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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Melting in the Midwest...

It's almost too hot to play with my clay!

Hello there! It has been incredibly hot here in the Midwest. The temperatures have been over 100 degrees Fahrenheit for a week or two but we have rain now and the temperature has dropped a bit. What a relief!

I have been working on a couple of custom orders and thought I would share them with you. The first was an order for 15 pendants and the second is 7 necklaces for bridesmaids. They have been keeping me busy! 

Here are photos of the finished pendants. I made a total of 20 and let her choose.
The 'Natural' group

The 'Bright' group

The 'Bold' group

The bride wanted necklaces similar to this 'bubble' necklace but asked that they be made in peacock inspired colors. 
I was so happy to be able to get a swatch of the fabric that her bridesmaids will be wearing as it is difficult to match a color without seeing it 'in person' and this is what I came up with for her. 

She loves it so I am very happy!

A few exciting things are happening right now. The first is that I am now a part of a local artist co-op and they have a shop called Fusion in Chesterfield Mall here in Missouri. There are over 30 local artists' work in the store! The shop is filled with handmade items such as pottery, sculpture, paintings, clothing, soaps and bath products, hand blown glass, lampwork glass, photography, up-cycled and re-purposed items, jewelry and....of course....polymer clay! Here is a photo of the front of our store.

It's so bright and cheery!

The second bit of news is very exciting! I will be featured in an upcoming issue of The Polymer Arts magazine! If you have never heard of it, it is a wonderful magazine devoted to polymer clay artists and I am so thrilled to be featured! I'll let you know when the issue comes out. It is available in print and there is also an online version. If you love polymer clay I think you will find this magazine a wealth of information with lots of 'eye candy' for inspiration. 

Here are a couple of other projects I have worked on recently. Have a happy summer! 

BIG fish!
Custom Journal
Botany Book Box

Timeless Book Box (a gift for my Dad)

Leafy Vase :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Linkedin and eBay

Have you ever heard of Linkedin?

It's the largest professional network on the internet and I found a wonderful group there for Etsy sellers here
I have learned so much from this group already. If you are an Etsy seller you should join! 
Before I begin my belly achin' here are three  journals I recently finished. 



Warning...the rest of this blog is pure crabbiness lol! Okay, maybe a few pretty pictures at the end. :)

My latest rant about eBay

Okay, so I decide to list a couple of ACEO on eBay to see if I get any bidders. I list them for three days and both do sell...but not for much. I don't know about you but I have a real hard time selling art on eBay. Anyhoo, that is not what I was upset about. 
Once the auctions were over and the buyers paid, I was getting ready to pack them up for shipping when I got an email from eBay saying that they were going to hold my funds until the buyers received my items and left positive feedback...or something like that. 
What??! 
It's a darn good thing it wasn't much money and I wasn't counting on it for anything. I have a 100% feedback on eBay (as a buyer and as a seller) but I don't sell there very often so I am now considered 'risky'. 
That really steams my broccoli. 
They will hold my money for 21 days unless I use eBay or PayPal's online shipping-which I tried to do but the label was larger than the package.  I had to cancel the postage and now that money is also being held until the postal service agrees to refund my money.....good grief. I also could have entered the tracking information on eBay so they could verify receipt by the buyer but I sent them first class mail for free so there was no tracking. 
Why does eBay get into your business? Aren't you innocent until proven guilty? (i.e. a trustworthy seller until you prove to be otherwise). Isn't that what the feedback is for...to warn potential buyers of questionable or unethical sellers?
Why do they have a say in how much you can charge to ship something? I was selling one of my decorated journals on eBay, it cost more to ship than they would allow me to charge! Aaargh!...and don't get me started on how they suggest you add the shipping to the cost of your item and sell it with 'Free Shipping'...grrrr!
I know that there are unethical sellers out there that sell an item extremely cheap and charge a ridiculous amount to ship it but, is this really the way to handle it? Shouldn't buyers read the fine print and decide, before they buy, if they really want to pay that much for shipping? If they find it was grossly over charged, they can indicate this when leaving feedback to warn other potential buyers....and really, let's be honest...they can't blame anyone but themselves for not paying attention to the shipping charges.
What's next? Will eBay have to inspect your item before you can sell it? Will they then write up your listing for you? Perhaps they will also pack it up for you because there have been too many instances of damaged items.
Okay, I'll get off my soapbox...but am I right?
I keep trying other selling venues and I keep coming back to dear old Etsy. I hear many complaints about them but I have had no bad experiences (save for a serious lack of sales in the past month or so and that is not Etsy's fault)

Okay...deep breaths....and relax...ahhh...here are two other goodies that I made recently. Thank you for listening!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fusion, DaWanda, TopHatter and Pomtini

I'm trying out some new things!


The first is an open house for Fusion which is a local venue here in Missouri for artisans to sell their handmade goodies. I am hoping that they will accept me to become a vendor there. Chesterfield mall is a really nice upscale mall with TONS of traffic. It would be great exposure and would give me a chance to meet buyers face to face. Wish me luck!

The second 'new thing' is my new shop on DaWanda . DaWanda is an online handmade marketplace based in Europe. I have just a handful of things there, to test the waters a bit. They are really funky fun things though...you should check it out! Right now it is free to list but I believe that may change soon. Want a laugh? Well, to list something there you have to know your euros to dollars and your centimeters to inches...which I don't. My solution is to open a window to convert measurements and another to convert the money. Works like a charm!:) Here are a couple of the items in my DaWanda shop


Thirdly is TopHatter which is an auction site for jewelry, supplies, art and other things. My first auction is Thursday, April 5 (tomorrow!) in the Jewelry auction at 5pm Pacific Standard Time. It is a pendant I made with an awesome piece of purple jasper in a pyrite matrix, nestled in a polymer clay bezel. :) Cool stone! I don't know where I will fall in the lineup but the auctions are fast for each item. They may only last a few minutes each! Wish me luck *crosses fingers and toes*. I don't know what to expect so I am going to list different types of things to see what appeals to their buyers. Come on by and say Hi...I may be dead in the water and need moral support LOL! Here is a photo of the pendant.


The fourth thing is Pomtini! What is Pomtini you ask? Well, it is a delicious new flavor (new to me at least) of Crystal Light. Is pomtini a fruit?? I was all over the produce section of the local market trying to find these pomtinis (just kiddin') Man, if you don't mind a pink mustache (I actually fancy them) you should try it! I have been a Diet Coke 'addict' for many years and I am trying to kick the habit. Now I alternate between water (boring) and delicious things such as tea and pomtini. 
Well, I was going to share some other photos of things I have been working on but it will not let me. Oh well, I'll save it for another day.
Thanks for listening to me!
Say, if you have any experience with DaWanda or TopHatter, please let me know! 
See ya