After a small amount of frustration, I got an etsy shop started, under the name Sewl Art Studio. Coming up with a name that adequately reflects my ideas about products and image, that isn't already taken, and that I actually like, was harder than I thought it would be. But I'm happy with what I ended up with. Then I created a logo that features a swirly "L" of a different style than my "LJ" art logo, which was much more fun than picking the name.
So far I have only a few listings there, but already managed to sell 2 purses without etsy:
The first was a black purse with tapestry-look insets, sent to mosaic artist extraordinaire Gila Rayberg in Florida (you should definitely check out her work! - Gila Mosaics Studio), who seems very happy with her purchase. I included a bonus bag that I didn't think was good enough to sell but Glia liked it.
The second is a sale-in-progress - an international sale! - to Fay in Moscow via Nora in CA as a private courier. We know each other from vk.com, a Russian facebook-type site, and are also in touch thru regular American facebook. Since the cost of postage to Moscow and unreliable Russian mail service would have made the purchase impractical for Fay, Nora who is traveling to Moscow in early October offered to take it along. So I mailed the purse to Nora, she will meet up with Fay to deliver it and receive payment, and will send me a check in US$ after she comes home. It seems a little convoluted but it should work.
Now I'm taking a break from sewing to do a bit of painting. Imlay City's Art in the Rough event is coming up in just a couple weeks and I'd like to have a few new pieces to add into the mix of artwork that I'll be displaying. Being in the middle of teaching an Acrylic Painting class (2 sessions down one to go!) is helping to get me back into the painting mood, which to be honest has been a bit of a struggle lately. Sometimes, you just don't feel it, ya know? I'm making myself do it anyway. One is nearly done, the second is about halfway there, and I may or may not have time and drive for a third. In any case, it should be a fun event. Don't know yet which building I'll be set up in, hopefully that info will come soon.
Logo for Sewl Art Studio etsy shop
Happy customer Gila showing off her purchase, with some of her mosaic creations in the background