So, now that the rain seems to have cleared out for good and daylight savings time has wreaked havoc on my groggy, sleep-deprived brain, I think we can safely say spring has arrived. I'm planning on adding a flurry of new items to my shop. However, in the past I've always felt kind of frazzled about big overhauls and tend to second-guess myself a lot. Should I take that papercut down or shouldn't I? Should I reshoot photos of that cuff or not?
This year, I thought I'd run my basic ideas for spring cleaning by you guys. What's a good idea? What's not?
1. Which pieces, if any, should I take down from my shop?
2. Would you be interested in a section dedicated to a new line of "printable goods"? (I was thinking of offering DIY coloring cards/booklets featuring my original artwork, stationary sets, greeting cards, etc.)
3. Should I offer custom portraits/silhouettes/papercuts? I did two portraits for friends, incorporating the more surreal elements of my papercuts and silhouettes, and they said they thought this sort of thing would be a good addition to the shop. Dunce that I am, I forgot to take pictures of the portraits. But here are a few pieces that exemplify the style:
Pros: It would give me a chance to work one-on-one with Etsy shoppers and maybe expand my portfolio.
Cons: Very time-consuming - portraits wouldn't be available on a short deadline due to my own schedule, and because of the extra time spent brainstorming I might have to charge more - and possibly just too complicated. Plus it doesn't seem like there's high demand.
4. Your suggestions/questions!