Sunday, August 25, 2013

I've put some new products on Zazzle

It's getting to be 'that time of year' to start putting together some new

I have put new items, periodically, into the shop there...
and I knew that they had changed their design fairly recently...
I sure hadn't realized just 'how' much they'd changed
how difficult it would be for me to try to find my way around.

It's not hard to add new items...
it's difficult to try to figure out where to place them now.

I imagine I'll have to spend some time everyday
until I figure it out...
in the meantime though...
I put about twenty new items in that shop
this past week.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I am closing my Shop...Not So Fast....

CMZ art ArtFire avatar ArtFire!

I have decided to close my CMZart  ArtFire Shop...on September 10th!

After trying a couple different eCommerce builders....I have decided that I
neither have the time...or the try to find one that does what I want and need it to.
This close to what I hope is my 'busy' time of year...I have opted to leave ArtFire open, at least through the rest of this year.

Then I will re-evaluate how well (or not) ArtFire is doing and I'll make a decision
when I have more time to experiment.... for now...No New Web Store
and ArtFire will remain open through the end of the year!

It puts me about a month shy of one year...and I was originally going to give it one year ... but...
the site just is not paying for it's time to go ahead and close the doors.

My Rustic Goth Etsy Shop will remain open 
(until and unless they make changes to the site that ends up being more than I can bear)...
and for the time being...
my Fairytalez N Fantasiez Etsy Shop will also remain open.

I combined the two Etsy Shop to create the CMZart ArtFire Shop...
offering a 'one stop shop'...
but most everything that I did sell through ArtFire was a Rustic Goth item...

so I will give Fairytalez N Fantasiez
until next Spring
before I make any final decisions on that Shop.

There were a lot of 'bugs' during checkout in our ArtFire Shop as well as
too much 'downtime'
 (which also influenced my decision to close this shop)

I've decided to open my Own Rustic Goth online Shop .. 
on my website...

I plan to have that shop up...and fully operational
 by the first week of September!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The summer...

I haven't posted many blog posts this summer....
for one thing...
I'm desperate for a new laptop.
My old one needs to be 'laid to rest'....

so I'm saving up to get an inexpensive one...
and then I'll be able to do more
digital paintings
and more posts!!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

My Own Web Store

I have decided to open my OWN Web Store.
Until I get the site figured out...I started with a free store....which is
very limited in the number of items.
But...I didn't want to pay for a store and then use the first month
trying to figure it all out.
So...I'm getting everything ready to go...working out any bugs...trying to understand
how the site works...etc
so that I can have a full Store up and operational
by fall.
 I currently have a couple of postcards discounted to half price
to see if I can generate a couple of sales
to test how the checkout will work.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

My Two Etsy Shops

At the end of last year I opened a second Etsy Shop

I wanted somewhere to offer my 'cute' art that didn't 
conjure up any thoughts of darkness.

The only problem with that is....I literally get very little traffic to that
particular shop.
I know I've had my Rustic Goth Etsy Shop since 2007 and was lucky enough
to build a following before Etsy decided relevancy was better than just 'browsing'...
when I don't even get a dozen views on an original
Alice in Wonderland a week's time...
I won't be able to spend as much time working on pieces for that shop
as I do my Rustic Goth Shop.

I listed this Alice in Wonderland painting 6 views in 8 it's going
to get moved to Rustic Goth
and we'll see how it does there.