Tuesday, May 17, 2011

True Confessions of a Starving Artist

I have a confession to make. I am a starving artist.

Well not literally, but very nearly so, yes. This week the groceries were bought by a very dear and generous friend, without which, I don't know what we would have done. Yes, we are existing on a shoe string budget, to say the least.

Life has been difficult for some time now, with our family facing things that I am sure many of you have been facing during this tough economy as well. Unemployment, illnesses without insurance, cars needing repairs, unexpected obstacles, and side jobs that have fallen through.

My husband has a new business that is taking off and in just a few short months things will be turning around, but in the meantime I have received the best news of my life at the worst possible time.

You may have read in my earlier post of my acceptance as an emerging artist to the prestigious American Craft Expo. I am thrilled beyond belief, honored, humbled, and terrified. Sick to my stomach actually, as there is no money in the budget to cover the booth fee and I am in jeopardy of losing the opportunity in just a few short days.

And so I decided to hold a sale - and several of you have responded. Thank-you! But I am afraid I am still short and so I stand here, in full disclosure, transparent and honest before you. This is not just a celebration sale, but a "Help Me Get There Sale".

Yup. I need your help to do it. Not that I haven't had your help all along the way. Without your support, encouragement and patronage I wouldn't have made it this far. And I surely wouldn't have had the guts to even apply this year for the American Craft Expo. So for all that you have already done to support me, I thank-you. And if you are able to, I ask that you take advantage of the sale I am holding - Free Shipping Worldwide and an additional 10% off all art now. Read on for the details:

There are only 3 days left to take advantage of the celebration with a 10% discount on all art sales and FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE on any purchase you make through Friday. Remember, you can now find my available work at my website, here, or if you are a member of Etsy or would like to become one, you can still purchase most of my pieces at my Etsy studio, here. Read on for details and thank-you again for all of your kind comments and encouragement this week!

Purchasers from my website: Click on the item price to be taken to a PayPal invoice and payment details. In the note to buyer section please include the coupon code: celebrateACE and make your payment. Your 10% discount and shipping charges will be refunded to you within 24 hours, and most likely within a few hours of your purchase.

Purchasers from my etsy store: Make your selection, entering coupon code: celebrateACE when prompted. This will deduct the shipping cost from your purchase. Proceed to PayPal and make your purchase and your additional 10% discount will be refunded to you within 24 hours, and most likely within a few hours of your purchase.


  1. Done, darlin'
    You HAVE to go! Hope this helps.
    xoxo Kim

  2. OH darn, I was too fast and didn't enter the coupon code, oops!

  3. Thank-you Kim!! I'm so grateful for your support and know that this will make being able to get there so much more meaningful!

  4. you are a brave, brave, brave girl crystal neubauer, brave, i tell you!!! i am so proud of you for all of your blood, sweat, and tears, so proud of you for allowing yourself to be vulnerable and real, so proud of you for giving this artist life your ALL. i could burst! all my best hugs and prayers to you!!! xoxo

  5. Crystal, You have to go. I have been lurking on your blog and website, love your work, I am going to post a link to your blog on mine. I wish I could but all of them, am in the same position, with b=jobs, illness, divorce....but you have to go! Good luck, you are creating beauty!

  6. I ditto the comment above. Your realness with this post is SO moving and honest, and I love that in people . . and it is scarce. I, too, celebrate your courage, and your work is wonderful! So glad my purchase is going to this. My thoughts & prayers are with you, Crystal. xo

  7. Thank-you Jan for the hugs! Thank-you Michelle for the link and I pray for God to bring provision to you in your situation as well.
    And Jann - thank-you for purchasing my work even before I opened up to tell the position I am in.

    Truly, I know I will not take being there for granted. I am humbled by the outpouring of support, encouragement and cheering I've received!!

  8. I'll spread the word Crystal. You really do have to go!!

  9. Congrats Crystal on your acceptance into the American Craft Expo. That is amazing and I hoped you were able to raise the funds you needed to attend.