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?
Most 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.
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!
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!!
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!!
for handbags, zippers, you decide!
Antique Button Zipper Pull for Wallet or handbag
Holiday Bling – comes with gold box for gift giving
Holiday Wine Charm Set (Set of 4)
Holiday Wine Charm Set (Set of 4)
Zipper Pull for backpacks, handbags, wallets… you decide
Golden Present Wine Charms (Set of 6)
Fun up-cycled elements make this wearable necklace
Am looking to hear form you what types of holiday traditions you are looking forward to this year…. drop a comment, will ya’?
Do you remeber watching the movie “Freaky Friday” as a kid? [They also updated it with Jamie Lee Curtis in 2003.] The whole premise is wanting to be somebody else so badly that you wake up one Friday morning & you are… and what we learned was that it’s not always what we see that’s what we want. Perhaps it’s just the mere perception of what we see.
I sometimes think of taking photographs that way. What my Artistic eye sees isn’t always what’s in front of the lens. I use cropping methods, lighting techniques, and angles to involve my audience into something they may not have seen if they had been where I was looking. I like to engage people into the scene sometimes. Get them engaged with their senses other than eyes. Invole a response:
“That reminds me of our vacation last summer…”
“Can we go there to see that?”
“Where in the world was that taken?”
** Make sure to check out the 30 Day Challenge photos. At the end of this month I’ll be asking you to vote for your favorite!!
Examining Passion vs. Goals:
Recently read a blog entry from Mom Drop Box. She explored the differences between passion & goals. Interesting entry. I liked the last paragraph she wrote & wanted to share it with you:
“I think it’s good to assess your life, and change what you can in a way to make your life sync with your goals and passions. But it’s also good to realize that sometimes, there are trade-offs, and in those times, it’s okay to be at peace with the fact that we really can’t have everything we’ve ever wanted all at the same time. ”
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.