Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I have a middle schooler! Yikes!

 
Look at this sweet little face. This was taken the day my oldest 'little' was born. He was so tiny and pink. I was afraid to touch him, yet I couldn't keep my hands off of him. Those were the days. Late night snuggles, cute cooing noises, first smiles and laughs. Sure, there were a few months of colic, but how easily we all forget the rough stuff as your children grow.

Jump ahead 11 years and my 'little' isn't so little anymore. He's a graduating 5th grader- on to middle school...and I am terrified! What is middle school going to bring? I remember middle school- and honestly I don't wish 6, 7 or 8th grade on anyone, but it is a right of passage I suppose. We all have to go through those awkward years and start to grow up.


To commemorate this milestone I have created this mix of all ages of the boy. Not that anyone on the web cares about this particular kid but me...and perhaps my family :) but whatever! 

He's a bright kid and fearless, unless it's a roller coaster or putting medicine on a booboo. He has tackled snakes and all forms of lizards, a baby brother, K-5 school and now even a divorce.  He's growing up too fast, but is doing a great job at it! Love you the mostest D! xo

Thursday, March 10, 2016

How do you sell your art and how to make it better?

I work from my home studio. It's a nice little set up in the Florida room. It opens to a lush green backyard where I can watch my kids play, watch birds do their thing, and find some natural inspiration. It's great- and I honestly love what I do. The question is, how can I do it better?


I have been a seller on ETSY since 2011. It's been great, until 2 years ago, when they switched all the search methods around.  In 2014 I had 17,000 views of my shop. That's a lot of people looking at my art, which made me so very happy. But last year I only had 7,816 views. That is a terrible jump! It downright makes me angry!


In order to make up for all those lost views, people who could have been potential buyers, fans of LuckiiArts, I have been searching for other sites to sell my fine artworks on.  It's tough combing through all of the sites out there that promise customer reach, great exposure and low fees for artists.

They all kind of promise the same and all fall a little short. So, I have moved on to sites such as Redbubble and Society6 and Zazzle. These sites allow me to upload my artwork and place them on dozens of products. They are really a great alternative and I can scan my original pieces of art into the computer and use them even after I have sold the original pieces.

This little guy is one of my best sellers on Society6.  Blue Manatee can be found on techy things as well as T-shirts, housewares and totes.


 These super cool high-tops are a new product on Zazzle.  I am in the process of adding images to high and low tops on this site! It's really fun creating products with my art. I can't even imaging what I'd do if I ran into someone wearing one of my images!


I have been checking books out at the library too.  There is so much free information out there on how to make your business grow, organize and just be better! This has been a great book to read through, as it has info on pricing artwork, how to make a profit and how to handle taxes. All things I thought I knew, but have learned I really could improve on. I recommend taking a trip to your local library and just see what they have...you might be pleasantly surprised!

My latest find is a blog called: by Regina. She has some great- and I mean great ideas on making your business successful. I particularly love that she has a creative action plan instead of your typical business plan. I don't know about you, but I have tried more than once to write an understandable business plan- and all I end up with is a bunch of terms and direction that has little to do with art. Regina has a nifty 10 page free download that is all about the creative side of business...how to engage, and really draw possible customers in. I am on #3 and am having lots of good ideas and fun brainstorming and thinking of ways I can up my social game and improve clicks, customers and fans!

That's all I have for now. What places do you sell...and how do you find new venues? How do you plan on upping your social game? It's a good discussion to have with fellow online sellers don't cha think?

Cheers
~Casey 


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Welcome 2016

Happy New Year!

Christmas in Downtown WPB

As this is the beginning of a brand new year, I thought it would be a great idea to post some of my favorite highlights from 2015. Favorite places and events, as well as great art that I had fun creating. 
Hope you enjoy my mix of 2015!


south Florida fair

south Florida fair
This was a great day at the South Florida Fair. The boys had a blast rolling around in these water balls!




This was a day at a marina park over on Palm Beach. The banyan trees over there are stunning. The boys climbed every one!!!







This was the summer of lizards. Cuban anoles, Knight anoles and regular old brown anoles. You name it, if it lives in Florida the kids caught one! Oh...and butterflies!!!
Monarch butterfly

Yellow Sulphur butterfly
We hatched so many beautiful butterflies. 

lots of chrysalises


Fun artwork I created:
funny signs

custom piece for a new therapist's office

beachy doorway sign
I made some pretty cute custom signs! 


New moves:
new house gate!

front door view

sold!
My friend bought her very own house...pink with gargoyles! It is perfect!!!

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To finish the year off: more artwork, my new favorite whiskey drink, Honey :) Canvas WPB show and some clay sculptures by my kid!!!
present for a little girl's bedroom door


Arlo
portrait of Daddy

My little at Canvas WPB
beautiful
some new mini canvas's in my etsy shop
 Hope everyone had a great year! 2016 has started off a little differently for me this year. Facing lots of new challenges and life changes, but everything works out in the end...at least that's what I've been telling myself. I am excited for new prospects in my art business and life in general! 

Wishing everyone a stellar 2016! 
~Cheers
Casey





Sunday, December 13, 2015

Happy Holidays

It's been 5 months since I posted anything...and that I cannot believe! It is amazing how time flies. You blink, and the kids are having another birthday- school has started, holidays have come and gone- and now we are nearing Christmas! Whewww!!

Believe holiday signs
I have been swamped with Etsy and LuckiiArts orders, which is always a good thing!
 *Oh, those wooden Believe signs are available in my Etsy shop, just in case you were wondering! 

So, I just wanted to share some pieces I have been working on. Memory Illustrations galore! 

Full Mickey Mouse head

Golden Memory Illustration

the World is Yours Illustration

I have also done lots of address tiles, lots!! They are always fun to make though! I love the idea that all across the world- people have tiles of mine decorating their homes! I have sold to Australia, Netherlands and Turkey, to name just a few! Pretty neat huh!

Zen tiles

Asian Dragonflies

Modern tiles

Custom Spanish tiles







I have been loving selling on both RedBubble and Society6.  They have added so much diversity into their sites: from techy gear for phones and computers to housewares, like shower curtains and pillows and rugs- and of course they always have stickers and T's! 



 I recently signed on to sell at a site geared towards children and moms called BOOMBOOM. They have maternity, baby and pet products!  It's exciting to see my work on say, a dogs sweater...or a baby blanket! So if you need a cool present for a new baby or Mom, please check out my BoomBoom site! 

Christmas Red Bird onsie

Puppy T's

Firefly Lunch Bag

Fluffy Pet Bed
Alright, I am off- lots to do and get mailed out! 



 Hope everyone has a fabulous holiday season! 

Cheers!
~Casey




Wednesday, July 15, 2015

All sorts of new products are available on Society6 and RedBubble now! Anything from leggins and pencil skirts to hardback notepads and pencil cases. Always tech-y gear..cell phone cases, ipad covers, computer skins. Household items like bed spreads, shower curtains and pillows and T-shirts galore!!!

If you are looking for super unique items, please visit RedBubble or Society6: LuckiiArts, Casey Virata!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Shop Small Saturday



My munchkins spelling out THANKS!

 Hi all!

I just wanted to remind the masses that this Saturday the 29th is Shop Small Saturday. I hope everyone chooses to shop with small businesses and small independent local stores.

I try to shop mostly from Etsy and other small business owners like myself. Repay some of the support I have gotten from small shoppers like you!

I think if you are going to buy something for someone, it is important to make sure it is special, made with care and love.  It is a labor of love that creative people do when they make special things.  I know when I paint or draw something I pour my heart into it.

On that note...if you are looking to shop small this Saturday, please swing by my shops on ETSY or LuckiiArts! Use code LUCKIIYOU to receive 15% off anything in my stores!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

And to people who choose to Shop Small- THANK YOU- for supporting independent artist and creatives who work so hard to make a living doing what they love! We appreciate you!

 Cheers
~Casey







Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Candy Cake for the Kids


It's so pretty.

My 9 year old walks past it and takes a big sniff about 5 times a day. 

This is my version of the Candy Bar Cake...or whatever they are called on pinterest! I searched images and pinterest pages looking for directions or even amounts of candy to buy. Let me tell ya...there is not a lot out there. Sure, there are tons of pictures...some great, some eh...but not a lot of how to! So, I thought I'd contribute to the how to and hopefully help someone out!

I made this little beauty for Belvedere Elementary School's BoxTops collection contest: Classroom Prize. I think it will go over well...hopefully. I mean, my kids and even my husband drooled when they all saw it- so that is a plus in my eyes.

Let me start by saying I just winged the construction. I went to the dollar store because they have lots of floral supplies. I was hoping I would find some sort of foam- and what a great suprise when I found floral wreaths and squares! Score!!!


I got two of the wreaths and one square. So that's about 4 inches tall in the circle cake, and another 4 inches with the square on top. I left the wrapping on the foam- just less messy. I also found some pretty duct tape at the dollar store. Woohoo!!!


I thought the glue would stick to the duct tape and the duct tape would stick better to the plastic wrap rather than the foam itself. Years of experience working in a flower shop lead me to believe that nothing sticks to floral foam but water and flowers!

So I wrapped up all three pieces in the duct tape. The two circles I went ahead and taped all together- just to make it sturdy. The square at the top- I left a small space so I could poke lollipops through the top without having to fight with the duct tape again. Pretty smart, right? Yes, I thought so too!




I arranged all the candy I bought, also at the dollar store! Oh and let me say now that I spent about $15 total on this cake. I think that is a really great price for making this super looking prize! So a big fat thank you goes out to the Dollar Store! * 8 little bags of candy,  3 foam,  2 duct tape*


I did pick up one small bag of the mixed mini chocolates to fill in some holes...but I only used half of the bag- the others will be donated to my husband's mental well being fund...he might share with the kids...maybe.

Oops...forgot about the bottom. I just made my own cake plate out of cardboard and wrapping paper...but if you happen to have one of those golden shiny cake plates, that would be alright too :)


Now for the fun part...assembly!!!

I hot glued all the foam pieces together, then onto the cake plate.



I used a low heat glue gun..and just did a dot on each piece of candy. I was pleasantly surprised that everything stuck so well to the duct tape! Yay me!!!






Sorry some of these pics are fuzzy. I was battling with a puppy to stay away from the hot glue area while taking pics. No animals were harmed during this photo shoot! Wheeewww!

So I just kind of placed candy around to see what fit where...and when I got a sort of placement down I began gluing. It went really quickly and was actually fun! I just moved the cake around until all of the candy was used up.

The lollipops poked through just great.  They look so cute up there as the topper!



I finished it off by tying party ribbons around to give it a little extra sturdiness. There will be kids manhandling this, so, of course- sturdier is better!

I also made a little BoxTops Superstar sign for the top. Like I said before- this is for the winning classroom who brings in the most BoxTops this month...so it should say BoxTops on it somewhere, right? 





Look how cute..it matches the teacher's turn in box!

Oh- so you see those little holes on the cake...that's what I bought those little mini chocolates for...to fill in those gaps. Plus I wanted it to look so stuffed with candy the kids would go nuts! BTW...there is no candy on this cake that has nuts in it. I stuck to nut free candy to be safe for allergic kids!


That's it. My Candy Cake instructions. It was easy to make and didn't break the bank! Good on both counts!!! Hope the kiddos love it! Happy BoxTopping everyone!

~Casey