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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: January 04, 2007 12:04:30 PM
Going back to school is not easy. I think my head's going to explode from all the reading I've been assigned . . .

On the up side, I'm finally getting back to my Etsy. I've been keeping up with this thread as much as I can, but I just haven't had the time to craft and take pictures that I had last quarter. Hopefully I'll get a few more things listed soon and start the ball rolling on some sales.
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 29, 2006 01:09:36 PM
Thanks for the input - here's what I'm talking about:

(Apologies for the untucked yarn, there.) Would it bother you?
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 28, 2006 08:01:54 PM
Conley: totally agree. Especially if you're including sweets as an honorary shop owner  Wink

Question: would anyone be totally put out if a pair of handmade items (say, wristwarmers) you received weren't the same size? Not "one's a medium and one's a small" type size, but not exactly the same length, or width, etc? Does that fall under the heading of "quirks that prove it's handmade without annoying you" or "shoddy workmanship"?
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... on: December 26, 2006 08:33:33 PM
YKYACW . . .

On Christmas Day, as your family is opening presents, you're still knitting the last gift for your mom (red and grey hat).

You're collaboratively knitting a pair of socks with your mother - she does the ribbing on the leg, you turn the heel, she does the foot, and you do the toes. Why? She's stressed out at her job and needs to craft on her break, but doesn't want to do the "hard parts."
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 26, 2006 08:16:56 PM
I just want to take two seconds of my 5 seconds of free time today to publicly thank likespointysticks. She made a pair of fuzzy wrist warmers for me as a custom order, and then was sweet enough to throw in a scarf for free! After my first etsy experience was awful, this was a great way to make me feel like etsy really does kick ass. So many of you go the extra mile! Thanks tons for the gift and wrist warmers likespointysticks! I adore them!

WOW!  That was super nice of her!  Congrats!

 Grin  You're very welcome, Banga!

Working on some more wristwarmers for the shop - this time in new colors and yarns. I'm hoping to get a few pairs done and photographed before I have to go back to school . . .

Christmas haul: one KitchenAid mixer (WOOO HOOO!!!!!) and one Webster's Third New International Dictionary (WOOO FREAKIN' HOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 24, 2006 11:13:34 AM
Sarasvati: CONGRATS!!!  Grin  Grin  Grin

FineGirl: me too! My shop has been waay dead since I finished my last Christmas custom order, because I've been knitting my Christmas gifts, but I got an order yesterday out of the blue! Woohoo! That puts me up to 41 sales for the year . . . not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 14, 2006 09:02:25 PM
Aww, now I feel bad, pointysticks!  I'll try to make someone take pictures of me with my Home Depot wrist warmers. In my Pjs!  Shocked
LOL don't feel bad! Just keep in mind for your future purchases, right?  Wink

Did the scarf turn out ok? I was trying to do some seed stitch around the border to KEEP it from doing the curly thing, but obviously that didn't work out quite right . . . and was the color what you were thinking of?

I've been watching awful tv tonight and knitting for sweets. I've got to finish up her order, then start knitting for my mom . . . I owe her a hat and two pairs of socks!  Shocked  I figure I can knit all Christmas eve for her, though, can't manage that for sweets. Not without some seriously frightening stalking in order to hand-deliver her stuff.

I think I'm taking a break after the holidays. Custom orders only for a bit, and different types of yarn. Maybe even (gasp!) something for myself! Since I haven't yet managed to knit myself a decent hat . . .
18  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 14, 2006 03:23:33 PM
Me personally, I wouldn't mind waiting a few days longer for feedback with pictures (especially if the buyer sent a convo saying that they'd gotten their items, and were going to take pictures) since I love seeing my knitting on people.
19  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: December 13, 2006 07:59:06 PM
My shop was billed and I didn't have anything in it for sale...They took items out of my shop after a certain time frame then billed me. I e-mailed them and told them I had nothing for sale right now and they "removed my account". now I have to start over...be careful!

You said you had items listed at one time - were they listed more than six months ago? The listings from Etsy beta expired in six months (I think? correct me if I'm wrong) and the ones listed in V2 expire after four months. When you listed, you incurred a listing fee (in beta, $0.10 per item) and whether that item sells or not, you'll have to pay it.

This day job business is cutting into my knitting time.  Angry  But I think I'm going to leave early to knit tomorrow (among other things).

I sent out a package of wristwarmers with a surprise inside for Banga . . . I'd rather have people talking about the wonderful surprises and nice people they've met through Etsy than the jerkwad dinguses they've accidentally given their money to. Etsy is a collective effort, and when one person takes it upon themselves to be a jerk, it reflects on all of us. Ditto, though, when one person does something above and beyond what they need to.

So, thank you to all of you who go the extra mile on Etsy - whether it's making sure you wrap your items carefully for shipment, take extra time to sew straighter, stronger seams, put an extra coat of resin sealer on your work, or add a personal note to a package - you've helped my business, and many others.

20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Mr. Bunny (with "pattern") on: December 13, 2006 05:20:17 PM
I think Mr Bunny is adorable!

Must be something in the water, I've just started a bunny but I think mine might be a bit inadequate now (possibly a stitch and botch entry at least  Wink )

No bunny is inadequate if you love it! If need be, make him/her a sweater - that's usually good for covering up seams, boo-boos, etc.
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