Starting Again: Crafting in Vain For Etsy

I’ve never had any desire to stay at home and be a homemaker… I’ve wanted to cut my own path and escape the 9-5, romanticising the idea of getting up to sun spilling onto my sheets, feeling the breeze from an open window on my face as I make fragrant coffee and browse through the inbox full of emails with offers of projects, opportunities and people wanting to purchase my jewellery (that I leisurely sit and make in an afternoon). This is how I thought it might be starting again down south. Turns out it takes a bit of time and graft before that happens. In reality I am struggling to motivate myself to get dressed and as for my inbox? – Empty!

Etsy has been the order of the week. I’ve narcissistically taken photograph after photograph of myself wearing my very best jewellery, set up a little make-shift studio in my livingroom and snapped away. I’ve uploaded, tagged, promoted and waited… and waited… and waited. Nothing. I seem to be getting sucked into the vast void that is etsy.

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Etsy is a flooded marketplace and it is very hard to stand out from the crowd. I love surfing the site and looking at the amazing work people do – I find it so inspiring. But how to compete? How to get traffic to my little shop? Any advice on this topic would be very welcome.

On the plus side I’ve had some marvellous days this week strolling by beach and daydreaming of different ways to make my work stand out, just a little bit, from the crowd.

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Online Love: The Merriweather Council

Christmas is great, but work in educational pastoral support is tough at this time of year. Issues upon tissues start coming out and people want everything fixing before we break up for the Christmas holidays; which naturally, isn’t humanly possible.

I’ve spent today finding a new online love to ferry my brain away to a happy crafty place, and came across The Merriweather Council.

I found Danielle Spurge, founder of  Merriweather, on etsy’s Featured Shop. I’ve fallen in love with her cute style and bright colours. Take a look:

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My Weekend World

Weekends are a world away from work life and the everyday, suck-you-dry life. Weekends are for recharging and reconnecting.

A Sunday stroll along Fort Paul, in East Yorkshire, reconnected me to my oh-so-Yorkshire roots and to my amazing friend Heather, who introduced me to the joys of drift wood: Drift wood will be making an appearance in my jewelry photography for sure!

Saturday night saw vegetarian chilli and an evening of wonderfully rubbish TV. I recharged with my lindy hop girls, Baby Ben, two cats and a dog.

I love weekends.

P.s Find this weekend’s necklace at Etsy...

Decisions Decisions

I’m spending today by refusing to get dressed and finishing off some jewelry.

I’m curled up on the sofa, wrapped in a blanket and fighting off the cold… I love Sundays.

So, I’m in a bit of a dilemma. I haven’t been selling very much jewelry recently and think it’s because I’m not making and uploading things regularly. An opportunity to join a craft co-operative and put some of my pieces in a cafe has recently presented itself. The problem is that I don’t currently have time to make things for the cafe and online; it’s going to be one or the other… so which do I chose?

I love the idea of being part of a crafty, co-operative community. The cafe is less time consuming as I don’t have to spend time photographing in failing light and uploading things. However, the downside is that the audience that my jewelry will reach will be more limited than online. I’m not really sure what to do… Any advice out there?