My new Etsy store, Qtoo, went up yesterday complete with my windowsill photography and bad grammer/english. However, it is up…and I am getting to see what folks respond to etc. I had a few sales to friends (!) already and have had pieces added to Etsy followers’ Treasury Lists. What is a Treasury? Etsy responds:
“Treasury is an ever-changing, member-curated shopping gallery comprised of lists of items. Lists contain 16 items. Members can feature their favorite items, items selected on a theme or whatever they like. Any Etsy member can create a Treasury list, and there is no limit to the number of lists you can create. You can edit your lists as often as you desire, and post comments to other members’ lists. The number of views your list receives as well as the number of clicks the items featured in your list receive are displayed in the list’s Stats section.”
The Cat/on skulll bracelet is in a treasury as is the Ivory rose on a tan background (more than one). I am sad to think that the stuff that I really love is not mainstream for this audience, but its a bit more “Mom” and I should tailor the mix accordingly.
The scene here is a bit unnerving…but not worth getting into publicly. I am just on the upswing of another parental “growth spurt” and am feeling sore with the surprises and small shocks that are being provided. It has been an interesting day or so of observation and interaction. I should focus on work and octopus/squid legs and how they can become brushes and keep my focus on something I can positively effect…not stun with my crankiness.
We had around 25 at the dish to pass last night in the Farmers Market space. It was a convivial group with new people to meet and actually really talk to. That was a surprise was that this sort of affair, outside of a restaurant or even someone’s house takes the “ownership” away from the event, and folks are a bit more open and conversant. Another thing that struck me was though we had multigenerational families, we had couples and singles—this type of event is perfect for singles as it isnt a couplecentric event. I cannot even fathom why…but it feels right for those in the area who are looking to make some connections, this dinner is the place to go. A friend told me of a dish to pass they have been having for thirty years at Taughannock Park—and what a tradition they have established. There are now married children and grandparents to extend this gathering to a second and third generation. Talk about community. Talk about conversation.
Just met with Amy Puryear to talk about a logotype for The Double E, her band. Rootabag Boogie (or Tracy Craig) sums The Double E up this way:
“…that’s Ithaca’s newest country roots band, featuring Amy & Ward Puryear. Lots of songs about home and heart and love and land (isn’t that what country music’s supposed to be?) Amy’s made a couple of albums under her maiden name, Amy Glicklick, including one she recorded in Guatamela with a wonderful group of children. It was music that brought Amy to Ithaca—she came to study at Ithaca College, with the idea of getting her masters in music education. While she was here, she met Ward, who’s part of the whole extended Donna the Buffalo family, and it’s been one big adventure ever since. This new band showcases Amy and Ward’s original songwriting. On the bass, Lily Aceto; Jason Shegogue on lap steel and electric guitar; and, all the way from Lafayette, Louisiana, Gary Graefe on drums. “
So, the visual language we start with are snap shirts, western wear, boots and brands, railroad trains— western/country which is so much fun as Amy confided that she studied opera at Ithaca College when she was a voice major. Talk about going for it! from Opera to Country—! They have tremendous stories, language and pathos in common. And, now they have Amy! This project started as a tattoo request and the more we talked about it, the more it became clear we were looking at some sort of brand. So should be fun….I hope.
Rob has been in NYC and will hopefully be back for this evening. August is clicking away. Where is it all going?