Friday, September 21, 2012

5 Links Worth Reading for Your Crafty Business

We've got an extremely busy weekend planned with some fun family outings as well as some orders to finish off. What do you have planned for your weekend? If you get a chance here are some interesting reads for your crafty business:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Local: Vendor Call

Vendors Wanted for the 14th Annual Christmas Crafts and Collectibles Show
Booth Rental $45.20 (inclu. hst)
All tables must be prepaid at time of booking

Show date: Saturday November 17th, 2012
Moose Lodge, Lindsay
Call  705-324-8600 to book your spot

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Introducing: Karina Made This

Talented local artisan Karina has been a loyal Kawartha Beads blog follower for some time. I'm thrilled to introduce her shop Karina Made This, home to fun and whimsical costume jewellery for all occasions. With earrings that are sure to be the talk of any party to charm bracelets for the die hard Hunger Games Fan there is sure to be something for even the hardest person to buy for on your holiday list. Be sure to stop by and check out her Etsy Shop.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Free Ebook: The Arts and Crafts Movement

Here's an interesting read for the crafty minded. Grab your free copy of The Arts and Crafts Movement for your Kindle today! Be sure to check its still free before you order.

Don't have a Kindle? You can download the latest Kindle for PC here (I love mine!)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My Preparations for the Holidays Continued

So my original get prepped for the holidays plan didn't quite work out. Not surprising with two little ones but now that my oldest is in kindergarten and my youngest sometimes still naps I'm making a bit of progress.

I'm back up to 170 listings in my Etsy shop AND almost all of those are already made and packaged. I'm now working on multiples of my most popular items. While I love the look of my new packaging it is much more time consuming so I'm trying  to get extras made in advance. I also have pre-return addressed a bunch of envelopes and customs forms. Last but not least I've been trying to stock my freezer so that I don't need to worry about cooking dinner (for the most part). I've detailed a bit of those endeavours on my other blog Kawartha Bargains.   No sense in wasting those hard earned dollars on tons of takeout because I'm too busy to feed everyone!

I've been asked by a couple of readers what they should expect for the next couple of months. The answer to that is that I have no real answer. If you are already selling steadily on Etsy then be prepared to continue with that trend and I suggest having a couple of your most popular items ready to ship quickly. If you are not experiencing frequent sales then take this time to review your tags and photos. Also don't forget to tap into your local market via Facebook, craft fairs, etc. AND as always seek fun ways to promote your shop at the prime shopping time of the year. REMINDER: I am happy to feature fellow handmade artisans on my blog so feel free to let me know if you are interested!

Monday, September 3, 2012

New for the Holidays!

I'm super excited to get some new treasures created for the holiday season. These beautiful snowflake charms make great necklaces and earrings and give you a great accessory to take you from November all the way through February! They would be a wonderful addition for anyone who is having a winter/snowflake themed wedding.

Click here to check out the details of my Snowflake Charm Necklace.