Monday, September 15, 2014

Supplements vs. NOT

My first cleanse! 

Have you ever heard of Isagenix? It's a company that specializes in healthy, safe, life changing supplements. I first heard of it when my friend Amanda mentioned it on her Facebook page a couple weeks ago. First of all, let me tell you that I personally am terrible at taking any sort of supplement, vitamin or pill of any kind. Now here comes the BUT... I try my hardest to eat healthy. I look at labels, I am working on avoiding processed foods and trying to eat very little meat. I don't drink soda and have quit drinking cow's milk for about a year now. And let me tell you. That was tough. I love my milk! But I know I can do better for my body. So after I heard about Isagenix and how they use only natural ingredients, I decided to give it a try. Now, one of the other reasons I chose to try Isagenix is because it offers two different cleanses and I had been thinking about doing a cleanse anyways. There is a 9 day cleanse and a 30 day cleanse. I decided to try the 9 day cleanse first and see how well I do. I'll be honest, the part that scares me is that you don't eat very much food. And I love to eat. But I also believe that we fill our bodies with toxins everyday, whether we eat them or breathe them. And that is why I am going through with this. It's a gift to my health. I haven't been very good to my body physically over the years and I figure its the least I can do! If you're interested in joining me in a cleanse, let me know! I'd be more than happy to share more information and get you started. I just received my 9 day cleanse and will keep you posted on how it works out. 

Have a wonderful week! ~ samos

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

P O T T E R Y: p a c k i n g + s h i p p i n g

As an artist, I'm always concerned about the delivery of my work to its final destination. After all, I put my heart and soul into creating it and want my clients to be happy with their investment. 

When I first started shipping pottery, I did some research and tried different ways to ship my pieces. This involved double boxing them which was quite expensive. When I started working in wholesale, one of my clients was put off by the cost of shipping and told me how she shipped her fragile pieces. Since then, I've stopped shipping everything in two boxes, but still use my fair share of bubble wrap and newsprint. 

I have a large order of plates going out today and thought I would share my process:

wrapping the plate

I prefer to use the large bubble wrap and order it and my boxes from Uline

the wrapped plate

all twelve plates wrapped

I am currently waiting for my large boxes to be delivered this morning and it's throwing off my day a bit. So I may end up packaging these guys up in two 12 x 12 inch boxes instead of one 
18 x 18 inch box. But for the sake of this post, I'll go ahead and demonstrate how I pack my boxes. I like to use new corrugated boxes and newsprint or recycled packing material.

first layer of newsprint
 I line the bottom layer with crumpled newsprint and then place the first item in the center. 

first piece 

I surround the piece with the newsprint so that the edges of the pottery aren't touching the sides of the box or another piece of pottery. Don't pack too snug. There should be a little room for shock absorption in the event the box is dropped. 

protected with newsprint

 I always include a handwritten thank you to all my clients and enclose a business card. Lately I've been making my cards. I think its a nice added touch. 

handmade thank you with a business card

almost finished

If you're a potter, how do you ship? I'm always open to new and improved ways to do business better! 

Hope you enjoyed this lengthy post on shipping pottery and a little insight how I sell my work. 

Have a wonderful weekend! ~ samos

Thursday, August 28, 2014

painting in progress

in progress © samos 2014

I was inspired by a photograph taken by @felecool on Instagram. The painting doesn't look anything like the photo, but then again, its not supposed to either. It's a 16 x 20 mixed media (watercolor and acrylic) on canvas board. 

detail © samos 2014

another detail © samos 2014

I must be ready for fall...are you?

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! ~ samos

Monday, August 11, 2014

for the love of a flower...

sunflowers © samos 2014

Growing up I was quite the tomboy. Most of my friends were boys and I claimed to hate anything girly, especially flowers. But the truth is, I've always loved flowers. The more colorful and unusual, the better. Last week while I was picking up a few things at the grocery store,  I couldn't pass up these gorgeous sunflowers. They reminded me of a dear friend that loved sunflowers. We don't stay in touch like we used to, but I think of her often, especially when I come across these beauties. 

one with the sun © samos 2014

Wishing all of you the happiest of Mondays and a wonderful week! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Vango + SAMOS

I'm selling on a new site! Well, it's not new new. They used to be called ARTtwo50 and are now called Vango. They are a little different than most of the online galleries I've worked with. There is a tier system in place. You are allowed to sell five pieces of original paintings for either $100 or $250. Once you have sold 5, you can move up a tier and sell 5 more paintings at $500. I believe there are three tiers. Like I said, I just signed up so I'll see how it goes. So far I've had views through the Vango app (which is only available through the Apple Store). I was going to check it out, but I have an Android. If you have an iPhone, download the app for free here and check out all the amazing art! Oh, if you purchase one of these five, there's FREE SHIPPING!!! How cool is that?! 

Here are the pieces that I have currently listed:

Last Day of Fall © samos

Warrior Paint © samos 
Yellow Woods © samos

Appaloosa LoVe © samos 
Memories © samos