Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Aww, little bro as a cute clown! My mom made this costume and I think we all wore it at one point.
And I am ashamed to admit this, but in the five Halloweens we've had with our own kiddos (six! if you count this year too!) I have NEVER made their costumes! Making clothes just isn't my thing. But my MOM, she's still got it! The first year, they were little pumpkins. My mom was sewing their pumpkin costumes while I was still pregnant.
Insane Asylum Papercut Keys - how neat! The ones with the skulls are my favorite.
Pumpkin Mugs - these mugs look so scrumptious! Perfect for sipping a Pumpkin Spice Latte!
Wire vampire bat - I love the simplicity of this wire sculpture.
Boo Toy - click into the listing to see the rest of the photos of this! It's so clever!
Spiderweb Doily - I wish I could crochet little doilies; my mom is quite good at it. I just don't have the patience to work with such thin thread and a tiny needle. How cool would it be to have a large version of this spiderweb, to use as a tablecloth?
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
I've had the same five dollies in my shop for awhile now, and their "view counts" (the amount of times people are clicking into the listing to view the item) go up and up ever so slightly ... but no purchases. I've been hesitant to make new stock to put into my shop, because I don't want to bust my hiney getting the stuff done, only to have it sit and sit and sit.
So I decided to purchase one of Etsy's cooperative advertising tools. It grants me one "showcase" plug for a 24-hour span. That day is today. If you go to the Etsy home page, you'll see the plug for the showcase, upper right: (aren't you impressed with my highlighting skills, haha!)
So is it helping my sales? Well, maybe. It's too early to tell, I think. More people are definitely viewing my items, but I haven't received a purchaser yet. People are looking, but they're not hearting. Hearting is key, that's how I make my purchases, at least. If I don't make an on-the-spot purchase, I heart the item and buy it later. No hearts means what? I don't know. Any self-deprecating artist like myself (aren't we all that way?) thinks of course that their stuff sucks and how could anyone want to buy it blah blah blah ... I think I'm going through a bit of that, but I also know that my stuff has sold. I just can't figure out the exact key, the exact way, to pinpoint the A-HA! way to ensure more sales. I'm not even sure that exists. And I'm not even sure that I want to have a high demand for my items, because I'm not sure if I'd have time to fulfill lots of orders.
As I said, it's a love-hate thing going on. I'm struggling with not even being sure that I want to continue my shop ... I have ideas for new stock but then I consider the time involved, and I'm just not sure I want to invest it. Ho-hum. I'm torn because I think it would be wise to stock up my shop a bit with some of my baby-safe dolls and some of the regular dolls, and maybe some big dolls and some garland too, for the holiday season, but I'm not sure if I want to spend the money and the time to build up stock, and have it sit there until March.
And then the bigger, more pressing issue is that I'm signed up for a craft show November 14. I need to decide by Wednesday of this week if I want to be a part of it or not. I need to decide if I want to work on stock to get ready for the show, or just forget it. If I did make up some stock for the show, if it doesn't sell there, I can stock my shop with it. Win, win. But I don't know if I want to go through that effort in the first place! This lack of enthusiasm is concerning ... I don't know what it is. I'm still liking what I make, I love my little dollies and I've got some new ideas for new items that I am excited about, but in the evenings I'd rather just NOT work on anything. I'm hoping this is a phase.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
We had an AWESOME hayride! Sarah's house has a ton of land behind it. The hayride was so much fun!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
DANGER Zombie sign! ~ Hilarious! I've been into zombies this year; I think they are popular because I've seen them a lot on Etsy too. Do you remember my letterpress Danger Zombies RUN sign that I bought awhile ago? Link here. I like that this sign is vinyl on metal, seems more substantial, and more ... serious. And you know what, it's only $12 - that's quite reasonable for warning the masses about the undead.
Creepy doll print ~ WHOAH! Creepy. Scary. I know. But yet, I sort of like it too. Think it would freak my children out? Yeah, I think so too. Speaking of, Wrestling Kitties, I know your aversion to dolls ~ look away, look away now! This seller's name is CreepyDolls. Quite apt, yes? She's got some interesting prints in her shop besides this one. This one is less creeptastic. But still freaky.
Metal pumpkin belt buckle ~ My darling husband's birthday is Friday so I had to include an Etsy find for him! I really doubt he'd wear this pumpkin belt buckle unless it was just around the house, he's more of a plain-clothes kind of guy, but I do think it's pretty cool!
Halloween Coloring Book ~ this book is cute in and of itself but it's also clever because it's a collaboration of 15 Etsy artists. My kids would get a kick out of coloring these pages! And I would too!