|The photo that started it all. Taken October 17, 2007|
|Mouse, meet Mastercard.|
|My original shop banner|
Mouse and his kiwis (and a lime, for good measure), having made it into 11 treasuries, is one the most "treasured" items I have for sale. The second most treasured item is also the one that has the second highest number of views. I personally think the image is sort of ho-hum, but people really seem to love the picture of Mouse on top of some colored pencils, which is the photo that fronts the Saturated Colors and Mouse Postcard Pack.
A very special and unexpected benefit of opening this Etsy store is that I'm now part of an Etsy group made up of artists who either suffer from disabilities themselves or care for those with disabilities. It's turned out to be a wonderful support network. I love my Createability Team!
|For some reason, people have difficulty |
imaging how awesome a 16x20 Mouse
photo might look in their bathroom.
But I have other plans for Mouse, too. If I ever start feeling better, there's always the ABC book to work on and the completed colors manuscript to mail out again. My current literary priority involving Mouse is actually a little story featuring his new friend Meece. I have a whole children's book planned out featuring these two adorable mice and it's going to be my next major project in the new year!
|Meece and Mouse|
I would call this year of selling Mouse merchandise a great success. It's been a wonderful project to keep me engaged and excited while coping with the migraines. I've found that I really enjoy the business side of things, like calculating how to price items and researching the best places to buy cards or packing supplies, and I intend to expand my promotional reach in the next year. Although I sometimes regret getting into the habit of writing such ornate listings descriptions because if I'm not in a writing mode (something that can happen for weeks or months at a time with the migraines), I'm unable to put up new listings, it has been a great outlet for writing and I do get a kick out of writing good copy! (If you don't typically click on the items, I suggest that you do just to read the descriptions!) And then let's get back to the most basic, coolest part of it all: I'm selling my art!
|I keep this photo of Mouse up to his ears in chocolate chips on my bookcase. |
The Mouse himself lives on my desk he's not working.