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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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Aug. 26th, 2013

Oh Etsy, why...

It seems Etsy decided to run a test over the weekend. Said test TURNED OFF THE PAYPAL OPTION FOR SHOPS THAT OFFERED DIRECT CHECKOUT AS WELL.

You read that right. They BLOCKED PayPal for shops that offered the Etsy checkout option of Direct Checkout.


The fact that they even considered this enough to actually run a test on it, sickens me.

And we may never know exactly how many sales we all lost as a result of this test.

Of all the tests and changes Etsy has done these past 7+ years that I've been here, this has got to be by far the worst.

And the new 'star feedback' system- similar to what Ebay now has, where sellers will have absolutely no recourse against a potential buyer with a grudge- is a very close runnerup. Ugh.

The start of the holiday season is NOT the time for these sort of things!

Is it any wonder I've been promoting my Zibbet shop lately? Heh.



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Aug. 6th, 2013

New cuff!

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Carnaval Del Sol, handmade kumihimo cuff, featuring a handmade stoneware flower button by Lisa Peters ART



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Jul. 17th, 2013

Behind the scenes bit...

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If you've ever bought something from me, chances are you got a little info card with your purchase.

But did you know that not only is each card hand written specificly for the item it is with, but it's hand stamped with my personal chop as well? This chop was handmade for me in China from a river stone and sent to me by a good friend whom I played Ultima Online with, while he was there for a year.

I think of him fondly every time I use it.

I think it adds a little extra personal touch to each item, to not only have the piece be as handmade as possible, but to have a card that is handwritten, detailing what went into each piece, the sizes, etc.

Just a little behind the scenes detail for ya! }:)


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May. 8th, 2013

New stuffs!

I realized after listing my latest cuff, that I haven't done a recent new items post. So here we go!

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'Green Leaves'
Handmade Kumihimo cuff
7.5" long x 2" wide

Fits wrists 7.5" to 9"




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'Tiger Burning Bright'
Handmade Kumihimo and beadwork cuff
7" long x 2" wide

Fits wrists 6.5" to 8.5"



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'Fire and Ice'
Handmade Kumihimo bracelet
5" long x .5" wide

Fits wrists 5.5" to 7"



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'Desert Sagebrush'
Handmade Kumihimo cuff
6.5"long x 2" wide

Fits wrists 6.5" to 8.75"


I have 6 other cuffs in progress- well, 4 cuffs and 2 bracelets- and one kumihimo necklace in the works. So I'll be busy for the next week or so.}:) Stay tuned!


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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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