Life is more hectic than usual as we adjust to having a busy drama club high schooler in the house. Maxx is sick with a cold again already, which is about right - it has been 3.5 weeks since his last sick! But worst of all, Bryan was attacked by a Kamikazee deer Thursday night that may have totaled out lovely little Honda Fit. Luckily, Bryan is fine. We're waiting for the insurance company to give us a list of options before we panic about the Fit. I really don't want to start over with a new vehicle loan at this point. The plan was to pay the Fit off and enjoy driving a very well cared for car for several years before making another purchase so that the Fit could become Molly's college car. Let's keep our fingers crossed!
I did manage to make some progress in my shops.
GoblinsMarket - Etsy, I have a number of bead strands on sale. Remember I mentioned finding a new wholesaler with slightly higher prices but smaller minimums in the last post? Well, I'm waiting for my first shipment from them and I'm eager to move out some of the extras I had to order from my old wholesaler last summer. They are beautiful beads but now that I have played with them a bit, I don't see myself designing with them much and my new philosophy on bead inventory is to focus on stocking things that I want to design with.
I have also posted 6 gorgeous Alchemy scarves in my ArtFire shop. I have such a hard time selling my Alchemy scarves because I end up wanting to keep them all to myself. They're so sumptuous and colorful. You can wear them with anything (or with nothing) and they look great. They're long enough to wrap around in several different ways and they're quite warm and durable in spite of being such a lightweight silk. I made my first Alchemy scarf over 6 years ago and it is still beautiful and wearable. They are wonderful for gifts - remember that Valentine's day and Mother's day are coming right up!
While GoblinsMarket-Etsy is fully functional right now, I still haven't re-opened my LunasBaublebilities shop. I am concentrating on uploading scarves and jewelry designs to my ArtFire shop right now. There are a lot of reasons for this shift in focus but the main one is that I hope that my work will be found faster on ArtFire. I'm waiting to see if Etsy fixes their PayPal link and how many of Rob Kalin's new bright ideas actually get implemented over at Etsy before I decide whether or not to re-open LunasBaublebilities over there. For the past year, I've felt like almost every minute dedicated to that shop was time wasted because of low visibility for jewelry and accessory sellers on Etsy. I'll be doing some advertising experiments for both my ArtFire shop and my Etsy shop(s?) in the next few months that I will let you know more about as results start to come in.
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