Grand Opening

There’s no time like the present (rather cliche I know), as I check off another calendar year, to start a new venture {of sorts}.  This year, I have decided to set up shop! Not the bricks and mortar kind (… maybe someday), but one that has just as much potential to succeed… if I treat it as such. Drum roll, please…

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 is now OPEN on ETSY!!!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/StudioMDigitalArt

This has actually been more of a challenge that I anticipated. It is one thing to post and share images here on my blog or on my website, but to sell your product, your art, yourself… in the very competitive world wide web… that takes a wee bit more planning… or so I am finding out.

Here’s a sample from my shop

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After some poking around, it wasn’t hard choosing Etsy as it offers a platform where I have control of the complete package… from creating, to printing, to the very last detail of packaging & shipping… and all my personal touches in between. I equate this to being very much like the art fests and fairs – they provide the space for me to set up a 10×10 white tent, just like all the other 10×10 white tents, and it is up to me to transform my tent into my own unique shop, make it stand out, and get people to stay a while and take a look around.  This is also one of the most enjoyable aspects of the arts fests, getting to interact with those that visit.  And this is my challenge on Etsy… accomplish this with just a one-sided conversation and written words.

So here it is start of a new calendar year, yes, my birthday, and I can’t think of a better day or way to celebrate than to announce  my

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I hope you’ll check out my shop,

Til next time,
Maria

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Now is as good a time as any

If not now, when?   Kim, from Beyond Layers (BL) has posed this simple question this week.  This, when I am in a complete turmoil regarding my “day job.”  I actually woke up to no work on Monday morning ~ not a good way to start the week.  A big client hit the road (making up more than half my weekly income).  So now what? Sit tight and hope for another “big” client, update the resume and send it out hoping for a nibble in today’s market {sigh}, or use this as a springboard to do more of what I have been wanting/saying I would do for years . . . selling my art/photography.  Ultimately, it would be so great to have a little boutique/gallery, a place where women photographers/artists can display, share, and bond, much like the Femme Fotographer’s but with brick & mortar.  Ahhh . . . a girl can dream, can’t she?  

Ok, so maybe opening a boutique/gallery in today’s market is not such a wise business move, but having my art/photography being sold in one, or two, or  . . . that’s doable, right?  

The last time I set out to do this was a disastrous to say the least.  Admittedly, I was a novice and the mindset/self-inflicted pressure of “needing” to make $$$ completely zapped any and all of my creativity and left me with a pile of prints that I like . . . but don’t love.  I even put down my camera and shied away from my computer.  Since then, I have made a few changes.  The most important (and now my mantra) is my art and photography has to be for me first and foremost so that joy in what I do shines through.

 

So, what’s next?  I am going to take my cues from Kim, “get to work on the details, the logistics…. write a list…… begin to make it happen.”  Thanks, Kim, for posing such a simple question …if not today, when?…. and providing the nudge, the push, the springboard for so many 🙂 .  Of course, I still need a “day job”.  Let’s be real, I have to fund my dream.  But at least allowing myself to pursue my dream makes the bumps on the other roads of my life much more tolerable.