Friday, September 30, 2011

Boot camp - Week 2

So now its week two of Etsy's holiday boot camp. The picture above has absolutely nothing to do with that, I just love barrel of monkeys and am absolutely obsessed with turning them into fun, funky necklaces (coming to an etsy store near you), thanks to Carindale Toy World for actually stocking the little critters.

Ok but back to boot camp. Last week I still had a few things to tick off my list, all of which I did except make a boot camp buddy and so now you, the readers of this blog, are my etsy buddy which means I can tick off the 'check in with your buddy' portion of this weeks checklist. Mwahahahaha (I'm tired, and when I'm tired I evil genius laugh).

Week 2 Checklist
  • Study Stocking Up for the Holidays - done! But I might have to do it again, my tired brain ain't processing so good.
  • Fill out holiday project worksheet - I like worksheets so I'll do this shortly
  • Create to do list for launching holiday products - I like lists too so I'll probably do this soon too
  • Check in with this week's Etsy Success Forum Thread - Done and given me some great ideas for my to do list, although I think I can feel the grey hairs sprouting as the stress rolls in. (I found one this morning and when I got carded at the bottle-o the lady said I was 'well past [18]' and I'm only 22)
  • Consult with you Boot Camp buddy - Done (see above)
  • Keep an eye on your Search Ad Stats - I haven't got any search ads yet and am not entirely convince I'm going to buy any this year, but I most certainly will keep an eye on all my other stats. I like stats
And that is week two, I'll keep you posted, maybe even let you see my to do list.

Friday, September 23, 2011


It's time for Etsy Holiday Bootcamp and to, hopefully, kick my etsy (and Madeit) store into gear.

Week one's to do list:
  • Read this week's blog: A Flying Start - Done
  • Fill out your holiday budget worksheet - will do after this post
  • Print and apply your Holiday Boot Camp Stickers (they're these cute stickers marking goals and deadlines on my calendar) - I don't even know how to start deciding where to put these :(
  • Share your personal holiday goals - scroll down and you will see.
  • Find your Holiday Boot Camp buddy - Maybe I'll meet someone at the next Bleeding Heart Market, until then I'm flying solo (I'm not very socially pro-active).

 My Personal Holiday Goals
  • To have at least six new products ready for sale and on my etsy site in time for the holiday rush.
  • To have a new display picture for my store and facebook
  • And to provide a friendly happy shopping experience

Here's hoping all my dreams come true.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Necklace Designs in the Works

I've been working on numerous necklace designs for a month or so now, and am really hopeful to have some reading by the next Bleeding Heart Markets.
Here are some sneak peeks of what I've been working on.

 Does anyone recall having a knitting nacy when they were young? That's what I used to make the ribbon necklace on the left.

 Anyone for Barrel of Monkeys?
I wore this one out the other day and got a compliment from the guy who took my order at boost. It just made my day.

 A horse of course.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hearsay Ahoy!

To launch this new blog I spent the entirety (or close to it) of yesterday making a little diorama and making a little movie. Without further ado I give you... It's Just Hearsay!