Month: August 2017

Broken Toyland Newsletter #08 for 2017

Hello again, from Broken Toyland πŸ™‚

Please keep the victims of hurricane Harvey and the resulting floods, in your prayers. It’s something like most of us have never experienced. So tragic. If you want to donate, here are two very trusted options: Samaritan’s Purse and Pass the Salt ministries.

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Trying to give incentive. I have art piling up again.

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I have a 15% off coupon code for my etsy shop. It ends at midnight, September 1st, so there’s still all day today and tomorrow until midnight, to use it. There is a minimum purchase of 90$, which can be used on a combined purchase. I really need to move some of this stuff out of the shop. I’m thinking of swapping out some of what’s there, with a local gallery that has my art. So if there’s something inΒ my etsy shop you’ve had your eye on, now’s the time. Because it might be going to a gallery very soon.

That said, here’s the newest art!

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Title: Isolabel Is Dreary. She is my newest Broken Toyland character.

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Title: My House. It’s in my etsy shop. Or directly, here.

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Title: Isolabel and the Raven. It’s in my etsy shop. Here’s a direct link.

Isolabel has a pet raven. And this is it. I still haven’t named him or her yet.

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lesfleursdisolabel

Title: Les Fleurs d’Isolabel.

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Title: Little Skel. He’s in my etsy shop.

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Now, I’ve been wanting to make some Broken Toyland jewelry for years. I’ve had a few supplies but not what I really wanted. Until recently. I bought some items to create art pendants. Each, with an original painting inside. However, the supplies I got, were just awful. I have to order some better things online, when I get the means. This is the one and only so far. I wanted to make 3 and had the stuff to do it, but the other two broke while I was trying to get the cover on. Wasted money on junk. Disappointing, but it’s ok. Experimenting is important and now I know where NOT to buy those types of pendant pieces.

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Not sure how I managed to get this one together without breaking it. But this is basically what I want to create in the future, once I get the right parts. Though they will probably be all black. We’ll see.

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I have some unique items coming, so keep an eye out on my main art facebook page for that. I’ll be posting them in a couple days πŸ™‚

Also, regarding facebook… please check to ‘get notifications’ for my postings. Otherwise you most likely will not see them. Here’s how:

From a desktop computer, go to the Broken Toyland facebook page. You’ll see some options under the cover photo. One will say, ‘following’. Hover your cursor over that button. A dropbox will open with options. Put a check by ‘see first’. Next, see where it says, ‘notifications’ ? To the right of ‘notifications’, there is a small pencil icon. It’s tiny. But you have to click on that little pencil and options will open. Tick the ‘all posts’ box. Then click ‘done’ at the bottom. They’ve really made it difficult, haven’t they? lol. But if you do those steps, you will see my posts. They might be delayed in notifying you by 50 minutes or so, but you’ll get the notice in your facebook. And if you do not see it when you click on your notifications, you might have to scroll down in them to see. FB loves hiding stuff lol.

Anyways, that’s all for now. Until next time, take good care of yourselves.

iheartyouhaveagoodday

…valery

Broken Toyland… in a dream where love is real…

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Broken Toyland Newsletter #07 2017

Greetings, from Broken Toyland.

I lowered the prices on most of the items in my etsy shop. Go check it out. And if you want more than one,Β contact me for an extra discount.

A few new pieces:

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Patched. Find it in my etsy shop.

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Harbinger. Find it in my etsy shop.

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Some more Little Marydeth’s. All but #06 are in my etsy shop. First inverted one, too.

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The Door Is Open… Do You Want To Be Free? Find it in my etsy shop.

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Oh, Bunny. Find him in my etsy shop.

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I have a request. I’m sure many of you have heard me go on about how facebook is blocking my posts to the nearly 4,200 fans who have ‘liked’ the page. Each time I post, an average of 5-10 people see my posts. This, out of four thousand two hundred people. I used to sell 99% of everything I posted, within 48 hours of posting. Now, barely anything. If it’s not too much trouble to ask if you’ll choose to be notified when I post, and to ‘see first’, I would really appreciate it. Also to click the ‘like’ button as soon as you see posts. This is the only way more people will see. I cannot afford to pay FB to boost my posts. It’s a full blow scam, anyways. Please help me out in this. It doesn’t cost you anything and it might help keep me going. It’s extremely stressful and hard, as it is now. I post, knowing no one will see. I go through regular bouts of, “I’m just going to quit!” But I keep on, regardless. And there’s a handful of you who really do help me SO MUCH, in that aspect. I am so hugely grateful. Thank you.

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Other stuff…

 

Sunrise and sunset, from August 22, 2017. I love the peacefulness during these times.

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This huge raven was sitting on the power line, by the sunrise. You can see it reflecting off the right hand side of him. I love these gorgeous birds.

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How about some red chile stew? NM cuisine is the best πŸ˜‰

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On a disturbing note…

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This is a wasp next I uncovered. It was underneath a huge antique glass insulator (for a power pole?) that I have as a decoration in my front yard. It was set on top of a large strawberry pot. I kept seeing wasps going in there and figured they might be trying to make a nest. And lately I’ve been buzzed by these guys whenever I’m outside. Driving me nuts, too. I decided to peek under there to see what’s going on. Well, as soon as I barely lifted the edge of the insulator with the end of a broom handle, it fell off onto the ground, revealing this mess. So horrifying 😑 I ended up spraying it with wasp spray. So no more of this particular nest. I can bet there’s one inside my large rusty metal boar I have standing outside. I’ve seen them entering the mouth. So much fun lol. I don’t know if guys are immune to such tasks, but I will never get used to it. I hate it hate it hate it lol. Women, be thankful if you have men around to do this kind of thing for you lol. Be nice to the guy who willingly does it, too.

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I have to include a super cute photo of my best boy Jaxx. He says, “Hi”.

That’s all for this newsletter. Please feel free toΒ contact me with any questions.

iheartyouhaveagoodday

…valery brokentoyland.com

Broken Toyland Newsletter #06 2017

Greetings. I hope this August Sunday finds you well.

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I skipped last week because I feel like I’m bothering people. As a result, I’m starting to get reluctant to create and send the newsletter. So if you receive my email and would rather not, just reply with UNSUB and I’ll remove you. Onto the art πŸ™‚

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pinkdragonhouse

Title: These Birdies Live In A Pink Dragon House. Click here to see more info on the piece.

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youhavethekeyFramed

Title: You Have The Key. Click here to see more info on the piece.

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These three etegami paintings that I posted before, are now framed and available. Click here to check them out.

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Also been doing a lot of BunnyHeads minis.
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Marydeth, being the star. So I have made a bunch of her.

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They’re about 45$, which includes shipping. If you want one, contact me.

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On a personal note…
After my total rebellion against etsy and my 2 months away from it, I have decided to add listings again. Yes, I’m going back and forth. I’m trying to find something that works, so that means trying everything. Even several times and multiple ways. It’s very time consuming to put everything on my website, building the codes and uploading, etc. I decided to do both for awhile and see how it goes. I know that etsy will bring me customers my website won’t. Plus, while they have their fees, I do not get charged the paypal fee with etsy payments. There’s a lot to it. But anyways, that’s what I’m doing now.

In case you didn’t know, I do commissions. But I do not do rush orders. I require time and dialog with you… asking lots of questions to form unique, personal commissions. My commission policy is half up front, to begin a piece (after we’ve narrowed down exactly what I’ll be painting), then, once completed, the balance is due, plus shipping. If you’re interested in having a Broken Toyland commission done, contact me.

So, until next time: be safe and have a great upcoming week.

haveagoodday …v