Thursday, June 18, 2015
The plan. I have been pondering what to do with my Facebook page and on Etsy you can find me here SaylorDesigns . Firstly on Facebook (link above) I will be deleting all my albums before September 1 2015. I have noticed that visitors don't look through the albums or ask where they are. Over time I had created so many albums that it was confusing. That means its time to delete the albums and start fresh. That leads me to my Etsy plan. I have been slowly moving my Ready to ship stock to Etsy. I have close to 100 items listed and I have read that the more you have listed the more likely you are to be seen. A note about pricing on the two sites. Prices on Facebook will always be lower then on Etsy. My intention in September is to list new items let them sit on Facebook for a week or two then move them to Etsy. The difference in pricing is because of the additional fees I pay to use Etsy.
Then I had a chat with a friend who was telling me about using key words. I did some research to figure out what key words are. Simply put as I understand it key words and the words we all use when searching for an item. My titles on Etsy were weak and didn't contain very many of those words we use to search so I have been slowly editing the titles of my listings in hopes it is easier to search my items. It seems to be helping I have been displayed in two treasuries recently. One can be found here https://www.etsy.com/ca/treasury/NjU2NTQwNTl8MjcyNzU4NTA0NA/67 and the other one here Fresh Finds .
That summarizes my plans with my handmade buttons and other goods for the next several months. I will leave you with pictures of two patterns I did last year and am considering repeating for fall 2015.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
I have had a wonderful time creating hundreds of buttons and many of them finding new homes and adorning a variety of items, scarves, slippers, coffee cup sleeves and hats. It is always a thrill when I receive pictures of my buttons in use or spot them in use on Someone's Facebook page!
I am going to take a few weeks off now and focus on spending time with my family and working in the garden. Some times changing my focus and recharging my batteries is needed.
As always you can find me here https://www.facebook.com/VanessasClayAdventures or here https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SaylorDesigns?ref=hdr_shop_menu I am also on Instagram https://instagram.com/clay_adventures/ I will be available to chat and will post when I can. I have many pairs of buttons and other things that are in need of new home.
That leads to a question. How do you recharge, energize and find your focus when it is lost?
Here are a few pictures from a trip I took several years ago. Maybe there is inspiration in one of these for you.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
I enjoyed the following video it is worth watch .
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
With the mind blowing success of my page on Facebook I created a site on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SaylorDesigns?ref=hdr_shop_menu so spread my wings and continue selling my handmade work. My goal before the end of 2015 is to have a stand alone website with my blog and e-commerce. This is an intimidating and overwhelming idea that will take a whole lot of work to make it happen. I will make sure to let you know when my site is launched. Here is a collage of some recent buttons I have made.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I set a goal for myself in late fall to make 100 Bottles of Hope before June of 2014 and donate them to the Relay for Life event in my community. I will likely meet my goal of 100 bottles but I doubt I will get them donated to the Relay for Life. I had a gal contact me via my Facebook page she requested a single bottle for herself. We chatted a bit more and I found out she participates on a team for the Relay of Life. I sent her about 15 bottles she chose one for herself and shared the rest with her team mates.
I went to work last week ( I work casually on call) at the school I worked at before I had my son and found out person I worked with previously was away and receiving treatment for cancer. I will be sending some bottles her way as well.
As of today I have made almost 50 bottles and am quickly running out of my bottles to cover. I am now seeking more tiny glass bottles to use for this project. I will include an example of the bottles I am using. If anyone has any leads on more bottles that would be great. I am hoping to find a source for bottles that will be free as I am giving them away and don’t have funds to buy new and pay for shipping.
The bottles I am currently using came from some sort of hair coloring the bottles are about 2 inches tall and very narrow. I don’t put anything in the bottles but do include two notes from the Bottles of Hope website with the origins of the project and well wishes. It would be wonderful to find similar bottles for free and in a large quantity of 100 or more.
Each bottles is slightly different and most of them have a word on them that may provide inspiration and strength at a time when it is needed.