Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Tonight we are learning how to sew our own headbands for our handmade books. You know how kids call in sick to school when they are learning fractions? This is the same thing. I am not a big headband person when it comes to books. When I have had to use them, I usually have used the store bought ones. Unfortunately, in this class based on traditional bookbinding techniques, we are required to make our own. No excuses. No running away.
I have tried to learn to make them on my own but it was similar to teaching myself how to knit. The words just didn't translate to my hands.
Well, we will see what happens. Keep my in your prayers.
Monday, April 27, 2009
I just stopped working because I didn't want to waste any more supplies. Some of the jobs are not repairable others might be able to be reworked.
Maybe it was the weather. We had such great weather in NYC, maybe I just wanted to go outside rather than be locked up in the studio. Maybe I will revisit some things this week.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
If you want a more distressed look, you can scrape more of the paper off and remove some of the image with your fingernail. You can even distress with sandpaper. Here is the distressed image.
Once you are finished with the contact paper image, mount it on the watercolor background with ModPodge. I use the gloss finish. I wrap the postcard in wax paper and place it under weight.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
As I have mentioned before, I have a hard time designing when my studio isn't clean. My studio and my apartment still haven't recovered from the Egg Decorating Party that I hosting over the Easter Weekend. Here are some photos of the damage.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Winner and First Place: Tiger's Egg and Paisley Egg by Bob C.
Third Place: Decopage Egg by Bob C. (above right)
Notes from Judges:
Friday, April 10, 2009
Awards will be given in the following categories:
- Best Use of Color
- Best Technique
- Best Painted Egg
- Best Use of Natural Dyeing
- Best Use of Office Supplies
- Best Easter Egg Heads
- Best Fine Art Decorationg (Other than painting)
- Best Religious Egg
- Best Decoration for Kids under 12.
Each of the winners will then be considered for the Top Award: The Martha Stewart Award.
Upload your images by noon on Sunday, April 12, 2009.
Invite all of your friends to join or post on your blog so your readers can participate. A panel of judges will give three awards for each of the different categories. The winner of each category will be considered for the Martha Stewart Award.
You may enter as many catetgories as you choose.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The first hurdle was to decide what type of company that I wanted to develop. Since most of my sales were going to be derived online, I thought about going through a simple incorporation or just a sole proprietorship. The problem with this type of structure is that you have fewer legal protections and it is harder to separate your personal finances from those of your business should something go wrong with the business. The benefit of this structure is that it costs less to develop.
But I was afraid that I was being myopic by not looking at the bigger picture. What if I wanted to get investors to help take the business to the next level? I have already received overtures from some big moneyed people for me to work for them in their businesses. What would happen if they would want to invest in my lowly adventure?
I finally decided to create an LLC. Of course, this costs more money in NYC because you have to publish an announcement of your company in two sources for six consecutive weeks. The first quote is for $700 for one of the newspapers. This particular newspaper is a requirement from the Secretary of NY State.
I have an EIN (Employer ID Number) now which was retrieved online and was free. This means that I can start paying payroll and receiving and paying payroll taxes. Now I am waiting for my NY sales tax certificate to come through. Once I get this back, I will be able to apply for my resale tax certificate which will allow me to not have to pay NY sales tax on items that I purchase for my business.
After all of this happens, I will be able to set up my ETSY shop. It will probably take me 10 years of ETSY sales to recoup the monies that I am spending.