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Jan. 14th, 2014

Busyness

That's what it's been like here.

Been busy with making up mini keychains, pendants, etc, as samples. Been busy weaving all the things- seriously, 5 scarves/table runners now. And now currently, I'm working on something for a mock up of a project I have in mind, since I'm not entirely satisfied with my original idea for it.

Currently, all items in my Etsy shop expire the end of this month. There is a 10% off coupon code for Etsy items only. Use 'TENPERCENT' at checkout and get 10% off your entire purchase. It, like the items, will expire the end of this month.

Etsy items will NOT be renewed. Focus will be spent on the Big Cartel shop instead, from here on out, with minimal promotion of the Zibbet shop as back up. The Artfire shop is closed as of Jan 1, 2014 and will not be reopened.

So. That is where things stand as of right now.

Back to work I go!


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Oct. 2nd, 2013

PSA- Downsizing

As of January 1, 2014, my Artfire shop will be closing. The account will be converted to buyer only.

As of February 1, 2014, my Etsy shop will also be closing, though the account will stay open so I can continue to support the Artisans I love there.


From a financial standpoint, my sales on Artfire have been essentially nonexistent for well over a year. The last order there was in June, before that it was Dec 2012. I cannot afford to keep paying for a shop that doesn't support itself. Etsy, I reopened in Oct of 2012. I have had exactly 8 sales there since. Again, it is not supporting itself.

So.

I sat down and crunched the numbers and decided that I would be better served by taking the money I am spending on Artfire and Etsy and dumping it into my Big Cartel shop instead.

That will become my main selling site from now on. My Zibbet shop will be my back up site, as well as where I will be destashing some things in the near future. Some things will only be available on the BC shop, but most things will be available on both sites, for your convenience

Yes, part of the reason I am shutting down the Etsy shop IS the new guideline changes and the direction Etsy has decided to go in. For me, that new direction is not what is best for my business.

As I said in the Forums there-

For those who are not moving and those who are moving off of Etsy-

Keep in mind it WILL take time to build your traffic back up to what it is here. In the grand scheme of things, Zibbet is fairly new and young when compared to Etsy.

And they do not have the venture capital Etsy does, so they cannot afford to do paid advertising. They have said they will do paid advertising as their budget allows. What comes first is the rebuild.

What can you do? Well, word of mouth. Promote the crap out of your store there and Zibbet in general. Every little bit will not only help them, it will help you. But you have to be willing to put the effort in. It took time to get the traffic build up to your stores here, it will take time to do the same there.

I'm a firm believer of not putting all my eggs in one basket. So, for those saying they can't afford to leave Etsy- diversify. There's no reason you have to up and close down completely here. Open a shop on Zibbet, Artfire, Storenvy, DaWanda, etc, or a stand alone store front type of place like Big Cartel or Indiemade or any of the other storefront sites out there. For every listing you make here, put two up there. Promote your new site twice as much as you do here. (Personally I'm a big fan of Big Cartel.)

Eventually you WILL have the traffic elsewhere and can start to close down your Etsy store if you so choose, or keep it as a back up site instead. But you can do it if you want to put the effort into it.

Keep in mind- no one is saying you absolutely have to leave Etsy completely. All we're saying is maybe it's time to start spreading out a bit. Maybe it's time to look for a personal site instead. Maybe it's time to grow your business on AND off Etsy.

But most of all- good luck to everyone, no matter what you decide to do or whether you stay or leave.




In the end, we have to decide what is best for our own businesses and for me, that means leaving Artfire and Etsy.

I do hope you'll follow me to my Big Cartel shop (they have guest checkout!) or my Zibbet shop. As always, thanks for your patronage!




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Apr. 11th, 2013

Safety First!

Safety First!


Safety First!
Handmade Kumihimo Cuff
7" long x 2" wide

Fits wrists 7" to 9"

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Tired of not coordinating your accesories with your safety orange hunting vest? Missing the neon orange of the 80s? Want some dayglo orange for that rave coming up? Want to dazzle the school kids at your crossing guard job?

Look no more!

Safety First! is a handmade 8 strand kumihimo cuff made from dayglo/safety orange yarn, I believe to be 100% acrylic, possibly acrylic/wool blend. This awesomely bright yarn is from the Team BNA Traveling Swap Box and found its home with me.

This is a fun cuff! It features a gloriously cool handmade stoneware flower by Lisa Peters ART, securely attached to the cuff with a Czech glass druk bead in teal with a vitrial coating. The flower itself color coordinates with the cuff itself, with a glazing of cobalt, hints of teal and bright orange.

The ends of this spectacularly bright- and I mean bright!- cuff are handbeaded in peyote stitch, using 6lb FireLine, with Czech glass seed beads in cobalt and teal. The clasp is a silver plated extension chain and lobster claw clasp.

Amaze your friends! Blind the deer or wild turkey or men or whatever you chose to hunt! Flash back to the 80s! Where ever you wear it, Safety First! is sure to turn heads! If not completely blind people!

The first 3 photos are taken in direct sunlight- including this one. They serve to show just how bright this cuff is. The last 2 photos were taken in indirect sunlight. When I say neon, I mean neon!

Available HERE!(For now, Zibbet and Artfire soon.)


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Oct. 31st, 2012

Akita Rescue in need

Monday night, Jo, of Big East Akita Rescue, and her family were home with 12 of the Rescue Akitas under BEAR's purview. It was supposed to be the safest place for them during the storm.

But we all saw and heard what happened to New Jersey's coast.

According to Jo, the barrier islands off Tom's River, NJ were gone in the storm surge. Between 10pm and midnight that night, sudden storm surge resulted in 4ft of water in their yard and home. Her husband and 2 teenage kids went into the water to rescue the Akitas from the kennels and bring them to the second floor of their house.

Tuesday morning, they had no power, no running water, no food, heat, etc and the first floor of the house was destroyed. Both vehicles are gone.

Word got out via other Akita Rescue people and is still being spread across Facebook and the internet. Donations have started coming in, via non Akita Rescue groups, Akita owners and others.

The area they are in was and is restricted to emergency personnel only because of the water and down power lines.

They could have left. They opted to stay. For them, the love of the breed is a family thing and they refused to leave the Akitas behind. Many are senior Akitas and Rescue is the best place, next to a forever home, for them.

Boarding for the Akitas has been offered, others are gathering supplies for them, and someone else has a van with a generator waiting for the word that they can go in.

Last word was from today. They have been able to take the dogs out for a morning walk and put a few back in the kennel runs in the garage.

But they still need your help to rebuild. The link above takes you directly to their donation page. Anything you can send will help BEAR rebuild and resupply to help these Rescue Akitas as well as Jo and her family.

To that end, I am running a scarf sale on Artfire. Each scarf has been put on sale. You DO NOT need an account to buy there. Proceeds from each sale will go to Akita Rescue, specificly BEAR.


Even if you can't donate, or don't wish to buy a scarf, at least pass the word.



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Oct. 23rd, 2012

Fun with dyes

So I hand dyed some 100% pima cotton yarn a few days ago. Ok, actually I did it Friday, it sat over the weekend and I rinsed it yesterday.



I am in love with these colors. Rich, vibrant and deep. They're only 5-10 yd skeins, but that's plenty for what I do with it. And they're exactly the colors I wanted.



These two are mixed colors. The top one is Butterscotch and Rust Orange. The bottom one is Camel and Khaki.



These two are single colors. Top is Curry. Bottom is Pumpkin Spice.

Why'd I dye these in such autumny colors?



For these of course.}:P A whole slew of gorgeous new pieces from Lisa Peters ART.

Hope to have a few new cuffs listed on Etsy, Artfire and Zibbet in the next week or so! Stay tuned!



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Oct. 18th, 2012

Newest cuffs



'Wine and Roses'




'Rose and Lavender'




'Whirligig'




'Meditation'


These are also available at Artfire and Zibbet


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Oct. 17th, 2012

Various and Sundry

Not much going on here lately.

Made the decision to reopen my Etsy shop, temporarily. I'll be listing my kumihimo cuffs there, now through Jan 1, 2013. Hoping to drum up some sales.

Artfire has me rather disillusioned with the entire thing. Monday, I tried listing a new cuff and was having issues with their listing page. As of last night, absolutely no response to my post in their bugs forum. Yet other bug reports were getting responses immediately. That's not cool. So now, I'm no longer listing there and may end up just shutting that shop down.

Zibbet's bringing in views, lots of them, but again, no sales.

Relisted a few items in my Big Cartel shop. That at least is a free shop, but I can only list 5 items there.

Starting to feel like all I'm doing is throwing my money away. My last actual sales on Artfire was in August, before that it was Dec of last year. My last actual sale on Zibbet was also in August, before that it was Oct of 2010. Yeah. Even offline sales have dropped off- last one was in Sept, before that it was July.

Granted they were good sized sales that made up for a good portion of the monthly shop fees, but still, I'm getting tired of not having any extra funds for supplies without having to pull the money from elsewhere.

I guess I'm just feeling really discouraged right now.


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