Zazzle Thoughts

What do you think? It is a good idea to offer my art on Zazzle products, where shoppers can customize the design, add text or whatever?

The link will take you right to the page… my store there is not open to the public yet.

I started playing on Zazzle with some of my original button designs, thought it would be fun to offer other round products (like earrings and cuff links instead of just buttons) but things keep disappearing… reading the agreements tells me that they will delete products that are poorly described or violate copyright rules. Maybe they think my original clipart crosses and peace signs are stolen designs?

I don’t know… so, I’m starting with art.

Flea Market Saturday

My daughter asked if I would set up with her at Treasure’s Flea Market tomorrow morning. She wants to promote her online boutique, give locals an opportunity to check out the quality of her clothes, maybe make a few sales… so sure, I’ll go… Treasure’s is an indoor flea market located in the old Burlington Coat Factory building in the plaza that is catty across from the Eastwood Mall down there on the strip in Niles, Ohio.  I’ve never been, so it would be good to go, might be fun.

So, what should I take to sell?

I’m thinking buttons, handmade jewelry, maybe some art… it’s a flea market so I could take some odd things, copper hooks, whatever.

It opens at 9am… how long we stay depends on my old bones and how long her husband wants to watch the kids, so we might bail early in the afternoon.

If you are out and about in the area, stop in and say hello!

Handmade copper hooks and garden ornaments.


SUNDAY UPDATE:  well, so much for that… had bins of overstock buttons priced at 25 cents each… cute beaded sterling silver earrings at 5 each, 3 for 12… my daughter had $3 tote bags, new toys, all sorts of things, plus her clothing line… our total sales?  ZERO.

New Zipper Pulls

Supplies have arrived, so I’ve updated the back options in my store to include zipper pulls for 1.25″ buttons. Now I’m working on illusion photos so you can see what the designs will look like on zipper pulls.

Illusion photos are not actual photographs… the image is created by dropping the button design behind a “digital photo template” on the computer, then exporting the image as a png or jpg photo file. It is a great way to see what a button will look like without wasting supplies and it also eliminates light issues that I have while trying to snap clear photos of small objects with shiny surfaces.

I don’t have a display template for zipper pulls… a quick search on Etsy found one for 1″ zipper pulls (link here) but, not in 1.25″ so I made my own clip art by snapping a real photo and removing the background, &c. It’s not the best… but it does give folks an idea of what the button will look like as a zipper pull.

Here’s what it looks with some of my designs:

I added the URL note because I’m thinking about using that photo to promote my business.

BTW, notice how the blue “Christian” and “#resist” printed darker than my original design? (If you want to compare, I posted an illusion photo in my Breaking Silence post.) Yeah, that’s one of those surprise color shifts that can happen when you design in GIMP, which uses an RGB color system, and print on high end machines that use CYMK color technology. Some surprises are cool as can be… like when a gold color displays yellowish on the computer and prints shiny gold… but some send me back to the drawing board. I should pick a different blue, but leaving it dark gives a dual meaning since there are people so brainwashed by the Religious Right that they cannot see or believe Christians can be liberals or Democrats.

Well, I best end this before I go rambling off on another soap box… thanks for reading!