Been kind of quiet lately….

Looking back, it’s been a whirlwind of a year. It’s been nearly 10 months since my last posting. Where has the time gone?

20150108_131530-EFFECTSMost of my week’s time has been spent working for one of the PNW’s oldest “start-up” company – Nordstrom. Huge in the retail business and quickly becoming more noticed in the technology scene. My Talent Acquisition co-workers and I have been putting great people to work in the IT side of the house with fervent energy. I stepped into an office downtown near Pike Street Market (see picture – taken out of a window on the 11th floor) last August. Our building has beautiful views of downtown Seattle. Taking public transportation into work really cuts down on wear and tear on the vehicle – and it allows time to read, make new acquaintances, and get a bit of exercise walking from the bus stops.

Wanna-B-RockStar has been keeping pace. Am offering up Inventory pricing on Etsy sales thru July 7th. Take advantage of the Coupon Code CHRISTMASINJULY to receive 20% off your purchase! Email me if you don’t see what you are looking for. A few of my regular Wine Charm sets (i.e. Seattle/PNW, Alaska, Texas, Hawaii, Idaho, Alice & Wonderland, Garden, and Beach themed) that are not listed on the site; but I will still honor the coupon code thru July 7th.

Hope you have a great Summer Solstice! Keep tuned for my next posting.

~Angie15738853193_061ec685c9_o

Burning question needs to be addressed….

Question of the day… Are you ready for School to start?

I know I am!

We’ve had two young girls bouncing around the house with loads of energy and a high propensity to be in all sorts of business.  We’ve participated in swim lessons. Sold treasures at our Community Garage Sale. Packed (and unpacked) the car for Art Shows. Made our way to the Wild Animal Game Farm in Sequim, WA to feed bread to the deer, llamas, and bears.  Took multiple swings of the tennis rackets on several local tennis courts.  Broke in the new Bicycles.  As well as visited the library for “Splat the Cat” books!  Our latest adventure together was school clothes shopping.   Am surprised our youngest did not wear her favorite outfit to bed last night🙂

Am not ready to completely dismiss Summer for Fall, but am willing to present a “Welcome” sale for those of you who need a treat!!

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Promotion on Etsy Wanna-B-RockStar Shop:

On Sale now!! ** USE Coupon TAKE2 for these ITEMS ONLY by September 15th to receive $2 off your purchase!! **

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Be good to yourself!!

~Angie

Digital Downloads – yes or no?

Tree of Life - Venice Cathedral - copywright

In this day and age, having one’s photography more readily available thru on-line venues (stock photography, Etsy, photo providers, etc) is essential. Not only does it help boost credibility but lends to expanding the bank account when you least expect it!

Lately I added digital downloading to my photography Etsy account. Even tho my sales show low numbers, I’ve had several requests off-line for my photographic items. The competition is fierce with photography. Some photographers have fantastic work and make lots of $$ selling photo cards, prints and framed pieces. The majority have great items mixed with OK. What I’ve come to realize over the years is that no matter how good of a photographer one is, we all want someone to appreciate our work. But let’s face it, we all can’t have our mother’s buying all of our inventory! All I can do is to strive to improve my images and what I let the camera lens see.

I’ve been posting a lot more to flickr than Etsy, simply because of ease and time. I struggled with the concept of Digital Downloads – was it a sell out to the almighty dollar at hand instead of selling the actual print at a gallery or show? Would I loose inventory control? 

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This weekend – June 6th – you can find me down at the Artist Garage Sale in Everett from 9am until 3pm. [This is a FREE event – but a fundraising event is from 8am to 9am with early bird tickets.] Print this post out to receive a FREE Artisan Photo Card from my inventory!

Take a peek at a few Digital Images posted on Etsy. If you see anything you happen to like, let me know. Yes, it can be for sale. Feedback always welcome. ~Enjoy!

Ephesus - copywright Red Door - copywright Stormy Lighthouse - copywright Tree of Life - Venice Cathedral - copywrightBoots and Flowers - copywright ETSY Castle interior - - Split - copywright ETSY Red barn n geese - copywright Masks - Venice - copywright Patriotic Space Needle - copywright Street Carnival Masks - Venice - copywright

Your turn to Vote!

Necklace #6

Wahoo! It’s Spring. How many of  you are feeling ready for the new-ness of the Season? Did you plant any tulips or daffodils this winter? I’m super excited to watch the new growth come up.

I’m enlisting in your help!  Can you take a moment to vote for your favorite item? Once I have 100 votes, I will randomly pick a winner to award an item of their choice off my Etsy site – so spread the word!!

Etsy NeckBling:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/WannaBRockstar?section_id=7680930&ref=shopsection_leftnav_4

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Thanks,

~Angie

Horizons aren’t always flat

Honolulu Horizon

They said the earth was flat… until they explored it.  They said that man would never walk on the moon… until one day they did. If it weren’t for people dreaming BIG an taking chances, we would still be sitting in the dark with flickering candles eating dried out food with no or little seasoning.

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Why should we sit on the sidelines and let others do the cool creative stuff? The Pacific Northwest is knows for entrepreneurialism and those who push the envelope in artistic creativity. Artist like Chihully and Gary Larson started small and kept pushing their craft until they were recognized nationally. They took their passion to a whole new level and became successes in their own eyes and in the art field.

The daily plan we make for ourselves is not always a flat, easily attained one, but if crafted and executed with diligence, it will one day lead us to a success – our footprint in the sand of life.

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Octopus footprint

If you are in Everett this month – stop on by “We Do Art” for Art Walk or to introduce yourself to a few new Pacific Northwest Artists! See more information below.

Happy weekend!

~Angie

Our Monthly Artist Reception
We Do Art
March 15th
Saturday 4pm ~ 7pm
5612 Evergreen Way, Everett
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Guinnes
Presented by:
The White Buffalo Saloon
5616 Evergreen Way, Everett
Come Join the Fun
www.wedoart.net
Event Sponsors
The White Buffalo Saloon
5616 Evergreen Way
Artist Reception
Celebrating our Featured Artist:
Angie Sampson
We Do Art cordially invites you to attend our monthly event:
Saturday, March 15th
Between 4 pm ~ 7 pm
We Do Art’s Featured Artist:
Angie Sampson
I am an Artist – Photographer currently living in the Pacific Northwest. My three biggest passions are family, photography, and traveling. Growing up in a military family, I have lived in and traveled throughout the United States; as well as various destinations in North America, Australia, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean.Photography: My passion for photography started in a traditional fashion with a 35 mm camera & dark room training while in Junior High. Over the years I have practiced capturing time thru the lens using the play of light, color, shapes, & uncommon angles as some of my main focal points. Since the summer of 2004, I have been successfully selling & exhibiting thru Art Shows, various retail environments, and Stock Photography sites. My hope is to share “Scenic Experiences” from around the world with my audiences thru my photographs. Perhaps I can help you relive a memory, or help inspire you to see something new.

Wanna-B-RockStar
Creations: Handcrafted Wine Charms, Zipper Pulls, Fan Pulls, and Neck Bling. All items made with a combination of high quality beads, semi-precious stones, nickel free charms, and founded/re-purposed items. Customizing and selling fun “Bling on a Ring” since 2008.

Locally you may purchase my art at:
We Do Art
5612 Evergreen Way
Everett

During the Artist’s Reception
The White Buffalo Saloon will be offering
Corn Beef & Cabbage, Red Potatoes & a Pint of Guinness for $7
Thank you for your continued support in helping local artists & small businesses.
We Appreciate You!
About Us

We Do Art is a contemporary Art Gallery  featuring 27 local Artists & Fine Craftspeople.

Open Thursday, Friday & Saturday

11 am~6 pm
Our Gallery has additional space available for classes & meetings  catered by the best pizza place in town:  The White Buffalo Saloon
If you would like to become a member of      We Do Art, please contact Beth Glass @     425-238-2585 or

 

$5 towards a large pizza at The White Buffalo Saloon Spend $20 or more in our gallery and receive a coupon for the best pizza around!

Coupons count this time of year!

Everyone loves getting a great deal on purchases! I know I do. Have created a Coupon Code for my new Storenvy shop on-line. This precious 5 letter code gets you 5% off any product in my line.   Please contact me if you’re looking to make larger purchase for an event [company party, wedding, fundraiser, etc.]   I will send you a code for 10% off.

Coupon Code:  take5

** This offer good only thru December 10th, 2013.  Please allow a minimum of 10 business days for orders over 100.

Happy Thanksgiving!

~Angie

Want to envy my Storenvy? Take a peek….

My friend and I ventured to the Mall this past weekend. It had been quite a long time since I’d had to “fight” for a parking spot in a mall parking lot. It was full of mini-vans and huge SUVs smashed into skinny, compact parking stalls. We saw families with small children in tow carrying their Build-A-Bears and American Girl dolls. Serious shoppers passes by us with armfuls of bags (both paper and plastic). And of course one out of every four people carried a coffee cup from one place or another! Tis’ the season? Yes, Christmas music serenaded from speakers above.

I also got busy and opened up a new shopping spot of my own – a new on-line storefront at Storevy.com (http://wannabrockstar.storenvy.com/)  Please take a moment to check it out and drop me a line with your thoughts!

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Go ahead, belt out the “Jingle Bells” and “Here comes Santa Clause” with stamina this season!! I’ll be singing right along with you.

Cheers!

~Angie

Weekend of “Parts Unknown” & thoughts of travel

As the sun sets tonight, I sit in front of the key board to type a couple thoughts – Anthony Bourdain’s CNN show [http://www.cnn.com/video/shows/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown] in the background.

As I watch several episodes, my thoughts wander to traveling. Oh how I love to travel. Traveling to me is food for the soul. New sights, new smells, new perspectives. And I love to document travel thru photography.

Over the past 30+ years of taking pictures, I can literally catalog thousands of pictures taken all over the world – Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and all over the United States.  There’s nothing better to catapult me back into the moment. It’s so true what has been said about a picture is worth a thousand words.  Below are a few of my favorite pictures.

 

Am super thankful for the invention of better cell phone cameras. Now my husband has joined me in the photographic adventures. Our last trip to Hawaii going snorkeling has me thinking about more under-water photography.  Stay tuned for that expansion. Set us loose on the world, baby!

Take a look a the re-launch of the Photography Etsy page and let me know what you think!

http://www.abiznessdigital.etsy.com

Enjoy!

~Angie