Selling Books Online

I love Amazon.  I seem to always have a package coming from Amazon.

A few years ago I decided to thin out my library as I have so many books.  Some of them I still had from college and from teaching and decided someone else could better use them.

My first lesson was always have a confirmation of delivery.  The seller is “always” the liar in Amazon’s template.  I sent a $110 book with $6 or so postage to a person who complained they never received it, so I got a bad review and she or he got a free book.  That was about five years ago.  I felt if they need to lie to get a free book, then they needed it more than I did.  Not to worry.  I sold a few more books then decided it was too much work.  I got to know our local postmasters well, as I was going there about every other day.

About six months ago, I decided to list books once again and listed some 400 plus books and they started selling.  This time there was tracking for each one and a confirmation.  Well, the buyers have gotten more savvy and according to Amazon, they are always right.

This time I lost an $80 book, as the person claimed it was the wrong edition, even though I clearly had posted the one listed.  They got to keep that one for free.  Next the post office accidentally sent two books to the same address (shown on my receipt) so lost another book. Never did figure out what happened to that book. Third person received a book from my PhD classes for a mere $124.00 and they said it was missing pages.  Funny, they were all there when I sent it and when I personally used it.  Amazon awarded them the book and the money.  Another student sent a nasty note that they had received the wrong edition, saying they were way behind in class due to my mistake and in this case I did accidentally send an edition that was one earlier.  The note said they were failing the class due to my stupidity.  I let it go, knowing their stupidity was far more charming, after teaching design for eight years,  and authoring a successful design book, I know there is not that much difference in editions.  I am sad for their view of the world.

Yes, I am no longer selling on Amazon.  Too many complaints from buyers.  So if you are selling your books on Amazon:  Seller Beware!  The buyer is always telling the truth according to Amazon.

Just a commentary for today.  Any ideas where to sell these books?  I think Powell’s in Oregon buys, so will look into that, but would love other ideas.

Selling Books Online

Designing a Postcard Ad for RE

Airstream being pulled

Today while listening to classes on real estate I decided it was a good time to sketch while listening.  Multi-tasking and now I need to add color and come up with a By Line.  Anyone have any ideas?  Here are some I was thinking about:

Thinking about making a move?

Ready for a change of scenery?

Where do you want to be at this point in your life?

Don’t think I need to to exert this much energy to move?  What is your idea?

Think of me when you think of Real Estate. Join me on one of my Facebook pages:

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Designing a Postcard Ad for RE

Another SOLD Postcard

Maxx Sold

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Whenever I sell a home, the client receives a hand drawn pen and ink with a watercolor wash that I draw just for them.  It is framed and cards are made to match the drawing.  They are also welcome to use the drawing in any way to share with family and friends.

If you or any of your family or friends are looking to buy or sell in the Poulsbo, Kingston or Bainbridge Island, I have lived in the area for 25 years and know the areas well.  I love making the transaction a smooth and positive experience.

Hope to hear from you.

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Another SOLD Postcard

Home of my Interior Design Client

Van Buskirk

Over the course of about two years, we totally redesigned my friend’s house.  She loves it and is the best client.  Our last task was to select colors for the exterior and for her door.  Benjamin Moore HC 45 for the exterior and bright aqua for the front door.  The house looks great.  It is so heart-warming when things come together and everyone is happy.

Home of my Interior Design Client

Hats off to a New Beginning

Turd

Sometimes we just have to start over.  When going back into real estate a few months ago, I joined a “team” where I thought I would comfortable.  I thought I would be just selling homes and strictly working with buyers. I love all of it, but working with people is the best part of real estate.  You get to meet people from all walks of life.

I am a happy, but calm person and loud explanations just don’t resonate well with me.  I discovered that discussions in this manner no longer worked in my life, so I have taken off the hat of a team, pictured above and moved on to do my own thing in my own happy and calm manner.

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The umbrella is gone and I am going to have a great time “out in the rain” growing my real estate and interior design business.  Hopefully people will understand and appreciate the benefits that come from working with not only an experienced real estate broker with high ethical standards, but with a professionally experienced interior designer.

Having designed and built four homes for myself and as spec homes, I understand the process of building and construction.  Having designed those homes from the ground up I know what it takes to make a space work. Teaching for eight years at The Art Institute of Seattle helped me learn how to share knowledge with other people.  Publishing a book taught me organizational skills beyond the norm.  (Please check out “Drafting for Interior Design” at Amazon and many other sources.)  Working with clients the first thing I always remember is listen to what they want, not what I want.

Not only as an interior designer, but as an artist the proper use of color fascinates me and would love to help my clients work beyond the colors you see in so many homes to one that sings to them.

So here I go and here is the first post card I will be sending out to anyone and everyone I can think of.  Please send your address to me at kingstoncove.studio@gmail.com if you would like to be on my mailing list.

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Cheers to new beginnings!

And by the way every client buying or selling a property with me will receive a original hand drawn for you from your favorite angle of your new or old home so you have it for loving memories.  Here is one I recently sent to Australia.

Hungerland finished

Hats off to a New Beginning

And you think you go somewhere fun to have your hair done.

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How many Hair Salons have a Chicken Coup, a School House from the 1800’s and nice modern salon built on the property.  Don Edward’s in Kingston is Gene Juarez trained and actually listens to what you say.  Pretty remarkable combination.

And you think you go somewhere fun to have your hair done.

Port Gamble Post Office

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Back in time to Port Gamble with its Post Office. Port Gamble represents one of the few remaining examples of company towns, thousands of which were built in the nineteenth century by industrialists to house employees. Founders Josiah Keller, William Talbot, and Andrew Pope planned the town to reflect the character of their hometown, East Machias, Maine, where many of the early employees originated. For 142 years, the community existed to support sawmills that produced lumber for the world market. The mill closed in 1995, but as a National Historic Site, the townsite has been preserved to reflect an authentic company mill town.

The first known residents of Port Gamble were members of the Nooksclime, Clallam, or S’Kallam tribe who fished and gathered food along Hood Canal. The S’Klallams belonged to the linguistic group, South Coast Salish, which populated Puget Sound. Tribes traded and intermarried and generally experienced little conflict except for raids from outside the region. In 1841, a U.S. Navy expedition led by Lieutenant Charles Wilkes (1798-1877) named the two-mile-long bay at the mouth of Hood Canal after Navy Lieutenant Robert Gamble, who was wounded in the War of 1812.

In the summer of 1853, San Francisco lumber merchant and sea captain William Talbot (1816-1881) spotted the sand spit at the mouth of the bay as a likely place for a lumber mill. Talbot was a partner of Josiah Keller (d. 1862), Andrew Pope (1820-1878), and Charles Foster in the Puget Mill Company. They planned to cut the abundant trees of Oregon Territory into lumber for sale in California and across the Pacific. The sand spit sheltered ships and was close to stands of timber.

S’Klallams already lived on the spit and on the bluff above. Keller induced the natives to move across the bay to Point Julia in exchange for free lumber, firewood, and Christmas gifts. The S’Kallams called the site Teekalet, “brightness of the noonday sun,” for the way the water and sand reflected light on sunny days. Talbot borrowed that name for the mill.

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Here is the oldest photo of the building I could find.

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Port Gamble Post Office

Local Attractions

Portside Pub BW Poulsbo Portside Pub

Poulsbo, Washington is one of our local “Go To” places in Kitsap County,  picturesque with great restaurants and shops galore.  Sheila’s offers great breakfast delights with friendly local servers and The Loft restaurant offers great views of the bay, if you sit out on the deck.  Be prepared to wait a bit, as I find the service a little slow, but the food is local and good.

In this drawing, I think I actually like the black and white better than the colored version.

Since I just started selling Real Estate again with John L. Scott and Penny’s Team in Poulsbo, and will be showing from Bainbridge to Kingston I decided the perfect house-warming gift would be a drawing of the house my client buys.  Let me know if you know of anyone looking to buy a new home in our area.

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Local Attractions

Port Gamble

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Out and about buying fabric to make Easter Dresses for my three Granddaughters, with camera in hand, Port Gamble is such a lovely piece of our local history.  Originally built as a sawmill town, there are rows of houses built for employees and managers of the Port. the Walker Ames House, which I drew last week was the owners original home.

In the next week or so, I will be drawing the General Store, owned by friends of mine with some of the best food in the area.  The fabric store Quilted Strait is often one of my favorite stops, as they have a lovely and varied selection of cotton, more designed for quilts, but work great for “Granddaughter” dresses.

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Port Gamble

Walker Ames Historical House in Port Gamble, Washington


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 Walker Ames ColorThis beautiful Victorian home in Port Gamble, Washington is stately and beautifully designed.  It has not been used as a residence in many years.  In 2008 a group interested in paranormal activity came and definitely felt the presence of “ghosts” in the house.  Built in 1888 it was the home for William Walker, master mechanic,and his wife Emma, daughter Maude, and son-in-law Edwin Ames. The house was close to the mill so Walker was nearby in case of emergencies. Ames was the resident manager from 1883-194 and then general manager until 1931.

This is the rear of the house. It faced the waterfront to welcome ships and captains.

When I was teaching Interior Design at The Art Institute of Seattle, I had the good fortune to teach a class called Adaptive Reuse.  My students had the choice of redesigning this or another structure.  It was wonderful to see this elegant home come to life as a Wine Bar, a Bed & Breakfast, a Wedding site and several creative venues.  It is too bad that zoning makes most of that impossible and for the most part the building sits empty and sad.

1888

Here is a photo of the house in it’s 1888 glory time.  There are no color photos from that time for obvious reasons.  I love to draw historical houses and places and you will see more of these in the future.

My drawings are available for purchase at Liberty Bay Gallery in Poulsbo, or from me.

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Walker Ames Historical House in Port Gamble, Washington