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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Hauled Up Under Covers

This weekend I’ve been experimenting with photographing my jewelry. I’ve been trying to add more character and focus on saying more about the influencing factors behind my style… I managed to single handedly trash my flat, by getting out every prop, teapot, cup and saucer and feather display that I own.

It was worth it!

See it here in my little Etsy shop ***

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...

Online Love: Jessica Celebre

I am loving discovering new blogs at the moment. I’m wanting to retreat into a private little world, all on my own, and only deal with fairytales, lace and butterflies; maybe with a misty hint of darkness.

It’s that feeling of discovering style and who you are through other people; people you will never even meet. With all this in mind let me introduce you to today’s muse Jessica Celebre:

She takes me to another world and it is exactly where I want to be!