Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Facebook Dilemma

     Yea, I've been on facebook with a profile page for a little over a year. For a while, it was bringing in views for my etsy. I liked having a profile page, especially because I didn't have to spam my friends with what was going on in my shop. They could find that info by a simple click on my profile page under my etsy tab. Recently, facebook decided it was inefficient for business, so they put the word out that they would be deleting them from profiles, and instead to create a fan page. Ok, so I made a fan page, but I doubt that it will be effective due to my lack of a sufficient amount of fans. I'm struggling with the SEO stuff, and don't really know how to talk about my art. When I socialize on facebook, groups, and stuff, the  links will still go to my profile page. I guess it will be about two years before my fan page is built up like my profile page. I have 200 friends, but only 15 fans. My dilemma is; How do I teach myself how to make my fan page posts effective without sounding spammy? And how to do it while learning more about SEO and marketing presentation. Then there's the problem of having time to create and fill my shop as well as job searching, and other things I need to accomplish. Not to mention keeping up with this blog every week.
     I sometimes feel overwhelmed... But the beauty of being self employed is that I can come up with a solution that won't get shot down by a boss, and told I can't do that. (As long as it's within the terms of use of my sites.)
     One idea I'm tossing around; If I can teach hubby to upload my pics, how to type my blogs, and how to list products, I can easily dictate the info needed while I am painting or crafting. Let him worry about SEO. All I'd have to do is respond to messages.
   Link to Etsy, Artfire, Fan page, Profile,  Product album.

Monday, December 6, 2010

My Friend's Betta Fish - Painting (in Progress)

I have a friend who loves Betta fish. (also known as Chinese Fighting Fish) He has seven, and is always looking at more. I think it may be kinda catchy too, as hubby has three, which he acquired after we started hanging with our friend.  Hubby's taking care of one for me, (I tend to kill fish) which I named Sapphire.  We went over to our friends house for a visit, and I took my acrylic pad (for acrylic paintings) and decided to do a sketch of Snow Wolf, our friend's Veil tail Betta. 
Snow wolf is housed in a half gallon cube tank, with a dragon pattern background, and a grass like plant (fake).  He is white with a little bit of red violet across the top, and a hint of blue green hues in his tail. He was purchased at half price, because of near fatal illness, which our friend cured quite easily with expert care. Snow Wolf is now happy and healthy, and has lived a year and a half since his recovery, and is expected to live to a ripe old Betta age of 3. (they have a short lifespan).  Betta's are very beautiful with a wide range of colors, and no two are exactly alike. so this painting should be very fun for me, and I will probably do many more like it with different colors for the Betta's  and possibly even changing up the plant's and tank style. (our friend has several different types of tanks). I definitely want to do one of Sapphire in his coffee pot tank (hubby rewired it to turn on a light since the heating element was on the Fritz) the actual pot is brand new (never put a Betta in something that has been used or had soap in it -to wash) to quote my friend "luke warm water NO SOAP"

Monday, November 29, 2010

Giving Thanks

OK, so this post doesn't have a picture, or anything really neat to link to. it's just a really sweet story of my thanksgiving holiday.  the story starts a bit before the holiday with a little background info. so here goes my attempt at a story, (be warned you may cry both sad and happy tears with me on this one)

It was Tuesday morning, 2 weeks before thanksgiving, and I was scheduled for an 8:30am appointment to "Donate" Plasma (what I do for quick cash) and I get a phone call from the hubby.  It was about 8am, and he's explaining to me that he's at McDonalds. Why? What happened? He got pulled over. When? In the parking lot? For what? The Plates. Huh? what do you mean the plates I thought we were good on them. Aren't they antique? (it was a misconception about not having to renew the plates ... because of the vehicle being antique or something I thought we sorted out last year) Anyway, so we talked for like 15 minutes about what had happened, why it happened, and what to do about it.  we were already unsure of how we were going to come up with the $125 deposit to turn on our gas heat.  I was figuring on using my plasma money, and saving for two weeks or so.  needless to say, I missed my donation that day.  and the hubby walked to a friends house.  he spent most of the day over there, while the friend tried to wake up (friend works night shift with hubby) Finally he's able to wake up, and take hubby to our car, and follow him home (so he doesn't get pulled again) On top of the plates issue, which was about $150 we were notified of a laps of insurance.  Also at the beginning of this month, (because the paycheck doesn't always come before the 6th) we were notified that an eviction notice would be filed. at first that didn't seem like a huge deal because we were only lacking (according to the deal we had previously made but not in writing) only a couple hundred. wrong again! about a week before the holiday we got the sheriff's note with an amount of around $700 owed (close to 2 months rent!)  OK, now this is a real emergency, it's time to go to that emergency fund. we sat down and discussed all the issues at length, and came to the conclusion that there really was no way around it, we would have to use some of that "emergency" money.  So we went to the bank, the Thursday before thanksgiving.  And here's the kicker, our account was frozen, because of some hacker.... (apparently a lot of accounts had this happen).  I'm not telling all this for pity, it's to give an idea of how stressed and uncertain I was.  My fear that not only would there be no money for the traditional extra food for this time of year  (like a $25 turkey and all the trimmings that go with, but we would have the very real risk of loosing a place to stay.  well a week of networking at work, and hubby gets one of his coworkers to loan him the $ for the plates on the car, and we get the insurance sorted out. so the day before Thanks Giving we were able to get a temporary plate so we could drive our vehicle.  I was already thanking God for this small miracle.... (it was hard for hubby to get to and from work, and I was worrying about that because he was starting to get sick from riding his bike in the cold a few times he couldn't get rides.) never would I imagine that on top of that and given till Dec 7 to work something out w/ land lord) - we're getting the deal in writing this time! but shortly before hubby had to go to work that night, one of the ladies from my church (we hadn't been going for a while because of schedule conflicts) dropped by out of the blue with a feast fit for a king and Queen! to give you an idea of how much stuff there was, well it was so much that I would make that much food last at least one month, and try to stretch it to 2 if possible.  there was a 12lb turkey, a bunch of apples and oranges, stuffing, celery, canned vegetables, onions, 18 eggs, a pineapple (fresh), ... lots of food!! when I saw what she had brought for us, I cried!! I was a blubbering mess of Gratitude! I hugged her, more than once I think. I don't know what she thought of how happy and excited crying mess I was, but I can tell you, after a turkey and stuffing feast, and then turkey and dumpling feasting following that... (there's still some dumplings left too by the way)  I have been thanking God for all that has been given to me and my family every day since. It has been a wonderful change from Ramen and maybe some veggies mixed in for variety, or PB & J sandwiches. God is good, I never forgot it, but now I don't feel so much like he had forgotten us. Thank you Sister for Listening to his voice, and remembering us, not just in your prayers, but in your deeds as well.  That there were more like you in the world! I will never forget your Kindness!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Friend I Met @ Etsy


Jennie's Cousin Modeling Jennie's wrist warmers.


 So I've been Working this past week on my brand new Team "Jenns of Etsy" and one of the first members to Join Jenphan has become my good friend. I wanted to introduce her to you! Her name is Jennie, (see photo on Left) and she is an amazing crochet artist.  She learned from her mom over summer in High School. 
She is now working on her BA in Child and Adolescent Development and she takes her Crochet with her to class (working between note taking and class work of course). One of her friends gave her the nick name "The Crocheting Machine", probably cause of taking her Crochet to class! lol (I've no room to talk I've taken my Knitting to the Plasma Center when I go to Donate!) you can tell she's passionately enjoying her Crochet work, from how she hasn't put her Crochet hook down since she picked up the "hobby" again last Christmas eve!  I definitely think the name fits! and what an excellent Business Name it's made!
Looking through her Etsy shop, Jenphan, gave me the feeling of home with my mom on the couch crocheting something or another. (my mom has made me a blanket) So I know from experience how warm and cuddly crochet items can be! Add in the handmade element, and all the love and time put into it and the value just skyrockets! Every stitch is a stitch of love, and that is Guaranteed to keep you warm, inside and out!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Reminders of Home: An Etsy Feature


Christmas in a Tin - Happy Holidays
Christmas in a Tin - ?reminds me of home!!!
This week I had been feeling a little home sick, (yeah I know insert "awww" here), so when I was on my etsy just doing some "Social Networking" I poked around a bit to see if anyone had anything to look at and remind me of home (Alaska), and then I saw this! A buddy from etsy chat Aromalite made this. She said the idea sorta just came to her. She loves Christmas - who doesn't!  And I guess it just so happens that Christmas and Alaska have some things in common! Pine trees! Raindeer! Snow! Snowmen! (yeah I put snow Men plural!!! that's because even if everyone doesn't have one in the yard with the first snow fall - yes they do melt in summer! most people especially those with young kids have them by mid december! so that means there are more than one! as for Santa, and the North Pole, well, I'm not sure what others believe about the Santa bit, but the North Pole is the name of a town  slightly south east of Fairbanks, and one of the mountains in Nome, AK is named Christmas Mountain.  Since I to Love Christmas... I can't help but think the two are very simmilar..... even if the penquins aren't quite as big a thing they do sorta remind me of Puffins, which are a big thing (both black and white, both kinda fat) The scents which Aromalite has included really made my mouth water for home!!! Especially the Christmas Tree (a pine smell - and I grew up with a pine forrest/ park behind my house "Lions park") and Christmas Eve which is Aromalite's favorate because it has a little bit of everything, pine cinnamon, gingerbread. Really puts you in the holiday mood..... or really gives you a sense of home, if you're like me.... I could just close my eyes and imagine.... the other Two scents Gingerbread, and First snow really seal the deal making this collection pefect for Christmas (or in my case home). After looking at this and doing this sort of mini review, which I've worked on for a few days now, my homesickness from earlier in the week is cured!! Thanks Aromalite!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Picking Flowers over Sports

This is me way way back when.  I wasn't much into sports, and my parents tell me that I picked flowers on the soccer feild too.  playing sports (except with already established friends) has never really been my thing.  I recently found a use for the sports page of the newspaper, (I previously believed it to be completely useless - lol) making paper mache! I've created a few things with that dreaded sports page, the best of which (so far) is a small litte which head decoration for holloween.  lately my time has been being used reminissing on fb, going through my sisters albums (on her page) and looking at all the new pics she's posted from a stash my dad has of old photos. (she scanned them).  it's been bringing back a ton of memories and this is just one of them.... flowers are just so much better than sports!!!! cept maybe swimming!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Butterfly suncatchers treasury east on etsy

I have created a treasury of different butterfly suncatchers, from various artists who have specialized in hand made items. each artist has their own style and technique, and method of pricing ect that works for them, and in this treasury I have attempted to come up with a wide range of prices, sizes and styles for the buyer interested in making a window or area of their home come alive with spring.  I chose a butterfly theme for the symbol of how spring just flys by so quick and because butterflies are one of the main attractions of spring. well between them and flowers! here is the link where you may go to buy:

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4bd5d9f1cb7c8eefe8840dcb/butterfly-suncatchers#4bd64a418c918eef2280fcba