Business? Yes, please!

These were made to fly from my home :).

These were made to fly from my home :).

Yesterday I opened my etsy shop here http://www.etsy.com/shop/PetraKern?ref=seller_info. It doesn’t seem to be big deal to do that: but for me, right now it was a trial. I am laughing now when I remember all those words of girls who made it in the art business. Almost every one told us that all of the sudden your art is put on the side. Now it’s time for marketing, paper works, bureaucracy, finding new ways to sell your work. And suddenly you realised you are still in  still is time you have to go to pick your kids and your ponytail you’ve put so nicley together  in the morning changed in weirdest hairdo ever.

I am slowly steping to this road: which is sometimes confusing, extremly challenging, sometimes disapointing, but I am loving it (do I sound like MC Donalds?). I am becoming a working mum with new path, new horizons, new schedule … actually new life. I always knew beginnings were hard. And this is hard one to. I can not tell you that everything is shiny and flowery here. It’s not. Sometimes I secretly wish I was born with another talent (lawyers od doctors would be nice) and another longing. But sometimes I am just overwhelmed and enthused by the fact I can put colors and shapes from my head to the paper and I am holding to this feeling like a mad woman :). I just wish that in few years when I will look back I would say that I wouldn’t change a thing.

Here are my preoccupations this month:

1. I opened my Etsy Shop. Yay!

2. I am still working on CafePress shop. This shop is kinda represent my dreams. I always wanted to put my designs on things we use every day. Every design, every description and every pricing should be done separately, that’s why is taking so long, but I am expecting results would be delighted. Here are some sneak peeks. The photos are not in the best shape, but it will be when the store will be officially open.  I am having a blast with actually creating “my” products.

There will be clutch bags ...

There will be clutch bags ...

... i phone skins ...

... i phone skins ...

... shoulder bags ...

... shoulder bags ...

... Kindle sleeves ...

... Kindle sleeves ...

... flip flops ...

... flip flops ...

… and so much more.
3. I finished this years Christmas cards. They just need a few final touches and they will be of to the printing house. Here is one of my favorites.
Xmas bunch.

Xmas bunch.

4. I am still trying to find an agent.
5. I started to offer my designs to companies.
6. I started to learn how to use Wacom tablet and Illustrator. I also ralised that I know a lot of really ugly words in our language, English, German, Italian … I guess I am not such a computer geek. Agrh!
Hope everyone is having busy fall too. Haha. Seriously – that keep us going. Right?
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7 Comments

  1. Petra October 25, 2011 at 11:54 #

    oh končno, sem prva v vrsti za tale kidnle sleev… nikjer v EU nič pametnega. Komaj čakam.

  2. Elizabeth October 25, 2011 at 12:33 #

    So happy for you Petra. I am also dreaming on having my designs in lots of products,too. For now I am making my own tiles and switch plates with the sublimation equipment I bought. We are in this journey together and I know things will get better and better. Looking forward to receive the cards I already ordered from your brand new etsy shop…Congratulations and Enjoy the Ride sweet friend!

  3. coprnca October 25, 2011 at 13:40 #

    o hudo. podpiram ful. jaz tudi sedaj zbiram pogum, material, dobre fotke… študiram pogoje, kako bi se lotila, pripravljam vse zadevšne… in čisto razumem 🙂
    veliko sreče in dober biznis.

  4. Rebecca October 25, 2011 at 15:35 #

    So, so SO proud of you for taking this step! It’s still very hard so I know how you feel- where are you printing your cards? I’m still looking for someone who can print on textured nice paper-shoot me a separate email. Yay!!! I want to buy one of your paintings someday…might have to wait until after the holidays…but I will ;0).

  5. Kelly January 16, 2012 at 19:18 #

    Big congratulations on moving forward with your shops!

  6. Steve April 20, 2012 at 02:57 #

    Although I don’t really understand how you are selling your wonderful creative work, it is a pleasure and refreshing to see. I am a manufacturer sales rep here in Boston, MA, USA, and would love to discuss representing your work to retailers here. Gift shops, book stores, etc. Are you set up to do something like that?

    Steve

  7. Donna Heart July 27, 2012 at 10:53 #

    Hi Petra!

    COngratulations1 It seems to all be coming together for you – after much hard work by the looks of it! I’m also trying to teach myself Illustrator and am thinking I might have to buy a wacom/tablet too. have you got one yet – and if so do you recommend any? You’re good to have your Christmas cards ready so soon! I have yet to do that job – better get cracking! Happy weekend, X Donna

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