Friday, December 17, 2010
I am wishing all of you a wonderful holiday!
I hope, in the mean time, that you will visit previous posts of interest to you. I have listed some of my favorites in the sidebar. And there is always the list of key words in the far right column. Happy reading and see you mid-January for some surprises and fun here in my blog!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
No 'Yesteryear' post today! The present is much more fun than the past! Jubilee was born to my fourth child, Jeremiah and his wife, Beth. They now have four children.
If you are interested in my large family this post tells a little more. Jubilee's daddy is referred to as "a teacher-type" in this previous post.
Monday, December 6, 2010
I worked a full day at my part time job on Thursday, had Friday for further prep for the weekend shows.Saturday came and I did the show at the High School. The Saturday gig was unexpectedly show for me. I watched the gal next to me sell crocheted hats by the dozens, it seemed. One vendor came over to her and said: "You seem to be the hit of the show and the only one selling anything! I see all the customers walking around in your hats!" And, I believe, she was really helped by the exceptionally cold weather outside that day. She sat there all day, crocheting as fast as she could, as the special orders came in one after another.
On Sunday, I awoke feeling totally exhausted and fatigued! Since I had not paid anything for the slot at my complex, I begged off and stayed in bed the whole morning. The afternoon was spent resting and trying to recover from, who knows, exhaustion, or catching a bug??? And to be honest, I know that I was fighting depression all day. And I still am. Hubby out of work, except for a temporary seasonal part-time job at Macy's; My part time job ending; now future in sight and my sales are just not that good!
We hear all that hype on Etsy about "quitting your day job" which I would literally love to do, but it seems so elusive most of the time. So here are my insights (and resolutions):
1) Don't--I say--DON'T make any decisions on the Monday after a show! (Otherwise called suicide Monday, in other professions!)
2) Give yourself some time to rest and recoup after all the work!
3) Find something else to do after your shows, for a change of pace. Take a little break! We all need a break from time to time. "Full steam ahead" is not supposed to be ALL the time!
4) After recuperation, get some objective advice on your products and make sure that you listen!
and . . .
5) Never, NEVER book yourself too tight in the future! (especially at my age! :)
Anyone else have any insights? Would love to hear them, er . . . . just maybe not today--MONDAY!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Here's mine for today! I love the tree on the other side of the fence!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
1) Share a holiday item that you created and tell us a little bit about it.
2) Create a holiday Etsy wish list and share it on your blog. What do you really want from Etsy this year?
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sweet Birdie Necklace by pruittdesign
Pink and purple earrings by lindab142
Lots and lots more on SALE! Enter "Cyber Monday Etsy" ( and any other search parameters you prefer) in the search box on Etsy and find lots, and lots of bargains.
Hurry today is the last day!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
The Craft Bazaar was enjoyable and beneficial. The school where it was held benefited, I got sales, and others fully enjoyed looking at every array of cuteness and whimsy that my fellow crafters could think up! I enjoyed the process, working with my grandchildren--Taylor and Kayleigh; and seeing other family members enjoy the bazaar---going away with their belly's full of pizza, kettle corn and treats as well as treasures and designated gifts for Christmas giving--all a delight to watch.
But as you can probably tell by my own use of the words: "enjoyable" and "beneficial" and "process", I am of a more practical mind. It wasn't a particularly thrilling or giddy experience; it is "work" for me. The culmination of a LOT of work at the sewing machine and the bead board. Don't get me wrong! I enjoy crafting and sewing! But shows and bazaars, while a necessary selling venue, are sometimes exhausting! There's all the hauling and carrying and setting up. Then there is the "being on your best behaviour" attitude. I enjoy talking with the shoppers, but person after person can get a bit rote, after awhile. Vendors around me can be cheerful and friendly, but this particular day, they were busy and aloof. And to top it off, I don't necessarily eat well on show days. Then, when it is all over, there's the break down, packing and hauling again!
But--all in all--I did OK, my pocketbook is happy and I had a "beneficial" day!
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
This current project is just for me!
I have shown this project in process and in pieces before in this blog, but finally it is all together--well, I'm just finishing the hand quilting around the edges! It's a wall quilt that is approximately 36 by 36 inches. It will eventually hang over my dark leather couch.
I just love the wheat motif in the center of the piece!
I started it when I was staying at my daughter's house. I had lots of scraps and decided to use them up! Obviously, you never 'use up' all your scraps, but I had always wanted to try crazy quilting. Actually, I do my signature quilt with a crazy block, but it doesn't have any embroidery on it. I really like embroidery and enjoy doing it. I can do a little here and there, between other projects, because it's not like you 'have to finish' this kind of project. With Crazy quilting it is difficult to decide when you are finished! It's all in the eye of the beholder!
Anyway, What inspired me was a book that I bought from my book-of-the-month club on ribbon embroidery. I'm sorry the pictures are not very good or you could see that I tried a different ribbon embroidery technique on each block. I also used beads for accents. And I love that nothing has to be symmetrical in this type of project! Overall, this has been one of my greatest accomplishments to date!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I am a person of strong emotions and opinions. I'm not intending to be political in these little writings on Saturday; I'm not into politics that much. It tires me to listen to all the spin and hype and promotion. I will not take one side or the other, for politics' sake. But I do have opinions about 'people' topics and relationship issues and about life in general that I hope will be interesting to read.
After last weeks start (earlier post) to this series, I had an experience with a co-worker that had to do with NOT listening. So, maybe I had better NOT speak up again--it seems you get what I "asked for" or, what I wrote about! . . . NOT! I'll still keep musing and speaking (blogging), because that's just who I am.
Anyway, in a small gathering of co-workers, I heard one person make a statement that slightly offended me and that I believed was . . . well . . . no judgements or politics, now! So, at a later time. I asked that person if I could talk with them about it. I explained my hurt feelings, mostly because the statement related to a previous emotional hurt of mine. I was hoping to get a "I hear you saying . . . . " and, then, get an opportunity to discuss the matter. But instead, that person was defensive of their position/thinking and placed a judgement on me! Ouch! That hurt! Agreement was not what I wanted--nor judgement! All I wanted was to be heard! And considered. Enough said about that.
So, a skill that I would like to present and that might help promote listening, is to acknowledge that you heard what the other person said whether you agree with it or not. This skill, after actually listening, would be to say: "I hear you and I think that you are saying . . . ." Response and restating what the other person said, helps them feel like they are NOT talking to a wall. This lets the person know that you, indeed, heard what they said and opens the door to discussion. Using this little skill will go a long way to creating a sense of well being and understanding for everyone.
Just saying . . . .
Friday, November 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
This beautiful red Christmas card by PaperieBlooms
Ya think, maybe, I am longing for Christmas to get here soon, with all this red?!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Anyway, the estybloggers carnival topic that I have chosen is to write something about my good working tips for holiday sales! I guess that we all need good tips. I'm not so sure that I have any that will turn on light bulbs in other Etsysian's heads, but I will share what my disciplines are.
First, I did an over view of my past sales to see what were my frequently sold items. I found that I have sold more jewelry than I thought that I had. It moves slowly, but more of it moved than my other individual items. This surprised me! I guess my focus has been on my fabric items and I just didn't notice. So tip #1 is: see what you have been selling the most of. Be ready to have more of that item on hand.
Tip #2 Can your frequently sold items be customized at all? Buyers like custom handmade items. Can you change colors, personalize or customize? If you can, change your descriptions to reflect that! I have this popular item that can be done in several colors and I'm offering it accordingly.
Tip #3 Make sure you have good shipping policies. If you shop on a certain day, say so, and stick to it! The customer needs to be able to expect the turn-around time that you have promised. Look over your policies and determine what you can safely say that you CAN DO with certainty. I ship on Tuesdays and Fridays. I strive to get my orders out earlier than that. If I can get the order out on, say, Monday or Wednesday, then I am ahead and my customer is happy. Happy customers may become repeat customers!
These are just a few of my suggestions (tips). I hope that this helps someone. Also I am looking forward to and excited to read other seller's tips!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The colony members supported the lifestyle through agricultural production and the application of their manufacturing skills. They made most of their own products including furniture, textiles and baskets. They also had a wonderful band that played at the community fairs, much to the delight of everyone!
Monday, November 1, 2010
Me blogger mates have asked for pictures of our Pirate Party at our church! My camera is still broken--arrrgh! But several other shipmates took pictures. Pictures are not that clear, but I think you can get the idea. (Another mate is a pretty good photographer, maybe I can get show some of her pictures later!)
Shiver me timbers, thar be the "crew" above and my hubby on the left.
My daughter, Elaine, the Family pastor and the "Captain" of the event! Another with the crew members of the church staff.
Then thar was my other daughter and her family. She's a wonderful seamstress -- HerApronStrings on Etsy. They are wearing the costumes that she designed. She said she was the "dread pirate Roberts." Pretty cool, huh?
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
This fence is an iconic fence that brings nostalgic emotions to many people. The traditional "Picket Fence" is a symbol of 'home sweet home' for many of us. Some remember paint cans and brushes and afternoons outside "whitewashing" the fence. This one is at a museum in Aurora, Oregon and surrounds the museum grounds.