A Little Help From My Friends

June 5, 2012

Hi folks!  It has been a while since I have written anything here and I feel that a great way to start would be to talk about the circle of people, sites, and their shops that have influenced me and been friends as well.

Aunt Bean Artworks

Image by Christine Smith

A fellow artist on Twitter has been a fan and a friend, and I think her artwork is dreamy and lovely. You can see how she follows her heart.  Her name is Christine Smith and I highly recommend that you follow her blog  www.auntbeanartworks.blogspot.com/ and on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristineCantow

Early on I discovered an artist whose miniature artwork just blew me away- not only because it was beautiful, but because the work was so painstaking and meticulous that I doubt few can accomplish what she does.  Her name is Evelina Pastilati, and I have featured her in earlier posts of my blog.  When we met she was beginning to make gorgeous jewelry.  I consider her a friend and am pleased by her success.  These are just a couple of ways to find her on the web:

Jewelry by Evelina Pastilati

https://www.twitter.com/JewelsByEvelina
http://www.etsy.com/shop/JEWELRYANDMINIATURES

Evelina Pastilati

Evelina guided me to this site:  A Little Etsy Love  www.etsyfix.com/  They help Etsy shops with promotions through giveaways, coupons and ads.  The giveaways are in article form and are short but empathetic to the atmosphere and feeling of the shops they feature.

My ad on “A little etsy love”

I’ve done both and feel good each time I get that little ding on my iPod that says I’ve been mentioned by their site.  I personally worked with Nancy Fallon- one of their contributors and I felt the goodwill of friendship instantly.  I’ve also linked to the site with a button on the sidebar and wrote a post about a little etsy love previous to this one.

Nancy Fallon NFallon Design Studio

Nancy Fallon also has her own Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/nfallondesignstudio.  You can find wonderfully beautiful knits, cards, purses, jewelry and art prints in here- my favorite being The Animal -a sweet watercolor reproduction of a giraffe.  You can follow Nancy on Twitter at:     https://www.twitter.com/NFallonDesigns

Another Etsy friend has provided me with some of the tools I need to sell my work and has happily answered my questions.  She provides me with mat kits and I had not realized what a difference they would make to showcase my art.  I purchased black double mats, and later on white double mats.  Both look stunning, but when I saw how sweet the white mats looked with my art,  I realized that I should be focusing on marketing for babies and children.  it was just that one extra click of the dial in the right direction.  I recommend to anyone who loves art that you visit her site- she has been quick and efficient in helping me get the right tools.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/framergirl

For even more supplies such as: kits, acrylic, and some frames, try www.documounts.com    They also specialize in custom mats.  Framergirl can answer any of the questions you may have.

Artist’s supplies by framergirl on etsy.com

I could list so many more people who have influenced and supported me in this great big world wide web, and I will share them with you.  For those of you who have not seen any of my works or sites here are the links to my favorites:

I played with an art program on this one of black-eyed susans

My Shop       www.etsy.com/shop/underthenumnumtree

Pinterest       www.pinterest.com/janepurcell    You can see more of the works from the people above here as well

Twitter     www.twitter.com/mjanepurcell

Facebook   www.facebook.com/underthenumnumtree

Jane Purcell “Chocolate Milk Cow”

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UnderTheNumNumTree is experiencing A Little Etsy Love

May 2, 2012

a little etsy loveAs many of my followers may know, I run an online business selling art and gifts called UnderTheNumNumTree  (one word).  It’s an Etsy store that I have been nurturing for several years.  It was easy to join and open my shop, but I’ll tell you, for a newbie to computers, I had so much to learn and I knew it.  I’m self taught and I knew back then how much time it would take to learn to use and implement the tools I needed to have it functioning like a real store.  I had a Twitter account but could not understand it, and Facebook made me crawl under the covers (still does sometimes).

Needless to say, I learned enough to use these tools somewhat effectively, and many other social media as well.  Behind the scenes in my office, I learned how to take photos, scan, size, resize, and crop, along with some crafting techniques and requests for products I had not considered yet, like making wedding invitations.  This project alone taught me a few things with my Word program and printer.

It’s been a long journey, and will be longer still, because I finally feel (in my 40’s) in my gut the path I want to take.  I’ve made friends, and a few mistakes, I’ve had real lows and highs- times I’ve wanted to throw it all away, and times I’ve been proud to see how far I’ve come.  This whole experience started with one little recommendation from a friend at a craft show to give Etsy a try.  If it had been difficullt to set up a shop with them I would not have even bothered with it.  But it was very easy and encouraging to use, and even taught me a few little things in the process.

This morning I woke up to find one of my items in a friend’s blog  Limezinnias Design which flattered me tremendously, and I was due to see my shop featured in a blog designed to get the word out about some of the fine shops on Etsy.  A Little Etsy Love is a great title for what they offer, and all my experiences with them have been terrific.   I recommend them highly to any Etsy shop owner.

So, I hope others online who have had similar experiences with selling online can find encouragement in this post.  I would love to hear about them, so feel free to comment. And if you are a shopper, I recommend you check into some of the sites I have included in my blog.  Smiles!  🙂

"Kittyboo" Silhouette Details

UnderTheNumNumTree

Visit my other sites!

www.etsy.com/shop/underthenumnumtree

www.pinterest.com/janepurcell

Follow me on Twitter and Facebook!

www.twitter.com/mjanepurcell

http://www.facebook.com/UnderTheNumNumTree


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