New work in my Etsy shop

I’ve added some new pictures to my Etsy shop. This is part of the on-going work to move all my on-line sales to Etsy, which has better payment and ordering options. Anyway, if you fancy taking a look, here it is.

It’s surprising how much work it takes to do this. Nine new pictures have taken me most of the afternoon. One of the hardest parts is writing the descriptions. This means getting the maps out, tracking my position and what’s in the frame, what the hill tops are, what the valley features are, etc. Worth it though, I’ve been told that this detail is part of what makes my Etsy shop interesting.

I also have to make the framed shot for each picture. For each one I have the full size shot, plus a shot of the print inside a frame. I cheat to do this. I took a picture of an empty frame, then I composite the actual image into the empty frame. The end result is indistinguishable from reality except for the lack of the signature and title in the mount border.

My new Etsy shop

I’ve just opened up an Etsy shop for on-line selling. People have been able to buy from my personal site for some time but the experience, although nicely personal, seems a little clunky to me. The Etsy interface gives me, and the potential customer, some nice advantages:

  • Pay by credit/debit card or PayPal
  • Easier to specify the size you want
  • Much less confusing for the buyer to specify which picture they want
  • The ability for me to show shots of the picture in a frame alongside the full size image

Also, for me, it gives me some extra exposure as Etsy is a very popular site for people looking for hand-made arts and crafts. Why don’t you pop over and take a look? It would be nice to get some view statistics that weren’t either me or my wife 🙂 And comments and feedback would be most welcome.