Sunday, June 17, 2018

Design update for the month of June

This month I decided to focus mostly on holiday themed photo card templates. Everything that is available in my zazzle shop has been hand drawn or hand painted by me. They are then scanned and cleaned up into usable digital files that can be further manipulated for whatever use is needed.

Adding to the designs already available are:

Watercolor Holly Christmas Pattern
Christmas Cactus
Holiday Roses Floral Bunch
Cute Ink Doodle Elephant
and Thanksgiving Themed Sunflower ink Doodle Designs

Slow but surely the shop is growing! I will continue to add the newest designs made this month to this post.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Monthly Store Update

I have been working every weekend on my Zazzle shop. I hope to have several options available by the end of this year.
I still haven't had any sales or commissions from linking to other items. So, zero sales for the month of May.

The new collections and items added to the shop are:

Heaven Sent Birth Announcements and gift items

4th of July Invitations

Christmas Photo Card Templates

Watermelon party Invitations

I will continue on this journey to see if I can be one of the lucky few with adjustable templates. I will post my monthly update for June in a few weeks.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Watermelon Watercolor Pattern

Hey guys, what's up.
Me? I am trying to keep up with working on new designs and products for my zazzle shop.

This week has been devoted to making some fun whimsical watercolor patterns. With a little Photoshop magic, you can take separately painted elements and turn them into some truly unique seamless patterns. I decided to start with watermelons and lemons. I have a list wrote out and will try to keep up the pace this summer and turn out a bunch of fruit related patterns. Feel free to comment or ask for certain patterns I show to be placed on the product of your choice. There are so many items available on zazzle, with my time restrictions I just can't place them on everything on the site unless you request it. But with that said, here are the first items I chose to start with.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Newest Collection Available Elephant Party

Elephants are a popular baby shower and birthday party theme and why not they are very cute. Yesterday during my TV watching time I broke out the watercolors and started painting a couple of cute baby elephants that would work perfectly for invitations and other party related items.

Some of you know my method of creating, but for the others that do not first is drawing and painting. Next I scan the image onto the computer. After that, adjustment and final designs in Photoshop. Now added to this list is uploading and further design on Zazzle. Each image counting all of the above work can take a good 8 hours or more.

This set is truly hot off the press and extremely fresh to my portfolio of over 14 years.

This is just a start. There are so many product options available, if you would want this image on another product just leave a comment below and I can easily have that item added to the shop.

And the beauty of Zazzle is the promotion of other artist and shops, so here are a few of my favorite elephant party themed items below from other designers.

Returning To Zazzle, My Journey

Lately I just keep seeing zazzle related content when I search on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc. Maybe it is because I've become obsessed a little bit with Zazzle during the past month.
I already have a shop and have had it for a very long time. I started my Zazzle shop way back in 2007.

There were a few options at the time(cards, stickers, key chains, t-shirts, posters,mouse pads, etc.) so I thought I would start a shop to make a few extra dollars. I uploaded a few of my paintings, typed in the keywords, didn't really promote anything and just let it go. I did make some sales, but nothing that was going to get me the freedom to quit my day job. I just left the shop there, without adding anything else. How I wish I would have (who else thinks this <-----) realized the massive opportunity that was being presented at the time. I got into the forums and listened to some of the people talking about how little we made for licensing commissions and that it just wasn't worth it. I will add I am only a dollar or two away from PRO status with what was sold from my mostly dead shop of 11 years.

Let me tell you I'm a little afraid trying again. I feel like I lost out on the great opportunity that was available. It is work to design all of the different products. I know it isn't going to be easy to try to play catch up with what is already out there and I'm trying to not let that idea overwhelm me, but it does.

So, for my first month of jumping back in with my shop, I decided I would share my journey with you.

Month of April:
uploading, painting, designing, listing, etc. = 30 hours
Sets Started: Unicorn Party, Elephant Party, ladybug baby shower, Squirrel Party, Bunny Party
(each set has a bunch of elements that are designed to fit with the rest - very time consuming and I hope the work will start paying off)
Places I shared my items from Zazzle: Facebook, Pinterest, and this blog

Google Searches: images and items still not showing up in top Google Searches done
Visits to my shop: slim to none - most hits from Facebook, but less than 10 people have clicked on links
Sales: zero

So, I little disheartening. This time I am not going to stop so soon.

Goals for May2018:
*Keep adding to the current sets
*Add a couple of more design themes
*If time permits for the month, remake store categories

Now some questions for you, the reader. What design party themes would you like to see made? Visit my shop to get a feel of my style. I would be open to design suggestions.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Newest Design Super 80s Unicorn

My newest super cute character design for the month is this awesome watercolor unicorn. She has an 80s vibe going on with her little white pearls and her striped pink leg warmers. I loved making this cute little unicorn and I hope you like her as much as I do. Unicorns have been pretty popular in the past year or so. I decided to offer this image on a few of the available items in my zazzle shop. If you have a birthday coming up, the unicorn invitation is editable! Just change the address, name, date etc.
If you click on the item and are taken to zazzle, I may end up with a small commission. I thank you! The extra money helps me to be able to create even more cute illustrations for you to possibly purchase in the future.

Some of the other popular unicorn items available on zazzle. (not my artwork)

After several hours of work this morning, I am proud to say that a Mommy Unicorn Baby Shower Party Set has been added to my Zazzle Store.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A Tale of a Tiny Garden, 2018 Edition

I have recently discovered something this week that I am sure some of you already know and will share the same preference with me. I love blogs with lots of photos. I have found a few this month that are absolutely awe inspiring with the combination of photos and text. I was just drawn into them. Several pages later, I knew I needed to start doing the same thing with mine. I have had this blog since 2007, most of which I turned onto draft mode so that the posts couldn't be seen.

I also discovered I like seeing what other people are doing with their lives, beyond art or crafts, so here is a little peak into what my family does every year. Gardening.

Starting seeds inside this year with our brand new grow lamp.

Peat Planting Pots

The first bag of plant potting soil we used to fill the peat pots. Potting soil? Are you kidding me? This looks like a bunch of broken up sticks and not dirt.

This is the second bag of potting soil we had on hand from last year. So much better! Wow. This is Jiffy Mix. We dumped out the first pots and decide to drive back to Walmart and buy another bag of Jiffy Potting Mix.

I thought I would take a photo of both bags of potting mix with their contents.

This is a first for us this year. We bought a grow light and decided to start all of our plants from seeds instead of buying plants at a local garden center. The seeds were started two weeks ago and are already to the stage of re-potting or planting outside. The final frost hasn't happened yet. Oops, we found out in our excitement for spring planting we started the seeds a little bit early.

Just some lovely close up photos of some of the first plants.
We planted cucumber, tomato, jalapeno, beets, broccoli, and sweet peppers. It may not be a good outcome for the broccoli, I'm just warning you. We have tried several times to grow broccoli and something always seems to go wrong.

~ Valarie

Some lvely

Sunday, March 18, 2018

New Digital Stamps in my Etsy Shop!

I've been trying to keep up with converting several of my older artwork into digital stamps that craters can use for handmade projects. Here are my choices for spring stamps. Each one was hand drawn, scanned, and cleaned up in illustrator. I decided to save them at larger sizes, so they would work perfectly as a simple downloadable coloring page or can be shrunk to the size you need for collage, card crafting, or whatever other wonderful hand made items you might come up with.

Copyright Valarie Wade 2017

a couple of questions for you...
Do you like the idea of them being larger sizes or as a digital stamp would you prefer them to be saved at a smaller size?
Any feedback would be helpful : )

Butterfly and Bunny Digital Stamp

Cute Bear Digital Stamp

Tea Cup Bunny Digital Stamp

Bunny And Bouquet Digital Stamp

Three Bears Digital Stamp Set

Waving Squirrel Digital Stamp

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Bunny felt hoop art

I started this little project last night with a lot of energy and high hopes. One hour passed and I was still working on the face embroidery. Two hours later, the bunny ears were just starting to take shape.
I finally went to bed three hours after I started without much progress from the first two hours.

I've been obsessed with looking at hoop art on Google and Etsy and different online shops and thought wow I could do that. Apparently after trying, this is not a craft I should be doing. I'll leave it to the Pros.
I have to say kudos to you, because you make it look easy and it's not. I'll stick to painting, thanks. I thought I was going to pop these out and sell them and it be a fun crafts.
This is the first one I've made. It will probably be the last one I make. I'm actually glad I did try it now I know it's something I don't really like to do. I was going to sell this. I had all intentions of selling it when I started, but I'm going to keep it and hang it on the wall as a reminder that when I have the feeling I want to try something other than painting, I won't.

Lesson learned.


Friday, March 9, 2018

My first ghost cat visit in march

5am this morning!

I usually toss around at night since moving from our older house a little over two years ago. I had slept on a water bed since I was ten years old, and the subfloor at this new house, well new to use but it is old, is a little iffy until we have someone come and inspect it. But that takes extra money that we don't have at the moment. So, because of being on subflooring instead of a flat cement slab house, I bought a regular bed and I just can't get comfortable.
That's a long explanation to get to the point of this post. I just want you, if you're reading this, to understand that I was awake when this happened.
I couldn't go back to sleep either knowing that I was visited and that my alarm was going off at 630 am anyway.

Ok, 5am, I am awake and lying on my back when I feel one tiny foot step, two, three, four, five, six steps down my right leg and then a curled up lump at my feet. Wow. That is one strange yet exciting feeling.

There are no animals in the house anymore. I never posted this, but my Taffy died on October 5th, 2017. The kitten I was going to adopt was given to another family. This was my choice. Taffy was still alive at the time and they weren't getting along very well. For his sake, I didn't find it fair to have him feel pushed around in his old age.

Fancy crossed the rainbow bridge in September 2016. One week before I finally found a new job closer to the new house.

I tear up even now typing this.

I know some people will think I'm a Looney,and that's ok. Other's will not. You've experienced what are called paranormal events,so you understand. I will think of this as a tiny miracle.

I have had several other so called paranormal happens over the span of my life I might share later on if anyone is interested. I don't just openly talk about things because of the backlash they might cause but felt I wanted to post and document this one.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Cute Bunny Bouquet

How many different animals have been drawn holding flowers or a bouquet? I'm not sure, but I can't think of anything cuter than that. Well, maybe a couple of things.

This cute bunny doodle was created sometime last week in the middle of my Frasier binge watch. I finally took some time yesterday to get out the light box and ink in the stamp for scanning. He or she, which ever you like, is now available in my Etsy shop for instant download and home printing. On $3.00 and ready to paint, color, clip, paste, film, or whatever you can think up.

~ Valarie

Saturday, March 3, 2018

What February Ment for Me

Isn't is strange how fast time flies by. At least it seems to be that way for me. Days tend to blend together and Wow! it's already March. Two more weeks and I will be off work for spring break...
Look at the lovely buds already forming on the trees outside.

February went fast. One week I was practically off work for three full days because of the weather.

1. Anyway, My main obsession for the month was sitting in my front room watching Netflix reruns of Cheers and Frasier.
I haven't fully finished either series, but I am getting close to it. Why Cheers and Frasier? Because funny as it might sound, they remind me of my childhood. What do I mean? Let me clarify a little bit.

I remember Cheers slightly from watching it as a preschooler. I couldn't have been over 4 or 5 years old at the time. You know, Cheers was what my parents watched on TV, so I did too. Did I know what the show was about? No, but I do recognize the characters. So going back now and re watching it gives it a whole new meaning.

Frasier is special because I was attending junior high school and loved the gags and witty humor. I didn't get to see the entire series then for various reasons, (School stuff such as band or homework). I love being able to binge watch them now.

2. I bought another aerobics tape and I have actually worked out with it 4 times in the last week.
That's more than any other program I have purchased to this point. I think if I can change my mindset about it being a "workout" and just focus on it being something fun to do, I just might stick it out this time and drop some of this extra weight I need to get rid of.

3. I started my etsy shop back up
Etsy has changed a lot since the last time I was active on the site. I remember logging on and watching my items float onto the "just uploaded screen". It was probably called something else, but that was so long ago I don't rightly remember. I could have several views in a day from the uploads because everything newly added was first on the search list. Well now I just seem to be lost in space, that is cyber space. : ) But I'm not giving up so easily this time. I need to see how far Etsy can take me. I haven't tried all of the suggested store optimizations and promotions yet. Only time will tell.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bunny tea digital stamp

One more digital stamp is available in my Etsy shop this week. Available as an instant download. This bunny Tea digital stamp was hand drawn and inked, scanned, and then cleaned in Photoshop.

300 DPI
Jpg and PNG files
Around 7 in in height

Could be used for Easter cards, spring themed art projects, or and extremely cute tea party invitation.

The bunny was drawn last year and was just sitting around in my SketchBook. He was part of a drawing spree of ideas for art licensing that wasn't used.

When purchasing from my shop, please read the user policy at the bottom of the listing. Copyright is not transferred with sale. Copyright stays with me the artist, Valarie Wade. For use on personal items, not for Mass commercial use.

Design update for the month of June

This month I decided to focus mostly on holiday themed photo card templates. Everything that is available in my zazzle shop has been hand dr...