September 30, 2011

taco time!

it has come to my attention that one of my twitter pals shares a birthday with National Taco Day, so i drew a quick sketch of how to make a super easy taco cake. these are really basic instructions, assuming some general decorating knowledge... if anyone has specific questions about the details, i'm happy to help. if Blogger makes this impossibly tiny, click over to flickr to see the full-sized version.

September 23, 2011

paper nerds wanted

now that it's been published in the newspaper that i obsessively hoard paper goods, i feel somewhat more pressure to distribute them and make sure you know i was saving them all for YOU. i have always loved writing letters, and i've collected all kinds of weird cards and stationery over the years knowing there would be a perfect occasion some day for me to send them to you. in the mail. pieces of paper with writing on them. is this such a crazy idea?

know what else i like? making custom paper goods for people. but the people i know well enough to craft something special for are not necessarily the people who share my interest in ye olde written correspondence. (with a few very choice exceptions. hi BreAnn.)

so here's what i propose: send me a letter. (a real one on paper, delivered to my home by someone in blue shorts.) tell me something real. don't send me a 4th grade penpal "about me" letter repeating everything i could read in your online profile. tell me about something that's important to you. tell me a story. i don't know! write whatever you want. in exchange, i will create some type of custom stationery for you. and i will send it to you. it may be a direct response to the content of your letter, it may just be inspired by whatever random things i know about you. i will send you this specimen. i will also write you back, using up my ample stash of supplies which may or may not feature Humphrey Bogart or kittens. and after that? who knows...

i will be sharing my creations and maybe some glimpses of the mail i receive. i will not make your full name or the actual contents of your letter public without specifically getting your permission. i reserve the right to sell additional copies of whatever i create inspired by you. if you want to participate, you can email me via agnesbartonsabo at gmail dot com to obtain my mailing address. let's make beautiful paper goods together.

your friend,
Betty Turbo

September 14, 2011

i made you a present!

as promised, my friends, i've got some party favors to give away in (slightly belated) celebration of my 1,000th Etsy sale! i made some stuffed silliness - a flying popsicle (like my tattoo), a bedazzled donut, a piece of pizza, and a skull with donut eyeballs. the skull and pizza have pinbacks attached. i'm also giving away a set of Gocco printed Jammy Toast notecards, which were the very first things i sold on Etsy. and since i have a surplus, each winner will also get a 1" button of my friend the face-melting donut. UPDATE: it has been suggested that my prize offerings were not "manly" enough for my general audience... so ya know what? i've got wrestling prints to give away too. limited to a pre-printed selection i have on hand. take THAT!

here's the deal: leave a comment here letting me know what your favorite item is from my Etsy shop! (if anyone wants to suggest the next additions to my wrestling series while you're at it, i welcome your input!) --ALSO! if you head over to Betty Turbo's Facebook Page and "like" it, leave a comment here noting that and it'll count as a separate entry. starting next Monday (9/19) i'll randomly draw one winner each day till these goodies all have homes! that's five days in a row. check back here for the winners or leave a valid email address in your comment to be notified if you win. if you're a member of my family, don't be silly, you know i would make you this stuff if you asked me.

thank you again to all my Etsy friends and fans for your support!
Betty Turbo

September 6, 2011

extry, extry!

it's been an exciting week here at Betty Turbo HQ! i finally reached 1,000 sales in my Etsy shop. i started on Etsy in the summer of 2007 selling linocut block prints and Gocco printed notecards. several months later i got my own archival inkjet printer, and that's when things really started cooking. well... kind of. i added things to my shop, learned a few new tricks, got a little portrait video featured on Etsy's blog. pretty rad for what i could crank out in my spare time.

last fall i hit 500 sales somewhere around the time i moved to Oregon. at the beginning of 2011 i was fortunate to find myself in a position where going full turbo throttle with Art Stuff actually seemed like a viable option. and here we are 8 months later! every month has been an improvement over the last, even in the summer when i expected things to slump. it's hard, and it's crazy, but it just keeps getting better so i'm taking that as a sign to keep at it. i have added a handful of really cool wholesale & consignment accounts to spread my paper goods across the country. and now i'm gearing up hoping for some sweet holiday craft show action!

i want to give away some goodies in celebration of the 1,000 sales milestone -- stay tuned for details or get updates on Betty Turbo's Facebook Page!

in a few weeks i'm going to give a little presentation at the PixelCraft show (part of Corvallis Fall Festival). since the focus of this event is the use of computers & technology in creating and selling art, i'm going to chat about selling on Etsy, self-promotion via social networking, and fun sites like Spoonflower that can be part of the crafting process, as well as some notes on my own artmaking practices. if anyone has questions about any of the things i just mentioned... please comment below! if you were attending a talk on such subjects, what would you like to hear? i welcome all suggestions. also, i hope plenty of our local Corvallis Etsy Team can come out to spread the enthusiasm and offer input.

thank you EVERYONE for your support of my shop and my art adventures! it is totally rad to get to draw things and send art all over the world, and meet crazy nerds who love the same silly things as me. i really appreciate every dang one of you. i am a very lucky girl.