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Moving Sale!

Bow Pin

                    Bow Pin, now 25% off!

Big move is coming soon! Be a friendly neighbor and help me out by helping me clear out some inventory.

Need an incentive? How is 25% off your order?

Head over to the shop and use coupon code MOVINGONUP for your discount.

Thanks for helping a friend!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/picksomeflowers

Felted Heart Ornament

Felted Wool Ornament

New heart decoration for sale: https://www.etsy.com/listing/99873728/gray-felted-heart-ornament

Blog Giveaway!

Ok, it is not my blog giveaway (I would have to breathe some serious life and time into this thing first), but there is a fantastic blog giveaway going on over at Carosello. Check it out: http://www.caroselloblog.com/2012/05/big-150-birthday-giveaway.html

Shop Success: Priorities

A few months ago I voluntarily inherited the OKetsy team. At first I was sharing the responsibilities with two other people. The three of us very quickly became the two of us. And then, the week before I was getting married and going to Joplin for a month, two became one… me. A wonderful fellow etsy-er agreed to step up and help while I was gone. I cannot begin to describe my relief. She has continued to help me out since then. And then this week, she tells me is closing her shop indefinitely to make her family her priority. While I wholeheartedly support her decision and applaud her for it, I definitely felt the two became one again…

I have thought a lot about priorities over the last few days. Where are my priorities exactly? In what areas do I need to step up in? Do I have too many balls to juggle right now? How can I make sure that everything gets done, and done well? Oh and get sleep! There is always more that I want to do, more that I could do, more that I should to do.  But the question is what do I really need to do?

The more business/shop success articles that you read, the more things you will begin to think are really important for you to do. Soon you can start to feel like a hamster running all day on a wheel but getting no where. And worse still, you might be leaving the most important things untouched.

I challenge you to start thinking about your priorities. What are things in your life that you can’t live without? (Family, friends, pets, food, etc) What are things that you have to do? (Laundry, work, pay bills, etc) What are things that you need to do to stay sane and healthy? (Exercise, read, pray, etc) What are things that you like to do? (Watch movies, paint nails, go for walks, etc) Make a list, and make sure to include things from each category. We can get everything done that we have to do, but still be out of balance if we don’t include some things that we like to do.

Priorities allow us to focus on what is really important in our lives. It is essential to prioritize if you are going to have a successful shop… or life!

Shop Success: Breaking Bad Habits

Hi, my name is Dara, and I am a Craftopolis addict. Since I opened my shop almost four months ago, I have looked at my views and hearts on Craftopolis several times a day. I agonize over why my view counts are not higher. I wonder what I could do differently to interest more people in my products. And when view counts do increase, I agonize over what exactly it is that I did differently. Was it the time that I listed an item? Was it the number of items that I listed and relisted? Did Stumbleupon help today? The mental list goes on and on. The agonizing led to frustration, which in turn led to burn out. The shop was supposed to be a fun, creative outlet for me, not a source of stress and frustration!

Then I came across this article on Handmadeology. I stewed over it for a couple of days. The more I thought about it, the more that I realized that this is great advice for me. I do not have an Etsy shop in order to make a living or even to supplement my income. I do this because I love it and I want to share love with others. The success of my shop can only be found in doing those two things well. So my shop success mantra is:

Create what you love
List when you can
Ignore views                                                                                     Be grateful for ANY sales because they mean someone thought enough of your work to want to own it.

I have been Craftopolis sober for five days now after quitting cold turkey. So far the withdrawal symptoms have been minimal!

What is your shop success advice?

Mental Health and Sleep

I had a brain of mush for the last two weeks. It was a combination of sleep deprivation and stress- or at least that is what I am blaming it on. While I have been able to make up some of that lost sleep and my brain is slowly returning to normal, I am finding myself needing an extra shot of motivation to get going again. Hopefully the blog will be returning to normal this week. Hidden Treasure post comes out tomorrow (be very excited! It’s a beauty) and I am planning on finishing a new post over the next few days.

Why does it seem that it is so much harder to restart than it was to start the first time? Any tips on how to get myself going again?

Counter-intuitive

Confession: I started this blog simply for the back-links to my shop.

I kept reading all over the place how important it was to have a blog in order to drive traffic to your shop. So I decided I would give it a try, and just simply post my new listings. I had no intention of ever actually writing anything. I certainly had no intention of using the blog to help promote others’ shops.

Confession: I hate using this blog for back-links.

I almost feel sick every time I put a new listing on here. I just want to skip it completely. And yet that nagging voice in my head wins out most of the time. You know, that voice that tells you this is the only way to succeed.  So because I don’t want to be a failure, I go ahead and press the publish button.

Confession: I love promoting other people’s shops and writing encouraging posts.

The first time I published a Treasure of the Week segment, it was on a complete whim. Someone had published on a etsy team discussion that their sales were low. I took a look at their shop and was amazed by the quality of the work and photographs. The idea came to me that I could do something to help others find this amazing shop. So I found two more, and put up a bog post. And it was like I found what I was made to do. Now I have to control myself from not scheduling posts too far in advance because I just love doing them!

Confession: I don’t live the rest of my life according to the world’s rules for success.

The day after receiving my bachelor’s degree, I moved 20 hours away all my family and friends to live in an RV older than me that did not have a water hook-up so I could do a two year internship. Not exactly what I thought I would be doing after receiving a 36K a year college education. Two years ago I moved to Tulsa to go to Bible school for a certificate program, not a masters. I work a third shift job that I absolutely love, but is not helpful in paying off student loans!

I live an abnormal life because I don’t define success as other people do.  I succeed in life when I live my life as God wants. Many times the next step almost seems counter-intuitive. And yet it just seems right.

I realized today that if I define success differently, then I should stop trying to achieve it as others do. So from now on this blog is going to be devoted to encouraging and promoting other shops. I would like to start doing a weekly interview piece with shop owners, as well as possibly expanding the Hidden Treasures segment. Good changes are coming!

What would you like to see? What would be helpful and encouraging to you? After all, that is what really matters!