I am a widow. I am a mother. I am a grandmother. I'm also an artist.
I create...Steampunk Art, Fairytale Art, Fantasy Tree Art and my own 'signature' Creeper Art.
For more years than I care to remember, I worked for the 'other guy'...long hours, low pay and not much appreciation. In 2004, I decided to 'retire', withdrew the few dollars (I am not kidding...it was a very small amount) in my 401K...took a huge hit for early withdrawal...and bought a computer, a camera, a printer and some art supplies and....I went into business for myself.
I was just getting a good start when my husband was diagnosed with cancer and lost the battle after only one year of treatments, surgeries and fighting the "good fight". On top of losing my husband, I had also lost our life insurance when I 'retired'.
Needless to say, I suddenly found myself alone, broke and in a very dark and depressing place. The direction my art took (since I still needed to create in order to pay the bills) was also pretty dark and depressing. But, through all of that, my 'creepers' emerged to help me through the different stages of grief; my 'melancholy girls' reflected my stages of depression and then hope and finally my 'steampunk girls' emerged with the spunk and determination of one who vows to 'keep on, keeping on'.
Since my current sales cover the basic costs of operating my business with a little left over for bills, I am unable to build on what I currently have in my online Shop.
I put together this Kickstarter project in the hope that I can obtain funds to be able to offer:
Steampunk Art: Postcards and Postcard Sets, Greeting Cards and Greeting Card Sets and some very cool pendants, bracelets and rings in time for the upcoming Holiday Season.
I currently have a shop called Rustic Goth where I offer a large number of different sized prints and a few original paintings but, my inventory is limited because of the costs involved in adding the postcards, greeting cards and Steampunk costume jewelry to my collectors and buyers through my Etsy Shop.
It is my hope to raise $1,000 to use as follows:
24 Designs (25 Count each) Steampunk Art Postcards = $240.00 25 Sets of 10 Steampunk Greeting Cards w/ Envelopes = $250.00 50 Steampunk Art Jewelry ( all the supplies needed ) = $350.00 200 Double Sided Steampunk Art Bookmarks = $ 75.00
Whatever is left will be used to help cover my cost of shipping the rewards with my gratitude.
Since it will take an average of two to three weeks to get the items back from the printer and get all the jewelry findings ordered and received and then it will take another two to three weeks to make the jewelry items, package and send all the rewards...etc...I have opted to run the project for only two weeks.
If I reach my goal, I should begin to have the new items in my Shop within a month. Steampunk Art Jewelry will be added once I have enough pieces created to offer a nice variety, so that may take closer to six weeks.
And...my Backers will be the FIRST to get the Postcards, Greeting Cards and Bookmarks!!
If I exceed my goal, I will also be able to make 2013 Steampunk Art wall calendars available.
I guess if it's 'meant' to be....it will.....If not....well...then I won't be offering these cool new items in my Shop this fall:)
The images used in my video are just a few of the Steampunk Art images that will be used in the postcards and greeting cards.
The music in the video is titled, "Alchemists Tower".
- (14 days)