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Goals for 2009 and Happy HAPPY New Year

  1. Get my site off of WordPress.com and back to self-hosting
  2. Increase sales in the shop to 5-10 per day
  3. Fall in Love
  4. Buy a 4-Family home in Uptown Saint John, live in one unit and rent the other three out
  5. Blog 7 to 15 times per month
  6. Update Flickr 2 to 3 times per week
  7. Finish paying off massive 11 year Student loan debt – I’m so close I can taste it!
  8. Introduce Flat rate shipping into the shop
  9. Introduce ready to hang Stretched Canvas prints and larger sized prints into the shop
  10. Introduce new art (yes, I’ve been busy creating new pieces)
  11. Get to four years sober off of GHB in August
  12. Do not develop another addiction
  13. Hire a housekeeper once per week once I’m in my new pad because as my art is created clean, neat and tidy and shipped out to you in the same way my housekeeping skills are not so
  14. Do 2 small custom design jobs per month
  15. Sell 1 large original artwork per month
  16. Be featured in the local newspaper
  17. Be featured in a National women’s magazine
  18. Be featured on a huge blog
  19. After Falling in love maybe make a baby
  20. After massive student loan debt is paid off continue to live debt free except for paying the mortgage which will be paid off by tenants which will in turn, turn into my own financial security in 25 years when I retire
  21. Maintain healthy weight of 130 to 135lbs
  22. Take a 2 week long vacation
  23. OLDisNEW vintage will be getting a massive update
  24. Earn more than poverty level income in Canada for the first time in four years
  25. Most of all I will continue to strive to be happy and believe in magic

I wish you all the best this year in 2009 and thank you for reading my blog and for the conversation during the ups and downs in 2008.

xo

Review – Epson R2880 Printer

A few weeks ago I got an Epson R2880 printer. Ever since, learning to operate this fascinating piece of equipment has ensued…

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Set Up

After a false start first using *metal saw horses to make a table with, I purchased a folding plastic/metal table from Canadian Tire for $39.95. If you buy this printer you will need a dedicated space just for the printer and print-outs it produces. And as the ink takes 48 hours to cure you will need a place to lay the prints flat on or to hang them dry from.

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Packaging 101 and how it’s related to 4000 Etsy hearts, feedback, cupcakes and being sick.

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I glanced at my hearts on Etsy tonight and there were 4000 of them! It is also the first time I surpassed sales numbers per ratio of hearts. It used to be that every 500 hearts I made 50 sales. Well, I am at 470 sales.

Momentum rocks!

And each and every order gets packaged with extra special care. I received this public feedback the other day from a happy customer. She writes:

In less than a *week I received my “sassy sea urchin”… it’s even better in person!!! I was very impressed with the packaging, my daughter cut out the flower you drew on the envelope and loves the sticker you enclosed!! Thanks for making my first internet shopping experience so positive!!

That in itself keeps me going :) I love my customers and making people smile. It’s my job.

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In behind the scenes

I’m skeptical about asking my free supplier of cardboard for more cardboard but will need more clean cardboard very soon. In the meantime I began the daunting task of researching a clean Canadian cardboard supplier online to buy from. If you have any ideas please shoot them my way.

Thanks!

And in sickness news

I am very sick right now… again with a sore throat, swollen glands, can barely speak and am going in and out of fever. I’m doing my best to keep the business going, respond to inquiries, print, package, sign, date, title, write a review about my new Epson R2880 printer and most importantly get enough rest during this busy time of year.

Oddly enough I took two days off this past weekend and travelled to Fredericton to visit with Karen. It was the first two days in a row that I took off since the summertime. I did the bare minimum to keep things going online. It’s hard to step away.

It seems I get sick when I step away. I don’t get it.

I resolve to work all the time so that I don’t get sick in the future. Being sick sucks!

Or as Dad puts it,

Suck it up cupcake!

*Please keep in mind that order was shipped to another Canadian address. For the life of me I can’t figure out why 3% to 5% of my orders to United States residents take five weeks to arrive. The norm is two to three weeks.

*Names on envelopes have been blurred to protect the identity of my customers

Etsy Elves in Indonesia are Helping Me Package this Christmas

Yesterday this email from Christopher Dewan of The Urban Sherpa arrived. He had found me about a week ago via Gawker Artists and proceeded to add me as a friend on Facebook and I in turn added him.

He bought Do You Love Me from the shop yesterday. I emailed him saying thank you and that his order would be packaged today and mailed out to him on Wednesday.

He responded:

Oh, hi! For some reason, I guess I didn’t expect that order would go straight to you. I guess I figured, I don’t know, you had “people” for that — a great big art warehouse in Indonesia, or Etsy elves; and then you’d just get a big fat monthly check in the mail from them. Or something. I guess I’m naive…

Well, I work in a studio that up until very recently doubled as my bedroom. My helpers are two cats named Missy Two Shoes and Cat McGandy.

I print, cut, assemble, create and package everything for sale in my shop while the cats meow Silent Night and frollick to Jingle Bell Rock.

Thanks Christopher for making me laugh!

Christopher’s email made me think of Knife Gun Pen’s poem, The Four Hundred Hour Workweek and then of Chartreuse’s blog post, The Laymans guide to the End of the World Part One.

I like being small.

:)

Two New Sets to Introduce to the Mini Greeting Card Line

Beautiful Florals… no.1

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Beautiful Florals… no.2

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Photographing these itsy bitsy greeting cards was no easy task. If I breathed to hard, looked at them the wrong way or simply touched them they fell over like dominoes.

Each Greeting card set includes:
•8 cards (2 of each flower card)
•8 white envelopes
•8 seals (colours may vary)

Greeting card size – 1 3/8″ x 7/8″ (35mm by 22mm)
Envelope size – 1 1/2″ x 1″ (38mm by 25mm)
Seals size – 5/16″ (8mm)

You can get them here in the mini goods section of my shop.

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Use them for gift tags, scrapbooking, dollhouse miniatures or anything else your heart fancy’s.

I created a makeshift work table to photograph from using the wall, portfolios, cardboard and a large pad of cartridge paper which you can see in this post (last photo). Two nights ago I purchased two navy blue folding metal saw horses. I will be buying plywood and having it cut to size with the help of Dad to create a proper work table to stand at this weekend!

The first two sets can be seen here.