Quote of the Moment

"It's never wrong to hope, Byx," said my mother. "Unless the truth says otherwise."
- from Endling #1: The Last, by Katherine Applegate

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Operation Ornament Phase 1.99 - Almost There...


Because you saw the fronts last time... Yes, I have finished the first four ornaments of the year - and not just the first ones of the year. These are the first ones I have created with the express intent of (attempted) resale. I take them down to the store on Tuesday, and after that it's up to the general public whether or not I've created something worth spending hard-earned money on... Further photos will hide behind links, because I'm paranoid about load times and I'm sure you're sick of seeing them anyways...
I created these in Word (with the help of an oddball little program called Bookmarks Galore! 4 - a bit tricky to use, but it takes some of the guesswork out of cobbling together this kind of thing), and printed them on off-white cardstock from the craft store. Short, sweet, 'n simple...
I decided they didn't look "finished," so I added the two extra feathers in the middle of the drumstick. Made a big difference, I thought...
The feathers came from one of those mixed-feather bags at the craft store. I was trying to match them to the colors used on the drums themselves, with mixed results; several of them have iridescent sheens that aren't visible at all angles. But I did what I could with what I had, which is about all I can say for most everything I've ever accomplished (or failed to accomplish) in my life, I suppose.
It's hard to capture the color on this guy, especially given my nonexistent photography skills and lousy lighting...
Sorry, but I've run out of commentary on my images. Feel free to make up your own.
*sniff* They grow up so darned fast... These are laid out in the same order as the "back shots" above, so you can work out what goes with what on your own. Consider it a mental exercise.
So anyway, as of Tuesday these guys will be out of the house and I can focus on family ornaments from now on... unless, of course, they sell, in which case family stuff may be sidetracked while I whip up a second batch of drums. I'm trying to decide which would amuse the Dread Demon Reality more: another mad midnight dash on Xmas Eve to finish off family stuff because I've been too busy making and selling drums, or finding out that nobody wants to buy something I've made, so I've essentially wasted two months of my life planning and creating these guys. I'll find out soon enough, I suppose... for now, onward into Operation Ornament I charge.

4 comments:

peppypilotgirl said...

Congratulations! They are gorgeous and I do think the extra feathers make a big difference. Here's to great sales!

Jade said...

The drums look incredible! I do like the extra feathers in the middle... gives them some more balance.

What would really entertain the DDR would be for the drums to sell after you are nearly done with the family gifts, you have two weeks until Christmas, and then we have a massive storm and power outages.

Zirconia Wolf said...

Very cool & good luck with "The Store"!

I still think you should consider the eBay/direct sales option too! "The Store" can be rather hit-n-miss as far as what the heck sells there, as you know...

Brightdreamer said...

I dropped them off today. The store owner thought I should try pitching them at Native American-heavy shops, but they're not really NA items. (Well, I suppose if one wanted to argue semantics, I was born in America, which makes me native to this country, but that's beside the point.) Anyway, I'm testing the market to see if there's any salable interest in the idea - people like the look of them, but the cynic in me says talk is cheap. I wanna see if anyone's willing to put their money where their mouths are before I get too committed to churning the suckers out.

ZW - If I don't get any bites before Xmas, I'll probably be taking them back and going the eBay route. I'll have to borrow your book... and I suppose I ought to get myself a business license.