Monday, December 29, 2008
I have a few minutes before I get back to work... ok, honestly, I'm wasting a few minutes on the computer... ok, that's not true either.... I've been sucked into cyberspace and can't tear myself away! And since I actually do need to update my blog I can justify still being here =)
My latest project is to try to organize all my business receipts. I bought a program called Bookkeeper (info can be found at http://www.avanquest.com/). It has a great set-up wizard but, since I tend to jump ahead instead of reading ALL the directions, I've been having trouble inputting everything. Plus, it's just not fun to do, is it? I think that once I have everything inputted and up to date then adding to it will be alot easier. I also think that I may have to actually sit down and read the directions at some point! Or maybe I'll just wait till the first of the year and start from scratch. I'm not sure I really want to know how much I've spent on beads so far in comparison to how much I've sold!
Before I go any further, I want to share today's featured shop. Today I chose a shop that has beautiful jewelry... a shop with high quality items and a friendly and helpful shopowner...
Here is an example of one of her beautiful rings! I hope to be able to create rings like this someday!
Gorgeous isn't it? Please go check out her store!
Did you notice that I finally figured out how to have a picture in the middle of my post? Thank you Elissa at www.frommyhandstoyours.etsy.com for telling me how to do it! It took a couple of tries but I did it!
Before I forget, don't forget to check out round 3 of WITB on Etsy at:
It's a great contest, you can win gift certificates from featured shops (mine included www.jewelrybyjenn.etsy.com), promote your shop, and meet some really great crafters... come join the fun!
Also, check out http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5972241&page=1 for an awesome BNR... 33 sales so far!
Ok, I've dawdled here long enough. Time to let some of my creative juices loose and get to work! I'm also planning on working out at some point so I better get moving!!
I hope everyone is having a great day/evening. Take care and be safe!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Well, folks, I hate to say it but I am not a very good blogger! I always have the best of intentions and then the rest of life gets in the way. Ok, so that's not always the case but it does happen sometimes. The rest of the time, I sit here staring at the blank blog box with a completely blank mind. None of us wants to write something stupid or inane. I don't necessarily want to be profound but I do want to be interesting every now and then!
Anyway, while I haven't been blogging, I have actually been creating. This is one of my favorites:
The picture at the top of the post is another new one. By the way, anyone out there able to tell me how to put pics in the middle of the posts?? I just can't seem to get that part!
I hope you take a look at more than just that one listing. I've posted several new pieces that I am very proud of. On top of that, I had several custom orders that I had to finish before Christmas. I just delivered the last order and I'm glad that is done with! Not that I'm not glad for the sales, but I'm tired now =)
Ok, on to other business. Today's highlighted shop is The Glass Beadist http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=15173
I found this shop thru a BNR that I'm in, the Superstar BNR http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5959865&page=1
She has the most adorable handmade beads! I'm going to get some but I can't decide which ones! Check out her shop, it is a jewelcrafter's dream!
(by the way, if I knew how, this would be where I inserted a pic of one of her beads LOL)
I titled this blog Motivation and Progress because that's initially what I wanted to talk about. I have alot of problems with staying motivated. Though I do have to say that when I make a sale because I've worked hard at promoting, it does feel good. The problem is, the motivation I've gained from it doesn't seem to last. I will gladly take any suggestions as to how to keep my motivation alive!
I do have to say that while I haven't been doing much promoting, I have kept my motivation in regards to production. I completed alot of new projects and have several more swimming around in my head. One idea I've been toying with is getting a notebook to carry with me to jot down ideas and sketches of ideas whenever they come to me? How many of you do that? And does it work for you?
Since I'm trying to get and stay motivated, I'm going to close this now. My goal is to publish at least 2 times a week. We'll see how it goes!Until next time, take care and be safe,
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Just a quick note before I get ready for work to draw your attention to a contest on Etsy that is alot of fun.
welcome to our $1000 give-a-way!!!!WhatsInTheBox.etsy.com is a collection of FEATURE shops that will be included in a $1000 give away prize!!!!! Absolutely no purchase necessary!Do you like to MEET NEW PEOPLE, play GAMES, and win FABULOUS PRIZES like $1000 worth of GIFT CERTIFICATES from the shops you see listed here??? then come chat with us... Each reply will be counted as an entry in the drawing!Come say hi, self promote, meet the artists, or shop in some of the stores listed at WhatsInTheBox.etsy.com and let people know what you would put in YOUR ultimate mystery box! We play a lot of games and there are prizes as we go. And there are some AMAZING specials that are only available to those who are "in the know" on the thread.and sellers, if you want to be a part of this exciting experience, gain more exposure and drive more business to your store, then conversation us herehttp://www.etsy.com/convo_new.php?to_username=WhatsInTheBoxwe'd love to add you to our list of FEATURED SELLERS and include you in our next big drawing!!!! all it takes is one $20 gift certificate donation per store and a one time fee of $1 to cover the cost of your listing. Once we have 51 items listed here we will draw a winner and start all over again!You dont have to donate to play. and if you do donate... you can still WIN!remember enter as often as you want... all we ask is that they are constructive replies... please no one letter or one word answers...
If you are on this list please cut and paste this list and add a few words next to your name that people know what you sell, at a glance. please keep each shop to one line as it displays best that way ;Dthis rounds feature sellers so far include:1. frommyhandstoyours.etsy.com DESTASH, jewelry, scarves, shredded t's2. Vidia2be.etsy.com3. VictorianTimes.etsy.com (vintage & Reproduction items)4. Sarahinflorida.etsy.com5. DesignsbyEricaKortz.etsy.com6. SouthernCreations.etsy.com-jewelry,photography,floral7. JewelrybyJenn.etsy.com8. HippyKlippyKlopShop.etsy.com A lil bit of everything9. Junquete.etsy.com10. HavenDawnDesigns.etsy.com11. ClearLakeCreations.etsy.com12. Desera21.etsy.com Hair Bows & Accessories13. HammelmanArt.etsy.com14. Sunnfox.etsy.com vintage treasures15. Sheltie19.etsy.com16. MoleHillTreasures.etsy.com17. Krishenka.etsy.com18. BeadWired8.etsy.com19. ILoveHelloKitty.etsy.com20. FlightFancy.etsy.com21. Lyndee495.etsy.com22. Lilesj.etsy.com-handmade chainmaille & metal jewelry23. SarahNWonderland.etsy.com24. Buppins.etsy.com vintage finds25. IvyRoad.etsy.com26. LizardQueenJewelry.etsy.com - One of a Kind & Custom Jewelry27. CocosCreations.etsy.com-paper quilled items!!!28. ShaShaAnn.etsy.com Art, Children's Art, ACEOs29. JodayCraf.etsy.com30. LoveStamp.etsy.com31. LadyFarrah.etsy.com
I know it looks cluttery (is that a word?) but please take some time to check it out. We have alot of fun and there are alot of great shops to look at. Who knows? Maybe you'll even win the big prize. Even if you don't, you still win some new friends!
That's all I have time for today. Really hate when work gets in the way of having fun!
Until next time...
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Two of my newest additions are pictured above (can you tell I'm new at this blog thing? I couldn't get the pictures where I wanted them LOL) You can find other new items, including earrings, necklaces, and cell phone charms at my shop:
Come take a look around!
I'm still working on getting my supplies organized but I have high hopes for getting that finished today since I'm off of work. I bought a really cool rolling cart to use and to cart my stuff all over the house so I can create where ever I want!
What kinds of organizational items do you use?
OK off to get myself together. I have so much I want to get done today and luckily I got up early =) I will check back later if I get everything done!
Until next time,
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I've certainly gotten off my butt this morning. Three new items posted and more sloshing around my brain. Right now I'm taking a break to post on here and grab a quick cup of coffee before it's back to the drawing board.
I went to Hobby Lobby last night just to get some silver spacers that I ran out of and of course spent entirely too much money. On the positive side, several new projects came of the shopping trip. I made this:
Whew! All of those are a new style of necklace for me and I really like them. LOL that sounds bad but I can't lie.
I have several more pieces that I want to add today but first I have something MUCH more important to do...
Girls' day out at the movies!! A couple of the girls from work and I are going to go see "Twilight" this afternoon. I can't wait for the buttery popcorn and candy! And the movie, of course. I've read all 4 "Twilight" books and I hope the movie is just as good. My daughter saw it at the midnight opener and loved it so I have high hopes.
Another thing I would love to accomplish today is organizing my work/storage area. It is horrible. Horrible enough that I don't work there, I drag all my stuff to the living room where there is more room. This, of course, leads to yet another messy room. Maybe later today I can get that done. I dread it but I know I'll feel better when I get it done.
Ok, people, enough time on here, time to get some work done. By the way, if you want to participate in an awesome promotion/contest go see this thread. We've been having a ball and I've "met" some great people!
Take care and I'll chat with you later!!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Before diving back into my beads, though, I decided that I really need to set some goals down in writing. I know there are some things I need to order and there is nothing worse than getting into a project just to find that I don't have enough materials. I tend to be a procrastinator and putting my goals into writing seems to help to prod me along when I don't want to do the more boring tasks involved in selling jewelry (or any product for that matter). If I had my way, I would sit and bead day in and day out and someone else would magically market my things and list them on etsy for me, including taking all the pictures and writing the copy. Not one of my favorite things to do =) Alas, there is only me to do it all *cue the sad music*
So here is the plan. I will list some of my goals here so that I have witnesses to what I want to get done. Harder to make excuses then!
1. Organize supply area to make it easier to find things.
2. Place one order every week or so as opposed to several separate orders when I've missed something that needs to be replaced. Shipping costs are eating me alive!
3. Take pictures and post pieces every other day.
4. Promote everyday: here, on twitter, on plumdrop, on etsy. But DON'T get sucked in to it so much that I don't get anything done!
5. Keep having fun. Enjoy the creating. Keep learning and improving my craft.
I think that's enough for now. I think I'll go play now. May even make something for me to wear to work tomorrow!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I do have to say that I was a little annoyed that my shop name was not available for my blog name. I've been lucky so far and everything I've registered for with that name has been available.. guess I waited too long to register here, huh?
I'm looking forward to "meeting" some other people who share the same interests that I do. I hope that I'm not too boring!
That's it for now. I'm off to see how to do my profile and change settings, etc. Tomorrow the real work begins!