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Saturday, October 25, 2008

The perfect fall day!

It is so beautiful this morning! I have all the windows open and there is a nice cool breeze . Ahhhhh. I have been so lax with my art lately. I've spent alot of time trying to market myself by getting my name out there and linking my different sites to each other. No real success yet but I think I am being impatient. I haven't had any significant sales lately and I am thinking it may have alot to do with the state of the economy and the upcoming election. It is still discouraging and may be part of the reason I am in a slump. I'm hearing more about another economic stimulus refund. Yippee! Hope it passes. I also want to attract buyers from other parts of the world that can take advantage of the things we Americans are selling. Gotta work harder on that. I have sold alot to Australia and New Zealand which I think is really cool. I love the thought of my art in the hands of people all over the world! I have been working on scratchboard ACEOs lately. It lends itself really well to creepy Halloween type drawings. There are two posted eBay and my user name there is crevecoeur712.
I actually set up a free spot on Classmates.com. It will be interesting to see if anything comes of it.

Well, off I go!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Oodles of Doodles

I just finished another of my ACEO Scratchboard "doodles". I call them doodles because I just randomly draw whatever comes to mind. This one has a creepy Halloween feel to it with a skull, cobweb and a spider dangling from a silken thread. (and, of course, eyes here and there)
I'll put it up for auction on eBay and see if anyone is interested. If not, then I will list it on Etsy and see what happens. The last couple that I posted on eBay sold for $30 and up. Not bad for a little doodle!
I love this scratchboard paper that I found. It is easy to cut into whatever size you need, like the ACEO size that I've been doing. They are alot less expensive than the Ampersand Scratchbord too. You can't get quite the same effect as you can on the Ampersand board but, with practice, you can acheive similar results.
Lately these scratchboard ACEOs have been selling on eBay, but no sales to speak of on Etsy. Maybe sales will pick up after the election. One can only hope!
I also heard rumors of another Economic Stimulus check that may be sent out soon. Wouldn't that be great! Maybe they could send it out right before Christmas, that would ensure that it is put right back into the economy!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sweet Saturday

Ahhh...the weekend is here and it is a beautiful fall day; blue skys, cool breeze and a touch of color in the trees.

Today I am going to concentrate on marketing my art. I am thinking of setting up an account on MySpace. My daughter says that you have lots of options to customize your page (?). I want to delve further into how other artists market themselves.

I saw a thread on eBay groups that said something about ACEO groups going "Bye Bye" as they put it. That's really curious and I wonder if it is true and why?!

I also have to get out and enjoy this weather!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thank heavens it's hump day!

Fridays are my favorite day, Thursdays are my second favorite (payday...yay!) but Wednesdays aren't bad either because it means the week is half over. Yippee! (I love my weekends can you tell?)
Just alot of the same ol' same ol' going on here. Still trying to scare up some sales.....hello.....anyone out there?
Cheers!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Manic...Tuesday?

I've been up since 4:30am and I haven't stopped all day! Work was hectic and after work I had to run to the store, then take my daughter to school during rush hour, then off I went to the art store for supplies. Now it is 7pm, I just got home and I have housework to do then run to pick my daughter up after her classes are over. Whew!
Luckily most of my days are not this crazy.
I've opened the Cafe Press shop but the selection of offerings are overwhelming. I have to find out how to attract customers to my little shop. I also need to create larger works so that they will fit nicely on t-shirts, sweatshirts etc. I'll get the hang of it eventually. :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Cafe Press

Well, today I opened up a little shop at Cafe Press. My shop is at www.cafepress.com/MandarinMoon
I just opened up a basic shop to see what happens. If I begin making some sales, I may consider up grading. Right now, I can only offer one of each type of item which is a little restrictive but it is free so I have nothing to lose!
Now I am off to work on some new ideas. Wheeee!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Projects...so many projects, so little time!

Ahhh! It's Sunday and I didn't accomplish all that I had hoped to this weekend. Oh well, that is the way it usually goes. Luckily, I am so busy at work that the weeks fly by just as fast.

I am going to work on another blank journal. My first sold fairly quickly and at a nice price. I decorated it with polymer clay, glass gems, bits of jewelry and a broken watch. I have a photo of it here on my blog page.

Right now I am working on more little boxes in polymer clay. This is the perfect time of year for working with polymer clay; it is cool enough that I can cure them in the oven and not heat up the house!

I'm starting to develop my own style and so far, people seem to like it. I just get so impatient; I want to sell things more quickly. My daughter is in college and tuition and books are so expensive!

Well, off I go to create!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

My Maiden Voyage

This is my very first experience with blogging! I was told recently by a fellow artist on EBSQ that I really need to do this, so here I am. Thank you Laurie!

Just a couple of years ago, I discovered ACEO on eBay. When I found out what they were I was really excited because I have always wanted to own works from other artists but could not afford them. Sigh*
Soon, I had amassed a collection of the coolest drawings and paintings! They are very addictive and I was hooked. It was becoming an expensive habit and one day a light bulb went off and I thought "why don't I try selling some myself?" I was so excited when I made my first sale! Wheeee!

Then, I made the mistake of calculating how much I was paying in eBay listing and final value fees and the fees I paid Paypal to collect the money. I realized with dismay that a big chunk of each sale went to these fees! I figured that was the price you pay for the exposure and knew that I would not be selling my art at all if not for eBay. But, when they changed the default search to "Best Match" and began the DSR, I became even more disenchanted. Even with a 100% positive feedback and 4.9-5.0 DSR I was getting more and more lost in the shuffle.

A fellow artist on eBay told me that she was also selling on a site called Etsy and said I should give it a try. I was a bit skeptical but when I checked them out, it seemed like a wonderful place for artists of all kinds! Only handmade items are sold there, not all of the mass produced things you may find elsewhere. The listing fees are only twenty cents for four months and you get your own little shop. I set up my shop and filled it with a few of my ACEOs and paintings, then proceeded to spend money on some of the wonderful things listed there! :) It is working out very well for me.

Now, I only use eBay to research how much an item will sell for. Etsy is a fixed price format and I wanted to price my items fairly without giving them away. One thing I will say for an auction format is that I was often surprised by how much one of my paintings would sell for. I would never have thought to ask so much for it. It really depends on who is shopping, what they love, and how badly they want to own it. The best thing for an artist is to have a few people that are determined to own your work and they get into a bidding war. It is so exciting!!

Thanks so much for listening to me ramble!

Most of my art is available in my Etsy shop at http://www.mandarinmoon.etsy.com/
My user name on eBay is crevecoeur712
I have much of my art posted on deviantART at http://www.mandarinmoon.deviantart.com/
My member name on EBSQ is MandarinMoon

Check it out!