Category Archives: Etsy

Rest In Peace, Pets

I’ve been able to paint lovely memorial necklaces over the past little while.

There’s something very bittersweet about being able to paint a beloved pet that someone has lost..

It’s like you get to help keep their memory alive.

Rest in peace, beautiful creatures.

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500 Etsy Sales. Cheers~

From a post I wrote on Etsy today:

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I reached 500 sales a little while ago, and I felt like I should probably post about it, but I didn’t really know what to write about. I remember when I reached 100 sales and wrote this lengthy post with advice and such. And then at 300, I wrote a lengthy post about how I honestly had NO idea what the heck I was doing, really! So I have no idea what to write at 500, and now I’m just focusing on the next 100, or even the next 500.

I’ve learned a great deal from these forums, and everything you could possibly hope to learn, all that information is at your fingertips with a simple search here. I kind of know what to do and where to go from here – sort of, but at the same time I still have no real clue what I’m doing, haha. My real goal is to make this dream a full time job, and I hope to reach that point some day.

Should I throw in some tips for newer sellers? I guess I could add a few things that usually cross my mind when I look at sellers looking for advice.

– Add more listings. Keep adding them. You can never really have enough. I never feel like I have enough. I’ll probably have enough when (if) I sell enough to make a living off of this shop. When you’re too busy putting together orders to add a new product, then you might just have enough in your shop. Until then, keep adding.
– Your pictures are most likely too dark. Lots of natural light is your friend. Picture editing software is also your friend. Macro setting is also your friend. Nice clean backgrounds are also your friend. Also, please don’t take pictures of your items lying on the floor. I can tell when they’re lying on the floor, and I don’t really want them now.
– SEO. So important. So, so so important. Did I mention that it’s very important? The titles, the description, the tags. Seriously. Those tags. Important. Fix them.
– Here. The seller’s handbook. So awesome: www.etsy.com/blog/en/2013/the-seller-handbook-archive/
– Policies. Add them.
– Respond to inquiries as soon as possible. Be considerate. Be polite. Be nice. People appreciate it, even if they don’t end up buying. I remember when I worked in the food industry, one of the important things I took away from it was that even if the customer goes away not liking your product, they can at least say that they had excellent customer service. Make those customers happy.
– Sometimes when things are slow, the best thing to do is step away from the computer. I usually joke that I would only get a sale when I’m not at home. But in reality, I’m not really joking at all. That usually happens! Like today I stepped out for a little bit and came home to a sale. It works. Those sale fairies are cruel like that. So take a break. Step outside. Get a little bit of sun. But not too much. It’s freaking hot out there. Oh okay, don’t go out; just at least go downstairs for a snack. I wouldn’t go outside if I had the choice either.
– Blogging is a good thing. That could be just a few sentences on tumblr, or twitter, or full, fleshed out blog posts on blogspot or wordpress. Even if you don’t know what to write, and this is coming from a person that is terrible at writing, it’s worth the effort. It’s crazy the kind of connections you can create from just putting a few thoughts out there. Go out into the blogging world. Find blogs that interest you. Respond to them. Share the love.
– Pay close attention to any requests. That can bring a world of inspiration or even lead to a whole new product line that you never even thought of before. Try new things. Don’t turn requests down unless you absolutely have to. Opportunity is everywhere.
– I think everyone should draw, even if it’s a few random scribbles. A few blank pages and a pencil or pen is all you need. You don’t necessarily need any artistic talent. A few scribbles or a few random words and it can all suddenly lead to a whole new idea or a whole new product. It happens!
– Be a little weird. It keeps things interesting.

I wanted to write more, but I’ve had two glasses of wine, and am now feeling the effects of those two glasses of wine. So I’ll just stop here. I could probably think of more advice. But yeah. Two glasses. It’s weird. I could have beer after beer after beer or hard liquor and feel nothing. But wine? Wine instantly gets your groove on, if ya know what I mean. Oh yeah, here’s one more advice:

– When it doubt, drink wine.*

 

* only if you’re of age, people.

Swing, Swing, Swing

Today’s project, inspired by a pendant I made about 2 years ago. Though the original has long been sold, that piece still gets attention now and then, and an inquiry for another gave me the push to make more of them. I love being able to pull a little inspiration from old artwork.

I had a lovely birthday weekend with family, friends, barbecue, and the beach. It’s always nice having a birthday that’s falls right in between pride week and Canada Day because I can surround myself with rainbows, love, gallery images full of hot gay bodies, and giant fireworks. Aw yeah. Happy Pride, and Happy Birthday, Canada. Woohoo!

Oh I almost forgot: today marks the second birthday of this blog. Crazy!

A Few Of My Favourite Things #4: Tweet Tweet~

April 8 is Draw a Picture of a Bird Day!

……. yeah, I had no idea that existed either.

But here’s to our feathery friends on Etsy!

I love all the coffee love! By lulunjay


Beautiful bluebird watercolour work by BlueOtterArt

Bye bye winter! Summer Girl by subarashii

The Music Tree is so cute! By chaldea

Owl love ❤ By BaBeArt

“Cage” is stunning! By kmwatkins

300 Etsy sales and I still don’t know what I’m doing!

Via my thread  on Etsy…

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Joanna from rainbowofcrazy says

I wrote one of those “things I learned at 100 sales!” posts back in the day. But now at 300, I don’t know how helpful I’m going to be here because I can proudly say that I still have NO idea what I’m doing!

I’m still trying to improve on pictures. I’m still trying to work on titles, tags and descriptions. I’m terribly unsuccessful with social media. I’m still trying to see what’s selling and what’s not worth working on anymore. I’m still figuring out trends: internet trends, what people are looking for, what might be trending in my shop, what trends to follow, what direction to go in. I’m still trying to find my niche. My views are still all over the place and I still stare at my shop stats religiously and still try to make sense of the data. I’m not quite sure how to be more efficient. I still don’t really have a proper pricing formula. Some days I stare at my shop and have no clue what to work on next. I’m definitely not making a living off of Etsy!

But I think I’m doing something right so far.. I just have to figure out what that is. lol. I guess at this point, my best advice is to keep on trying and listen to advice when given. I see so many shop owners complaining about lack of sales, and then completely ignore all of the amazingly helpful advice that is given. Listen, learn, and improve.

And seriously. Keep working on that SEO. Because that is definitely one thing that’s been helping me get found. That, and probably a lot of luck. lol.

A Few Of My Favourite Things #3: Butterflies

So pretty and delicate. How can you resist a sweet butterfly?

Beautiful, whimsical butterflies by gardensofwhimsy

Beautiful butterfly bowl by melissaceramics

I adore this delicate butterfly silk hair clip by SewSmashing

Gorgeous hand dyed felted scarf by RudmanArt

Gorgeous origami butterfly necklace by AllegroArts

Butterflies, purple, and promotes fibromyalgia awareness. Perfect! By CeeMonkeyDo

So pretty! Butterfly bracelet/ring by TheMysticalOasisGlow

A Few Of My Favourite Things #2: Bunnies!

I favourite so many adorable little critters on Etsy; here are just a few of them. I swear, these little guys are so cute; I can’t stand it. I wish I could afford them all. That, and have all that shelf space for them ❤

Oh my gosh, the ears ❤ by thecrafter

Ainigmati is so incredibly talented. The brown bun reminds me of one of my old buns.

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Fairyfolk has beautiful crafted critters like these adorable baby buns!

How perfect is this tiny little bun! by YanArt

So cute you want to eat it ❤ by quacked

I need to be surrounded by these adorable velveteen rabbits by CrookedDogDesigns

A Few Of My Favourite Things #1: Winter Chill

I love selling on Etsy but I also love ogling over all the beautiful items that I find on Etsy as well. I can easily spend large chunks of time following shops and staring in awe at all of the beautiful handmade goodness. My favourites list is more of a wish list right now.. a list of admiration for the items that I find extraordinarily beautiful and things that I would daydream about having, items I would love to wear or happily place in a room to show off and admire. Here are a few of my favourite things. (Gotta stay warm this winter!)

How gorgeous is this scarf from Shovava?

Stunning knit dress by Muza

Big and amazingly fluffy faux fur mittens by KMKDesignsllc

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Did I mention I love anything fuzzy? Like this faux fur cardigan from ixela

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Fantastic knee high knitted socks by RGideas

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