Category Archives: Artist By-the-Sea


I’ve been pricing items to sell at my craft fairs and have some thoughts about why this is so difficult.
1. I am not “just making back the cost of my supplies” so I can have bragging rights about how much stuff I sell.
2. If an artist is selling their items and not worrying about profit, then it is not a business, it is a hobby. Hobbies are fine, but if you undercut those who are trying to make a living, then maybe you need to rethink what you are doing to your fellow (women) artists.
3. Figuring out how much it costs to make an item for sale to figure out how to price it is only a starting point of pricing. Factoring in the time it took to create the art is a consideration, but in reality part of what you are paying an artist for is their talent, the gift they have of putting that talent into a piece of art that you love.
4. It is important for people to remember when looking at a piece of artwork Made in America, that we cannot compete with handmade objects made in third-world countries by very poor people who are taken advantage of. When you Buy American made things from an artist/crafts person, our standard of living is not in a third world country and you are helping to support the American dream of buying from a small business person.
5. We are grateful for every single purchase because that purchase is helping us to continue to create art and to follow our dream of having our small business survive!



Just in time for Mother’s Day!  A celebration of our lovely feminine selves.  These handmade cards can be used for birthdays, thank you or “just because” as well.  For more details about these greeting cards and to purchase them at my Etsy Shop – NancyLeeArtByTheSea go to:


Shore Bird Photo Greeting Cards


A greeting card series of cards that are created with Nancy Lee Artist By-the-Sea’s nature photography on the coast of Southern California. 

Each card set has a distinctive theme celebrating different coastal subjects such as:  California Brown Pelicans, Ocean Waves, Harbor Seals, Shore Birds, Sunsets and Sea Shells.  

“Shore Birds – Photo Greeting Cards” is a series of coastal bird photos, which show how funny & beautiful birds can be.

These cards perfect to use for any occasion.  The inside of the cards are blank and each card is hand-stamped with either a dolphin or pelican motif, which has been hand-carved by Nancy Lee Artist By-the-Sea.  Each card is 6 ½” x 5” with a 6” x 4” photo.  These cards could also be easily framed to give as gifts or display in your home!

A set of six cards costs $20 plus shipping & handling.  At this time, these cards are only available for purchase direct from the artist on Etsy.