Habitual Habitat of the Amy

I kept reading advice columns for how to bring sales to your etsy shop, and one thing they all said is to get a blog.

I can't say this blog has boosted my etsy sales, but it has given me yet another outlet for talking about myself, and that can't be bad--can it?

The direct link to the Etsy shop is HERE

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


So this one, let's see.  I made the pattern a long time ago, but for some reason I made the pattern too big--I think I just didn't check the size before I started cleaning up the clip art I was working with (this one barely resembles the original), and didn't notice until I was finished that it was 105x119 beads--which is HUGE by beaded tapestry standards.

So I scaled it down to a nice 79x89 beads, but even that was too large, so I made a 60x65 version, and that's the one that I beaded.  You can see it for sale on Etsy: Merman Beaded Tapestry.  But that merman has many flaws, so I found myself wanting to make a second one.

Only this time I went with the larger pattern--the in-between one, specifically.

It works out some of the flaws of the smaller piece, especially the flaws that were from color choices, but he's got a few issues of his own (you can see the side bulging by his hand, for one) I do like it, though, and I'm not sure if I'll sell it or not--try to sell it, that is. I don't know if I should have two mermen tapestries up at the same time, though, so for now we're just going with the pattern.

Why a merman? Well, all you ever see is mermaids, and female fairies, ect. And while I like mermaids and female fairies, I've always felt that the playing field could be a bit more even; why should I, as a girl, have to see scantily clad women fey/mermaids/whatevers? Why can't I see scantily-clad male fairies? and when you DO see males from fairy-tale/myth, it's old Tritan, or a knight in full armor or a prince who's not pretty but has a nice personality.

I like to think of this as evening out the playing field. Equality goes both ways, you know.

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