A Little Something

When rapid cycling hits like this, I always feel like a hot mess.  The reality is never as bad as it feels inside, but sometimes that Truth is hard to find.  It helps to have a little something to show for my time.

I finished my Solstice Cards and got them sent out—a project that took two months exactly.  After a big project, I always feel at loose ends anyway.  With the bipolar stuff added on this time, I’m pretty goofy.  So, I tried to make a few cards for my Etsy site this weekend.  I haven’t done that in a while, and it helped.

My “Star Trek Line” isn’t hugely popular, but they make me happy.  That’s all that matters right now.  I’ll get these added to the inventory a little later today, but wanted to share—to prove that I’m still me inside the hot mess.

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Daddy Issues

14 Days of Valentines—What Do Women Want

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This, of course, is the internal dialogue of most men today.  Good luck, fellas.

May everyone survive the day unscathed and deeply loved.

14 Days of Valentines—Love Camp

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14 Days of Valentines—Of Course

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14 Days of Valentines—Rest of Time

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It’s still not too late to snap up these marvelous valentines for your own sweetie!

14 Days of Valentines—Oscar Wilde

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Purchased by Tamrah Jo.  Thanks ever so!

14 Days of Valentines—Saved By Love

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Save even more here.

14 Days of Valentines—By the Dozen

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Even cheaper here.

Focus on Gratitude: Day 2

To pass the time between naps, I’ve been working on my Solstice cards.  This is my one holiday indulgence—making my own cards and sending them out to about 70 people.  Old friends, new friends, people I admire, people I love—the list changes every year, which makes it so much fun.

Over the years of doing mixed-media artwork, I’ve found some incredible supplies.  As I worked on my cards yesterday, I was struck grateful by two of them.  Be Creative® Tape is acid-free, double-sided, heat-resistant and the strongest thing I’ve ever seen.  Quietfire Design stocks several widths, but I’m particularly grateful for the 3mm (shown in the photo).  This is the perfect size to adhere a single line of type.  Since I love cutting captions out of magazines and using them in offensive and inappropriate ways, finding this size tape made being naughty so much easier.

This 3mm size is also perfect for adhering ColorKissedSingles‘ hand-dyed silk cords.  I’ve shown Old Pennies, Tutti-Frutti and Lost Island in the photo, but I must have at least three-dozen different cords.  They are luscious, blended colors, some bright, some muted, perfect for layering with other fibers and ribbons.  I love layers.  And I love teeny things.  So these dainty strings of color make my mouth water and spur my creativity.

I found ColorKissedSingles on Etsy while setting up my own shop.  Their stock changes all the time (as hand-made items are wont to do), so I’ve learned not to get too attached to a particular item.  Woe was me when I couldn’t get the cord or silk ribbon I wanted for my cards!  But I found substitutes easy enough.  And Canadian-based Quietfire Designs is a full-range, mixed-media arts supply shop, so if I need something funkier than Archivers or Hobby Lobby, they’re my go-to supplier.  So, while I’m oh-so grateful for the tape and cords, I’m even more thankful for Suzanne at Quietfire and Tammy and Dan at ColorKissedSingles—lovely people passionate about helping the rest of us do gorgeous work.

If I just stop to think about it, I have so very much to be grateful for.

Etsy, the Final Frontier

Patrick Stewart, Captain PicardI’m not what you’d call a mercantile mastermind.  While I worked many years in retail as a bookstore manager, I never really studied consumer buying patterns or business strategy.  And while my ex-husband worked in advertising, I saw it more as entertainment than any kind of an aid to sales (I still think some commercials and print ads are more hilarious than the TV shows or magazines they support).

So it’s no great wonder that I’m completely stumped by Etsy and my little shop there.  I signed up for a very modest amount of advertising, but have no idea what the statistics generated by these ads tell me.  Terms like “Impressions” and “Views” are lost on me.  I just add new cards and collages to my inventory, crossing my fingers that shoppers will magically stumble over them.

Michael Dorn, Denise Crosby, Worf, YarOne little statistic I was able to untangle was that several shoppers have been looking at my collage of Leonard Nimoy.  It seems Star Trek is a “hot tag,” or a term people use to look for stuff.  I’m not really surprised.  We Trekkers are everywhere, waiting to take over the Universe with techno-babble and rubber foreheads.  And Trekkers like stuff.

So, in what I considered a brilliant marketing move, I started working on a line of Star Trek cards and posted the first ones to my shop today.  I’m having a blast crafting them, digging out images I’ve saved since I was a wee Trekling, choosing captions that are especially cheeky and irreverent.  But, will they sell?  Ahh, this is the question worth it’s weight in gold-pressed latinum.

Time will tell.  Unless there’s some disturbance in the space/time continuum. . .

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