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Comment by Billie Wells on July 3, 2013 at 5:31am

Thanks Janise! Thanks Roy, it was a hard day yesterday - very windy and I barely broke even. The wind was exhausting physically. And the next two days are supposed to really rain  - it is now! And it's the 4th of July holiday. But I got a great piece of advice from the guy set up next to me - and I will try it. He told me about a guy who sold photo greeting cards of our area, Asheville, and sold them all day and night. I have lots of images and can make 50 cards for $30 easily. And sell them for $3.75 each.

That video was great Roy. I have never done a lot of crafts - it opens up a world to me. Hey, citra solv is all around here - on the video she mentions that she bought it in Boone, NC. I am just a hop, skip and jump down from Boone. Thanks Roy, your words were encouraging!

Comment by Roy Simmons on July 3, 2013 at 4:53am

Billie, that is superb! Build around that confidence boost! Also if at some point there is a less successful day (there always will be) mentally remember the good day. (personal experience). As for photos on wood, maybe a decoupage technique (lots of online resources) Also... just to fire your imagination have you considered images onto fabric? Good explanation here Your location may be ideal for that type of product too, heavily textured old looking fabric with images on look great. Found this good vid with a different technique...

Comment by Janise Cookston on July 2, 2013 at 10:24am

Hey Billie,

From my understanding, anyone of the liquitex gel mediums or varnishes should work.

Comment by Billie Wells on July 2, 2013 at 6:11am

Thanks Debra, I am going out again today and while we are supposed to get rain, It's covered and the tourists are out. Now I am looking for different products that are good sellers like flower photos on wood with words like "This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine"

Does anyone know how to affix photos onto wood?

Comment by DebraCreates Lynn Crabtree on July 2, 2013 at 5:58am

Congrats Billie!!!! especially for pushing through, small steps lead to big ones. And do I understand stress, there are those who call it resistance, but for me it is full on push back. For every step forward out of my comfort zone there has been a backlash that at times has surprised me by its intensity. I have come to the conclusion that success is the badge of quiet determined courage. They who have succeeded have faced some powerful opposing forces with in themselves and overcome them. 

Comment by Billie Wells on July 1, 2013 at 5:02pm

I just did my first day at the Grove Arcade Portico - and I am hooked. I got to put out my prints and handmade cards, not just tile! Yay! I sold a little which wasn't bad for a really wet Monday. 

What was great is that I was experiencing low grade debilitating stress and almost didn't go as it was really raining. But I listened to some inspirational stuff - John Maxwell - and it was great! And Patti, Roy and Debra, I didn't like doing the tile - but I sold one!

Comment by Billie Wells on June 30, 2013 at 3:14pm

Thanks Patti,

I will have to experiment with doing that on tile. I am not too crafty. It might just be better to send them out - raise some cash. This area will let me put out my photo cards with the tile. Since this is not my love, I might work real hard for extra hours one week to raise the initial money needed to buy the first run of tile and see how they go - saving any profits for a second run and so on. But I welcome any info - I have asked around here and got another idea that didn't go very well at all. Who knows! And it's a wonderful opportunity to work my way in!

Comment by Patti Landrum on June 30, 2013 at 3:06pm
Tony I really like robot meadow. What did you use to make it? Billie, looks like Roy found a good video and instructions. If I hear from the art store I will let you know.
Comment by Billie Wells on June 30, 2013 at 2:40pm

Thanks Patti and Roy, I really appreciate it!! I am checking out the videos right now. I have a few to start tomorrow so I can also put out my photo cards - that I can do. I really appreciate you guys and this wonderful group!

Comment by Roy Simmons on June 30, 2013 at 12:37pm

***Update***found this on Goldens website.



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