January 23, 2015

Exciting News! My Own Shop!

I have wanted to have my own website for so long!  A couple of weeks ago, I bought my own domain name (trowelandpaintbrush) and began setting up my own shop.

I customized a design that is offered on the Big Cartel site. I am so proud of myself as two weeks ago, I barely knew a thing about HTML. By googling when I got stuck, I was able to learn enough to tweak the format to something that reflects me and suits my paintings.

I love how it looks and hope you do too. It's pretty and filled with light.


This is where I will now sell my original watercolour paintings. There are a still a few originals in my Etsy shop for now but any new paintings will be listed on my new website. I also plan to list some of my cards and prints.

While I have thought of having my own shop for a couple of years, changes in the past year on Etsy made me feel even more motivated to be in a place where I have more control over my work. This is especially important to me when it comes to my original watercolours.  If you know me, you will understand how much thought was put into this. I consider things carefully and think about each and every detail of what I do.

I am hoping that my followers here on my blog, on Instagram and Facebook, will enjoy seeing my work in this new setting. I'm not abandoning my Etsy shop but feel better having my own site where I can showcase my work in a clean and uncluttered environment where I have full control both as an artist and a businessperson.

I hope that you will visit my new site and have a look around. I've added some background information on me. Maybe you'll find something out that you didn't know! If you have any feedback, I would love to hear it.

I wish I could pass around a plate of cookies and some tea, or maybe a platter of cheese and some wine.  I feel like celebrating with you all!

❤  ❤  


  1. Oh Kathleen, how utterly wonderful, congratulations !!
    And well done on learning HTML, it's not always that obvious. Hubby had taught me over ten years ago when I used to build sites from scratch, coding everything, or almost.
    Your new shop looks splendid, well done on your hard work !

    1. Thank you, Sonia! I now know a little bit of HTML. At least, I'm not terrified of it anymore! I admire that you built sites from scratch.

      I thought of you and your lovely Big Cartel shop in the past two weeks as I was working on mine. :) Thank you for the lovely words. xo

  2. Your new website is wonderful! Bravo! Wishing you all the best!

    1. Thanks very much, Anne! I appreciate the good wishes. :)

  3. Well done Kathleen, what an achievement. It will be good to be in charge of things yourself. The studio looks so lovely, quite a tranquil space, I'd like to join you for a coffee and say Cheers! Hope it goes really well :)

    1. Hello Julie! I'm glad you like it. I think it suits my paintings--more open and airy. Wouldn't that be lovely if we were close enough to visit each other's studio! :)

  4. Beautiful! I am so happy for you! Congratulations!
    I agree about Etsy, many changes. I have been on Etsy almost 6 years, and there have been many of those changes I applaud and other, not so much. We all have to do what is best for ourselves and our art forms. I continue to learn this in experiments and it is fun to keep trying and learning! I wish you all the best in your new endeavor!! Nancy

    1. Thank you, Nancy, for the kind congratulations!

      I've been on Etsy for over four years now. I agree that some of the changes have been improvements but not all of them--the redefinition of handmade and the lack of a common front page are the most disappointing to me. Having my original paintings elsewhere feels better for me while I'm still happy to have my prints and cards there.


Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog and to leave me a comment. I love reading them. -- Kathleen

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