Thursday, November 27, 2008
My other announcement is of a new blog. I just launched the Handmade Business Blog. It'll be all about the business side of creating, marketing, using different websites, goign to craft fairs, etc. I really hope it becomes a good resource
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tips for Promoting an Etsy Shop
Friday, November 14, 2008
The reason I thought about this subject again was that I attended an Etsy Virtual Lab Wednesday night on packaging and it was full of good ideas. One thing that was really stressed was that just sending out your products in it's pretty packaging isn't enough when you're sellign online. You should show your customers exactly the type of packaging that your product will be coming in. The best way is of course to include a photo of your packaging in the product listing.
Here are some examples of my packaging that I photographed last night:
And here is a new video I put together to replace the older one:
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
First up here's some cuttlefish hair sticks, click the link under the pics to go to the shop page they're on.
Next up is an experiment, I'm not sure if I'm going to continue with this series yet. It's a nudibranch (sea slug) barrette.
Friday, November 07, 2008
The second is this very cool video gift guide from Polymer Clay TV.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
I recently finished a couple new cuttlefish that were experiments in new techniques.
First is this Violet Cuttlefish. I've done a cuttlefish in this color scheme before but the change in this one is that instead of painting the cuttlefish I used a purple blend of premo and super sculpey with just a little bit of painting for accents. The varnish has misty lavender pearl ex mixed in.
The slightly bigger experiment in colored clay is this Ancient Bronze Cuttlefish. I blended up some green and browns in premo and super sculpey and mashed them all together but didn't blend the colors much to give it a mottled look. Then I rubbed pearl ex powders on the raw clay in super bronze, aztec gold, and spring green, trying to keep the green on green spots and the metallic on brown spots then popped it in the oven. A coat of varnish makes all my cuttlefish shiny and also seals in the powder and paint.
I also rethought my cuttlefish bracelets and have two nice looking ones now that I'm happy with.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Go here for the full speech. We did it Dr. King, we elected a black man because he was the best candidate not because of his race. I wish you had lived to see this day.
As this post is scheduled to go up I'll probably be out casting my vote for Obama. Hey, I'm a godless liberal what did you expect?