Saturday, November 7, 2009

Big Changes at my Etsy Store

I decided to completely do away with shipping to all orders placed that are shipped within the United States. We have had a rough year and I have not been able to focus on my business they way that I have wanted to. I only did a few craft shows last year after my son was born with a heart defect and have not done any vending this year at all. Unfortunately for my sanity, I have not been able to get into the studio much this year either.

We had a baby girl in July. After 4 little boys a baby girl was a huge shock. We are very happy and this time we are really done having kids lol. After 4 babies, I was shocked to realize that I am suffering from postpartum depression. I sometimes wonder if I would be dealing with this if I had more time to get into my studio and be creative. I got to the point where I really didn't see any point working in my studio if I was not going to be doing any craft shows and then let me Etsy store kind of run itself, which is not any way to make sales.

So to jump start my renewed online business I have done away this all shipping charges to anywhere in the US...I know I already said that, just felt like saying it again ;)

I have also marked down many of my items by 50%.

Free shipping and 50% off most of the items in my store, sounds like a pretty good way to jump start my business and reinvent myself.

I will be getting on my main business website an making some changes there soon. That is just such a huge store, I am not really sure where to begin reinventing that. But I am making a commitment to myself to help get though my postpartum depression and to move some of this jewelry that I made before I realized that I need to take a break from my business and focus on my little Heart Baby.

It almost feels like this should be a New Years resolution.

Lets see what other changes I can come up with. I am starting to get excited.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Filling up my store again

One of the things I am working on to get back into jewelry full time is getting my Etsy store full again. I haven't had too much time for promoting and I let almost all of my listings expire. Since I only did a handful of shows last year and spent most of last year focused on Owain, his surgeries and appointment, I still have about 80% of the jewelry I made last year. So I have re-listed lots of them.

The super exciting news is that my new studio in our addition has been wired and it looks like we will be able to get the electrical inspector out here within a few weeks to approve everything. My husband Will, still has a bit more wiring to do, but it looks like it will be done either this weekend or next!

I am trying so hard to keep my studio/office area organized and not let it get out of control again, but the space is so small that within a blink of an eye it is cluttered again.

The only new pieces that I have been working on lately have been working on a few different ideas for Heart Defect pendants. I still don't have the perfect design that I am looking for, but I think I am getting closer! This is the most exciting thing I am working right now and I can't wait until I get the final design.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lost in Thought

I am really trying to pull myself out of my slump. I started out the year full speed ahead and thought I was going to be able to pull myself out from under this rock that seems to be getting bigger every day.

Just when I was getting ready to tell everyone that I am pregnant again, we got some bad news that turned out to be a terrifying white knuckle ride...and several false positives on a few different defects. After Owain's heart defect and surgeries, the thought of another baby with a heart defect(among other things) was way more than I could handle. Thankfully after lots of tests, with big needles, fetal echos, ultrasounds and probably other tests I don't remember now, we know that we have about a 95% chance of having a super healthy new addition to our family this summer.

My hormones have gotten the best of me & I am feeling kinda blue. So I am making an effort to reach out and be social and force myself to get moving again. My studio is finally in a state that allows for work to be done, and with about another half hour, I can have my photo station back again...although, I never did figure out why my camera turned on me. Hopefully things will click again and I can get some good pictures soon. I am starting to feel like a broken record complaining about my stupid camera, but blah, I have to figure out a way around what ever issue I am having.

So hi all, I think I may be back...I guess we will see how long I can keep this up.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A quote by Daisy Designs from Etsymom team

I just came across a post by Daisy Designs from the Etsymom Street Team, one of the Street Teams I belong to. I have really only gotten back to really working on my business again in the past few months and have not really gotten caught up on many things. I have seen a few posts on Etsy about the CPSIA and the new stricter laws concerning children's items. About all I gathered was that in order to sell children's items, under a certain age, they were going to have to be tested for lead. Which of course when you have mass produced poisoned junk coming from China...and never knowing which poison is going to show up in what product, I can see how stricter guidelines are needed...BUT, there are so many things that just don't have lead in them and never will...Like fabrics to make children's clothing, natural beads to make children's jewelry or wood to make children's toys. So many Stay-At-Home and Work-at-Home moms who are making money to help support their families will no longer be able to host their stores on Etsy and are forced to go out of business.

So, anyways, I came across this post by Daisy Designs and I wanted to share it and pass it along, I think that she did a wonderful job with this! Here is a bit of the post & then you can read the rest of it on the Etsymom Blog...

"As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the CPSIA.

Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it."

And here is the full link to Daisy Design's post.

Coming along nicely :)

I am getting pretty excited. My studio is getting organized & I got some full spectrum light bulbs. My camera has been giving me the hardest time! I can't get anything to pop out of the page any more. All my jewelry comes out looking flat & it has been driving me crazy. I was hoping to get all organized and start getting new pictures by the end of this week, but the kids were home sick...and then we had 2 days off due to ice. So I didn't get too much done, but I did get to play with the kids...which always makes me happy.

I did manage to get an OK picture of one of my new rings last week, but I am going to hold out on putting it up on my site to see if I can get a better picture with my new lights.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Enjoying quiet days without the kids?

I love having my older kids home from school. Vacations mean that we don't have to rush to wake up and get out the door to be on time for school. There is not nearly as much laundry...but twice as many dishes lol.

After the Holiday break they went back to school for a few weeks & now are on vacation again. While it was nice to have some time to myself during the week, it was so hectic, dropping them off, picking them up, trying to remember to get homework done. How is it possible for such young kids to have so much homework!?!

While they have been at school, I have been working on getting the house back together. I finally got the Christmas tree down, which is just no fun. Spending the day with the family, driving into the mountains to get a tree, picking it out & cutting it down...that is fun. Spending the next few days drinking hot spiced cider & decorating the tree...that is fun. Everything leading up to the holidays is fun, the music, the cookies, waiting for family to come, picking the perfect gift for every one...that is fun. Taking the tree down is not fun, telling the kids it is all over is not fun. Stripping the walls of holiday drawings, taking down the lights, eating the last of the cookies...none of it is fun!

We all miss the excitement of the holiday. Now it is just back to bed on time, running around, remembering to have the right foods for school lunches, extra laundry. It is just too quite here with half the family gone back to school & working outside of the house.

...but the kids are on vacation again, a long 4 day weekend! Yippie. Extra days of staying up later, extra family game nights & movie nights. So I guess it was not just the holidays that made everything so exciting...it was having the kids home. I miss my older kids when they are gone & so do the younger kids. Sometimes they just get board playing with mama & just want to play with each other. And when I am making meals, cleaning up or taking care of the other children, they bounce around the house waiting for mama to be done or for brothers to be home.

Yeah, I did get a lot done while the kids went back to school. I started editing some pictures of jewelry that have been sitting on my computer for months. I have been working on filling my Etsy store again & adding new pieces there. I have also been reorganizing my website working on changing a few things that weren't quite right, adding a few things...I started making wire wrapped rings & created a page for those...even though there is nothing there yet...I have lots of pictures of my rings on my computer ready to be edited & added to my website & to Etsy & they should start showing up on both sites in the next few weeks.

I can also get lots of work done while the kids are home. I don't have to stop what I am doing in the middle of a thought to go get them. They have moments where they want to go off on their own & build lego starwars or play some Scholastic game on the computer...and all is quite, but the thing is, its not. I can hear the clicking of the legos & the music of the game. I can hear my oldest reading a book to his little brother, helping him learn how to read. I can hear the baby laughing at his big brothers while all three of them dance around him to some silly song on Sesame Street. Sure they need me when they spill a bowl of cereal, or are sick of each other & want me to read them a book. Some things they can't do without mama, like get out the paints or glue or play-doh...but that is OK, I can get up and walk away from my work any time, there is no schedule, there is no "we are late for school" or "oops I forgot to help you with your homework". We can stop to play when ever we want and still have time to get things done. We can pull out workbooks and learn how to read, figure out math or play matching games too.

I think I enjoy quiet...or not so quiet days with my kids far more than I enjoy those not so quiet days without them.
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