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. 

 

There can only be one…

We have a winner!

Random GeneratorUsing the True Random Number Generator from Random.org we find ourselves with lucky number 2. And who is lucky number 2 you ask?

WAYNE ALLEN, Come on down!!!!!!!

You are the lucky winner of the “Establish a House” Poster!!!

SubwayPoster_smallShoot me an email with your address and I will put that baby in the mail ASAP.

Congratulations Wayne! Thanks for being one of the first to like my page.

As for the rest of you…womp womp.

Sorry but you did not win. But I still appreciate you so so much!!!

And all is not lost. You may not get a free poster, but I am also happy to announce the opening of my new online store!

Ding, ding, ding, ding.

So head on over to tanniesmith.com to see what’s for sale. And yes, the “Establish a House” poster is on the list. So you can now turn that frown upside down. :-)

Have a great weekend everybody!!!

Best Wedding Ever – Part 1 – Invitations

It was the best wedding ever. And that is saying something, because mine was pretty awesome too. ;-)

If you have been following, then you are aware that my brother Alex got married a couple of weekends ago; to one super awesome chicka! You can see the happy couple below.

Yay for love!

I have been dying to share all about it and was going to cram it all into one post. But then I realized it would have to be titled “The Longest Post About a Wedding…Ever.” And while that IS a good title, I thought I would take into account the poor people who have to actually read the thing.

You are welcome dear Reader.

Here is the breakdown as to what will happen over the next three days posts.

1. Invitations

2. San Francisco

3. Austin

If you didn’t use your Deductive Reasoning Powers on my list, then I will explain that we had two receptions. One in California and one in Texas. That way all sides of the family could get down and par-tay. The official Ceremony was in California. But no more on that! This particular post is not dedicated to items two or three. It dedicated to item one!

So what exactly made this particular wedding “The Best Wedding Ever?” Even better than my own (barely)? Well one of the reasons is they were able to hire one of the best Retired Graphic Designers around! I am humbly referring to myself of course! ;-) Being family, I really upped my rates. They had to pay full price on Love and Adoration. Meanwhile compliments had to be thrown in frequently, otherwise a high interest rate for High Fives would be thrown in.

Ok, let’s be serious now.

I loved working on the invites. They wanted to have a true western ho-down for their reception. So Camille and Alex wanted invitations with a western slant to them. How fun for me! It is really tricky to do wedding invitations with a theme, without getting too cheesy. So it was fun for me to try to find just the right balance between Western and Classy. Also this let me dust off the ‘ol typography skills and really have some Font Fun.

Without further ado…oh wait, there is some more ado. Most of the addresses on the invite were public places, so I left them visible. However, I did block out my parents address. So please ignore the random black bar you see. It is not part of the design.

NOW without further ado…Voila!

The picture is showing up darker than I care for, but you get the gist. What you have there is the front and back of the main invitation and then the smaller card is the front and back of the ceremony invite. Only a select few were invited to the actual ceremony.

Here is a run down of how you would have seen it in the mail.

At the top, you can see how I designed the card to create a sort of frame when the picture is in place. Behind the picture is the ceremony invite, if you got one. All of it was held together by a brown paper band that lined up with the brown horizontal line on the card. You can see the whole thing disassembled on the bottom two pictures. We used brown envelopes and silver mailing labels.

I am Pleased as Punch at how these turned out. If you are thinking, “Hmmm, maybe I could get Tannie to do something for me?” The answer is “Sorry Charlie.” No such luck. This was a special favor for my brother. You can read why I don’t design anymore here.

These invitations really helped set the tone for the receptions that followed. People really got into the theme and we had a great positive reaction to the invitations. I don’t know if you can’t tell, but I have a hard time being humble about these cards. Sometimes when you get it right, you don’t feel like toning it down. Anyone out there get that?

Stay tuned to see how we Gussied it up in Cali and showed them all how to Texas Two-Step!