And all the pipe cleaner animals stood erect-- a fierce wall of nylon and wire defiance--
with one voice they exclaimed, "We shall not be silenced!"

Friday, November 28, 2008

November Business was Pretty GOOD!

In the month of November, I sold 7 items!! Of those, I'm excited that one of them was a polymer clay pendant! I love working with polymer clay, but sometimes I wonder how well it fits into the portfolio of my shop. At any rate, the girl who bought it really liked it! The other item that I was excited to sell were my Election Pups! My first posting!!

Looks like all of these Fuzzies will serve as Christmas presents, so thank you Holidays for bringing some business to my shop! So far, the feedback that I've been getting from customers is good. They think that the Fuzzies are super-cute, and they're amazed that they're made of pipe cleaners. Many customers also have commented on my packaging, which I put some extra time into. Presentation IS everything! We'll see what December holds for us, but I would imagine that it'll slow down with the holidays coming up...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Got a Shop Critique Today!!

I sat in on one of Etsy's virtual workshops today to get my store critiqued. Overall, it sounded like I was doing most things right.

Things I'm doing right:
1) Good pictures, using angles, natural lighting, etc...
2) Cute items
3) Overall good look of the store
4) Good listing of other promotion sites like myspace, facebook, etc...

Things to improve on:
1) Shorten the shop announcement so items appear at first glance by customers
2) Add shop policies
3) Better utilization of tags - use all 14, and include colors in tags!!

I'm definitely going to do these things! While I think marketing seems to be the number 1 thing needed to get business, the look and feel of your shop is a close #2!!! Still trying to figure out the marketing thing!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Fuzzington Comes to Life!!

We adopted a little dog last week. She is so sweet and adorable! We decided to name her Maggie. My nephew came by the other day, and said, "Look! One of your Fuzzingtons has come to life!!" She is my new muse. =)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Etsy Lesson Learned #1: Pictures Make a HUGE Difference!

Pictures really make a huge difference! I have some polymer clay charms in my store that I had taken pics of with a flash indoors, and the pics really didn't do the items justice. Here are some of my original pics:
All my other postings use natural light, and I noticed that items look way better in natural light. So I finally re-did these items in natural light, and here are the results:
YEAH, WAY BETTER!!!! I've doubled my views for these items since I changed them!!

It's all about natural lighting, good colors, angles, and a little photo editing to get the right perspectives and to get the colors to pop!!! Don't underestimate the importance of good photos!!!