Thursday, June 26, 2008


Tried and true, my latest asymmetrical necklace has sold. This one was in the shop a little under a week I believe. So far, the asymmetrical record is looking pretty darn good :-) Lets hear it for those who are not affraid to own something that isn't the same on both sides!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

DeviantArt, an untapped resource?

Etsy sellers are always trying to find new and popular places to get their shop out there. I've been a member of DeviantArt for years now, and when it comes down to it, more than half of my sales come from there.

DeviantArt offers you the chance to comment and critique right on someone's submission. I love this feature and many people comment. It's always nice to hear what people think when they see your work, and it allows you to get an idea of who your target audience is, what are the types of people who tend to like your work.

They offer not only a community to get to know and be a part of, they offer tools. Collections of usable stock photos, tutorials, even photoshop brushes people have made and are sharing with everyone.

Of course, there's a forum, and features that get your work on the main page. I don't pay for a subscription, but I can only imagine the benefits.

Not to mention all the professional talent that have galleries there. Evan Campbell has a gallery, Scott Campbell has one also. Those are just a couple that I have bookmarked.

There's even a community of Etsy sellers! Check out these Etsians who have DeviantArt shops! DeviantArt Etsy Sellers.

And here's my home on DeviantArt.

Asymmetry ..... trendy?

My sales record is hardly consistent, but I have noticed one thing. My asymmetrical necklaces seem to go over well. I had Roseus on my DeviantArt page here for quite a long time. I decided to sell it, I posted it on Etsy, then linked to it and put her on the main page on Deviant with "Now for sale" in the title. The next day she was gone. Here's a picture of it.

Some time passed before I made another asymmetrical piece. I didn't even need to list this one and I had found a buyer. All I did was post it on Deviant, which I did here. Someone requested it, and a price was agreed upon. (I hadn't intended on selling it, it was a favorite) Here's that one.

More time passed. I decided to try it again. My newest piece is asymmetrical, but it's brass this time. Brass is my new thing. It's been up on Etsy over 24 hours now, which is the longest that one of my asymmetrical pieces has been up. So I'm crossing my fingers here!


Yes, that's correct. I'm now engaged.

My fiance proposed in a photo booth. You know, one of those little ones that give you a black and white film strip. It's a tradition, we get photos done whenever we visit this tourist destination that happens to have my favorite bead store in it. He gave me the ring while we were getting our snapshots, so they're very happy snapshots. :-) Exhibit A:Doesn't he look smug? lol

Now........ aside from the obvious excitement, I'm vexed. Yay, I have a ring! Yay, I get to be the center of attention for a day in a gorgeous gown! Wait a second... who's paying for this?!

Oh yea... I am.

SO... I'm attempting to put much haste on peddling my wares. I have a day job, but only part time. So in my spare time, aside from planning a wedding I'm crafting my little heart out and trying very very hard to draw some extra attention to my Etsy shop where normally my earnings go towards more beads, but are now being set aside for the wedding preparations and all the pretty things I need to wear!

Did you catch that? My Etsy shop?