Thursday, January 5, 2017

I am Updating My Website Again.

Last October I renewed my hosting space on IPage. I was under the impression that it meant I was also renewing my URL fees. I was SO wrong. I am very unhappy to learn that an internet troll bought my URL and is selling it for the outrageous price of $498. No one in their right mind should pay that much for a URL. So, my URL has changed slightly and I am in the process of re-developing my website. It means starting from square one. It also means that I am making changes (for the better, I hope).

Developing a beautiful website that is also functional and tailored to my business at the stage I have grown, is not easy. It not only takes patience, but it also takes introspection too. I have changed my approach to an online presence several times. As I learn about e-commerce, I also learn what works and what does not work for me. What is successful for others may not be successful for me or it may not fit my vision of where I want my business to be.

It will take me a little time to make the changes I have planned. I will post my progress as it happens. In the meantime I will remain on Blogger and on Facebook. I am looking forward to the new challenges.  

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Unfinished Projects

On my To Do List is to finish projects I have started and walked away without finishing them. This mask is one such project. I like it but was not sure where to continue with it. So, it has hung in several spots of my art room waiting for inspiration.It would make an excellent addition to a Ides of March display. This year I will be at the Wabash Valley Flee Market in Terre Haute, Indiana. So It is now hanging on my swing lamp where I have to look at is often. If I am inspired in time, I will take it with me then.   

Monday, November 21, 2016

6 Things I Learned From Saturdays Failed Fair

Saturday I attended a local  Christmas event as a vender. I was pleased with my setup which is something I have been concentrated on for sometime. My space looked GOOD. But I did not sell my products. What went wrong? This is what I learned.

1. Presentation is EVERYTHING. I will spend my off months improving my packaging of my beautiful HANDMADE products.

2. Two deminational is a hard sell. ALL of my wall art will be FRAMED.

3. Items in the back do not get seen. ALL of my novelty items will be out up front.

4. Signage is necessary.  I will make BEAUTIFUL signs that invite customers to LOOK and BUY my items.

5. LEAVE MY HEARING AIDS HOME. Every event I have attended has been LOUD. My aids let in all the noise - very uncomfortable for me.

6. Get a good night's sleep the night before.  It will be a LONG day.

I am determined not to be discouraged.  I have a few months to regroup for next year.

Monday, November 14, 2016

I spent my Sunday afternoon experimenting with my geli plate

Then making greeting cards. The more I play the more I want to try.  This card is waiting for a sentiment and then it's done. I like the way my pens write over the paint. Thus releases me from having to frame everything.  It opens more possibilities.  I am pleased.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Holidays

This is the time of year when our thoughts are drawn to family. We start to cook special foods. We polish silver, clean the special dishes that get used only once a year. We look through picture albums and reminisce about childhood long past. Plans for pilgrimages to "Grandma's house" begin to take shape. Store adds begin to be of special interest. We  make huge plans for all day shopping trips. Our car trunks become secret treasure chests. We begin to stir up those mysterious feelings that convince us that miracles can happen.
But for some ,it is the beginning of long days and even longer nights.  We reminisce too, but the warm and fuzzy feelings only add to our sense of longing for something that will not be. We go through our holidays smiling like the rest of you. But we do not have any reason to believe or even imagine a miracle.  There are no children to play with. There are no family meals to plan. Black Friday is not a shopping day but a description of our day. The holidays are only a reminder of what was, what is NOT to be ever again. We look for ways to survive only to know we will have to do it again next year.
Please take the time to be aware of each other.  Be mindful of why we celebrate our families this time of year. It is the best hardest time of the year.



Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Nothing is going as Planned

I am having a boat load of problems posting this weeks post. From odd things taking me away from my computer, to my phone not uploading my entire post today. So I am forced to doing it again. I planned to post a videoed tutorial (that will have to wait until Friday now.) but I will have to settle with showing you a card made with my new art tool, a geli pad

This afternoon I found myself stressing and I took that as an excuse to try out my new geli pad. I made a few prints and then decided to try my had at making a card with one of my designed papers. This design was my favorite. I even tried my hand at zentangling in the spaces. I am thrilled. I will deffinately be adding to my card stash.

 I am going to be at the Covington Christmas Fair on November 19. The craft fair is open from 9:00 am Indiana time till 3:00 pm.  I will have new things to sell including my new geli/zentangle cards. 


A word out to my Bible Art Journaling Group. We will have a road trip to Creek Bank Creations in Perrysville for our last group next week. We will leave the library at 1:00 pm Central time. You may shop and still have time to get back for your children after school. I am excited that Julie Creek  has made it possible to shop. Thank you Julie. We have enjoyed using the products that you so graciously leant us. We appreciate your giving heart.