You wander in impenetrable darkness. Your Mother mourns.
Someone wrote to me about how I got started getting serious with my Etsy shop. It really helped me put together some thoughts. Here's what I wrote.
Thanks for asking, I think it helps me to consider the answers for a refresher.
I would say that in the beginning, yes, I built inventory. Have lots of it, all price ranges.
Each sale helped my morale too. I just couldn't believe it was really happening. Before that I thought $300 was a good year. I am high strung and get all flummoxed learning new stuff. Will I be good enough? Will people like me? lol
What made a big difference for me was having a friend who encouraged me and believed in me when I have a hard time doing that for myself. She put some of my things in a shop she manages on consignment. Having that foothold in the Real World helped me stay grounded. You know how the Internet can be so unreal?
I also joined the EtsyMudTeam and a good team is worth a fortune in experience.
Another factor is mastering each step. It used to take me almost half a day to package up a sale. Now I do it before breakfast. Here is a list of things you have to do and each one counts. Making you beautiful products, photography (the most important thing of all), listing with good descriptions and tags, marketing (getting seen), shipping and staying sane and happy.
But the biggest thing, I believe, is having your product stand out. Really research yourself and find something unique to your vision. Don't be afraid to put it out there. The amazing and wonderful thing about our times is your audience is HUGE, billions of potential customers. Share yourself with your target audience and be fearless!
You 6 should start a team if you haven't already. And send me a list of them, I will visit all their shops. Love your little foxes and that basket!!! Consider making small prints of the originals or greeting cards.
Write me anytime if I left something out.
This week I took an unintended break and worked on 2D drawings and images with my computer. It was a distraction from all the glazing and pottery I need to do. I hope to start using screen printing to get more colors than just the sepia I’ve been limited to with the laser decal transfers. I particularly want some jet black for my crows and ravens. I also hope to use them for black accents along with my sepia decals.
Before we moved down here to N Calif, I bought a neat toy called Teresa Collins Stampmaker. With it you can make your own texture stamps and even stencils. Tried a few of these with limited success. I’ll try again until my supplies run out. Who knows I might get some great texture stamps from it. But the price is also exorbitant at $120 or more.
I also bought the EZScreenPrint Kit earlier this week, on the recommendation of Judy Freeman, a fellow Etsy Mud Team member. https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudyBFreeman Thanks so much! She has wonderful how to videos on YouTube. The package came super fast! Played around with making some crows for my mugs and such.
Of the two kits, tne EZScreenPrint Kit was much easier and less messy. I got some good crisp images on the first try. The Teresa Collins Stampmaker is messy and clunky in comparison to the EZ method, though some love it. I’ll try again until my supplies run out. Who knows I might get some great texture stamps from it. But the price is also exorbitant at $120 or more.
I also did some drawings for some custom cookie cutters I am going to have made. These I hope to use to make some luminaries.
All in all, I enjoyed my hiatus from clay.
It's been a long time since I made a blog post. Just not very good at this keeping all my ducks in a row.
This morning while packing up some things to ship, my dh asked me why I was so lame at wrapping when I take such care with my art. The truth is I'm going through a phase where I don't know if I'm good at all, at art, at life, at anything. So I thought I'd put down a few thoughts.
When you do anything for a period of time, you start to face your character flaws head on. The one I'm facing now is my not wanting to be predictable and brilliant on demand. I find myself being careless, the opposite of what I should be doing.
I like the rewards of selling and getting appreciated but feel like a monkey on a leash. Perhaps this will pass or perhaps I need to get a new mission statement. Or maybe I just need a vacation.
December is not a good month for me. Many bad memories of Christmases in an alcoholic family come up. I have to struggle through as best I can each year.
Here I am at 3 years old. Wasn't I sweet an innocent then?
My grandmother was my favorite person as is so true for many small children. I was the only daughter of their only daughter so I think they thought I was pretty special. Those days were happy before it got really ugly.
I'm also revisiting the baby and elf baby themes. Having made several baby bowls before I wanted to try my hand at doing some of these Rock A Bye babies for the Christmas tree or to celebrate a new baby. Next I will revisit the bowls and some spoons, as well as other functional pieces.
Since it's Halloween, I dragged out a picture of my granddaughters in their costumes when they were very young. I made all of them myself. I was a gung ho grandma and did this every year until they grew too big. Sorry Emily I don't have one of you posted here.
Here is one of you at Christmas when you were about that age.
My jars present some problems, one being scale and the other being failure rate. As a result sometimes I have heads floating around with no bodies to fit them and vice versa. It is easiest to create them together but when that isn't possible I might need to fake it. This bunny is an example. I loved the way the head turned out but it didn't fit any available body. I found this one and they matched perfectly but I never would have planned it this way.
Really didn't like the fox head before so made major work on it. Used a photograph of a fox I found online for accurate detail. Very happy with the results and have a better understanding of what to do next time I make a fox head.
Started a large zoomorphic fox vessel. Also a small Zen Cat with tiny mouse tucked in his robe. That part was Doug's idea.