do something other than a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale. Gift giving can be filled with so many mixed emotions. At the core, I believe giving a gift is a way to show love, but it can be overshadowed by obligation, guilt and expectation. There is so much pressure to buy things around the holidays, and sadly the message is often that bigger and more expensive means more love. If you've ever been the recipient of an expensive, thoughtless gift, you know that is not the case. Or maybe you've been on the other side when someone expects you to get them something and you just buy something random even when you can't afford it (This was me for many years). Participating in this project is a way to give love without the concern for cost, without the need for recognition or reciprocation. It is a free art print sent directly to the recipient and includes the note shown above.

With everything that has happened this year, it feels more important than ever to send a big dose of love out in to the world. So many of us are feeling alone and battling anxieties and depression, feeling locked up in our homes and minds. It can be easy to feel like no one cares. We all need reminders from time to time that we are loved and that we matter. And not just by another human, but by something much greater. The recipient won't know who sent it, even the return address just says A Gift From the Universe.

FAQ

Is it really free? Yes! I donate the prints and my time, sponsors have covered the shipping cost.

Can I send more than one? Yes, but my ask is that each customer only sends 1 free one - you can pay for as many as you'd like.

I don't know the address of the recipient, will you just mail it to me? Part of the project is that it is anonymously sent directly to the recipient. So for the free one, it needs to be mailed to someone else.

Can I send it to someone that I live with? Yes! Just make sure the recipient's name/name with the shipping address, is different than the your name/buyer's name.

 

 

 

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Inktober 2020 - Starts today!

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I'm excited for the upcoming inktober drawing series. It starts today! Sign up for my newsletter to get the daily updates. 

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Equinox Special - Space and Time buy one get one offer + new meteorite pieces

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Happy New Moon time! In celebration of the Autumnal Equinox, I'm having a special on my Space and Time series starting today. I've expanded my offerings and now have 11x14 available as well as 4 new designs listed. I'm really excited about the new larger size and feel like 11x14 is just right. I especially love it in a collage mixed with the smaller sizes.

Sale details: Buy any 8x10 or larger and get a 5x7 for free. Mix and match any designs in the Space and Time series. Use code Equinox2020 - add an 8x10, 8.5x11 or 11x14 to your cart with a 5x7 and the 5x7 will show up as free once the code is added. Buy a few for yourself and have a few gifts ready to give for the holidays. I know it seems far away, but with the way this year has been, it's going to be here before you know it.

Sale ends Sept 22nd (midnight PST) - Equinox + Libra season!


Astral Collection
- The meteorites have been calling again and I'm excited to be adding to the astral collection. I have quite a few ideas for new offerings for the holidays - including pre-orders of pendants and custom sized rings. Here is one of the newest pieces that is ready to ship. It's so magical. I'll be adding new ready to ship meteorite pieces consistently over the next couple of months.

 

Side notes:

* I'm still working on getting ring prices raised to meet the drastic increase in metal cost. It's a tedious affair and is taking me a long time to get them all updated. I just like for people to know that if they're looking at something, the price might be changing (or has recently been changed)

* I have a list of things I'm working on for holiday time. If there is something in particular you're thinking you would like, please let me know.

Lots of love and big virtual hugs,

Beth

 

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Not Business As Usual

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Hey Friends, 

*This is a note that went out to my email newsletter, but I am posting it here as well for anti-racism resources for my white friends/followers - and this is being linked to from my social media accounts. *

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Things are not business as usual, nor should they be. There is massive change brewing which our country desperately needs. Much of my energy and attention since my email last week has been spent diving into my anti-racism work. BIPOC folks, know that I stand with you and for you. White supremacy is not welcome here.

If you are white and you have not taken a stand and spoken out, I urge you to do so. If you are struggling to understand, consider the feelings of your black co-workers, clients and connections. Black.Lives.Matter. Staying silent at this critical juncture says otherwise. If you are white, it may cause discomfort to speak out but lives are on the line. We have to stand up.

If you want to join me in this work and need resources - please see these links below.

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources

These are similar, but with important differences so I'm including both.

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For those that ordered prints last week, please know that they are all just about ready to be shipped out. Part of the offering is intuitively picking the piece that I think will be best for the individual receiving the art and creating that connection for insight just has not been possible.

There are still more free Gift From The Universe prints available - special thanks to those that donated to add more to the pool of free prints. If the listing doesn't say sold out, there are still ones available.

Love and solidarity,

Beth

 

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#GivingTuesdayNow + Together Rising

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is this coming Tuesday, May 5th. I’ll be donating 50% of all sales from now until 8:00pm on Tues. to . For each print ordered, I’ll be including one of the new notecards I’ve been working on as a gift (you can request fir, oak or gingko if you have a preference). Not interested in getting a print? Please consider donating directly to  - or any charity you want to support.

So often we feel powerless when we see heartbreaking things happening in the world, then we may feel grateful for what we have, or guilty that we are doing okay when others are suffering so greatly, or the knowledge that we are suffering too and what little we might have to give won’t make a difference. I knew I wanted to give something for Giving Tuesday Now, but wasn’t sure which organization I would choose. When I saw a recent from Together Rising, it became an easy choice.

From their website - “Together Rising transforms collective heartbreak into effective action. In a world where crises abound and heartbreak is in every community, people who want to help often don’t know where to turn. Together Rising is where to turn.”

Donating to organizations that are doing amazing things is something I’ve tried to do since the beginning of my business. About 14 years ago I remember seeing Oprah talk about the and was so moved that one of my first jewelry shows/sales as a full time artist was to raise money to donate to their work. I’ve since donated thousands of dollars to more than that I think do inspiring work for the environment and humanity. It doesn’t feel like much at any single given time, but I know sometimes small things can make a big difference.

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