Thursday, February 7, 2013

Coming Soon: Studio 791 on Etsy!

A major part of my goal for 2013 includes not procrastinating any longer on projects that have been awhile in the making. 
Stacks and stacks of books can only mean one thing--collage packs in the making!
For over a year, I have been seriously considering opening a shop on Etsy, but made little progress toward that goal as I pursued the "craft show circuit" last year.  I have determined that 2013 will be the year that Studio 791 makes it to Etsy, and I have set April 6, 2013--my 40th birthday!--as my target Grand Opening date. 
Bins and stacks and piles characterize my work space...but then again, that's the way it always is!
That means that aside from Valentine heart-making, my art space has been dominated by shop-opening preparations:  inventory to assess, packaging and labeling to improve, shipping and handling to be considered.  I've read so many interviews in which artists explain that once they "go pro," they have to spend more time on the business end of things and give up some of the actual art-making that brought them into business in the first place.  I can understand what they are talking about, and I'm not even responding to orders yet!
You can bet that everything I will offer in my shop will be things that I would want to buy for myself!
The whole process is completely exciting, though.  I have wanted to open a shop on Etsy for over a year now, and I am making solid and definite progress toward that goal.  I am definitely the sort that needs to give myself a deadline to make it happen, and it seems appropriate to align my shop's debut with my own milestone birthday. 

I will keep you posted on my progress, and you are all--of course!--invited to the Grand Opening on April 6!


Nothing keeps me more inspired than finding art and friendship in my mailbox each day.  Here are some of the latest goodies I have been enjoying in 2013:
You can see the adorable postcard with the reproduction vintage Valentine in the foreground from Mary.  She has been an amazingly generous mail art buddy this year, and we're just over one month in!

And that amazing envelope in the background comes from Sherry in Illinois.  Take a closer look:
I really don't know why my photo is posting sideways.  Go ahead and crane your neck for a better view!

Sherry also sent traditional Valentines for my girls!  How thoughtful is that?!

Terrie continued our postcard exchange with this great experiment in creating layered backgrounds:
Janet and I did a bookmark swap, and she slipped in an ATC I loved from a recent post on her blog:
This is a lo-oo-oong bookmark with gorgeous colors and images.
It was so hard to capture its awesomeness in a photo!

Janet's ATC--words to live by!
Every day is Valentine's Day when you share Mail Art Love!


Patty said...

I have the dream of opening an Etsy shop someday too but need to get the craft room finished first. Good luck in getting it up and running!

Tanya said...

YAY on a date for opening your Etsy shop, and joining the ranks! Some lovely stuff from friends, here, for sure. Happy Weekend...Tanya

donna!ee said...

AWESOME....i was thinking the other day how fabulous it would be if you had an etsy shop! and what an great way to celebrate our birthday...mine is also april 6th!

Janet said...

Yea! Good luck on your Etsy shop. I'm sure you will have lots of fun items to sell.

I love that envelope with the robots and also the postcard with layers and circles.

So glad you like the bookmark and ATC. It's always fun to swap with you.

Carin Winkelman said...

Now there's a way to honour your 40th! Seems like you are on a roll with the preparations. Already wishing you the best of luck with your Etsy plans.

aimee said...

YAY! let us know when it is open so we can all promote it! it really isn't hard -- you can open one in a heartbeat and tweak it as you go along. If I can do anything to help, send me an e-mail and I'll do my best to answer any questions you might have. That's how I got started! xo

VivJM said...

Ooh, exciting times ahead! I wish you all the best with your Etsy future :-)

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Hi, Andria. Isn't mailbox art wonderful?
I have been busy with swaps but it has not yet made me tired of valentines! I'm going to be finally getting a full morning of art available to me, and I can't wait to do more collaging!

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