Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ode to Magpies

I know Magpies can have a reputation for being pests, but I've always found them so beautiful.  I still remember the awe I felt when I discovered their black coloring was really iridescent purple, green and blues.  Shortly after, I drew my first one, hoping others would see what a beautiful bird they really were.
When I put it up on Zazzle I wasn't sure if anyone would want an image of them and selling on Zazzle is not like selling anywhere else because usually you have some form of contact with your customers and it's always fun to hear about why something was purchased but on Zazzle,there's no feedback so you're left wondering why someone  likes a particular bird or animal or the design.
One of my first sales there was of this Magpie Mug.

It went to the United States. Several more went there and then a group of items to the United Kingdom.  Now finally a group five shirts and hoodies went to Edmonton, Canada.

Who knew that Magpies would be my most popular bird?  Not me. 

So if you're one of the people who read this blog and you've purchased a Magpie item, or anything else, thanks, and I'd love to hear why.

These sales always come at a time when I begin to think that maybe I should find a better way to spend my time so I really appreciate it.  It's like a signpost saying, no, just keep at it.

I'd also like to say thanks to all of you wonderful bloggers for such interesting stories and incredible pictures.  I never suspected I could spend so much enjoyable time on the internet, in fact I don't even watch tv anymore.  I've learned so much about birds, nature and other parts of the world in the last few months because of you fellow bloggers.
If this sounds very disjointed, sorry, I've put it up 3 times and every time I finish it my internet service gets cut off (as they're doing repairs)and I lose what I've written.


  1. Great that you finally succeeded in getting this posted - it was worth the wait! (I'm a magpie fan too!) Congratulations on your sales - I find exactly the same thing. Just when I think it's not worth the time I spend on stocking my store, someone buys something so I carry on!

  2. I have never seen a Magpie so find them fascinating and pretty birds. Your designs are fabulous! The buyers obviously have good taste.:)

    Don't you just hate it when you lost internet connection in the middle of a post? Happens to me also. BTW...your post reads well. I appreciate your comments on my blog. Visiting blogs is more entertaining than watching TV.

  3. Great work, my dear. Magpies are awesome birds,indeed.I love that cup!

  4. Carole,
    I imagine a first idea when buying this is the artistic design you have made. I really like the shirt design.I'm sure the other is they can be a favorite bird, or perhaps bring about a good memory.Seems there was one in a childrens book I have read.

  5. You do beautiufl work, you must definitely keep at it! The mug and t-shirt are both fabulous! :-)


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