Sunday, March 28, 2010
"Find a Wish-a-ling, pick it up, and all that day you'll have good luck"!
(That's what it says at the beginning of my description of my new Wish-a-lings)
I do believe in positive thinking. Negativity doesn't usually get you anywhere but depressed and angry. So here's to positivity :D
Born in my imagination and living in a tree house in my ficus tree are my new whimsical creatures called "Wish-a-lings". Their names are:
Bindi, Lulu, Dip, Dot and Sam. They reminded me of a type of lucky charm. So I send each one out with a Wish for luck, hoping they just might make a difference in someones day.
If nothing else, I think they'll make you smile and If that's all you get from them I think that would be Awesome.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Yes here at the wishwithme shop, I've decided for the first time since I opened my shop about 15 months ago, that it's time to give everyone a break. God knows I need one.
This economy has effected my family in countless ways, as It probably has yours too. I work hard on my creations, and I'm proud of everything In my shop. I feel I've always priced my items fairly, and I've had the most awesome customers within my first 15 months.
I've been told in more than one forum, that if you lower your prices, potential customers will think that the quality isn't that good. Well now it's time to prove them wrong. To me quality and workmanship and detail are number one and my customers know that. All this price cut means is that I'm giving my customers a break.
Things can only get better from here :) see ya soon, Kathie :)
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Yes, It might not feel like it where you are but Spring has sprung.
Here's something I'm posting in honor of Spring. My woolen bunny in a plantable, pickable vegetable garden. It even has a little fence around it. I know, I know, how does she come up with these things?
Well sometimes I just look at lots of different books (Yes that's books, and not the internet, explore your local library) and I look for different ideas, then I come up with my version with a twist.
For instance, for this adorable garden, I found a book with a bunny in a garden, but I thought how awesome would it be if you could actually plant and pick in that garden with the bunny to keep watch.
And Whaaaa-Laaaaaa!!! My bunny in a plantable, pickable vegetable garden:D I guess I'm in tune with the little ones because I used to have a daycare business and I had 2 of my own and quite a few nieces and nephews. I just know what they like to play with. I even throw in what I liked to play with when I was a wee one :D
So enjoy! And don't forget to sign up for my Wishwithme Newsletter. Upper left hand corner of my blog :D My newsletter has what's new, what's coming up and special discounts for my subscribers. (This month's discount is 30% off anything in my shop) WOW! Until next time: see ya, Kathie :)
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I'm almost finished with my first newsletter:D
It's called "Come Wish With Me". It tells you about what's new in my wishwithme etsy shop, what's coming up and I have special discounts just for my newsletter subscribers.
If you would like to sign up the place to go is the top left corner of this blog :D I should be getting the actual newsletter out by the end of this week. :)
The picture shown above is my Hawaiian tiny tikis... I just love how the picture came out. lol
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I'm actually asking the question, not offering secret information.
The longer I'm a part of the Etsy world, the more I keep having these "Ahhhh, that's what I should try" moments.
I seem to be on the endless search for what the customer is looking for, and even more than that, how do I get myself seen. I've been a part of Etsy for a little over a year now and I have my Etsy site a fan page, twitter and blog.
I run threads in the forums, answer endless threads in the forums and now the adventure of a mailing list and the "Come Wish With Me" newsletter. No, I actually never thought of having a newsletter but I read a comment from one of my fellow Etsy sellers that read, " When you have a blog, fan page or twitter your asking people to come to your site or your shop. When you have a mailing list you already have the people who want to see your shop".
This really made sense to me. Of course your not allowed to ask old customers if there interested in your newsletter because that would be spammy. Tempting yes but I'll follow the rules :) I think this will help bring more traffic to my site. Why have I never thought of this before?
Wow! So I spent the last couple of days working on my upcoming newsletter. Again studying all the ins and outs of newsletters. Not so easy. Just trying to navigate through the mail chimp website was challenging enough. Luckily I have some awesome help with that. But yes I did come up with pretty great first newsletter content. It's still in the tweaking stage but I'm hoping to get it out there this week.
Of course I need to start a sign up campaign first. Hopefully I'll have my little sign up widgets on everything by tomorrow. I need my computer genius helper. lol
So maybe you would like to start a newsletter too! Basically you just write about and add pictures of What's new, what's coming and special discounts for your newsletter customers. The best place for information is cruising the business threads and ask lots of questions. If I can do it you can do it. When I'm finished I'll let you know how I survived the process :) Talk to you soon, Kathie:)
Friday, March 5, 2010
I just posted Wylie in my shop, and I just had to share him with you. I found the pattern in a book from the library. The book was published back in the early 70s. I love to go to the library to get new ideas for my shop. There are things to see and things to learn that you just can't find online. "Wylie" is proof of that. So explore your local library. You just might get hooked :)
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Months ago I was contacted by one of my customers, asking her if I could make her a cowboy dog for her son's first birthday. I came up with this dog, only I didn't use buttons to make it more child friendly.
I called him, "COWBOY JIM"! Why? Because I named him after my husband. (My husband is not a cowboy, but he is a Jim) lol You can find my cowboy dog in my shop.