Things always take a little longer than I think they will, like reorganizing my studio. This 8′ x 10′ room where I create my paintings, make all my stuff, frame all my art, and store all the materials to do all that and even store many of the finished items has always been a little too small. In the summer I’ll sometimes take projects outside but I can’t do that in winter. Last holiday season when I was doing all of that at the same time and looked back over the previous quarter when I’d tried to step up production on my handmade goods, I found I had the time, the materials and the initiative, but not the space.
After Christmas I took a little time off and gave the studio a good sorting, moved things around, found appropriate storage and decided to replace one of my storage cabinets with a countertop with storage underneath and above so that I’d have another work surface. That means I can mat and frame art and make keepsake boxes at the same time. I can hand print special note cards with multiple colors that have to dry between each coat and not tie up all the work space in my studio for a week. And that means that producing new items each month for Sampler Boxes, e-newsletters and for my online shop and for festivals and art shows really is possible, just as I thought it was.
So now, we can get back to business.
Sampler Boxes, Order April’s Box Now
Above is a photo of the contents of my August 2016 Sampler Box. If you’re not familiar with my sampler box program, here is my outline.
About the Sampler Box Program
I’m offering a sampler box with a single box or a three month box subscription which will include the following items:
- a 5″ x 7″ or 8” x 10” print matted and ready to frame OR a small framed print, either an existing piece of artwork or a new one
- an alternate print of any size, unmatted, different from the main print in media, style, subject, etc.
- several greeting cards: a sympathy card, feline art card, feline photo card, non-feline greeting card and two or more note cards, current designs and new designs
- a handmade or other gift item—a small keepsake box or a little art sampler book, a polymer clay or ceramic item, screen-printed dishtowel, tote bag, crocheted item or rubber stamp, new art paper, for instance—which is exclusive to box recipients and not shared with the public for a week or so after boxes are sent
- the “boxes” are not boxes at all because they vary so much in content so they are carefully wrapped with wrapping paper made from my designs that you can reuse
These can be things your use for yourself or give as gifts or donation items to shelter or rescue or other fundraisers. Sometimes they’ll be little experiments and I’ll be asking for feedback. I’ll be happy that you get to see art you may have never noticed, and little handmade goods that work so much better in your hands than a photo on your computer.
Contents for 2017
I relied pretty heavily on cards to get my images to you last year, in part because I couldn’t get enough variety and quantity of handmade goods done in time each month. This year I’ll be cutting back on one or two cards and adding a small extra gift item or two along with the premium gift item that is always included only in sampler boxes when it’s first introduced.
I typically ship the current month’s sampler box during the second week of the month. Now that I have more space to make more handmade goods at the same time I can ship earlier. April’s, however, will still ship in the second week.
Sign up for your Sampler Box, or for a subscription to three boxes
Each sampler box is only $35.00 or a three box subscription is $100.00. It’s a great way to get things for yourself or to use as gifts or even donation items. You can read about Sampler Boxes here on The Creative Cat or go to the Feline Sampler Box Program page on Portraits of Animals to see all my Feline Sampler Boxes from 2016, and from there you can also browse my selection of greeting cards, feline artwork, feline photography and hand made and other gift items that I choose from to include in the boxes.
You can also sign up for a Feline Sampler Box individual or subscription right here.
Note that I also offer other Sampler Boxes:
- to Animal Professionals with contents specific to the needs, customers and vendors of veterinary clinics, businesses that serve or cater to animals and animal-loving people, and rescues
- to Retail and Wholesale customers who would like to resell my merchandise
- to general Art and Merchandise customers which would include nature-themed items, florals, city scenes and abstracts
You can sign up for an Animal Professionals and Retail and Wholesale Customers sampler box here too.
If you have any questions about the sampler boxes or any gift items, please contact me. I’ll be glad to answer your questions. My Creative Cats and I are looking to a long and creative year.
Mimi approves of the contents of my July 2016 Sampler Box.
Take a look at other new merchandise and featured artwork.
Marketplace is a feature on The Creative Cat to share the latest coming out of my studio with my readers. Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop”.
Read about creating custom items
Find out more about creating custom items for your own home using the images you see here. Visit the “Ordering Custom Art” page to see samples and read bout how to order.
Find out about events and festivals where you can find me and my work.
Sign up for my e-newsletter (below), check the widget on the sidebar on my home page, or sign up to receive posts on Portraits of Animals Marketplace. I plan on plenty of events this coming summer in the Pittsburgh area.
It’s all done under the close and careful supervision of my studio cats!
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All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission, although links to your site are more than welcome and are shared. Please ask if you are interested in using and image or story in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of an image or a product including it, check my animal and nature website Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.
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Weekly schedule of features:
Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life
Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters
Tuesday: Rescue Stories
Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork
Thursday: New Merchandise
Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy
Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats
And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!