It feels a little gauche and taboo and unseemly and awkward, but this is a blog about making a living as an artist, so I thought I should start posting a quarterly earnings report. Transparency seems like the best way to answer the question, “Is the reward worth the effort?” For the sake of full disclosure, then, in the first three months of 2019, I earned … drumroll … fanfare … dun-ta-dah! …
It’s the 10% commission I made on the sale of two Spoonflower tea towels in February. It’s still early days, so I’m not terribly discouraged by this tiny, wee number. I kind of find it encouraging. I love hearing that artists are selling. It means that people are buying and that this whole artistic venture is not all for naught. If in two years I still can’t buy a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby with my quarterly earnings, then I’ll have to consider going in a new direction. But, until then, let’s see if we can make something happen!
To get the sales figures up, I need to deal with my Spoonflower shop first. I only have eleven designs in there right now, and I’ve done nothing to promote them. My immediate goals are to:
- add to my design inventory (Enough dawdling, already.)
- demonstrate how the designs can be used (Quilts, collages, etc.)
- create more tea towels because apparently everyone already knows how to use tea towels. I think. Maybe?
I was still a little perplexed myself, so I googled, “how to use tea towels,” and it looks like I’m not the only one! I found:
- 10 Ways to Use a Tea Towel
- How to Use a Tea Towel 7 Different Ways
- What the Heck Are Tea Towels, Anyway? ( 🙂 )
- What is a Tea Towel? And 10 Ways to Use One
- 23 Ways to Use a Beautiful Tea Towel
- and 12 Ways to Use a Tea Towel (a charming video).
My favorite tea towel tip is in the video: wrap up a baguette like a burrito and hand it around the dinner table. Guests can rip off a hunk of breadular goodness while keeping the loaf unsullied. Love it! It’s relaxed, but refined. A nice way to be. It’s permission to eat with your hands!