Friday, May 18, 2018

Super Special Announcement: Jewelry From My Boho Chic Jewelry Book Now Available in My Etsy Shop!






Own an actual jewelry piece from my Boho Chic Jewelry book!

My jewelry inventory has really been piling up and so I decided to let go of a few very special pieces that I have been holding on to...

These are the original pieces that I created for my first book, Boho Chic Jewelry: 25 Timeless Designs Using Soldering, Beading, Wire Wrapping, and More!






As you can imagine, these pieces are super-special to me! But I want them to go to good homes so that others can enjoy them. Because I created them for my very first book, they have a lot of love in them, and were part of a really big adventure! 

These are in very limited quantity - when you write a jewelry projects book you make two or three identical pieces of each project...this is because you are shooting the how-to photos of the project in different stages of completion. 





For my photo shoot my publisher flew me from PA to Cincinnati OH, and along with me went all of the projects and my tools. Weeks after I returned home I receive the jewelry pieces back in the mail after they are sent to an out of house photography studio for the "beauty shots" which are the beautiful fab photos you see on the front and back cover and throughout the book. 






To make a long story short, I want to make sure these special pieces go to loving homes rather than keep them in a box in my workshop, so I am slowly listing them a couple at a time in my Etsy shop!

The first three are listed today and they are the dinner knife bell necklace (featured on the back cover of Boho Chic Jewelry book!), the vintage rose chintz china birdhouse pendant project from page 39, and the Taurus necklace pendant seen on page 52! 




It's like owning an actual piece of the book!




You can find them here in my Etsy shop, and stay tuned for more that I will be listing in the near future!



Thanks for visiting & have a great week!
 Laura




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Homemade Cheese Danish Pastries From My Girls



I awoke Sunday morning to my two teenage daughters busy in the kitchen...it's hard to believe that they are 16 and 13 already—where have the years gone?


I soon found they were making me homemade cheese danishes (my favorite!) for breakfast for Mother's Day. They turned out amazing and when I asked where they got the recipe, I was quickly told that that information was top secret...but I did hear a whisper that sounded something like Washington Post... :)



OMG these were to die for!!


My girls also got together and made me a slideshow card full of funny photos of the three of us, and it made me laugh and cry. What a great Mother's Day.



To all the moms out there, I hope you each had a nice Mother's Day!



Thanks for visiting & have a great week!
 Laura




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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Illustrated Cactus Design & Sleepy Art Kitty



I was painting some quick watercolor cactus illustrations and couldn't resist snapping a couple photos of this sleepy art kitty who loves to hang out with me while I work.








She couldn't keep her eyes open and then she finally gave in and put her head down! 




I really like the way the cacti turned out, just kind of quick and fresh and simple. I did them in green, and then made copies of the artwork in blue and purple. 

Here's a sample of what the finished art on product looks like!







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Thanks for visiting & have a great week!
 Laura




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Thursday, May 10, 2018

New Vintage Silverware Butter Knife Bell Pendant Necklaces


Just a quick update of what is new in my shop today - vintage silver dinner knife bell necklaces with gemstone beads...there's garnet, amethyst, amazonite, mother of pearl and crystal among others...I think most of these have 24 inch chains, so they're nice and long! 

Each is made from an orphaned ornate vintage butter knife handle. Inside is a single tine from a fork that creates a great little chime when worn! These are all available in my Etsy shop until they're gone! 































What do you think?


Have a great week!
 Laura


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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Finding Arrowheads & Native American Indian Artifacts in Pennsylvania

(top left, PA Dutch Redware pottery shard, quartz arrowhead, jasper arrowhead, jasper tool. row 2: arrowheads, not sure what stone, maybe quartz. foreground: large stone ground and napped hand tool, maybe an ax or skin scraper)

I've always been good at finding things. I once found a single hair from a deer on a rock when walking along the shore of a lake. I kid you not! My boyfriend at the time would joke to friends and family about the deer hair, and my eagle eye vision. He soon-after proposed by putting the ring into the crevice of a rock and positioning it on the shoreline when he knew I was about to go for a walk. I found it of course.

But that was years ago, and now I wear reading glasses most of the time, which kind of makes it a pain when looking for things on the ground, since I have to keep taking them off, and then putting them back on! But that won't stop me from looking, or from having the luck of finding things. 

When I was younger I had a huge interest in Archaeology, and at one point I even wanted to be an Archaeologist. I remember my dad ordering me subscriptions to the little kids version of National Geographic magazine, which was kind of one of my favorite things in the world at the time. One year for my birthday when I was in my late teens, he bought me one of National Geographic's special hardbound books, The Adventure Of Archaeology, and it still sits in my bookcase, much loved and worn. 

I went from reading the magazines to the books, which spawned my interest in geology and rocks and gems, as well as ancient civilizations and their treasures—which I am certain led to my becoming a jewelry artist. 

And still, after all this time, one of my favorite things to do in the world is to explore nature and learn about history. Yay!

After my kids came home from school yesterday, we decided to take a walk and look for some arrowheads. We live in an area that has a huge Native American history (Lenni Lenape), so it is not uncommon to grow up hearing quite often about friends or relatives coming across arrowheads. We had never looked for them before so this was a brand new adventure for us! 

My sister has found them on two separate occasions when digging gardens in her yard - and each time it was at a different house that she lived in! 

The most important thing is that you ask for permission from the property owner before you look. 



I think we were out for about two hours yesterday when I came across these pieces. For a first-timer, I think I had a stroke of beginner's luck! 

I was thrilled when I found the tool pictured above and below. This is made from a big heavy rock, and you can clearly see where it has been ground down and where the edge is cleaved away. What a fantastic find! I'm not sure exactly what type of tool it is, so if you know, leave me a comment below. At first I thought it was some type of ax. Could it have been a piece of a tomahawk? Or could it be a hand tool from a much earlier period? Someone suggested that it might be an ax or a skin scraper. Scary name!





We have tons of quartz and jasper where I live, but I am not sure what type of stone this is made of. It really has the heft and feel of a big river rock. 




When I picked up the piece above I wasn't sure what it was, but upon closer examination I could see the tool marks and where the stone was cleaved away - I love this piece! I love the shape. I think it's kind of unusual and I'm pretty sure that it is a yellowish jasper, a color often known as butterscotch. 

I live just a couple miles from the famous Lenni Lennape jasper mines, so we see jasper all over the place here.



 This piece (above) might be the first actual "classic shaped" arrowhead that I have ever found! I think it is quartz. The edges are still super sharp!


Hard to see in the photo above, but the edges are like a razor, as is the white quartz piece in the photo below. 

The large piece on the upper left in the photo below is a piece of pottery. I'm pretty certain that it's Pennsylvania Dutch redware pottery. It is decorated with some black dots but the glare from the light washed them out in the photo. I will have to go back and see if I can find more pieces. I found all of the pieces within a few yards of each other, all in plain sight on the ground. 








I guess now I am hooked! My girls and I can't wait to go artifact hunting again. I will probably land up donating them to a school or museum if I can find one that wants them or could use them. 


Have you ever looked for arrowheads? 

What do you think?




Have a great week!
 Laura


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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Earning Royalties From Print On Demand: Make Money With Your Artwork



One of the first questions everyone wants to know about print on demand is: How do I get paid? And that’s an important question! The answer is, you get paid in royalties. That means that every time an item with your design on it is sold, you get a small percentage of the sale price.

The percentage of royalties that you earn varies from site to site. Some POD sites have a fixed royalty percentage. Other POD sites allow you to determine your own percentage of royalties.

There are pros and cons to having both fixed and variable royalties. Probably the biggest pro/con has to do with having variable royalties. If you set a royalty percentage for yourself that is too high, there’s a possibility that you will get fewer sales, especially if you make the price much higher than the norm. This can be a touchy scenario, and if you have no prior sales experience with selling your own work I advise you to stick to a lower, more standard royalty to start.

Here’s the thing… This is important to remember: you’re not selling the original where that design is gone forever once it is sold.

This is not a once and done situation as it is when you are selling an original one of a kind work of art. You’re selling POD, you are merely selling multiple copies of the same piece of art, and you retain the original. Therefore, it’s important to remember that you are NOT selling the original, so your price really should be reasonable. But in the same breath, I will say that it can be a smart tactic to slightly increase the prices on your most popular items, but not by too large of a margin.



For me personally, I’m very happy having a fixed royalty percentage because I think it is fair, and affordable for the customer. It’s like the happy medium where everyone wins. I would rather have constant sales at a fair price as opposed to an occasional sale at a bit higher price.

Society6 has an interesting royalty structure. They have a fixed royalty on all items except for prints. On Society6, art prints, framed prints, and canvas prints all begin at a fixed royalty rate of ten percent, but they allow you to adjust this royalty rate to whatever percentage you desire.

Here’s an example of current royalty rates of a few popular POD sites:


Society6: 
Art prints - % determined by you
All other items - fixed rate royalty, around 10%

RedBubble:
Default royalty rate of 20% that is adjustable

Design By Humans:
Rate varies per item. Example: Royalty of $3.00 for a $25.00 t-shirt and $4.50 for a $48.00 hoodie

Zazzle: 
Adjustable rate.
From the Zazzle page, 


"Zazzle has standard and maximum royalty percentages for every product type offered. Designers may set their royalty rate to be any number in between the standard and maximum royalty percentages."

No matter which POD site you decide to work with, it is important that you read and understand the site's royalties structure. Also, be sure to do your homework. On POD sites that allow you to choose your own print royalty, take a look around at how other artists are pricing their prints. Top selling designs are almost always a bit more expensive. Discover the delicate balance and find your own happy medium.


Just joining us now? Then be sure to check out the other parts of this blog series about print on demand:


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What do you think?
Do you sell your artwork on a POD site?



Have a great week!
 Laura


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