Sunday, December 5, 2010

Oh Bother!...And Other Random Thoughts

*Sigh*...As Pooh would say, "Oh bother!".  Me and pity are having a party. I just feel so invisible on Etsy. And ArtFire is a joke-ha! I feel like I do all the things that successful sellers say they do to pimp their shops, but mine is just not catching on...What did you do before your shop really caught on? I mean, there has to be a day, a moment when you realized that your shop had made it...right?...

Enough of that, pity party is over. Did you have a good Thanksgiving? Oh I did. Did you get out in the Black Friday madness? I did NOT. I stayed in all day on Friday decorating for Christmas. I put up my tree with my new ornaments that I got from Sam's. This year I put a whole bunch of decorations on my tree just like the trees that I saw at Cracker Barrel. I love it!

Well, I didn't get out in the Black Friday madness but I did go out on Saturday. I've had my eye on a Cricut or Slice for some time. I was able to snag a Slice from Ollie's Bargain Basement on Saturday but now I'm having second thoughts thinking that maybe I should've gotten a Cricut. I'm always second guessing my decisions...Any thoughts on Slice vs. Cricut?

While I was out I also stopped by Kohl's and got this cutie. Isn't he adorable? I put him in my room.

I also got some much needed clothes for me to wear to work. Why does it seem like I always need clothes? I wish I could be super smart like my girl Sally Ann. Check out her blog here. This whole year she has shopped only at thrift stores for her wardrobe, making things super cute by adding her own personal flair. She is an awesome seamstress and can make anything look good! I sew envy her. :>)

I did get a little crazy at work today and order my Christmas present to myself-a new camera! I hope it's really good. I actually saw it on QVC and it was just super awesome. Whew, those hosts on QVC sure can sell you anything, now can't they? But I actually ordered my camera from It was the same exact camera but cheaper at Walmart. I justified it as a business expense that will allow me to take better pics thus improving sales. :) I'm crossing my fingers!


  1. i feel your pain (on etsy). Last year at Christmas I sold ZERO! This year I've sold 4 items and was over the moon! I feel like I don't know what people want, but...I don't work outside the home so it keeps me busy...making, not selling- ha! It does get discouraging but I find the more I have listed, the better luck I have. I've never tried the other place. i have a cricut and LOVE it, just ordered a silhouette too (so naughty!). i'm not sure what the "slice" is...?

  2. I've been boot camping weekly, and pursuing ever angle possible and yet to date I've had 4 sales (3 of which were friends). It is a totally saturated place now and yet there are many people who have know idea what the ETSY site is or can do for them! In the meantime I open a small booth in Walnut Cove and I've had lots of sales there, and I've only been open for 3 weeks. You may want to consider something like this.

    In the meantime I say, patience and keep finding ways to diversify your sales needs.

    Good Memories Cafe
    Elizabeth Maurice

  3. Chinamommy-The Slice is similar to the personal Cricut but it's made by Making Memories.

    And yes, when I do make a sale I am also over the moon, lol. I call everyone!

    Elizabeth-I'd like to know more about this booth. I will try to contact you.

    But I do think you're right, the market is so saturated now it's hard to be seen-especially jewelry. But, I love it so I gotta hang in there! :)