Cold and rainy day today :(
Two more soft hangy things (what is the technical term for these?!) finished.
Im quite happy with the Paisley one. I love Paisley. Also I have nearly finished a website Im designing for someone (a new sideline Ive started - need to earn some money somehow!!).
Ok, I have something to put by you guys out there who read my blog (?*!) and have more experience than me...my dream and wish is to open a shop for handmade beautiful artworks.
Where do I start? I am so not business minded and I really dont know where to begin. We (my hubbie and I are thinking of the possibility of a Coffee shop/Gallery/Shop.
Any thoughts? Ideas? Pros/Cons?

11 Comments:

  1. Wendy said...
    Lovely hangy things. Do they need a technical term? Hangy thing says it all.
    stephanie s said...
    your hangy things are lovely - i call them 'little pretties', but i tend to put 'little' in front of all my things....

    as for the shop... alicia at posey gets cozy (http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/) has posted about her shop that she owns with another gal, and is also writing weekly (bi-weekly?) articles about the same on whipup.com... also, there is a shop in seattle called schmancy toys (http:/schmancytoys.blogspot.com/), you might see if she has anything to say about process... good luck, i like your idea of a coffee shop too, if there are not too many near you, it is addictive and people have to come back everyday to get more...
    Julie said...
    Hi Stephanie, where have you been...Ive missed you!
    Thanks for your comment and help. Yesterday, after writing in my blog, I found Alicia's artical at Whipup. EXCELLENT article. It helped me a lot with my thoughts.
    Mirre said...
    I love your paisley hangy thingy (I love all things paisley :))!

    Very exciting plans you have... I think a combination of the three things you mentioned are a good idea.
    If I come up with any ideas I'll let you know!
    capello said...
    Maybe before you undertake a full lease on a shop you might want to do some fairs and/or have an etsy store online. But, of course, with the combination of a coffee house along with it you'll certainly get some business for that.

    And your hangy things are lovely!
    Samantha said...
    Your paisley "hangy" is great.

    Nicola from Nikki Shell has just opened up a coffee shop called the Nectar Lounge in Australia with her husband. Maybe she would give you some tips?
    Megan said...
    I love the heart, very much. So vibrant.
    the painted pear said...
    I just came here from Mercy Lane blog...and I just love the painting of the cow. I would love to see more of your paintings!!! I too tend to take too long to finish a piece, usually over a year, so that sounded familiar.

    Your "hangy things" are darling. And starting a coffee/tea/light luncheon shop with handmade goodness, and fine art, has always interested me. Serving up tea, in all sorts of antiquey tea pots, and finger sandwiches, with loads of sproats, and hand-made soups. But I agree with a commenter about trying some craft fairs, and possible etsy. Though I don't feel etsy is the best place to make your judgement.

    You can always take artist's work on consignment, but don't forget about insurance.
    Oh,well, I wish all the luck. And sorry about the long post. I'll be back, and looking for your paintings.
    Julie said...
    Thanks Rebecca for your nice long comment! I like your paintings too - especially the one called "White bowl".
    The painting of the cow cant be that good because its a painting of a sheep!!!!!! But never mind!!:)
    Yes, Im not jumping into anything big yet - just planning.
    Dawn said...
    The heart and the paisley are very nice..I am drawn to paisley AND hearts so they are good shapes to make. Inspires me to create a paisley of my own..
    *sigh* ..another day......
    weirdbunny said...
    I really really really like that paisly one.

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