Digital Downloads – yes or no?

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!

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!

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:

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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!


Baby it’s cold outside…

As much as I love Fall and Winter, the first days of wet and cold really grab hold and make me retreat in doors. Slowly, I make my way outside to take in the sights and smells.

With December now in play, I find myself getting excited for the Holiday season!! Carols are on the radio. Tiny lights line the streets downtown. Leaves pile up in yards beckoning for squirrels to come bury nuts. Neighbors start putting up their Christmas trees and lights. People seem a little friendlier… or maybe I just am!

Been creating all sorts of new goodies for sale. Have taken a handful of Christmas cards and assorted “Wanna-B-RockStar” bling to the Gallery. I’ve loaded up my Etsy site with Holiday Wine Charms and sale gifts.  As well as been working on a couple custom orders. (Those are always my favorites!!) Let me know if you have a custom order for the Holidays. You can order thru the Etsy site or email me directly.

A couple recent items shown below!!

Am looking to hear form you what types of holiday traditions you are looking forward to this year…. drop a comment, will ya’?


Valentine’s Day & month of February Promo

FREE SHIPPING available. Enter Coupon Code upon purchase – FSPROMO. Good thru end of February!!

With the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, why not give a OOAK gift? Take your pick from these hand-made goodies – all made with quality beading & handiwork. There’s also a selection for those of you who like to recycle & re-use. Used to decorate & distinguish Wine Glasses, Coffee Mugs, & some Beer Pilsner stems. Artist will take requests for custom pieces. Here are just a few ideas…



If you’d like to WHOLESALE these items in your retail establishment, contact me for an appointment. Minimum order required. 



On the Phone & revved up!

Part of being a small business owner is learning about your tools and how to use them. There’s lots of trade materials to sift thru to learn “how to” create this or that, or how to hone a skill-set. You Tube has been posting all sorts of things from lessons on Oragami to jewelry making. It’s a wonderful reference library at one’s fingertips.

One of the tools that I often forget to use is the old fashioned telephone! How many of us pick up the phone & start dialing our customers to check in with them? I often find myself turning to email to do this. Why is it? Fear of rejection? Fear of sounding silly on the other end?

Working with my husband, I find myself on the phone calling his customers all the time. It takes a mere minute or two & it really does lend itself as a personal touch. Hmmm, maybe there’s a bigger lesson for me here?!

I have started beefing up advertising lately. This is the kind of activity can be done at any time, thank goodness. It takes a little more effort and time, but customers are seeing my products and ordering. One step at a time.

Here’s the latest creations for Etsy. Enjoy!

Best Sellers -- Gold Wine Party - Wine Charms


Shiver me timbers…

Brrrrr! The ole thermometer just plunged 15 degrees over the past week and we’re not exactly used to that in the Western part of Washington. Have to admit that I was ECSTATIC to see all the snow flurries finally some our way. My step-daughters thoroughly enjoyed making mini-snowmen in the yard. They spent hours outside making their little fingers turn red with near frostbite. Brought back a lot of memories. Made me think of those times we went to Grandma’s and didn’t have our boots… she just fashioned a pair out of bread-bags & rubber-bands. We didn’t care. Heck, we just wanted to go OUT in that snow!!

Maybe it was the newness of the snow covered tree-tops, or showcasing of wintery skies; in any case, today was a good day to get clarity. Ever worked on a project for a long time? It feels like the never-ending journey while you trudge thru it, wondering if it’s really the right thing to do or not. Often, the end goal (or answer) is the culmination of time spent in discovery. Sometimes we just need to work things thru to find out that the original idea we had was a mere conduit for something else. Today I had such a discovery. It took a big step in another direction and then dialogue with a good friend to realize that what I was truly searching for was really just in front of me… Am glad for those moments.


And now for something far less philosophical! Etsy has a lot of really talented Artisans. Over the past few weeks I’ve been taking note of them & creating what they tag as “treasuries”. Thought I’d share the lists with you & encourage you to comment, share, or maybe even find some new goodies for Valentine’s Day!! Hope you enjoy!

Treasury list: