Last fall I had an offer from a publisher to publish a children’s picture book I wrote. The problem was that they wanted to have it illustrated for the submission. A friend of mine is an artist and has illustrated books before. We talked and decided that she would draw my illustration and I would build her three daughters each their own miniature. The reason this was the most ambitious projects is because I was starting from scratch and wanted them all to be different yet match their interests and likes. I think they came out great but… the publishers offered me a hybrid contract which means I would pay up front and then get money after it was published. Been there, done that…
So, one of my last posts I had the pictures of a four story miniature with a pool on the side, sort of ocean-side. These are the photos I sent to the buyer as a “sneak peek” into the production. This obviously is the kitchen. I would say it is about 5 inches x 5 inches.
This one I called Sabrina’s Castle as it was a custom order for someone named Sabrina (brilliant I know!)
It came out pretty nice. I wasn’t completely happy with the quality of some of the pieces so I did take a little money off my original asking price. This is why I cannot wait to get my own 3D printer so I can start manufacturing pieces I need the then make stuff like this on my own. The little stone wall is also an upgrade because the pieces that came with this kit were little wooden pieces that were painted only on the two “faces” so the rest of the “brick” was wood. It looked awful so I ordered “real” bricks and made the stonewall that way. I do stuff like that included in my pricing because I really don’t want to spend my time making junk to then sell it as “nice”.
I am including my last two on the card so the real “last on the card” makes some sense.
So the last image on the card was the search for shipping prices for the new miniature I finished for one of my customers on Etsy. This was through UPS. Etsy does its own shipping but I like to double check since they use USPS.
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