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!! **
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?
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Back in the 70’s we used to read a book or play a game, build houses with blocks and ride our bikes to stay busy as children. Nowadays I watch our girls play games on the computer or watch Barbie videos on Youtube to keep busy. Yes, they still ride bikes and play with real Barbie’s when at home… but when they have to go to the office with Daddy & I, technology becomes their babysitter. Did you know that you can get a degree as a chef and become a Salad Bar Attendant in the game called “City Girl”? Neither did I; until 2 weeks ago.
Speaking of keeping busy as a child… we now have a new member of our house-hold who has taken up a lot of time and attention. He is a 10 month old grey bob-tailed kitten named Bob – yes, how apropos. He came with the name -but it really works for him.
He has rejuvenated our 7 yr old kitty (Domino) to play and be less dependent on “momma” for company. The two race around our home, chase laser lights, dig in the flower pots on the deck, and generally have a great time being cats. The girls love little Bob. Our youngest has taken it upon herself to carry him around, over feed him treats, and brush his fuzzy coat.
Bob realllllly loves my husband. Funny thing is, before Bob, my husband wasn’t really a cat kind of person. He tolerated Domino (the needy, mamma’s-boy) and was starting to warm up to our other kitty-boy (sweet Sparky) before he passed on to kitty-heaven unexpectedly. I have to admit, there’s something really ‘cool’ about Bob. He just kind of ‘owns the place’ with the way he struts in and takes rest on the couch. He has a calming presence. You can tell he likes people and wants to be part of what is going on. He has become our focal point lately.
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The other event that has been taking up some of my time is readying for the Artist Garage sale in downtown Everett. Rain or shine, hundreds of people come out to walk Hoyt and inside Shack Art Center looking for Artist supplies and deals on inventory sales from local Artists. It’s a fun event and something I’ve been doing every year for the last 6 years. If you look closely at this picture below, you can see my booth on the very end – left hand side. (I’m in the jean jacket and have red table cloths in my booth.) This year they will have a whole new way for us to set up, so not sure if I’ll be in that same spot. Sniff. But any spot is a great place to be selling. Do stop on by if you’re in the area! [click on picture or here for more details!!]
Wahoo!! It’s Art Walk tonight in Everett. And what a welcome event it will be!!
Am sure a lot of you know that the PNW has had a rough go of it in the on the weather side this week. It’s something we don’t normally deal with every Winter. I’ve scanned my FaceBook friends and read that there has been numerous people without power for a couple days, and others have stayed home to work. One tends to go a bit stir-crazy when we’ve had to stay in for 4 days. Am reallly looking forward to seeing people this evening!!
What will you be doing this weekend? Heading out in the crowds? Staying home to watch the latest episode of Travel thru the Backdoor? GOing grocery shopping? Taking on a new craft project? Drop a comment & let us know!
Oh, if you’re out & about in Everett, hope to see you tonight at 3231 Creatives/Black Door Studios or WiseDesignz. I’ll be at our studio space (BDS) for a couple hours and then hope to mosey on over to Wise Deisngz! Josey’s got some new great Oils on display & I’m excited to see them.
Getting ready for the Holidays usually starts around mid-October for me. (Can you relate??) Big sales start to celebrate Halloween and then go on daily from there… With the internet, I’ve been letting my fingers do the shopping. Having 2 little girls in my life now gives me a big excuse to check out all the new toys, dolls, and cool girl items! So far, have found Hello Kitty Watches, deals on a doll house, and new clothing items.
Speaking of shopping…. will be having a few new Art Shows on the docket soon:
• Washington Public Market
• Seattle Hill Elementary Craft & Vendor Show (PTA Fundraiser)
• Helping Hands Bazaar (PUD Fundraiser)
Our family just got back from an amazing trip to Yellowstone National Park. We had glorious sunny weather – not too hot & not too cold. The kids participated in the Jr Ranger program. Various workbook activities helped keep them busy along the long stretches of roadway, as well as taught all of us something about the National Parks & Yellowstone area.
A trip to the great outdoors really helps clear the mind… my husband & I used our driving time to not only take in scenery, but to come up with new ideas for our business back home. The biggest focus we both face is meeting customer needs. The Ranger program is designed to ask questions to get the audience to discover their surroundings and focus on what is important to them… Ah, what a great concept!
As an Artist, I’m wanting to learn about my customer & discover what their artistic taste is. If I can take a “I’ll think about it” response & convert it to a “Wrap it up, I’ll take it!” – there will be more success as a small business person. The key element is to not compromise the type of Art made, but learn to experiment with modifications for the general audience that are attending Art Shows.
In the next few weeks, I’ll be readying for this summer’s Shows. Lots of new pictures need to be printed – for Artisan Greeting Cards & matted prints. Stay tuned for up-coming show info!!