Talk Like A Pirate

It be talk like a pirate day. Arrrrr. Head on over to the art blog to see a piratey print and enjoy some good ‘ol pirate gab.

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Store Chore

Hello friends. I hope life is good out in internet land.  I have been busy taking care of my “other sites.”  That’s right, I have been cheating on The Smithocracy.  Never fear dear reader, The Smithocracy is safe.  However you may or may not be aware that when I am quiet over here, I am being loud elsewhere.  tanniesmith.com has gotten a makeover lately.  I’ve reorganized the portfolio and updated (read completely changed) the store. But the biggest news, is that I added a blog!  Now there is a place for me to talk about what is coming out of the art studio these days.  I would love it if you would check it out and send any feed back my way.  I am hoping to get a little more personal in the process of each piece and give people a behind the scenes kind of look on some of the art I create. Whether it be a simple sketch or a major piece.

Also you can now follow me on instagram, not just as The Smithocracy, but as @createdby_tanniesmith.  This is my artagram, I guess you would say.  An easy way to see what I am currently up to day to day.

But the title of this post is Store Chore. That is because setting up the store has been a HUGE chore!  Also it rhymes in a clever and convenient way.

Up till now I have been selling prints of my work directly from…well…me.  However that has been somewhat of a pain.  To keep track of orders, make sure things are packaged rightl and sent to the right place. To print and print and print, till the right color, layout etc. finally come out…I’m over it. I have officially turned all that over to a few online art sites.

The main site is Fine Art America. They will be my main supplier and are handling the store that is actually built into my personal website.  They offer way better prints than I can, as well as canvas and acrylic prints. They even sell my work at the original sizes I created it for.  So if you have been one of the many trying to steal my World Map piece, well stop it. You can have one of your own now.  Nearly full size too. Or teeny tiny, if you’d rather.

The World by Tannie Smith

Or if you wanted the “Establish a House” poster as giant as I have it, you can do that too!

Establish a House | Tannie Smith

Establish a House | Tannie SmithThey even sell it in the full size on stretched canvas.  oooooo ahhhhhhh.  That’s nicer than I have it!  Imma gonna have to get that.

My point is that they give you choices, and I don’t have to do all the heavy lifting.  Just keep creating.

I’m also using some other sites for items such as pillows, mugs, t-shirts, stickers, you get the idea. Some of the stuff is super cute on other products.  Like I totally want this “A is for…” pillow for Austin’s room.

A is for... | Tannie Smith

I made that and didn’t even know it could be so Awesome.  A is also for awesome ;-)

And I can’t even decide which “Robot” item to get for Logan.

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So can you see why I decided to outsource?  They can do a way better job than I.

So please check it all out. (links below)  Let me know what you think.  If you see something that you like comment below!  Perhaps if there is one popular item, I can do a giveaway…just saying…

Also if you could tell me about what your user experience was like on each store. I am sort of testing a couple of these out, not sure if I will stick with them.  Fine Art America is here to stay.  I love what they have to offer.  The others, I am still not so sure of.

Feedback makes me feel like the Store is less Chore and more…um…Adore? What rhymes with chore that means fun? *shrugs*

My Store Links

Tannie Smith

Fine Art America – Prints, canvas, originals

Society 6 – prints, iPhone cases, pillows, mugs, totes, clocks, t-shirts

Red Bubble – stickers, prints, t-shirts pillows

 

P.S.  Wow you guys have been keeping my stats bar busy lately.  Thanks so much!! Do me a solid and show me who you are by liking the Created By site on Facebook. Or keep showing The Smithocracy the love.  Either way, we feel special. 

 

…and we’re back!

Soooooo I’m not sure what to say after such a long and awkward silence. There is some coughing and clearing of the throat. Some eye shifting, wondering who should go next. That nervous laugh…

…lets just dive right in shall we?

LAST TIME ON THE SMITHOCRACY (radio show announcer voice)

I left you with the knowledge that we completed the Art Studio. How fun! I promised to share all the wonderful projects that came out of that. And share I shall! Let’s first start with the floor.

Ahhhhhhhh the beautiful, beautiful floor.

Art Studio |The SmithocracyI LOVE this floor. I L-O-V-E this FLOOR!  I even LURVE it. I wish you could reach in and touch it. Anyone that comes to the Smithocracy in Real Life, I make touch the floor. It is so silky soft. Seriously get down and rub your face on it. Ahhhhhh Smoooooooth.

So how did this floor get here. Well it came from the big Orange Box.

boxes_floorIt is Tiger Striped Engineered Bamboo. We chose to get the click and lock for easy install. Once it was home, we had to let it get climatized for a few days. So we introduced it to it’s future home and left it to itself. Once Mr. Tiger was acquainted, it was time to do something about the carpet.

pullingbackcarpetThis was really easy. Just pull it back and roll, roll, roll. Easy enough that we recruited the best helpers.

goodhelpersA little tougher was removing the rug. But not as tough as we expected.

removingcarpetpadAnd when I say we, I mean Dan. I actually did not do a single thing on this project. I was the supervisor. Which means I took pictures and said “good job,” “looks great,” “your amazing.” All those supportive things that helps ensure future project help.

Here the pad is removed and Dan celebrates with an awkward pose.

carpetgoneawkwardstanceWe (again, by we I mean Dan) did have to do a little scraping to remove the old carpet pad remnants. However, I don’t know if it is because of the newness of the house, or if the installation was poor, but the pad came off a lot easier than we supposed. Huzzah!

Next it was time for the new pad. This is a layer that you put between the wood floors and the cement. It helps with squeaks and protects it from moisture from coming up. So don’t skip this step. There are a lot of options, so pick the one you think works best for your situation.

helperOnce that was done it was time to start installing.

This is where I learned a new kind of math. I have been suspicious of this math for a while, but this project confirmed it.

New Project = New Tool

The right toolUsing this math, Dan drove to Orange Box and got himself the perfect table saw. This actually is necessary for all the cutting that needs to be done. But you, dear reader can borrow one, or rent one for a much better price. Unless you too are married to a Dan. A Dan will insist it must live permanently at your house or else he will pout for a very long time. And no one wants that.

For the most part, the install went rather quickly. If I remember right, it was about 2 days.There are so many sites that explain how to do it, that it seems silly to repeat it. So just know it involves cutting, fitting, snapping, snapping, snapping, snapping, snapping, cutting, fitting, snapping, snapping…you get the picture.

And here is a picture to get!

almostdone Soon it was complete!

While I was gone one day, Dan installed the quarter-rounds and finished up the trim. So sorry, no pictures of that part of the process.

Voila!

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finalPhew! I never worked so hard in my life! ;-)

Here is a close-up for Mr. DeMille.

floorcloseupIt’s so pretty!! I can’t even get it in picture form correctly!  Just lay on it and love it, and pet it and tell it it’s pretty.

So there you have it, the story of the floor. I am not sure if you picked up one that fact that we are fans. Do you have a project you love so much you want to name it?

P.S. If you follow me on facebook than you know exactly why it has been so quiet. Just one of the benefits of being a fully fledged Smithocrat. :-)