Saturday, August 29, 2009

Blah- a rainy day

Just finished taking some photos of three new prints (that I had created last night) this morning...they came out awful though because of this gray and rainy day. The overhead spotlights cast an icky glare and they just don't mimic the real sun! Oh well. I was hard at work yesterday- I created four different sets of gift tags, and three prints. May have to do yet another re-shoot but not in any rush to start that.

Two of my prints I had so much fun creating last night- "Ginger" and "Mary Ann"- yes, the characters from "Gilligan's Island". A random idea popped into my head to create little caricatures of them, so I did. I may have a theme going...I don't mean I am going to create the rest of the cast (well, unless I received a special request to do so), but I may explore other celebrities or tv/movie characters.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Banners and Avatars...

Today I created both a banner and an avatar for my friend Donna's vintage-selling site on Etsy. Her requirements? Put a flamenco dancer on it...other than that I had free artistic range with this project.

It was very fun to make, just don't know why the banner isn't uploading to her site...I had to contact Etsy via email so I hope I hear back soon. Right now only her avatar is showing up. Weird, right?

I will never understand computers and tech issues, not ever. I made the banner for "Zelda's Jewels" in the same manner that I created my own, the correct pixels and whatnot. So I don't get it. Guess I will just have to be patient and wait.

I am also going to sell "Zelda" on my Etsy store as a print, and then link Donna's site on there...hopefully we will both get some traffic for this!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Craft Fair

I hauled my stuff over to the craft fair yesterday morning...bright and early just like I mentioned before. Got there a little after 7:00 a.m., but it didn't take me too long at all to set up. By the time I sat down it was still only 8:00 a.m., and I had another hour to go until everything opened up. I know now for next time to bring a good book along with me!

I didn't sell very much, I mostly think that the audience wasn't the right one for me...the craft fair took place on the lawn of a church, but the fair itself was advertised as a joint craft fair/yard sale thing. So most people that ventured there had come solely for bargaining and heckling. Oh well.

On a more positive note, I met two very nice ladies there- one a jewelry vendor and another an imprinting company. Both gave me great advice and pointers/tips. The jewelry vendor, Barbara, is actually going to order a custom print from me (so that's a future sale which I am psyched about and excited to create), and Patty, the imprinter (is there such a title?) just may have better pricing than cafe press, so I will have to look into all of that.

All in all it was a good experience and I am glad to have made two contacts whom I hope to stay in touch with. I finally finished my reshoot of some of my newest prints...they are now at home on Etsy.

For other news not art-related...

This morning, my neighbor found one of our cats outside of our window on the ledge- mind you, we live on the second story. Thank God that she was there to rescue her. I have no earthly idea on how she escaped...I am guessing it may be that she got out from one of the livingroom windows which has a huge hole and needs to be patched (ah, the joys of renting...the hole was there when we moved in) and jumped to the adjacent ledge to the window that is attached to the hallway. Maybe she saw a bird? Who knows... Needless to say, the window is now shut and we are going to buy a patch kit- or most likely a whole new screen.

I don't know what I would have done if we had lost our cat...we recently literally just lost our dog to old age. I don't think I could have went through another loss so quickly. Maybe Pokey was looking out for us, after all?

I hope you had a nice weekend; it's been one heckuva week for me!

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