Friday, February 29, 2008
Look at these beautiful necklaces I have been creating for my friend's wedding. She wanted something different so I offered to make her some necklaces my style. I really think them. Especially the swallow bird. Perfect for a wedding.
Well its been an exciting day in my world, I just got critique by ETSY lab ladies, it was soooo great to hear what I need to do to improve my shop to be a top seller. It also put me on the front page of the website, as well in the Storque, the online etsy magazine.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Well its been a long February, my dad came at the beginning of the month to convert our garage into my personal sweat shop. I finally no longer have to use the living room or kitchen to create my stuff, I will have a room of my own. I am so excited about the change. Today the carpet is being laid and the painting is done....Then will come my stuff. I never realized how much craft stuff I owned until I moved it into our storage area for a brief time. I hope to go through and get what I really need and can the rest to ebay or a thrift store. So if you need anything let me know, I just might have it and be willing to almost give it to you for free. I will be adding picture of my progress, so please stay in touch and see what a new craft room will look like in the making.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Its been a rough week, my son was sick all last week and now I am under the weather and not able to make much of anything. I did do a local Sweetheart show on friday night, we saw about 30 come through the door and made about 100 bucks is 3 hours. I wonder really how sucessful a house show can be, but some money is better than no money. I sold mostly my cute retro summer dresses for little girls, I made a ton last season and plan on starting again soon. They are made from vintage pillowcases and cute new ribbon and come in all sizes. I sell them cheap, $7 a dress on my etsy shop Beckymae.
I think it's a great price for a play dress, I would hate to spend 20 bucks on something my child could ruin in an hour.
A random moment......Also the weather has been very warm for this time of year. I found this picture while looking for one of my summer dresses, I took it last year in May. I hope to have a ton of poppy flowers again this year.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
What a great story I learned about from other fellow etsy seller. Read all about it......
True story! I have spent my life in service to others. In 1981, as my 4 children were beginning to fly the nest I became a special needs, single foster mom. Thirteen years and 60 children later(1994), when I retired from foster care, I was age 50, had adopted nine children and was starting my third year of college. Whew! I graduated in 1996. (late bloomer) I sewed nearly every day of my life for 30+ years, but shortly after my 8 daughters all flew the nest there were no more prom or wedding gowns to make, and I found JEWELRY! It all started in a craft store when I followed a lady around the store trying to find out where she got her beautiful earrings - and she told me she made them. "Well, surely I can do that!"I practiced on friends and family for three years, and when I had so much jewelry it was obscene, I wasn't ready to stop creating. Then I found GEMSTONES and I was a goner. I have to work several more years because I haven't built up enough retirement to live much better than a bag lady, so I am the director of our local Boys & Girls Club (Hmmm, imagine that). I've been selling locally and by word of mouth for about three years now., and teaching classes for children at the Club, ages 9 to 13. They are amazing. I signed up on Etsy, but chickened out. Finally, in January I worked up my nerve and listed some items. Lots of lookers, no sales yet. I do get wonderful responses from people, which is very encouraging, so I study "promotion" and spend time in the forums. I'm learning a great deal from the generous souls on Etsy. My most amazing sale? I was in a craft store looking for a toggle clasp and a woman bought the gemstone necklace I was making - for $95. I went to your blog and I think it's great - quite lovely and original. So nice to meet you, Beckymae. One of my daughters is named Becky.Kindest regards, Juliette
Be sure to checkout her shop on etsy.