Friday, August 14, 2009

Internet Artisan Interview - She's Batty Designs

Jamie, creator of ~*She's Batty Designs*~, is a great source for information about promoting your site and artwork online. She's given me (and will give you) great advice. I'm excited about being introduced to HandmadeNews.org, where she's editor of the Marketing Department. The majority of pieces Jamie sells are holiday cards, but she also has other paper items convenient for the scrapbooker and crafter in general. Thanks for sharing, Jamie!

  • What's the name of your business/shop?


She's Batty Designs





  • Do you have a registered domain name and/or a blog?
http://www.shesbattydesigns.com

http://shesbattydesigns.blogspot.com

  • What type of handmade products do you sell?
Mostly paper products - paper is my passion! A lot of other products show up in my shop too though. I went to school for fine art before switching to psychology so I have a hard time picking just one medium to stick to. Right now there are also candles in my shop and I've been working on a few sculpture pieces. I'm also a freelance photographer. None of my photographs will ever end up at my shop because most of the photography I do is by commission (weddings, events, etc).

  • Show us a piece you recently finished:

  • What are you working on right now? Any sketches?
I'm working on more halloween goodies and as I mentioned above, I have a few sculptures started. There will be a lot more halloween inspired pieces added between now and October. That will be my focus for the next few months. (Who am I kidding? That's my focus all year long! lol)



  • If you have a website or blog, what do you use for advertising? What do your avatars look like?


On my blog, you'll see all the graphics I use for link exchange near the bottom on the right hand side. I also use the last one (with the haunted tree and owl) for Project Wonderful and ArtFire/Handmade News advertising.

  • If you have a website or blog, tell us about your favorite widget?
http://shesbattydesigns.blogspot.com ... by far, my fav widget is my laughing skull clock

  • Which online selling vendors do you use? What do you like best about each one?
I use ArtFire. I still have a shop at Etsy but I've basically abandoned it. My focus is on my ArtFire shop now. There's so many things I love about ArtFire! One of the main reasons I'm only going to be selling on ArtFire is I don't have to pay any fees. I scored myself a free ride back in the winter and it's been fee free ever since! I also love how quick the support is there! If you ever have a question or concern, in my experience, you'll hear back from them that day! Even on the weekends! I also love the guilds! I'm the guild master of the Ghouls Guild and couldn't ask for a better group of artisans. Another thing that I love about ArtFire is the search. They don't have it set up to show the "just listed items" first, the search and browse function is totally random so you never have to worry about your items ending up at the bottom of the pile (and then having to pay to relist to get them within view again).

  • Are you involved in social networking? What's your favorite and why? If you're not involved, you must have a good reason!
I think I'm signed up with just about every social networking sight there is. My favourite one is plurk. I love it because I'm able to network and find support from fellow artists.
  • All of us can use a helpful business hint once a week. What's yours?

I'm full of them! I write for the marketing department at Handmade News so it's hard to pick just one! I would say that if you haven't already, find out who your target audience is. Once you find that out all your marketing and business moves become clear.

  • Do you have a "modus operandi" for computing the price of a handmade object? Tell us your formula?
I don't have an exact formula. I usually figure out the cost of materials + time x 2. It's always a rough estimate though.

  • We'd love to see your little corner of the world, where you create.
You can see my studio here:and here:Where do you see your artwork in one year? Any plans in the works?
I always have lots of big ideas but everything I plan to do gets changed during the creative process. This year my plan is to just go with the flow and devote more time to production.


OK, time for the storybeader's pick! Jamie's an avid animal lover, and has a bunch of cards with animals on them, including a turtle and dogs (my favorites). But I was really attracted to her giraffe cards - a great combination of color and folk art!

<<< This is one of my favorites

10 comments:

Patch said...

Great Interview!! I read her marketing advices too.. and I think her articles are useful and helpful!!!!!

BeadedTail said...

Wonderful interview! I've seen her on Plurk so I enjoyed learning more about her!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

WooHoo...another paper crafter :) She makes super cute stuff!!!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

She has such cute stuff - it was fun to learn more about her!

Glasstastic Treasures said...

What a great review. Jamie really is talented. I love her work!

She's Batty Designs said...

Thank you SOOOO SOOO SOOOO much for the blog feature!!! I really appreciate all your kind words and devoting such a huge post to little old me!

Also, thank you so much to all the kind crafters who left comments! :) Thank you so much for your support. I hope my words were helpful! Contact me any time for advice :)

TiLT said...

I love her stuff! and her Plurks...
I actually just ordered some of her cards :)

Another Blogger said...

Great article and great product. I always love to read about improving a business

Sandy said...

Cute cards. I'm not familiar with Plurk, can you give me the 1 2 3 of it? I ask because I'm in so many now, that I really don't get, or don't have time to really work, so am feeling like I need to be selective, or delete some and add others...or something?

I use EC right now the most, I do tweet from time to time; but really don't get it. I'm in Blogher, but find it hard to use...so truly am interested.

Thanks
Sandy
and naturally, swing by to see where the suitcase has been

Auroras_Garden said...

Jamie deserves all the attention she can get, she works super hard for us at HMN, and she is the best editor one could ask for. She makes some damn fine cards too. Paper crafts amaze me, she leaves me in awe!

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