art, Between the Weeds, Laurie Rohner, selling online

My Etsy solution is simple.

I really did NOT want to shut down my shop at etsy but felt very betrayed by their business practices. My solution is this and maybe you can utilize the same. I am only selling small art and prints, small painted furnishings and small garden themed gifts at etsy. The stock in my Etsy store will be changing as my listings come up for renewal. The items I will keep in Etsy, low priced and light to ship. Due to the additional shipping charge added by Etsy I have added a flat handling fee to the shipping.

Bouquet colored pencil copy
Check it out! Available in print too at Society6 Between The Weeds

Now the great find is squareup shops. You can visit mine HERE. These little gems are easy to set up and all you do is pay square (etsy offered connecting to square at a higher rate) but when you go directly to square the processing fee is low or about the same as PayPal and that is it. NO MONTHLY FEE, NO TRANSACTION FEE, Etsy! You can add shipping charges or set a flat rate. You can set up sales tax. The big thing I found is you can add a shop link to any website or you can add a domain name to your squareup shop.  You can order a chip card reader for all phones with a great processing fee too.

If you have any questions about Square please feel free to ask me. I will try to answer them.

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Between the Weeds, Etsy Shop, Laurie Rohner

Have you heard Etsy is raising its fees? Again.

There is a flurry growing with the sellers at Etsy. Etsy is raising their transaction fees to 5% on seller’s product including shipping charges. At first I wasn’t too upset. I then went on their forum and discovered maybe I should be. In general, a seller who sells high priced items or heavy items can expect to pay more than 5%. Therefore sellers (me) is going to be handing over much more money to Etsy. Because I sell items priced over $100 and more (which is covered under insurance with Etsy) I have to add additional shipping insurance to my shipments driving what Etsy collects higher. Heavier items are not cheap to ship and again the higher the shipping charge the more I pay Etsy. See my dilemma? Now granted you sell on Etsy with no monthly fee only .20 cents per listing. But in actuality they are charging 5% of your sales as their monthly fee. So if you sell $500/month that would be a monthly fee of $25. The more you sell the more Etsy makes. Does Ponzi scheme come to mind? Maybe.

When I broke down my Etsy charges that Etsy collects I pay about 11% and not what I originally calculated 7%. I am running a deficit of 4% on most of my sales. I have had to raise my pricing and add handling fees just to overcome the excessive charges. Now if Etsy was allowing for customizing your shop and advertising as they once did most sellers on Etsy probably would NOT mind. Ah Etsy is NOT doing this instead is offering enhanced options and Pattern websites at an additional monthly fee. The fees are above and beyond the standard fees you are charged with a standard shop. Really?

Etsy is a publicly traded company. Since this happened the focus is on shareholders and COO/CEO/CFO’s (which is fine) but remember us the sellers. We line your pockets with our creative ideas and long hours tolling away in our studios and small businesses. Lets face it, sellers on Etsy, we make the money for them and Etsy treats us aporantly. I think there is another option out there, don’t you?

Let me know what you think and if you discover another exciting way to sell your fabulous work online.

Between the Weeds, Farmhouse Home Decor, Hand Painted Furniture, Laurie Rohner

Just sold this great custom painted shelf.

Shop for hand painted furniture at Between The Weeds Etsy
Watercolor flowers adorn this custom crafted hand painted shelf.

My client loved a painting I did and wanted to have the same style painted on this shelf. I was very happy painting these fabulous flowers around this shelf. I think it turned out great. Wrapped it up today and sent it on to sunny California.

After taking the pics of the shelf I found myself truly pleased at what was created. A little voice said you have to do more, I agree.

Painted Farmhouse Shelf
Hand painted farmhouse style custom shelf.
Between the Weeds, Etsy Shop, Paintings, Watercolors

White Peony Watercolor

I can’t wait, my peonies in my garden are budding and getting ready to bloom. Brushes paints and camera are ready. In the meantime here is another gorgeous peony I painted for you to see.

White Peony Floral Watercolor Original Garden Flower Painting with Nature Detailed Realism.

floral watercolor original garden flower
Buy at Etsy Between The Weeds Shop

Description of my painting.

 

Detailed original nature art watercolor painting of a white peony. I love peonies. These are wonderful garden flowers and so much fun to paint. Notice the subtle shades of pink, lavender, blue flower petals contrasted against the intense center of the flower. I chose a dark background to enhance the flower petals.

I have this painting listed unframed but feel free to ask me about framing. Comes with matte glazing and black frame for an additional $300.

Tile: White Peony
Medium: watercolor on 300lb paper
Painting Size: 8 x 10 inches
Signature on front – Signature title and date en verso.
Unframed

All right reserved and remain with artist.

I ship this painting via USPS priority mail with added insurance.
Neatly wrapped in plastic sleeve, brown craft paper and cord ready to present as gift.

More flower watercolors available at Between The Weeds Etsy Shop, please stop by and browse through my work.
Between the Weeds, Laurie Rohner, Paintings, watercolor

Pink Peony improved.

This watercolor of a pink peony worked very nicely on a white background yet I never felt it was finished. After much debate I decided to work the background in and more definition added to the pink peony flower.

pink peony original watercolor

Pink Peony a botanical garden flower floral watercolor original artwork by Laurie Rohner is detailed realism, a favorite of many. I show the subtle shades of pink burgundy blue and brown as the light hits the petals.

I painted this flower from a photo I had taken of one of my peonies blooming in my very own garden. It is the first of a series of peonies being painted in a range of colors. This painting comes unframed. I used 300lb watercolor cold press paper which is thick with a slight texture (as shown in the second photo). The painting is over 8 x 10 inches with a nice border to make it easy to frame.

Title: Pink Peony
Medium: watercolor on paper
Artwork Size: 8 x 10 inches
Paper Size: 9 x 12 inches
Signature: Signed on front; signature, date, title, medium en verso.
Unframed

Buy Art at Etsy Shop – Between The Weeds

Between the Weeds, botanical garden, Laurie Rohner, watercolor

Pink Peony a Floral Watercolor and Original Painting.

Pink Peony Floral Watercolor Original Painting by Laurie Rohner
Pink Peony a botanical garden flower floral watercolor original artwork by Laurie Rohner is detailed realism, a favorite of many.

Pink Peony a botanical garden flower floral watercolor original artwork by Laurie Rohner is detailed realism, a favorite of many. I show the subtle shades of pink burgundy blue and brown as the light hits the petals.

I painted this flower from a photo I had taken of one of my peonies blooming in my very own garden. It is the first of a series of peonies being painted in a range of colors. This painting comes unframed. I used 300lb watercolor cold press paper which is thick with a slight texture (as shown in the second photo).

Pink Peony Floral Watercolor Original Painting
Available at Etsy Visit etsy.com/shop/betweentheweeds

Title: Pink Peony
Medium: watercolor on paper
Artwork Size: 8 x 10 inches
Paper Size: 9 x 12 inches
Signature: Signed on front; signature, date, title, medium en verso.
Unframed

If you are not sure how to frame this artwork I would be happy to frame it for you.
Frames I use are silver or black metal with white mats.
The additional cost is about $60 and takes about 2 weeks to frame

Available HERE for purchase at laurierohner.com

Prints available and more of my pink peony HERE.

Between the Weeds, botanical garden, Etsy Shop, flower, Laurie Rohner, watercolor

Working on floral watercolors.

Since moving back to Vermont I feel the tug or maybe my muse whispering in my ear to get back to my watercolors. Focusing back to creating realism with watercolors and painting botanical flowers and Vermont landscapes.

Original watercolor botanical floral art
Original floral watercolor of red tulip.

A single red tulip garden flower watercolor with detailed delicate realism is an original painting by Laurie Rohner.
My red tulip, a botanical original art floral watercolor, represents my love of botanical artwork. It is so real you feel you can scoop it up and hold it.

Great to give as a housewarming gift but why not give to your sweetheart.
My flower stays alive forever.

Can be framed with mat and frame or mounted on mat under glass.
I also love the new way to frame watercolors by adhering the artwork to a board sealing with non yellowing spray and framing as you would any oil painting.
Happy to help with framing options, please ask.

Title: Single Red Tulip
Medium: watercolor on paper
Paper: 140 lb. Strathmore watercolor paper
Paper and Image size: 6 x 18 inches
Unframed

All rights are not transferable with sale of painting.

If you would like to buy this artwork please follow the link CLICK HERE

 

art, Between the Weeds, Laurie Rohner, nature art, Paintings, selling online

Bye Bye Etsy.

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Blue Hydrangea watercolor by Laurie Rohner

A new year has arrived. Changes are upon me.

The first change of the year is my decision phasing out my Etsy Shop. So when you go to my Etsy shop Between The Weeds you will read this:

My Etsy Shop is phasing out. I hope my wonderful clients will visit my websites below. You can find everything from art, painted furniture, prints and printed decor through my web sites at the best prices I can offer.

You can buy original art and custom painted furniture through my websites and link directly to my prints and printed home decor.
Laurie Rohner Studio – http://laurierohner.com
Between The Weeds – http://betweentheweeds.com
Whitfield Studio – http://whitefieldstudio.com

Prints of garden flowers landscapes and original nature art available in many sizes at affordable prices. Find custom printed throw pillows, tapestries and fun catch-alls and totes here too. Hand Painted Furniture with nature botanical garden flower illustrations on farmhouse style custom made by Between The Weeds.

Join my newsletter at http://eepurl.com/wrPsX

Thank you for visiting today! It is a pleasure to share my work with you.
Do contact me if you have any questions!

The sales from my Etsy shop are few and spending more time and energy does not make sense. Etsy has changed. They are not that magical place where people could find quality handmade custom work. It is filled with prints knock offs from China and substandard products. There is still the most wonderful original work found but most serious artists have moved on with their own web sites.

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Prints, Art, Canvas Floor Cloths, Murals,

Since I work with FineArtAmerica and Society6 where you can buy any size print, on anything wood, paper, canvas, acrylic or metal, frame it, or buy from the large selection of home decor and accessories with a hassle free return policy at an amazing price why Etsy? Etsy charges for everything and I had to add the additional charges to the final price I charged at Etsy. This really bothered me. I felt like I was cheating my customer, though I was upfront with my policy at Etsy. Etsy customer (I have a record of you) get 10% off on select products.

I have gone back and forth with this for a year. I gave Etsy till the end of the year to prove their value. Sadly the stats proved me right. Etsy has changed. My web sites get an average of 1500 hits a day where Etsy could not break the 50 mark. At one time I had an average of 500 to 700 a day at Etsy. Etsy has stopped listing with Google. Their home page is confusing. Most of the products cater to one demographic, not mine. My clientele tends to be older, affluent and searching for custom one of a kind art and work.

I hope my clients at Etsy read this and understand. Please come and join me at Laurie Rohner Studio or Between The Weeds Marketplace for my original art and furniture and visit Whitefield Studio the gateway to my prints and printed decor.

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Wildflowers in the Garden.

New art just added – Wildflower in the garden with flowers dancing under the hazy blue sky in this watercolor illustration. A nature art original botanical mixed media painting is painted by artist Laurie Rohner.

Original Painting Mixed Media
Wildflower Garden Illustration Nature Art Watercolor

Wildflower Garden Illustration Nature Art Watercolor Original Painting Mixed Media

Original art by Laurie Rohner
closeup of Wildflower Garden

Red poppies and bee balm next to thistles and black-eyed susan’s but wait there is some mint too. Oh how nature is singing with all these flowering wild beauties.

original botanical mixed media painting is painted by artist Laurie Rohner
Wildflower Garden Illustration Nature Art Watercolor Original Painting Mixed Media

Title: Wildflower Garden
Medium: Watercolor on Paper
Paper: Arches 140 lb cold pressed Arches Special MBM
Paper size is 12 x 16 inches
Signature: Laurie Rohner on front, title signed dated on verso.
Unframed.

Comes professionally wrapped and ready to give as a gift. Ships USPS mail.

Take a look at more of my work at Between The Weeds at Etsy.

Visit the studio at Laurie Rohner Studio too.

art, Etsy Shop, new product

Newly added cahier small journals are the best.

I know everybody has seen these journals around. Wondered what to do with them? Not artistic but want something on the cover?

I am drawn to small books, basically always have been, so when I saw these Cahier journals by Moleskin, I had to buy. I love them. I tuck them in the pocket, purse, leave it on the desk and by the bed just to jot down the next idea that springs into my head. I didn’t want to say just for the women but guys these are for you too.

Hand Printed journal cover
Cahier Hand Printed Block Print Journal with Edison Bulb and Create.

Small journal with lined paper inside has my hand printed block print to embellishing the cover.

Etsy shop Between The Weeds
Hand printed block print with Edison bulb and word Create from Between The Weeds at Etsy.

Great to Jot down those amazing ideas. What a great way to inspire anyone to create. I chose an Edison light bulb for my subject and added create underneath.

Cahier Journal is from Moleskin.

This cahier journal comes with Create printed on Kraft chipboard and has lined pages. The back has a little pocket for notes and the pages are perforated so you can rip them out easily.

Cute!
Great to tuck into purse.
Give to hostess.
Tuck one in a basket for Easter.

Journal Size; 5.5 x 3.5 inches
Image Size: 5 x 3 inches.

Listing is for Create in Kraft Chipboard.
Shown in Kraft or gray options with blank or lined paper.

Be sure to check out my Etsy Shop Between The Weeds