A few years ago, I had a shop on Etsy selling my illustrated handmade goods such as notebooks, tumblers, stickers, and other paper goods. As much as I like unwinding by making stuff by hand, my purpose for selling on Etsy was not to uplift the handmade movement or whatever, but because I liked having my work on tangible products and making it accessible to whoever’s interested in owning something with my design on it. Unfortunately, due to time constraints and a shift in priorities, I closed shop almost two years ago. Making things with my illustrations on them was taking up the time I should be illustrating.
Society6 solves that problem. A few months ago, I signed up on Society6, a place where artists can upload their work and have customers buy their artwork as prints, shirts, canvas bags, and iPhone cases, among others. Society6 produces and ships the merchandise for the artist so all the artist has to do is prepare the work and upload it on the site. I thought I’d try it out, and fortunately, I’ve had some luck with sales there even with hardly any promotion from my end (some of my illustrations got selected to be showcased on the Society6 shop, so that helped a lot).
Here are some of what’s available on my shop:
Art prints and tote bags – this design is currently my bestseller.
Hoodies and t-shirts
iPhone cases. I have the one on the left.
Canvas tote bags
Society6’s newest product, throw pillows
To be honest, though, since I’m overseas and Society6 is based in the US (read: shipping can be expensive), the only thing I’ve tried ordering from them is an iPhone case. I found the print quality to be pretty good, though. I’ve yet to see the quality of their other products in person, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about them.
Another good thing about Society6 is that every so often, they run artist promotions where they enable artists to offer discounts for their customers, and sometimes they offer free worldwide shipping on all orders, too. I took advantage of the free shipping promo when I ordered my own iPhone case, actually.
Check out my Society6 shop (I’ll be adding new and old designs every now and then) and LIKE my Facebook page as well so you’ll be the first to know whenever there’s a discount or free shipping promo being offered. 🙂
It’s been a year since my Japan trip, and I still have not finished my Japan travel journal. Seeing its been a year and there have been other trips since, I am giving up on ever getting it done and just posting what I have so far. Hihi.
Osaka Castle park
My first autumn!
The onigiri as illustrated in the journal.
Assorted sushi and maki from the supermarket
My washi tape loot. See related entry about washi tape here.
Kiyomizudera temple all lit up.
Two trips in three weeks! Eagle-eyed readers (all two of them) might’ve seen my previous Wordless Wednesday entry and assumed I was traveling. Indeed, I was! I was in Seoul, South Korea last week but before I can get to that, I have yet to post a blog entry of a trip that came a couple of weeks before– Bacolod city, in the Visayan province of Negros Occidental, Philippines.
People go to Bacolod primarily for the annual MassKara festival (mass = many, cara (Spanish) = face, maskara (Tagalog) = mask), a street festival filled with colorful smiling masks and costumed street dancers. There are dozens of similar festivals in the Philippines but the MassKara festival is arguably the most colorful and happiest. Ironically, the festival started at a low point in 1980, when the price of sugar (the main export of the province of Negros Occidental) was at an all-time low worldwide. It was also during the same year when a ship carrying hundreds of Negrenses sank, and as many as 700 locals perished. To uplift the peoples’ spirits, the government decided to hold a festival of smiles, “…a declaration by the people of the city that no matter how tough and bad the times were, Bacolod City is going to pull through, survive, and in the end, triumph.” (Wiki)
With a festival philosophy like that, I chose to experience Bacolod’s MassKara over all the other Philippine festivals. I’m all for good vibes and positive thinking! I looked forward to taking photos of the extravagant costumes and street dancing.
As the date of my departure drew nearer, though, I found myself more excited about one other thing. Bacolod is a culinary destination, known for its desserts and native delicacies but above all, its CHICKEN INASAL. Now, I’m a HUGE fan of chicken– I can eat it everyday and not get tired of it. I like chicken first, seafood second, then beef and pork as a far distant third and fourth option (ie. only if there’s nothing else). My favorite fastfood restaurant is KFC for its wide variety of chicken dishes. I love chicken so much that, at the risk of oversharing, my ex’s pet name for me was Chicken. Err. Yeah.
When in Manila, I eat chicken inasal at inasal chains in the Metro but having finally tasted authentic inasal from Bacolod, I would say nothing comes close to the original.
I had chicken inasal for dinner three days straight– which wasn’t enough! I was hoping to have inasal at least twice a day for three days hihi. Inasal for three straight days was the highlight of my Bacolod trip, although the MassKara festival itself was a very close contender! 😛 The rest of the trip in pictures, as the festival is a visual feast no words can articulate (also, because I’m tired of typing):
Salamat, Bacolod! I’ve crossed off experiencing the MassKara festival on my imaginary bucket list, but maybe I’ll be back again some day for another three days straight of authentic Bacolod chicken inasal 😀
P.S. If anyone is interested in a Bacolod chicken inasal recipe, Market Manila has what looks like a good one here. Try it, then invite me over to eat as I don’t know how to cook, kthnxbye.