Saturday, February 25, 2006

long time no see

It has been too long!
The watercolor episode in the fourth grade class was crazy but priceless!
There is a really odd break in achool for Milpitas Unified School District, so shorty has been home. Employment stuff has been odd for Dave, so he has been home a lot. It has seemed like Saturday here all week! Can't wait for Monday!
We went to Sacramento for two days, that was fun.

I'm trying to figure out what will sell on ebay, and trying to decide how important that is. My return per hour on what does sell is low. I am telling myself that the listing cost is the cost of being out there, and that's OK. Better to let that go than sell stuff for less than materials cost.

What I don't want to do is compromise on my art and produce crafts because I can make a little money at that. I want to make art. I don't want to get stuck in the craft trap, where I make tons of knick knacks for minimal profit and it feels more like cottage manufacter. I can't compete with the low grade knick knacks avasilabel at Wal*Mart and Target for nearlty nothing, produced overseas by people who get paid pennies per hour.

I have to remember, eBay is merely a facet to use, not to be steered by.

I got my Folk-of-Art items in for March. This is the 5th or 6th month I have been in it. I have not sold anything.

I have had my website for about a month longer, and I have not sold anything there either. The site improves as my programming skill improve. I know it needs more time, but if I sold at least ONE thing?

It bothers me that I send more time on the computer doing this stuff than making stuff. The thing that bothers me most is that this takes lowest priority in my life. Everybody thinks that I can do it anytime, so it isnt a problem to do something with/for them right now. Ruben gave me a hard time becuase I was trying to figure out a way to do something without having to drive to Wal*Mart. Like driving to Wal*Mart would ruin my life. He was not buying the idea that I spend too many hours a week on little tasks that don't increase revenue and that I am seriously trying to reduce that.

There is a tack swap/craft fair comming in May. I have done so poorly at the last three that I don't really want to do it again. I suppose I must.

The Peacemakers Quilt Guild quilt show is also in May. I have always done well in the Country Store associated with that.

Spring is here, but more rain comming.

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