Thursday, September 30, 2010

Don't put all your eggs in one basket....

You know you've heard the saying a hundred times...Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

I've been thinking about this for the past week, especially after the sudden close down of the 1000 Markets site, so I have decided to diversify my eggs a bit.

So I'm excited to announce that lime green modern will open on ArtFire soon, another great site for handmade items. I've put up a couple of items in there to see their process, but will have a full shop soon!

Coincidentally, the picture of the egg above is actually a sunny side up stress-relieving appropriate as I get ready to ramp up for the holidays and add a whole new shop at the same time!

Lime green modern on ArtFire coming soon.....

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Controlled chaos....

Continuing on my posts of how to have a better holiday season....

Step 3:
Clean up the work space.

No matter how neat I try to stay, the working surface of my deck always looks a bit like a bomb went off. I like to refer to it as controlled chaos.

Here is a "before" picture of my desk while I'm in hoop-making mode.

As far as the "after" picture...well, it's just not going to happen. I know myself well enough to just live with it like this.

So I'm just skipping Step

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Uncomplicated wardrobe...

I definitely like an uncomplicated life.

That definitely includes my wardrobe...pretty much wear my uniform of black top, dark denim capris/jeans/skirt depending on the time of year, but do occasionally like a splash of color.

Made some fun little mini modern earrings recently...just a little pop of color (or my standard black), super lightweight and small, and easy for every day.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

1000 Markets no longer....

Well, I'm sad to say that 1000 Markets, a wonderful site dedicated to artisan handcrafted work only, has been sold to Bonanza.

So lime green modern on the 1000 Markets venue will be no longer.

At this time, I prefer to keep my work on sites that are dedicated to handmade, so I will not be making the move to Bonanza, as they are a site very similar to eBay, that sells a bit of everything, manufactured and all. Nothing wrong with that, just not for me right now.

Of course lime green modern on Etsy is still in high gear, anxiously awaiting the start of the holidays! If you are one of my 1000 Markets customers, feel free to contact me on Etsy anytime!

I am currently looking into some other handmade only sites, so I will definitely update everyone on what I decide to do.

Thanks so much for your support!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

50 pairs of scissors....

I don't know about you, but I bet if we were able to gather all the pairs of scissors in our house in one place, it would total 50.

But does that mean I can ever find one pair?

So this is why I created a packing/shipping station in my studio, and it is OFF LIMITS to everyone, especially my kids. :-)

Everything I need is there...bubble mailer, scale, tape, scissors, bus. cards, thank-you notes, tins, etc. I find having everything right there greatly helps with the shipping process, especially when things get busy!

Even if you just set up a temporary one for the holidays, it will save your sanity if you don't have to hunt for the scissors!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

94 days until Christmas.... might be a little early to put up the tree, but believe me, I've been thinking about it.

With my online Etsy shop, I definitely feel the impact of retail Christmas shopping, and have actually already sold my first "going to be a gift" item this week.

Usually international sales really hit in October, then domestic sales in Nov./Dec. Last minute boyfriend/husband sales round it out at about Dec. 18th or so.

So why the picture of ugly boxes? Well, this year I am trying to be really prepared.

Step 1: Getting together a plethora of lime green modern tins...stickers printed and put on, lime green tissue placed inside. Sounds easy...but times that by 1200 tins and it take a bit of time.

Coming soon....Step 2: Packing/shipping station stocked and set up.