I can't believe its been over two month's since I started this post!
In my last post, way back in March 2013, I made mention of the fact that I was moving. Lets just cut the crap and just say that it was a bad move, the last two years have been hectic and I am so so happy to at last (AT LAST!) be back here writing on this blog ;)
And I have an important announcement to make - I went ahead and opened up an Etsy Shop!
I have called it the Copper Cat's Garden.
I've been umming and aahing about it for just about forever now. I've read a lot about the downsides of Etsy, but for an absolute beginner I think it makes sense, and I hope to get enough funds together to start selling locally in my wonderful new home town of Brighton.
|Seagulls off the Palace Pier, Brighton|
|Brighton seen across the Downs from the Chattri War Memorial|
|The iconic ruins of the West Pier|
|Cinnabar Moth on Wolstonbury Hill|
|Probably my best photo so far|
You have to understand I had no idea what I was doing! I didn't have a clue about good titles or how to effectively use tags. My descriptions were lazy and often silly and I had absolutely no idea about postage costs at all. This all resulted in a stack of listings that could never be found and probably wouldn't be very appealing if they were uncovered. Very silly, seeing as listings get the most 'organic' exposure when they are newly listed.
What can I say - creativity is my strong suite, not sensibility!
|I love the luminescent quality of Czech glass|
I have improved things a little bit since then. I've tweaked everything to be more searchable and hopefully more enjoyable to browse. I actually looked at postage prices (far less than expected) and adjusted my pricing along the lines of a sensible (rather than non-existent) model. It still needs work, a proper banner and policies wouldn't be amiss, but slowly its evolving into a proper storefront that I can hopefully sell through effectively.
I have a lot more pieces of jewellery waiting in the wings to be photographed today and tomorrow; a plethora of necklaces and earrings and couple of bracelets too. I hope to have some of these new items listed in the shop Sunday afternoon - all properly written out and detailed this time round of course!
In the meantime here is a little preview of one of the necklaces I will have to offer - featuring some pretty dang stunning lampwork beads from Kaz Baildon of Cheeky Cherub Designs which I have been hoarding for years! I do love a good crescent shaped bit of copper and plenty of Czech flower beads, I'm sure you can already tell - flowers are kind of my thing!
|These wonderful lampwork beads positively glow|
I hope you will come and visit again soon :)