Thursday, October 19, 2017

New Holiday Design: My Favorite Color is Christmas Lights

We were playing Christmas music in our car the other day to get us motivated to start promoting the holiday designs that we created a few months ago. While we'll certainly do that, the festive tunes also inspired us to create a new design. It features colorful holiday lights and our take on the phrase "My favorite color is Christmas lights" in a festive typeface that's shaped like a decorated tree.
It's now available at our Zazzle, RedBubble and Society6 stores (Links at right).

- Lynne Sabean

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Why mandalas are not "petri dishes sitting on top of doilies"

We love creating intricate one-of-a-kind mandalas from our own photographs.

We do our best to honor their heritage as sacred art and we love how they add a bohemian touch to the home.

So imagine our delight when arguably the country's largest real estate web site recently featured a paid post about two things we love: The Property Brothers and kaleidoscope art.

We adored the kaleidoscope art feature wall, thinking it looked a lot like some of the "feature walls" we saw in home decorating magazines a few years back. Then we read the article's copy.

Apparently, one of the Brothers compared the pattern to "petri dishes sitting on doilies." Ouch!

Yes, we get that boho chic isn't everyone's taste and that when you're selling your home, you want it to appeal to as many people as possible. We also understand that part of the show's formula is to point out the supposed failings of the home's owners to properly stage their home on their own. But, wow, that was harsh!

We think the Brothers could have advised their clients that a great way to add eclectic charm to their home is through great wall art that can be moved room to room and brought with them when they relocate. And in our fantasies, they would have directed their clients to our Curioos site for art like this:

- Lynne Sabean

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Two New Mandalas, Exclusively at Curioos

We get particularly inspired by the colors of autumn. Here are a few new mandalas we hope you'll "fall" for...

And here's what they'd look like in a home or office:

They're available exclusively at our Curioos store.

- Lynne Sabean

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Design: Window to the World Mandala

Another new mandala design:

This teal and silver one is based on our photograph of vintage windows with peeling paint.

It's currently available at our Curioos and FineArtAmeria stores; coming soon to some of our other print-on-demand vendors,

- Lynne Sabean

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Designs on Society6

We recently updated our Society6 store to add hundreds of fresh products for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas:

We know different people like different print-on-demand vendors, so we do our best to be everywhere you are.

- Lynne Sabean

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New Design: Spring Fantasy Floral Mandala

With our holiday designs essentially complete, we've turned our attention back to making mandalas. This pretty design is based on our photograph of light pink and yellow summer flowers.

It's currently available on Curioos and FineArtAmerica; coming soon to some of our other print-on-demand vendors.

- Lynne Sabean

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We're Giving Away What Others Charge For

Last night, we listened to a podcast about a man who made more than $250K in one year with one of the print-on-demand t-shirt vendors we also use. He didn't do it the way other people do: with one or more trendy designs. Instead, he went to local businesses and charged them $250 each to set up new storefront and upload the companies' logos for them. While we applaud his entrepreneurial spirit, that's just not the way we do business.

  • First of all, it takes only a few minutes to get up a storefront with most POD vendors;
  • Next, most companies already have high resolution versions of their logos that can be uploaded in seconds;
  • Third, most companies already have robust mailing lists which they can use to alert their customers about their new t-shirts and other branded products;
  • Also, his business model dried up when his PoD vendor got a waiting list and became available "by invitation only";
  • And finally, we think the guy was actually leaving money in the table by not setting up an arrangement where he'd get a modest fee for sales of those products. While he won't get $250 up front, he'd be building a passive income stream going forward.

In contrast, here's how we prefer to do things: we will help you set up your own Zazzle storefront at no charge to you. All we ask is that you add one or more of our products in your store's offerings. So why would we do this for essentially free, when others charge a consulting fee to do something similar? It's actually pretty simple:

  • You can easily figure this stuff out on your own, but it's still nice to have some hand-holding;
  • We know that most people will link to more than one of our products once they see them;
  • We don't want a "one-off" transaction: we want to build ongoing business relationships;
  • Our success is tied to yours: do a great job selling our products and we make royalties and you make a referral fee; and
  • You'll enjoy working with us so much that when you're looking for help with special media marketing, you'll consider hiring our sister company, ThinkJanusian.

Ready to start? Send us an e-mail.

- Lynne Sabean