Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

Peter's Pumpkin Patch
Peter’s Pumpkin Patch

After painting these three pumpkins I couldn’t get that age-old sing-song poem out of my head. The playfulness of this nursery rhyme is one that has always been a personal favorite, but under the rhyme is a very strange tale. I mean, who was Peter’s wife that he felt compelled to “keep her” in a claustrophobic fruit? And who was Peter that he would even do such a shocking thing? Either his wife was one nasty grump or Peter was a wife abuser. Maybe both are true? In the end, though, the wife gets a really raw deal while Peter is footloose and fancy-free. That is of course unless he needs a foot to hold down the top of the pumpkin shell.

Peter, Peter pumpkin eater, had a wife but couldn’t keep her. So he put her in a shell, and there he kept her very well.

What nonsense has been handed down to us? And this is a very old nursery rhyme — dating back to the 18th century. But many versions of Peter’s tale have been published since then. We all know of the Mother Goose version, but I came across another published in 1868 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Peter, my neeper, Had a wife, And he couidna’ keep her, He pat her i’ the wa’, And lat a’ the mice eat her.

Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater
A Mother Goose illustration by William Wallace Denslow

No thank you. I think I prefer the Mother Goose version to that fate.

But, thankfully, someone conjured a new verse and saved the wife and. possibly, Peter in the end.

Peter, Peter pumpkin eater, Had another and didn’t love her; Peter learned to read and spell, And then he loved her very well.

Ah, the benefit of a solid education. If only.


Christmas Card Shop

Creating Christmas cards has been so much fun. I hope those who receive one of these cards feel as great a pleasure as I have this year. I’m thinking about other occasions for which you might enjoy my designs. If you are in need of a few Christmas cards check out my Contact page for more information. And many thanks to my supporters.

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 Love and Peace,




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It seems my main focus for October is Christmas cards. Halloween will be a blip on the screen as the push for December 25th begins. Thanksgiving Day is a brief respite and offers a moment of sanity — at least that is what we hope for. In reality, with Black Friday encroaching more and more into the “feast of thanks,” Thanksgiving is like the starting lineup at the stock car races. We can hear the engines roar, just waiting for the green flag to drop. I am a traditionalist. I like all the holidays, and I want them in order. Halloween, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, and New Years.

Yet even a purist such as myself is sucked into the pre-holiday marketing race. And the race is on, so I present you two very prettily packaged Christmas greetings cards. You can find all the information about them on the Contact page.


Everything’s Coming Up JADE

It is fun to create and publish cards for JADE Studio. Many of my watercolors are conducive to card design, and I envision many more cards in the future. JADE Studio’s first card was for Christmas — in 1992. After a few years illustrating, it became apparent that JADE Studio didn’t serve all my purposes, and C Hintz Studio was created to focus solely on original art. It’s working well, I’m happy to say.




A Sympathy Card? 

Calla LilyWell, yes. It started out as a sympathy card, but I see this card will reach more people than those suffering the loss of a loved one.  The front might simply say, “I’m So Sorry.” The blank inside leaves room for one to express any kind of sentiment.



Joy and Peace



To be or not to be… JADED

A few days ago, I expected to announce fantastic news of JADE Studio® Christmas cards — hot off the press — boxed and ready for delivery. Now I learn my geographical area is not served by “Facebook Shops.” My plan for a shop on Facebook is foiled before it’s begun. So chuck the lemons, I just don’t feel like making lemonade.

Hope Deferred

Foiled or failed, the result is the same – we’re screwed. We all know the feeling of failure that comes sometimes through no fault of our own. But “foilure” or failure brings the same heartache, and heartache hits the instant hope is gone. Learning my JADE Studio® shop won’t be opening after weeks of work was more than a little disappointing. You can say, my hope was, most surely, deferred.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but, when desire comes it is the tree of life.

Ancient Proverb

Heartache can make us so sick we’re tempted to quit. We may believe in ourselves, we may have faith in our idea; but, how many times do we beat our heads against a brick wall without going crazy? Doesn’t it make you just want to give up completely? Trash the idea — pull the covers over your head — who cares anyway? Wait a minute! I care!

While in a state of anger and discouragement I wondered, “Who can help?”  Who. Can. Help? Then my skewed thinking shifted, and I began a mental chant; like the Little Engine that Could I said, “I guess I can.” And like that “Little Engine,” I started assessing my ability to DO. “I guess I can” evolved into, “I think I can” and slowly my confidence grew. Now, I’m faced with one basic question: Do I go forward publishing cards under JADE Studio®?

Being “jaded” is part of my success story.

JADE Studio® began twenty-five years ago in my home. I started Jade mainly to illustrate and publish greeting cards but did other design work, as well. A few of the designs and illustrations from that early studio still rate as some of my favorites.



Over time, I invested myself more in watercolor painting and the printed artwork was set on the backburner. Now C HINTZ STUDIO is the home of my original artwork. Naming my art studio allows my printed work to resurface: JADE Studio® now continues as an imprint of C HINTZ STUDIO for greetings cards and all printed artwork.



You bet I’m going forward! JADE Studio® Christmas cards have been printed. We are starting with two Christmas card designs, but there will be other cards and maybe bookmarks, postcards, etc. down the road. I have hope for the future, and — while not the tree of life — I have a higher perspective. I’m so happy to be a jaded lady!

This first card, “Contemporary Nativity,” is a card originally produced in 2003, which I am bringing back this year. There is no written greeting – the illustration says it all. This card is die cut in a shape that can fold to become its own envelope – 3X5″ when folded. They come packaged in eights with 8 gold seals.  




This second card, “Christmas Treats,” is a new design from my 2016 watercolor painting. This is the first year for Christmas Treats, It is a 5X7″ Christmas card with Merry Christmas in hand-scrawl, are blank on the inside, and include envelopes. They come boxed in eights.

You can find more information about JADE Studio® cards on the “Contact” page.


Love and Joy,