Saturday, October 18, 2008

Artist of The Week

I am going to make it a habit to feature as much talented artists/crafters that inspire me as possible. And today, I will start with Steppie.

Her crafts and arts are blended with bright colors and cuteness. And most of them are animal-themed too. But there is also some cute ninja characters.

Mixed media paintings

I have not purchase any ACEO from Etsy yet and when I want to, I will get those for sure.

This is my personal favourite, the hand painted panda bag.

Deer moleskine journal, very zakka-ish. I like this kinda stlye a lot.

Visit her shop if you like her creations or her blog if you want to follow her work.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

My clay babies grew some hair....

Ok, finally, my clay dolls grew some hair. They have been lying naked for a few weeks (months) behind my lap top and some of them cracked due to the heat generated from my lap top.

Ok, tomorrow will gloss my little dolls. And then wait another day for them to dry and shine. Then only I can make them some clothes. much work.

Baby dolls need time to grow. Patience. Patience.

Monday, October 06, 2008

My Shops....busy busy busy

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade

Opened a second shop for selling supplies and seems like it's doing much much better than selling my handmade crafts. Hey, not that my craft aint any good but supplies are always easier to sell. More sales mean less personal time. I have to spend hours packing my goods to ship. Label them nicely, tape them securely and double check. Now I have to drop by the post office almost every week, with 4-5 large package to mail out. Sometimes lunch hour break is not enough for me, I have to go to the PO early in the morning (and late to work).

With 247356 sellers on Etsy, I have to swim very hard out from the crowd and make myself noticeable. Marketing is really the hardest part. I spent more time in marketing than I spent on crafting. BTW, just created myspace, please add me if you like my crafts and arts :)
And there's so much more networking site such as flickr, facebook, friendster, indiepublic, Etsy forum, can I manage them all? I can't dedicate so much time to this when I have a full time job which sometimes I have to end up working until 9-10pm.

But I am looking seriously into making my craft business full time. Hey, it's not unrealistic ok. I read these articles all the time to inspire and motivate myself that one day, I can really quit my day job. :D

But there is so much more to learn and do:
-Photoshop (to edit my pictures, add effects and I am looking forward in selling digital images too)
-Dreamweaver (to create my own website, I can't depend on Etsy all the time)
-An effective way (and cost saving too) to withdraw my money from Paypal
-More art and craft techniques
-More research
-More more more time!!!!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

It's Impossible to Tell You How Much I Love You

Girl: Tell me how much you love me.
Boy: Look up at the sky.
Girl: Stop changing the subject!
Boy: Just look.
(Girl looks up to the sky)
Girl: What am I doing?
Boy: Tell me how many stars are in the sky.
Girl: That's impossible.
Boy: So is explaining my love for you.