Saturday, November 29, 2008


I'm terribly excited. I just opened the mailbox and I'm so happy that my package from Barefoot Bath and Body just came! I had usually only bought lip balms from Barefoot Bath, but I went for soap this time, too, and I can't wait! I had used one of her sample sized soaps that she sent me the last time I ordered, and I have never felt cleaner. I'm now off to search for some Aloo yard to make myself a soap-saver.

I'm terribly excited about my lip balms and soap!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

What makes a successful blog?

What makes a good blog?

-Know your subject, know it well.
-Write cohesively.
-Stay focused!
-Be original
-Be helpful
-Be a friend

These are all things I need to work on.

I seriously need to update this blog. I'll get to that eventually. When I'm not so frazzled.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Yay I made the front page!

That's right, my Infatuation treasury made the front page!

I'm so excited!

I have a lot of ideas in store for my Etsy shops, so keep checking back for new items.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Yep, that's right. I've finally snagged myself another treasury. I'm so excited! Take a look:

Clicking the picture will open the treasury in a new tab or window.

I'm hoping for it to get a bit of notice so that it has a chance of reaching the front page. I would definitely love that kind of publicity.

Update: I got another treasury on Treasury West! Take a look:

Clicking the picture will open the treasury in a new tab or window.

Yay tumbler! And a fancy dog toy.

Yay, my long awaited package from Progress Machine finally came yesterday! The delay was due to an error with my order and the fact that it was made over the weekend and UPS decided to reschedule my delivery. Nothing bad on their part, just want to mention that. Anyways, I got my pound of stainless steel tumbling shot and my rawhide hammer (which Cleo thinks is her new chew toy...) and I can't be happier.

I immediately went downstairs to try and locate my tumbler barrel, which I somehow lost. Hubby found it for me and I grabbed all the silver I had that needed tumbling and popped it in with a bit of shot. Added some Dawn and water and was good to go! ....Or so I thought. An hour later I opened up the barrel and all of my jewelry was black and greasy and the color of the steel shot. My tumbler barrel was also really dirty on the inside. So I had to rinse everything off, tumble for a half hour with a degreaser, then rinse again, tumble for another half hour with a degreaser, and then finally I could tumble it again with the Dawn. Too much work, but at least everything is nice and shiny now!

My office/studio space is almost complete. I just need to move the rest of my supplies down here, hang up a corkboard or two and it will be complete! Oh, and I need a chair. Preferably a comfortable one, spinny, with wheels. The rest of that will have to wait until I recover from making my last tuition payment (finally!).

I'm trying to think of more tutorials or other Etsy-related how-tos, but I'm out of ideas! Is there anything you'd like to see? Comment on this post with your ideas on what you would like me to show you next!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Only you can save us now.

Forgive me if I start to ramble, I really had no intent behind this post when I started it. It's just what's on my mind right now, with no real cohesiveness to it.

I'm still waiting for this "holiday rush" I keep hearing about on Etsy. Everyone else seems to be pretty busy, especially the soap sellers. Everyone wants soap for the holidays. I wish I had the money to buy all my presents on Etsy, or to make them all myself. Mostly what I need is money to pay my bills, that's the most important thing right now. Not to get any more into debt than I already am. But, that's a side-effect of investing in your own handmade capitalist venture. You need to spend money in order to make money. And I have made money selling on Etsy. A lot, in fact. In the last 8 months that I've been selling I've had 52 sales, one of those being a wholesale order for 28 pieces. All those profits though, went to buying more supplies to improve my business or tools or paying off credit cards that I used to start up my business in the first place. And there's still so much more that I need to make to "get out of the red".

Etsy just seems so slow for me lately. I was hoping that will the sudden drop in gas prices, people would start spending a little bit more. Especially now that it's the holiday season, people are doing a lot of shopping online for their Christmas and other holiday gifts. Trickle-down theory, I suppose. But I guess it's working the other way and people are tightening their belts even more, because of the recession we're in, because of the Bailout Plan. It makes it so much harder for all of us on Etsy, and anyone else who sells handmade.

Now that I've broached the subject of economics, I might as well touch on politics as well. Usually I stay clear of political topics when I'm talking about my business. I don't like to mix the two. But I will say this. To all those people out there who are bashing either candidate - use that energy to CHANGE it. Your vote CAN and WILL make a difference. But not if you don't use that right to vote. Don't just sit there and whinge about it when you can DO SOMETHING. I want to encourage everyone to get out there and make a difference. Please, for the sake of this country, help us.

Friday, October 17, 2008

It's just a flesh wound. Oh, and Ikea!

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. Hubby and I are going to the Palisades mall to get his iPod fixed, hopefully he can because his warranty just expired... And then we are going to go to Ikea to buy things for my new studio that I am moving into in our basement. Speaking of which, does anyone know how to keep spiders away? I don't mind them, but not in my stuff!

And the best part of tomorrow? My mom is going to take us to see Spamalot at Eisenhower Hall! I can't wait!

Right now though, Hubby and I are trying to figure out where part of his package that he mailed out went to. The person who received it said that there was something missing from the package, a tool kit. I don't see why this kind of thing could be dangerous, I buy my tools online all the time. It was just a little pouch with a bunch of small screw drivers, tweezers, and a razor blade. Hopefully the post office can make this right. It seems like every time he ships something through the Postal system something goes terribly awry.

Well, I need to get some rest for tomorrow, I've got a big day ahead of me.

Monday, October 13, 2008

How to upload your Etsy items to Google Base

Another tutorial, folks.

I've heard a lot of talk about Google Base. If you're not familiar with it, it's a way to upload your item data to Google's search engine that makes it easier for people to find your items in Google Search. Your items may not come up in the regular Google Search, but in the shopping links on the top of the normal search page. There are two ways you can add your items to Google Base. One at a time or through a data feed. What I am going to cover today is how to add your Etsy items to Google Base via Data Feed.

First off, go to Let's Ets (
This is where you will produce your data feed.

Type your Etsy username into the box, and click Fetch My Items.

Make sure all of your listings appear correctly.

Click Download Bulk File to download your XML file. Your Etsy name will be the file name. Mine is "paysonwinters.xml"

Now, go to Google Base. (

Sign in to your Google account if you haven't already done so.

Click Data Feed on the right hand side. This will bring you to the My Items section. CLick on the Data Feeds tab.

In the upper left hand corner, click the button that says New Data Feed.

You will now need to register your data feed. Choose your target country and your item type. Then you will need to type the XML filename with the extension included. Mine is "paysonwinters.xml". After you are done click Register Data Feed.

You will be taken back to the Data Feeds section where you will be able to manually upload your XML file. Remember, the file name must match the name that you have just registered.

After you upload your file, Google Base will process your items and make them searchable.

Another point I'd like to make (I know I had mentioned it above), is that your items will still show up in the normal Google Search, but Google Base is designed to input them into the "Shopping Results".

For example, I searched Google for "Pebble Stacking Rings" WITH the quotes and this is what I got:

Last Updated: 10/13/08: I realized that some of my screen captures were wrong, so I moved them about a bit, made everything flow a bit more cohesively. I also added a screen cap of my own Google results.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Inspiring people inspiring inspiring people.

A few days ago, on Etsy I came across CoffeePotPeople who had mentioned that my avatar was an inspiration to her. So I sent her a message with the details of the organization to which she replied that she was going to write a blog post about. I figured she would just mention it in passing or something, like "Oh hey check this out blah blah blah" but when she messaged me this morning with the link to her blog post I was blown away. This woman is truly amazing, and I'm so glad that such a simple thing as a forum avatar has inspired her to write a truly beautiful blog entry.

You can read her entry here.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Top Secret Mailers!

Eee, I found a tutorial for making your own bubble mailers! 27things has this wonderful tutorial on how to make your own bubble mailers. I finally have a use for all this cardstock and bubble wrap that is just sitting around. Anyways, my first few weren't that successful, but here are the really pretty ones that I made:

Oh, and the best part: The back is SILVER. Yay for shiny things!

I can't wait to get an Etsy order so I can send someone one of these mailers.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Busy Busy Busy!

Wow, today was a busy day! I sold 4 items in a matter of hours. Busy busy busy getting those packages ready to send. I also want to thank Rebecca from SoapDeli for featuring my Matchbook Note tutorial on her blog.

I don't really have much else to add tonight, this is just a quick update before I go to bed. Goodnight everyone!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Matchbook Note Tutorial

Before I begin this tutorial, I just want to thank AmberSky for featuring one of my items in her treasury!

And now on to the tutorial.

Tonight we are going to learn to make those adorable matchbook notebooks. I make mine out of recycled cigarette cartons, but you can use any thick paper you want. I like patterned cardstock for these as well.

Your finished product will come out looking like these:

Lets get started, shall we?

First you'll need to gather a few tools. Necessities include an Xacto knife, cork-backed ruler, and a self-healing cutting board, and a stapler. I have a fancy paper cutter which makes things a lot easier, but it of course is optional. You can do just fine with your Xacto and ruler.

Your supplies should include the cardstock you want to use for the matchbook itself and the filler paper. I use discarded faxes from my day job as filler paper.

The first step will be to cut all the edges off of your cigarette carton. Cut off the box flaps on the sides and either end of the carton.

Next you will need to cut the carton (or cardstock) to 9 inches in length. After this, we will cut the carton into three 1 7/8" strips, going parallel to the folds in the carton. If you use 100s size cigarette cartons you can get 5 strips out of it, instead of the 3 that you get with regular king size. If you are using cardstock, then you will end up with 3 or 4 strips depending on the size you are using.

After you've got your 3 pieces of carton or cardstock, cut them in half so that they are 4 1/2" in length.

Now we need to score the matchbook so that it will fold easily. Using the paper piercer (or Xacto if you don't have one) score along the piece, starting from the bottom up. Measure 1/2 inch up and score. Then measure 2" from that score line and score again. Then measure 1/4" from that second score line and score again. You should have 3 score lines in total when you are done.

You can put the cardstock pieces to the side after you're done scoring them. Now it's time to cut the filler paper. I use 8 1/2x11 sheets of copier paper that are lightly printed on one side. No use letting this stuff get into a landfill, since my job doesn't recycle paper properly.

I cut the copier paper 1 3/4 x 1 7/8 that way it's not right up to the edge of the notebook. I use 10 sheets of filler paper for mini notebooks. It makes them just the right size and doesn't kill my stapler. If you've got a more heavy duty stapler then you could feasibly do up to 20 sheets of filler if you wanted.

Go ahead and staple your notebook right in the middle of that 1/2" fold. This will overlap the top flap and keep your notebook closed and keep your pages in place.

Repeat scoring and adding filler pages to your last remaining pieces.

Ta-da! You've succeeded in creating a set of mini matchbook notebooks!

The Launch of Luxe

There are going to be 2 posts today, my normal update entry and also following this one is going to be a tutorial on how to make Matchbook Notebooks.

I am excited. I need to pick a different emotion other than excited because it's what I choose all the time, but that's what I happen to be right now. Anyways, my jewelry boxes came in the mail the other day from TheCraftDragonfly and they are even more gorgeous than I thought they would be. I spruced them up with my signature Payson tag (the LUXE version, of course) and some pretty awesome ribbon.

I think they look absolutely fabulous.

I've been working on more product for PaysonToo but I still don't feel that I have enough product to open up the shop with. So for now it will just stay a buyer-only account.

And now I need to go get my fix of fall junk foods. Curse you candy corn, Malomars and Cranberry Splash Sierra Mist!

Stay tuned, I'll be posting that tutorial later.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

New look =]

I got bored with the look of my blog, so I decided to spice up one of the Blogger templates. I haven't coded anything in so long, I was completely lost. I've been designing my own websites for the past 5 years or so, but for about a year I guess I haven't coded much of anything. It was so hard remembering what type of tag did what, oh I was so confused. I guess it's time to get myself back into the swing of coding, and since my college doesn't require web design for me to graduate (even though it's a Graphic Design degree, go figure) I guess I'll have to learn myself.

I am going to be purchasing a domain for myself in the near future, so I guess I will get my coding practice that way by designing myself a website layout. I can't wait! And I will be buying my own hosing this time too, so I don't have to deal with anyone else's crap when I set everything up. I can't count the number of times my hosts haven't paid their bills and my entire website was deleted. It's happened to me pretty regularly in the past. But I won't have to deal with any of that any more.

I've been experimenting with stacking rings lately, they're quickly becoming my favourite accessory ever. I made a few sets out of brass and copper last night, and taking inspiration from PaintedMetal I've been experimenting with patinas on the different metals. I used Copper Sulphate on my brass rings, and they turned this lovely olive-green colour, but when I woke up this morning they had turned this salmon colour mixed with the green. They looked almost the colors of Unakite, which is pretty neat. I'll have to experiment with them a bit more. I don't know if I would ever offer them on my Etsy store, but you never know.

I guess I'll have to just keep experimenting with new things and see!

I've also been working on some things for my new store PaysonToo, which I mentioned in a previous post. I've made a few matchbook notebooks out of recycled materials, and I am working on more recycled jewelry to offer before starting to list in that shop.

And now to try and get these things all done... I always feel like there's never enough hours in the day... Later all!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Stacking rings!

I think that stacking rings are the perfect accessory. They're so much fun, so versatile, and they go with just about everything. I've finally got mine up and listed in my Etsy shop, go check them out!

I'm also working hard on my new Luxe line, and I've had this idea floating around to make yet another collection. The new one would be for all of my recycled jewelry, an eco-chic collection called PaysonToo. I have the idea in the works right now, I'm just doing too much at once to really give it my all.

My darling mother has spoken with her jeweler about my foray into metalsmithing and he's offered to teach me some of his tips and tricks. I'm so excited, I can't wait!

All my hard work with my Etsy shop is finally paying off, I've been so busy this month. I love it. I love when I have things to do, pieces to make, orders to be filled and shipped. I have so many more items to list and supplies to buy; sometimes I feel like it'll never get done. It just make me feel all the more accomplished when I finally do get everything finished. It really makes me proud.

Okay, I need to go tend to my Etsy addiction.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

LUXE is coming!

Behold, my new line LUXE is coming soon! Be prepared for luxurious handcrafted items soon to be seen in my etsy shop. I'll be making sets of stacking rings, some manly rings for the men of Etsy, along with some kickass earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. As the name implies, it'll be more of a luxury brand. I'll be using ONLY Sterling Silver, as well as some pretty neat gemstones including Chalcedony and Amazonite.

I can't wait, I'm so excited!

I've also added a lot of new items in my shop lately. I've been a busy bee. I've been using those Czech glass owl beads a lot, because lets face it, they're adorable! I've been using a lot of pressed flower beads and steel retaining rings, and I think I'm starting to create a signature Payson style. Pretty neat, I think.

I've also been using a lot of recycled components lately. Christopher has been kind enough to let me have his old guitar strings after putting on new ones, and I've created a lot of new earrings and bracelets with them. I think I'm going to do a whole new line of recycled jewelry and accessories, but I haven't the time right now, so I'll have to put it on the back burner. Which really does suck, because now I'm just collecting a whole bunch of JUNK for later use. Oh well, I suppose these things happen.

Well, time to get creating.

Don't forget the free gift with purchase, still going on in my Etsy shop!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Playing with fire

Everyone at work must think I'm a pyro or something because I was so excited when I bought my MicroTorch. I couldn't find it cheaper ANYWHERE! For once, I actually like my job.

Now that I've got my new toy, I'm going to try my hand at making some ball-end headpins and earwires. I've had this design floating around in my head for the longest time and I'll now actually be able to implement it.

Eventually I want to try making some little stacking rings or something out of both copper and silver. I need to buy a few more supplies before I can start soldering though.

I'll just stick with earwires and headpins for now, and see how that goes.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

What to do while sales are slow.

As a lot of people have noticed, sales are EXTREMELY slow lately, even though May was Etsy's busiest and most profitable month to date. So what can we sellers do while sales are slow?

1. Work on improving your craft. There's always room to make what you do better.

2. Venture into other types of crafts. For example, I've been using the down time to create new and more interesting jewelry, start working with leather, learn basic metalsmithing, and creating ACEOs.

3. Work on getting your shop into tip-top shape. Work on improving your photography, rewriting your descriptions, getting the overall cohesiveness of your shop in order.

4. Work on your promotion. Join a networking site like Facebook or MySpace and promote yourself. Or work on starting up a blog or personal website.

Those are only a few of the ideas I've got floating around my head right now, but the fever is taking hold again...

Friday, June 6, 2008

Don't try this at home, kids.

I am excited! Today I got terribly bored and decided to try my hammering skills. So I dug up some old copper wire and got to work. It took a while to get the hammering technique down, and even longer for polishing. All in all, I think it worked out pretty good.

Here's a sample of what I've been working on:

When I get all the kinks worked out in the hammering and polishing process then I am going to oxidize them with Liver of Sulfur, and see how that goes. I can't wait to see the result.

I also decided to try my hand at making body jewelry as well, and successfully made a pair of CBRs that are just perfect for a tragus or cartilage piercing. They are 18g copper with a diameter of 10mm. The "ball" is a 4mm glass pearl that sits in there just perfectly. I'm going to see when I get more 4mm beads if the holes in regular beads are small enough where the bead won't thread itself onto the ring. If not, I'll just have to get 16g wire. I'm thinking of doing these in Sterling Silver as well, possibly Argentium because it's a more pure form of Silver, and marketing them on Etsy.

I'm proud of myself for my accomplishments today!

Don't forget the free gift with each purchase in my Etsy shop!

Thursday, June 5, 2008


Today was exciting! The Boy and I were stuck in traffic most of the way, both times it was because of congestion around the Newburgh-Beacon bridge. So a 15 minute trip turned into a 45 minute trip. Luckily, I had the sound notion to bring my iPod with me today. I always knew it would come in handy. Anyway, today's adventures consisted of going to Fishkill to pick up The Boy's check, and then snailing our way over to Middletown, getting COMPLETELY LOST and spending $500 on a remote control car. For my part in being a supportive girlfriend, he took me to A C Moore, where I picked up a few things for myself. I got myself some leather, a stamp, some beads that were on clearance, and a picture frame for the gorgeous drawing I bought from fineartist on Etsy.

Today was also exciting, because I got my ring from markaplan from Etsy today! It is absolutely gorgeous! I lurves it. Now I have to lose 10 more lbs so I can get something else from my favourites.

I meant to go on about my new leather cuffs that I'm currently working on, but I got sidetracked by my shiny new ring. I've cut pieces of leather 1.5 inches wide and stamped them with an oil based paint. They're hanging up to dry right now, but here are some pictures of the progress:

I can't wait until they're dry so I can finish them! I've never worked with leather before, but it's something I've always wanted to do. I'm a big fan of cuffs, and I think this could be a pretty interesting project.

And remember my free gift with purchase in my Etsy shop from now until June 10th!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

What's this? Free gift?

That's right. Now through June 10th I'll be giving away a free (surprise) gift with each purchase made from my Etsy store!

I've been busy lately, promoting my shop and working on new items. I really want to take a metalsmithing class, but I don't know of anyone in the area who does them. My college doesn't offer one either, which makes me angry. I want to be able to make my own jewelry, instead of just assembling it like what I'm doing now. Anyone can do that. Not everyone can forge their own rings and pendants. That's what I want to be able to do. I want to add some unique items as well as some staple items such as hoops and rings and bangle bracelets. There's only so much you can do with beads, charms, and chains.

So as some of you may or may not know, I've started to diet again. I want to lose my weight slowly though, so my skin has time to shrink. There's nothing more disgusting than a person who's lost a tremendous amount of weight in a very short amount of time and has all that loose skin hanging off. No, that's just wrong. Anyways, I've been setting little goals for myself. I've just lost my first 10lbs so I bought myself this gorgeous ring from markaplan on Etsy. I'm going to do this for every 10lbs or so... Pick one item in my favourites on Etsy to reward myself for doing a good job. I think next I might get three of Gemma's Delicato stacking rings... I've been eyeing them for quite some time...

Aaaand I'm off. G'night.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

No Excuses.

Well, I figure I might as well update this. I have been overwhelmed with school, work, and trashy romance novels. I have so much I need to put up on Etsy, on both of my shops no less, and a lot of re-listing to do as well. I also need to start SAVING the money that I make on Etsy, now that I have enough supplies to last me quite a while. I've spent a great deal of my personal funds to get myself going on Etsy and it's time that I pay myself back. Also, I want a new laptop of my own, because the Boyfriend is getting increasingly possessive over his.

Today is my last day of school, so I'll have a lot more free time after today is over. This is what I've been waiting for for the last 10 weeks! Now I'm free until August. I should be blogging a lot more, being able to devote more time and effort into my posts instead of just jotting down whatever comes to my mind before bed or in between classes.

I have so many plans for the summer, I don't know if I can accomplish them all.

Well, I'm off now, gotta go to class.

Friday, April 18, 2008


I've been hearing a lot of talk about young adults being eco-conscious these days, as we should be. The planets future lies in our hands, and we need to do everything we can to preserve it for our future and the future of our children, so on and so forth. Recently I was shopping in several of the largest box stores in my area, and I came across a few "eco-friendly" items and also some "energy saving" items that I thought would be worth mentioning. Think of this as a review, if you will.

EcoTex Earth Friendly Bed Pillow

This pillow was a bargain at only $5 from WalMart. It is made with polyester fiber made from recycled water bottles. It helps reduce landfill waste. The cover is a very soft 200 thread count cotton cover (not organic) that is bleached with natural hydrogen peroxide, as opposed to traditional bleaching methods. Even the packaging that it comes in is biodegradable, claiming to degrade in the landfill "in as little as three months"

My rating: ***** 5 stars. It is cheap, very comfortable, and good for the environment.

Simplicity Laundry Detergent

Another WalMart purchase of mine, also pretty easy on the wallet. I believe I paid $5.44 for this 50FL oz bottle. The detergent is 2x concentrated, so you can wash more loads with less detergent. Always a good thing. It is also hypoallergenic and non-toxic. The package also claims that it is phosphate free, safe for septic systems (very important in my house, as we have septic) and is not tested on animals. I have not tested this product yet, but it looks to me like a good investment. This company also makes hypoallergenic non-toxic dryer sheets, which I have yet to test, because I still have plenty of my Bounce sheets left.

My rating: *** 3 stars. Cheap, concentrated, but I'm not sure of its cleaning abilities yet. Also, it smells kind of strange. I may feel the need to edit this review after testing the product.

Georgia Pacific 100% Recycled Printer Paper

I only browsed past this item, but I thought I would include it anyways even though I didn't sit there and read the label. Looks to me like a good deal though, at $3.82 from WalMart. It's 100% recycled, not like other papers that are between 30-70% post-consumer recycled paper.

My rating: **** 4 stars. It is definitely something I would use for my business, as I do go through a LOT of paper, between invoices and other nonsense. Also, I'm a college student so I write a lot of essays.

Eco-I totally forgot the name School Supplies

Okay, so I forgot the name, but I saw these notebooks, binders, filler paper, folders, notecards, etc at Target the last time I was there. I love that they are 100% recycled paper and printed with soy-based inks. I use the notecards as thank you cards for my jewelry purchases. They are amazing, and they come in excellent designs. My only concern is that they are a bit pricey, especially for Target.

My rating: *** 3 stars. These school supplies are friendly to the environment and the eyes, but not so friendly to my wallet.

Organic Sheet Set

I saw these at Target as well, and I must say they are SO soft. There are two different types of sheets that I saw, the first is made of 100% organic cotton and the second is made from is made from a blend of cotton and bamboo fiber (40% bamboo/60% cotton). Both are priced starting at $29.99 for a Twin set, and going up to $59.99 for King or California King. They come in beautiful earthy colors as well as some beautiful blues and greens.

My Rating: **** 4 stars. Organic and pretty, very good. Not as good on the wallet as other sheet sets, especially the Nurture brand, which starts at $79.99.

Well if you're still reading, I give you a cookie. Or, well, you can get yourself a cookie because technology is limited at this time.

Don't forget to check out these great handmade eco-friendly products on!
Recycled Skateboard Earrings by 2ReVert
Overnight Maxi-Pad by Ambrosiadesigns (Yes, you heard me right, these are COOL!!)
The Hound Hoodie by anniessweatshop

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tutorials? Yay or nay?

So, my last blog had an open ended question that no one answered, so I'll ask it again. Do you want to see me produce some tutorials? If so, what kind? Any input would be much appreciated.

Thanks, I look forward to hearing your responses.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Well things are looking good...

Today I took the day off. It feels so good to just sit at home and vegetate! 

Yesterday I sold 2 more items, which is amazing!

I'm glad things are finally taking off, and I've already met my April goal of 3 sales in my first week! I'm just waiting on some more supplies I bought yesterday to arrive...I should be expecting those in a few days. I just can't wait.

I was thinking of creating a few tutorials on basic Etsy functions, and some basic jewelry-making techniques, but I have no clue what people would want to learn about. Any suggestions?

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Caffeine = GOOD

Wooh!  I love success. I had another sale on the 1st of the month. Made my day =] I've been lurking around the forums and reading the Etsy Success Stories and I've been formulating a "plan of attack".  I don't quite have the money to re-list every piece in my shop on a daily basis, so this is my plan: (Sharing is caring!)

* Create at least 1 new piece every time I sit down to work.
* Take very good pictures.
* Stay active in the forums. Sellers are also buyers!
* Try and list at least 1 or 2 items per day.
* Have good item descriptions including all materials that the item is made of. Also, use proper punctuation, grammar and spelling in all descriptions, profile information, shop announcements.

Hopefully I will stick to my own advice and have some success in this little undertaking of mine. 

Time to list some new items I just finished!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Glee, kind of.

I need to stop taking things so personally. Also, I miss my kitty, but that is a different story. For now, I need to work on improving my craft, creating pieces for my age demographic and then attracting those sort of overworked and underpaid people. That said, I think it's time for me to concentrate my efforts in something more...I don't think 'fulfilling' is the word I'm searching for- but SOMEthing. I just don't quite know what yet. 

I've purchased a Showcase listing on Etsy, which I am very hesitant about. It starts tonight at midnight, and I just KNOW that I'm not ready for it. It's only 24 hours, but still. I need to re-shoot everything in my gallery, change prices, and I'm just NOT ready for all of it. Oh gosh. Why do I always regret these kinds of decisions?

But on the bright side, I did get the packages I ordered from a few people on Etsy, which made my day. All of them came on the same day! *glee*

Friday, March 28, 2008

Oh dear.

And so it has begun. Here I am, setting out to blog about my jewelry making exploits, mishaps, and other such nonsense.

Wish me luck, I'll need it.