Trees of Transition

Planting seeds of hope throughout our world through sharing photography and thoughts on teaching, cooking, and life transitions.


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How DO You Start a Small Business? Book Review of The Business Boutique


Are you not sure how to run a business and desire more guidance before you prepare that first batch of cupcakes or sew that first apron to sell? A book that has been helping me figure out business is Christy Wright’s Business Boutique: A Woman’s Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves. Christy walks her readers through dreaming, thinking through, and then starting up a business. She encourages you to “Make money doing what you love!”

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Need Notecards? Cheerful Cards for Sale

Need some spring notecards? I have small and large cards at my online shop!Snapping the photos for all these cards made me so happy, and my joy increases as I get to share these cards!

— Use this link to shop at my Etsy photo card/notecard/art shop: Trees of Transition Art & Design

Thank you for stopping by, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope

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Mother’s Day is May 8th in the USA–Need a Card?

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Mothers deserve great honor–for the prayers they pray, the food they cook, the hours of stories they listen to… Honor your mother with a bright photography card designed by Trees of Transition Art and Design (Created by me!) at my Etsy shop found through this link:  Trees of Transition Art and Design

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If you would like a custom message for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or a Graduation card, just message me through the Etsy shop or at treesoftransitiondesigns@gmail.com.

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I’m even trying greeting cards in Spanish! The one above is my first one…and if you have an idea for another one, let me know and I’ll create it.

One aspect I love about these cards that I make, is that when they are blank on the front, I attach the photo using photo corners. That means that the person who receives the card can pop the photo out when they are done with the card and frame it! My cousin, Jill, liked a shower invitation I designed, and she framed it and placed it in her bathroom: Continue reading


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Thoughts on Being a Shop Owner for a Year (and a Birthday Coupon!)

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Need some spring greeting cards? I have the answer! Yesterday was my photo card shop Trees of Transition Art and Design’s 1st Birthday, So I’m extending a Flash Sale at the shop–get 40% off your order by using the code at checkout FIRSTBIRTHDAY (good until midnight.)  See more at: www.etsy.com/shop/TreesofTransitionArt

Another stupendous deal: If you would like a free photo book from the photography company where I print many of my photos, follow this link: https://invite-shutterfly.com/x/SMHR3s
A couple of months ago, after seeing how excited I was about creating cool cards, my Dad said, “She’s definitely a small shop owner!” He went on to say that “You are the daughter, granddaughter, and great granddaughter of small shop owners.” I’m proud to be part of that heritage of coming from a family of blacksmiths. In honor of how may Dad created wrought iron, I created cards and a handy 3-ring binder to celebrate this:
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Sharing Art and Increasing Generosity: How To Start An Etsy Shop

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Have a quirkly scarf you like to crochet or images you enjoy painting and desire to sell some? Creating an Etsy online shop might be just what you need! Etsy.com lets you create a shop and list your items for minimal fees, so if you are  a tiny business wanting to see if there is a market for your items or an established business desiring to connect with customers all over the world, start an Etsy shop!

Last winter while I mopped the animal hospital where I work part-time, I received inspiration to give some of the profits of my shop to non-profit organizations that help people transition well through life.

In March of 2015 Trees of Transition Art and Design launched into the world market with a couple of paintings, some pressed flower note cards and wall art, and a few other greeting cards. Now my site has grown to include bright nature photography on greeting cards and framed from places like Costa Rica, Michigan, and many other places all over the United States.

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Love is in the Air!

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The colors of this card convey love and peace in a way only a sunset can…This favorite of Lake Michigan shipped to a co-worker today! My first non-family repeat customer. 🙂 If you need cards for weddings or birthdays coming up, check out http://www.etsy.com/shop/TreesofTransitionArt

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Introducing Guest Artists: A 3-Year Old and Her Mom And (Even Small Children Like My Cards!)

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There are over 50 greeting cards, one of the designs are by three-year-old Pearl and her Mom Sunny, so check them out at https://www.etsy.com/shop/TreesofTransitionArt

My nephew liked looking into my card box (and pulling everything out of it). He is one curious boy. He wanted to put the glue stick on his lips (he thought it was chap stick!) So even a one-year-old likes my cards.

I’m proud to announce:

Pearl and Sunny Jonas’ Year of the Sheep cards are up on Etsy (at my Etsy shop–TreesofTransitionArt)!

Here’s their story:

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