September 6, 2011
it's been an exciting week here at Betty Turbo HQ! i finally reached 1,000 sales in my Etsy shop. i started on Etsy in the summer of 2007 selling linocut block prints and Gocco printed notecards. several months later i got my own archival inkjet printer, and that's when things really started cooking. well... kind of. i added things to my shop, learned a few new tricks, got a little portrait video featured on Etsy's blog. pretty rad for what i could crank out in my spare time.
last fall i hit 500 sales somewhere around the time i moved to Oregon. at the beginning of 2011 i was fortunate to find myself in a position where going full turbo throttle with Art Stuff actually seemed like a viable option. and here we are 8 months later! every month has been an improvement over the last, even in the summer when i expected things to slump. it's hard, and it's crazy, but it just keeps getting better so i'm taking that as a sign to keep at it. i have added a handful of really cool wholesale & consignment accounts to spread my paper goods across the country. and now i'm gearing up hoping for some sweet holiday craft show action!
i want to give away some goodies in celebration of the 1,000 sales milestone -- stay tuned for details or get updates on Betty Turbo's Facebook Page!
in a few weeks i'm going to give a little presentation at the PixelCraft show (part of Corvallis Fall Festival). since the focus of this event is the use of computers & technology in creating and selling art, i'm going to chat about selling on Etsy, self-promotion via social networking, and fun sites like Spoonflower that can be part of the crafting process, as well as some notes on my own artmaking practices. if anyone has questions about any of the things i just mentioned... please comment below! if you were attending a talk on such subjects, what would you like to hear? i welcome all suggestions. also, i hope plenty of our local Corvallis Etsy Team can come out to spread the enthusiasm and offer input.
thank you EVERYONE for your support of my shop and my art adventures! it is totally rad to get to draw things and send art all over the world, and meet crazy nerds who love the same silly things as me. i really appreciate every dang one of you. i am a very lucky girl.