Woo Hoo!! Finally! I'm so excited. Last night I had the e-mail from Etsy saying I made a sale. So now I have to get it wrapped, packaged and mailed. I'll be doing that this morning. Good customer service is just as important as the marketing and promoting.
I sold the little yellow pincushion, Buttercup. (See it it my previous post) It is darling. I better get busy getting more things made. I've had more e-mails from people possibly interested in Christmas presents. And two of my very talented girl friends and I are having an art show next Sunday, in which I will be showcasing my mini quilts. The following Saturday, another girlfriend is hosting a arts and crafts bazaar at her home and I'll be selling all my things there. I was given advice that I should put my Etsy shop on "vacation" mode that particular day so that I don't end up selling the same items to two different people at the same time. That could get a little sticky.
This is fun. It's a lot of work, though. At least now I feel it's a step in the direction of being worth it.
My mother is now going to get on board. She has been wanting to turn some of her creative ideas into the real tangible deal. She saw this done by the daughter of a friend. You take just plain, silver, dog tags and decorate in various ways, then cover with resin to make it shiny. That's a very simplified description. They turn out very unique and different. Each of them One Of a Kind that invites many Oohs and Aahs and compliments. That's the goal, anyway. I'm helping her with these to get started. I also had the idea of making tiny little quilts to apply to the tag first as a base or background. This is all still a work in progress and I'll show pictures once we get some finished pieces that we're happy with and ready to "take to market".
Believe it or not, there is even research that we had to do on these tags. We have found out that you don't want to go with nickel plated, but instead want to use silver plated. Nickel can cause allergies and other problems with many people and is actually not allowed to be sold to or used in Europe. Who knew?
I sure wish I had more time to spend on these fun hobbies of mine. My family can be very time consuming and needy. They are my priority, though, so I just wish I didn't have to sleep. The middle of the night is the only time I have to myself.