Streamlining

Hello Smithocrats

I am here to announce A Change.  It is a Change that I have been thinking about for a while and The Time has finally come. I need to streamline my life a bit and that means consolidating a few things.  Up till now I have managed two separate websites and two separate blogs.  The Smithocracy and my own website tanniesmith.com.  Well, as in most things in life, you can either do many things mediocre or a few things excellently. I prefer to strive for excellence.

I recently did a complete overhaul and rebrand of my artist site and that is where I will now be spending my time.  The Smithocracy will live on, but in its new home on the tanniesmith website.  I will still talk about home updates as they happen and share amazing dance videos to bless our lives.  I will also continue to share about my art and illustration and other creative things, as I have done on that other blog.  I can no longer live a double life and it is time to be whole once more!

So I invite you to switch your loyalties and follow me there.  You can subscribe via RSS or email.  You can also follow me on my official  Facebook page.  The Smithocracy Facebook page will also begin to phase out.  In an ideal world I could just take all you wonderful subscribers and followers over there with me and no one would know the difference.  The reality is, I am sure, I will lose some of you.  That is ok. Its a Smithocracy not a Smithtatorship. So you are free to follow or not.  However to those who do make the switch with me…Thank you so so much!!  Your effort in our online friendship is appreciated.

So here is the official plan.  For the next few weeks I will leave this post for people to ginf and read. After that time period (prolly like a month-ish) I will begin having The Smithocracy auto forward straight to the new blog.  I am maintaining the domain name, because it’s mine and I feel attached to it. But all things Tannie and Smith and Tannie Smith and Smithocracy will be pointing to the same spot on the interwebs.

So pack your bags and come along with me!  See you in the new home!

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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. 

 

Giveaway!!!!!!

How exciting, a giveaway!

I have been a Busy Beaver lately and now it is time to show you what I have been up to. I have recently re-branded my art studio.

What? You didn’t know I had an art studio?

Well fear not. I don’t.

Not in the physical sense…yet. Dan and I are in the process of building/designing it as I type. (future post for you to look forward too.) However, I am still an artist, so therefore my whole house is an art studio. ;-) Anyway, lets get back on track. Yes, I have an art studio, and I have a website, and I teach summer art classes to kids ages 8-18. It is a lot of fun. I had a cute little site, that I had thrown together last minute and it served it’s purpose. But it was not my style. So for the past few days/weeks I have been building a new website and gearing up for my next summer sessions of art classes. Check out the new site here.

Here is a screen shot for you lazier lookers.

tanniesmith.com

I also created a new facebook page.

facebookpageSo in honor of my online Grand Opening (see I can grand open online, even if it’s not ready here at home) I am going to do a giveaway. And what am I giving away you ask?

You may remember this guy from this post.

SubwayPoster_smallYep, that is right. I am giving away a print of my “Establish a House” poster. It is a smaller print, not 8 feet tall, but still about as tall as a movie poster.

“OH MY GOODNESS TANNIE, WHAT CAN I POSSIBLY DO TO GET THIS POSTER!!!!

Wow, calm down reader. Simple. When my new facebook page reaches 50 likes I will do a drawing. So it’s as simple as going to https://www.facebook.com/createdbytanniesmith and liking my page. If you don’t want to wait forever, then I suggest you suggest that others do the same. :-)

Once I hit the 50 likes mark, then I will do a traditional random number drawing and we will have our winner. FYI, you don’t have to just be interested in art classes to want to like that page. It will be where I showcase all my art projects. So if I forget to brag here (unlikely) then it will definitely be there. So if you like art, of any kind, then like me. :-)

This is also fun, because I also hit my 100 posts mark. So two things to celebrate about. Whoo!

P.S. You can still like The Smithocracy too. No one will get jealous.