Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Back in Business

Can't believe it's been more than a month since I've last blogged! although I have to admit I knew it was a long time ;-)

There's been some holidays around, which I've enjoyed tremendously!

I've lost a business chance: a crafts fair, where I didn't understand correctly who is in charge, and who should I talk to about participating, so I didn't participate... Eh, well: lesson learned, better luck next time;-)

I've won 2 alchemies in September: one because I've under priced my work tremendously, and the other changed her mind when the item was nearly done. On the first item, is was a technique I always wanted to try, and never got the guts. So I said, I'll earn the experience, and the exposure, even though I won't make a profit.
The second, I didn't shout at the silly buyer, and I chucked it up to experience also. It was an original design I was cooking up for a while, and didn't have the reason to actually make it. So I was very mild with the mind-changing buyer and hope that she will feel obligated to buy something else...

I'm working on Hanuka and Xmas items for now, so here's a preview ;-) The items will be posted on etsy during the following week.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Back from the cold

...and by that I mean that I'm back to take care of business. I was actually very hot, in august, outdoors, in Israel ;-)
I was off, on vacation with the kids, and then my son was sick, and then there was a teachers' strike, and now I'm finally back!

And speaking of vacation: I had a great time visiting places with the kids, and doing stuff with them, and I don't have even one little picture! Am I a bad mother?
We've seen an amazing cave, (The Stalagtites Cave in Israel, it's out of this world! it's so full of stalactites, and stalagmites, and columns, and walls...) and I stil remember that the oldest came out dancing, she was so pleased. And all through the tour, the girls made up stories about the formations we saw. But I didn't take even one picture: not of us, not of the cave, not of the kids... Well, it's very close to where we live, and we can go visit anytime we want, but not taking even one picture?!?!!
Hubby says we're just lazy. I personally don't like comparing the extravaganza of my memory with the dingy reality of a bad picture.
what do you think?

oh, and the pictures that I do have from this summer, it's because the twins' birthday is in the summer:

Sunday, August 23, 2009

We-hey! My very first treasury!

Hello guys!
just to show everyone that compassion pays ;-)
I'm on vacation with the kiddies, and I have a schedule made up from before. Today we were supposed to "spring-clean" the kids desks and shelves, but they wanted to see TV. I was about to refuse, when I realized, that would be a great way for me to spend some quality time on etsy, so I agreed...
and, spending time on etsy, I found I have a chance at a treasury (well, I checked the treasury clocks on craftopolis first, of course ;-)

and I finally managed! I've published a treasury!
go have a look:

but of course, I can't waste the oportunity, and I'll add the picture of my latest creation as well:

Enjoy, everyone!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The public likes my art

Well, it appears that people like my artbeading.
I was in the Etsy forums the other day, promoting my stuff as usual. On one thread, I went back to see what people have added, and if anyone commented on my stuff.
As is hapens sometimes, one fellow etsyian, not only commented on my jewelry, but suggested that I'll promote one of my other items, to be featured on a blog.

Of course I followed the suggestion, and submitted my item, and what do you think? It was choosen to be featured:

It is nice to at least receive tokens of total stranger's appreciation, if sales are scarce.
So, what do you say? was this good business?

And on a totally different note: I've found out what my kids do when I'm not around. What do you say?

Monday, August 3, 2009

A sale, A smile


I can't believe it's been 3 weeks since I first blogged... too much office work!

So let's remedy the situation ;-)

My EBW Chalenge entry (the picture in the previous post) didn't win, but there's always the next competition, and another amazing design to turn up!

I had an alchemy accepted, by being thorough and nice: it was someone buying because of a mishap, so I offered them a discount - aparently it was good business.

And another totaly new technique turned up, just by looking at other people's items. The CandyFloss Crocheted Lariat. It's not just another lariat, it has the only non-fattening candy in the world: lampwork beads. It is also thiker and more sturdy than other crochetted necklaces - that's my innovation to the technique.
So, what say you? is this a good use of my time?
see you next time ;-)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

A small step for a woman, a giant leap for her business

...or at least I hope it is ;-)

I've been trying etsy for more than half an year now, and my success is only limitted: I have a steady average of 100views/day, at least 5 hearts/week, unasked-for compliments (especially from declined alchemies), but still the sales are scarce.

I do beadweving, if you were wondering. Not only jewelry, but phone/purse charms, and book thongs and even home decorations (I have a big plan, envolving upcycled glass containers). I know those are hard to sell, and most of etsy shops in my niche have an average revenue of a sell/month, but I only sold 3 items in over 6months.
And I do see the ocasional beadweaving shop, having weekly sales!

So, being home with a sick kiddie, I've decided to take the bull by the horns and do what, just about everyone has adviced: start networking! So I'm new to twitter: redcatartbeads, and on facebook: irina dalah and I've started my own blog ;-)

The whole concept of social networking is new to me, so I'll probably do heaps errors for a while. Anticipated apologies, and thanks for your patience.

I'll be updating as often as I can, and not necessarily about the business on-line and off it. I also have qualms about bringing up my 3 addorable gremlins, the utility of being better than your neighbour and the purpose of humanity in the general scheme of the universe...
And in terms of business and crafting:

this is one of my latest creations, for the Etsy Beadweavers Team monthly competition. You can still vote on it, until 15th of July , so go and make me famous ;-) or, of course, you can vote for someone else if you think they're better than me.

ta-ta for now