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Whimsical Watercolor Illustration – Life on the Edge


Whimsical illustration "Life on the Edge" by Joana Miranda(5×7 Greeting Card Now Available at Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy)


    • Thanks, Rita! I had a lot of fun doing that one.

      Thanks for visiting my blog and for your nice comment.

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Joana

    • Thank you, Helen! I was pleased with how that whole sketch, final painting and quote came together. That doesn’t always happen…

      I see that you are now up to 96 sales on your Etsy shop! Way to go! ๐Ÿ™‚ J

        • Hi Helen,

          I remember reading on an Etsy forum about how getting to the 100 mark was difficult; but once there, that the sales for many people starting becoming more regular. Don’t know if there is any science to that or not…but you can report back on that since you’ll get there a lot sooner than I will!

          ๐Ÿ™‚ Joana

          • I have been at way over 100 items in the past….a lot of them expired while I was out o’town, which is why it’s a bit low, now. I’m slowly renewing many of the expired ones and giving up on some others, painstakingly editing the ones I’m keeping to conform to my new titling and tagging methods! I would say that it IS better to have a lot of stuff, simply because it’s going to increase the likelihood of someone running into the items. That said, I’m just having a hard time, here! Seems like last year I had lots of people emailing me with requests for special orders, and I was selling at least 4-5 items every month. This year, those requests have mainly disappeared. I’m still getting hearts and treasuries, but they’re not buying much. Another thing is that I haven’t posted anything new in quite a few weeks, and new items help. If this orchestra schedule ever calms down, then I probably will! Oh yeah, and also my gallery sales, which went pretty well last year, are quite slow this year.

            • Hi Helen,

              So sorry it’s taken me so long to respond! What I actually was referring to with the “100” benchmark, was sales. I remember reading on the Etsymetal forum, that many sellers felt that reaching the 100th sale was a challenge; however, once reached, they claimed that their sales became more regular. Maybe that isn’t really the case, but you can let me know since you’ll almost definitely reach that benchmark before I do!

              That said, the way Etsy tracks sales can be misleading, too. I just did a big custom job ($$$) which reads as just 2 sales (one for the deposit and one for the final payment.) However, it actually represents a big boost in my total shop income.

              Speaking of the importance of listing new items, that’s what I’m off to do next! ๐Ÿ™‚ Joana

              • Ah, I see! Well, we’ll find out…..I now have moved up to the 95 sale mark. I agree about it being misleading. If I do a special order, I might make 4 pairs of bobby pins for a wedding, but it is counted as 1 sale. ALSO, I think it’s definitely still desirable to renew items most days. Take a look at this shop, for instance http://www.etsy.com/shop/PetalMix?ref=shop_sugg She renews maybe 2 dozen items every day. She also has sales almost every day. I’m thinking of going back to my practice of renewing 2-4 items 5-6 days per week.

                • Hi Helen,

                  I’m impressed with Petal Mix’s shop. Her stuff looks great, and she’s obviously doing a lot right!

                  I just got back from lunch with a friend followed by a trip to M&J Trimmings. I wish I had occasions to use all of those wonderful trims. In the end, I just bought some rather plebeian silver elastic for my card boxes. Not exactly exciting, but I was glad to find it (and to find it so cheap.)

                  Hope you have a great weekend! Joana

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