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A New Year, A New World

Regency illustration, girl reading book, Tara Fly Art

We’ve survived the first week of January…. I’m assuming you’ve survived, too, if you’re reading this post. Do ghosts communicate via the Internet? I wonder.

I dropped a bombshell on my friends and family ~ many of whom weren’t aware of our situation until this post was published last week. Needless to say, I’ve received e-mails inquiring how we’re doing, whether or not “we’re okay” …along with well-intentioned folks who are sending their thoughts and prayers. Hey, I won’t turn down a helpful prayer, or a free dinner.

I haven’t written everyone back yet. Sorry Mom! I do intend to write and explain a bit better…

But we’re doing fine.

I’m working full-time at the bakery, which doesn’t leave me a lot of “studio time” – but ironically, I was able to finish a painting that I’d started two months ago, before Thanksgiving! Yay!

Pilgrim Cat Art, Goodwife Kitty in Colonial Dress, Tara Fly Art

The female Pilgrim Cat ~ Goodwife Kitty ~ is finally ready for her journey to a New World. Where will she land?
Her male counterpart is still a work-in-progress, but I’m hoping to finish him by the end of this week.

Joe is holding up well, playing Mr. Housewife. He had a few rough patches in the beginning… our 4-year-old daughter and almost 3-year-old son are both going through “stages”. Moody, crying, demanding, destructive, mischievous stages.

Not news to you or me, right? *winking*

The weather has been unusually warm for January, occasionally reaching 60 degrees F, so I’ve taken the kids outside to the park… and Joe has escaped with his camera in search of new photo opportunities.

Arched Tree and Path, Sharpsburg Antietam, MD Tara Fly Photography

We added a few photo prints to our new Etsy shop ~ TaraFlyPhotography ~ and when I get a bit more time, I’ll list more. There are plenty more to add!
I’ve been showing him the ins-and-outs of Etsy, but I’m not sure he’s comfortable listing items on his own yet.

I received my new paper from Epson, and it is marvelous! I’m absolutely in love with Cold Press paper… (Hot Press is nice, too!). I recently printed something using my Ultra Premium Presentation paper, previously used for all my reproduction prints, and couldn’t believe how thin it felt in my hands!

I mean, UPPP is thick paper relatively speaking; it’s 192 gsm …versus 120-150 gsm for regular card-stock, 75 gsm for copy paper, and 35 gsm for tissue paper.

GSM stands for Grams per Square Meter, and is the (ISO) international paper industry’s standard for weighing papers of different sizes and thicknesses.

The new fine art papers I’ve purchased weigh a whopping 340 gsm per sheet! No wonder the presentation paper now feels flimsy by comparison. :P

All of my 5″x7″, 8″x10″, 11″x14″ and larger prints will now be printed on Cold Press Epson papers, and occasionally Epson’s Hot Press paper (which also weighs in @ 330 gsm).
The ACEO cards, greeting cards, bookmarks, etc. will continue to be printed on Ultra Premium Presentation paper… for now.

I’ve increased the prices slightly in my Etsy shop for the 5″x7″ and 11″x14″ prints, but I’m currently keeping the 8″x10″ prints at $20.00 …. I feel comfortable with those prices at the moment.
(Note: The prices of our photography prints in the new shop are slightly different, and reflect the average market value of photography on Etsy)


In other news, now that Joe is completely on board with me… we’ve been having serious talks about stocking up on supplies, buying a tent and 6′ table(s), and applying to local Farmer’s Markets this spring/summer. I would really like to get out of the house and sell face-to-face this year, as I’ve been wishfully promising to do every year.

I think 2012 will be – The Year – I’ll finally take my next step. Will you join me?

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