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? 

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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!

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

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Thanks,

~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

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’?

~Angie

Making Valentine’s Day count with your loved ones

“Will you Be Mine?”  

Remember handing out Valentine’s Day cards as a kid? There was all kinds of themes you could choose from: Super-Heroes, Peanuts, Scooby-Doo, and cutsie cartoons… We always made our own to give to Mom & Dad. You know the ones? Pink or Red construction paper, markers, glitter, and lots of X’s & O’s!

As we get older, we (especially the ladies) set our sites on romance & dreamy notions. Will I get asked out on a date? Will there be a proposal? Will I get that Mac-Daddy box of Chocolate I’ve been hoping for??? Hmmmmmmm.

It goes without saying that the retailers really celebrate the whole commercialism side of it. For the past few weeks,  television & radio advertising introduce new  Hallmark & Jewelry commercials, M&M candy promo’s, reminders of  dinner reservations, flower deliveries… Who is St Valentine anyway & why are we celebrating?

This is what I found on Wikipedia. It’s not the “romantic” we see in movies, but in the literal sense, it reigns true:

“Saint Valentine (in LatinValentinus) is the name of several (14 in all [2]martyred saints of ancient Rome. The name “Valentine”, derived from valens (worthy, strong, powerful), was popular in Late Antiquity.[3] Of the Saint Valentine whose feast is on February 14, nothing is known except his name, that he was buried on the Via Flaminia north of Rome on February 14, and that he was born on April 16. It is even uncertain whether the feast of that day celebrates only one saint or more saints of the same name. For this reason this liturgical commemoration was not kept in the Catholic calendar of saints for universal liturgical veneration as revised in 1969.[4] But “Martyr Valentinus the Presbyter and those with him at Rome” remains in the list of saints proposed for veneration by all Catholics.[5] 

My simple advise would be, find the people you love & celebrate them somehow this season. February is a cold month, so it’s apropos to make the whole month count!!

XOXOXO’s to all of you,

~ Angie

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XOXOXOXO out to my friend Ursula

This posting dedicate to a generous, warm-hearted person, Ursula. A big XOXOXO to you, my friend!! To find out more about her plight, go here: http://www.giveforward.com/ursulastocke

Making my list & checking it twice

The air is getting that oh, too familiar crispness to it & I’m loving it! We were at a Holiday party a couple nights ago in the historic district of Kent, WA. Very cute area. Lots of fun restaurants & shops. The food was deeeelish & the company was outstanding! (Hey, how many times can you say that about a Holiday party?) It was cold that night & I was super glad to have on my long wool coat for the evening.

“It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…” cam e to mind as we strolled down tree-lit walkways. Something so romantic about bright, little twinkle lights hung simply along a tree limb. Makes your countenance light up & begin to feel all cheery inside. Yes, it is the season of goodwill towards men. (Too Polly-Anna for you? You can deal with it.)

Crisp & cool weather!

Earlier that day, I started making my lists & checking in with the relatives. Does Sally really need this? Have any ideas for Bob? Thankfully, our family decided quite a few many years ago to limit our gift-giving activities to children & the names we pick out of a hat. We really do focus in on the food & hanging out together. It’s very refreshing. But there’s still that one person who you can never really think of what to give.

Because my husband & I devised some pre-Holiday travels of our own, this last week has been focused on trying to get custom orders for Etsy customers out before the 2nd week of December. So far, so good. Got most items all wrapped up & shipped out yesterday. Am very thankful Pay Pal has a label making tool with a postage feature. One doesn’t really want to spend precious hours at their neighborhood Postal Office this time of year…

Am sure we’ll order a few gifts on-line and gather the food items closer to the date. I figure that one or two days of shopping with the rest of the frenzied shoppers won’t be so bad. I really don’t mind intermingling with all the shoppers as long as I can blast Christmas Carols in the car.

Happy list checking!

~Angie

New items on Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/87686729/oregon-state-pride-state-wine-charms

http://www.etsy.com/listing/87690582/upcycled-coral-beads-ear-bling

http://www.etsy.com/listing/84034935/assembled-rosy-joy-necklace

http://www.etsy.com/listing/87685738/idaho-pride-state-wine-charms

Sweet enough to Eat!!

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)

http://www.etsy.com/listing/84034935/special-price-crazy-candy-corn-necklace
Sweet enough to Eat!!

Stay tuned for details!!
~Angie