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Monday, December 2, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
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Sunday, October 27, 2013
In the interest of trying new ways to expand my business and new places to sell, I've taken some excellent advice and am giving Storenvy a try. You can find my new shop at wildemoon.storenvy.com - though that doesn't mean my main page is going away. At all. Ever. Like I said in my last blog, I've learned not to put my virtual eggs all in one basket again.
I also started a small shop at Meylah to give that a try, and you can find it at meylah.com/wildemoon. I fully confess that I'm already infatuated with the ease of use on Storenvy. It's nice having a place where I can be part of a full marketplace community and have easy ways to list things, plus the advantage of a tab for Facebook selling.
Hopefully this will help me have a strong holiday season that sees lots of old items moving out the door to make way for a lot of NEW things (seriously, I have a literal big box full of new things to photograph and list). To a wonderful holiday sales season for all of us!
Monday, October 21, 2013
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Obviously the early birth meant a lot of new financial burdens. I'm thrilled to say that friends and family rallied with supplies and food and even PayPal donations to help us get through things that first couple of really rough months. I kept right on working on my shop, shipping out orders and trying to keep things normal for customers because I needed them more than ever. Then, one morning in November while I was feeding Pike, I noticed something weird: when I logged into Etsy, I didn't see my shop. Thinking surely it was one of Etsy's famous glitches and things would be well soon, I tried my other account. And my other account. Nothing. I can't remember if it was a notice I found in my messages or something I got via email that finally cleared up what had happened for me. The truth is that night is a blur of pain and disappointment and lots and lots of crying. If you haven't experienced it for yourself, being a sleep deprived new mom is hard enough without finding out that your secondary source of income has suddenly disappeared because of "copyright violation." The real joy? The piece that was supposedly violating copyright, um, it didn't. Not any copyright. Not at all. And yet I was clearly told by Etsy's legal time that I could not appeal the decision and was not welcome back. Ever.
|Etsy likes these so much they still feature them even though they won't sell them. #winning|
After selling on their site since 2007 and even having my work prominently featured on their own blogs, I was banned. Please note: that feature is still up on their site, so my work is STILL essentially being promoted by the place that shut me down. Right?!
Now here's where it gets weird: I don't hate them. I hate how things were left and the fact that I lost that income and that venue of promotion and sales. But if someone asks? I still recommend Etsy as a starting place. The community there can be fantastic. The users (a lot of them, anyway) are some of the nicest people I've ever met. Seriously. Plus, you get traffic. Financially, selling there is good for you. Here's where I made my mistake: all my eggs were in the Etsy basket. I didn't have a stand alone site. I hadn't been using Etsy to build traffic to MY page where people would always know where to find everything. If I had, I'd be in a different place now. I wouldn't have had to redo the literally hundreds of hours I'd spent on product descriptions and keywording (yes, I'm a genius and had NO back up of all of that when Etsy pulled it down and wouldn't let me have access to it anymore). I wouldn't have been left in the lurch with a newborn baby and no real time or energy to rebuild four years of work.
What I've learned is to prepare for the worst. I now sell at http://www.wildeshops.com - my own domain, my own playground. Frankly it's fantastic, and I love it. My husband helps me with technical stuff I don't know how to handle, and I can do what I want. I can play. It's aaaallll me! I back up all of my product information to a database that I store on Google Drive AND back up to a secondary harddrive just in case. I just wish I hadn't missed the years of opportunity to build my own audience. I'm still working on it now. It's happening slowly but surely.
This whole thing was inspired by a conversation with Cody from LuAndEd and Erin from Southern Twisted since I realized there was a lot about not just my end with Etsy but what I'd learned from it that I'd never shared.
TL;DR: Protect yourself. Back up your information, store your pictures safely, and never assume anything is permanent. Your best weapon for success is you, so make sure you're supporting yourself.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
All of the plans I found for t-shirt skirts seemed to be stuff people made for their kids. Well, my little boy isn't interested, so I decided to make one for myself. Also? It's more fun sewing when you get to wear what you made. I've been wanting a maxi skirt, but even the cheap ones seem to run around $20, which seems steep. Yes, I AM that cheap. So I found this tutorial from Brassy Apple on Pinterest and grabbed some of my old shirts that didn't often get worn anymore. Seriously, the tutorial's brilliant because it's ridiculously simple. It took me longer to (with my hubby's help) figure out how to use my sewing machine than it did to make the whole skirt.
I'll definitely be doing more of these - probably in different lengths. I have some exciting ideas for other things to try. What was the last thing that you made for yourself?
Monday, October 7, 2013
I am absolutely thrilled to announce that not only do we have a winner, but I'm keeping it in the family - my half brother Thomas has won the FREE print! Whoooo! Keep your eyes peeled because I may well try to squeeze in another giveaway before the holidays... maybe a celebratory giveaway when I totally nail NaNoWriMo this year.