Monday, January 26, 2009

How in the world...

I love this new Google Analytics tool we use for our Etsy shops now. Not only does it give me lots of interesting, though mostly useless, information...I get to see what people typed into a search engine to find me. Some of them are pretty out there! Check out some of my favorites for TheYarnChick shop, keeping in mind I sell crocheted hats and accessories:

-victorian nude daguerreotypes
-chunky pearl bracelet
-dichroic pendant
-cupcake tights
-japanese fabric
-juice can lid art
-seraphenite metaphysical
-yui kokeshi

I don't know what half of these even mean....but I guess I'm happy they are finding me SOMEHOW!

Friday, January 23, 2009

I hope you can understand...

...that sometimes the clothes do not make the man...

But my little man sure does look cute in them! Especially this necktie appliqued shirt I got him for Christmas from SuperSweetCreations. He loved it at first sight (just look at the cheese) because he loves to dress up. He also loves t-shirts, so how could I go wrong? What I did not expect is the extremity of the cuteness...and the quality. This is one of those purchases where you just go, "I'm SO glad I bought this!" every time you look at it. I'm going to be so sad when he grows out of it. But I can always go back to her shop and see if she has a bigger size. And I plan on doing just that.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Two blog features in one week!

I turn 32 this coming Saturday. Bummer. But the week seems to have started off with some luck! I have been featured in two blogs on 1000 Markets just this week. And they are both done so well, I'm really honored to be part of them. Please check them out, and while you're at it, shop around the markets. The artists in both of them are really amazing.

Happy Birthday to me!

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Year, Renewed Focus

It's been forever since I posted, life has been hectic! My family has moved to Washington State and we've been busy getting settled in. We love it here so far and are excited to spend at least three years exploring the area. If we like it as much after that we are going to try and stay until retirement in 7 years. We will see!

The kids are liking it too. The little man only has to go to school for 2 1/2 hours a day, so he's happy. Mommy of course is not so happy about that. Not only does it seem pointless, but it doesn't offer much of a break! If he was in full day I could take the monkey to daycare once a week and get a whole day to myself. As it is, not possible. But other than that, we love the new digs.

The move caused me to have to ignore my little business for a while. But I'm back at it now and driving at it harder than ever. I opened a second shop called TheYarnChick on Etsy for my crochet items to move to. I've designed some new styles, including an adult style that I'm really excited about. They've gone over well, I'm all sold out at the moment. But here's a picture of it. I am determined to get into some craft fairs this year so I am focusing on building up inventory. I list everything in my shops because hey, if it sells it sells, I'm not going to be picky about where. But I would like to have a good 100 hats of various sizes plus other items at the very least ready for a show in the fall. My focus is staying on, TheYarnChick for now, although I will still be adding items to my jewelry, art, and gifts shop as time allows. I'll need a change of pace once in a while and I don't want that shop to die from lack of inventory.

I have also stretched myself out a little bit. I've opened a shop on a new site for handmade items called 1000 Markets. It's a lovely website, that is well put together and makes my shop look really professional and clean. I have assisted in starting up a Homefront Market there and am as involved in that as I can be. The Homefront Market, like the Homefront Team I'm a member of on Etsy, consists of shops where their owners are all military or military family members. At this point we are all military spouses. It's a wonderful group to be a part of, with very talented ladies that support one another to no end. I'm very proud to be a part of them. I would love if you came by and browsed these ladies' shops, they really are incredible women.

So as this new year has dawned so quickly, I am refocusing on my shops and determined to make them even more successful than last year. Keeping in mind my family still always comes first, wish me luck! Happy New Year everyone!