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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: New Hand Painted Beads! on: August 11, 2012 01:51:07 PM
Thank you jenleahlynn. The swirls are my some of my favorite to paint as well - the cool thing is they are so lightweight because they are painted on wood. They look very heavy.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / New Hand Painted Beads! on: August 11, 2012 11:30:45 AM
Here are some close ups of my newest beads! I hand paint each bead using a porcupine quill on recycled wooden beads. I use craft acrylic because it is thinner than regular acrylic and then dip the beads in a special thick dip on a contraption I made that rotates up to 100 beads at a time. Rotating is the only way to really get the dip evenly coated. They are lightweight and make great focal beads. I would love some feedback!











3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Newsletters on: August 11, 2012 11:14:44 AM
Hi - pretty new here...

I would like to know how everyone uses their newsletter/mailing list.

Do you send out a once a month long letter with content. Just periodic sales notices? A letter to your customers" Pictures of your pets? I am jsut curious as to how people use their mailing list and what some creative ideas may be to sustain and increase readership. Do you enjoy newsletters or are they a chore?

Be Inspired!
Sandra
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Facebook Fan Pages on: August 11, 2012 11:10:42 AM
Hi all, new here Smiley

I use my fb page to cross support my newsletter and blog - all are supposed to increase visibility and increase sales. I get some sales mainly from my newsletter and FB feeds my newsletter some. I also use my FB page to promote sales.
Here is my page:

https://www.facebook.com/WhiteOwlBeads

I wish everyone super luck in their selling and creating!
Sandra
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: How do you turn your drawings/paintings into prints? on: August 11, 2012 10:34:49 AM
Thanks so much Chris!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: How do you turn your drawings/paintings into prints? on: August 09, 2012 07:28:41 PM
I am really interested in this question as well and the answers didn't get to my questions. If you want to sell prints of your artwork as I see so many artists doing these days - what are the details such as:

When you take the photo - how many dpi does it need to be to have a local printer (kinko's?) print it out. What do they(kinko's) need from me?

What kind of paper(s) is standard for sold prints? What do I ask for?

Sorry for the general questions but I am completely clueless on this and really interested. Does anyone here do this? Did I get to the post too late for responses? lol.

Thanks so much!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: How did you come up with your brand name? on: August 09, 2012 07:18:14 PM
I chose to name my business after a special thing that happened the night I decided to paint for a living.

In short, I was camping the night I decided to start my business and a big white owl graced our campsite that night. Thus the name, White Owl Designs. It has nothing to do with painting or beads - which is a down side. But it is a continual reminder of my commitment and it is meaningful to me, and people like owls - so there is an upside. It stuck and I've used the name for years.

Good times.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: pearls of wisdom: what do you know now... on: August 09, 2012 05:26:56 PM
I agree, tags and SEO would have been really good to know about early on.

I used to do shows and did really, really well. I burnt out, moved, took a few years off and started again only selling just online. It has been SO hard and SO frustrating. People love my work, but it's HARD to sell. When I did shows people could touch my work, meet me and see the detail. They can't do that online and that hurts sales - a lot.

I would say, do craft shows if you can. If you can't then keep then faith. Learn everything you can about marketing crafts and well marketing anything online, learn about business, learn about your customers, learn, learn, learn. Strive to perfect your art, always raise your own bar. Keep trying and keep believing.

At some point after trying for years ask yourself if you enjoy it, can you afford to keep doing it. If the answer is yes then just keep on keeping on. Personally I am addicted to every aspect of my business and my crafts. I couldn't not do it. If the answer is no, you don't love it or can't afford it - then take a step back, reconsider your expenses and do what you love within your budget.

But at first... and for a long time after, and through thick and thin - be smart, be flexible, be excellent and believe in yourself and your creations.
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Cardboard Star Boxes?? on: August 08, 2012 06:03:37 PM
A Handmade Memento Mobile!

Take the boxes and paint and decorate the outside, back and rims. Then create inside each star a collage or 3D assemblage of images you love, mementos, etc. This art is done on the inside of each star.

Thread a bead on heavy but pretty colored floss or thread then thread through the top of each star (the stars are on end vertically at this point).

Connect the stars in different lengths of thread to a lovely branch or stick for a really cool handmade mobile.
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