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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

EBay

So I made an Ebay listing.  It's 2013 and this is my first Ebay experience.  I feel like an online seller neophite.

She's all grow'd up /tear

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261357287857

I am so looking forward to time off from my desk job!  Almost 2 full weeks to create and have fun and sleep. Lots and lots of sleep.  Two days to go!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Dec 17

I keep finding all these little things that I never updated when I changed over my business name to BrandeeBlankArt from trifles & frippery.  I realized just today that I never changed my etsy shop name nor changed the banner.

Well, it's changed now.  It appears that my old shop name will still link to the new address, but http://www.etsy.com/shop/BrandeeBlankArt has a much nicer ring to it anyway!

I made a couple of cuffs, one a special order, and a second one 'cos that is my habit.  It is really cool!  I had some very strange reaction between alcohol ink colors though - has anyone else had this happen:

I did not use any orange ink at all!  Only black, 2 shades of blue, and metallic gold.  Don't get me wrong, I think it is pure awesome, just weird.  I wonder if my ink is getting old or something?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Craft Fair Today and Tomorrow!

I failed to post this sooner and I feel silly.

Today and tomorrow is the annual holiday craft fair that I show my stuff at.  It's a good time.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Super simple ornament ideas

With a holiday craft show coming up, I had to spend the weekend making some really quick and simple ornaments to include with my wares.  I thought you guys might like a quick tutorial on how to do them.  These are so simple, you can make enough for an entire tree in just a couple of hours, or as quick gifts for office mates, or an afternoon project for your tween.


I made two styles.

For the white ones on the right, follows these steps:


  • Roll out plain white polymer clay (I use Premo! exclusively) on your thickest setting or with a roller
  • Double up your clay so that you end up with a stack about 2 cm thick
  • Cut out your preferred shape.  I used the cookie cutters I had on hand.  You can also free-hand this.
  • Make a hole for hanging ribbon.
  • Sprinkle the top with micro-fine glitter - I used frost.  You can't really see it in this image.
  • Bake according to package instructions
  • While your shapes are baking make the holly and berries.  See image below
  • Bake your holly. When they are done and cooled, antique them with brown acrylic paint.
  • When everything is cool, glue your holly to your shape
  • Tie a ribbon through the hole and decorate your tree!



For the ornaments on the left, they start out the same:
  • Roll out plain white polymer clay (I use Premo! exclusively) on your thickest setting or with a roller
  • Double up your clay so that you end up with a stack about 2 cm thick
  • Cut out your preferred shape.  I used the cookie cutters I had on hand.  You can also free-hand this.
  • Make a hole for hanging ribbon.
but don't bake yet!  Instead:
  • Add texture to the surface.  I used a paper towel
  • Using archival ink, carefully stamp your images onto the surface.  This is really easy to smudge, so use caution
  • Bake according to the package instructions
  • When cool, string with your choice of ribbon.  I used recycled sari silk
  • For added interest, string a bead on wire, and attach it to the ribbon
I don't have a Christmas tree, or any nearby pine trees (ok, there is an entire mountain full right behind my house, but I would have to get dressed and go for a hike to reach any of them and it's Sunday morning and I am still in my sweats so cut me some slack)  so here is a ridiculous action shot of two of them hanging
in my sad little apple tree in the back yard:


fin

Friday, November 22, 2013

winding up for the holidays

The start of the holidays triggers me going into productive mode.  I partake in only  two events a year, both of which are at my little office building, one in the spring, and one at the start of December.  I think we have about 6  vendors and I sell a couple of dozen little things, most of which are earrings.  So far, these two events have been as much as I can handle since playing with clay and making jewelry is my hobby and not my livelihood.

It is my hope that this effort of getting a little more "official" with my business will inspire me to continue creating.  I go into these dead-air times where I will make nothing for months at a go.  In retrospect, these periods always seem sad in a way.  I play a lot of video games and my yard gets weeded more often (ha!), but its just - I don't know...  The Doldrums I guess?

In any case, I started an instagram account and I am going to try to take an art related snapshot every day (See the nifty banner above!).  Instagram makes taking snapshots ridiculously easy.  I spent the last year or two making fun of it, but now that I have an actual use for it, suddenly it is super cool. Typical...  And look, I can stick the photos right here which leads me to


I got new business cards made!  My last business card redesign never sat right with me.  Changing my "business" name to just be my name gave me a good excuse to do another overhaul of the card.  I like it so much better.  Plus, it's all crazy high-tech with my QR code on the back.

What else have I done, hmmm.  Applied for a re-sellers permit and will be applying for a business licence for my town. Finally got around to signing up for Square so I can take credit card payments.  I am also looking into inventory apps since I need to keep track of what I leave over are Resurrected.

OK then.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

RESURRECTED


The title of this post has a two-fold explanation. 

First, my website has been resurrected from the mess that it was, which was basically just a conglomeration of different websites that carried links to one another.  I went ahead and (finally) got a domain name since my actual name was available (go me), new business cards, and this site which I hope will auto update when I update my gallery.  Neat.

The second and more important point of the title is that my stuff is now in a brick-and-mortar store, Ressurected Boutique in Pacifica, CA. (and yes, that is the way it is mis-spelled!).  It is a super cute co-op with tons of local artisans and repurposed & renewed vintage items

Front of the boutique, located at 450 Dondee Way, Pacifica

My display!

I'm super excited to see if my stuff sells.  If it does, I will think about doing something different in the diaply case.

I also made new price-tags:


I need to get my new web address in stamp form so I can move away from having my Etsy shop be the contact on the tags.

Next step is to make more stuff!  weeeeeeeee

Monday, November 11, 2013

A Work in Progress!

More (any?!) info is coming soon. I am working out the kinks and trying to wrangle all the places I have my stuff from around the internets and get it all here. Bear with me :)