I recently gave a lecture on quilting at a museum. The talk was titled "Taking It To the Next Dimension." It was very well received. One of the things I noticed was that the techniques and ideas that I talked about that seemed so simple and commonplace to me were new and novel for the attendees.
I am in the middle of writing several new books. One is the next book in The Shy Artist series. (It's about barriers to success.) The other books are patterns of some of the designs and techniques that I have developed.
A couple of days ago, I was talking to my boyfriend about the books. I was complaining about the inadequacies of the new Kindle Kids Book Creator software.
As I was talking, my boyfriend suddenly and abruptly silenced me with an exclamation, "Wait! Hold that thought. I have a brilliant idea!"
I have been fighting with my computers recently. All three of them. My favorite old desktop is still running Windows XP and has everything on it exactly the way I like it. However, it is getting old and slow. My newer laptop keeps crashing. The blue screen of death rears its ugly head on occasion. It is not talking to the printer and it is really slow. Slower than my antique desktop. Lastly, there's my notebook. It used to be a Windows XP machine, but now it's a Linux mint machine. The computer itself works just fine, but I had let my neighbor borrow it for a few months and it came back with really sticky keys.
I was scheduled to teach a class this past weekend as part of a museum exhibit. On Friday I sent an email to my contact and she confirmed that I was on the schedule for Saturday. However, I was not given any information as to how many students I was going to be teaching, or where to go, or what time I should arrive to get set up. Even without this information, I had most everything I needed in order to teach this class, So, I packed up all the teaching supplies and drove up to the venue.
eCommerceBytes.com has loads of great resources for those of you who sell your art or craft online. I highly recommend subscribing to their daily newsletter so you can keep abreast of all that is happening in the online selling world.
In addition to their newsletter, their website has some useful goodies like an etsy fee calculator. Just plug in the price of an item you sell, the shipping, the actual postage, and the cost of materials and this handy-dandy little tool will spit back out the profit that you will make on this item. There is also one for ebay and one for Amazon.
I highly recommend this site. And, no, I don't get anything out of recommending it other than the satisfaction of knowing that I have provided some useful information.
With the fall show season in full swing, I thought these tips would serve as a good reminder to all of you who do shows. This infographic with tips on how to do a weekend show without hurting your back is brought to you by Manago Chiropractic.
I first saw this video about eight or nine years ago. The story behind it is that Rockwell Industries was doing a video shoot. This guy was one of the crew. While they were testing the cameras and lighting, he put on a lab coat and started talking. This was the result.
Unsplash.com is a great resource for completely free, copyright free high resolution images. And did I mention FREE!
Here's what their website has to say about it:
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They post 10 new free photos every 10 days. There is no search capability and no categories. So you just have to start scrolling through to find images that catch your eye. But then, that's half the fun! And there are some really good quality photos there.
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Hope you enjoy this infographic with ideas on how to respond to that all too common sentence that customers say, "Oh, I just love your work!" My book, "The Shy Artist's Guide to Answering Questions" has dozens more ideas for responses to common questions and comments. If you have trouble talking to your customers, this is the book for you. Go buy it and use it!
Why is it so expensive to have your work in a gallery?
As a former gallery owner, I heard that or similar questions all the time. Why do galleries take 50% of what your work sells for? Wouldn’t I make more money if I just sold it myself? Gee, I should be a gallery owner so I can make a bunch of money!