Wednesday, November 07, 2007

commercial break

All work and no play is making Andrea a very dull blogger, among other things. It's been grunt work (marketing), not fun work (painting), as I chase down a bunch of leads that I've been putting off until tomorrow for too many todays.

First of all, I've been adding new work to my Etsy shop. Finally. I'm not done yet and I am putting a variety of things there to see what sticks and what doesn't, including a couple of landscape prints.

Next, I decided to test drive ImageKind. ImageKind is a direct-order print company that will make prints on your choice of paper and will also do framing and matting. I must admit that I spent way too long trying different combinations of mats and frames on each painting.
Finally, I checked out what was happening in my almost-forgotten CafePress store. I want to make some calendars for 2008 but in the meantime, I added a few products and changed some images on others. I don't do much with it, but once or twice a year I like to play shopkeeper.

Enough blatant commercialism and back to the important stuff. This is post #499 so next time I'll be drawing for a print. If interested, enter here.


Blogger Peter said...

I've been looking at some of your landscapes in your etsy shop ... they really are BEAUTIFUL! I hope your selling goes well!

8/11/07 1:35 a.m.  
Blogger HMBT said...

I need to get my etsy and cafepress shop in order again too. Thanks for the reminder...your shops look wonderful.

8/11/07 3:23 a.m.  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Good luck! I know I have a renewed interest in marketing. Could be the crispness in the air.

8/11/07 4:14 a.m.  
Blogger daisies said...

i've been curious how imagekind was ~ did you like? :)

8/11/07 10:40 a.m.  
Blogger Michele said...

i'm so glad you 'went commercial' today. i had a lovely time window shopping... i won't be window shopping for long however. i want something in my home. soon.

8/11/07 10:42 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Peter: Thanks -- and it looks like I should order some more as they've been getting good feedback.

HMBT: That must be why I have such a headache! :)

Jan: I think it's the fact that Christmas shopping is looming, too...

Daisies: I haven't seen the actual results yet. Soon I hope.

Michele: You're playing my song! :) Thanks. I always feel a little guilty doing the shameless self-promo thing on my blog, not sure why.

8/11/07 11:53 a.m.  
Blogger Cynthia said...

You're way ahead of me business wise! I'm going to really try to hit the pavement after the holidays! How'd they get here so fast?

8/11/07 4:44 p.m.  
Blogger Camplin said...

Great Idea, I think I should put some of my work on a t-shirt.

8/11/07 10:28 p.m.  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

I love the landscape! Congratulations on almost 500 posts. I hope you can get back to the fun of making art instead of just doing art business soon.

9/11/07 12:12 a.m.  
Blogger Paula said...

Post #499. I hear a drum roll.

I think your work would look great on a t-shirt. I'll run right over and take a gander.

9/11/07 6:25 a.m.  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

499, eh? You mean I could still be a contender?
Meanwhile, are your calendars available elsewhere? Would love to have one.

9/11/07 8:12 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Cynthia: I think what got me motivated was the really strong Canadian dollar bypassing the American dollar. It got me thinking about on-line shopping down south for Christmas!

Camplin: It's great fun wearing your art.

Jana: It's one or t-other for me. I work better that way.

Paula: It's a bit of a mish-mosh. Mire on that later.

Ian: I haven't made the calendars yet but will alert the media when I do. :)

9/11/07 11:18 a.m.  

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