Hello Everyone! I know it is always so long in between blog posts but... hey, someone has to make the beads, right?
Recent posts by Lorelei Eurto and Nancy Schindler regarding the web based store BIG CARTEL prompted me to think about a new venue for selling my work. Not that I really ever had a problem with ETSY and I really enjoy being a part of the ETSY family but I thought a new venue without the costs of etsy might be a fun change.
|Quickie Big Cartel Logo for Lisa Peters ART Beads Shop|
Big Cartel may not be the venue for me and I am going to use the next few weeks as a trial. I love the idea of having another shop and expanding my customer base, however, I find that the tools on etsy are conducive to my "type" of selling. Lots of OOAK Items. I have to copy and paste and enter alot of information in Big Cartel when I have grown to absolutely adore the Etsy Hack program by Greasemonkey for Firefox. My whole world changed when I added that program and it made it possible for me to sell similar items but were not close enough to be called copies or to be placed in a more-than-one-of inventory. I am finding that I have to list my more expensive items in Big Cartel to make the extra time spent worth it. But that's okay...this may work out in my favor. All is just too early to make any final decisions and I am going to enjoy and learn as I go. I am sure I am NOT using Big Cartel to it's fullest potential right now and maybe when I do my feelings will change.
What's Coming? Recently I was given a book from 1909 about interpreting Dreams. I am using that book and the words from it as a source of my inspiration for my new items. I have a mini kiln load half filled now and I am looking forward to getting back in the studio and to start creating more new pieces. Stay tuned for that. I have been working on a new glaze formula for my next batch that I hope looks as I imagine it to look and fires without causing me too many headaches. (please cross your collective fingers for me!)
After Surgery: My neck is feeling much better and I have more range of motion than I have had in a very long time which is wonderful.. The pins and needles and numbness are still present in my right hand and arm but I am hopeful that even that will disappear in the next few months. If it does not, then at least I can say I tried and will continue to create regardless. It will take a lot more than a little spinal oopsy to keep me away from the clay I promise!
*A girlfriend of mine has been getting some slack from a new pair of VERY BIG Sunglasses that she purchased recently. Last night we met for a snack & a cocktail (or 2) and I wanted to show my support for her and her fashion forward move! She forgot to wear hers, but I brought mine along! It was nice to get out and play since being out of commission for the last few weeks.
|Cell Pic taken yesterday evening of me wearing my grandmothers glasses from the 70's - everything is back in style !|
Til next time I leave you with a photograph of the first item to be listed on Big Cartel and Sold to the wonderful Carol Dean! I hope to create more that look like this in the future!
Til Next Time,