Enough about snow... There's something else that's been coming along in earnest... But I can't talk about it, let alone post pics of it... There's a SparkleMirror "first" involved, and it's so exciting that I'm bursting at the seams ( or maybe that's just from the Holiday foods :), but it's a Christmas gift for someone special who reads this blog. So I must wait until the 26th to show and tell... Ugh, again ;)
Though I find it most satisfying to create my own designs and see them come to fruition, I've learned much from emulating my graphic mentors, and bringing their creations to life through relief...
The design for this tile was borrowed from Henri Meunier, a turn-of-the-20th-century artist, and specifically his creation "Cafe Rajah" from "Les Maitre de L'Affiches" series (now in "Public Domain") created in Paris in 1897. This design for Rajah coffee is a classic of Belgian Art Nouveau poster art.
Henri Georges Meunier, also known as Marc-Henry Meunier (1873-1922),
is one of my favorite artists for his ability to evoke such warmth with such simplicity.
Yes, and like most "Grand" Openings, there's a bit of hyperbole involved. All I know is... it's been a long time coming, with promises and hemming and hawing and on and on. Was I going to have my main store be on www.sparklemirror.com, or Ebay, or Etsy, or some other venue? Did I have enough tiles prepared to make a good (magnificent) first impression?
But, when all was said and done, it's really about action -- getting the ball rolling. And, so, here it is... and I am going to build on it and move forward, and probably be selling from several venues simultaneously before all is said and done.
As with any new endeavor, there are a few things to iron out over time.
I'd appreciate any advice you'd generously offer me on any topic.
There's one topic that I am particularly wary of...
Please help me with advice on...
I have sold here and there on the net, but always within the US... I have been fortunate through this blog in many ways, one of which is meeting fine people from all over this big blue globe of ours. It's just that I'm very customer oriented, with great great emphasis on customer satisfaction. Attending to that locally in my home town and to customers within the US has been a great success...
I'm just afraid of the international shipping issue... seems this would be easy to screw up, with the customs thing, the tracking thing, and, oh my, the cost thing. Most shipments run between one and two pounds... any advice?
I've just begun loading product on to the shelves, so be patient with me... I'll be adding a few things a day.