Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Etsy Opening!

I have now opened my Etsy Store!!!
How exciting! Man it took a lot of work. I haven't actually sold anything in the two days it has been open but I have had over 40 views on my listings and shop :) Still feeling positive about it and I know my things are more expensive than the other peoples but I have better materials. There I said it. I know what they're using, I've used it before and I believe my things are of better quality... Hm now I sound a touch self-righteous... Le sigh. I'm just saying that I will give it a few months until I decide what to do with prices. I still have my made-it store to start up and get running too! And then I would eventually like to hit up the markets! I have lots of plans for this business venture but it all takes time and patience.
Oh wells. No pic today sorry folks :(

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Selling Season

Selling Season is back!
I uploaded a whole new batch of rings hot off the press :p So happy that I finally have some new stock up! Not to mention the amount I now have! I am very pleased.
I didn't put all of my stock solely on Facebook this time though. I figured it's about time I tried to start up my Etsy store... Talk about nerve-racking! I have been photographing my little heart out which was SO BORING! But I managed to get through it, now I just have to do the editing tonight and tomorrow and look for a way to display the size of them. I also don't know how much international postage is, so I guess it's off to the post office for meeee!

I have had a few sales lately ^^ mostly requests to make things; which is highlyencouraged! I like having to go out of my depth and actually look for things to make something in particular, I guess it allows my inner hunter and gather to come out :p

So the gluing saga ended well. We had a procession line going to get the all done as quickly as possible to avoid the resin drying on us! They have all stuck and are sturdy and solid! I am also really pleased with my ring bases! They are SO SO SO much better quality than the previous ones! They also look SO much better! <3

Ok well I'm off to dins with Dad.


Friday, June 15, 2012

New Product!!!!

Spirits are getting a bit low in regards to the business... I know its not supposed to be go go go! But I have only had one sale in the last week and its a bit meh. I know that I haven't put my rings up yet and I still have more earrings to go on but yeah... Its just a bit frustrating I guess...
Anyways I didn't start this blog to have a whinge... OR did I *shifty eyes*

No. I did not. The last few days I have been trialing some new products! Woohoo!

Are my latest venture :)
They are 100% hand made out of wool and old buttons!
Their insides are made of recycled wool scraps so essentially they are 100% wool! Yaaaaay! They're pretty cute in an odd sort of way...

Oh and I forgot to mention they're brooches!

So thats that. I haven't actually put it out to the public eye as of yet because they're the only four I have made atm... But I do hope people like them, I like them because they're something different and hand knitted which is always nice...

Apart from that I had a commission for a charcoal, this is it.

So thats my life so far into this week. Hopefully business picks up but if not I dunno, I guess I will just have to work out some new strategies. Right now I am experimenting and playing around with different wools with different textures and thicknesses... The thick stuff is hard to work with thats for sure!

Laters Skaters!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Rain Rain Go Away

There has been nothing but rain today... It makes it dreary and dark and I never want to get out of bed :(
We tried to go on an adventure today to the Cupcake Espresso cafe` but MAN did we get disappointed! It was raining so heavily and we had to run up the street and across the road and up another street only to find that it was closed :( Talk about devastation!
We just wanted a cupcake and a coffee! As it is the queens birthday here everything has decided to be shut...
We then drove over to Darby st, another cafe` area, and FINALLY found a place that was closing within the hour. Le Sigh. All of this in the pouring rain. I hate rainy days when I actually want to go outside.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Not Impressed

I am not impressed with the silver coated earring backings. Nope. No Siree.
They bend FAR too easily and they doing go on smoothly like the surgical steel ones.
Needless to say I will not be purchasing them again...

I was supposed to be having a full on work-a-thon today but because I stupidly cleaned my little heart out yesterday (I vacuumed like there was no tomorrow) and because, as I recently found out, I am super allergic to dust mites my face is KILLING ME today! L
It feels like there is a balloon under my skin that just keeps getting bigger, pressing into my skull... Essentially I have super bad pressure migraines. Le sigh.
So today I am just trying to do what I can without causing too much pain, computer time has to be limited which sucks because I did my new product photography today and was intending on editing and uploading. I guess it’s going to be a long and slow day in the office today...

On the plus side I am sitting here with a lovely hot cup of tea in my jammys and wearing my favourite nebula ring ^^

My little bro, Pumpkin, is chilling with me today... Well he has no choice seeing as he is our resident rabbit. He gets in very naughty moods at times but overall he is a pretty good little buns.

Alright back to the products. I have made HEAPS of earrings! Sooooo many! I am a happy little gumnut! The product photography, in my opinion, isn’t as good as the previous batch because I don’t have any nice wood grain surfaces here (the previous lot was done at Dads.) so I used the pebble concrete outside. It looks pretty OK but defs not as nice as the wood grain. My other problem at the moment is Etsy. I’m not sure if I should pursue my store on there yet or just stick with facebook... I was thinking of just doing a few items but even then I don’t really have any doubles of stock because this has been a major experimental batch! I might start it next week and just see how this lot goes selling... I am thinking that I will upload them in batches of 10 every second day. That way they aren’t all going up at once and people can stay excited :p
Well I had better get a wriggle on! The day is waning and my sister is coming to visit for her 21st! I feel so old!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Cabin Fever

Got me some supplies!
And since yesterday... or the day before I have been working my ass (and fingers) off! Have got most of the stuff done but I needed to order more earring findings and still need to take the rings back to dads to use his boat resin to glue them! It seems the only thing that is heavy duty enough to work! No matter how many times I tried the araldite just kept snapping off when excessive force was used. And yeah I guess that would be alright to a certain extent but I really do want the best and most durable products.
My fingers hurt so much, even typing is a challenge... :(
On the plus side of this creation binge I have made HEAPS! So so so so so much! I made a little trip down to spotlight and bought up big and came home and just went nuts on the material stash! And I really love a lot of them! They so prettyful ^^
Here's a bit of a preview of what I have been up to:

A few of the earrings I have so far :)

All of the goods :p

Because it has been raining I have just been sitting inside doing this for the last 2-3 days, I am going a little mad and really need to get out of the house or something!
I am also planning on house sitting mid-June so the thought of packing all this stuff up and lugging it with me isn't particularly appealing...
For right now though I do believe it is DINNER TIME!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Post Grand Opening

The sale went quite well!
I sold 8 of the 12 things that I uploaded! So thats more than 50% gone :)
I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out considering I was expecting like 1 sale hehe!
It was an excellent experience I must say, both exciting and scary at the same time with crazy thoughts like 'zomg I hope they dont hate it all!' 'What happens if no one buys anything!' 'AH MY FIRST SALE!' hahaha I had fun at the very least!
Now my plans are to head on home (I'm still at dads where the interwebs are fast and free!) and get creating, I have quite a few packages full of supply-goodness waiting for me at home! Not to mention I have to package and send off peoples purchases!
Le Sigh. In other words back to work and NO SLACKING!

Friday, June 1, 2012

And So It Has Begun...

Alas the sale has started! Talk about a stressful take off too!
I had all of the product photography done and it had gone like the breeze and then it seemed that the biggest decision I was going to have to make was whether to put the products in their own albums or to just put one photo of each product in a simple 'For Sale' album. I went with the latter...

So as the clock ticked on it eventually reached 4:55; five minutes before the sale was supposed to start and my delegated uploading time! I had carefully selected the best photo out of each shoot and had just hovered my curser over the upload button when OF COURSE there was a blackout. Yep. At first I was like 'Woohoo my laptop still has battery life!' until it dawned on me that the maker of the interwebs is powered by electricity... Now fortunately the power was only out for a minute but even so the modem was not impressed and refused to restart. It took about 10 minutes to get the thing going again! 
Once I had finally uploaded my pics it took a futher 7 minutes to write in the descriptions because highlighting to copy and paste wouldnt work :(
I then thought it would all run smoothly from there on in but no. After about 20 minutes and 1 sale later I realised I hadn't put postage on the price! So again I had to rush and do that in case someone got angry about it! No one did of course but I come from a retail background where some people get VERY angry about the smallest of mistakes...

So far I have made three sales which I am very pleased with :)
It has been a really good experience so far and a great prep for future business. I guess it has been a good learning curb in what to expect and have pre-prepared, like product descriptions!
Just got a fourth sale! hehe!

Au revoir Hombres`