Sunday, February 27, 2011

My newest ArtFire listing

Well I spent a lot of time yesterday working on some digital's for Saint Patricks day.  I figured since my Etsy bill is getting to high I should post them only on ArtFire.  I hope you will click on the picture  and go and check them out.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Before and after photo

So yesterday I am in a bnr on Etsy  and seen where a seller was selling vintage knit and crochet patterns  with  some great pictures. Now even though I knit and crochet I was more excited about the pictures so I could play with them.  I think the end results are pretty cool.

Now just a little something to describe how I do some of my digital's.  I work in Paint Shop Pro X2.  I know how to create my own tube's, mask  and paint brushes.  I know how to get rid of backgrounds and add to or take away from pictures.  I can change colors or looks of a photo  and  I taught myself.  With lot's of time and mistakes  and some great items.  My digital's don't happen in a few minutes  some can take days to produce  and some can take a couple of hours  depending on the complexity of the project.  It is something I love and am very passionate about.


Now here are my before and afters from a black and white photo that I added color to.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Welcome to the Twitter Tree!

Welcome to the Twitter Tree!

Instructions:
Here is a list of three items (clickable links) that I would like for you to tweet for me.

You tweet one or all of them.

You post the item(s) you tweeted for me along with your twitter account so I can follow you, and list 1-3 items (clickable links) from any of your online shops that you would like for me to tweet for you. ( No "mature" items, please). Be sure the item is twitter ready. (See below

I will post what I tweeted for you.
By reaching out thru blogger and blog follower's twitter accounts, we will reach a new audience of viewers and hopefully land some sales. Afterall, we all have our online shops to make money.

The Twitter Tree will be hosted by a different shop each business day.

Monday: http://christiecottage.blogspot.com/

Tuesday: http://audreyscountrycrafts.blogspot.com/
Wednesday: http://elunajewelry-nc.blogspot.com/

Thursday: http://aneedleinthehaystack-debbie.blogspot.com/

Friday: http://sweetybird09.blogspot.com/2010/

Be sure and stop by and be a part of the twitter tree each day.



She walks like beauty in the night vintage look
by crochet18purple http://etsy.me/hFcUiX
#Bluebird #Etsybot



If you find the man of your dreams digital
by crochet18purple http://etsy.me/hPIAs4
#Bluebird #Etsybot
Set of 56 assorted small digital print sheet
http://bit.ly/gvhRXf
 #Bluebird #ArtFire #Digital

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Our Health care system is a shamble

Last night I was bothered by what I seen at the Emergency room.


As we walked in the place was full almost no where to set, and as the night went on

the waiting room thinned out and the stay went into hours as they ran test on my granny to make sure she was ok

I watched and listened to people who had been waiting for hours to see a doctor.

There was a young couple setting close to us who had brought their young daughter
to the er in desperate need for her to see a doctor, she was maybe 8 months old
they waited over 6 hours before they were finally called back.


Another young woman who had been trying desperately to see a doc for 2 days waiting hours
because she was possibly on the verge of miscarrying her baby finally gave up and left
because she had been there so long she was tired and drained.


I then saw 2 young men come in one with a head wound that was bleeding, they had
to set down and wait and wait.


By the time we were leaving the young man with the head wound was still waiting to be
seen. Now all of this was happening after the er had thinned down



It was 4 in the morning and some people had admitted to having been there since as
early as 5 the afternoon before.

So as I am walking back to where my granny was I see them at the nurses station just to me what
appeared to be hanging out, I passed rooms of empty beds that should have had some off
these patients in them.

Then I start to think, is it because that alot of people who have to come to the
er don't have insurance. Does the hospital think that if they make you wait long enough
you will get fed up and leave? Is it all about money?

I think so, what do you think I would really love to hear some opinions

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Today is all about ArtFire

I think there are alot of us that have ArtFire shops  so today  http://christiecottage.blogspot.com/   is lighing a fire for ArtFire. We want to start on Saturdays  promoting our ArtFire shops, and getting some sales going on there

Here are some ArtFire shops to check out and go to  http://christiecottage.blogspot.com/  to have your shop possibly featured next Saturday

http://www.artfire.com/users/ChristieCottage
http://www.artfire.com/users/trochewooddesigns
http://www.artfire.com/users/Kaleida_Eclectics
http://www.artfire.com/users/audreyscountrycrafts
http://www.artfire.com/users/elunajewelry


and of course mine

http://www.artfire.com/users/crochet18purple


Do you have an ArtFire shop
post a link or go to christies  blog  and post your link

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Twitter Tree Thursday

Welcome to the Twitter Tree!

Instructions:
Here is a list of three items (clickable links) that I would like for you to tweet for me.

And then there were more frogs digital sheet 2
http://bit.ly/eSaKFD #ArtFire #Bluebird #Digital

Set of 56 assorted small digital print sheet
http://bit.ly/gvhRXf #Bluebird #ArtFire #Digital


Retro Diva digital post cards you print
by crochet18purple on @Etsy http://etsy.me/guK1ax
#Bluebird #Etsybot #Digital

You tweet one or all of them.

You post the item(s) you tweeted for me along with your twitter account so I can follow you, and list 1-3 items (clickable links) from any of your online shops that you would like for me to tweet for you. ( No "mature" items, please). Be sure the item is twitter ready. (See below
I will post what I tweeted for you.
By reaching out thru blogger and blog follower's twitter accounts, we will reach a new audience of viewers and hopefully land some sales. Afterall, we all have our online shops to make money.


The Twitter Tree will be hosted by a different shop each business day.
Monday: http://christiecottage.blogspot.com/
Tuesday: http://audreyscountrycrafts.blogspot.com/
Wednesday: http://elunajewelry-nc.blogspot.com/
Thursday: http://aneedleinthehaystack-debbie.blogspot.com/
Friday: http://sweetybird09.blogspot.com/2010/

Be sure and stop by and be a part of the twitter tree each day.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

So should we give Etsy a rest and go crazy with ArtFire

I mean there are still some good about Etsy as I am 3 away  from 300 sales, but Etsy is making money off of me and everyone else. Every time you list  and every time you sell.  What I like about ArtFire is I pay one price a month  and can list like crazy, but  promoting is a little confusing,  their forums are way different  than Etsy's oh wait  that's right  Etsy took those away from us.  Now it has to be a team, well what if I don't want to be on all these teams.  Anyway I got side tracked, back to ArtFire,  Seems as if I am paying them a set price every month  and Etsy double that if I list the same amount of items it would seem as if ArtFire should be the one to hang with, although I have been with Etsy so long that I will not just walk away from it.

Here are a couple of my listings on ArtFire  and I will say being a premium seller has it's good there, like 3 different size banners  and links to you social networking.

Friday, February 11, 2011

I am just wondering about something

Making and selling digitals, I have no problem at all with people who purchase reselling what  they make with them, I figure I make money you make money I mean isn't that what it's all about.  I have not made many purchases due to the fact  that you are not allowed to use what you purchased for commercial us.

An example of this was like the other day I was doing a shop banner  and needed a certain design for the bottom half, well  looked like a trip to Michael's unless  I could find some to purchase on line, so I found some  and there it was  not to be used in digital graphics and such, so what did I do  got dressed  and went to Michael's  and had a blast in the scrapbooking dept.

Now the other day I was working on another shop banner  and I  this seller wanted me to incorporate her vintage patterns  and dryer balls into the banner, well the first thought was to take one of the models from the pattern  and make her a center point to the banner,  well then a whole idea was born,  she graciously told me I could use  the model I had worked on  and  that stared a new thing for me, I then pulled out my vintage patterns  and looked for models to use  and the retro cards were born

So a big thank you to Pixieval.etsy.com for allowing me to use the model , now if you are in need of some vintage patterns or some  of her wool dryer balls  click on her banner  and go shopping

A new card is born

Todays twitter tree is hosted by...... http://sweetybird09.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Twitter Tree Thursday

Welcome to the Twitter Tree
Instructions:
Here is a list of three items (clickable links) that I would like for you to tweet for me.
You tweet one or all of them.

Set of 6 digital rooster sheet you print
by crochet18purple http://etsy.me/htUYmH
#Bluebird #Etsybot

Set of 4 rooster note cards you print by crochet18purple
on @ Etsy http://etsy.me/dPdUqG
#Bluebird #Etsybot


Set of 4 digital dragonfly note cards you print
by crochet18purple http://etsy.me/ieBxrn
#Bluebird #Etsybot

You post the item(s) you tweeted for me along with your twitter account so I can follow you, and list 1-3 items (clickable links) from any of your online shops that you would like for me to tweet for you. ( No "mature" items, please). Be sure the item is twitter ready. (See below

I will post what I tweeted for you.

By reaching out thru blogger and blog follower's twitter accounts, we will reach a new audience of viewers and hopefully land some sales. Afterall, we all have our online shops to make money.






The Twitter Tree will be hosted by a different shop each business day.



Monday: http://christiecottage.blogspot.com/
Tuesday: http://audreyscountrycrafts.blogspot.com/
Wednesday: http://elunajewelry-nc.blogspot.com/
Thursday: http://aneedleinthehaystack-debbie.blogspot.com/
Friday: http://sweetybird09.blogspot.com/2010/

Be sure and stop by and be a part of the twitter tree each day.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

More animation fun

Yesterday I was playing with my animation program  and was having a lot of fun till I realised that I had created a slide show  that was very large so much so that I had to delete it from my computer,  it was over a meg, my son said mom that is almost a movie, so  much for all that work.  Well here is a small sample of a dragon fly changing colors,  I thought this was so pretty and wanted to share.
Watch the dragonfly change into a  pretty array of colors.  It will only run one time on the post  so you might have to click the picture to see the full effect

Today's twitter tree is hosted by ... http://audreyscountrycrafts.blogspot.com/

Monday, February 07, 2011

The Dragonflies have arrived in both my shops


After a weekend of doing digitals  the dragonfly  and even some chickens have finally made it to my Etsy shop and ArtFire shop.  I was able to create digital sheets, note cards  and even stickers. 
Just click on the photos  to go to my ArtFire shop  and purchase these prettys, they are on Etsy too

Todays Twitter tree is hosted by    http://christiecottage.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 04, 2011

Etsy's new forum changes, What were they thinking?

They had been announcing for a while, and we were preparing, starting teams and such  and then we see a change and the promotion are still there but for how long?  The one thing that bugs me about all this  is the Christiecottage BNS thread.    ChristieCottage’s ♥BnS ♥ since 11/2008 with 13,607 sales thru 02/04/11

Should a thread like this be tossed away  I say a big fat NO!  look at the time and effort  that has been put into this with over 13000 sales.  I have to say I am a little upset with Etsy, I have been there since 07  and this change has caused alot of confusion with etsy sellers  who depend on and count on going to the forums to promote  their items, should  they go away all together  then what?  We hope  the "Teams"  are a good idea?  I guess we have to see what happens, but in the meantime  There are alot of us  that have ArtFire shops as well. Also good to have a back up plan

Today's Twitter Tree is hosted by..... http://sweetybird09.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Twitter Tree Thursday

The Twitter Tree© will be hosted by a different shop each business day.


Monday: http://christiecottage.blogspot.com/
Tuesday: http://audreyscountrycrafts.blogspot.com/
Wednesday: http://elunajewelry-nc.blogspot.com/
Thursday: http://aneedleinthehaystack-debbie.blogspot.com/
Friday: http://sweetybird09.blogspot.com/2010/


Be sure and stop by and be a part of the twitter tree each day.
Instructions:
You tweet the item(s) for me and all the posts above yours, along with your twitter account so we can follow you, and list 1-3 items (clickable links) from any of your online shops that you would like for all those posting here to tweet for you. ( No "mature" items, please). Be sure the item is twitter ready. (See below) Check back throughout the day and tweet all the new items posted from other online shops. Etsy, ArtFire, Zibbet, Bonanzle, ebay, your own website, etc..

Please add this tag to your tweets. " #BlueBird"

This way we can Retweet later in the day, simply by searching the tag.

Thanks!

By reaching out thru blogger and blog follower's twitter accounts, we will reach a new audience of view
and hopefully land some sales. After all, we all have our online shops to make money.

Here are my items
  Digital floral note cards with poem by Emily
by crochet18purple http://etsy.me/dHv8HM #Bluebird #Etsybot


                                                                
Digital Love floral note cards you print
by crochet18purple http://etsy.me/ibkN34 #Bluebird #Etsybot




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pink and black digital sheets you print


by crochet18purple http://etsy.me/ecCGqD #Bluebird #etsybot

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

I learned something new

So yesterday  I get a convo from someone wanting a button for their blog, I can make these all day, but then she ask for a button that works like a picture show  and I went blank for a moment.  Then I got to thinking you have animation shop  why don't you try it.  So I did  and what do you know  I can now make picture shows yay.  So I made one for my blog over to the left featuring some Etsy sellers and here on this post

I am so excited about this.

todays Twitter tree is hosted by
TWITTER TREE TUESDAY


http://audreyscountrycrafts.blogspot.com