Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New things happening soon!

Well hello there! Long time no see... so to speak. I've been a bad bad blogger, not posting in over 6 months and all. I'm just gonna cut right to the chase and let y'all know that during my absence I've been maniacally planning and scheming all while producing a lot of art. What schemes could could I be scheming? What plans could I be planning? Well, I want to make art for a living. I know this is very difficult to do and some people think it's a dreamers dream, but I wouldn't be true to myself if I didn't at least try. I have to start somewhere and it seems that Etsy really is the best place to start. So, I will be opening my very own Prettiest Thistles Etsy shop in the near future! 

I've been carefully studying Kari Chapin's indispensable book The Handmade Marketplace and although the book has educated me imperatively about almost every issue dealing with selling my art, I must admit I've lost more that a few nights sleep worrying about every potential pitfall and mistake I could make. My excessive worrying really slowed down the whole process a bit and I've recently decided to just go for it anyway! It's now or never! Sure, I'm aware that I will most likely make some mistakes along the way and I'm positive that things won't come as easily as I wish. But that's the beauty of the whole situation. It's work. Art is honest and hard work from the deepest depths of who I am without having to compromise a bit of myself.

I'm already in the process of photographing my art and I promise the images will make their way here before anywhere else. Cross my heart and hope to die.

Wish me luck... I'll need it.


  1. Awesome Toni! I can't wait to hear more about this! Congratulations on this decision, and I wish you the best going forward with your dreams! Your art is amazing, you are awesome with people, and I am sure your shop will be loved by all. FGM

  2. I'm so happy for you! I know how hard of a decision it can be to put your work out there for others to see and want to buy. I am so proud of you that you have made this decision as I know that you are an amazing artist and a wonderful person and you deserve this. I know your artwork will attract many a customer and will be wonderfully beautiful, just as you are. Maybe I'll have the same courage as you and finally get some of my stuff out there. You truly are an inspiration. Good Luck!

  3. Thank you so much FGM. That really means a lot coming from someone as talented as you.

    And Tammy, you are so sweet and kind to say such things. Girl, you need to put yourself out there too! You are so talented and creative... there's no need to keep it all to yourself!

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