Saturday, January 16, 2010

Stepping Ouside Your Comfort Zone Make Time to Play

I titled this for two reasons. The first being this is my First Cuff bracelet and while it might not suit everyone its something I had to try. I started this piece about 6 months ago not really knowing where it was headed. I had picked up a bag of vintage brass door plates at a Antique store and began playing around with different ideas I added a watch face with a doll image and a miniature doll ,found this brass plate from some jeans I bought and stamped the text into a scrap of brass. set it on my shelf and there it sat for 6 months. I picked it up last week and asked my DH if he could bend it to fit around a wrist. That was it. It would become a cuff bracelet. I added fabric that I machine and hand stitched. A Vintage lace Collar and button. Finished off with a vintage brass swivel clasp and chain.


So now comes the second part of Stepping Outside my Comfort zone. I have been considering opening up an Etsy store to sell my art that is currently bursting at the seams in my studio. I know that times are tight right now but would Love some feedback from you all. If I'm crazy tell me so!! I won't be offended. Think its a Good idea I'd love to hear that too, If you have an Etsy store yourself I would love to hear what to and Not to do. I would appreciate any feedback you can give me. For those of you who respond I'll drop your name in a hat for a Gift certificate to the new store (if I open one) or just a gift from me if I don't!
In any case Make Time to Play!!!!

41 comments:

WondrousStrange said...

I think you should try the Etsy store. There is really nothing to loose in the proposition. I have had a store for more than a year and have loved almost every moment of the interaction, critiques,new friendships. It is a wonderful community of artists. It does take time to interact...but so does a real storefront.

I vote to try it. If you need help, there are several places I can guide you to to get familiar with running a shop.. Just let me know:)

Good Luck!!

Evelyn S. said...

I don't do a lot of 'heavy' metal....basically sterling silver and some stones, now and then....but I think there is definitely a market for your wonderful creations. Go for it, Lynn!

Terri Gordon said...

Lynn, I love your cuff, it is wonderful. You should really open an Etsy store, your work is beautiful, and I think you would do really well. I love having a store, you meet lots of wonderful people who are willing to pay for your art and really enjoy it. I would do it. Good Luck. Terri

Diane.W. said...

Fabulous cuff!!!
I think you should deffo open an Etsy store :o)x

Zoechaos said...

Simply gorgeous cuff bracelet, a real treasure, made from well as you call it trash! LOL

Re the shop, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain so go for it and good luck. just don't forget us non US potential customers :))

Sue Abbott said...

If you don't do it you will reget it. It's like anything, you have to try to see if it works or not, so nothing at all to lose, give it a go! x

Julie said...

What a GORGEOUS cuff, Lynn! Wow! You have got some amazing style!

Your should absolutely start an Etsy store--I think you will be very happy with the response you get from others...your work is so beautiful--now give it some wings and see where it goes!

I'd personally love to see a little Steampunk in that new Etsy shop of yours.....!

Have a wonderful weekend, and dream BIG!

Lesley said...

Hi Lynn, I just love this piece - your creation always amaze me. Your imagination and creativity is boundless!
Open an Etsy shop - I'm sure you'd do really well.
Lesley x

joy said...

That cuff bracelet is so unique and quite a project!! Someone would definitely buy it.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained!! You have such style in all of your artwork, I am sure you will be successful with an etsy shop! Good luck to you!

Diane said...

This is very cool,and YES, open up an Etsy store with this kind of art (Steampunk :)

icandy... said...

Go for it! I've been wanting to try it out myself, so keep us posted!
oxo
Christina

Sarah said...

Unique, distinctive, totally awesome! Your ideas take you in so many directions and you excel no matter which way you go.
You should give Etsy a try...what can you loose!

Sharon Sams said...

After reading the other comments I am just echoing their sentiments. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE! And it is true, you won't know what market is out there if you don't try. A new venture for the new year. I just started my blog this year and i am SO GLAD I did!
GO FOR IT!

Lynifyni said...

Your cuff bracelet is totally awesome! Only thinking about opening an Etsy store - what are you waiting for? Like you said, stepping outside your comfort zone... Do it...with all the great art you make, you should be offering it for sale. Bravo, Lynn! LynnF

JeanFB said...

Lynn, this is beautiful - so glad you finished it! I don't know anything about the logistics of an Etsy store (like time and money up front), but I'd say if it's not too expensive to open, then go for it!! What's to lose? After all, if you don't like it (if it takes up too much time, etc.) you can always close up. Your work is so stunning, I'm sure there will be a market for it!

toothgal said...

Hi Lynn

I LOVE the cuff, it turned out very cool. The fabric and lace was just the thing it needed.

Kim Dellow said...

Wow beautiful, love the metal and lace together. Go for it with Etsy! Kim

Terri said...

Oh my goodness this is over the top cool!!!

Steph said...

Wowww gorgeous cuff!

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Lyneen said...

Yes go for it... mine is getting a slow start just because my life is full at the moment, but i know it will be a great venture.

I will be watching for yours. thanks for stopping by and your kind words on my new venture in town.

Hels said...

GO FOR IT...EMAIL ME AS SOON AS YOU DO AND I WILL BE YOUR FIRST CUSTOMER....yep, I was shouting that too...cos you need to have confidence in your art..which is A-MAZ-ING!!! love this bracelet..it is original, unique and perfect...I would buy it :O)) Go on hunny...go for it! Hugs x

Lori said...

Cool bracelet, would suit me fine! lol. No experience in Etsy, but I have visited a couple of times. I think your style is unique enough to set you apart from others. Good luck!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is so stunning and original! I have only just started to hear about Etsy but it seems to me the right place for the beautiful things you make, so that they reach the audience they deserve. I would wear/buy something like this,

Lucy

Debby said...

I think this is absolutely fabulous. And yes, by all means get cracking on that etsy shop, it will be awesome.
Debby

Anonymous said...

Lynn, this piece is wonderful, like all of your work. I definitely think you should open an Etsy store.

Elaine. said...

Just do it, Lynn. I've been following your blog for awhile now and I think it's time to clean house and sell! If you need help, I'll be glad to buy a few things! You are one talented lady, it's time to take that step, and don't worry, you will soar.
Enjoyed this cuff, working on one myself. I told my husband I want to get married again, so I can wear and old vintage dress I would make and a cuff on each wrist!
Happy steps forward.
Blessings,
Elaine
Elaine

VintageCrafter said...

Hi Lynn! I love the idea of you opening up an Etsy store! You are so talented and it's a wonderful way to market and sell your beautiful creations! I vote for you to give it a try!
*smiles*
Carol

stampdiva said...

This is breathtaking. I have no knowledge of Etsy but I would say, go for it because it is better to at least give it a go than regret not doing so. This would sell in no time at all. Stunning. Lynne Moncrieff

Oxana said...

Hi Lynn! It`s JUST GORGEOUS cuff bracelet!!!!
I LOVE IT!!!!

Julie Ann said...

Oh my goodness! That is one AWESOME cuff!!! I LOVE the brass plate! Great job, girl!!

Hanne said...

This is fantastic! I really think you should open an Etsy store:)

I have linked to your blog from mine. Hope that is OK:)
Hugs Hanne

Gaby Bee said...

I agree with the above comments, this cuff is breathtaking! Beautifully done! LOVE it!

Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

WOW, that is really amazing!!! Great job and thanks for sharing!!!
xoxo,
Kristin

Shar said...

How beautiful and completely distinctive! Wow! Is there anything you can't do? Hugs lots!

Sandy Michelle said...

Eeek I love your cuff-especially the doll face and mini doll you added to it! Congrats on opening your new shop!

Hugs!
Sandy

Cory said...

I love this piece...beautiful.

Knerten said...

Wow ! What a cool bracelet; I like it very much !

Peggy Alborn said...

Did you do it Lynn? Your work is incredible. I covet that bracelet! Actually, I haven't seen anything I wouldn't be darn proud to own!

Lola said...

Hi! I HAD to come back to your blog again after entering your OWOH giveaway, so I could spend some more time looking. I was about to ask you if you ever sell any of your creations, such as the gorgeous pendants in your giveaway, then saw your amazing cuff bracelet, & then your query about a shop - no such thing as a coincidence! NOW would be the perfect time to open youf shop with all the exposure you're getting thru the OWOH ride. Best Wishes - I'll check back to see what's in your shop!
- Lola (#874 on OWOH)

Natasha Burns said...

oh wow it is gorgeous! thanks for letting me know about it, you did an awesome job!

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