Tag: Etsy

Finding a way

Taking time for fitness

For me, exercising as soon as I get home from work is the way to go. I can do something at home or go use the eqiupment at Planet Fitness. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I schedule the workout before my Copaxone injection. It’s a system that works. Even if I’m feeling a little fatigued or under-the-weather, I can at least get on the floor and do some stretching. I need to lose about 35 pounds and I plan to lose it the way I gained it, slowly. My eating habits are pretty good, but I’m not as active as I need to be. If I don’t make progress in the next couple of months, I’ll have the doctor check my thyroid function. I’m pretty sure it’s a lifestyle problem and not hormones.

In other food news

I got an Instant Pot for Christmas. Now I have to learn how to use it and find recipes that don’t call for 15 ingredients.

Art for sanity

I want to revisit art journaling this year. The book I’m altering is turning into an art journal. I had a thought that I could turn books into journals and sell them on Etsy.

I don’t like how messy the art journal process is. Things would be so much easier if I could quit my job and do art and jewelry full-time. That is something to put on the vision board. That’s another to-do!

I could focus more on digital art, but I like working with real objects. I want to add digital scrapbook paper and embellishments to my Etsy inventory. More to-dos!

Paint on a book page
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More Bracelets

My bracelets on Etsy are not selling, so I decided to make some more in a slightly different style. You’ve gotta try things.

I stopped at JOANN and picked up some supplies.

Joann storefront

Strung beads
New beads

I’m going to plan a design before I start adding meads to the memory wire. That’s unusual for me.

Bead board
Planning

Because I love spending money at craft stores, I broke down and bought a Happy Planner sticker pack for my recently acquired planner. I secretly want to be one of those planner people on Instagram.

Instagram screenshot of planner posts

#planner

I know I’ll never do it.

Getting Serious

It’s time to stop being casual when it comes to my various so-called ‘side hustle’ endeavors. I relaunched my Etsy shop several months ago and hoped that my bracelets were pretty enough to sell themselves. That’s not how it works.

In my job as a social media specialist (whatever that means), I have been tasked with learning how to buy advertising on Twitter and Facebook. It’s a little confusing, but in the end, it’s not rocket science.  It doesn’t have to be expensive either.

I made a little video featuring the bracelets in my shop using Quik.  I made it a promoted post on Instagram. You have to switch to a business account to do this. Traffic to the shop increased only slightly. Then I spent $50 to promote the video on Twitter. I did this with the “Quick Promote” option, so the run was short and didn’t do much for me.

My next effort was to do a promotion directly on Etsy. I got one sale, but I’m not sure what did it. I’ll need to do some research before spending any more on advertising.

Next, I downloaded an audiobook called How to Sell on Etsy with Blogging. The book mentioned an Etsy plugin for WordPress. I’m going to see if I can get that installed.

The next thing to address is my inventory. My bracelets might not be trendy enough, so I bought a few magazines about jewelry-making to see what’s going on in that world.

I have a lot of work to do if I want to have a successful jewelry business.

 

 

What the heck am I up to?

I”m pretty sure no one has been asking, but I’m going to say anyway. I’ve been up to lots!

I’m still in grad school, but getting closer to finishing. I took the Management of Public Libraries course this spring. I have confirmed that I don’t want to work in or manage a public library. I’ll be learning how to evaluate information resources during the six-week summer session. This will be more “my thing.”

My used book sales on Amazon have picked up! I sold seven books this week. I even got a message from Amazon saying that I should fill out tax information because it’s likely I’ll sell 50 books this year.

I finally added merchandise to my poor little Etsy shop. Got some “likes” and “views,” still no sales.

Stacking bracelets on Etsy.
Stacking bracelets on Etsy.

I tried Beezid.com and won some items. I also lost some money and learned that it takes time and commitment to do well in the penny auction world. It’s not for me.

I’ve been making a lot of digital art,

Made with Sketch Club on my iPhone.

Made with Sketch Club on my iPhone.

and I’ve finally started a junk journal. I can only find one book on junk journals, but there is a ton of stuff on Pinterest

Here’s the start of mine.

Lately, I feel like I’m figuring out just what I want out of life. It’s a good feeling! Kind of scary, but good!

…and I just got an eBay sale while writing this post.