5 Storenvy Features Weekly


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So I’m back to feeling well again and I re-opened my storenvy. I’m going to go back to featuring stores from Storenvy.com because there’s so much talent on there I’d just love to share! Click the images to visit the stores.

First one is Minabea Jewellery:

There ends this week’s Storenvy Features! Like I said, lots of talent and great products! Check them out, or give them some feedback! I think the best part is that they are all friendly. Nothing makes me happier than to be around lovely well mannered sellers. If you’re like me, you’re sick of places like ebay where manners aren’t the number one priority. These sellers and many others on Storenvy are great!

Next week I’ll be featuring another 5 stores <3!

Storenvy Features Part 2!


The next 4 features from storenvy! Talented people selling their items they’ve made.

http://idockit.storenvy.com/

http://minabea.storenvy.com/

http://carolynmcneeshop.storenvy.com/

http://eitsart.storenvy.com/

Go check out these wonderful people and their stores! The best part about storenvy is that you can follow the shops and the owners much like twitter. Very handy, especially if you’re a shop-a-holic like meh 😉

Evanto Market


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I thought I’d give it one last go before quitting and selling only on my own stores. I submitted a design as a test. On my Etsy where I normally get tiny views like 3 or 5 and I make sales here and there. In 3days of posting said design I had over 1000 views and favourites on Etsy and good stats on my Storenvy as well, which are still steadily growing interest on both stores. The design was rejected on Evanto and rather quickly. I’m not even going to bother any more. It works great for others but sometimes with certain designs I just know they will do well mainly because they’re exactly what people are bugging me for and I listen to my customers and hold polls and what not. But it doesn’t matter any more. I’m keeping all my designs and selling them myself on my two stores. Like my mother says, sometimes you just gotta do it yourself!

I’m in no way saying they are bad or wrong, not having a cry about poor me rejected, not at all! I wanted to see how fussy they were. I heard they were better than iStock but I had to test for myself. It works great for others and gets their name out there, good for them. They deserve it. What I am saying however is don’t be disheartened if you try out places like GraphicRiver or other Evanto marketplaces or stock sites like iStock. Don’t let it get to you or make you quit. You could just be in the wrong place for your skills, that’s all. If you enjoy what you do and have customers then stick with it. I definitely say try Storenvy.com and keep all your profits. It’s super friendly there and there are no fees or listing fees and you can have your store look however YOU want. Etsy seems great for designers and even web designers. Beautiful things to buy and loads of nice people. The listing fees aren’t bad, much better than ebay and it’s one of the best places to be if you are a designer, artist, craftsman or jeweller.

Just don’t let it get you down. I’m not 🙂 If you get rejected it’s not the end of the world, sometimes it’s their loss. Sometimes not, sometimes they’re dead right and you got a lot to learn first. It can be an opportunity to learn, learn what to improve on but don’t take it as their word is the only word and I mean whom ever you submit to. Just keep your chin up and find what works for you.

Etsy Store Update- Royalty Free Items For Sale


For anyone looking for royalty free vector art and patterns, I have finally got some of my own for sale including glossy website buttons. Come check it out if this interests you:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/DraconianRain

I thought about joining other places but my goodness are they fussy these days. Then I thought why not offer them on my etsy store? I am glad I did. I also added them to my Storenvy.com store as well. I’ve made the stock as high quality as possible as well as easy to use and clean so no funny outlines when adding it to your work or website.

Today I Bring You Pixel Dolls FREE


So I have been thinking about making pixel dolls for a while now. Many like to draw on clothes and dress them or use them in games etc. I hardly ever see a buff guy though, usually a lot of seme and uke types for yaoi and shounen-ai pixel doll manga’s online. Or I see the skinny adorable ones for shoujo stuff. Anyway, all that aside I decided to make some for free and commercial use.

Steal the, eat them, whatever just have fun with them ^w^ Of course I would love credit where credit is due but it’s not necessary. Also I would absolutely adore to see what you can make with them! Also feel free to edit or alter in anyway you want. Chop of the heads and replace with a new one, whatever you want!

Before I forget I used GraphicsGale to make these dolls. I used the freeware version and turned the grid on and off to align everything. I tried to record it but I had no success. Great program btw. Excellent use for RPG Maker VX and XP. If I had $25 I’d buy the full program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journal Making: To Sell Or Not To Sell?


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Firstly, take a look at these INCREDIBLE handmade journals on Etsy.


A number of friends have asked if I am going to sell my journals or if I will turn it into a serious business adventure and sell them regularly. I am very on the fence about selling them for a number of reasons. The main one is the competition and being handmade and my first time, I have yet to learn a good way of trimming and the finer points of book binding plus, my art is not only not very popular and an acquired taste in most cases. I’m not very design savy or up to date with what’s hot and what’s not as far as designs and cover art goes. I am more artwork orientated rather than design and knowing how to place things.

If I were to consider it I would use Etsy over ebay. The listing costs a fraction of that of ebay and I feel much safer there as both a seller and a buyer. So many on there are so professional in every aspect as well as kind. The overall environment is very friendly and user friendly. And there really are the best of the best handmade items on Etsy and their alchemy feature, wow, just wow. I love the alchemy feature where you can ask for something custom made. I use to use my etsy to sell prints and paintings and other things I’ve made like bookmarks when I was into making things. But it’s hard. It’s very, very, very hard to sell anywhere and to get a client base which usually starts with people you know. And it takes a lot of commitment. You have to do a lot of advertising. This isn’t a bad thing, many have made a great living from it. But you have to see why I am put off from selling my journals.

I don’t have that kind of time to put into advertising and I don’t know lots of people and I don’t have much family, and getting my name out there to people has proven to be near impossible over the years which is very disheartening to anyone that might consider selling anything, and I especially don’t have the money to do it. But if I were to consider it, I would offer the alchemy option because we all like different types of journals with different grades of paper and finding the right one for you is almost impossible! I personally hate to go journal shopping. I love journals a lot, don’t get me wrong there. I’ve found two in my life, and I spent $25 on both and they are so good I am scared to write in them because of the fear of running out of pages and loosing that joy to write and have to attempt to find another like it. So I made some for myself. But some people have taken a liking to them and want the one they saw. I would hate to deny them so if they ask of course I would make it and send them one.

The types of journals I want and like don’t even exist where I live and if they did they’d be expensive. I’m even considering putting together my own art journals now. I liked the books I use to get in primary school where one page was lined the other was blank and so on and so forth. I love super thick pages in my art books because I never know when I will suddenly decide to use my watercolours on it or break out the calligraphy kit and start inking traditionally. I’m very spontaneous as a writer and even worse as an artist. I’ve been dead asleep before and leapt out of bed to write. I have a book next to me while I sleep just in case I should ever have the need to do that again but I always seem to have the wrong book available which is why I like the convenience of the one lined one blank system.

I also like to make books to handwrite manuscripts and storyboarding. I prefer to keep mine together and have it tabbed. I’ve tried others ways and the amount of fraying that happened was beyond a joke. I told a few people this and they said I should sell those but it’s simply not that easy or simple. I’ve found the 90% of the time, most people buy journals from the design a lone or the design is the main focus. I’m guilty of this myself and later I regret it because the paper is usually so very poor in quality. I’ve since then learned to feel the paper and I actually know what kinds of texture to go for and even just from feeling the thickness I can tell if it’s right for me or not.

Another factor that I thought of when making these journals and whether or not to sell them was pens. I LOVE to write in felt tipped pens and draw with them. I prefer real ink pens as opposed to biro ink or gels. I HATE gel pens with a passion because of the number of times I swore it was dry but it smeared across the page. I am so fussy about having a clean page that this really grates on my nerves. I thought about the possibilities in making a journal with thick yet absorbent paper. What stopped me? The cost of said paper. Funnily enough I found a bundle of card stock that I forgot about and I made a journal from that and it suits me perfectly. It’s thick, good to go over with watercolours and easy to print on if I want lines. Cover art prints out ok. Not amazingly as the digital version but still pretty good. And then that tiny negative voice speaks up and plants seeds of doubt everywhere. It’s that doubt that holds me back from selling or giving it a go. So this is where I stand. I have ideas but am to frightened to take the step and take a chance.

I even had an idea for a watercolour diary/journal unlike others. For documenting purposes and learning or remembering techniques. I’d make it landscape sized, half of it on the one page would have boxes and space to write and the other blank. The boxes for colours you definitely want to use again and space to write down what you did to get that colour and extra space for annotations. But the question of whether or not others would find it as useful, still remains. This is the question that always holds me back from selling anything.

Miwa’s eStore Now Has Etsy App!!


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Recently I have been making some major updates to my online art store Miwa’s eStore and I recently discovered that I can add my Etsy store straight onto it. So now people don’t need to go to two different sites to shop. Instead they can do everything right from my online store. I haven’t updated my Etsy store in a long time but now I actually feel like it because of this app. It just makes me love and adore webs.com even more!!

After I posted my poll on several sites, I also decided to sell some collectable and cute handmade necklaces and charm bracelets of my character Cat Cow, Pavlova and Momo. Cat Cow has really boomed in popularity. There are more fans of the cute little guy than I realised. I hope that I can get the necessary things to make them. I will make them as cheap as I can.

It will be so cute to have them! I would love to wear them myself!! Also, since I will be starting on making them, I was thinking of sculpting as well but on a commission base. I can never make stuff the same way twice so a request for a one of a kind is best.

And that’s about all really. Not much else has been happening. I’ve updated Miwa’s eStore to have drop down menus for better navigation and changed the layout to something nicer and more roomy. It’s looking a lot less cluttered. Also, it’s been loading much better as well ^^