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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups on: September 11, 2007 02:10:14 PM
do these actually taste like real reese's? cause that would be AWESOME.
We generally don't get Reese's over here, but from what I've tasted, I think they're better!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Birdgirl - digital illustration on: September 07, 2007 05:45:20 PM
Thank you!
And yep, exactly Cheesy

I had never heard of the name Aveline before actually (I wanted to see what sort of Av- starting names were out there, even though I really like Ava-Lu) but now I'm completely enamoured with it!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Birdgirl - digital illustration on: September 06, 2007 04:04:31 PM
I think her name is Ava-Lu (or Loo, I don't know how you spell it). Possibly Aveline, but maybe that's what it's short for anyway? Although if your name was as pretty as Aveline I doubt you'd shorten it.

I have so many ideas for paintings popping around my head, but since I'm just back to school I haven't (and probably won't) have as much time. But I was doing some sketching earlier, and ta-da! I think I'm still going to add a background of some sort - maybe even some wallpaper type or something. But for now, Ava-Lu says hi.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: my new blog header [show me yours, too!] on: September 06, 2007 03:59:15 PM
That's fantastic! I love the artwork and I love the banner, it looks awesome.

My blog header is this:

I made it myself, from a painting I did (a scan of a watercolour on canvas, rather than digital art). I haven't changed it ever, because my blog is pretty new, but I think I'll be sticking with it for a while to come. As should you, with a header that great!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Everything Harry Potter Swap Gallery on: September 05, 2007 11:41:10 AM
That's so fantastic, Knickertwist! Wow!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Help me price my paintings? on: September 05, 2007 07:07:40 AM
Thanks so much for the feedback!
I know $85 is a lot but I just put it up intermittantly for the time being, going off similar-style originals I found from sellers like theblackapple and thedreamygiraffe. I'm going to bring the prices down in a minute.

The reason I don't include frames (aside from not having any cute ones around here) is because it would add so much to shipping and packaging costs it wouldn't be at all worth it (plus glass could break on the way). This way people can frame it if they want, in whatever frame they'd like to match their room, or even leave it unframed if they'd prefer (for one of my Etsy photos I stuck it onto the side of a bookshelf with the sticky side of an address label, so I think it would be really easy to hang however you'd want to).

I think part of the problem is that I draw these girls, and I have all these stories behind them and they're like characters, really...I get very attached and I don't want them to think that I think they're cheap Wink

Anyway, I'm going to run off and change the prices now - the currency conversion is such a pain in the butt because for instance, $50 is 36, and 36 is so little here - but $50 looks like it would buy you loads of things in the US/in dollars, if you know what I mean? I think if I had prints available too it might look better, if that makes sense, but I'm still working on getting them sorted out.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part TWO!) on: September 02, 2007 03:27:47 AM
YKYACW you have a dream about a fellow illustration artist whose blog you commented on...she was a beech in the dream though Angry
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Everything Harry Potter Swap Gallery on: September 01, 2007 06:33:27 PM
That scarf! I can't believe you embroidered that, that's incredible!
*Ravenclaw love*
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: Sending dry foods abroad on: September 01, 2007 01:59:49 PM
Someone sent me some Kool-Aid packets from the US, that's powdered. Depending on what you're sending, it should be okay. Just don't send flour or they might bust you for drug trafficking Tongue
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Help me price my paintings? on: September 01, 2007 12:56:33 PM
I'm hoping to sell some of my illustration-style originals soon but I'm having a bit of trouble with the pricing. My artwork can be seen at my blog (link in signature) but there are two in particular that I'm thinking of putting up for adoption, if you will, and they're my paintings Elspeth and Sukey.

They're mixed media (oils, ink and watercolours too, in the case of Sukey) on 6x6 canvas board (not actual canvas, it's a thin, hard, textured board).
Now, I'm having trouble figuring out how much I should ask for them, mostly because my venue for selling is Etsy, and thus in American dollars. I live in Ireland, and the dollar is pretty weak against the euro so what sounds expensive in $ is really not much at all in , but I also know that I can't charge too much. I think too that the fact it's on canvas board (rather than canvas or something) could work against me, and they're pretty small too (they're petite and a nice size, but I just worry people might think I'm overcharging) - but, I don't think it should be valued at the worth of the materials, but at the worth of the artwork.

The thing is, I love what I make and I want to see it go for a price that does it justice. I was thinking before that I'd just set a price that I could bear to give them away at, but at the same time, that might be too high and I would also like to sell.

So, I'd really appreciate some opinions on prices, in USD or euro (preferably USD really, because that's what I'll be selling them in). Shipping would be about $5 too on top of that (maximum, I wouldn't want to charge any more but because the boards are light enough that should cover it). And Etsy take a 3.5% cut (before shipping is added) and Paypal take some sort of cut too.

Even if I decide not to sell the two above, it's a good indication of my style and the size of my pieces, so opinions are welcome across the board (if you want to suggest things for other pieces on my blog that's more than appreciated too!)

Thanks so much for any help!
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