4 years & counting

Sometimes it feels like forever ago and sometimes it feels like yesterday. Today, four years ago, I was getting ready for what was to become one of the best days of my life. I didn’t know then, 4 years ago, that the love I felt then could grow into a life full of laughter, great times, smiles, encouragement — and a love and appreciation far greater than being ‘in love’.

It is about the little things… I love waking up to a kiss from you almost every morning, even though I am barley conscious that early… I love that you allow me to be crazy and ‘too’ creative. I love that you still call me ‘babe’ even on the days I don’t really feel like a ‘babe’… I love that you call every day while you are at work even if you don’t have anything important to say. But most importantly – I LOVE to see you smile and being around you (even if we are spreading tons of stone, digging holes in the backyard, putting stucco on a house, or just watching TV).

You make my days baby. I love you and I love being married to you!

June 28, 2008 | Ivyland, PA

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Up-cycle challenge in progress

So far I have cut out all the new pieces from my old dress and hope that my new one will be a little bit more attractive in real life as in my head.

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Say Thank You

I created these folded cards with a blank inside after I was looking to send someone a thank you card. I didn’t have any and all blank thank you cards out there are so… blahhh… (aka BORING)

Personalized Thank You Cards

So I started to think about making my own (like a true do-it-yourselfer) and came up with these… Now I can send someone a thank you card and make it a little bit more personalized than the ‘blahhh’ thank you cards available in regular stores.

Or what do you think? I decided to sell these in a set of 10 cards and 10 envelopes.
To see the listing go here: Thank You Set of 10; $15

Indulge in some AMAZING bath and body products

If I could pick ONE seller on Etsy.com that I could switch place with it would be with Kathleen of Tucker Hill Designs. I simply LOVE her sugar scrubs and recently bought a whole bunch to use as Wedding Shower Favors – but wish I could use them all for myself.

So, let me introduce Kathleen, owner of the Tucker Hill Design store – a Store full of amazing body care products.

I am guessing that everyone that buys the sugar scrubs loves them (including me); is it your most sold item?
Yes, my most sold item(s) are my sugar scrub cubes (although my new bath melts are giving my sugar scrubs a run for their money). I think the sugar scrub cubes sell well because they are attractive and make unique gifts. I do have quite a few repeat customers for these cubes because of their consistency and exfoliating ability.

How was it to get started on Etsy?
It did seem like it took a long time for my products to get “noticed” on Etsy. There are a lot of shops making and selling similar products in my category. I think it took at least six months for sales to increase – last Christmas was my first Christmas on Etsy and I was quite a bit busier at that time. I think also that feedback is a huge driver – after accumulating a number of positive feedbacks I think my sales started to increase also. People have comfort in knowing that others liked certain products.

What do you do to stand out here on Etsy?
There are a few things. I extensively research and experiment with my products before offering them for sale – hopefully the quality and care comes through in the final product when used by my customers. I try to take good, clear pictures of my products and write appropriate, and sometimes entertaining, descriptions of my products. That’s all the customer has – they can’t pick up a jar of scrubs and examine it and smell it. Another thing that is very important is customer service. I try to communicate quickly and clearly to my customers or potential customers – I think this communication makes a big difference. It is important to me that my customers feel a bit special – you don’t get that treatment at most stores or by ordering online from major companies.

What got you started?
I “retired” from being a paralegal in 2009. A good friend of mine has a gift shop and wanted to offer reed diffusers to her customers. So researching and crafting reed diffusers started me off, but it wasn’t long before I moved into skin care items and then bath items (being a bath junkie doesn’t hurt LOL).

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Constant research! Now that I have this business, when I shop, that is research, too. Looking at labels, fragrances, styles, etc. My husband told me recently, your business is all you talk about. It was then that I realized that handcrafting these items is my passion.

What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
I can tell you what it is now, but that may change – I love the new bubble bath bar stacks that I am making. They are unique and so cute.

Other amazing products from Kathleen’s store are her body lotions in so many different scents. And her bath melts – if I only had a big bath tub…. 🙂

Any tip you want to share to fellow Etsy sellers?
Yes – be patient if you are a new Etsian. It takes time to get noticed on Etsy simply because there are so many shops and creative artisans. I realize that some of the sellers have “day jobs” and cannot spend full time creating and selling. However, the person sitting at their computer at home doesn’t know that – all they know is that there is something they are interested in buying. Communication is key – let them know when their item is being shipped. Answer any questions they have as soon as you can. It takes time to develop a reputation and the reputation will bring you additional and repeat customers through word of mouth.

  • Take clear pics of your items and tell your potential customer as much as you can about it.
  • Use Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and your blog to drive people to your Etsy shop.
  • Join Etsy teams and create treasuries to gain exposure.

So, so many great tips and ideas from a clearly PASSIONATE creator!! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your perspective on how it is to be an Etsy shop owner and how to expand and keep improving your line. Have a wonderful summer with some time off as well as many sales! 🙂

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Making Facial Creams

I told you about my project about making my own moisturizer so I know what is in the products I am using. So far I have made 2 batches… number 1 was a disaster and number 2 was pretty bad.. LOL

I am so used to things turning out EXACTLY the way I planned that I don’t even know how to handle this. But I guess I can’t be perfect the first time trying something new. I will keep tweak the recipe until it is PERFECT! I so wish to create a new line and start selling it. But not until it is PERFECT!

But I did get my hair done this weekend! Love getting my hair done…

 

Recycle/UpCycle Challenge

My beloved Etsy Team: Daily Dose of Handmade is having a challenge:
To recycle and up-cycle something!!

Wanna Join the challenge? They are giving out a price to one winner and this is a great opportunity to do something that should have been done a long time ago. At least that is the case for me.

I have this dress I made a year and a half ago. Inspired by the second Sex and the City movie… only it didn’t turn out so “Sex and the City”.. I ended up wearing it anyway for a wedding. A few months later my hubby and I bought a house and had a hose warming party with a bonfire in the back yard. My husband challenged all guests to bring something fun to burn as a competition. And he asked me to burn this dress… he hates it and refers to it as “the table cloth”!! LOL!!

So this is a great opportunity to make some improvements to this dress… or at least use the fabric to make something else…

JOIN ME in this Challenge – Click Here for details

Close to 100% organic

Yesterday I got all my ingredients to start making my first batch of skin moisturizer. I am so excited to try this and see where it takes me. I just need to get some glass bowls, measuring tools, and a kitchen thermometer for it to work. I even bought some sample size jars so I can have my friends try it out and let me know what needs to be improved. Maybe this will become one of my new business venture soon…

All I can say is that I am excited about it. And even if it doesn’t turn out to be a business adventure, at least I now know how to make my own products and can pick organic ingredients for me, my friends, and family! THAT is WORTH a lot to me!!