Friday, February 19, 2010

I heart this project

I was perplexed when I opened the mail today. I received an envelope that was obviously used by me to ship a stamp - I recognized my little signature stamp on it. What the? At first I thought one of my orders had been returned for some reason, but I noticed the recipient's address had been covered up and replaced with mine. Inside the envelope was a tag. On the tag was my anatomical heart stamp and a silver charm (milagro) affixed to the bottom. There was a web address on the bottom of the tag, so I followed it and here is what I found.
This is so cool!! Random acts of art! I'm really happy that my stamp is a part of it.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Perhaps...

One of my custom stamps has made its way into the music world! I was given the opportunity to make this stamp (seen on the cd sleeve above) for Perhaps Transparent Records - a Jersey City, New Jersey based independent record label. Steve, one of the two founders of the label approached me via my Etsy shop with the custom request. He was going for a very rustic look to be used with walnut ink on cd sleeves made with recylcled material. I really like how it came out! Thanks again, Steve, for the opportunity. :)

Meanwhile, sales have slowed to almost a halt this week, I have no idea why. I should be grateful for the chance to catch up on work, but no independent artist likes to see sales stop!! I hope it's a very temporary lull, because I was just about to start purchasing ink pads to add to the shop and now there are no funds. Yikes. 
OH - I created a fan page on Facebook for my shop, come check it out and become a fan! I'll be posting exclusive sales for fans from time to time, so it's worth checking out.
Okay, back to work!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

new and improved

Still busily trying to catch up on orders. For some reason sales have been sluggish the past few days, I wonder what's changed. It's a little worrysome because I've just opened a few wholesale accounts so that I can start adding supplies to the shop...and now there's no money with which to purchase them! Hopefully things will get back to normal soon. With the dog training business still dying a slow death, I've come to depend on the income I get from my shop.
Anyway, I'm sure it'll be okay. Meanwhile, in between filling orders, I've been weeding through the shop, removing stamps that don't sell well or are just way too time consuming to carve. I've also updated a few. I had a small swallow stamp that used to sell really well. It still sells now and then, but it's popularity seems to have waned and I'm tired of carving it. The one you see above is the new, improved swallow! I also had a wine bottle stamp that was sort of rough looking, so I updated it and added a wine glass.
Those were pretty fun to carve. My local scrapbook supply store just moved to a larger location and is going to start hosting monthly indoor craft fairs. The cost to rent a table is pretty low, so I'm thinking of giving it a try. The problem with doing any sort of "live" sales for me is inventory. I'll have to somehow find the time to carve a number of stamps ahead of time in order to have enough to sell. Even if I just do one each of my most popular ones, though, it'll be a good way to network. I'll have to be sure to have a portfolio of all the stamps I offer, along with cards with my website address.
Oh, I'm also hosting a stamp carving workshop at a local children's museum the end of this month (click the link and scroll down a bit for the workshop info). I'm participating in Disney's "Give a Day, Get a Day" program. You volunteer at a participating location for a day and get a free ticket to Disneyland. Since Jim loves going there for his birthday, and we're far too broke to pay $70.00 apiece to get. This way we can both volunteer (he'll be my lovely assistant) and get into Disneyland free! Plus it feels good to volunteer, and I can try my hand at teaching a stamp carving workshop. That might be something I can offer in other venues if it goes well. :)
Okay, time to stop working for today.

About Me

Hippieville, CA, United States
This is the story of life after losing the "real" job and the house, trying to find the middle ground between making a living and actually living.