Raw Material Origin Story #1

My raw materials come to me in lots of different ways. 

I have friends that save me parts and pieces of things, people bring me things they found on vacation or on a walk.

Most recently we were over at our friends house for the weekly “stuff our face and dungeon crawl Sunday”. There was a sizable box on her kitchen table. I looked inside; it was FULL of wee metal tins filled with even smaller mints. They were from a promotional products company. I asked her if she was going to do anything with them. She wasn’t and gave them to me on the condition that her kids keeps the mints. 

So, for the next 10 minutes my friend and I studiously emptied fifty odd tins worth of tiny mints into gallon ziplock baggies. 

It was a win/win. She got to keep her candy and I got art supplies!

I will say the mints were delicious, though…you know…quality control and all that.

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Speaking of events, we’ve got a couple coming up pretty soon!

January 20th-21st, 2018-RetroCityFest, Pomona, California.

February 2nd, 2018-First Friday Las Vegas (Tentative)

February 17th, 2018-Mesa Festival of the Arts 

February 23rd-25th, 2018-Las Vegas Toy Con

 

Cheers!

 

Buckle up, buttercup.

Octopus Pendant
Octopus Pendant

I’ve been with Etsy for a long time. I should have opened my shop when I first heard about them back in ’08. Hindsight and all that.

At the time I was still working a “day job” (40+ hours a week in retail…ooof) and I wasn’t really sold on the fact that someone might just pay me to make art for them.

My view on it was “Why would they pay me when they can make it themselves?” After years I have figured out that most people won’t make it for themselves either because of time, knowledge, or they just plain like the way you do it better. My friend JT says that “they pay for your eye and expertise.”

As I said, I’ve been with Etsy a long time. I’ve never really been able to generate much traffic and after nearly three years solid, I’ve only made 30 sales, and my traffic isn’t much more than 30 views a day. I think that running my own site, being able to make things how I want them to look, have things organized the way I want them to be, being able to showcase what I want to showcase, and I’d really like to not be charged for every listing. I will still keep some items on my Etsy shop, but the bulk of my art work for sale will live here.

So, we are officially building a shop here at weegonza.com. Not a link to another marketplace, but an honest to goodness shop, where I WILL RULE OVER ALL!! MUHAHAHAHA!! *cough*

Seriously though, It starts today.

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What’s on Thursday?

New Etsy listings and new events, that’s what!

My cute Wee Owl Pins are going live this morning!

We also have Phoenix Fan Fest this weekend! We’ll be set up in Artist Alley booth 318. Come by and see us! Sign up for our mailing list and receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more!

We’re debuting our slider-top boxes this weekend! Here’s a little preview of one:

They will hold a full set of polyhedron dice, pens, jewelry, or whatever else you might want to store. The dimensions are 7″ L X 1.25 W X 1.25″ D.

We’ve got a busy season coming up! This is where we’ll be: