Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
My Mom had a great idea and shared it with me one day, which was to provide help for passionate crafters of hand made items and how to open a store to sell their creations on Etsy.com. Together we have written a very comprehensive, 51 page, downloadable book for anyone to read and use if opening a store on Etsy is what they want to do. We wrote our book with the passionate artisan in mind, filled it with tips on business selling information and added some important business steps that others who sell similar books didn't have, which makes our book so special!
My Mom is a very creative artist. Growing up I loved watching her create her crafts and have followed in her footsteps to be a very passionate artist and crafter myself. She has always been a silent mentor for my creative soul and continues to inspire my life with ideas just like this one, which I am proud to say, she loved everything I added to her book idea.
I joined Etsy in 2009 bringing some of my original creations to buyers world wide with my original designs of Halloween inspired foam Tiaras. I have now branched into craft supplies and vintage finds, which I think are very unusual, an animal lover item shop and inexpensive jewelry store as well. I did this to centralize my focus for the buyers I attract. My brain is on fire most of the time and this book was written to help others who love what they do, but need a bit more push to sell their stuff online.
I also work in the Graphic Design industry and have built my business on bringing magical solutions to clients who want or need my plethora of talents, which I have likened to being renaissance designer in a modern world. I have been teaching elementary school aged children how to draw as I have a gift for drawing anything since the age of two!
So I do hope you buy our book. It will give you the confidence needed to open a store on Etsy and share your talents with the world. It can be very scary to be a business owner, especially if you are a passionate artist like we are, however we both believed in ourselves and want you to feel the same.
Friday, February 01, 2013
Did you ever get stopped from something?
I have, but not for long. I am unstoppable, because I believe I should not be stopped. So follow my Link, send me a comment, believe in what I believe, connect and make it happen.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Come Fly With me Airplanes Fly to Jordan
Just sold twenty MIY Come Fly With Me Airplanes and they will be flying to Jordan for a children's birthday party!
my Etsy Store and now they are on their way to Jordan! That is half way across the Earth (near Israel).
Thank you to a great customer in purchasing this awesome toy for kids and adults to play with, oh what fun they will have!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Etsy, Etsy, Esty!
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
More New Year Adjustments
Sunday, January 06, 2013
New Beginnings, a New Year Ahead
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
A tis-kit, a task kit, do you happen to see my basket?
The move is complete, My YR Drawing classes have ended too and now catching up is finding form in a nightmarish timeline only the brave of heart can juggle.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Haunt, this weeks Illustration Friday's topic.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Hey Mister, Hey Sister, can you spare me a $5'er?
We have found 2 places ready to rent to us however I had to pay a debt which was brought to our attention that is blocking us from finding a place (costing us $440 from our fund). So Hey Mister, Hey Sister, can you spare a Fiver? If 640 people donate $5 we can make it tomorrow, that is if you all donate just this amount in the next twenty four hours. First and last is $3390 for this one place that said yes today…the other I am still waiting on getting the paper work saying this "problem" got cleared off my credit report before I call to ask if it is still available. I have donated a $1 recently to a friend who is trying to publish her book on healthy eating via Kickstarter. She is awesome & she donated $25 to our goal. She is an artist like myself and a really great gal. The more of you who donate, the faster we can make our goal. Moving is going to happen but the places are not going to wait while we get our finances in order. Last week I got surprised with a car repair. I know times are tough, and those of you I am asking from to help with our donations, know I wouldn't be asking if the rock in front of me wasn't impossible for me to move by myself, but it is, so can you donate $5 to a really great family and help us move? Of course if you want to donate more, I certainly am not going to persuade you to not do that. :-) Thank you so much. Please help us move sooner than later, this is very nerve racking. Here is the link: http://www.gofundme.com/1ca3dc or you can contact me here. Thank you. As a part of the funding, your donation of more than $5 gets you my art as a thank you gift…please check out the link for go fund me, it has everything you need to know there!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
In the Land of MOO, tiny business cards
Got an e-mail yesterday from a company I learned through my Etsy store. Etsy and Moo.com had collaborated together, publicizing a special offer too good for me to turn down, so I participated in the fun and now I am the proud owner of tiny business cards from Moo.com. The e-mail I got yesterday was a notification there were only five days left to submit my "story" - which was really my answers to three sets of three questions Moo posed for the chance to win one of four prizes, top prize $7500.
Dressed in my bathrobe, fresh from the shower and in between the many worlds I conquer these days, I sat down to write out my responses to their questions. Towards the end, my son was reminding me to get dressed as "time was fleeting" and we had to be somewhere to view a new residence; one of my missions to conquer is that we are moving, however I am not sure where as we have not found a replacement place as of yet. Clock is ticking here and getting louder daily.
|My Business card from Moo.com, |
more info is printed on backside of card!
"I was two when I realized I was filled with an incredible gift and creation was only the start of it. When I was four I drew the house across the street the size of a postage stamp and felt it looked remarkably like the house across the street, not some weird child like drawing. Then I wanted to grow up to be a Mama Butterfly, then a Veterinarian and lo and behold the Universe turned my head around when faced with Trigonometry and back to art it was. Today I feel empowered still, learning the ways of business and that is when I came across Moo Cards. When I hand my Moo Business Card creation to a new potential customer, I notice a slight jerk of their head to the side, their eyes widen and I smile knowingly I have made a great decision to have these in my bag to hand out in my daily travels. You are helping me market my magic! Thanks!
Friday, October 12, 2012
Water, many can live without shelter, no one can live without water.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Mirror Mirror in the Picture, what do you see?
This weeks word is "Mirror"
I had two ideas to enter and chose this one, something I painted back in Junior College right after High School, long ago and far away.
I felt it had the impact I wanted to portray for this weeks word, Mirror, because we are nothing but a reflection of the things and experiences surrounding us.
Thank you for looking into my mirror of life and checking out my work. You can see more HERE at www.denyerdesigns.com, or HERE at Coroflot.com/valleygirl53.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
A Book by any other cover is still a Book!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Does this say "Burst"?
Every have one of those moments? It seems so simple, you are lost in thought about what you forgot and it eludes you until that moment occurs, then you scream out loud a single word where the people around realize you have been talking to yourself and they are not part of this conversation. As these strangers start to shake their heads and mutter to themselves about your sanity, you smile, just like a crazy person, because the moment of sanity just came back and you can move forward with your life knowing you remembered what had been eluding you.
Thank you Illustration Friday, once again, for providing me with an outlet for my work!
Monday, September 17, 2012
Pet Portraits for your Event
Saturday, September 08, 2012
"The Girl Who Wore Many Hats" ©2012 JPDenyer
Monday, September 03, 2012
This weeks entry, Illustration Friday
drawing. I am used to creating funny things and moving forward on life. I am not much of spending time to look back and reflect on what doesn't stick. I think that would hold back my creative juices more if I did.
I like this drawing for Illustration Friday's word of the week, "Identical", because of how it is the same and yet not. The same face, however two moods, before and after. Hope my viewers like it. I am having fun getting my art out into the world for all to see and thank Illustration Friday for being on my conscience to step up to the plate, though I missed last weeks!
Monday, August 20, 2012
Who Are You?
Saturday, August 18, 2012
This weeks entry to Illustration Friday's Contest word of the week!
I have connected with a group of very talented illustrators and am trying really hard to stay consistent in adding an entry each week for their weekly Illustration word of the week. Last week was "Freeze" and you can still see this entry here at this web site.
I certainly have a pool of drawings to pull from as drawing is the main theme in my life. I have always drawn and felt most at home with drawing.
Presented here is a drawing I drew back in the 90's, as part of a children's learning rubber stamper tool. This was used as the cover for the learning booklet, which would accompany a set of alphabet stamps and stamp pad. I call the illustration "Sam" and I remember just sitting down one night and drawing him. The illustration of Sam was part of a concept product, as I remember, which I designed and conceived, however it was drawn so many years ago, I may be wrong on the conception of the idea, this may have been more of a team effort with the company I worked for as they did stationery products for kids. The product is "Stamp 'N' Learn" and provided the parent and their child a way to learn words by using rubber stamps. Product never took off, however that is another story.
So now, I am using Sam for more than a portfolio representation of my drawing capabilities and sending Sam in as my illustration entry for the word "Teacher", Illustration Friday's word of the week.
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Packaging on Etsy
Friday, August 03, 2012
Something new in Blogdome
My world is to create new and every expanding avenues of my work, I am fortunate to find new paths for me, this one is called Illustration Friday. This is a group of illustrators who are provided a single word to which illustrators submit an interpretation of the provided weekly word.
Illustration Friday is on Facebook too, a place I liked after I found them via a Google search I did yesterday, that's right, I only found out about them yesterday!
This weeks word is "Bounce". I missed last weeks as I got busy and was unable to submit my entry, but I like the one that was chosen to best represent the interpretation for the word "Lonely".
my submission. Come back next week to see a new submission for a new word.
Fun and empowerment, this is what is on my menu every week helping me to move forward! Thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Thoughts for today's closing hours
"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. "
Words of wisdom sometimes come from strange places
Tonight I heard a quote, which I felt was good to send to my best friend. She has had a rather unusual year by general standards as she has been challenged by life in ways that would crumble even the strongest person, yet she remains standing, functioning as best she knows how, given her year of events and is still looking towards the remaining of the year we all have left in front of us. She is currently earning her intern hours needed to be given her license to become a licensed MFT counselor, (Marriage Family Therapist.)
She is really good at her job, albeit filled with the troubles most of us find horrible, too horrible to imagine, things that I watch on certain TV shows and wish were not real. However this year she has been tested unfairly I think, but as many friends who enter the AA program, mention this thought, "God only gives you what you can handle", which in her world has been a lot these past few months, and her beliefs travel a personal path.
So here I sat, watching my show and at the end of the show, part of the bookend signature of the show, there is a follow up quote because the opening always has a quote, providing significance to the story about to unfold. Tonight's closing quote had her name written all over it and I dedicate this blog notation to her and any other who finds comfort in reading this entry tonight or tomorrow or when ever. For me, life is precious, difficult yet worth living; I am glad to have my gal friend in my life, she and I have a bond rarely found in friendships, so here you go girlfriend, be proud, heal and know you are loved.
Now the quote:
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Get the greatest revision on 150 of your words for only $5.00
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Monday, July 09, 2012
I am creating new ideas and looking for new opportunities daily. The most current ones are my line of Bustier Wall Adornments. Please feel free to comment.
These are for the home to be hung on the wall and are full body size art; great for bridal showers and gifts, just about anywhere you want to feel “pretty”.
So unique, I also take special orders!
Saturday, July 07, 2012
My Dad, the younger gentleman on the right, looking like he is sticking a pencil in his mouth, was always involved in publicity stunts to help the newpapers. His friend Bud Gray, the photographer for this shot, were great buddies through out their newspaper careers. Both are gone now, fond memories remain, however seeing this photo reminds me of what a great time he had when he was around. Oh to be able to time travel and see him again. Today is his birthday, I hope somewhere he is happy and celebrating, he would have been 86.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Summer Recipe submitted for consideration
This is a delicious, EASY recipe you can make the day of or ahead of busy summer activities and takes hardly anytime to make (about 10-15 mins). The one shown in the photo above has spinach and vegetarian bacon strips added, however this is optional. Hope you try my recipe, as those who know me, know I am not a kitchen or cooking fan, but this is a house staple!
COTTAGE CHEESE QUICHE
2 shallow Pastry Shells (either graham cracker or pie pastry shells. The graham cracker pastry shells add a slight "sweet" taste to the meal, which I have found people enjoy!)
1 16 oz Cottage Cheese, small curd (regular is best, can use low fat but do not recommend large curd)
6 eggs 8 oz Swiss Cheese, grated or cut into small cubes 8 oz Mozzarella Cheese, grated or cut into small cubes
Add the following seasonings to taste: (approximately 1-2 teaspoons):
Dash of salt
4-8 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
4-8 oz Parmesan Cheese
Chopped green onions
Vegetarian Bacon Strips (Morning Star brand is what I use)
Take the above ingredients (except the bacon) and mix them all together in a large mixing bowl blending the items together. Pour 1/2 of the mixture into each pastry shell and spread evenly. Cut the Vege Bacon strips into squares and place them across the top of each pie rotating the direction to create an appetizing look to the top of the pie. Bake the pies in the oven at 400Âº for about twenty minutes and then allow the pies to sit in the hot oven with the heat turned off for an additional ten minutes. Cool and set out for guests. Serves about 6 generous slices per pie. Total prep time 10-15 mis + cooking This is easy, quick and a real crowd pleaser.
Saturday, June 09, 2012
The Power of One
Nothing happens without a team, so in reality, there are more people behind the single person struggling to find their way in this ever increasing and difficult world. Such as in the other day when I got this e-mail from my Mom about Etsy. She knows me well and believes in the success of me and does what she can to assist where she can. On this day she told me about something I had not known Etsy had done to their web site to help Etsy shops do more in promotion. Etsy originally, when I first joined their site (2009), gave you the basic "About" page. This is where you write a little bit of information about who you are and it is easy to access and change, which I have done when running specials in my shop. Now they have added a more in depth "About Me" page, an extra to the original one, where the shop owner can talk about their "story" of how they came to be a shop owner.
Needless to say and two hours later I created my story, created the graphics for the moving banners and published it for all the world to see. The new section also allows me to link to this blog which affords me more time to come here and write about my Etsy experience, challenges and dilemmas
I am a single person running a shop by myself while looking for work in the graphic/creative/packaging design industry, which has grown harder with the challenges of the internet bringing technical qualities to the table I have yet to completely master. I wear many hats (wrote a children's story talking about such a person) and I am all things to many people. Which is why I am grateful when someone who knows I may suffer from microscopic vision and can miss utilizing a tool before unknown to me.
So THANKS MOM, and thank you to all who visit my work on Etsy, my creative outlet for ideas from my head and vintage items from thrift stores, I really appreciate you stopping by. I also hope you tell others about me as I want to grow and hire a person to help around the office so I can do more in the design world and less cleaning of the office! (ha ha).
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Living with Grief
I watch over him now as he permeates the remaining years of what our lives were together, because no one now, who shares my day to day, knew me as long as we knew each other, except family of course. I was sixteen when I met him, turning 57 when he passed away and he has now left me once and all forever. I can still miss him although, no worries, I am able to function quite normally and have been for awhile. I just want to find that comfort zone again and I don't think I ever will.
He was not the only important man in my life to pass away, I lost my father when I was just 19, I still grieve him and it will be 38 years this October 30th. Halloween has never been the same for me.
Living with grief is learning how to say ok to emptiness. The life you once knew won't come back, unless you get lucky like I did with my dog Buddy. I believe he is the cat I had 30 years ago who was blessed to come back to me, and Mark knew Buddy. I found Buddy on the street one day thinking Mark and him would be great together. Buddy had other ideas.
But here I was living my life thinking nothing about it when not once but twice, the two most important men in my life structure disappear. I am grateful to our time together. Read this poem, It is from the point of view of my daughter who witnessed the day I learned my friend Mark Voland had died. I really like it.
Grief doesn't go away. It shrinks. For most of us it becomes really manageable, as it has for me, but memories being what memories are, this is part of a grieving process. It also becomes louder when other things go wrong in your life that are out of your control and the world requires you to be strong.
So I am going to go be strong now. Please go read the poem, maybe you'll like it too!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
2012 has had its moments so far, like the mouse in the house weekend, and this month has brought about change to our lives. There is a link is to Buddy's chattings on the coolest new web site, Pet Chatty- it helps pets chat and link and share with other pets where the pets have a voice. Seriously way cool.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
(An Essay Competition: On the 10th Anniversary of 9/11): My Essay: (That's me - the photo on the right - getting my first bike 1959)
I have been thinking about this date as I remember where I was, “Who doesn’t,” the voice in my head always comments when I think this.
The strongest memory is being in the room of our last home together as a family. I was married then and deciding the fate of my life, my children’s lives and my husband’s future as well as planning my own. I have friends who still live there; they lived this horrible moment when life forced the kindness in their hearts to be hero’s to strangers, and I was in touch with them so spiritually that day, they are who my family is still today.
I remember being made aware I live in a place of the world where advantage is a commonplace item and privilege is often forgotten during the most normal day-to-day experiences we all have. Life for some of us is less of a struggle than other places. However the event, which occurred on 9-11-01, brought to mind all of these things, these words, and these changes in the course of my day to day as I stood there in our bedroom, watched over and over the replay and realized if I get one chance at this living and this breathing experience, I needed to make a change and change I did.
Ten years later I still remain the person I was, a not looking back person with regrets, I am still a forward believer in change will bring better to all; however change does bring fallout and my heart still swells under the realization of how small our loss was compared to the one faced by other parts of the world. This event remains big to the children and families who have a one on one path with this event. I send my love and prayers of healing to them, their families and to all effected directly and indirectly, it was a great loss and still a healing wound.
My children are now young adults, they are being readied to do what I did so many years ago when I was their ages, and so, I do find myself reflecting in this way, compare and contrast of then and now. I imagine the families who are bound together by this event and then I remember visiting the World Trade Center when I lived there (1977-88); the memory of the view, not once but twice, is breathtaking among other memories I have of living in NYC when I did. I also remember visiting the World Trade Center in 2007 when I went there with my daughter for a musical contest she won in NJ, our weekend visit with a long-term gal pal, her family and these more present day memories. The time between my visits from LA to NY had been long, much had happened since I had left (1987-88) and this weekend, when my daughter and I were there we walked from 72nd and Broadway to Greenwich Village and taxied or subwayed back, trivial details are escaping me now. But my daughter and I visited the World Trade Center and said our prayers to those buried here. It is now a somber place, a place of prayer and a place of honor. You can feel the bravery; it gave me chills just to think about all of this when we were there. To all and everyone, thank you for the memories, while some are now lost and all I have are memories of their lives, you are still in my heart and your bravery in living this lifetime, sharing some of it with me, I return to you the same with love.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
So be it, to make every attempt to promote my own work and that of other Artists, I have added a link to my blog on the hopes they will add me to theirs!
Artists need each other. I need them. We need each other. Click the link in the title to see their web site - I haven't figured out how to make it part of the page yet, but I will, I am tenacious you know, like a dog sitting by your feet just waiting to be petted.
Self Promotion of the Art Species...a vulnerable part of the human race, where rejection and deception seem to undermine the ways of creation. Some where else in this post is another link to my online portfolio...ah-h-h-h gaining knowledge one keystroke at a time
Saturday, July 16, 2011
To answer the question when asked in a professional way, "What are your salary expectations?” I find it is best to dodge this question because to you price your "value" too high they will not consider you and to price your value about yourself too low, well, their impression is you don't think much of your work. Kind of like the metaphor of hitting it out of the ball park or never getting out of the car in the parking lot to see the game. Most people under value their worth. Read the book "The Instant Millionaire", it addresses this right off the top at the beginning of the book. It is a short read, written as a parable and well worth the time to understand how to see your own value as you present it to the world.
To answer the question, “How do I price my personal products I create for sale?” do research and use this as your guide, include Ebay, Amazon and personal websites in your research. Look at what others are using as a pricing tool on their web sites. I recently found myself out of work in April of this year. This is my biggest fear however because I am not daunted by my fears, I looked at this as an opportunity to re-invent myself yet once again. I began to use part of my time to build my Etsy on line store (www.etsy.com/shop/buddyschild) to bolster my lack of finances. I started selling some vintage costume jewelry and needed to gain insight on the value of these pieces. I went to stores and asked the owners of these shops to help me give a value when they did not express interest in purchasing them themselves. Then I needed to understand how billing and shipping costs impact my profits. It helps to do an Excel sheet with calculations built into the sheet so when you reach the last column you see what your profit really is. It is also important when selling your own stuff to make sure you add state sales tax because the states are cracking down on sellers who do not pay sales tax on private sales and there are penalties when caught. Lack of knowledge is not an excuse when States come to collect what they feel is their due.
I price my work on two issues and while the first is an intuitive feeling the other is how well known am I. Being better known in the art community allows you to ask for a higher price. Lesser known means charging a lesser price. Also keep in mind people today want to find bargains. Don’t lower your prices just to satisfy the need of knowing someone purchased your fine art. The artist has an artistic soul, which is generally the most vulnerable part of the human condition and the desire to feel validated by your art hits home on this feeling every time we sell or don’t sell something, at least it is for me. It can crush lesser artists and cause them to never reach their potential.
Research is every thing. Knowing what the market can bear is also important. When it comes to selling an artistic creation, you are no longer an artist you are a businessperson and art never enters the conversation. That’s why there are agents, galleries and representatives for artists, because honestly, it is easier to haggle with a business person than an emotional artist who feels one set of values and gets another in return for their efforts!
"How do you price your work?" Good question.
Being someone who is currently looking for work and re-inventing my life while job hunting, I am faced with this from two sides of the coin, what is my worth in the open job market and what are the pieces I am selling on my on-line store worth to others?