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Win a Free Tee Shirt!!! Vote on your favorite Feisty Owl Studio ad for BUST Magazine

In order to give myself some incentive (i.e. a swift kick in the ass) to get my Etsy shop up to par, I bought an advertisement in one of my favorite magazines, BUST. 

My ad is a small one, about 2 by 2.75 inches and will be featured in print and online. So, keep in mind that the ad will look like it does below (small), not like the bigger version you get when you click on the image.


I’ve created 4 ads so far and I’m looking for opinions. Which one of these ads would make you most likely to check out my website?

Please vote on which one is your favorite. If you want to give me more detailed feedback about what you specifically like or don’t like, that’s great but make sure you also let me know which one is your favorite, as is.

In order to give you an incentive, I’ll randomly pick one person who votes to receive a FREE TEE SHIRT (or onesie*) of your choice!

You can leave your choice in a comment here on this blog post, send me an email or comment on facebook. You have until next Thursday, June 13th to vote and I’ll announce the tee shirt winner on June 14th.


Bust Ad # 1

Bust Ad # 1


Bust Ad # 2

Bust Ad # 2


Bust Ad # 3

Bust Ad # 3


Bust Ad # 4

Bust Ad # 4


Happy Voting!

* sorry the onesies only come in baby sizes, so if you were looking for an adult onesie…..ummm, yeah.


Lessons Learned and I score Raging Bitch Soap

First of all, here’s the picture that made it into the Westword’s article on Art by Craft:

So, last post I said there were lessons learned and here are some:

1. You can’t control the weather, but it can affect your sales. Who wants to leave their house on the first cold rainy/snowy day of the year? Not me! And not a lot of potential shoppers who may have otherwise come to the Overland craft fair.

2. The other types of vendors at a fair can affect your sales. It’s hard to compete against people who don’t handcraft their items but buy them in bulk from a cheap foreign market.

3. Related to the last lesson – the type of people who attend a fair need to be a good match for your product. The Art by Craft crowd was much more suited to my goods than the Overland crowd. Even though less people came to the AbC, more stopped to look at my table and expressed interest in what I had made.

4. If you need to buy a cashbox, go for the old fashioned kind with the latch on the outside – not the new fangled push button type with the opening mechanism inside and unreachable when it get’s jammed!

5. Having a friend at a craft fair makes low sales much less painful.

6. Kids seem to like my tee shirt designs – at least the cool kids do : )

7. You can sometimes find someone to trade with at a craft fair, like I did. I traded a Feisty Penguin kids tee shirt with Naughty Nicki at Believe Skin Care for some AWESOME soap. My favorite is called ‘Raging Bitch’. I have to admit I was skeptical when she offered it to me and I saw it was honey tobacco scented. Not because I have an aversion to tobacco, but because I love it. As a former smoker, I told her I was afraid of relapse, but she assured me that her soap would not provoke me to go out and buy a pack of marlboros. And she was right, it smells so good. It also keeps its scent really well and I can smell it each time I walk past the shower. Delicious! Oh yeah, and it’s made with beer. How cool!

8. Getting ready for a craft fair (or two) is a lot of work!

9. Some people just won’t get your work. Or like it. And that’s a good thing. I had one woman at the AbC who looked at my tee shirts with a grimace and then shook her head in apparent disgust and walked away. At first I was like, ‘wow, that was rude!’, but then I realized that I was happy that my stuff even provoked a reaction. This reminds me of a quote that I really like and I think it sums up this lesson nicely.  “Love me or hate me, but spare me your indifference.” ~Libbie Fudim

10. Sales, like life, have their ups and downs. So, just when you think that no one wants to buy what you have made – someone will come along with a super fantastic order – renewing your hope and enthusiasm!

Feisty Owl gets a friend

Feisty Owl has been a little lonely since her introduction into the world last year, so I’ve created a friend for her.

Introducing…. Feisty Penguin! aka Pete the Penguin when he’s not working.

I had a goal at the beginning of the year to introduce new products and new designs and so far I’ve been accomplishing that swimmingly. I’ve created:

greeting cards













tee shirts


I’ve come up with several new designs, including:


and kissing fish

just to name a few.

Anyway, feisty friends are the best. I’ve got some, how about you?