We tried to make a Gingerbread house from a kit.
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After carefully icing all the sides, Kate ( <- BFF) stuck the house proudly together and admired her results. Just as she started to say how surprised she was that it worked, the side closest to me fell over, bounced oddly off my lap, and landed on the floor in several pieces. We just stared at each other for a few mortified seconds before collapsing into possibly the most hearty fit of giggles I have ever been a part of.
She broke another wall about 5 minutes later, after we had decided we'd just fake it by only taking a picture from the front to disguise or missing back patio. It wasn't as funny the second time, but making super fucked up iced gingerbread cookies, dicking around with icing and marshmallows, and laughing at our utter and complete ineptitude was way more fun than making a lame ass gingerbread house anyways.
In a little less than 8 months the Spook family will be moving into our very own first house! I need FURNITURE! I need like.... shit to put on my walls, and shit to sit on...and spice racks and shit!
I've made colour palletes via colourlovers.com to help me plan for the big move! This first palette is the basic color scheme for my house, with the exclusion of the last wine-red color, which is just a kitchen thing: Color by COLOURlovers Color by COLOURlovers
These 2 are the extras,to make the rooms "pop" Color by COLOURlovers Color by COLOURlovers Use your imagination with me, and lets see how The House of Spook is gonna look c:
Second to the U.S., the most hits I get from my etsy shop are from France. Parisians like bug jewelry, who knew? I have other hits from places like Latvia and Romania, which I could honestly not pinpoint on a map for you. (No child left behind in geography class!) All my shitty cartography skills aside, there is a real thrill in knowing that other people in the world are viewing your products. It's so cool to know people who speak a different language and are from a completely different cultural background are interested in your hand-made American goods.
So, how do you get more international views and thus international customers?
Fish where those exotic little fishies are.
I think my biggest draw for international views is DeviantArt. There are many excellent professional and aspiring artists on this site, ready to be supportive of you and your awesomeness! It's not hard to get people to pay attention to you on DevArt, while great artists share a bit of their portfolios, there are *many* heart-wrenchingly awful MSPAINT files uploaded to this site and called art.
How else can you connect with people overseas?
Rape and pillage your analytics. Find where your international customers are and learn more about their locale. It can't hurt.
Social networks like Twitter (best bet), Facebook and Myspace (I include myspace because I hear people still use it) - Follow/friend some people from around the world- blogger is also a great place to meet new people from different places.
SEO for overseas- try tagging your items with alternate spellings- jewelry is jewellery in the U.K.
Show some good-old-fashioned Etsy Love to 'foreign' sellers Poland makes pretty much the best goth/metalhead clothing in the world.
Like what they like, make what they're making.- Decoden is JUST NOW getting some kind of popularity here in the states, and even the people wearing it have never heard the term before. Scope out trends in other countries (my favorite is Japan) to see what will be popular in a few years!
Know photoshop? Maybe you can create these customizable products and sell the files to online customers:
Banners & Icons for online stores such as the ones on Etsy, Artfire, and Zazzle.
Scrapbook Printables and Paper Sets
Printable Toys and Paper Models
Patterns, like sewing or crochet
Recipe cards or Cookbooks
Meet Chlamydia, the life-size art doll love-child of my two homoriffic friends- I tell you they're homoriffic because who else would name a giant creepy cloth mannequin "Chlamydia" ?
Anyways, Chlamydia has been taking a little arty vaycay at my house for the past few months. I originally borrowed her to photograph my jewelry on, but she was a little too eerie for my Etsy shop, which is saying something.