Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Heeellloooo, Etsy!

I did it. Finally. I opened my Etsy shop. YIKES!!!! In spite of being so, so crazy busy...(I have been babysitting my 10 mo. old grandson, as usual, AND a 2 year old AND her 5 mo. old brother. In addition to my own kids who are still not in school til Wednesday!!!!) I just thought: why not? Am I EVER going to feel 100% ready??? Probably not! So, I plunged. I listed 6 items, 5 of which are handmade artsy-type things. It's a little nerve wracking. Just puttin myself out there for all to critisize or ignore...YIKES...YIKES, I say!!!!

Anyway, here is a peek:

Thanks for looking girls...

Here's lookin at Wednesday....(school starts!)



Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Paper Muse Heaven

I spent three days last week filling in for the fabulous Camie at my favorite paper arts store, Paper Muse. She went camping with her family and I was soooooooo excited when she asked if I could help her out. Like, seriously...she actually PAID me to sit in her GORGEOUS store, talk to wonderful people and create art when it was slow. huh. Still trying to make sense of it. I do something I love, AND I get paid for it??? Puh-lease!!! It was AWESOME!!!

Well, I did have technical dificulties...not entirely out of character for me. I bumble along on the computer and usually someone ends up fixing it for me, or I spend HOURS trying to do it myself, and then stumvle on the answer and fee;l all proud of myself. That was definitely the case the first morning, but I got it worked out (with Tifany's help and only a few panicked calls to Camie)and the rest of the time was smoooooth. Here's a look:

A fun display of 7 Gypsies stuff hanging on 4 mismatched doors hinged together. Some of the doors have shelves on them to display stuff. I'm definitely doing this when I get a studio!!!

GORGEOUS glass glitter of many colors:

This is her beautiful bird, Piper, he sings so sweet! And he's orange!!! And he didn't peck me once! Love him!

Love, love, love this store!!! It's a little slice of paper artsy heaven!!! Thank you Camie for letting me play while you were gone...I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

p.s. Sorry, I know I put two of the same photo, but I just CANNOT figure out how to take it off once I upload it to my post...can anyone help???

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Etsy banner!

Whew! I have been trying to focus on getting my Etsy shop up and running, and I made this cute little image for my banner. I really wanted to make my own, but I don't have Photoshop yet (yikes, I know, I feel like a total dweeb. I keep telling my husband how much I NEED it, know how it is...), and all the tutorials for making your own use Photoshop. So, I just decided I'd make my own on paper. Huh! Easier said than done!
I made this cute little guy, and then had to hack it up to get it to be the right size. Those Etsy people are soooo picky about that! It had to be 760 pixels wide by 100 pixels tall. After much fiddling and cropping, I finally did it. It is successfully uploaded! Yippee!
That MAJOR hurdle over, I'm giving myself 4-6 weeks to gather some more stuff and finish a few projects and get the store actually open. I can't wait!!!
How about a little feedback? What kind of stuff do you look for on Etsy? What makes you melt? Do you like kits, or one of a kind art? Supplies like seam binding, millinery, wallpaper? What about collage sheets? Any help is greatly appreciated!
Thanks girls! Have a wonderful day!!