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Have You Looked at my Blog Lately?

Have you looked at my blog lately?  Probably not, because I haven’t been posting much.  I did, however, do a lot of work on it and my website.  With the help of graphic designer Chelsea of Chelsea McKenna Design it’s looking pretty fabu.  She does really “clean” work.  Which is perfect, because as much as I love bordello chic in my design and decorating, my web presence needs to be a platform for my work.  It shouldn’t compete with it.  An overly fru fru design would be too much.

I love how she took my input, my love of quatrefoil, and all of my little, “Well, how about this?”  and went with it.  I love how my free weebly website and my free wordpress.com blog have the same look.  A viewer doesn’t feel like they’ve taken a wrong turn on the internet.  It’s more consistent.  Even my FB cover photo and my Etsy shop headers coordinate with my websites.  I’m feeling pretty spiffy.

SaslowFBCover-NewRed-01Spiffy, right?


2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Patchwork Post

This post is about everything.  No point in making a million little posts for all the things floating in my head.

I updated my shop policies on Etsy.  I feel more complete and real as a seller with that info, basic as it is, plainly on my site.

Keeping my blog open ended, more like a conversation and not just me talking is hard.  Blogging feels a lot like keeping my journal, and no one else reads my journal.  I’m not crazy enough to pose questions that I expect immediate responses to in my private journal.  But here I’m trying to get other people involved.  Any suggestions on that?  Maybe someone could review one of my previous posts and suggest places I could have engaged readers more.

I am really enjoying “31 Days to Build a Better Blog”.  I am on day 4 and need to go find some outstanding blogs to look at and figure out what makes them great.

I still haven’t figured out how to embed a link in my blogs, but I made a great slideshow in my other blog, threechickstalkingaboutfood.wordpress.com.

I think I’m taking better photos.  I’ve been reading a lot about it and its really helped.  This video is also good.  http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/etsy-success-product-photography-for-beginners/  I still want to head over to Shutterbug and ask more questions, maybe get the lens cleaned.

Communities and Teams on Etsy are still a bit of a mystery to me.  I need to go over there and poke around.  I’m on the Success Team and the Blog Team.  More reading!

No sales have been made yet.  Even if I didn’t make any money or get the satisfaction of selling my work, I’d like the practice.  I have no item what selling an item on etsy looks like on the sellers end.

Heather and Chelsie, what do you want your fabulous holiday cards to look like?  Being my fantastic commenters, I am looking forward to making you something lovely to give (or keep) in these coming holidays.  I’m even working on *gasp* envelopes.

I want to work on paper things today.  Envelopes, Jewelry cards, maybe paper boxes for shipping things in, and more cards with more layers of paper.

Yesterday I super-glued a bail to my finger.  Photo included for your amusement.  What a pain to get off.  Even when I am accidentally gluing things to myself, I do quality work.  Thankfully, I have acetone nail polish remover.

Also included, a picture of my haul from Lucky Mojo.  Great beads.  I’m wearing Ganesha on my favorite chain now.

Hello World!

Here I am.  Me.  Putting me out there.  Me as an artist.  As a professional artist, more specifically.  And with that follows me as an entrepreneur and me as a blogger.  How does that follow, you ask?  Well, the entrepreneur is easy enough, I want to actually sell my art (and eventually other people’s art) and make a living.  The blogging is, funnily enough, kind of a creative outlet.  A way to step back from what I am making and doing and look at it from a different perspective.  I love the site I’m selling art on, Etsy* , but I don’t get to talk about what I do as much as show you a picture and a short description.

Even with the art aside, I’ve already enjoyed growing in other ways from this new adventure.  Learning my way around WordPress, getting better with my camera to take artsy pictures of my work, figuring out why the heck my stupid f***ing computer won’t remember my pictures have been rotated between iPhoto and Etsy.  Trying to figure out what the next step will be after I’ve conquered Etsy.  I’d love to have a “brick and mortar” shop one day.  Getting there will be interesting.

*http://www.etsy.com/shop/MadameSaslowsCurio  (shameless plug!)