Baby Steps

In an effort to get people to simply interact with my Facebook craft page, I did a Free Friday deal. I posted a picture of a new pair of earrings I made and told people to comment on them and tell me why they wanted/needed a new pair of earrings. I had limited success. My mom commented (she doesn’t count), a close friend commented, and one other girl. The other girl is someone new, I don’t know her personally, and she seemed to really want the earrings as a gift for her sister. So she won. I was actually really disappointed yesterday. I don’t understand why so few people participated. Were the earrings just not what someone may have wanted? They were FREE for crying out loud.  Alas, there was an upside. The girl who won emailed me and said that 1) she was super excited she won and 2) she had seen my website and wanted me to make her more stuff for her baby, due in December. So, even though she got something for free, hopefully she will become a paying customer and new fan of mine. Plus, she gave me some more ideas for jewelry.  So, although the day started out on the down slope, it went up in the evening.

And today, finally, my husband comes home from his week long trip. I feel like such a wimp because I missed him so much after only a week. But I chalk that up to just liking him being around.

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Trying so hard…

I have been trying everything to get more business and it sure is a tough market. I figured it would be so easy because people would want handmade items instead of buying them from stores. I guess I was wrong. I really thought selling on Etsy would be easier too.  Maybe it’s what I’m selling. Maybe people don’t want jewelry. I don’t know.

I signed up for Twitter again. The first time I was on there, I had it as a personal profile where I would update stuff from my boring life. I had the most random people following me and it freaked me out. So when I signed up this time, I was hoping that more random people would follow me because I made it only about my crafting stuff, nothing personal. I only have 11 followers and 3 are people I know.

Yesterday, I tried to get more people from Facebook to help me out. I guess having only 70 friends (because I did a mass delete recently) doesn’t help because I can only reach so many people. Again, I thought more people would help me out. I am surprised by the number of people who “support” me, but aren’t doing anything to help. I try to give incentives but they don’t seem to work.

I guess for now I am only going to make money selling to my family and close friends who don’t mind paying me to make them stuff. That isn’t my goal. I told them that I would give them free stuff if they would just get more people to buy stuff from me. It’s just a waiting game.

Bored Mama

Well one thing I didn’t add to my first blog entry, was that I am a military wife. This doesn’t play a huge role in much at this point in my life, but today I guess it does. My husband is only gone for a week, and while I enjoy our times apart to focus more on myself and my daughter, I sure do get bored. I only have one “child” to pick up after, cook for, do laundry for…As a stay-at-home mom, these are parts of my daily life and now I have so much free time. I know, I know…”Stop complaining you crazy woman.” But isn’t this what a blog is for? Just to write what’s on your mind and talk about what’s going on?

In the meantime, I will just keep making jewelry and hope I get some sales.

Hello Blog World

Well, this is my first time attempting to write a continuous blog. I decided to write one about having my daughter sleep in her own bed after 18 months, but she did so well that I had nothing to write about. But this blog is going to be about what I do. I am a stay-at-home mom and an artist. I LOVE being a mom. It is something I always wanted to do and I always knew that I would stay at home if I could. I have nothing against mom’s who work, but I just always knew that if I didn’t have to work, I wouldn’t.  So while I’m not being tortured by my now 3 year old, beautiful daughter, I try to pursue my other passion, art.
I do a little of everything. I started out doing small things like painting a picture or making something with misc items from around the house to give as gifts instead of spending money to buy one. One Christmas, I found out what Crests represented my in-laws names, and painted them on a piece of wood. Now my current “job” (btw, whenever I refer to this as my business or my job, it’s because it’s the dream, not so much an actual job or business), is making things to sell on Etsy. (click to see my page) I got into sewing in the past couple years, and started making baby accessories. I make changing pads, wipe holder, boppy pillows, breastfeeding covers, and burp cloths. My latest obsession is jewelry making. I make earrings and bracelets. I absolutely love making jewelry. I can be so creative.

So anyway, I guess this blog will be about what I’m doing in the art world, as well as stuff about being a mom. Enjoy!!

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