Monday, October 26, 2009

Which ones? How many? When is it too much?

Well, those are my questions of the day.  There are so many possibilities online for joining groups, selling on different sites and different kinds of sites, etc.  I am presently on Etsy and Artfire.  I love Artfire, thinking about leaving Etsy - takes up too much of my money for too few sales.  But the bottom line is, I wonder how many sites one could manage effectively?  I could spend many hours at the two I have and actually I do.  I keep improving my pictures, adding new tags, adding new listings, moving things around and changing my announcements.  I'd kind of like to add a third shop, but not sure and have overstretched myself in other areas of my life before.  Anyone else dealing with or have dealt with this before?  Got any advice?

Here's one of my newer pieces.  I love using materials from nature.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Back Again!

Didn't realize it had been so long since I was here.  Still moving back and forth between overwhelmed by how selling online and managing sites can be a 24/7 job and forcing myself to stop working and relax.  Does this ever end?  When does the panic cease?  Anybody out there have some expertise?  I did stop and making something neat this week.  I love cinnabar but always have trouble figuring out how to use it.  This one worked out.

Oh, I have to add a picture of this little guy - he's too wonderful.  He's called a smiling monkey!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Big Day!

Wandered in and out of things for the last 3 days and just catching up.  Got one new sale (Etsy)!  Won a candle from Asia Lee Candles - so cool - visit them at - lots of yummy and beautiful things. 

Today I came face to face with another issue.  While trying to enter my sale in QuickBooks, I realized that I had not entered my inventory.  That reverts back to a question I still haven't had answered.  Is my inventory the jewelry that I have for sale, or the supplies I keep to make more, or both?  Need to get this answered and complete that part of the job!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Blue??? Monday

Not sure "blue" is the right word, but a little discouraged maybe.  I have been getting hundreds of views on my sites and that has kept me high and feeling good.  But suddenly it hit me that all these views are not making sales.  I am blogging, Tweeting, paying for advertising, bugging my friends and family, etc. I get lots of verbal kudos on my pieces, but not sales.  What do you think?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Surprises on the Journey

It always amazes me what the surprises are on any particular journey.  They are not always what you expect.  This week I was extremely surprised to find myself being very spontaneously creative.  The old process was, think about what to make (or be inspired by something), spend many minutes pouring through supplies to decide which beads and findings to use for it, use a bead board and lay it out, then make changes until satisfied and put it all together.  It was very time consuming.  This week I found myself having a quick clear idea of what I wanted to do, whether inspired by something in particular or just having an idea.  When I chose materials, it was a pretty quick thing, just opening the right drawers to get out what I wanted.  Finally, with all that together, I just began to assemble and the piece turned out.  It felt so strange the first time and yet it was fun.  Check out this link on my artfire studio to see the first item it occurred on:  Since then I've made maybe 6-7 new items with the process being so much easier and quicker.