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A Positive Review & a #Giveaway

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For years, people have asked me if I have a website where they could buy my art, and I kept telling them that it was “in the works.”

Honestly, I thought folks were just being nice.

When I finally decided to gift myself a website, I figured my initial sales would be slow.

People told me not to expect too much, that it takes months for a new business to gain momentum, that many businesses fail.

Needless to say, I was amazed when I received such a positive response.

I’d ordered coasters — 10 of each design — a handful of magnets, a bunch of greeting cards, a couple of ornaments, pendants, and trivet tiles.

Just enough so people could see my inventory.

And then things started happening fast.

In addition to my online store, I also share a little gallery space at The Hungerford Building, a local warehouse that has been converted into lofts for artists and small business owners. With Thanksgiving just a few days after my website launch, I had to quickly learn how to send invoices via PayPal and how to wrap and ship orders.

A longtime subscriber to my blog, bfhenke wrote this:

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Somehow, I seem to be finding my way.

So, dear readers, you’ve watched me move through the seasons. I don’t have much to offer, but I’d like to offer something. First, if you place an order of $50 or more from my website before December 10th, I’m offering free shipping & handling to anywhere within the continental United States, a $10 value.

And…

I haven’t done a giveaway in a long time, but I’d like to do one now.

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IVY BEATS THE BLUES (c) 2016

If you’d like to receive a FREE 11×17 print of the painting above, leave a short, fake review of my artwork or any kind of product/service. Tweet this post for a second chance to win. I’ll announce the winner on January 1, 2017.

tweet me at @rasjacobson

6 thoughts on “A Positive Review & a #Giveaway

  1. Hey! I recognize the goofy guy who wrote that review. What a nut. If the items I already ordered get the reception I’m expecting, I’ll be back for more. Wishing you all the best for your new venture and the new year.

    1. Hi Brian! Thank you so much for the nice review! I hope your family remembers like everything! I so appreciate your support over the last few years. Weird question: are you on Facebook? I tried to find you – and there is a “faceless” Brian Hencke, but I wasn’t sure. Anyway, I’m glad you saw this post! And now you’re officially moderated thru, one of the first few people to have followed me to the new place. I will always remember that.

      1. Making the transition to using the new website seemed a little daunting but I’m here! And, we are now officially friends on Facebook though our first interactions occurred over there more than five years ago.

        I may have to place a second order with you. It turns out that shopping for the new DIL isn’t easy but I’m thinking I can’t wrong with some of your items. If I find that you have something wine related, I’ll probably be voted best FIL of the year.

        1. Thanks Brian! So glad to be your Facebook friend, after all these years. Am filling your next order right now. Isn’t it cool to see how our online friendship has grown over the years?

  2. Sister … the new website is gorgeous, clean, sleek and functions just like it should – simple and easy for the user. Your work is stunning … and that swimsuit is hot. So are you. Miss you!

    1. Hi Naomi! Thank you for kind comments – and consider yourself entered to win this print. How are you? How’s the new place? Do you know I’m contemplating a move to FL? I sure wish you were there to show me the ropes!

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