Brighton Etsy Team Blog Hop

Look at me, updating more than once a month! πŸ˜€

Anyway. I’ve been nominated for the #btnetsy blog hop by the amazing and talented Claire at Yellow Bear Wares so here I go, answering questions in a vaguely coherent manner.

Coffee needed.

Coffee needed.

What inspired you to start your business or Etsy shop?

Hmm. Good question. I used to have a “normal” job, but I had to stop working due to a disability. After four years of sitting around, watching TV, playing games on Facebook and generally feeling sorry for myself, I finally found something to do – macramΓ©! I learnt a bunch of knots in a short time and started making friendship bracelets, wavy bracelets, more complicated bracelets and generally experimenting with thread. One of my friends kept telling me “sell on Etsy!”, but I didn’t have the confidence to try to sell my early creations. I started playing with beads and findings, but stuck to the thread for a while longer.

After a few months or so (my timeline is a bit fuzzy) of trying, failing and finally mastering my thread playing and bead obsession, I found out about chainmaille. I instantly took to it, learning loads and getting comfortable with pliers. I kept sharing my creations on Facebook and my friend kept saying “Etsy! Etsy!”. Hehe. I finally took his advice and opened my shop. I figured that if I was just going to sit around anyway, I might as well make pretty things and offer them on sale to other people who like pretty things but don’t have the time to make them!

So that’s the long story of the 6 months (or more?) it took me to finally open my shop. And that’s the short version, would you believe it!

We’re looking at goals in the Brighton Etsy Team this month (you can follow along with #btnetsygoals!) Can you share one of your goals for your shop for the next six months?

I have loads of goals! I wrote a list of 5 goals for this whole year that I will definitely, certainly, totally meet, but I, uh, lost the list. It’s around here somewhere…

Anyway. My most foremost, important goal for the next six months is to blog weekly. Yes! Weekly! I also intend to make enough stuff to keep over 100 listings active in my shop at any given time. That’s two goals for you, let’s see how it goes!

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m actually working on something a bit out of character! I’ve finally got the hang of crochet, and I’ve been making flowers. I intend to make them into brooches and hair clips. It shall be glorious. πŸ˜€

One of my big, complicated ones.

One of my big, complicated ones.

If you could give other sellers or someone looking to start their own design/craft business one piece of advice, what would you say?

Go for it! You’ll never succeed if you don’t try. πŸ™‚

Also, if you’re on Etsy, join a team or four. They’re so helpful. And learn to take pictures. And learn about SEO.

But most importantly, go for it. πŸ™‚

So there you have it! A little more about how my brain works. I think. And business. That thing. And from here on, I’d like to nominate Claire from Cat-A-Cake Creations and Elizabeth from EAN Jewellery.

More Coffee time!

Planning DOOM and a question

My January has been all about setting things in motion for the rest of the year. I have spent a lot of time planning, thinking, agonising, and it’s all happened in my head! I have a terrible habit of not writing down any single thing. Which, with my abysmal memory, is planning DOOM.

So here’s what I’ve been up to:
* I have been adding loads of new things to my Etsy shop (I should hit 100 listings some time next week)
* I’ve been taking stock and updating the quantities of the pieces I have for sale
* I have been thinking and strategising about social media and this blog

I guess that doesn’t sound like much, but it’s practically a full time job just doing the planning. I won’t give away too much of what’s going on in my head, for the moment, but here are my plans, in bullet point form (because everybody likes bullet points!):
* I want to up my game and blog more than once a month
* I also want to up my social media game and post more on Facebook (first, then I can focus on each other network in turn)

Actually, that’s all I’m going to commit to right now. πŸ™‚

So, here’s a question for you, the reader: What would you like to see me post about? Are you interested in the history of my crafts? Would you like to know about how my techniques are used in modern times? Would you like to see videos of how I work? Perhaps simple tutorials, so you can try it out for yourself? Or are you just here for the cat pictures?!

Let me know in the comments. And if you have other ideas for what you’d like to see me write about, include that as well. I’m always open to suggestions. πŸ™‚