Bye Bye Etsy.

Blue Hydrangea watercolor by Laurie Rohner

A new year has arrived. Changes are upon me.

The first change of the year is my decision phasing out my Etsy Shop. So when you go to my Etsy shop Between The Weeds you will read this:

My Etsy Shop is phasing out. I hope my wonderful clients will visit my websites below. You can find everything from art, painted furniture, prints and printed decor through my web sites at the best prices I can offer.

You can buy original art and custom painted furniture through my websites and link directly to my prints and printed home decor.
Laurie Rohner Studio –
Between The Weeds –
Whitfield Studio –

Prints of garden flowers landscapes and original nature art available in many sizes at affordable prices. Find custom printed throw pillows, tapestries and fun catch-alls and totes here too. Hand Painted Furniture with nature botanical garden flower illustrations on farmhouse style custom made by Between The Weeds.

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Thank you for visiting today! It is a pleasure to share my work with you.
Do contact me if you have any questions!

The sales from my Etsy shop are few and spending more time and energy does not make sense. Etsy has changed. They are not that magical place where people could find quality handmade custom work. It is filled with prints knock offs from China and substandard products. There is still the most wonderful original work found but most serious artists have moved on with their own web sites.

Prints, Art, Canvas Floor Cloths, Murals,

Since I work with FineArtAmerica and Society6 where you can buy any size print, on anything wood, paper, canvas, acrylic or metal, frame it, or buy from the large selection of home decor and accessories with a hassle free return policy at an amazing price why Etsy? Etsy charges for everything and I had to add the additional charges to the final price I charged at Etsy. This really bothered me. I felt like I was cheating my customer, though I was upfront with my policy at Etsy. Etsy customer (I have a record of you) get 10% off on select products.

I have gone back and forth with this for a year. I gave Etsy till the end of the year to prove their value. Sadly the stats proved me right. Etsy has changed. My web sites get an average of 1500 hits a day where Etsy could not break the 50 mark. At one time I had an average of 500 to 700 a day at Etsy. Etsy has stopped listing with Google. Their home page is confusing. Most of the products cater to one demographic, not mine. My clientele tends to be older, affluent and searching for custom one of a kind art and work.

I hope my clients at Etsy read this and understand. Please come and join me at Laurie Rohner Studio or Between The Weeds Marketplace for my original art and furniture and visit Whitefield Studio the gateway to my prints and printed decor.

Wildflowers in the Garden.

New art just added – Wildflower in the garden with flowers dancing under the hazy blue sky in this watercolor illustration. A nature art original botanical mixed media painting is painted by artist Laurie Rohner.

Original Painting Mixed Media
Wildflower Garden Illustration Nature Art Watercolor

Wildflower Garden Illustration Nature Art Watercolor Original Painting Mixed Media

Original art by Laurie Rohner
closeup of Wildflower Garden

Red poppies and bee balm next to thistles and black-eyed susan’s but wait there is some mint too. Oh how nature is singing with all these flowering wild beauties.

original botanical mixed media painting is painted by artist Laurie Rohner
Wildflower Garden Illustration Nature Art Watercolor Original Painting Mixed Media

Title: Wildflower Garden
Medium: Watercolor on Paper
Paper: Arches 140 lb cold pressed Arches Special MBM
Paper size is 12 x 16 inches
Signature: Laurie Rohner on front, title signed dated on verso.

Comes professionally wrapped and ready to give as a gift. Ships USPS mail.

Take a look at more of my work at Between The Weeds at Etsy.

Visit the studio at Laurie Rohner Studio too.

Newly added cahier small journals are the best.

I know everybody has seen these journals around. Wondered what to do with them? Not artistic but want something on the cover?

I am drawn to small books, basically always have been, so when I saw these Cahier journals by Moleskin, I had to buy. I love them. I tuck them in the pocket, purse, leave it on the desk and by the bed just to jot down the next idea that springs into my head. I didn’t want to say just for the women but guys these are for you too.

Hand Printed journal cover
Cahier Hand Printed Block Print Journal with Edison Bulb and Create.

Small journal with lined paper inside has my hand printed block print to embellishing the cover.

Etsy shop Between The Weeds
Hand printed block print with Edison bulb and word Create from Between The Weeds at Etsy.

Great to Jot down those amazing ideas. What a great way to inspire anyone to create. I chose an Edison light bulb for my subject and added create underneath.

Cahier Journal is from Moleskin.

This cahier journal comes with Create printed on Kraft chipboard and has lined pages. The back has a little pocket for notes and the pages are perforated so you can rip them out easily.

Great to tuck into purse.
Give to hostess.
Tuck one in a basket for Easter.

Journal Size; 5.5 x 3.5 inches
Image Size: 5 x 3 inches.

Listing is for Create in Kraft Chipboard.
Shown in Kraft or gray options with blank or lined paper.

Be sure to check out my Etsy Shop Between The Weeds

This is my final year of being pro Etsy.

Has this year been what you expected? If your answer is no then look at what made it not be and start from there. This year I expected so much to happen in my Etsy shop and selling my home so I could relocate to Vermont. Both of these areas did not come close to what I expected. What I discovered is simply this I put my faith in the wrong people. Now at the end of 2014 I have a great realtor working for me so I do not have to contend with selling a house on top of everything else. I also see the hard work and oodles of money going into Etsy is not working. Things changed and Etsy is not what it was.

Are you interested in setting up shop at Etsy? Be sure you do so knowing you are lining the pockets of a business marketing themselves as a handmade creative site. Not so anymore. You have to promote. By promoting your Etsy shop you funnel people into Etsy and not necessarily your shop. So why not promote and invest in your art, your products with your site? Keeping people interested in your work and product is challenging but all that hard work is for you. I chose Weebly because it is extremely easy to use and you can change your design at any time. They have top-notch help center ready with any answers to all your concerns. I had many when I first set up my four sites. The money I spent each month at Etsy with little sales to show for it now spent on these sites. Slowly my sales have increased and have doubled my Etsy best year sales.

Using my knowledge and crunching the numbers and facts it is crazy for me to keep working with Etsy. So as the products expire I will stop renewing. Only a few will remain to keep the shop alive. If you enjoy my work you will always be able to buy my work at Between The Weeds Store at Laurie Rohner Studio or at any of my web sites (see below for links).

I hate to see so many fine artists and creative entrepreneurs go down the rabbit hole at Etsy. I would love to hear your opinion.

watercolor mixed media painting
Available art at Between The Weeds
 Nature Art Watercolor Illustration Original Artwork by Laurie Rohner available in my store here.
I have three active web sites with weebly and would love if you could take a peek at them.
Hope you enjoy!

Special offer available at Between The Weeds Etsy Shop.

I am offering all 10% discount on any order over $50 (except original paintings over $175). I sell unique very original art, functional art, painted one of a kind distinctive home furnishings and painted furniture. Live in the area of Elkin NC please give me a call and you can pick up your order free. My studio is open by appointment any time.

Get 10% off thhis order.
Watercolor Botanical Painting Leaves and Berries Natural History Original Nature Art

Original botanical watercolor painting Leaves and Berries is an original nature art painted by hand in the studio of Laurie Rohner. My painting is a detailed botanical garden illustration of my whimsical look of natural history showing decorative leaves with berries in varying shades of misty earthy greens from moss to gold and soft sage to deep green blue and navy.

Title: Leaves and Berries
Medium: Watercolor on Paper.
Paper Type: Arches 300lb hot pressed watercolor rag paper.
Image size is 10″ x 13.5″
Paper size is 15″ x 11.25″
Signature: LR on the front, tile, signed, date, on verso.

Use offer TENOFFOVER50
Painted Furniture Woodland Nature Box Functional Art Botanical Garden Flowers Herbs

I custom made this keepsake box. The painted hinged box is designed using poplar wood painted a lovely shade of the softest creamy gray taupe white. The sides of this nature box are 1/2 stock poplar with mortised hinges. I love this base color. To compliment the color I decided to use a subtle simple design with greens and white flowers that cascade down the front. The botanical woodland flowers are from hydrangea to Queen Ann’s Lace and Lily of the Valley.

Palette: dark green, olive, leaf green, white, cream, light pewter gray.
Outside dimensions:14.75 x 11.5 x 8 inches
Inside dimensions: 12.75 x 9.75 x 6.5 inches
Every piece is signed and dated.
Hours to complete 7 1/2hrs
Ready to ship.
Box weighs 8lbs.

Twig Woodland Fairy House Handcrafted One of a Kind Custom Whimsical Fairy Furniture
Twig Woodland Fairy House Handcrafted One of a Kind Custom

Twig woodland fairy house handcrafted one of a kind magical whimsical nature art sculpture created for home and garden.

The fairy house is made from cedar and pine wood constructing the floor and walls with twigs from a downed dogwood tree for the roof. Bark and pine cone is broken up and glued by hand into place on the walls and polished pebbles frame the back window. On the top is a bench for sunbathing or nighttime star gazing with a table and two stools on the top platform for a dreamy dinner any two whimsical fairies would love. Inside there is a sofa or lounge bed table and chair with footrest. I love the pine wood pattern in this fairy furniture piece.

Now imagine this fairy house sitting up in the trees like a tree house? Notice the tree trunk going through the room and it aligns with the top platform.

Fairy house size: 11 x 6 x 9 inches.
Weight: 2.3lbs.
Fairy pictured NOT INCLUDED.

These are just a few of the unique custom work from Between The Weeds Etsy Shop and only till December 1 2014 can you get an extra 10% off. Remember all my work is one of a kind and there is only one of its kind so if you like something please order.

Miniature whimsical original art with a handmade easle.

Between The Weeds at Etsy
Autumn on the Mountain original oil painting.

This is how I doodle. I had a few gesso panels and some paint on the palette and well inspiration took over. These are three whimsical oil paintings that I painted and they all come with their own handmade easels. Check them out in my Etsy shop Between The Weeds Here

Whimsical Autumn Painting Mountain Fall Tree Moon Original Oil Landscape

Title: Autumn on the Mountain Medium: oil on panel
Whimsical Autumn Painting Mountain Fall Tree Moon Original Oil Landscape

A whimsical autumn painting of a mountain, a fall tree and a moon. My original landscape oil painting is painted on a panel and comes with a twig handmade easel.

The story of this painting is a tree sits on the mountain. The season is autumn and the leaves have changed to orange-red and yellow. The moon rises and the colors glisten under the light of the stars and moon. The air crisp but not too cold and apple scents and chimney smoke fill the air.

The easel is a bonus for you to use to display this whimsical nature landscape artwork. No need to frame.

Title: Autumn on the Mountain
Medium: oil on panel
Art Size: 5 x 5 inches
Signature: LR on front, signed dated and title on the back.

Whimsical Word Art Original Oil Painting Moon Stars Dream in Possibilities Easel

Whimsical Word Art Original Oil Painting
Whimsical Word Art Original Oil Painting Moon Stars Dream in Possibilities Easel

A whimsical word art original is painted in oil paints on a panel. Moon stars and the words Dream in Possibilities is written. This word art comes complete with its own twig easel.

The moon is full and the stars shine while a thin cloud drifts by, remember the dreams you hold and always dream in possibilities. Set this original oil painting anywhere you need a reminder to believe in yourself the world and all the possibilities the Universe has to offer.

Title: Dream in Possibilities
Medium: oil on Panel
Art Size: 4 x 4 inches
Signature: LR on front, signed dated and title en verso.

Tree Mountain Whimsical Painting Original Oil Landscape Nature Art Snow

Original Oil Landscape Nature Art Snow
Tree Mountain Whimsical Painting Original Oil Landscape Nature Art Snow

A whimsical landscape painting of a tree on a snow topped mountain is an original oil on panel nature art. This is a Northern Spruce tree and the sky is filled with stars. The air is fresh and clean and there are icicles forming on the one side. This whimsical original art comes complete with its own twig easel.

Set this original oil painting anywhere on your desk, a shelf or table top.

Title: Tree on Snow Mountain
Medium: oil on Panel
Art Size: 4 x 4 inches
Signature: LR on front, signed dated and title en verso.

easel for oil paintings
handmade easel for whimsical art.

Just finished a new pet portrait of a brown lab.

New pet portrait of a brown lab is an original oil painting dog portrait, titled Bosco – A Lab Lady. This is a tribute to Bosco a wonderful loving lab I once knew. She had eyes that spoke volumes filled with love and adoration. No matter what, a lab will give you all or nothing. What a great breed.

pet portrait brown lab by Laurie Rohner
Bosco – A brown lab lady.

Title: Bosco A Lab Lady.
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Canvas Size: 10 x 10 inches
Signature: Laurie Rohner on the front Card with signature title and date of painting tucked in the back.

Pet portraits by Laurie Rohner
Closer look at Bosco.

This is a painting to fit all brown lab owners or lovers of the breed. This is a one dog head portrait with a simple background.
More intricate background an extra $150 more.

Remember I can do other sizes and other breeds just give me an email.

The painting is on gallery wrapped canvas (3/4″ deep) with staples hidden on the back with wood. This painting has beautiful color and a great finish from high quality oil paints.

The staple-free sides of the canvas are painted. The painting continues around to the sides – framing is not required.

All rights are not transferable with the purchase of this painting and remain with the artist.
The copyright is for photographing and does not appear on the original.

Your painting is then safely packed and shipped via Priority Mail.

I ship everywhere. See my shipping policy for information.

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