New Year, New Outlook

 I'm cautiously optimistic, but headed forward.  I decide to keep blogging instead of a website.  I have some of the same capabilities at less cost.  At least till I see how well my sales are online.  

I've been rebuilding my Etsy Shop . So far I have 97 items posted, prints, notecards and started addling some of my 6 inch tiles.  Hope to get some of my collage framed prints and maybe some of my recycled candlestick birdhouses.  Shipping is my hold back.  The next items to post are more fragile and require additional packing.  

I started out last year with lots of new work and product but one by one all the scheduled events cancelled.  But now with my Etsy Shop better stocked I've been making a few sales.  Just have to work on the marketing part of online selling.  Since I now have the time there is no excuse.  

I've also been doing some designing on Zazzle to my shop.  It's fun to see your designs on product but without the upfront cost.  I do get a small percentage from each sale.  But again, it's all about the marketing.  So far my "profit" has gone to items I want myself or gifts.  My daughter wanted a set for her home office of my work so I designed a mouse pad, coffee mug and coaster.  You can see my office collections here.   Then I went to aprons because my grandson remembered the ones I use to make and wanted one for his girlfriend. So now my designs are on aprons.

But also on tote bags.   Also mugs, and a few pillows

I always relied on my art sales during the annual outdoor events during the year but without those there is only so much product I need to stock.  I enjoy creating the product as much as I do creating the designs.  Doodling is so therapeutic and my doodled photos are two fold, I need walks and photos to doodle.  

So I'm optimistic about my online sales,  hopefully they will continue to increase with my marketing and online product.  

Of course my newest doodles are of my buddy,  my pup Fritz.  I lost him to diabetes Christmas Eve.  But just a couple weeks earlier after a day at the spa I got the cutest picture of him in the car I just had to doodle.  I do miss him,  he was always with me right by my side..  I was so lucky to find him at the Humane Society 8 years ago.  

Hope you are finding your comfort zone with this crazy world we currently live in.  

Stay safe and wear your mask.

Cyndee Starr 



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