Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Etsy Update

I started updating my Etsy shop last night with products from my craft show stock. I plan on adding four new postings a day, hoping to get more traffic to my shop and more sales. Check out some of the new items in my shop....

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Craft Shows

How many of you do craft shows? Have you found some that you do really well at year after year? I don't do a lot of craft shows, but I have been doing 1 or 2 in the Spring and 1 or 2 in the Fall each year for the past few years. I'm still searching for some really great craft shows, but thought I had found a a couple that brought in good crowds and I made decent money at. Yesterday I participated in one that I did last year. It was the best one I participated in last Spring and was excited to do it again this year. Well, it was a bad day!! I only made enough to cover my booth fee and lunch! I spent the last two weeks adding new products to my inventory, neglecting my family and staying up until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. Talking to the other participants and the lady in charge of the show I found out I wasn't the only one disappointed with the results of the show. It was REALLY slow and people weren't buying much. Is it a sign of the times (because so many people are out of work) or is it because it was Spring Break for the kids in the area and a lot of people were on vacation in other areas? I'm curious if others have run into this problem this year? Where do you sell your crafts and how do you advertise your website or your Etsy site? I really need some help spreading the word on my business and would appreciate any feedback you can give!! Thanks!!

I would like to add that I did give out a bunch of business cards and several people said they would be contacting me to place orders in the future, so I'm hopeful the craft show wasn't a total waste of time! :-)

This week I will be working on adding products to my Etsy store and updating my website with new products.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Luna's Light

A friend from high school and her sister started Luna's Light when their 22 year old sister Shannon unexpectedly died from complications after tonsillectomy surgery in 2003. A few months after Shannon's death Kelly was overcome by grief and felt like she needed to wear something on her body that signified she was hurting from the loss of Shannon - especially on the day of returning to work or in other social situations. Kelly could not find what she was looking for, so she and her sister Michele started researching bereavement gifts and were amazed by the lack of comfort gifts in the marketplace. So, Michele moved back to Cleveland from Seattle and Luna's Light was launched. To learn more about Luna's Light and see what they have to offer visit:

Kelly has asked her friends to help bring more traffic at Luna's Light main website to increase their page rankings - they dropped tremendously when they had to switch servers.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sick Kids

Today I decided it was time to take the kids to the doctor. My son has been fighting a cold for the last 3 to 4 weeks and it just wasn't getting better. On top of that, my daughter closed the door on my son's finger last week (right on the cuticle), so I wanted to make sure that wasn't infected as well. My daughter finally came down with it 3 or 4 days ago. I was more concerned about my son's cold and wanted to make sure it wasn't settling in his chest, but since I was going I wanted to get my daughter checked because she felt like she was running a fever. My son came down with an ear infection last night and since he has tubes in his ears we were able to start him on ear drops last night. Today he was diagnosed with sinus infection and my daughter has an ear infection. Oh, the fun. I love dealing with sick fussy kids!! They are both on antibiotics for the next 10 days. I'm not a fan of antibiotics, but sometimes they are necessary! Hopefully tomorrow they won't be so fussy and I can get some sewing done!! I have a craft fair in 2 1/2 weeks and haven't gotten much done to add to my stock and have lots of things I want to get done. I'm at least sewing some tonight, so back to sewing!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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Atari Covers complete

Last night I finally embroidered the last 2 Atari covers. They are being delivered to my husband's friends tomorrow. Glad to have them done, although I would happily do some more! Now, it's time to move onto trying out new patterns and making stuff for my first (and possibly only) craft show March 27. Motivate, motivate, motivate!! I need to get off this computer!!


I finally got the code for my button to show in my scroll box!!

Monday, March 1, 2010


Since I wasn't traveling to visit my parents this weekend I high hopes of getting lots of sewing done! Well, it didn't happen!! I think the Olympics played was part of the reason, but I really could not get focussed. I got one Atari cover embroidered Saturday and today it took me 4 attempts to get another Atari cover sewn up!! Two Atari covers need to be embroidered still, but those will have to wait until my mind can focus. I'm hoping tomorrow my mind is more free since the Olympics are over!! Wish me luck!

For now, here is the one Atari cover I embroidered Saturday....